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TMC Player Reviews: Sindome


Review Submitted By: Cattatax
Author Status: Player
Started on Sindome: 3yrs
Submission Date: Apr 18, 2018
TMC Listing: Sindome

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

Take my advice. Give an indie MUD a shot over this.

Roleplay:
Sindome follows very simple rules regarding this. 'If code allows it'.
From there, it's the average fare. Code abuse, minimalist RP, and
Out Of Character and In Character divide far too thin.

Mechanics:
Mechanics are considered 'In-Character'. Metaknowledge about
the game's systems are jealously guarded, to the point that the
games help channel has a long history of 'Find out IC' responses
(That they think is actually charming, instead of both alienating and
undermining the point of having a Help Channel). Yes, this includes
key features to your role. Yes, this means you have no guarantee if
your role is even useful.

Internally inconsistent rules:
In-character scenes of forced sex (Text simulated rape) is a bannable
offense. Referencing such actions in-character is highly against the
rules, out of respect for players.
+Instances of teen abduction, and alleyway rape (As an unclever
'implication' technicality to be edgy.) occur in flavor-text constantly in
some areas. Undermining the rule being out of respect for people with
trauma in this regards.

Community harm impacts the game as it functions. If I were to
consistently corner and bully a subset of players, this would net me a
ban. Rules against bullying against admins exist, as it should, as they
are people too, and deserve the respect as such.
+Please refer to each and every 'Cerberus' complaint on these reviews.
Nothing has changed. You will be personally insulted by him for even
suggesting anything. The sheer amount of people babying him is silly.


General Spite Towards Players:
Something in my experience with Sindome is the sheer amount of 'othering'
that occurs here. If you do not focus on combat, you are the problem. If
you roleplay anything above a two word response, you are the problem. If
you aren't familiar with the codebase right out of chargen, you're the
problem.

Every review and suggestion about staff and the game itself suffers from
this view. Issues are ignored, and you're the enemy for suggesting them.

Your character is viewed as a 'Failure' if you choose to fuck people over
in a slow-burn, or in a way that doesn't end in them being killed. The only
way you avoid scathing criticism is if you're willing to bully new players who
barely even know the mechanics, nor able to defend themselves in a
meaningful story. The story just ends.


The game has a notorious reputation from other, better crafted MUDs for
being a very negative, toxic place. It feels somewhat shameful that
'Cyberpunk Roleplay' is now forced to be a min-max fest when it advertises
itself as story rich.


Play the game if you want the feeling of hand-waived Roleplay and just
mashing your characters stats against another. Don't, if you want to play
a game in the vein of Cyberpunk 2020. (IE: Non-combat features in
storytelling, all skills useful, all backgrounds useful/etc.)

Because sometimes finding out IC is a bad thing, when it's a disappointing
story about players, even admins, breaching the In Character-Out of Character
divide to try and harass players.

The time spent to reach this conclusion wasn't worth the journey. But without
comment, neither staff will improve their attitude, nor problems addressed.

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Comment Submitted By: Brendan
Author Status: Staff member
Started on Sindome: 2003
Submission Date: Jun 13, 2018

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

Thanks for your feedback. I really appreciate you taking the time.
We are always looking for ways to improve as a staff and as a community.
We aren't perfect for sure, and we have definitely made mistakes in
the past. We'll use the feedback you provided to improve.

-- S