Achaea, Dreams of Divine Lands
Embark on an adventure in Achaea, Iron Realms' MUD gem with 20 rich years of lore. Here, your destiny unfurls; be it ruling a city, rising as a High Priest, soaring skies as a Dragon, or navigating treacherous seas as a pirate.
Engage in riveting PvP combat, delve into detailed crafting, and immerse yourself in a close-knit, spirited community. In Achaea, every legend has a beginning – make yours unforgettable.
Aetolia, the Midnight Age
In the haunting shadows of Aetolia, vampires and dark forces lay claim to the night. Presented by Iron Realms, this dark fantasy MMO beckons: will you stand against the encroaching terror or surrender to the allure of the darkness?
Aetolia is a realm where choices aren't merely made; they echo with consequence. Dive into arcane secrets as a Cabalist, or stand defiant against the pervasive shadows as a Templar knight. In a world where every decision shapes your journey, alliances are forged and rivalries ignited. Choose wisely in Aetolia, where destinies are written in the stars.
Lusternia, the Age of Ascension
Across the vast expanse of Lusternia's cosmic planes, factions battle for supremacy, their ambitions challenged by an age-old malevolence. Where will your allegiance lie in this intricate tapestry?
Ascend as a master of the cosmos, reaching the stature of demigods, or journey through the planes unraveling mysteries that have perplexed many before. Lusternia is not just a game; it's an odyssey of immersive roleplaying and innovative gameplay in a world brimming with depth and intrigue. Join the saga.
Iron Realms AI Cognition System: Revolutionizing In-Game Interactions
Dive into the Iron Realms game worlds and discover the wonders of our recently released Cognition system, a groundbreaking AI-powered feature that transforms your gaming experience. With personalized NPC interactions, Cognition brings your game world to life like never before. Intrigued? Click here to read more and embark on a journey of endless possibilities and immersive gameplay in the Iron Realms!
What are MUDs?
They're the original massively multiplayer real-time online games. Before there was World of Warcraft, there were MUDs.
They aren't single-player text adventures like Zork or choose-your-own-adventure games. They're very much real-time and multiplayer.
Ultimately, you can think of MUDs vs. graphical games as books vs. movies in some respects. Just as many people feel books are more immersive than a movie, many people feel MUDs are more immersive than graphical games.
Are you one of those people? Only one way to find out. Check out any of our games from the menu at the top of the page!
Some unique features by game:
Achaea, Dreams of Divine Lands
Here you'll find things like a full seafaring/sailing system (Be a pirate! Arrr!), the ability to transform into a fearsome Greater Dragon, and classes like the wormhole-using, poison-using Serpentlords and the shadow-wielding, time-manipulating Depthswalkers. Open mines, hire staff, and become a mining magnate!
Aetolia, the Midnight Age
In Aetolia, you can carve a personal Haven from the very fabric of reality, become a vampiric sorcerer, a golem-using Teradrim earthmage, or a Shapeshifter, capable of morphing between bear, wolf, boar, and crocodile forms, and play with a wide range of crafting abilities that let you make everything from fireworks to musical instruments!
Lusternia, Age of Ascension
Travel other planes of existence in flying aetherships in Lusternia and battle NPCs using not just brawn but your will - it's possible to level up in Lusternia without killing anything if you choose. Be a Spiritsinger bard and summon forth ancestral spirits, or stalk the land as a stealth-oriented Ninjakari monk.
Iron Realms has two more games, Imperian and Starmourn, that have transitioned into "Legacy Mode." In this mode, both games continue to be accessible and playable, preserving their vast and intricate worlds for adventurers. However, they will receive limited support in terms of regular updates and administrative oversight. While this means that new content or features might be sparse, it ensures that these beloved titles remain part of our portfolio for both long-standing fans and newcomers to experience and enjoy. Consider them as timeless chapters in the ever-evolving Iron Realms narrative.
Imperian, the Sundered Heavens
In Imperian, harness and ride an icewyrm as a spear-using Outrider, fight alongside twisted demonic treants as a flail-wielding Defiler, join the female-only Amazons, participate in literally six PvP systems in the game pitting three factions against each other, or experience a huge variety of custom-crafted boss encounters!
Imperian is in Legacy Mode.
Starmourn is the world's premiere sci-fi MUD. Set in an original universe with dozens of races, unique game features include highly-customizable starships with momentum-based movement, a hacking system unlike anything in any other MUD, player-driven economy and much much more!
Starmourn is in Legacy Mode.
Why Play Iron Realms MUDs?
In a world awash with graphical games and numerous MUDs, why should Iron Realms pique your interest? Here's why:
- Vast, intricate, and top-tier MUDs.
