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TMC Player Reviews: The Inquisition: Legacy

Review Submitted By: Anon
Author Status: Player
Started on The Inquisition: Legacy: 2012
Submission Date: Mar 11, 2017
TMC Listing: The Inquisition: Legacy

The following review is the opinion of the review's author [Anon] and in no way represents the opinions of this website or its staff.

TI continues its slow decline since Takta (my impression was that
Takta was Kinaed's counterbalance) was fired. I enjoy playing here.
The coded systems are fantastic, and the setting is fleshed out. But
TI's staff has always been what sets it apart from other MU*s, and
these days, unfortunately, it's only enjoyable in spite of the staff,
not because of them. I'm pessimistic about the direction the game is
going in and could not recommend it in its current state.

Staff readily admit they have little on-grid presence, and yet, still
try to implement new systems and policy without listening to the ones
whose experience is affected. A glance at the forums shows how certain
staff don't attempt to read or understand player posts anymore before
they dismiss them at best, and accuse them of cheating at worst
(Kinaed is infamous for this). For example, when someone pointed out a
problem with new hood/cloak code and asked if they could reconfigure
cloaks for free to compensate, Kinaed accused them of trying to cheat
out of paying--even though the problem was caused by an ill-thought
code revision and was not anything a person would realistically have
to pay for.

Staff assumes problems are solved when players are silenced, or give
up out of frustration. Which means there's a sad amount of nastiness
behind staffer backs in private tells and other bile that sours the
atmosphere. Players generally act content and reassure the staff
publicly, because as Kinaed has said, you don't want to be on her bad
side. And she has her favorites, meaning, certain players can break
rules and harass others without repercussion. The players who think
there aren't, are generally the favorites.

I will probably take my leave when the next few major systems go in
(an assets automation system that seems to be tailored to privilege
oldbies, as one example). While players are constantly reassured that
staff will continue to look at and rebalance new additions to the
game, we are often ignored in practice. Kinaed encourages players to
speak their minds, assures them she has heard them, and then proceeds
to move on without taking action.

They branded the last negative review on this site a 'troll review'
when it was, in fact, written by a current player. Which goes to show
where staff mentality is with regards to improving their game. Staff
priorities include 'revitalizing' the grid with repetitive NPCs
designed to occupy player roles. Want to take your bard busking in the
city's major tavern? Sorry, there's already one there that you'll
have to ignore.

Hopefully staff will read this and look at their game with a critical
eye, but I am expecting little more than to be lashed out at and
branded a 'troll.'

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Comment Submitted By: Delphine
Author Status: Player
Started on The Inquisition: Legacy: 2017
Submission Date: May 28, 2017

(The following review comment is the opinion of the comment's author [Delphine] and in no way represents the opinions of this website or its staff).

Hey there!

As a new player who just started playing on TI this year, I have to say that I was surprised to read this review. Perhaps
there are some things that you've seen that I haven't seen, but to be honest, out of all the MUDs I've ever played on, the
staff at TI are some of the best I've come across.

I rather like that they're hands off when it comes to the RP going on in-game, meaning that most of the RP is player
driven. But I've always seen them be very helpful OOC even after having been sent a pile of tells, pboards, and requests
they have to slog through. I probably bother at least one staff member once a day for something (thought it's usually
more like at least two staff members multiple times a day) and they're always quick to assist and never seem to mind.

And then there's the weekly OOC meeting. I'll admit that, at first, I refused to attend the meeting as I dislike OOC
communication on MUDs in general, but once I started going, I started seeing how helpful they can be. For those who
don't play on TI: every Saturday, the staff sit down with the players for one hour, give us some item like a toy that's
usually focused on something that's been going on IC (as someone who is easily amused, I enjoy these waaaaay too
much), and then talk about the changes they have made to the game over the following week and then let players air
their complaints. Above all, at these meetings, I've seen Kinaed make an effort to listen to any and all complaints, even
offering to stay after the meeting with a player one-on-one if their complaint ended up being something a little personal
or sensitive.

In regards to the assets, it's my understanding that that new system is simply meant to, at its core, be a way to explain
the right now ambiguous allowance/income your character gets once a week. I'm not quite sure how that would give old
players special privileges. But once again - maybe you've seen something I haven't.

To the person who originally wrote this review: as a fellow player, I'm sorry that you're so unhappy with the state of the
MUD at present. But I have to ask:

Have you brought these concerns to the staff? I'm sure they'd be more than happy to listen and address your concerns.
At least, in my experience, they've always been more than happy to address mine.