About 4 years ago a friend of mine bothered me and bothered me to try this thing called a "MUD". I gave in and decided to give it a go. He showed me a nifty little program that would log me in, and set it up for a place called Arcane Nites. When I entered the world, I was completely lost and confused... for about 5 seconds. Right from the beginning the game helps you to understand the basic gameplay of a MUD so that even beginners like I once was, could learn to play the game quickly. After entering the world proper, I was so overwhelmed with people asking me if I needed help (not ust Immortals, players too!) I didn't know what to say. I was in shock. I had played multiplayer games before but almost always the response of someone was "Get away this is my room i'm killing the stuff in here."
Now, 4 years later, the style of the game has changed, but not the feel. Imms & players alike are more than happy to help even the newest of newbies. I recently left for almost a year to move countries and get married, when I came back, I was able to log back in with my character and start off right where I left, remembering almost everything. The world is huge, and even I haven't been everywhere yet.
The style of levelling is a lot different from most muds. You choose a class be it the silent, graceful, and fatal ninja or the vicious, and truly demonic Blackguard, and from there you gain class specific skills, which no other class has. After that you have the Sphere system, allowing you to FULLY customise your character. Want a blacksmithing Fighter? Done. Want a snarky thief who can also cast lightning spells and teleport? Done. Want to make a wizard who can knock his opponents to the ground with a gesture and transform into a golem? Done. The game allows you to make a character what you want, and is by far the most flexible of any MUDs I have ever played. The staff and players, as said are friendly, but don't expect to be a Hero in a day, you have to work for what you get, but they will be more than happy to help you along the way with advice, and assistance when needed.
All in all, I've played Medeivia, Jedi, and a couple of other MUDs, none so far have kept me coming back for more as much as AN has.
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