1-Kostia

Codes

I wanted to be a proofreader, to use skills I had but which (due to my lack of formal education in the field) I can't seem to get paid for as a "real" job. I saw typos and errors everywhere, and I wanted to fix them.

want
motivation
proofreader
use skills
lack of education
fix errors
improve

creative, descriptive writing (rooms/zones), documentation writing (help files, grammar files), slight vocabulary increase

creative writing
documentation writing
vocabulary increase

I've learned how to describe things in a multitude of ways, to make words paint a picture when no pictures are possible, and to use metaphors in a visual way. I've formalized some of my grammar knowledge and acquired the skills to document it clearly and teach it to others. As a manager and from a "customer service" standpoint, I've learned to speak/write in a more professional way and to control my temper (most of the time).

describe†††
variety†††††
invent††††
create††††
control
learned
write professionally
speak professionally
acquisition
teach

visualize

grammar

document

Some of them (a small majority) are learning the things I did, about improving their writing and reading skills. Others' skills are actually suffering as they learn countless abbreviations and slang, and as those words and phrases ("r" for "are," "u" for "you," "brb," "ftap," "nm," "nods") find their way more and more into their communication, either replacing common words with lazy abbreviations or replacing complex thoughts, opinions and reactions with just a few letters. When you can just say "nods," you don't HAVE to explain why you agree, and over time you're bound to forget how.

 

writing
reading
skills lacking
lazy
abbreviations
replacing complex thoughts
forget how in RL

My typing speed has improved, though I typed pretty damn fast before. Having Medievia on my resume--especially as a manager/trainer of proofreaders and creator of grammar/usage documentation--has helped to establish a professional background in proofreading and editing that has more sway than I thought it would. The head copyeditor at my new job expressed a great deal of interest in my work on Medievia, and I was glad I had it on my resume.

typingcreate
improve grammar
resume happy
med help RL
proofreader
professional
editing
pride
training

 

The aforementioned abbreviations and slang, though I find them bothersome and annoying when used as a replacement for the right words, can be a timesaver in other areas. On the one hand, I'm thankful that my friends understand me when I say "nods" or "nm" in an instant message or email, but on the other hand, I'm disgusted with myself when I catch myself actually SAYING or THINKING the word "nods" or the word "rofl" instead of clearly expressing what I feel or what I want to say. I know my descriptive writing skills have improved; writing rooms, especially, gives me an outlook on things I see every day that make it possible for me to describe just about anything, no matter how mundane, and make it worth reading or hearing. I'm proud of that.

 

 

timesaver†††† thankful
disgusted†††† ďworth itĒ
replacement†††† pride
descriptive†††† writing
describe
possibilities
worth

The relatively little research and formal reading I've done in order to document grammar rules for the game are still more than I ever did in school. Beyond about the seventh grade, when I learned to diagram sentences, my English education focused on becoming well-read, not on grammar (a focus that I still think is misguided, since I really loved diagramming sentences and I really hate Dickens), and what I knew when I got to college was mostly common sense. Working as a copy editor for my college newspaper gave me all the editing training I ever had until I started working on Medievia.

 

research
grammar
bored w/education
common sense
editor
more in game than school
not happy w/school

I haven't been back to school since I started working on Medievia, but I came close to doing it this fall. I was researching schools in preparation for quitting my job and going back full-time on my parents' dime, but I changed my mind. I was going to be a journalism major and eventually try to work as an editor. That's been the plan since I was 18 anyway, but my experience on Medievia has definitely made me more sure about it. I remember thinking that it also probably helped that I have more contact with college students than most people my age, and I might know a little bit more about what to expect if I did go back. I still plan to.

 

college
motivation
pride
sure
contact with others
communication
age differences +

I haven't been back to school since I started working on Medievia, but I came close to doing it this fall. I was researching schools in preparation for quitting my job and going back full-time on my parents' dime, but I changed my mind. I was going to be a journalism major and eventually try to work as an editor. That's been the plan since I was 18 anyway, but my experience on Medievia has definitely made me more sure about it. I remember thinking that it also probably helped that I have more contact with college students than most people my age, and I might know a little bit more about what to expect if I did go back. I still plan to.

college
motivation
pride
sure
contact with others
communication
age differences +


 

2- Nykaul

Codes

Having achieved the 124 levels of a normal player, plus the fact I enjoyed writing and wanted to create my own zone. The thought of having other players running my zone was to me a way to immortalize myself, and it was that rather than the fact I would be a God that motivated me the most.

achievement
enjoy
writing
want
create
ďmy own zoneĒ
pride
fame
ďothers know meĒ

Grammage, Patience, Unix Commands

grammage
patience
technical

Not sure I have acquired new skills but rather honed some old ones. My grammar and writing skills have greatly improved and continue to improve. Other things such as patience and ability to listen and evaluate different situations have come from both experience and maturity.

honed old skills
grammar improve
writing skills improve
patience
ability to listen
evaluate situations
experience

I believe other people are learning a variety of things. English, typing, customs, ability to make and retain friendships, following rules, math, comprehension, the ability to judge people by what they say and do rather than outward appearance, and hopefully respect. Unfortunately I believe they are also learning bad habits, insults, and a detachment from real people and situations.

variety
English language
typing
customs of people
making friendships
following rules
math
comprehension
judging people
respect
bad habits
insults
detachment from RL

The UNIX commands I have had to learn to access the Medievia machine would certainly help me in 'real-life'. The grammar and writing have helped me and would certainly help me more if I ever write that novel I keep promising to write.

