Alter Aeon
Fantasy-themed MUD (Multi-User Dungeon) founded in 1995.
Ranked 15th of 758 worlds statistically.
Ranked 7th of 327 worlds in the Fantasy genre statistically.
Voted 128th on MUDConnector.Com.
Voted 24th on TopMUDSites.Com.
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79 (43 minutes ago)

Maximum Connected:
115 (last 30 days)
Status:
UP

Version:
Alter Aeon v2.25

Average Connected:
80 (last 30 days) ▼1%

Minimum Connected:
53 (last 30 days)
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Description
Alter Aeon is a custom multiclass mud written entirely from scratch. We have a large, tightly integrated world, with dedicated newbie areas and a lot of high level content. Geographical consistency is much better than most muds, where areas actually have a physical location and are not allowed to conflict with each other. The game theme is medieval fantasy, with swords, magic, and dragons. Players gain levels in various classes to unlock skillsets, then learn the skillsets they want to create specialized, unique characters. The main classes are mage, cleric, thief, warrior, necromancer, and druid, each with custom skillsets that can be mixed and matched to create unique and powerful combinations. Game features: - Extensive blind and visually impaired support. - Instanced areas high...
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Language:
English [1] [2] [3]

Created:
January, 1995 [1]
1995 [2] [3]

Theme:
Fantasy Swords and Sorcery [1]
fantasy [2]
Dungeons-n-Dragons(somewhat) [6]

Family:
Custom [3]

Sub Genre:
Medieval Fantasy [3]

Gameplay:
Social, Hack and Slash, Adventure [3]

Location:
USA [1] [2]
United States [3]

Codebase:
[Custom] DentinMud 2.25 [1]
Custom [2] [6]
Alter Aeon v2.25 [3]

Category:
Medieval Fantasy [2]
Fantasy Role-playing Worlds, Swords and Sorcery worlds [4]

Genre:
Fantasy [3]

Game System:
Custom [3]

Description:
Alter Aeon is a custom multiclass mud, set in a fantasy world with magic and dragons, swords and sorcery. The six primary classes each unlock different skillsets and abilities at different levels, allowing characters to create unique and unusual combinations that best suit their playing style. Designed from the ground up to be multiclass, this system allows for extremely specialized characters, as well as jacks of all trades. The world map is extremely large, consisting of over three hundred publicly listed areas spread out over three large islands, three major continents, and a number of extraplanar realms. Quests range from minor jobs to epic multi-area storylines, and new players can start out doing quests immediately if they wish. Other features: - area instancing to reduce contention for quest areas - large userload ranging from 50 to 120+ - clans - registration based pk, including clan wars and arenas - periodic system updates and events run by an active staff - player created channels, boards, in-game email - boats and sailing - an account system for handling multiple characters We also have options specifically for blind and visually impaired players, and an incredible custom client. There are extensive help and informational resources on the web, including our forums, a well maintained wiki, articles, historical information, help page lookup, shops, guides, and more! We hope to see you there! [1]
Alter Aeon is a custom multiclass mud written entirely from scratch. We have a large, tightly integrated world, with dedicated newbie areas and a lot of high level content. Geographical consistency is much better than most muds, where areas actually have a physical location and are not allowed to conflict with each other. The game theme is medieval fantasy, with swords, magic, and dragons. Players gain levels in various classes to unlock skillsets, then learn the skillsets they want to create specialized, unique characters. The main classes are mage, cleric, thief, warrior, necromancer, and druid, each with custom skillsets that can be mixed and matched to create unique and powerful combinations. Game features: - Extensive blind and visually impaired support. - Instanced areas for high traffic zones where there might be resource conflicts. - On-line resources, including a wiki, forum, mailing list, help pages, guides, maps, and articles. Current information about players, clans, gods, areas, commands and game statistics is also available. - Custom client downloads with soundpacks and additional features, including a graphical client with health bars and map. - A player killing arena as well as other registration based pk. The majority of the mud is not pkill, but there are several options available for those who enjoy pkilling. - Extensive clan code. Clan members get a clan channel, customized equipment and a clan area. Clan elders are given the ability to build and alter their own clan areas on line. - Private player-owned channels, boards, and built-in mudmail. Stop by and check us out, you won't be disappointed! http://www.alteraeon.com [2]
Alter Aeon is a fantasy world created almost entirely from scratch. The areas flow well together, and are seamless over most of the world. Many strange characters grace our presence, and there is no lack of adventure, even for those who have been around for years. [4]
A great mud with character class in four levels. Any class can be leveled if you have the xp to do so. Lots of great areas, and awesome code. [5]
Alter Aeon is a Diku-like multiclass mud written entirely from scratch. It has a huge custom world of over 15000 rooms, with hundreds of areas to explore and puzzles to solve. With a healthy playerbase, there are always other players available, whether for help, competition, or just to talk with. There is a place for everyone here. The brave of heart can trek to the edges of world in search of fortune and fame, and sometimes bring home vast treasures. Those less confident in their abilities can remain in safer or more protected lands, or join up with others to reduce risk. Come test your mettle in the world of Alter Aeon! [6]

