Kingdoms of the Lost
Fantasy-themed MUD (Multi-User Dungeon) founded in 2000.
Ranked 253rd of 672 worlds statistically.
Ranked 103rd of 291 worlds in the Fantasy genre statistically.
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3 (last 60 days)

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1 (last 30 days)
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                 Kingdoms of the Lost is based on:
              Original DikuMUD by Hans Staerfeldt, Katja Nyboe,
             Tom Madsen, Michael Seifert, and Sebastian Hammer
             Based on MERC 2.1 code by Hatchet, Furey, and Kahn
             ROM 2.4 copyright (c) 1993-1996 Russ Taylor
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                         Email the owners at:
                     Chalgyr - Chalgyr@yahoo.com    
                Gillian - Herberkids3@yahoo.com 
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Description
Welcome to a world of imagination and roleplay. Kingdoms of the Lost (KotL) is a roleplay encouraged MUD, featuring over 100 completely original areas. The vast landscape brings to you the continent of Olerax, and the divided kingdoms of the land. Barbarian, undead, sky people, woodsman and more make up the colorful kingdoms, and any one may be selected upon creation. KotL provides a location where fun is the essential element. While the theme is a mature one, we provide a welcome environment to players of all ages. Swords and sorcery fare is the backdrop of the game. Our immortals are dedicated to bringing new improvements to the game. Features include are: Multiple auto-quest locations. Easy and detailed character creation. Tier system develops...
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Language:
English [1] [2]

Created:
August, 2000 [1]
2000 [2]

Codebase:
2.4 (Heavily Modified) [1]
ROM [2]
Rom [3]

Category:
Medieval Fantasy [2]

Location:
USA [1] [2]

Server Type:
Rom [1]

Theme:
Medieval Fantasy [1]
Swords and Sorcery [2]
Original World Built [3]

Description:
Welcome to a world of imagination and roleplay. Kingdoms of the Lost (KotL) is a roleplay encouraged MUD, featuring over 100 completely original areas. The vast landscape brings to you the continent of Olerax, and the divided kingdoms of the land. Barbarian, undead, sky people, woodsman and more make up the colorful kingdoms, and any one may be selected upon creation. KotL provides a location where fun is the essential element. While the theme is a mature one, we provide a welcome environment to players of all ages. Swords and sorcery fare is the backdrop of the game. Our immortals are dedicated to bringing new improvements to the game. Features include are: Multiple auto-quest locations. Easy and detailed character creation. Tier system that develops classes over 200 levels. An evolution system to strengthen your race. Stats grow through use, not from a trainer. Mana pools that vary by class. Custom weapons and armor. Player kill is an option, but not required. Role-playing Experience earned by interacting with other players. Multiple religions different religions. Gems and moxes that can be socketed into equipment. Runic equipment that gains levels with you. Details: Scars, clothing to cover them and physical characteristics that others can actually see. We have been customizing our code for over a decade now! We have been running Kingdoms of the Lost since August of 2000 with the same owners and much of the same staff during that time. We like to think we foster a mature atmosphere (though being playful is certainly important) where people can come to relax and get away from 'the real world' for a period of time. There are many options out there now for gamers, and we thank you for considering ours. While graphical MMO's such as World of Warcraft or Guildwars certainly have their place, nothing matches the freedom of text when trying to foster your own story and develop a character the way you imagine it. Some come join us at Kingdoms of the Lost and let your imagination run wild! [1]
Welcome to a world of imagination and roleplay. Kingdoms of the Lost (KotL) is a roleplay encouraged MUD, featuring over 100 completely original areas. The vast landscape brings to you the continent of Olerax, and the divided kingdoms of the land. Barbarian, undead, sky people, woodsman and more make up the colorful kingdoms, and any one may be selected upon creation. KotL provides a location where fun is the essential element. While the theme is a mature one, we provide a welcome environment to players of all ages. Swords and sorcery fare is the backdrop of the game. Our immortals are dedicated to bringing new improvements to the game. Features found are: Multiple auto-quest locations. Easy and detailed character creation. Tier system that develops classes over 200 levels. An evolution system to strengthen your race. Stats grow through use, not from a trainer. Mana pools that vary by class. Custom weapons and armor. Player kill is an option, but not required. Roleplaying experience earned by interacting with other players. 5 different religions. Gems and moxes that can be socketed into equipment. Runic equipment that gains levels with you. Details: Scars, clothing to cover them and physical characteristics that others can actually see. [2]