UNIX commands
grammar
writing

I believe I would have learnt the majority of things I have without Medievia, but being a part of the Medievia community has helped me hone them and use them more than I otherwise would. I would not have had the opportunity to evaluate and deal with discipline issues had I not been in Medievia, but believe I already possessed the necessary skills needed to do task.

learn without Med
hone skills
use skills
discipline issues
evaluate situations
solve problems

The differences between American and British spelling.

spelling

I had already finished 'real life' schooling before being a part of Medievia. I have taken an interest in out-of-school courses because of Medievia such as coding and English.

motivate: school
programming
English language

Medievia has not so much taught me new skills or abilities, but instead given me the opportunity to develop them. I may not take recognizable skills from playing into the real world, but what I have learnt has forever changed the way I view and think of the world.

opportunity
develop skills
changed view
changed way of thought

 


 

3- Miatrylle

Codes

I've wanted to be a builder on med for nearly as long as I've been playing, but I only turned 18 a year ago, so when I did, I immediately sent in an application to Ikuska. After nearly 8 months went by without hearing anything from her, I had given up hope, but just at that time, the news regarding WRE positions was posted. I read it and was incredibly excited, since I'm now an English major. I applied within an hour of the post going up, and received the application test that night. After a week of nerve-wracking waiting, Kostia told me I'd been accepted and I was ecstatic! When the zone building contest was announced, I applied for a zone and was accepted... only to find out that Ikuska had tried to accept me as a builder months before, but I had never received the email! Needless to say I was amused and grateful for the chance. :)

want
motivation
hope
excited
English language
accepted
applied
amused
grateful
determination

Grammar- Thanks to Elaine!, Diplomacy (being a clan leader), Patience

grammar
diplomacy
patience

I've learned a lot about getting along with people I can't stand! Laugh, but then, I think most of us do... I've learned a lot about grammar, punctuation, and spelling from Elaine. I still have a lot to learn though, and I'm looking forward to it! I've learned a lot about diplomacy, you could say, from being a clan leader for nearly 3 years now. My writing skills have improved quite a bit since starting to build on Med, and I think it's fair to say that I'm fairly decent now.

getting along w/ppl
grammar
punctuation
spelling
diplomacy
clan leader
writing skills
pride

I think the most important things that people on Medievia are learning are tolerance, respect, and of course, reading skills. Also, I think that playing Medievia exposes one to a very diverse group of people and friends, which can only serve to broaden mindsets. All in all, I think that most people who are regular players gain quite a bit from the game.

 tolerance
respect
reading skills
diverse
different ppl
friends
broaden mindsets
gain from game
international

I'll just list a few skills that I can think of that have helped me quite a bit in every day living... typing skills, grammar skills, patience, and speed reading skills.

 typing
grammar
patience
reading

I don't think that I'd have learned as much as I have about grammar, since the subject is sadly neglected in the California public school system. It was only during my seventh and eighth grade years at a private school that I learned a lot about grammar. After that, it was ignored in favor of reading literature and learning to make speeches. Becoming a WRE under someone as grammatically omnipotent as Elaine is has truly helped me out, and I like to think that I'm helping pass on what I've learned to other Medievia players

Educ. system lack
grammar early in school
help
learning from others
pass on
coaching
training

Oops! See above!

 

The fact that my writing has improved quite a bit after playing and building on Medievia is definitely a great enhancement. Also, as I'm working towards teaching credentials, the patience I've acquired from being a clan leader, an avatar, and a goddess will go far to help me in that chosen profession

med help school
writing improved
patience
clan leader

I'd just like to thank you, and the rest of the staff, for the opportunities I've been given to help improve Medievia as well as just to learn from everyone else. Thank you and Vryce for running such a wonderful game, your work is greatly appreciated. :)

thankful
grateful
improve game
appreciate

 


 

4- Kithario

Codes

When I first started playing Medievia, I tended to have what was called a "potty mouth". I was always being frozen for swearing. Then one day when I was getting ready to go back to college after a 3 year hiatus, I found out I needed to take a creative writing course. After the course started, I found a true love for visualizing and creating stories. At that point I thought hrm, perhaps I could build a zone..I bet that would be fun! Well, my history proved to be a sore point for me in accomplishing this. So then I became determined to become a god on Medievia. Just because I was told I couldnít have it. Knowing full well that I would have to completely change the 'character' that I played on Medievia, to more how I am in real life - which is more shy, quiet and subtle(at least I think so). After a few short months, my actions were rewarded with a builder god, then as I moved up in the ranks, it became a way for me to 'give' to others, what previous gods have done for me. As much as Medievia is run by the players, the gods and goddesses behind the scenes have an awesome job keeping it all together. Seeing that, is what kept me in it so long.

bad player
needed writing skills
visualize
write
curiosity
fun
determination
motivation
change
med reflects RL
rewarded
give to others
coaching
job
seeing results

Leadership capabilities/Patience, Learning not to judge a book by its cover, Becoming tactful but direct

leadership
patience
judging ppl
diplomacy

I have learned many things during my time on Medievia. When I first started playing, I was a young kid who, in some ways was very selfish, and very short tempered. I used to judge things/people by a first glance, not getting to know them. Not letting them open up to me, so I could see the real them. When you interact with literally thousands of different people in an online situation, you cant judge a book by its cover. Its impossible to know if what you see is what they are. I know this personally. The way I played my character through the first few years, I was really hated on Medievia. I would steal from other players, kill them repeatedly and do what I felt like doing to them, just because I had the ability to do so. God forbid if someone hurt one of my clannies or friends, I would do whatever I could do to make them pay. Whether it was banking(stealing) their runs, killing(CPK) them and looting their equipment from them - I did it - just so they knew I was upset. But this character I played, is not how I am in real life. And nobody knew that, but those who knew me in real life. That is when it hit me hard, that I cant be so judgmental with people,

regardless if its online or in real life. I am also proud of myself for learning the skills of patience, respect and tact/understanding. In real life and Medievia, I prefer to be a Chief, and not an Indian so to speak. I enjoy the role of being a leader. But to become a successful leader, you need patience, respect and the ability to be tactful.

