So I fled FK seeking asylum in HL. Unfortunately…
Ok, I make my first character. Spend HOURS (really!) working on his personality, background, mannerisms, motivations…submit him. His description gets altered by a helpful Imm (cuz he thought it’d be cooler that way, not cuz it was in any way “incorrect” or “improper”), then I start out.
About 34 real hours of playing later, I’ve had about…I’ll say a good SOLID 30 minutes of roleplay.
Ok, so I decide: Every place you can possibly start, except the main city, you’re gonna be alone most of the time. So unless you enjoy typing craft commands repeatedly for days until you see a tiny increase in proficiency and emoting to NPC’s that never (in my experience) respond, you havta start there.
So I start there.
Initially it starts out good, actually. There’s other characters there, I can actually roleplay, etc…
And most of them are pretty good.
Then I go back on, walk into a tavern (everyone hangs out in taverns, even the nobles…it’s the thing) and a PC that’s a follower of the Goddess of Peace, whose followers are all supposed to be gentle and kind pacifists, acts like a total twat. I mean, I have nothing against other PC’s treating my PC-of-the-moment like sh1t…if it’s in character. But this is just some low-grade no-talent clueless player who has no idea about the Goddess she serves. Encountered her before, around a bunch of other “gentle and kind” types, and she’s SOOO nice. Encountered her again, around a typically snotty noble (Admittedly well-played, since the nobles are in fact snotty, so no complaint there) and she acts completely different. Why? My conclusion is nose-up-arse-syndrome.
So anyway, here’s the review:
-One friendly staff member (very friendly actually, hopefully you’ll get him…the Americans suck).
-LOTS of background, in game and for the setting.
-Great roleplay opportunities open up after many of your characters die. So if you have LOTS of time and LOTS of characters you don’t mind dying, eventually you can play a snob.
-Ambivalence towards reviews. You’ve gotta admire apathy, in a way.
-If you want to sit around for six hours at a bar drinking and gossiping with your friends, but you aren’t old enough to go to a bar, don’t want to drink, and/or don’t actually have any friends, you can capture the atmosphere perfectly here.
-Helpfiles are a mishmash both in setup and in writing.
-Petitions generally go unanswered (at least as a new player)
-Current game balance as of this writing is VASTLY in favor of “Good/Neutral”. So if you play an evil character, basically you’re gonna die. Or, at the very least, you’ll survive, but you’ll have noone to roleplay with. Unless you can find that one other evil character in the place you start and you’re on a similar time schedule. Then you can REALLY get to know that player…and noone else. And you can’t really do anything. Well…except crafting. Lots of crafting.
In conclusion, if you can get a few of your friends to join at the same time, you MIGHT have some fun. If not, you’re gonna spend lots of time either alone or sitting in a bar listening to people gossip.
MAN do I miss Forgotten Kingdoms…
-Puppy >.< Yip!