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Dark Pawns: Risen

 
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Codebase Details
Zero Stock - EXTREMELY MODIFIED
Host Name
dpreturns.com
Port
6969
MUD Theme Details
Dark Fantasy - Set in middle ages - Stays true to the times.
Created Date
January 09, 1994
Average Online
MultiPlaying Allowed?
Yes
Player Killing Allowed?
Yes, Restricted
Number of Starting Races
How many races does your game have that new players/accounts can select from?
7
Number of Starting Classes
How many classes does your game have that new players/accounts can select from?
6
Number of Advanced Classes
How many classes does your game have that need to be unlocked somehow, and are not available for new players/accounts?
6
Multiclassing?
No
Level-less System?
No
Class-less System?
No
Equipment Saved?
Yes
Quests Available?
Staff-Run
Character Approval Required?
No
ANSI Color?
Yes
Role Play Model
Role Play Accepted
Character Progression System
Based on Character's Level
Equipment System
Skill
Clans Offered?
Yes
Pay to Play?
100% Free
Crafting System?
Stock
Player Run Cities?
No
Conquest System Offered?
No
Screen Reader Friendly?
Fully
World Originality
All Original
Game Maps
Offline / Web Site
Adult Oriented?
Is your game geared towards adult in any of the following criterion?
  • Alcohol and/or Drugs Available or Referenced
  • Cursing Permitted on Public Channels
  • Dark and Violent RP Plots or Zones
  • Generally Adult Oriented
  • Graphic or Explicitly Described Violence

A great MUD may go dormant, but it never truly dies. Dark Pawns has been reawakened by demand of former players after some years of being publicly offline. The selection of challenging yet fun MUDs continues to dwindle and Dark Pawns is looking to help solve this problem. The game is simplistic at its core, a classic hack ‘n slash set in a dark fantasy realm. The mechanics, classes and skill/spell selections are not overbearing and complex – yet they are very polished and balanced for 3-character multiplay. There is a wealth of solo and group content with interesting areas to explore and rewarding monsters to conquer and loot. Unlike many other MUDS available today, Dark Pawns is not easily blown through with rapid powerleveling, pay for perks, bonus experience multiples, or any other superfluous features meant to be flashy, but turn MUDs into just one big experience grind fest. There are true challenges at every level in Dark Pawns and the MUD does not hold your hand. There’s a small, but plentiful enough player-base to assist any newcomers through the full spectrum of the game and still 20+ years later, veterans still have yet to discover all Dark Pawns has to offer.

User reviews

4 reviews

Overall rating 
 
5.0
Game Mechanics 
 
5.0  (4)
Feature Set 
 
5.0  (4)
Game World 
 
5.0  (4)
Community 
 
5.0  (4)
Staff 
 
5.0  (4)
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Memorable
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Game Mechanics 
 
5.0
Feature Set 
 
5.0
Game World 
 
5.0
Community 
 
5.0
Staff 
 
5.0
Probably the most exciting, immersive and rewarding game I’ve ever played. It went offline for a long period of time and I found myself several times throughout those years wishing it would come back. It’s fun, it’s complex but not too complicated, it’s dark, it’s rewarding, and you’ll build friendships that are long lasting. Many classes available, spells and skills are polished and just overall play is so smooth.
J
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You Died.
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Game Mechanics 
 
5.0
Feature Set 
 
5.0
Game World 
 
5.0
Community 
 
5.0
Staff 
 
5.0
Few games grip me like Dark Pawns does. In a world were AAA titles and flashy graphics get all of the attention, some of the greatest adventures can be had with some simple text and a bit of imagination. This is what Dark Pawns has to offer - an intricately designed world with challenges around every corner. This game will pit you against threats that necessitate teaming up with other players to conquer, but also provides a healthy amount of solo content. It's strongly recommended to multiplay 3 characters to have the best experience. Dark Pawns can be quite difficult, but it will engage you and reward you for overcoming its challenges.
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Another Dark Pawn
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Game Mechanics 
 
5.0
Feature Set 
 
5.0
Game World 
 
5.0
Community 
 
5.0
Staff 
 
5.0
This game is so addictive i sold my house, bought an RV and parked it in front of a Starbucks, i haven't slept in a month. I don't know what day it is. My kids and wife left me. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN!? Oh well... screw it, i'm having the time of my life. All jokes aside, this game is absolutely fun, addictive, terrifying, sad, exhilarating and more.
B
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Addictive
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Game Mechanics 
 
5.0
Feature Set 
 
5.0
Game World 
 
5.0
Community 
 
5.0
Staff 
 
5.0
I have been playing this MUD off and on for over 20 years. The fantasy world has been meticulously crafted and the descriptions are very well thought out. There is a very mature player base whom are very knowledgeable and willing to help new players. The creators have developed a very mature fighting/spell system and various character classes to give you tons of different options for playing style.

Role play isn't required but many players participate frequently. I'd encourage you to start out with at least two characters, one being a cleric for healing. You can have up to three characters and multi-play is pivotal in late game mechanics.

Dark Pawns can be very challenging and unforgiving, but it is undoubtedly the best MUD I've come across. I hope to see you online soon!
D
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