 

 

 

selfish
change
interaction
many people
judgment
bad motivation
upsetting others
med different than RL
judging ppl

med to RL
pride
patience
respect
understanding
leader

There come times when you need to get something done, regardless of the situation around you. Before Medievia, I can honestly say that my leadership skills were lacking. I never had the confidence to be able to lead any specific person, let alone fifty. Some may laugh at the notion that playing an online fantasy game can help tone your skills and abilities to lead, but to them I simply say "Your wrong". When I was still relatively knew to the realm of Medievia, I was given the chance to lead one of the most feared, respected and popular clans in Medievia. The Fate(3) clan. I was thrown into the leader spot due to the absence of our leader. My clannies decided without my knowledge, that they wanted me to lead them. At first I was very apprehensive about it, but I thought if they believed in me, I could at least give it

a shot. I ended up leading Fate for two years, and then created another clan of my own(Underlords of the East(64)), with the help of my clannies from Fate. During these years of leadership roles, I didnít feel like I was the head of a clan. I felt like I was the father of a large family. I not only knew my clannies as friends, I was rewarded with the chance to know them as family. They would talk to me about personal things, advice, ideas, even to just ramble to someone. But I enjoyed that role. It was just like a huge family. I grew up with them. When one of our real life family members died, we sat and talked, we listened as one does with real family. Our clannies gave birth to real life children, I even teased a close friend of mine that his daughter was to be named Ontiana, because my name was Ontarious. And until this very day, which soon will be her fourth birthday, he will still logon and give me updates on 'lil Ontiana'. Countless hours were spent on the phone, talking to my family. We enjoyed friendship online, as well as offline. I donít know of many other clans that are this fortunate. If anyone bothered one of our brothers and sisters, we defended them. Even if it meant laying down our own lives. Patience, Respect and Tactfulness are three powerful traits that I learned through Medievia, and will be thankful for, from now until the day that I die.

get stuff done
situation solving
skills lacking before med
confidence
leadership
defend med
respect
leader
fame

chosen as leader
leading
long term
create
family
relationships
friendship
personal life
advice
ideas chat
father
growth
talk
listen
med to RL
hours of time
friendship

I believe others are learning some of what I previously stated. At least I hope they are if they donít have those traits already. There is one general skill I wish everyone would learn though. The ability to realize that friendship doesnít come or go by the color of your skin, the religion you practice, or the background of your ethnicity. I could tell you I was a 5'9'' blonde with blue eyes that worked as a swimsuit model, but in reality you are friends with a 6'7'' man with brown hair/eyes who is a fulltime student and manager of two businesses. Friendship and respect come from within.

patience
respect
thankful
tactfulness
friendship
judgment
respect
inside traits more imp. than outward

My leadership skills definitely have helped with my two jobs. Patience has also proven to be an enormous help with tutoring college students in a various group of subjects, including helping students in the ESL program, which stands for English as a Second Language.

leadership
med help RL
patience
tutoring

Leadership. I think that if it werenít for me being thrown into the leadership role by my peers in Medievia, that I wouldn't have found the confidence that enables me to do it in "real life".

leadership
chosen as leader

Leadership and Confidence. Schools donít teach you how to be a leader. They teach you how to go by the book and 'blend in'. Most teachers donít encourage students to standing up for what they believe in, or taking an active role in their communities or lives. They donít give the students that little bit of encouragement it takes for them to climb over those mountains of hardship and conquer them. I think thatís sad, and one of the biggest problems in the school system today. PS - I certainly donít mean all teachers, because there are those special few who do actually care about their students, and not their paychecks.

leadership
confidence
schools lack
schools = cookie cutter student

Medievia has helped me keep an eye on my grammar and language skills. I tend to become laxed in my ways at times, especially if I am away from work or school. However, now I have been able to work my grammar and language skills into my lifestyle, and keep myself in check. I also enjoy the ability to logon into my clan, and ask my clannies for some help when I am stuck with homework for college. Such is the case last year when I was studying for my Macroeconomics Final, and one of my clannies graduated college with a Minor in Economics!

grammar
language skills
hone skills
ask online for help in school

When I first started playing Medievia, I thought of it as just a game. "Oh yeah, Med, its a bunch of ppl I will never meet, never hang out with, never like in real life, and care less what happens to them." Well, to date I have met over a hundred players, and easily made hundreds of friends and contacts throughout the world. I have gone to visit friends in Canada because of Medievia, and have met my girlfriend through Medievia. I have seen friends of mine start dating, and eventually attended their wedding, because of Medievia. Another set of friends of mine, who met on Medievia, are engaged, and have asked me to fly out to England this winter to visit them. To see how I used to act before Medievia, and now look at myself, and how I matured over the years, how my outlook has changed, and my perception on matters has changed, I am grateful for my time spent on Medievia. If it weren't for my time here, I donít know here I would be, or more importantly, who I would be.

med to RL: meet ppl
friendships
relationships to RL
international
matured
change RL
grateful
owe life to med

 


 

5- Chojey

Codes

My initial reason for wanting to become a god is to contribute to the game mainly by assisting players (mainly new players). In addition, I often see that during peak playing hours in Australia there's often no (or only a few) gods online to assist players, so I thought I could be of use to the players that tend to log on during that time. The world builder task was taken up mainly to pass some spare time I have whenever things are somewhat quiet or inactive.

want
contribute to game
help players
be of use
pass spare time

Touch typing, Learning to deal with different people online, Improvement of my grasp of the English language

typing
dealing with people
different people
English language

The most obvious ones to me were the 3 skills listed in question 5. In addition, other things I've learnt include: - Some basic scripting for MUD client software such as Mudmaster - Minor improvement of my vocabulary of technical Internet terminologies - General tidbits of knowledge and facts, from the occasional trivia quests - Aspects of different cultures and races around the world

writing scripts
vocab improvement
technical
knowledge & facts
cultures
different peoples

I can't really think of any other skills players/admin might pick up - though programmers for the game may gain more experience when they do the work. Also, although I don't think I've experienced it (because lvl 33 doesn't really do anything too important), but I've heard of players using social manipulation skills - over time, they observe the habits of the gods/goddesses and say things they want to hear to get certain things done or swing situations in their favour (by no fault of the god/goddess - I think you would agree when I say that the logging system is far short of being perfect and many situations still rely on the words and history of players). I am uncertain if this skill is picked up whilst playing the game or is "natural" to the player in question. Also, I believe not all players learn from playing Medievia. Some take it strictly as entertainment only (though a higher portion of these people would probably still pick up the occasional tidbits of general knowledge as I mentioned in question 6).