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If you are looking for a mud rampant with hypocrisy, an elitist group of coders and builders and where money determines the quality of your character, look no further; Alter Aeon is the mud for you. First, I would like to concentrate on the money aspect as that is what most people seem to care about in terms of muds. Alter Aeon is not considered a pay-to-play mud, but it may as well be, and with the prices for perks, you’d better have some good income flowing in. Lets take a quick look at what things cost and their relevance. Storage for one year: $25. One weightless, $25. One transfer of a character, $20. Change of spell colors (does nothing but changes the colors you (and possibly others see), $10 each. One practice, $2.5. Get out of death free card, $2. These fees are insanely exorbitant and yet people still pay them. A weightless is a rather large feature you cannot do without; most players have multiple sets of equipment they wear; mages and clerics have a cast set, warriors have a hit set. Everyone has a regen set, then a quantity of saves, which help protect you from mobs which do a specific type of damage, among a few more popular sets. A weightless gives you a place to put all of these sets and weighs nothing. Of course if the four eqset slots aren’t enough for you, you may also purchase more. This means that $25 is pretty much a mandatory cost for any character that is mid-level because they will have multiple sets of eq to juggle and all that weight in a normal container adds up incredibly fast. This is rather inconvenient because it means that your encumbrance shoots through the roof and you run out of mp much much easier than usual. A storage is also a rather nice convenience because it allows you to store this vast amount of eq you will most likely accumulate somewhere, that... Read More
MudConnector.Com Review by on Apr 4, 2013
Wow. First you call them perks, then you go on to twist everything to sound like requirements. I'll admit, the weightlesses are NEARLY required, if you wish to power-play. Anything else, well, colors and restrings are strictly cosmetic, and practices or maxxed level 1 character are for those who don't care about investing a few bucks, or see it as a donation. Or are too lazy to work for them, of course. Since a practice (at the higher levels) costs 10mil exp, and you get 5 or more for every level (36 levels per class, currently 5 classes, do the math), they're FAR from required to purchase. As far as stat training costs, why buy a character with all the work done? Play the game. EARN practices, and max your stats. You want to cough up the cash to not have to PLAY the GAME? Why play the game? So obviously trollish.... Thanks for the review and advertising. PS Learn how to use the enter key, you'll do better at mudding and won't have to buy what's handed to you for no cost and a little effort.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Apr 5, 2013
While I can in some sense understand your point of view, parts of your post appear ... confused. To clarify: 1) Pay to play is generally considered 'You can't log in without paying for an account.' We're definitely not pay to play. Dragon Realms is. We're absolutely 'pay for perks', and never claimed not to be. 2) Prices are high not because we're trying to be jerks, but because we're trying to limit how much stuff gets sold. Limiting how much of an impact paid items has is critical to making sure free players can compete on an even footing with paid players. 3) The money market is awesome, and gives players without cash a safe, secure way to get credits so they can buy things too. I know many players who have used the money market and trading to buy weightlesses without spending a dime. If you take the time to accumulate or create something worth buying, other players will buy it. 4) I have and play over a dozen characters, and none of them use weightless containers (or any of the other buyable perks.) As the lead game designer, I consider it my duty to avoid using credits to ensure that the game remains playable without them. So far, I have not had difficulty doing so. 5) There is only one admin - me. Morpheus is not an admin, nor are any other gods. Please don't accuse them of an abuse of a power which they do not have. 6) Gossip is not a public channel. Did you read the channel disclaimer and the help pages on moderators and avatars? That describes how the moderation process is handled. If you prefer an unmoderated forum, you should create your own channels (from which you can ban even me.) I'm sorry you're having a hard time on AA. It definitely sounds like it isn't the game for you; best wishes on finding a new home. -dentin