Welcome to a world of imagination and roleplay. Kingdoms of the Lost (KotL) is a roleplay encouraged MUD, featuring over 100 completely original areas. The vast landscape brings to you the continent of Olerax, and the divided kingdoms of the land. Barbarian, undead, sky people, woodsman and more make up the colorful kingdoms, and any one may be selected upon creation. KotL provides a location where fun is the essential element. While the theme is a mature one, we provide a welcome environment to players of all ages. Swords and sorcery fare is the backdrop of the game. Our immortals are dedicated to bringing new improvements to the game, having provided a variety of areas and original code. Other features include: Multiple auto-quest locations. Easy and detailed character creation. A tier system that allows classes to grow and expand over 200 mortal levels of play. An evolution system that allows your race to become stronger over time. Stats grow through actual use of skills and combat, not from a trainer. Mana pools that vary by class. Create custom weapons and armor, complete with their own names and affects. Player kill is an option, but not required. Roleplaying experience (rpxp) is earned by interacting with other players. This can be used to join one of 20 religions, change kingdoms or make use of other game features. Some equipment is runic, and gains levels and strength as you do. Find gems and moxes that can be socketed into equipment, adding power and affects to them. Details: Scars, clothing to cover them, physical characteristics that other players can see and many areas containing their own quests. Features found are: Multiple auto-quest locations. Easy and detailed character creation. Tier system that develops classes over 200 levels. An evolution system to strengthen your race. Stats grow through use, not from a trainer. Mana pools that vary by class. Custom weapons and armor. Player kill is an option, but not required. Roleplaying experience earned by interacting with other players. 20 different religions. Gems and moxes that can be socketed into equipment. Ruinc equipment that gains levels with you. Details: Scars, clothing to cover them and physical characteristics. [3]

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I began playing this mud 8? years ago. Originally it was because the mud I originated from was full of drama and had a low Player base so sides were chosen and the mud I started on was falling. I searched for a mud that was challenging but fun , focused on gameplay and had things to do I found two: a mud that has died and this gem. Of the two games, Kingdom of the Lost amazed me, I began and started plowing through the original newbie zone I rolled a rakshasa(a lycan type race) and out of the gate the moon rose and I was transformed, claws burst out damage was enhanced I felt like a god(at the time). Just as I was clearing mobs, gaining xp, random mods were popping giving me tokens , restoring me , changing my quest tokens around....the transformation wore off and I got owned. The players on the mud are addicted, they have been around anywhere from a couple to 10 years and are more then helpful at times. Kingdom of the Lost has an amazing but smaller group of players now, it puzzles me. Races/resists: Kingdom of the Lost has a wide variety of original and more traditional races, but they all evolve through stat max which you cannot train it must be gained through xp gain. There are Three stages to each race , This latest character I am playing was a lizardman evolved to a dragonkin and obtained the secret dragon transform into a dracolich, there are also other secret races such as ghost vampire skeleton and I believe its shadow elf. By obtaining these you have no distinct advantage other then different resists to certain types of damage. All of the races have different resists , some high some low and with gear or runestones can come to a point where that damage type does not hurt you. Classes/skills/stats: Each class chosen has 4 tiers and every time you tier have... Read More
MudConnector.Com Review by on Apr 13, 2011
Kingdoms of the Lost is a well thought out and developed mud that continues to evolve. Active Implementers and coders make improvements and modifications a few times per year. Like most muds, there are a variety of classes and races, however included in those are racial evolutions and class tiers which allow for a wide variety of different skills and spells. While two characters may both start out as Wild Elf Scouts, they can evolve quite differently through game play, making one eventually a Siltha Dragonslayer with hunting skills specific to dealing deadly blows to dragons, another may choose to become and remain as a skeletal Grey Elf Druid with very different skills and spells from the Siltha. Simply reaching level 200 (the highest level in KOTL) does not in any way ensure that you will have a strong character. While it is true that you will have obtained all of the skills and spells possible for that character, you may not be very good at using them. Improvement of skills and spells is done entirely through their use, with only the very basics of the skill being practiced with a trainer. Not only does rushing to level 200 (which is actually 500 levels, 1-50 at first tier, 1-100 at second tier, 1-150 at third tier, and finally 1-200 at fourth tier), it may prevent you from fully exploring the detailed and extremely interesting areas designed for specific level ranges. As with most other muds, questing is required to obtain the strongest equipment possible for your character. And while quest equipment is far better than any mob equipment available, the greatest equipment is built by the user, following strict rules on the creation of custom equipment at a very high cost in quest tokens. These quest tokens must be obtained from multiple kingdoms as each kingdom's quest tokens are required to add different aspects to the custom equipment. There are a total of 8 kingdom questmasters and and 2 special quest masters, 10... Read More
MudConnector.Com Review by on Oct 20, 2008