gain experience
use skills
social manipulation
observe
not all learn
entertainment
natural acquisition

keyboarding skills (makes typing up of assignments much faster) - English improvements have made my essay structures and grammatical structures more understandable and efficient

med help education
typing
English
grammar
comprehensible

I don't really believe there's any skill that might fall into this category. Medievia is unique in its gameplay features, but in terms of any social or technical skills one might pick up, I believe either of these can be learnt through other MUDs or online communities

unique
social skills
technical skills

The prejudice and the possible racism of people from different parts of the world or different ethnical groups. Basically any social aspects learnt from Medievia are lacking in conventional schooling (at least in Australia). Interacting with people on the Internet is, after all, quite different from interacting with people face-to-face.

prejudice
social issues
school lacks
interaction with ppl
interaction diff than RL

On several occasions, I have tried to utilize Medievia as a possible tool or source of assistance for my university related work. Unfortunately, my various attempts have failed. So for me I don't believe it enhanced my real life education. That said, I'd also like to mention that in the past, I have assisted a couple of other players with their school work by answering a couple of questions and queries about their homework (one with maths and another with science)...


use med in RL
use med for school help
help others with RL problems, school

Personally, I don't believe Medievia (or any other MUD) would be an ideal tool to be used for enhancing one's learning, especially in areas related to technical skills or conventional education - there's simply far too many distractions. However, insights into "Internet culture" can be learnt significantly quickly though, given the diversity and the nature of games. I expect that if there was a definitive set of skills that one could learn simply by "playing" Medievia, then it is likely that I (and possibly many other players) may spend even more time than usual. Finally, this is my opinion, but I believe the majority of players probably would gain very little additional English skills from the game (if any). Most of the players I am aware of play with brief turned on most of the time. Zones are only solved by a few dedicated people who take the time to read the descriptions. Most people just use walkthroughs that are widely available and simply memorize off by heart the exact sequence of commands to type.

 

not ideal tool
distracting
internet culture
diversity
skills learned = play more
players gain little English skills
solved
dedicated
memorize patterns

Also, the more "elite" players tend to socialize even less in the game, which possibly lead to less exposure to other cultures and social learning. Most people also type with bad English and over time (from my observation) improve very little - i.e. still make the same grammar/spelling errors.

elite players socialize less
type with bad English
little improvement in average player

 


 

6- Ravenna

Codes

My main motivation was that I thought it would be interesting. I wanted to see what went on behind the scenes, things I would never know as a mortal. One of the reasons I chose editing is so that I could have a hand in the development process, actually working on creating new zones. It was like being able to leave my mark on the game. Of course, a full set of donation equipment was also very tempting, but to be honest, even without that I would have been interested in becoming a god.

 motivation

interesting

desire

curiosity

discovery

choice

editing

development

creation

contribute

rewards

interested

fame

improve

editing/grammar, leadership/teamwork, public relations

 editing

grammar

leadership

teamwork

public relations

 

Specially through my role as a WRE, my knowledge of grammar has increased. An improvement of my editing skills has resulted in an improvement of my writing skills as well. However, the most important thing I have learned is how to deal with people. There are occasions where I am expected to lead, and other times follow. Sometimes I feel I have to speak up when things are unfair, and other times mediate between others' arguments. Being part of a close clan/town, I have put the good of the whole ahead of my own personal gains. There are some people who have become my very good friends, and others who are extremely difficult to get along with. Occasionally I have had to deal with difficult people being in the same clan/town, and learn to somehow get along with them. This is a skill which is required of everyone at some point in their lives. You learn self-control and develop patience.

 

 editor

grammar

increase in knowledge

improve skills

editing

writing skills

public relations

decision making

mediate

leadership

relationships

sacrifice

family

friendship

bad relationships

people skills

diplomacy

getting along

patience

self control

 

I am sure many players would say that they haven't learned anything of importance from playing Medievia, but I doubt this is true. First and foremost, they are developing their social skills. Just by interacting with others, you are developing communication skills. Other things depend on what the players choose to do while they are playing. Those in clans will learn teamwork and sacrifice. Clan leaders, of course develop leadership skills, things like mediation, delegation, and organization. Many will learn about responsibility, through anything from managing their finances to sticking to promises made.

 

 social skills

interacting w/others

communication

developing skills

choice

teamwork

sacrifice

responsibility

clan leader

leadership skills

mediation

delegation

trust

organization

 

Leadership is the only skill which I believe has crossed-over to affect me in real life. I have always been a somewhat reserved person, more or a follower than a leader most of the time. While I am not a clan leader, I do still lead. Something as seemingly silly as leading a trade run requires a great deal of leadership skills. Organization is needed to get the run going, you need to tell people where to go, what to do. It also requires great confidence. Nobody will believe you are a good leader if you don't believe it yourself. And of course, if something goes wrong, you will need to take responsibility for it, and quick-thinking will be required to correct the situation.

 RL effect leadership

leadership skills

organization

confidence

delegation

self confidence

pride

responsibility

problem solving

decision making

Quick-thinking. It is something you can only develop from certain situations, but when you are attempting to playerkill someone, or bank a zone, you need to be ready for anything. When things do not go as they should, it is often necessary to make immediate adjustments in order to succeed

 decision making

quick thinking

prepared

flexibility

 


 

7- Excrucior

Codes

I was asked :) I can do the job and I do do it. Why I continue? I like it.

 able

enjoyment

invited

 

Communication and teaching, Writing ability, Work Ethic

communication

teaching

writing ability

work ethic 

Probably the most important thing is that I have learned to teach to an extent. Mostly by trial and error, but I've picked up a few things. Prioritizing what someone needs to know as a basic and what is advanced and should be taught later is very important there. Apart from that, the ability to write narrative. I'm not keen on the building style of writing which is demanded in the game but the story format is a good way of expressing oneself.

