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Armageddon MUD by CJ

If you are the type of person who can only enjoy a game if you have great stats and are a master at every skill, or are easily put off by being killed without immediately understanding why, this game's probably not for you.

However, if you dig a well-fleshed out environment, thoughtful, unique, and largely stable code that is updated with new features every week, and a world that defies the stereotypes of fantasy role-play, you'll probably enjoy this game immensely.

Armageddon starts you near the bottom so you can claw your way to the top. This is not a world where happy-go-lucky elves frolick with unicorns and chivalrous knights in enchanted glades. Likewise, you're unlikely to find honest citizens who want to help you out of the kindness of their hearts. Everybody on Zalanthas wants something or needs something. It's just an issue of finding out what it is before they take it from you.

My first character background defined a "veteran mercenary who was so good with his sword, he could beat almost anyone in the land." I logged in, and within an hour of exploring the wasteland, I got my butt kicked by a beetle that I later learned is one of the lesser dangers in the world.

My second character background defined an elf in search of a new tribe. I got lost near someplace and found someone who could lead me back to the city. After a lengthy conversation where I stupidly admitted not to have any political affiliations or tribemates, he happily led me away from the NPC guards where he killed me. I had water, coins, decent gear, and a mount. At first, I was pissed, and I complained about being pkilled. Then I realized that the water alone was probably enough for him to kill me on Zalanthas.

My third character background was a little more realistic: an aspiring assassin seeking a wealthy sponsor. Within two weeks of play, I found a job as a noble house aide. I never used the coded skills once, and I had a blast as a conniving wretch who managed to mislead so many people up to and even during my eventual demise.

In short, this is the most addictive game I've played since T-dome (anyone else remember that one?). It's hard as hell to start, and there's a lot of documentation to read. But I've found it thorougly enjoyable since.