The World of Pain


The World of Pain, for the next while, will be under constant construction and modification. A great deal of the current code is being modified, debugged, and replaced. Many of the superficial parts of the mud will change - that cannot be helped. However, your immortal staff, are planning on another kind of change as well.

There are several integral parts of a solid, strong MUD. One of the most important of these is a character base filled with well thought out, and well played characters. What that translates to is good roleplaying. Good roleplaying raises the level of realism, tension, excitement, and overall fun in the mud, as some of you may know. So, we are going to request that the mortals on World of Pain begin to strongly incorporate roleplaying into your mudding. Please continue reading.

First of all, when you create a character, you should always have an idea of what kind of role you want this character to play. This should strongly affect the choices you make during character generation. Class is the probably the biggest choice you can make for your character. It determines what kind of skills and spells you'll learn and often times what your profession is. Race is another very important choice you will make, and one which is often paid little attention. Race does matter! Not only does it have a very large affect on how your character should be roleplayed, but before long there will be race-specific code implemented. Choose your race to carefully fit your character! You can learn more about races on the Races page.
Gender is fairly obvious, and only affects roleplay for now.

Now that you created your character, you must roleplay it. First things first, make a description for yourself. You can do this by typing QUIT at the mud, and then entering the number which lets you change your description. It should include your race and your physical description. When people look at you this is what they'll see. Make it accurate. Next, you have to step inside the shoes of the character you are playing, and pretend that you are actually him or her. When you speak, imagine yourself in the specific situation. Imagine what you'd say, how you'd act, and what you'd do if you were your character. This is where the fun begins folks. This is where you get to take a break from reality and immerse yourself in another world for awhile. Come up with a history of your character. Maybe your family was enslaved for ages by the Orcs and you have vowed to take revenge. Maybe you are a Prince from a foreign land, driven out of your homeland by angry peasants. Be creative, but don't be so creative you can't roleplay your character. Remember, you're going to be spending a lot of time with it.

So, I've given you an idea of what we would like to see. Here is a list of things we definitely do NOT want to see.


Social Behavior

Whoever gossips, 'The Lakers really sucked last night!'
No one should have any idea who the Lakers are in World of Pain.

Whoever gossips, 'I gotta go. My mom's being a bitch.'
Unless you're talking about your mother on the MUD, same as above.

Whoever gossips, 'Anyone have a warrior 2.char? I need someone buff.'
This is serious Taboo on roleplaying MUDs. NEVER mention your 2.chars! Any one of your characters should not know the others exist! I CANNOT stress this enough. For this reason, there will be no be no simultaneous multiplaying. You may have 2.chars, but they cannot play at the same time on the MUD.

Basically, try to confine all public (say/gossip/emote/etc.) to being in character. This maximizes the enjoyment of others, and doesn't disrupt the mood. If you absolutely must speak out of character, do it in a tell, and precede it with an (OOC) for Out Of Character. For example:

Whoever tells you, '(OOC) Ack.. mom is calling, gotta run.'

This should almost never be said on a gossip channel (I cannot think of why it would need to be - you don't need to announce your arrival and exit from the MUD), and should be used sparingly in all other cases.

General Behavior

Play your character, I tell you!

Behavior Towards Gods

Let's see here. How would you act towards a God if you were in the mud? Do not treat Gods like mortals. Do not mock or insult the Gods, unless of course you are looking for punishment. Basically, it will save you and me a whole lot of time if you roleplay well. So do it right!

Blatant disregard for these expectations will be punished in some fashion. If you have any questions about anything, please contact any member of the Immortal staff. Thank you for reading this, we truly feel this will make World of Pain a better, more fun environment.

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