You know, I read all these reviews over the last few days, both positive and negative, and feel that they all fail to hit on what the most important part of AVATAR MUD, or any MUD for that matter, is.
Yeah, we have code problems. Not all of our code is 100% bug free. Some of the rooms still have spelling or grammatical errors. (Case in point, look at the area I built. Tons of errors in there. If you didn't know me, you'd swear I was in grade school!)
Yes, we have a lot of Imms. And staff members. And Angels. More than we need? Perhaps, perhaps not. A lot of those Imms/Staff/Angels have limited time to devote to AVATAR after you take out the time required for real life, school, kids, wife/hubby, etc. And those Imms/Staff/Angels make mistakes, get frustrated, say things out of line. They're human too.
So, what is the most important part of AVATAR?
The players. The human beings behind the characters. People that I have been honored to call my friends over the last 5+ years, even though I have never met a single one of them in real life.
People like Sharra, who doesn't even run anymore, just devotes her time to helping others, answering questions, etc. If anyone epitomizes the helpful attitudes on AV, it's her.
People like Riviat, one of our Imms, who always logs on with a cheerful attitude, even when his day has been absolute hell at work. He's always good for a quick joke, a witty retort, or a quick interesting quest. Thanks Riv.
People like Morsq, Mringasa, Tammo and others who have taught me more about the Lord class than I ever thought possible. Thanks guys. I hope to be able to lead like you someday.
People like Asghan, Sarita, Avendesora, Koalaknight, Laucian, Ebnodon, Arborea, Felinda, and hundreds of others who have taken their time to listen to my rants and raves about real life. We've shared stories, ran on adventures, and enjoyed good times together.
People that have rallied around Graael, one of our players fallen ill, his sister Kiana going through a painful transplant to help him, or the loss of Krelian, one of our players who died earlier this year. During these incidents, I have seen the human side of our players. It is much more than the 0's and 1's that make up our codebase.
What is our greatest asset in AVATAR? The people. Yeah, we have our gripers, groaners and complainers. We have the ones who log on and just moan and flame about the game. But then, every family has that too. We love 'em all, just the same.
Thanks for reading. Sorry to get a little sappy.
Angel Kenji - Angel of AVATAR