Kingdoms of the Lost has a small, but dedicated playerbase. The players make the game enjoyable, and the IMMs actually listen. It will be difficult for me to express and summarize many of the awesome features in KoTL, but I will do my best. Many times I have suggested an idea to watch it be discussed by the playerbase, approved, and eventually implemented. This type of feedback has refined the game, and made the play much better. KoTL is a roleplaying MUD in which you can gain roleplaying experience (rpxp) by conversing with other players in character. The rpxp may be exchanged for rank in one's religion (with the approval from the Supreme, of course) or converted to real experience. With enough rpxp, you may purchase a deed to a house, and build your own player home. This encourages the players to truly roleplay with each other, and as such, you get to know each character well. For any roleplaying MUD, race matters. You will find the race you have always wanted to be with 25 selectable races, 4 retired races, and 3 racial modifications available only through gameplay (Ghosts, Skeletons and Vampires). Gaining stats through killing mobs or questing, characters grow in strength while playing. Once a character has reached their maximum racial stats, they transform to the next evolution of their race. An example of this would be a Lizardman turning into a Dragonkin and then a Dragon. Of course, as you gain experience, you will also rise in skill. There are five selectable base classes: Scout, Rogue, Fighter, Priest, and Mage. For the first fifty levels, you will play as the base class. Once you hit level fifty, you will tier to the next class of your choosing (you may choose between two classes at each tier). For example, a Priest may choose to tier to either a Monk or a Pastor. Once you tier, you begin life again at level one. You tier at levels 50, 100, and to... Read More
MudConnector.Com Review by on Apr 23, 2008
Yeah, auto questing... so does that mean using boys who are desperate for female attention to quest for you by playing a girl character? Because that is all that happens, all the females do is take advantage of the males and use them to quest for them.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Aug 15, 2008
Actually, quite the opposite. Most of the players here tend to be very greedy to the point of driving people off. A large part of the playerbase suspect every female character made to be a male player just trying to get it easy. Did I also mention if you ever get help from another player or get free quest stuff the other players will shun you for it and practically force you to quit? That is what they did to me. Don't waste time on this mud.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Sep 14, 2010
I've played different MUDs for over a decade on and off. I tried numerous ones but have only found 2 I really like. The one before KotL is going rapidly downhill and I stopped playing there a few months before I found out about KotL. Yes, you guessed right. The second MUD, and now also the only MUD, is of course Kingdoms of the Lost. What can I say about KotL what hasn’t been said already? All the different features have been described already on earlier reviews so I'm not going to go through them again. I'm lazy, so sue me. At the current moment there is only one problem haunting the place: lack of 'new blood'. It is a really good MUD with a rather small, but friendly, playerbase and the IMMs are top notch also - always listening to what you have to say and developing players’ ideas. There is something to every type of MUDer out there. PK system is separated so you have to choose for yourself during gameplay if you want to be a part of it or not. Also there are quite many secrets to be discovered about special races and so on. And by secrets I mean secrets - nobody will just tell you them, 'You have to see it for yourself'. Roleplay is highly encouraged and greatly rewarded. Basically it is possible to level only rp'ing... that is if you are up for it. Overall it is a healthy mix of everything one can look for in a mud. I highly recommend everyone to come and check it out by themselves. Word of warning though... this place tends to become really addictive ;)
MudConnector.Com Review by on Feb 14, 2006
I'm going on my 14th year of consistent mudding and I have played many, many muds, moos, mushes, whatever you see I've played it. There have only been a handful of muds that I have called home, this is one. When I tried KOTL I was fairly sceptical because when I read a review and decide to stop by and check it out it usually consists of a few minutes, a few levels, deciding I don't like it and leaving... But I have been playing constantly ever since. It has great gameplay, unlimited options to create a character, roleplay is almost player enforced and plays a huge part in the game. You can hack and slash if you want all day or quest. There are almost always 10-15 people on who are very helpful, there are constant code upgrades, and new code goes in weekly. But the best thing is there is so much to learn and so many new things to see! The coders have done an absolutely wonderful job with this mud it is very thought out, as are almost all of the areas. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS MUD FOR ANY SERIOUS MUDDER. You will not be disappointed, give KOTL a try. Ragnok
MudConnector.Com Review by on Jul 10, 2005
Kingdoms of the Lost is a very good and unique mud. Throughout my years of mudding and trying out new ones I have only found 3 muds that I thought were interesting enough to play for more than 30 minutes. This mud has a very friendly, dedicated, and hard working imm staff, as well as players who are willing to answer a new players questions. Besides having an excellent and helpful playerbase, this mud has great gameplay as well as a good roleplaying environment. There is an extensive choice of races to choose from and each of the basic classes can reach many different tier levels. This provides an opportunity for diversity and for each player to be unique in their own way. Races can also evolve into more powerful versions of their race and gain more innates as well. There are alot of great and unique additions to the code which make this a great place to play. Too many good features to list here, my suggestion would be if you're looking for a fun mud to play that supports hack and slash, roleplaying, or exploring, whatever style of gaming you prefer, then this would be the ideal mud for you to check out in this player's opinion.
