First, a little bit about myself: I personally come from Second Life where most places (sims) have no gameplay whatsoever, so RPing to get things done is the norm to advance. My biggest hurdle as a newcomer to MUDs and MOOs were (and still are) the tactical aspects of Sindome that involve stats, skills and commands.
My first character in didn’t even manage to get through immigrations, can you believe that!? Haha!
Some of my character’s chyen got nabbed before I could while I took my time familiarizing the basic commands at the gate, so I ended up roaming the Badlands until my character collapsed and all-knowing Johnny came to the rescue! I made the same mistake as many newcomers make into believing that, by having skills X and Y, I’d get the necessary information to advance my character’s career/dreams with a free handout of information. I was wrong, but that didn’t keep me from exploring the Dome’s gritty underbelly and gradually absorbing the atmosphere and mechanics.
Sure, my character died while roaming around and making the wrong decisions, and they hit pretty hard to me as a player because I had plans for said character, but that didn’t keep me from sticking around. It was three days in, maybe four, when my character croaked. I never expected him to, funnily enough, because I overestimated my character’s capabilities when I placed him into that situation. But my character did die. I saw red slide across the screen as what felt like the biggest punch in the gut, a visceral wake-up call that this is the Mix mottafackerr — just like that.
Since then, after a breather or two, I’ve made my second character. Obstacles are everywhere, progression is tough, but, despite all my failures and shortcomings, I’m absolutely LO-VING IT here. I can’t stress it enough how immersive it all feels, not to friends who I’ve been trying to join up, nor, now, to the community here with my wee post.
This place is raw and brutal and unfair and sordid, beautiful because of all these things. It’s like a splash of ice cold water to the face just to feel the relieve set in after. The beginning is startling, but all the achievements you gain by progression will be all the more rewarding because of it. Be bold, be your character, and Sindome will reward you in unexpected ways — as a newbie, someone who has only perceived the tip of the iceberg, can tell there is much more to see. It’s up to you to make those steps at your own pace, whether rushing the fence or taking it slow.