Roleplaying has always been an important part of life on LegendMUD. The server is not really designed as a consistent themed roleplaying universe, but rather as many discrete representations of history, wherein characters travel through time. This has been both the greatest asset and the greatest challenge to RP on LegendMUD.
RP on Legend takes place on a variety of levels. Many players maintain an in-character (IC) persona, and some may plunge themselves deep into the psyche of their creations while others may simply adopt personality quirks and speech patterns that differ from their other characters. Some even maintain offsite blogs for their characters. Interpersonal relationships IC are a fact of life on Legend, and we've been host to a great number of weddings, families, and offspring. RP also takes place often on a clan level between friendly groups and warring factions alike.
Legend has been enhanced in many ways to facilitate and encourage RP, and below you will find descriptions of a few of these, and links to others.
Socials - These are quick commands you can use to express yourself. A list of each one of them and what they look like when used is contained here.
Moods - This feature, unique to Legend, allows you to alter the way you speak, walk, and act according to how you're feeling at the moment. Find out all of the moods that are available to you here.
Strings - When you have that piece of equipment with the perfect stats but a very imperfect name for your character, you can earn coupons that let you string the item to almost anything you like. Learn more here.
The Muse Award - We feel that the best and most enjoyable RPers deserve recognition, and so we offer this award as a way for players to nominate and vote for their favorites. Click here to vote or to see a list of past winners.
The Out Of Character Lounge - This is a place to go outside the
game, to converse and discuss.
The Wild Boar Tavern is an out-of-character space that can be reached from any inn by simply typing OOC. It offers a cash bar, a piano lounge, a gift shop, a small restaurant, and an auditorium. Typing IC returns you to the main mud exactly where you were.
While you are OOC, ticks do not affect you--nor can fights take place in the Wild Boar Tavern. It's simply a safe place to come to talk to people. Privacy is often available there, and it has become a popular spot for relaxation, as well as for non-game related conversations and debates.
The Auditorium hosts the lecture series as well as mud meetings on issues of game design or mud society. Sometimes players gather there for singalongs, or Halloween stories, or jam sessions.
The Gift Shop offers a list of items for sale such as stuffed animals, greeting cards, and other gifts. These can be mudmailed to anyone on the mud as a token of affection (well, excepting the 'kick in the pants' item).
The Speech System - A state-of-the-art conversation system that
reads like real prose. Legend's speech system permits the use of moods, and presents text in a more
legible format. It's designed to be more readable and also to encourage immersion in the fictional
world of the mud.
All players will find that their says and other speeches are automatically formatted with capitalization, and with periods placed at the ends. In addition, they'll see that the common format of
Player says, 'Hi.'
will vary, with the tag (the 'Player says' part) appearing at either the start or end of the speech, or in the case of speeches with multiple sentences, in the middle:
'Hi,' Player says. 'What's your name?'
In addition, players have the ability to use 'moods.' Using moods, players can enter in one of well over 100 different moods to alter their speech tags, which then select from among several possible speech tags, allowing people to speak wistfully, angrily, loooking down their nose at the plebes, or any other of hundreds of possible combinations.
'Hi,' Player says warmly. 'What's your name?'
The Player Description System - Players on Legend do not have to
be nothing more than a name. If they so choose, they can request to register long and short
descriptions, so that other people in the game see them as 'a short bald woman' or some such. Once
these descriptions are registered, the player can turn them on and off as they desire, but may not
alter them, unless a roleplaying event of great magnitude takes place, and the change is reported
in the Legendary Times.
Unlike other muds where one must apply for a character and give descriptions then, Legend encourages you to only bother with established characters, and the entire system is completely optional.