MudConnector.Com Review by on May 15, 2005
I've been playing Kotl for nearing a full year and I can vouch that you will never find a more friendly group of players, immortals and all around fun game than this one. I've tried other muds and I still stick with Kingdoms of the Lost. Players set up trivia games are friendly to chat with and are usually helpful when you have a question or are lost. The best part I feel about Kingdom's of the lost is how newbie friendly it is. If you're looking for a fun run around hack and slash, but at the same time feel that you have a reason to enjoy personal one on one roleplay or large room roleplays between players of the MUD, then this is the MUD for you.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Mar 18, 2005
The Good- Beautifully thought out and unique. The game itself is awesome. You never run out of things to do in this mud. Whether you are questing for a custom made weapon or armor, leveling, perfecting spells and skills, ranking in religions or kingdoms, roleplaying for the many benefits of rpxp, there's always something you can be doing. And all of these things take a lot of time and patience. The Bad- The game says I've put in over 180 hours into it, so I really believe that I have a right to this opinion. Now, the problem that I have with this otherwise perfect game is the social aspects of it. I wouldn't say it's incredibly newbie friendly and unless you make a scene when you first enter the game you'll likely go unnoticed. The playerbase is not big. An average of 10 people are on, sometimes more, sometimes less, but I'd say rarely more than 25. There's something called 'prewipe' in this game and most of you know what I'm talking about. Yeah this game had an older version and there was a prewipe where everyone recreated. Now if you are 'prewipe' then you're almost automaticaly cool and yeah, you'll have friends on the mud. If you're not, then you seriously have to work hard to 'be cool enough' to have friends here. Now, the mud is great on its own, but who wants to play an online game (with people from all over the world on the same game) when you can't socialize? So here's my final words : The game is GREAT. I just think they need to work on the newbie friendliness, and overall friendliness. There is an air of arrogance on this game, and yeah, the older players definitely deserve respect. But this game is an RP game, and in an RP game I just don't understand excluding those around you simply because you think you are better.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Feb 4, 2005
Well, I do agree this is a great game. I disagree with you in the fact that you have to be an older player to be 'cool'. I have been playing now for about 5 months and I really like to socialize with everyone. For the most part everyone gets along great with each other. Not to mention they are all very helpful if you ask. What a lot of people don't know is that if your on here leveling, practicing your spells, or you may be on another screen all together, you may very well miss any questions on the question channel or the ooc channel. Just ask again and someone will respond. I try to respond even if I don't know, I try to just that. But yes, I do agree, great game and Imm staff. Elromis Valen
MudConnector.Com Review by on Mar 27, 2005
I agree with Elromis...I don't think the mud is cliquish. I mean sure, alot of the old players are friends, but we're definitely not friends to the exclusion of new players. I love meeting new players and interacting with them, as so do all the other oldbies. If we are 'popular' at all, the reason is because, surprise, we're friendly. We are friendly to everyone, new and old players alike. Also, as Elromis said, if your question doesn't get answered right away, it probably means that people are either busy, AFK, or unannounced AFK; in doing a lot of things on the mud, like practicing spells or levelling. There's so much spam that other lines of text can be very easily missed. It has nothing to do with the fact that no one likes to help new players (because that isn't true at ALL). I'm always perfectly willing to help a new player if I can, and most other players are too.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Apr 2, 2005
This review is my opinion based on observations of players and imms while playing on KoTL over the past six months or so. It is not meant as a destructive review, but one that might get people who love a good roleplay to get involved and to help put the family back into the MUD. As far as Mud play, read Magus's review of Oct 8, 2004, it describes the world in vivid detail. The Mud also in many respects tries to keep a family friendly atmosphere. Since the Mud wipe and redesign, many things have changed in the realm of players and imms. The number of players has dropped considerably and the imms have appeared to lose something. First the play. There seems to be an emphasis on realism like food and drink. And there are a few players who agitate for more restrictions based on reality. This is fantasy, not my daily job! There are ways around some of it, but it makes the game more work and less fun. Second the players. The lack of players I see stems from two issues. The first is the lack of a PK system. While I do not like PK, too many people who mud seem to. I would like to see the Mud continue without PK since it seems that PK causes a lot of problems with the spoiled brats who just want to destroy people's hard work. Secondly, many of the people who remain seem to have formed little groups, apparently geographically related, but not always. There are a few people who still go out of their way to help you with spells (and some even do it for free) and to invite you to group, but not like before. And third, the imms. I do not know any of them personaly, but overall, if you have a real problem with the programming or a bug you can usually get help. What I have seen is the imms acting like starved... Read More
MudConnector.Com Review by on Nov 15, 2004