- Distinctive gameplay systems.
- Engrossing narratives in ever-changing worlds.
- Close-knit communities supported by amiable admins.
- The premier cross-platform MUD client.
But don't just trust our pitch. Experience it for yourself.
Because our MUDs are Bigger, Deeper, and Better
First and foremost, because you can do more in one of our MUDs than in almost any game out there. Seriously. The reason is simple: It’s much easier to create both content and game systems in a MUD. You don’t need to coordinate with artists, animators, and user interface developers in order to release a new game system. A single developer can, in the course of a single weekend, create a cool new system for the game that is released that week.
Now consider that our MUDs have been around for between 12 and 20 years, and under constant development that entire time. We don’t release a new expansion year or when we have time alongside our other jobs – we release new things every week. It’s not an exaggeration to say that there are so many features in our MUDs that our devs forget some of them exist, and that the worlds are so big most players will never see most of them.
And unlike 99% of MUDs, we have paid, professional staff on each of our games, ensuring they only get bigger and better, constantly.
There's nobody on Earth that puts the kind of resources into developing MUDs that we do. Nobody.
Our Unique Game Systems
Player-run city governments
All of our MUDs feature multiple cities that are run by player governments of various types. If you’ve played WoW, imagine that Thunder Bluff, Stormwind City, and Ogrimmar are player run and can raid each other or go to war with each other (the conflict systems differ by game).
There are multiple positions in each city government, managing various aspects of that city. One person might control the treasury for instance, and another the war department, and another the department in charge of diplomacy with other cities, and so on. Player governments can set laws for their citizens, and have tools to enforce those laws, though unpopular leaders are soon sent packing, or possibly just strung up and killed with fire.
Gods roleplayed by admin
Our fantasy MUDs all have different systems that feature God characters roleplayed by admin. These are personified forces, like Zeus or Thor in Greek and Norse mythology. Starmourn will, however, have a different system, being a sci-fi game.
They interact directly with the game and the players, and are a significant part of many players' lives. You can become a formal follower of one of the Gods, gain various powers (depends on the game) from rising in the ranks of that God’s order, and enjoy the often incredibly-deep stories that lie behind the history of the various Gods.
Gods also serve as Divine Patrons of player-run cities, serving as anywhere between unholy terrors who demand instant obedience to those who inspire and nurture.
Epic PvP combat with Thousands of Abilities
If you've never played a MUD before, you might wonder how this is possible, but our PvP is deeper and more complex than virtually any MMO's combat is. It's a huge rush, and each game has 12-20 or more classes, with each class having many dozens of abilities (sometimes 90 or more). You'll never run out of new tactics to try with that much variety.
And we're not talking about arena-only combat. We have open-world PvP, though also have rules against griefing. If you're not a combatant and aren't working to hurt someone else, you won't be a target.
Story-based Events and Dynamic Worlds
Our MUDs are single worlds, not a collection of nearly-identical servers. This means that the devs can actually respond to what’s happening in the game and react to it. In an MMO with lots of servers, devs aren’t able to tailor what they do to any individual server, and so can’t react to what players are doing at all really.
Our games have regular events, ranging from small interactions with a few NPCs to months-long sagas involving invading armies and the death of Gods, all of them involving players. These aren't just passive stories told to you - they evolve, thanks to hard-working admin, based partly on what the players decide to do.
If you'd like to read about one of the biggest events from the perspective of a player and have some time, this is excellent:
"The Saga of Bal'met".
Everything the author writes about happened in the game.
Tight, Friendly Communities and Admins
We've all played online games with horrible, toxic communities, and often, the bigger they are, the worse they are. One of the benefits of MUDs, which have small populations (a few dozen to a few hundred people online at once), are that the communities are typically much friendlier.
That's certainly true with the Iron Realms MUDs. The communities aren't perfect, but they're pretty darn good and it makes us proud to watch them welcome in new players with open arms.
And because the games are relatively small, it's easy to get in touch with the admins. They sometimes even have 'town hall'-style meetings anyone can come to, and ask questions of the devs.
There's a great YouTube video that documents IronCon 2013, taking place at mansion with pools in Las Vegas. You can really get a sense of how close our communities are from it.
We Have the World's Best Cross-Platform MUD Client.
Nexus, our cross-platform client, is by far the best truly cross-platform (meaning Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android) MUD client in the world. Features include:
- Configurable windows and tabs. Move them around, add extras, get rid of the ones you don't want.
- Programmable, clickable hotkeys.
- Settings, macros, and scripts saved on our servers, so all are available anywhere on any device you use Nexus from.