MudConnector.Com Review by on Apr 5, 2013
One of the reasons why I log on AA currently is just to talk to people I know that don't use any form of messenger. I was idling when this wonderful tidbit of wisdom came through, I thought it was worth adding to the review. [bovine] Dentin: ssraxx: frankly, I'm done with your paid game advantages argument. You can buy advantages here, with money. Suck it up. You don't like it, there's the f****** door I obviously sensored it out, but there's the kind of response you get from the main owner of the game. Needless to say, I found the door and walked myself right through it. I don't even care to idle on AA anymore.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Apr 7, 2013
**Note to the reader** I have no control on how this gets formatted on the website. If this will be formatted like the comment above, I apologize in advance.** I disagree with a lot of your post regarding Alter Aeon and I think you should have fairly pointed out the good instead of just negativity (some of which is warped to fit your opinion). Nice formatting by the way and I dread what mine will look like. Money does not determine the quality of your player. I have been playing for about 11 years and I “chose” to make purchases on game. I have weightlesses for my characters because it is a choice, not a must. Before I had weightlesses (I played about 3 years WITHOUT them and I had many eq changes), I made sure that my characters knew the spell “tensor’s floating disc”. For those who don’t play Alter Aeon, that spell only costs mana and can hold various weights of equipment (depending on how good you can cast it). Or I had as what Alter Aeon players call a “storage character”. This would be a created character that could hold various sets of equipment. Dentin (the game creator) allows you to have many “storage characters” (without cost) and for you to log them on to switch equipment. The rest of the things you mentioned would all be any particular player’s opinion to purchase. There is no need to purchase a change in spell color (I have never done this). I have never transferred or bought another player. I find it defeats the game and I want a character that I made with my time, not someone else’s. Again, this is a transaction that a player and another player chooses to do. There is no need to purchase practices at all. Your post failed to mention the other way the game gives you practices. You are given a bunch of practices when you start your character, you earn practices as level,... Read More
MudConnector.Com Review by on Apr 7, 2013
Previous comments did a good job countering a lot of what was posted above. I just wanted to point out that there's an 18th level mage spell that lets you create a temporary weightless container for 48 mana. Some players using this spell develop sufficient inventory management skills so that they never end up needing a permanent weightless container. There's even a few scrolls with this spell on it, so you don't even have invest practices into learning the spell if you don't want to.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Apr 7, 2013
Here we have a prime example of how _not_ to write a mud review, in case it wasn't obvious by the author's inability to limit line length or spell simple words correctly. What started as an almost-legitimate gripe about how donation perks affect Alter Alter gameplay quickly descended into wanton hyperbole, personal slander and bigotry against the blind. These things have no place in a honest review of a mud. TMC has better standards than that. Hating on blind folks? Really? I'm glad you quit Alter Aeon. Take that bad attitude of yours elsewhere, Zaar! Alter Aeon does not charge rent and is free to play, period. Bonuses received from donations to the game offer convenience for the player but are not strictly necessary. I have played this game for many years, have never made a single donation and can play through the highest level of areas available. Many features have been added to the game over the years, and, while naturally it's a delicate act to make new content useful while balancing it against the old, the new content ends up worthwhile and continues to breathe life into the game. The staff are amicable and reasonable human beings who spend enormous amounts of time helping out new players, not catering to the 'top 10%' as the reviewer suggests.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Apr 8, 2013