 teaching

taking chances

decision making

prioritizing

creative writing

self expression

For the most part, how to work around problems and screw the system. If we, as gods, put up a puzzle or major objective, then it will be defeated. If there are new aspects added then they will immediately look for ways to gain advantage or inconvenience others with it. Some have improved their writing ability, but generally those who submit to me are just wanting donation equipment and not interested in writing because they want to write. They do learn teamwork but only use it when they have to. I'm not convinced that some of them learn any sort of social interaction, but generally this is from a very small minority of players.

 problem solving

bad motivation

gain advantage

improve writing

teamwork

Writing. Dealing with people.

 writing

med help rl w/social skills

That a significant number of people are more than happy to screw each other over and they should be stopped when you get the chance. I've taken the opportunity to do that with my customers where appropriate

 bad motivation

manipulation

med help rl w/social skills

How to learn. I didn't take as much as I should in when I was at school - I'd do a lot better these days.

 learn to learn

underachieved in school

Just the practice on writing part, really. I'm well beyond school days :P

 writing

 

 

8- Enignon

Codes

The desire to help and make Medievia a better place, along with the chance to get to know more people.

 desire

improve med

help

chance

meet people

 

 

Patience, Improved typing skills, stress management

patience

typing skills

stress management 

 

I've learnt that on the whole, people are far less well behaved than I previously thought. This has been proven to me by the amazing number of complaints players make.

 bad behavior

amazement

complaints

 

 

I would say that interpersonal skills are what people learn the most after typing and communication gains, sadly though, the skills they seem to learn are more suited to lawyers and con artists. Learning how to scam someone or bend the rules is not a good thing to learn.

interpersonal skills

typing

communications

manipulation

learning negatives

negative skills 

Patience, increased typing and comprehension on the whole along with generic communication skills

 patience

typing

communication skills

comprehension

 

The skills I have picked up with the zMud client and the elements of room/zone design would never have come into being without Medievia or some other MU*.

 client skills

design

Med to RL skills

 

My understanding and insights into human psychology and behaviour have benefited the most as a result of watching people interact.

 

 understanding

insight

human behavior

people interaction

 

Apart from confirming my belief that there is are an amazing number of "difficult" people out there, I have nothing further to add

 

 confirms what learned in RL

 


 

9- Azariah

Codes

I had played the game off and on for quite a few years when I applied, and I thought it would be a good way for me to give something back to the game.

 give back to game

motivation

support hobby

I'm a much better writer now than I used to be. Both creatively and mechanically., Working together toward a common goal with people that I don't like and don't really care to be with, I can type like a madman now!

improved writing

creative writing skills

writing mechanics

teamwork

diplomacy

typing 

As a builder, I've learned a lot about writing and grammar. I went to a technical school for college, so I didn't get much of that during my coursework there. Probably the biggest thing as a player is having to work together with people that you don't necessarily get along with. When you're in a clan with 50 other players, there are always a few people that are aggravating or annoying, but since you're in the same clan you have to work together with them. It's good practice for the "real world" since you are thrust into situations like that all the time at work and in other aspects of life.

 writing

grammar

building

learn to deal w/diff. ppl

negotiation

practice for RL

teamwork

Med help RL

 

Unfortunately, I don't think people are learning as much as they could. Granted it's a game and I think a lot of the player base is young, but I don't believe they get as much out of it as they could. Like I said in the above question, I've learned a lot about working with others, but I don't see other players working with that as much as they could.

negative learning

youth

missed opportunities

teamwork 

As a staff member, it is sometimes necessary to discipline people for breaking the rules. Occasionally the player doesn't handle it very well and can become abusive verbally. I'm much more thick-skinned now than I used to be, and don't take things as personal that are said when someone is angry or upset.

 discipline

diplomacy

leadership

self confidence

I knew that people could be juvenile and petty, but I never really knew how much until after dealing with a lot of the "problem players" we occasionally get. It is eye-opening and disturbing. On the other hand, I have also met quite a few generous and truly nice people on the game.

 discipline

broaden views

problem players

awareness

meet people

relationships

I went to college at a small technical school that put all its emphasis on the math and science and very little on grammar and English. Since becoming a builder, my writing skills have improved drastically

 school lacks grammar

writing skills improved

It's amazing how quickly you can develop a personal relationship with someone you've never met just by spending time with them on the game. I consider a lot of people on the game friends just as I do people in "real life

 relationship

meet ppl in RL

friendship


 

10- Solarina

Codes

I received an e-mail from Ikuska offering me a position as a new player helper. I have always enjoyed working with people and helping new players as an AVATAR, and thought that it would be wonderful to continue that as a GOD as well. I accepted the position from there.

 invited

working w/ppl

helping

help game

working with people, improved typing skills, improved reading skills

 working w/ppl

typing

reading

I have learned to work with and around many people. I have improved a lot on my typing and reading, and also in working my memory to keep track of the many zones and skills on the game. Also I have formed friendships with many people I would never have met without med.

 dealing w/diff. types of ppl

typing

reading

memory

friendships

med creates friendships

I believe they learn to interact with one another, and work together to advance in the game. They must also learn to follow the rules set down by the Gods and to respect their fellow players.

 interaction

teamwork

follow rules

respect others

I believe I have improved my typing and reading skills, as well as some communication skills. I have in my opinion become more patient with people since working with new players on Medievia.

 typing

reading

communication

patience

helping

diplomacy

As a clan leader I have learned to take care of others in a way I could not do in real life. I have no children in real life but bloodlines give me a sense of having a family and having to provide for the children. I don't think I could have learned any of that in real life without my experiences on the game

 clan leader

leadership

family

provide for family

game teaches RL expert.

definitely the typing and amounts of reading. Being on the game makes you willingly read and type for hours which is not something I would have done much of with my skills learned in school

 typing

reading

willing

motivated

skills improved

 

Aside from typing and reading skills not really. I majored in psychology which I could say being a NPH, clan leader and AVATAR does help some, as I am trying to help people on the game as well as in irl. I do believe that I have a far way to go as far as understanding people - on med I try but it is hard to tell weather someone is role-playing or being themselves.

