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New Worlds by Harpuia (David)

Where do I begin?

For those that don't know, New Worlds is a custom-made MUD that prides itself on heavy, deep RP.  They are currently in their Beta phase, and after checking out the MUD, I'm surprised they even gone past the Alpha phase.  I'll try to epxlain them all in as much detail as I possibly can.

First off, the game itself is not newbie-friendly.  This is what my gaming friends would call it, "horrible, horrible lies".  NW is far from newbie-friendly.  In fact, I'd go so far as to say that NW is probably immortal-friendly more than anything else (Even though there are no immortals, in NW, any level higher than 20 guilded can be assumed to be immortal.)

You start off the game as an immigrant.  During my time there, I know that you have to rely on people to get token talk halfway up the immigrant ladder as the game indicates.  But this was even a job and a half.  I had to talk to eight people just to get my first token!  And another four for my second.  Two people would talk to me for token talks out of twelve.  Yeah... newbie-friendly?

Then there's the guilded part.  Yes everyone, you don't just start as a mage, or a cleric, or a warrior, but you have to work your way up to one.  This is actually a good thing and I applaud them for it.  Now if only they can get the guildmasters ONLINE.  The moment you graduate from the Immigrants' guild, you become a Serf, looking to be guilded.  

Unfortunately, unless you want to be a rogue, you will have to rely on the guildmasters to be guilded.  If you're already popular and everyone likes you by this time, you'll get in no problem.  But if you're in the case where you're not a very "likable" person in the eyes of the NW crowd (like I was), you'll find yourself stranded in near-impossible tasks for WEEKS before finally submitting that you can't go to any guild BUT the rogue guild, which was what I ended up with.

The fun doesn't stop there.  There is also a huge lack of IC discipline if you are already an established member.  Good for them, bad for newbies.  I've seen established level 15+ members get away with murder while a newbie even argues with one of those established members, and all hell breaks loose on him.  (Luckily, I wasn't a victim of such things.)

And finally, hardly anyone can RP, unless you count "sitting on someone's lap", and "snuggling, licking, kissing, etc." good RP.  There are a few incredible RPers there, the best I've ever seen, but they're so few and far between, the rest of the game unfortunately drowns out those few good RPers.

Please, for the love of GOD, do NOT play this MUD.