When I was first introduced to KoTL, I didn't know that such games existed. I figured that I would drop it after a week or so, because like many people would justify leaving it, it had no pictures. But over the first few days, I literally became fixated on the game to the point where my social life was severly hurting. But enough about that. KoTL introduces you to a vast world, spanning two continents[at the moment], which has over 100 areas. Each area is unique in their own perspective, and have been built by Immortals and Players alike. The storyline behind Volain[The world which KoTL takes place], is a very deep and detailed one. Roleplaying isn't enforced, but most if not all the players enjoy doing so. Upon creation, there are literally thousands of ways you can configure how you want your character to appear. There have to be atleast 50 races from which you can chose from. And beyond that, you can customize hair, eye, and skin color, and you can chose which type of 'build' your body will have. 5 different base classes to chose from, each giving you the opportunity to Tier into 14 seperate and individual classes. Needless to say, you wont see a mass of a single class. When you create, you have 7 Kingdoms to chose from. All of which give you as a player a bonus in battle[which is amazing]. The Kingdoms themselves are extremely varied. From a quiet, peaceful kingdom in the forest-- To a war waging, barbaric kingdom in the hills. From a knightly, honorable kingdom, to a dark and gloomy kingdom hideen away in the swamps. Each Kingdom is varied to fit your own specific type of Roleplay. The coding on this MUD is simply excellent. I have at some points tried other MUDs, but have always dropped them and came back to KoTL because things here are fairly simple to understand. Not to say that KoTL itself is simple, lord Every... Read More
MudConnector.Com Review by on Oct 8, 2004
Let's see, I have mixed feelings about this mud. I will not say that it is an entirely addicting game, but yes, you will find yourself caught up in the leveling in such. I have been playing MUDS for several years now though and I have gone through about 20 or so MUDS trying to find one that can actually be understood and fun. Finally I had a friend suggest KOTL to me and I decided to try it out. The noobie area is EXTREMELY long and yes, gets boring and overwhelming, but that is because of the many different things this game has to offer. It took me many hours to actually finally figure everything out. But there are so many players willing to help out that it becomes not too overwhelming. The game provides much diversity that it keeps you interested, although there are some setbacks to the game. The mob based kingdoms and religions take away the player to player interactions, but at the same time it seems like it helps avoid countless arguments and such. Another thing that gets a little frustrating is the amount of time you need to spend questing in order to progress in the game. But I mean there isn't anything in the world that doesn't have its flaws. Overall, I find it to be a very fun game where the immortals aren't a bunch of jerks who use their power to ruin your game experience. The players are friendly and its a nice place to play and also just talk with friends. PKers can be satisfyed through the Bloodsworn system and at the same time the people who do not want to PK don't have to worry about anything. A lot of complaints are avoided and everyone is satisfied. This has to be one of the best MUDS out there and if you are interested in starting up a new character, think about coming to KOTL. -Bartain
MudConnector.Com Review by on Jul 2, 2004
Now, I've never really been compelled to write a review about a MUD, until now. This MUD, quite simply, has become my new home. I love all the unique features of it. It's a pretty heavily RP mud, though it has many OOC channels for venting and just general chatting. It's supposedly still in beta, but is one of the most fun (and polished) MUDs I've played to date. I've gone through hundreds of MUDs, the supposed top 10, and have grown bored. But I came across this gem, and will not leave for anything! Throw your dad's old system of trains and practices out the window. Stats raise by actual use! (and with a little luck) If you swing a heavy weapon enough, you'll raise strength, fight hiding/invisible creatures and you'll raise perception, etc. Also, there are random affects every once in a while after you kill a mob. Like you might get a restore, you might gain quest tokens, you might lose them, you might get an 8x multiplier of xp for that kill, or you might gain no xp! It makes the game interesting and fun, because you never quite know what to expect. There's quest gear and customs, and enough custom flags to keep ya questin' for quite a while. There's an intricate kingdom system that frequently changes. Players are heads of the kingdom and hold ranks and actually decide when the kingdoms will war with each other (role-played well of course). There's also an intricate religion system with ranks within each religion. As you gain rank in your specified religion you get special spells, specific to your religion. There is PK, you can opt out by going serene (thereby you can't be attacked), and all PK must be done in character. Also, once you cap out your stats, if you are a non-human race (which is quite common because there are tons of starter races) you get to evolve into another race! There are 3 evolutions of race,... Read More
TopMUDSites.Com Review by on Nov 17, 2003
I have written very few positive reviews about a mud, despite playing hundreds over the years. I have finally found the perfect mix, for me, of role-play, questing, player killing and immortal involvement. This is absolutely my last mud and it is wonderful that the best came last! You will notice a real theme and it is something that really excites me as an experienced player! Role-play: Religion- player driven, code supported. Kingdoms- player driven, code supported. Marriages- player driven, code supported. The list goes on and on. The really important factor is that while role-play is NOT enforced, it is absolutely pervasive on the mud. The game just brings it out of you and the players help make an environment you can really get lost in without any formal requirements. Again, we have a player driven environment with immortals supporting you. Questing: Automatic Questing- Excellent code with multiple questors, some hidden in fact, and dizzying opportunities to use your hard earned tokens on custom equipment, stock quest gear, or even trade them to others for goods and services! Immortal Events and Quests- Well thought out, executed and the rewards are generous but not easy to get! Player-Killing: You can do it or be serene. There are level ranges. It is balanced and generally is done in character for good reasons. There are coded consequences if you do not! Player policed and code supported! The Staff: There is a mature ownership of the mud with a real commitment to continuing the mud for years to come. They do not hire twinks, children or morons. They are tolerant of players but will step in quickly to put a halt to a problem player. I am a real stickler on immortals (been one for a long time other places) and have had no complaints so far. I have been generally impressed! Features: Too many to name all the features, in fact if there is any negative aspect it’s the sheer complexity of the games You... Read More