RL help med life

understanding ppl

identity online 

I think it was a good experience for me and I will continue to be a member of Medievia for as long as I am able. I think it is good for anyone to experience the game, as long as they do not lose track of their irl world in the process. I think it is a very big help in improving typing and reading skills.

 positive experience

motivated

continue w/med

typing

reading

interference w/RL

 


 

11- Ikuska

Codes

I really wanted to create a zone and see people playing in something I made, which is the second most common reason builders ask to be hired. The first is similar, they "want to give something back to the game" that they enjoy playing so much

 desire

create

fame

ownership

improve game

expand game

enjoy

heightened intuitiveness, better verbal communication , leadership skills

 intuitiveness

verbal communication

leadership

 

Between the managing position I hold and my time as a clan leader on Medievia, I learned people and leadership skills that my reclusive nature probably would not have allowed me to experience otherwise. I learned to make faster decisions and to avoid allowing people to manipulate me. I would say I have become a stronger person in that I am unlikely to inconvenience myself beyond what is reasonable in accommodating other people's demands, whereas I was a bit of a pushover before. I have however, retained my ability to be compassionate and generous.

manager

clan leader

people skills

diplomacy

med help self confidence

decision making 

manipulation

stronger person

strengths

generous

pride

Different people learn varied things from the same stimuli, but I'd say generally the players on Medievia all claim better typing and reading skills, as well as more social activity. The players who take on responsibilities such as leading a clan, or even a formation such as a dragon lair, learn how to organize people and manage them in order to gain a result. Socially people learn about human nature, perhaps in a more accelerated and concentrated environment than in their home social circles. People tend to be more honest to their natural tendencies with a computer screen in between them and the world, so it is often easier to judge a person's true personality and intentions. The high volume of people and the requirement of talking to communicate (you cannot sit quietly in the corner on a game where typing is the means of existence) exposes people to a large variety of personalities and behaviors

 variety

typing

reading

social skills

responsibility

leadership

organization

managing ppl

human nature

social

honesty

judge

communication

variety

exposure to other views/ppl

I believe all of the skills I just covered are also my greatest assets in "real life" but to recap these are leadership skills, intuitiveness and perception, quick thinking, and a stronger character to stand up for myself when necessary. The more functional skills such as typing and speed reading have been a boon as well. The greatest benefit has been that I am much less nervous socially now that I understand different types of people and know how to react to them. I am also very comfortable with myself now, and less concerned with how others judge me

 leadership

intuitiveness

perception

decision making

stronger personality

typing

reading

self confidence

different people

diplomacy

Hmm this is beginning to remind me of one of those questionnaires where it asks the same thing in varied ways to make sure you are being honest... hehe. Either that or I'm being too thorough in my other answers. Again, I don't believe I would have learned the social skills I now have as I am normally reclusive and shy in "real life" and don't put myself in the paths of other people often. Now that I have had a chance to learn these skills in the Medievia environment they have transferred over to "real life" as well as can be expected from an introverted person. Many people do not realize I am introverted now because I have learned to project myself as an extrovert when I want to.

 social skills

med help RL

interaction

learn skills in med used in RL

self awareness

overcome shyness

Typing is the most obvious answer, followed by speed reading. However, I'd say the most valuable is worldliness... I have met so many people from different countries and cultures since I began playing Medievia. It is fascinating to learn about the world through their eyes, everything from food to politics is a different perspective. It also has made me want to make more effort to learn more languages, as that was not something my school put much emphasis on. Oh, this would have fit better in the previous question about what other players learn from Medievia, but all of my foreign friends say that Medievia has really helped them perfect their English since it gives them an environment to use it in among people who really speak it.

 typing

reading

worldliness

different cultures

variety

different perspective

languages

English language

communicative environment

Well, I haven't been in school much since I started playing Medievia, but I would say it was more detrimental when I was in college than helpful (it does suck away time if you are irresponsible about it, and the first couple years I played I was not as disciplined as I am now). However, in my case it did not harm my education very much. Later when I went back to school to pick up some more classes, it was a help in that I had met a close friend who was excellent at math. As I was not, he became my tutor online through Medievia. I doubt I would have met many mathematicians that I had much in common with without the assistance of Medievia, as I mostly hang out with artists in "real life".

 med hurt RL school

waste of time

self-discipline

med help RL school

online tutor

help

 

I would like to comment on the many positions on Medievia's staff, and the training we provide for them. I believe many people who come to work for us as volunteers quickly learn skills they may never have been exposed to, as we provide great training that is very thorough and insightful for everything from helping other people to creative writing. Because Medievia is a "fun" environment and they do not feel forced into learning, they seem to excitedly pick up these techniques by their own volition. It's really nice to see people learn to enjoy learning.

training

volunteer

exposure to skills

helping others

creative writing

fun

motivated to learn

excited

intrinsicmotivation

learn to learn 

 


 

12- Melisandi

Codes

As a player, I saw people who truly didnít understand the aspects of the mud. The commands and the shortcuts that can sometimes be used in playing. I wanted to share what I had learned with others and I applied. Then I was invited and got my chance to help out

 share knowledge

help

desire

Typing, Spelling, Communication/interpretation

 typing

spelling

communication

interaction

I have increased my typing skills, Improved context and grammar. And strengthened my People skills, talking and communication

 grammar

mechanics

people skills

communication

People learn in different ways. Some do things from memory, others need assistance going through things and many hints. A lot of people are from different countries and use the mud to strengthen their English

 different

assistance

English skills

worldliness

Typing and communication

 typing

communication

Different cultural styles from people all over the world, Languages and Ideas

 different cultures

languages

ideas

Reading and communication

 reading

communication

Yes. Communication. In my work, I talk to many people and I have to be clear and precise in my directions. Reading and talking/typing to players on Medievia strengthens this skill because I MUST make them understand how to play and be successful in their endeavors

 communication

med help RL

manage

understand

interaction

teach

One thing that is a constant is Patience. Learning how a person learns best and then supporting them in the direction that helps them succeed

 patience

support

help

 