**Correction to my first post** I stated (in regards to Morpheus), 'He is the first and only “world builder” on the game.' The correction is that Morpheus is the first and only blind 'world builder' on the game. My apologies to the other world builders for my mistake!
MudConnector.Com Review by on Apr 8, 2013
Alter Aeon is a very well coded mud. The character development offers a great deal of balance while still affording for some uniqueness of character. The quests even have some great story lines to them and blend into new areas very well. I was greatly impressed with the number of blind players you find in this mud. Myself being sighted I can't say myself how well coded it is for the blind to be able to enjoy the mud but all the feedback from blind players I received while playing was quite high. Problem: It's really sad that an incredibly well coded and map developed mud tends to have over inflated ego's in it's staff. A problem I know I'm by far not the first to encounter in the realm of mudders. Generally I find that it is possible to address abuses of staff power with the muds owner. However, it was made quite clear to me by Dentin that not only was he not even going to discuss what had taken place but that he was only going to further the insult by immediately saying that I must have done something stupid. In short I disagreed with Lokar and for doing so he said I must either be stupid or a liar in regards to some mechanics of the mud. I suppose it could be considered stupid of me to think that if staff can speak that way to me that I could speak a little more freely with them. I asked 'Do you still need your mommy to hold your hand when you go to the bathroom?' and for that I was punished by Lokar and told by Dentin via mudmail later, without having even discussed it with me or even knowing the facts of the situation (He frankly stated 'I have no idea what you are talking about') immediately said I must have done something stupid. So the long and the short is simply mechanically it's a great mud, don't... Read More
MudConnector.Com Review by on Aug 9, 2012
The power abuse described above is based entirely on one incident: Umbra's character was banned from the gossip channel, one of the general purpose player created channels, of which there are currently 112 in active use. The moderation policy for this channel is in the disclaimer, and is as follows: ----- - don't spam - don't troll - don't flame - don't use color overrides or channel color aliases - limit profanity - limit blatantly sexual content - don't piss off avatars - don't be mean Note that this channel is not a public channel. It is a private channel owned personally by Dentin and is moderated by his avatars. You have no right to use this channel and can be banned for any of the above, as well as a host of other reasons. If you feel you have been banned in error, please send a note to Dentin explaining the situation. ----- The note I received was far from explanatory, and from what little I could figure out he had been banned with the comment 'trolling, forever'. I sent Lokar an offline query, then I responded to Umbra with: ----- I have no idea what you're talking about, but you must have done something pretty stupid to get banned from gossip the way you did. I'm not undoing it ----- When I got a response back from Lokar, he said he'd undo the ban and take care of it. As much as I can appreciate abuse of power complaints, a single ban on one private channel with a clear and obvious disclaimer about lack of rights does not power abuse make. If anything, this is simply a complaint about Lokar. Umbra's characters remain available and unencumbered should he decide to log them in again. -dentin
MudConnector.Com Review by on Aug 17, 2012
Alter Aeon has been around for awhile, and I have played on it for a several years. It is a multi classing mud, which allows the player to level in mage, thief, warrior or cleric in any combination they chose (new classes coming soon!). There are a huge array of skills and spells to chose from for each class. Each skill or spell comes in handy in unique situations you will encounter as you explore the huge world (39000 rooms) that is Alter Aeon. There is a temporary player killing system that you can register for or enter an arena to test your mettle against other players. Player killing is purely voluntary and should a player chose not to, they will be perfectly safe from other players. Players often group together, each providing their own expertise as hitters, tanks, or healers to form large groups to take down big monsters and run equipment. One of my favorite attributes of the game is the room that your character has to grow and become more powerful. You can currently level to 34 in any class and there is always something exciting to do, whether leveling your character, running equipment or quests, or exploring new areas. