Mud Theme |
Dragon Swords is a mud which is refreshingly true to it's medieval theme. Too
many muds these days will have the laser gun 2000 weapon, but on Dragon Swords
it is even made sure you have a medieval name. There is a rather enjoyable
story to go around with Dragon Swords which, while it does not have an
abundance of Roleplay, certainly does not discourage it. There are a large
number of races, about 10, to choose from. Each have unique traits and
abilities as well as attribute modifiers which means it is actually very
important which race you choose. There are a total of 13 classes, many more
than the average mud. Some of the ones that aren't that common are Psionist,
Bard, Priest, and Sage. Each of these classes has a large spell system which
makes it very fun.
Mud Atmosphere |
Dragon Swords is a very good mud when it comes to the helping of newbies. I
know I did not have alot of knowledge about this code base but all my
questions were answered very promptly and well by knowledgeable players and
imms. In fact there is a specific channel to use for newbies that seems to
always have a NHG (newbie help guild) person on it. There is even a 911 channel
for people to call for help on if they have a problem getting a corpse. That is
the guild you are in until about level 10. The help files are remarkably
helpful and complete. The combat system is a bit more intricate and has more
abilities than the typical hack/slash mud, but like most muds Dragon Swords is
based around Exp.
Though I did not get to the upper levels it seems that alot of the exp killing
is centered around solo killing, I was part of a group once and did not see
many groups around. (However this could also be due to the fact that I was not
a really good class to group with at my level. No one like Zathras...)
For newbies there is an added bonus that many experienced spell caster players
offer their services to you when they are not busy by allowing you to use a
series of triggers to get them to cast spells on you. I for one found this
quite helpful especially since I was a druid, who has weak hp in the first
levels. It was very helpful to get sanctuary and some other spells to help me
Mud World |
Dragon Swords has quite a few areas though the place isn't overflowing with
them. The ratio of stock to original areas seems to be about equal so it is
indeed an interesting mud to explore. There is a newbie area called newbie lake
which is quite helpful to start out in, it definatly got me going. Some of the
stock cities have been modified and are quite a bit better than their default
For most major cities there are maps which you can access. These make
navigating the sometimes complicated streets quite a bit easier.
With the variety of classes on Dragon Swords the grouping that goes on seems to
be very interesting because different classes are needed for different tasks.
This makes playing in the mud alot more fun.
Additional Comments |
Dragon Swords is a very good mud for players new to mudding.
One of the few things I did not like about it was that sometimes
leveling could be very tedious and take quite awhile (though I must admit the
MUD I started on had rather fast paced leveling). When you do level, however,
is hailed with a slew of spammy (yet fun!) congrats from several people. The
mud web page is rather well done in my opinion. It gives you information about
the people who run the mud. It is nice to have immortals who you can actually
feel you know. On the page there is also a complete class/race list which is in
essence the helpfile that doesn't scroll off your screen in about 10 seconds.
Dragon Swords also supports the Mud Sound Protocol and offers sounds which
can be downloaded from their website.
Sometimes some of the staff can be a bit short tempered. I was snapped
at for inquiring ("advertising") about players from a mud which has been
closed down for about
three years. It's been my experience that the mud becomes
enjoyable when the admin realize when certain statements are benign and
not in regard to a public channel policy, since it can be quite a task to make
sure profanities and the like are kept off channel. This may have been an
isolated incident or perhaps someone having a bad day however. We all know what