Online Text RPGs: Survival In Stavenn - How To Not Get Vivisected
By Joseph Greggors
The different organizations and groups within a text based game have vastly different flavors, attitudes and ideals. In order to succeed within any MUD (Multi User Domain) you need to know your organization’s culture, goals and influential members. In the IRE (Iron Realms Entertainment) game Imperian the differences between organizations are very pronounced. Among the multiple cities and councils in Imperian, Stavenn is arguably the most difficult for new MUD players. Decorum and respect for the nobility of the Empire are extremely important and the lack of either will lead to a quick, painful death. The following is a quick guide to surviving and succeeding as a citizen of the Empire.
Respect in the Empire must be earned. Stavenn has a set hierarchy. The Imperator, Ephors and Nobility must be obeyed and respected or you will be enemied and cast out. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t stand up for yourself but you need to earn your rank through the servitor system before you have a real voice within the city.
Citizens of the Empire are expected to behave a certain way. If you want to roleplay (RP) an innocent carefree character uninterested in fighting or a depressed, dark demon no one understands you are welcome to but you will be asked to tone it down in public. Inappropriate behavior in will also not be tolerated.
Although it is not absolutely needed, proficiency in player killing (PK) and raiding or raid defense is a sure way to gain status in Stavenn (or almost any organization). There are some citymates willing to teach or help you get better but the majority of the work will need to come from you.
*WARNING*- If you involve yourself in PK too early or without the needed skills you will be killed for it. Repeatedly. Do not enter combat unless you are ready to face the consequences.
Stavenn is a demonick (sic) Empire and much of its RP centers around the dark arts. If you would like to create rituals and other events you will be able to involve other players and gain status.
*Disclaimer*-Do not expect everyone to sit through huge paragraphs aka “walls of text” emotes and messages. If possible prepare the ritual beforehand so the event can move along at a normal speed. A slow pace can make even the most dedicated roleplayer frustrated. Also be prepared for the other players to take the ritual in a different direction than the one you planned. Imperian is a multiplayer game and many events change with little or no notice.
5. Administrative work
Every organization in Imperian is always looking for responsible individuals willing to do administrative work and paperwork. Taxes need to be collected, shops monitored, caravans need to be run for commodities, the city’s defense needs to be maintained and much more. These less glamorous positions are similar to their counterparts in the real world. Quite simply they are more like work than playing a game. Most players dislike doing it, but if you find that you can do the work efficiently you will certainly increase your status in the city.
These five areas are basic guidelines to help someone unfamiliar with MUDs and Stavenn fit into the city. It is by no means exhaustive and you may find that you do not like Stavenn or the Demonick circle. If not, try out the other organizations and you might just find a home there!
Joseph Greggors is a text game enthusiast and currently plays games by Iron Realms.