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to run out of things to do on this game. The creator of the game, Dentin, is very active and is constantly weeding out bugs, putting in new content, and shaping the game into what I believe is one of the best muds around. Recently Dentin has created a custom game client which is very useful and displays the mud very well. It is a completely free download. You can find the client and tons more information about the game at www.xirr.com Come give it a try! It takes just a few seconds to create a character, and of course Alter Aeon is free to play! -Cria
MudConnector.Com Review by on Aug 6, 2010
Well, Alter Aeon is my first mud that I've ever encountered and I've never heard of a textbased game. I've tried others after being introduced but always found my way back home. Alter Aeon, in my honest opinion, is one of the best muds I've ever seen despite it's rank. The system is run well and the game is newbie and also blind friendly. There is a strict coding base for builders which does not allow other people to tamper with your areas and the gods are very helpful at times. I love the way that you can diversify your class choice from being a Mage Thief to becoming a Mage Warrior and vice verse thanks to the four different classes that can be leveled and that adds more diversity to your characters library of skills and spells which is always helpful. Anyway, I give Alter Aeon a 10 out of 10 and hope to continue playing it many years to come - Sakura
MudConnector.Com Review by on Jun 28, 2006
Alter Aeon is the only MUD I have ever played, but from the first day that I created my character and started the game, there were people who quickly befriended me and showed me the basics of the game. The overall gameplay is very simple to learn and the formatting of the game is easy to read and understand. If you are looking for a MUD to play, especially if you have never played one before, look up Alter Aeon. I'm sure that you will enjoy playing. Be sure to look me up as well. I am normally on at some point every day, so if you need any assistance, I'll be more than happy to help you out. Enjoy, Fury By the way, if you need to ask me something, but I'm not on, type this in the game: tell email send fury (your message goes here)
MudConnector.Com Review by on May 9, 2006
Well to start off I would like to correct some things the Alter Aeon info site says. First off the average amount of players is from 45-60 and the Mud has about 15000-20000 rooms. Now first of all i would like to say this Mud is by far thee best I have played... it instantly has this feeling that makes you want to come back after you play for an hour or two. It is massive has a good playerbase and community and is updated regurly. It is very newbie friendly while still having much for veterans to do. Again the world is huge with thousands of quests and hundreds of thousands of beasts to slay. I doubt anyone has and anyone ever will do everything there is to do... espiacally when it is constanly updated with no stuff. Overall on a scale of 1-10 I would give it a 9.5.. the only reason it doesn't get a 10 is because the Player Killing system is a bit... odd. But rather then that great Game that should be played by all. :)
TopMUDSites.Com Review by on Jul 30, 2005
Alter Aeon is a wonderful MUD to start out on. it is easy to play, the people are friendly, and the systems are basic and easily understandable. Some functions of Alter Aeon not found on other muds: Free (no pay-to-play) NO RENT! (save and quit whenever you want! Your eq is saved!) Recall/waypoints (the recall command allows you to instantaneously transport back to your starting location. Recalls are stored, and the waypoint command allows you to shift between them for easy transport around the world! These commands are standard, and available to everyone.) Map command (call up a map of your surroundings anywhere you are) Multi-classing (Level in whatever class you can, whenever you want) No exp penalty for fleeing Consider command available to everyone Two newbie training grounds Clan systems Grouping is available, but soloing is definitely a viable option Channel creation system (create a channel to talk with your friends!) 128 levels is maximum. scan is a standard ability, available to everyone. Tons of original areas. (VERY little stock)
MudConnector.Com Review by on Jun 27, 2005
