Text Games: A Spotlight on Midkemia Online
by Ryan Richardson
Currently, Midkemia Online boasts a selection between four different text game classes: magician, priest, soldier, and rogue. Each has its benefits and drawbacks, and all are competitive. The stealthy rogue boasts access to two possible tertiary skills, Thievery or Performance, and the ability to assassinate other players. The soldier class, clad in plate armor, mows through most text game enemies with sheer determination and brute force, and their skill with weapons is unequaled. Priests, devout followers of a text game divine, wield warhammers and prayer in combat, as well as whatever powers their God has granted them, be it the subtle manipulation of shadows or the ability to summon a raging inferno! Magicians, masters of the arcane, stand with the very elements at their disposal, with demons summoned to their side to serve the mage's needs.
Combat in Midkemia Online is vastly different from anything previously seen from Iron Realms Entertainment. While there are many text game afflictions, the key behind successful PvP is defending against your opponents attacks at the proper time, rather than curing what they hit you with. If you DO get hit, you have a few abilities at your disposal to cure afflictions, rather than the array of cures that you see elsewhere. Most players can go their whole career without seeing a vial!
The game is based on the Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist, and takes place in his world of Midkemia. Here, the humans of the Krondor and the Eledhel in Elvandar combat the Moredhel, dark elves in the city of Sar-Sargoth. Trolls and goblins also populate the continent of Triagia, standing with Sar-Sargoth to make up what is collectively referred to as "the North", while dwarves join the humans in Krondor. Don't think that you have to read the books to survive in Midkemia Online, though, as your fellow text game players will be more than willing to help you learn about the game's canon. There's also a wiki and plenty of text game help files that describe the history, too!
The playerbase of MKO is a small one, but it's growing still, and long-standing text game players are never afraid or unwilling to interact with newbies. There's a strong distinction between what is and is not in-character, and you'll find many of the most hated enemies in the text game are great friends outside it! The environment is friendly, and if you're not sure about something, there's almost always someone willing to help!
Midkemia Online is a fun, slowly-growing member of the IRE text game family, and if you're in the mood for something a little different, take it for a spin!
Ryan Richardson is a text game enthusiasts who enjoys the best online role playing games from Iron Realms!