TopMUDSites.Com Review by on Nov 4, 2003
I have written very few positive reviews about a mud, despite playing hundreds over the years. I have finally found the perfect mix, for me, of roleplay, questing, player killing and immortal involvement. This is absolutely my last mud and it is wonderful that the best came last! You will notice a real theme and it is something that really excites me as an experienced player! Roleplay: Religion- player driven, code supported. Kingdoms- player driven, code supported. Marriages- player driven, code supported. The list goes on and on. The really important factor is that while roleplay is NOT enforced, it is absolutely pervasive on the mud. The game just brings it out of you and the players help make an environment you can really get lost in without any formal requirements. Again, we have a player driven environment with immortals supporting you. Questing: Automatic Questing- Excellent code with multiple questors, some hidden in fact, and dizzying opportunities to use your hard earned tokens on custom equipment, stock quest gear, or even trade them to others for goods and services! Immortal Events and Quests- Well thought out, executed and the rewards are generous but not easy to get! Player-Killing: You can do it or be serene. There are level ranges. It is balanced and generally is done in character for good reasons. There are coded consequences if you do not! Player policed and code supported! The Staff: There is a mature ownership of the mud with a real commitment to continuing the mud for years to come. They do not hire twinks, children or morons. They are tolerant of players but will step in quickly to put a halt to a problem player. I am a real stickler on immortals (been one for a long time other places) and have had no complaints so far. I have been generally impressed! Features: Too many to name all the features, in fact if there is any negative aspect it’s the sheer complexity of the games You... Read More
MudConnector.Com Review by on Nov 2, 2003
I'm not going to go into detail over the gameplay; the other reviews have pretty much covered everything there is to know. Instead this is more of an opinion of KotL. For the past 8 years I'm played steadly on another mud, in that time I've tried different places but after a month or so the game became boring and I'd go back to playing my original more heavily. Until I started playing KotL. At first I must admit it was a bit tough because there is a certain group of older players who are quite cliquish and can be rude to newbies at times, however they are in the minority and it shouldn't put people off this great game. That being my only gripe I like that the game can appeal to different player types. Pk'ers, Rp'ers, loners, each type can find many hours of enjoyment on KotL. The game is interesting and varied enough that there almost always something you can be doing. I think the best part of KotL is the staff. It's very rare where I've seen such an active staff base before. They are constantly playing, interacting and developing the mud in order to make it better. Additions, bug fixes are constatly taking place. Truly the best imm staff I've seen. KotL might not be for everyone, but for me it's my new mudding home.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Oct 17, 2003
I don't recommend this MUD if you wish to have a life of some sort. After only two or three days of playing, you will be wholly addicted. The first thing I have to mention is that KoTL is extremely, wonderfully colorful. It's not blaring or excessive, but it makes the whole text experience much more vivid than the monotonous gray I've seen on nearly ever other MUD. I like the automated quest system. It gives you a goal to work to, and leaves plenty of time to roleplay inbetween. :) Roleplay is highly encouraged. You can even restring pieces of equipment to fit your character's style (I'm a restring addict, actually), which I think is so awesome. It's a great way of bringing out your character's personality. For those of you who dislike PK, you can easily go serene, which removes you from the PK aspect of the MUD. The zones are colorful, completely unique and so much fun. I adore wandering through the castles and finding secret passages ^^;;. One thing that makes KoTL stand out so much is the staff. They're really one of a kind- Patient, hard-working and dedicated. There's always one on to help if you really need it. In addition, the IMMs are pure fun! You'll be surprised at how outgoing and generous they are. They'll randomly bonus tokens, experience and even Crystalline Tokens, which are very valuable. The playerbase is also amazing. Everyone is so helpful! There are a number of players who will answer any questions you have and lend out help to whoever needs it(I certainly will :). They're funny and out-going and a lot of fun to MUD with. I consider a great many of them good friends. :) Overall, KoTL is a perfect 10. There is no other MUD like it, and I think everyone should at least give it a try. You'll be addicted in no time ;)
MudConnector.Com Review by on Oct 17, 2003
