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Old 05-18-2012, 07:54 PM   #1
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The 7th Plane Awaits You...

The 7th Plane has been in active development for over a decade, and is unlike any other MUD you have ever played. It is a dark fantasy, hack-and-slash style game with a major emphasis on crafting and an almost Lovecraftian element of horror, set in an entirely original world. We recently launched a major new version of the code, Planar 2.7, and have seen a small uptick in player activity. There is always room for more, though. So, if you enjoy a challenging game, played with friendly people, then we would love to have you join us. If that is not enough to convince you, then here are some of the game's more prominent features:

- 4 unique classes, each with drastically different styles of progression and game play
- Highly walkable world, with spatially realistic layout and maps that can be drawn or purchased
- Complex NPCs with interesting and devious behavioral routines
- Intricate ecosystems with population changes based on varied propagation methods
- Skills and spells that improve through usage, where nearly every action improves your character
- In-depth crafting system with over 100 different raw materials
- Ability to sadistically torture living victims or dissect the dead
- Scores of gruesome ways to kill and die with minimal to no penalty
- Options to gain experience points for activities other than killing NPCs
- Wild game and rare treasure that can be hunted and fished
- Physics based game mechanics, dynamic weather and light/darkness systems
- Steep learning curve that weeds out griefers (I assure you this is a feature)
- Customizable user interface that is ideal for screen reader support
- Advanced protocol support, including MSDP, MXP and Xterm-256 (modern client recommended)
- 99.999% up-time and no characters ever deleted, as dictated by policy


Still not enough convincing? Below are a few examples of some of the game play.

Macabre: http://www.7thplane.net/resources/logs/demo1.txt

Symbolic: http://www.7thplane.net/resources/logs/demo2.txt

Deadly: http://www.7thplane.net/resources/logs/demo3.txt


Now it is time for a few disclaimers:
1) The game is originally derived from Godwars, but it is not God Wars. The code is largely custom, written in C++. It is still bound to the original Diku, Merc and Godwars licenses, and follows them, though. If you login expecting Godwars, you will be disappointed. If you normally avoid Godwars and the type of players it attracts, have no fear.

2) The numbers are small and you will die - a lot. Do not be surprised if you initially receive 1-3xp at a time. This is normal, and everything is adjusted accordingly. If you die, there is no need to worry over it. Death is almost meaningless. Many of the players have a meta-game of trying to find the most unique ways of dying. There are quite a few.

3) The world is colorized (ANSI, or Xterm-256 if your client supports it). It is colored in a consistent and logical fashion. Water is blue, grass is green and blood is red. This can be seen best in the maps of the world. Every attempt is made to keep clashing colors away from each other. Still, some people vehemently dislike color in their text based games. To those people, you have the option of turning it off. In the future, we would like to support a finer resolution of color settings, but it is all or nothing for now.

4) The world has a unique aesthetic when it comes to describing things. Descriptions are typically limited to 1-3 lines, and only important aspects are described. If you do not read them, you will probably be lost or dead. This is a conscious design choice that is followed consistently throughout the world. We understand that some people do like to read more, so we try to incorporate keyword based, hidden extra descriptions. There is a wealth of backstory and nuance contained in the hidden descriptions and interactions with NPCs. However, if you are in the small, vocal minority that expects a wall of text attached to every room, object and character in a MUD, you will not find that here.


If you are worried about the game being too difficult, you need not be. The help entries are excellent and someone is usually around to answer any and all questions. If the rest of the post sounds good to you, consider this an invitation to try out a unique game, and maybe become a part of our community. Hopefully, there will be some new names populating the 'who' list soon!


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Website: The 7th Plane
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:47 AM   #2
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Re: The 7th Plane Awaits You...

I'll vouch for this; it really is unique. For starters, almost all equipment comes from crafting. The classes are really different, and don't necessarily progress by exp alone. It's kind of hard to describe, to be honest, but I'll vouch for the uniqueness and quality inherent therein. Also, for those who care about such things, it's fully blind-accessible; I've had no problems with it, at all.

For those who don't know me (most of you, probably), it's rare for me to post praising a game, but I really do like this one, and will probably get around to it soon in my cycle (I get bored with any mud very quickly; I have four or five or so I cycle between, with lots of checking out new muds). O, and for those who care about such things, 7th plane has i3 access for players.
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Old 05-26-2012, 01:33 PM   #3
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Re: The 7th Plane Awaits You...

Thanks for the kind words, camlorn - I just checked back here and saw your reply to my advertisement.

Since, I'm posting here....a quick update:
The few bugs and balance issues caused by the 2.7 version release have been patched now (2.7.3 as of today). There have been a lot of new characters created in the past week or so. More are always welcome, though! Anyone who has yet to try the game, or perhaps those who tried it once before and left, are invited to stop by and check it out. I'm usually around to answer questions, whilst working on new things over on my development copy of the game. Even without me, the other players are very helpful and knowledgeable.
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Old 07-13-2012, 07:31 PM   #4
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Re: The 7th Plane Awaits You...

Quick update: The code is now at version 2.7.6 - lots of tweaks and refinements, along with new content. The biggest recent changes are an upgrade to the Monk class, featuring 4 new unarmed fighting skills, and an NPC run trivia mini-game with question categories from both the game and real worlds.

Player activity seems to have finally hit midsummer's lull, so seeing some new names logging in would be a welcome sight. If you've played before, come pick up where you left off. If you've never tried the game, come check it out.
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Old 04-12-2013, 04:01 PM   #5
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Re: The 7th Plane Awaits You...

The 7th Plane had a major release recently (current version 2.8.1), which drastically altered the game world. A
vast ocean system with island chains is now randomly generated surrounding the Aladrian continent, ships can be
built and sailed, waypoints can be set and automatically moved to via pathfinding algorithms, and so much more!


Come slay some possessed plant-life, cunning arachnoids and helpless woodland critters. Chop down half the
forest and burn the capital city of Alexandria to the ground. Then, just as the beleaguered citizens have begun
to recover from the earlier carnage, wait for nightfall and lead a horde of zombies through the gate with the
conveniently pickable lock. The sound of their screams and cries for help is like music. While taking in all the
chaos and destruction, it couldn't hurt to drag some of that lumber to the port and build a nice, sturdy ship.

Board the finished vessel and set sail in search of glory and riches, but take care to watch for monstrous creatures of
the deep. On a quick run back from a bountiful island, loaded down with valuable woods, stones, metals and gems ready
to be stored or sold on the mainland, a Kraken latches onto the ship. A desperate fight ensues to detach the overgrown
squid before it pulls the ship under. That's when the behemoth Leviathan surfaces, swallowing the ship, millions of
gallons of seawater, and everything else in sight. Shipwrecked inside the Leviathan's belly, the giant calamari
slowly digesting, there appears to be no way out...or is there?



If you think the above prose is RP fluff, you are mistaken. Everything described, and more, is possible in the
game. Interested? Check it out:

Host : 7thplane.net
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Website: The 7th Plane


Also, to view the latest randomly generated world:
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:09 PM   #6
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Re: The 7th Plane Awaits You...

I just updated the code to 2.8.2 this week, adding lots of event timers, bug fixes, usability features and a major upgrade to the Priest subclass. There have been quite a few new players joining the 7th Plane community the past couple weeks, but we can always use more. So, grab a friend or two and come adventuring with us!

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Old 05-17-2013, 09:32 PM   #7
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The code has been updated again. There have been a large number of players on consistently. If you're a fan of PvE,
crafting, or just socializing with a great community of people, come play.

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