I started playing DartMud in 2001. I'd never played a mud before. Didn't really know what a mud was. The basics of life in DartMud were easily learned. The helpfiles can actually help you. I heard that a lot in my early days. One of the first lessons I learned was death is permanent sometimes, just like real life. And that is one of my favorite parts of DartMud. It's closeness to reality. Sure, amulets and ressurection and such are fantasy. But right down to the finest detail of the crafts, it's all based in reality. I love how well researched each new thing is. The crafting system is so completely advanced compared to anything I've ever seen since I started playing. There are skills that allow you to get raw materials. Skills to refine those materials. If you just want to spend your life farming, you can do that. I love that you're not required to join a guild. You don't have to be part of a guild to learn your skills. Your life is yours to do with as you wish. The possibilites are limitless. The magic system is...I've never seen anything like it. I've actually looked for something similar. It's so in depth. If I could sum up the world in one word, I think I'd say intense. The roleplay is fun. Characters get married, have affairs, get divorced, betray their castle. It's been said before, but, give DartMud a try. Come get lost in our world.