I normally don't like to play muds. Normally. Except for KoTl. I came when KoTL first opened, and watched it bloom from the very beginning. Since then, the already large and entertaining mud has gotten larger and much more involved. It was such a refreshing change from the standard muds that I had been involved in beforehand. Offering 5 kingdoms (soon to be 7) to begin your character's creation, and then 15 different religions you can roleplay to join (and 5 more if you're lucky you eventually might be able to roleplay your way to lead)...allowing for a great deal of creativity, depth and range for each player. Add in tons of race choices, HUGE class system (and a website to help you figure it all out)...There are no cookie-cutter characters at Kingdoms of the Lost. What surprised me about the Immortals of Kotl is that they treat their staff position seriously, and still talk to the mortals and are friendly. They help out newbies, joke with oldies, code, fix- I'm not sure how they manage it all. If you ever have a problem, the entire staff will look into it. I'm never worried about running into a bug (which hasn't happened since the very very early days) or really anything at all... because I know the staff is understanding and helpful- and they'll do whatever they can to make the gaming experience fun for me. Newbies will have NO problem getting help if they want it. Even at the wee hours of the morning, when only five or six people have been logged on, I've created alts to see how newbie-helpful Kotl was, and I was assisted by THREE of the people online. At peak hours, I would say it's impossible to not find someone to help get a new character started. This is where I think KoTL REALLY rocks- we've got helpful and nice players. There is always someone on to tell you about the equipment to use, the places try... Read More
MudConnector.Com Review by on Oct 17, 2003
Hmm, what can I say about KOTL. I normally play odd or annoying characters to try to force rp to happen, but I find it easy to come by here, if you find the right people. It's very newbie friendly, of course I tend to turn off newbie or question/answer channels myself because of the spam that they come up with at times. Imms are friendly, helpful and playful. I've played alot of MUDs before that the imms you don't hear from that much or they don't talk and are just serious, but here they joke and tease the players. Makes things more enjoyable and a better environment. The mud has alot of features and even some things that I've still learning how to play with. Lots of areas to play in and tons of equipment to find. Some areas have small twists and plots, but most players don't seem to find them. Only the ones who read the areas and follow them through. Well then I guess they tell others and it just cascades after that. :) Know what really gets people going, you walk up to a door in a city full with people and keep yelling that you can't open the door, and wait until someone comes and helps you since your character is just too short to touch the knob. :) Well, hope you come by and join the family. 'Jasper hopes you not an evil wizard, Jasper don't like them evil wizards, Jasper gonna be a powerful wizard one day, Jasper every tell you thats?'
MudConnector.Com Review by on Oct 17, 2003
I've been here for about a year now and the mud does show that it is still in beta. There are only areas up to around level 170, and the mud supports levels up to 200, so they need more of those. Also, classes are somewhat unbalanced, but less and less so all of the time. Mages, who were the 'weak' ones a few months back often say now that they are on par with a fighter. Now, I am used to player kill, and it is hard to do that here if you don't spend lots of hours playing on here. In the mud's defense, they claim to be heavy roleplay, low pk priority, so I can understand that. All in all, I can't think of any reasons not to recommend kotl to play. The players are fun, the staff is helpful and always around, and its quite original. I'd simply state that it's worth playing, I just hope you have alot of spare time for it.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Oct 17, 2003
"The statements I make in this review are based on my personal opinion and experiences." Kingdoms of the Lost is an extended mud. It has many, many features built atop a rom codebase and has one of the richest collections of non-stock areas. Enough to keep a player busy for a period of a year, after which, as I found, many regret having spent their time there. I've made alot of features for this mud, and I'm sorry to say that I myself regret implementing them, because the mud did not turn out the way it should. The bulk of additions give the mud an incredible first impression, but the long term players find themselves battling alts of people that have cheated severely, taking away the fun of growing big (which is very time consuming). When I found the implementors cheating with their alts, and was told to accept it or to leave, I could not stop thinking of the players that had prev2iously been deleted over things much smaller. And that is a shame, because the work that was done on the mud (including alot of good work from the implementors) goes to waste. Other than that, the mud is heavily quest-based. The classes are still somewhat unbalanced (cough), but growing strong is a matter of equipment, so everyone can eventually have a chance of equal battle (between players). The player base is a good one, many friendly and helpful players are more then willing to guide you around the mud, and I've found the newer staff members to be very friendly as well. If you're up to some double standards (immortals and players) and feel like a mud with rich features, this is a mud you'll like alot. Just remember that, after you've grown large in character and attached to the mud, it is a matter of whether the implementors (and their alts) like you that will allow you to have a pleasant time, and not how hard you try on... Read More
MudConnector.Com Review by on Oct 17, 2003
Kingdoms of the Lost has evolved in a very positive way. I feel that the review that I've written (the one this is a comment on) no longer applies and has become obsolete. The features of the mud are enriched in a very positive manner and the mud is now fully playable. I am once again proud of this mud ;) Bodros von Horstmann, former main coder of KotL.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Oct 14, 2004
