I hope there is room on this particular band wagon, sinse Well methinks it's time for me to give the game a go, so I'll punch up Vipmud and do that .
On the sponsorship thinng, actually it's mentioned in the manual as I recall. I can't say it's something that bothered me particularly.
I'll admit I'm a bit of a solo exploration sort of fellow myself, indeed the rangers might just suit me though I want to try things out first but from what I gathered sponsorship doesn't take being a social butterfly, and I'm not against paying subscriptions myself for a game so long as the game is worth it.
My ony miner concern is speed of text processing for combat, sinse while I enjoy a little bit of mob murder while I'm off wandering I'm not keen on games where i need to be having my voice set so stupidly fast to keep up I miss all the atmosphere and descriptions. Clok and Wayfare 1444 were fine, Aardwolf a little too quick in places, and Epitaff (at least at one point), too much though mostly due to it's habbit of chucking so many numbers at you at once, but this is a question I can't answer without experience and there is one way to do that.
Actually from reading the manual one thing I really! liked the sound of in avalon was the ability to try out different skills, classes (or whatever they're called), and abilities before you make a final choice, sinse while I know broadly speaking the sort of stuff that I tend to be interested in doing in muds, it will depend upon how the game works.
As I said, I tend to be a lone explorer and questing type, perhaps with a little prospecting, light combat or occasional crafting. I don't mind saying hi to other players, but I'm not exactly sociable either and would always rather be off in the wilds.
I'll let people know my character name when I've got going.
Edit: My character is Esmund, I've done the first accalade however while doing the second I have run into a miner problem, sinse I can't find my way back to the blasted orphanage! one of the few problems with the guide system is it makes it rather hard to find your way back.
I thought I had found it, but it seems to be the school instead which is somewhere else as I gather.
I don't mind this, but a where command like alter's could be useful.
I've tried textmap and it hasn't worked for some reason, so I'm rather wandering around at the moment. it doesn't particularly matter, however I am a little concerned if my newbie time runs out before I've solved where I'm going, sinse while as I said above I'm entirely happy with subscribing to a game, I'd ratherknow what the game itself is about before I begin.
Edit the second: okay, as it turned out I was looking for the orphanage in the right place, just some crazy bug wasn't letting me back in to finish my accolade, but a very kind player (I think she was an admin), helped me out.
I'll head back tomorrow and continue on the noob hood.
Oddly enough, when i type credits I'm told I have 8.8 hours of credits left, so I presume that it's more than five hours, which is good sinse I'd like time before I make my mind up about the game or start requesting sponsorship or whatever.
one thing I really like, is the way your just given lessons as time goes on, which means you can be doing one thing and improve at another. I've not started levelling any skills yet sinse it seems a bit silly until i decide what I want to be doing or unless I need any for any quests etc, particularly sinse I this sort of running around and questing and exploring that the novice quests are made of is just my cup of tea so I want to get as complete a look and do as much of it as I can.
With our dreaming and singing, Ceaseless and sorrowless we! The glory about us clinging Of the glorious futures we see,
Our souls with high music ringing; O men! It must ever be
That we dwell in our dreaming and singing, A little apart from ye. (Arthur O'Shaughnessy 1873.)