 

13- Casse

Codes

I was asked to get Wizards Grove out by Soulevar and to work with Dworkin on this project. Long before that, I had approached Vryce about becoming a helper god but at that time, there wasn't a vacancy. I had a need to help give back some of the pleasure that I received from Medievia.

 invited

teamwork

motivated

helper

give back to game

enjoyment

I learned to type from med went from hunt and peck to about 60 words a minute,Looking at Wizards Grove, it is obvious that my writing skill has approved over the time that I have worked on the zone ,Though Iím not sure this is what you were looking for, I learned how to pleasantly tell obnoxious ppl, No, and not offend them (well, too often)

 typing

writing skills

dealing w/ppl

diplomacy

a) From my time as a Crown Princess, I learned how to motivate large quantities of ppl. Though I will be the first to admit that Kingdoms were hard for the ppl trying to run them. I learned how to turn out a large number of ppl for kingdom battles. How to keep them motivated even when the odds were against them. I found it extremely interesting to see how each of the kings/queens handled getting their clannies and ppl in kingdoms out for the battles. The pk clans would hold major blame sessions, while I tried to keep it light. b) As a Clan/real-estate god, I have been learning how to tell people No, and make them understand it isn't cause they are in this or that clan, but cause what they want is not acceptable to the mud as a whole. At one time, I was walked over more, and now, it really doesn't bother me. I don't have to be liked to do my job.

 motivate ppl

leadership

hard work

manage ppl

teamwork

diplomacy

betterment of game

self confidence

self awareness

I have seen some people who need to the best at something so they have achievement on med. They produce the most eggs, the highest trading numbers. Med allows competition among ppl in a way that is more controlled and I feel more healthy. Things happen on med much more quickly real life, and you can make mistakes on med and SEE what actually will happen to prevent ppl from making the same mistakes in rl. For example, the concept of Honor is a big deal on med, when someone loses their honor, they see quickly why it is important, this keeps them from making the same mistakes rl. Relationships on med, are fast, you learn more quickly how to react and protect yourself from pain that would be inflicted rl. I had a clannie that wanted to be a builder, he was afraid to apply. I told him, that in real life you have to take chances, and what was the worse that would happen to him, you get told no. Not taking the chance, that was a bigger mistake. He applied and now is a quest god. Med is like a controlled lab, where you can try your wings out. If everything falls apart, you can just disappear or move on to another name.

 achievement

leaders

competition

experiment for RL
learn from mistakes

honor

med help RL

relationships

react quickly

decision making

problem solving

coaching

instilling confidence

anonymity

I have learned to type, have started tapping into my more creative side. My management skills, I believe, have improved.

 typing

creative

management

I learned to be more creative in my writing, I was an accountant and, to be honest, never really got the idea of essay questions. I would write what needed to be said and when I was finished with the facts, I was done. Working on Grove has allowed me to think past 3 sentences. My vocabulary has grown, though my spelling is still pretty poor.

creative writing

broaden horizons

expanded thinking

vocabulary 

More interpersonal skills, though having grown up in a very political family, it probably isn't as pronounced as others.

 social skills

Mainly my writing skills have improved drastically. My ability to write longer, more involved sentences. My grammar and spelling don't always show this, but I do try to be more flexible

 writing skills

mechanics

I have gone from needing approval from my superiors for whatever is my job. To being more self-sufficient. I really have become less naive and needing to be liked. This lesson was not one that I got as a player, but as a God

 self confidence

self awareness

 


 

14- Syltheana

Codes

I always liked helping new players and wanted to be able to welcome them to the game, help them with their first days, and keep them playing. Eventually, I got top honors with leading clan 50.

 help

desire

keep game going

pride

assist

problem solving, typing, patience

 problem solving

typing

patience

I have learned how to type very well, so well that people anywhere near me go crazy. I have learned how to deal with people on a one-to-one basis. There are always 3 sides to every story - yours, mine and the truth - and then there's code log! I have learned to be patient, hear all the facts, investigate, then make a decision. I have learned to control my temper. I used to get upset easily at things on the game, and now I take a step back, so to speak, think things out and then go with it. Being a God, you can't lose your cool even when you're in your "free" time - just as in real life. You have to assess each situation and take a crack at it and not just make a blanket decision. I have improved my reading comprehension and problem solving skills. To learn a zone on the game, you have to be patient, read the zone, think of all the ways to accomplish it and keep trying. A lot can be said for that in real life too. I have also learned when enough is enough. It took awhile, because I was really hooked on the game, but if I have something to do irl, I do that first now. It takes awhile to see that when you get a new hobby like Med, other things can suffer, but once you realize that, you feel really stupid in the end and don't let history repeat itself

 

 typing

dealing w/ppl

patience

diplomacy

decision making

self control

problem solving

reading

problem solving skills

patience

think

persistence

know when to quit

leadership

priorities

 

I believe for a lot of people, who maybe don't have a lot of in real life friends or interaction, they learn to deal with people, meet them and talk to them. They build confidence in a way they may not be able to otherwise, because they can complete a zone, or be the only player to do this or that and get recognized. I imagine in real life, some people may not get the attention they need, and they go to the game to friend friends, chat, entertainment, etc.

 interaction

dealing w/ppl

social skills

self confidence

success

fame

friendship

chat

entertainment

Medievia is like an interactive book. You choose your ending at times. A lot of times in school, everything is so structured with a yes or no way about it, or it's either black or white and on Medievia, you can choose what page to turn and how to end your "book". In school, you get put into groups and you get to learn with each other, but no one is really made a leader of sorts. In Medievia, you can take the spotlight without anyone judging you on your laugh, your looks, your personality, and stand out in the crowd and be successful. In school, sometimes if you don't have the right look or talk, you get picked last -or you're an outcast. Here, it's like turning out the light and sound and playing with friends. No one will judge you at first just based on looks or physical things

 interactive

choice

school too structured

variety

leadership

judgment

self-confidence

appearance not important

believe Medievia, like any hobby, can find someone wrapped up in another word, not wanting to face reality. I don't think it's Medievia per say because anything can do that (any game, or hobby you obsess about). I have learned when enough is enough

 escape from reality

know when to quit


 