I had never really played any MUD's before this one. I had always thought that text based games were extremely lame. I was at Summer school when another player of KoTL introduced me to my new addiction. Great fighting system, overall. Many different classes to choose from and the tiering system is awesome! Many different races put in for some great roleplay. The different races get their own bonuses! Getting the chance to be a dragon is really awesome. The equipment is varied, as well. Everything is thought of from swords, to armor, to shoes even! It's great. You can also restring your equipment, at the cost of some gold, to anything you want! It's really great. KoTL is completely free, and that's a plus for anyone who wants something to do during the days.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Sep 11, 2003
What can I said about Kotl that hasn't already been said except the honest truth. I am not a regular player there so I will not buff it up and lie to you making you think it's the greatest thing next to cotton candy, because it's not. It lacks originality and character. It's the same old same old. It may have a few slight differences, but nothing is completely original. Mob run quest, quest tokens, socket gems, quest gear, custom gear. It's all the same you can find at alot of the newer or revamped muds these days. However, you may find it comforting to know that the imms like to play snoop and they will silently snoop you no matter what you do so don't do anything bad and if you plan to go to the hotel with that special someone, know now, don't do anything real bad or you will be the talk of the oc channels. The immstaff press hard about not revealing to other characters who other players alts are, but they have no problems breaking this rule themselves. So take heed young adventurers if you're looking for a good mud, don't stop here. Keep travelling my friend and one day the road less travelled will open to reveal a much better landscape. ta for now Sanen Jadestorm
MudConnector.Com Review by on Sep 7, 2003
This is actually rather funny, coming from someone who stated to others that she had found her home on KotL, and the other muds she played on paled in comparision. However, such is the way with people who are banned because rules are for the rest of the mud, never for them.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Sep 12, 2003
Finally got ourselves a bad review! :P Well, I feel the other reviews speak volumes about us, but despite the disparaging remarks left by Sanen, I think there's actually something useful garnered from it. We are a highly involved staff. No, we don't make a practice of snooping, but this was a case where harassment was called by mulitple players, so we took it upon ourselves to keep an eye on matters. Sanen was found to be breaking several of the stated rules (of which you are forced to read on creation, like most MUDs), and playing ooc head games with players, pitting them against one another for matters of non-MUD-related basis. I don't care at all what people do away from my MUD, and the people they talk to in other places such as AIM or Yahoo is their own business, but at KotL my staff and I take care of our players, and attempt to ward off problems before they get terribly out of hand. I always figured we would get out first bad review from a disgruntled player after they were punished. This one was warned multiple times, jailed a short time, and then denied and then banned. We took progressive measures for which I owe no apology, and am in a way grateful that she advertised the active and protective role we take at KotL.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Sep 12, 2003
There's alot of good things to say about KotL so far, from what I have seen. I've been playing here on and off for several months now, and each time I attempt to take any kind of a break from it, I wind up missing the people and atmosphere enough to come back. It's not a 'fast' MUD. You don't hit max level in a day or even a week, like most places I've been to. Questing is a big part of improving yourself, but if you log the hours, you do get rewarded for your effort. Roleplay is encouraged greatly, and the roleplay experience system really takes advantage of this. I still haven't nailed down the one or two things that catch my eye. There's actually quite a few small things weaved together that do that for me. There are still some shortcomings, like class balance can be an issue, and there's not enough areas yet to reach max level, but the staff always seems to be adding changes and updates, and they are still listed as a BETA MUD, so it's understandable. Honestly, given the many original ideas, and all-new areas, when this MUD does come out of BETA, I'll probably be quite glad I was one of the first to find it. There's a lot of MUDs out there claiming to be unique, and all of them are vying for player attention. Simply put, this is the one I keep coming back to.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Jul 8, 2003
This is a really great mud, it has so much more than a stock mud. Multiple kingdoms, all sorts of gem, runestone, etc... systems, as well as cool stat game and evolution and tiering systems. A fair amount of roleplay exists here, but there is also quite a bit of PK (although you don't have to involve yourself). I'd give it an A+. Also the number of players is fairly high, averaging 30+ at peaks times, even on weekdays.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Jun 12, 2003
Kingdoms of the Lost is a very good and unique mud. Throughout my years of mudding and trying out new ones I have only found 3 muds that I thought were interesting enough to play for more than 30 minutes. This mud has a very friendly, dedicated, and hard working imm staff, as well as players who are willing to answer a new players questions. Besides having an excellent and helpful playerbase, this mud has great gameplay as well as a good roleplaying environment. There is an extensive choice of races to choose from and each of the basic classes can reach many different tier levels which provides an opportunity for diversity and for each player to be unique in their own way. Races can also evolve into more powerful versions of their race and gain more innates as well. There are alot of great and unique additions to the code which make this a great place to play. Too many good features to list here, my suggestion would be if you're looking for a fun mud to play that supports hack and slash, roleplaying, or exploring, whatever style of gaming you prefer, then this would be the ideal mud for you to check out in this player's opinion.
MudConnector.Com Review by on May 20, 2003