Midkemia's Concept - Midkemia Online Online Help

1.2 Midkemia's Concept

Midkemia is a massively multiplayer online text game. These kinds of games are often referred to as MUDs, or MMOs, or MMORPGs, or other similarly unwieldly acronyms. In it, you take on the role of a male or female of seventeen years of age, of one of a range of races, who has recently left home to begin to seek his or her fortune. Through a myriad of experiences ranging from sojourns into the deepest dungeons to roles of political leadership, it is possible to achieve fame as a feared combatant, adventurer, or politician, or remain hidden in the shadows, to manipulate your surroundings through silent action.

The first thing to understand about Midkemia is that it is not a game as you may be used to if you have not played MUDs before. There is not a single ultimate goal that all players share. Some players may try to reach the highest levels of experience and become one of the empowered. Others may choose to aim for political domination or religious influence while still others may only want to live a quiet life in the forest communing with the inhabitants therein. For some, the ultimate goal is achieving greatness in personal combat while to others greatness is measured not by the sword but by the coin. The point is that it's really up to you. Think of it as a virtual life more than a game.

By thoroughly reading the help files that Midkemia has (type HELP to see a chapter list), you will find out enough to get started, and enough to get some glimpses of what may lie ahead of you. By no means however is everything in Midkemia included in the help files. We choose to try to fully document everything that new players will encounter, but we prefer to leave the things more advanced players may deal with for them to discover. Specifically, we have chosen not to include lists or descriptions of the 1000+ individual spells and abilities players may obtain.

If you're completely confused, the best place to start is probably to create a character (to go http://www.midkemiaonline.com and click on Play Now) and take the newbie introduction. It will guide you through an approximately hour-long tutorial that will familiarize you with the basic commands and give you a training session.