Sorry Unk, but these 'unique' features are stock on most muds. They are in fact, nothing special. Furthermore, if you've been paying to play muds without even a basic eq storage system, then you are sadly devoid of intelligence.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Jul 4, 2005
After bouncing between hardcore pk-type muds and coddling newbie- types, I randomly stumbled upon Alter Aeon. As is my wont, I read through their homepage, from the creator's advertising, to the players' writings, and thought it to be interesting. I made a test character to give it a go. I was captivated from the beginning. The initial 'newbie training' sequence gets you off to a rolling start, and mobs in plenty, easily within the skills of these new characters. An extensive library of help files, easily navigable, and plainly written. An in-depth quest system, with titled deeds to be accomplishment whether your desire be pure and noble or self-serving and evil. Active and relaxed roleplaying setting, friendly players in general, and many who give time and aide to newbies just beginning. Fully active auctioning system, that's easy to use, and a banking system just as simple. And myself, being a builder, stand to show the continued growth, all the new areas yet to be found in the world, new challeneges to be met, more fame and renown to be won. The creators and administration are continuously active and INTERactive, which is a wonderful change from the usual I've known. The faiths of these gods hold rewards for their followers. This is indeed the most well-rounded and complete mud I have yet to find. Even the playerkilling aspects are well-handled, and well -coded.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Jan 17, 2005
Alter Aeon was my first mud. It has many detailed helpfiles plus a newbie channel for new players. It offers four classes to choose from, mage, cleric, thief, and warrior. It is difficult to be just one class in this game, because it has class specific skills and spells. There are deeds and quests available. It offers two different starting places, one for people new to muds and one for experienced players. It also offer two login addresses, one for blind players and one for regular players. I know many people who are blind that play this mud. The players in Alter Aeon are very helpful. Most will answer questions if you ask for help, some will even help you get equiptment set up for your character. I have been playing Alter Aeon for a little over a year and I would recommend it for new and old players alike. Hope to see you there!
MudConnector.Com Review by on Jan 17, 2005
Alter Aeon is an absolutely wonderful mud. I have been here since 1996 and I have yet to find a mud that is as original or has the same quality as Alter Aeon. The fact that Alter Aeon is custom coded, and not some edited stock derivative is one of the many facts that makes Alter Aeon unique. There's always something to do, so you are sure to never get bored. Try it out, you might get stuck like I have.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Jan 17, 2005
I feel that AA is one of the better muds. Especially since you can play more than one class at a time, which was new to me, coming from a single class mud. I was welcomed right away, and got alot of help to get to where I am now, and now look forward to helping others, having played muds for over 18 years as a cleric. Most people are friendly, and being a minister, that is important to me. So if you come over to AA, look me up. I am an elder in clan Elite and will be happy to help you.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Jan 16, 2005
Alter Aeon is a great MUD, with a huge amount of quests and many players. You can group with other players to defeat high-level enemies, or attack each other in a player-killing arena. Clans are a plus too. Overall it is a great MUD that anyone should try.
TopMUDSites.Com Review by on May 30, 2004
In my opinion this is the best mud online. I have been playing the game since 1996 (gotta be good to keep someone hooked for that long) and it is constantly being improved (we even have blind players now). There are just so many ways to have fun there. Check it out.
TopMUDSites.Com Review by on Dec 25, 2003
Alter aeon is the best MUD ever! I have played literally 20 different MUDs and Alter Aeon has captured my attention for roughly 7 years. It has multi classing (imagine being a thief, warrior, mage, cleric), the most set of diverse SKILLS ever.. friendly admin.. friendly newbie helpers. Always at least 35+ people on. Very healthy player base.. and it's huge! 20,000 + rooms.. over 144 different areas!
MudConnector.Com Review by on Jun 21, 2003