I have MUDded since the beginning of LPMUD's. I have played on countless MUD's for MANY years. I will not presume to say that AoD is the best MUD in existence, as it is nearly impossible to have tried them all with some measure of thoroughness, but I will say that it is my personal favorite. It is without a doubt the most versatile from a players perspective, and is staffed with immortals who are genuinely eager to make AoD a better place. The players and staff alike are friendly and open. It would take a lot more space than I am probably allowed to list all the virtues of AoD, so I'll just say this: Come try it out. Give AoD an honest chance, and whether you choose to stay for a week or years, I'm positive you'll enjoy your time there.