I usually avoid MUDs/MMOs, but my insatiable obsession with zombies (mmm, social commentaries AND post apocalyptic scenarios) has piqued my interest in this game. I have a few questions before I commit though:
How much and how often do you have to play?
What happens when you aren't logged on?
Is the game heavily stacked toward veterans like most MMOs? (i.e. how bad does the rape hurt when you are a newb?)
Is the UI archaic and text based or nice and easy on the eyes?
I think that's all I got actually.
Answers from my perspective:
This is the only MMO that I play as I can't get into the idea of the timesuck that is most of them. I too was attracted by the subject matter and the low level of commitment needed to play. I only started in February so I'll answer as best I can.
This game allows only 50 action points per day regenerated at a rate of 1ap per half hour. An action can be anything your chacter does; (loading a gun, swinging an axe, opening a door, moving 1 block, etc.) With this system, a player can lierally burn through 50ap in 10 min. or stretch it out over a short time.
Every character in the game is human controlled and when you aren't logged in the world still exists around you. Your character can be attacked, healed, and killed in your absence. The exception is if you are inactive for a time (3 days I believe) in which case your character goes into "hiding".
Although it helps to have the skills that come with higher levels, starting isn't that bad especially with help from a group. The first few levels are tough as a zombie or a survivor though currently staring as a zombie might be a bit easier. Once you get your first few levels though, the game moves quickly.
As to the graphical interface, it is about as basic as you can get. If you're looking for pretty pictures, this is not the game for you. There are extensions that help out with this but I'm not the one to ask about 'em. (option.iv would be a better choice)
Really this game boils down to a social activivty where the meta-gaming aspect plays a role as big or small as you want. Our little group has started to find itself as of late and would be moree then happy to help you start out. Some groups are more active then others outside of the game, we probably fall in the middle.
Your best bet for more specifics on/about the game is the wiki:
As a new user I would also check out these two pages:
If you do decide to join us, put the CAS as your group affiliation and add yourself to our wiki:
That's quite a bit and that's all I got, hope it helps!
J.Jake: I'll try to check in tonight if I can help blow your head off!