15- Daranix

Codes

I was asked by another God to come work for them due to my work as a player. It was a compliment and a way to give something back to the game and continue to help improve it.

 invited

good skills

give back to game

improve game

Grammar has improved due to my job as a WRE, Typing has improved somewhat , Dealing with different types of people socially has improved

 grammar

typing

social skills

dealing w/ppl

I believe my role as clan leader has allowed me to improve my interaction with people from a wide variety of economic, age, and social backgrounds. The ability to deal with the wide variety of people on Med is even more difficult in some circumstances than a management job in real life where people have some common frames of reference

 clan leader

dealing w/diff. ppl

worldliness

management

broaden horizons

I believe many people are just learning how to properly act with a wider group of people than the circle of friends they currently have. I believe it is a shock to many that swearing is not a natural part of everyone's every sentence and that not everyone is out to kill everyone else. I've seen some dramatic transformations once people realize that they might need to modify how they interact with people based on what they know about them

 social skills

deal w/diff ppl

broaden horizons

self-awareness

In most ways I don't believe Med has crossed over to real life. If I had to identify one area I would say it would be in trying to control people less and just set guidelines for them to follow. My management style has loosened up a bit and I tend to be more tolerant for those who need to get to the same spot in different ways.

 managing ppl

tolerant

differences in ppl

I don't think I would have stayed connected with the issues that face people ages 18-25 as close as I have. I'm 33 and in a senior management role, and although I deal with my own kids, outside of Med I would never normally interact with that age group

 issues of young ppl

interaction w/diff. ages

I don't think that Medievia has taught me a lot outside of 'real life' schooling, it has just allowed me to be aware of more types of social interactions. Again I'll stress the diversity of Med players

 broaden horizons

diversity of players

I think learning on Med to a large extent depends on the type of player. I know players who don't want to be in a clan or interact with others very much (why they are playing a multi-player game I don't know), to those that would rather sit in link and chat over playing the game (why they don't join a chat room I don't know). At the end the commonality is that both must enjoy some sort of gaming experience while interacting socially in their own way. I think Med tends to bring social interaction together and forces certain types of controlled social situations

 diff types of players

chat

interaction

social

different ways to analyze RL

med experiment for RL


 

16- Vryce

Codes

This question does not apply to me as I started Medievia. What motivated me to do so was the simple fact that the online games at the time were poorly designed and managed. I wished to have a stable game run by gods that have the players fun as the main mission statement. I wanted to have a game where players truly do have a say and a game run almost entirely by the players. Soon after I started Medievia I realized how much fun it is to run the thing and how successful it could be. It can be a lot of fun to be a god in Medievia but the main motivation for me to continue Medievia is the satisfaction of building something that may last forever and may never stop growing and refining itself

 desire

improve game

improve gaming world

players run game

fun

enjoyment

success

motivation

fame

 

Management, Programming, Business

management

programming

business 

I have learned so much during the past decade plus that I hardly know where to begin. I have developed from someone with no coding skills to someone who has mastered coding at all levels. My management skills were next to nothing when I started Medievia but quickly grew and blossomed as I dealt with such a large crew and such a vast variety of problems and management issues. I have learned how to run a company, including how to incorporate it, run the companies books, marketing, sales, taxes, legal issues, and everything else a small to mid-size business must handle

 programming

self confidence

management

problem solving

decision making

variety

business sense

business issues

They are quickly learning typing skills and reading comprehension. After they play the game for a few weeks however they also start learning some social skills and possibly more importantly, social lessons. Lessons learned while playing a game are just as important as lessons learned during ones real life. Lessons like not to lie, to have honor, to think team first, to make good friends and pick them wisely, to be patient, to control anger and frustration, to lose gracefully and to win well. The lessons one can learn on a social world like Medievia are the same lessons one can learn in real life but they are more harmless on the game and happen more often that in real life. Basically I feel that players can play a game like Medievia and learn whatever lessons they most likely need badly. A player that has problems obeying laws will quickly learn a lesson in Medievia. A player that has a shy personality with people will quickly learn lessons. A player that has a habit of losing friends because of lying will lose 20 real quick on a game like Medievia and quickly learn a lesson. A player that feels they may have some leadership skills can quickly learn many lessons while running a clan and truly adapt and grow those leadership skills.

 typing

reading

social skills

social lessons

med experiment for RL

honor

teamwork

friendship

patience

self control

pride

life lessons

follow rules

self confidence

honesty

leadership

managing ppl

The programming, business, management, and leadership skills I have learned in Medievia have all helped me further my career at other companies. The social skills have helped me overcome my shyness. It seems to me that any and all skills learned on Medievia will cross over to real-life as they surely have done so for me.

 programming

business sense

management

leadership

overcome shyness

med help RL

social skills

The community allows you to learn the types of things that are social in nature. I have personally learned how to adjust my behavior more quickly and accurately and how to learn from others quickly and accurately. In Medievia many things happen during any one day. Many of these social issues teach me things. After a while I have learned to learn better, so to speak. I do not think I could have become the man I am now without the Medievia community teaching me this stuff.

 community

social skills

behavior modification

learn from others

broaden horizons

learn to learn

self awareness

The amount of people I have met in the game and have gotten to know could have never been accomplished in my real life. I have met people from all around the world, of all sexes, races, and religions. Everything I have learned from these people is due to Medievia. It is not only the getting to know these people but its the fact that these people act like themselves. They are basically stripped of all nationality, race, and religion, and so they act more like they see the ideal self. The openness and willingness to partake in things online allows you to learn much more from people in the game and also allows you to try things out in the game before taking it to the real world.

 relationships

different types of ppl

different cultures

variety

self awareness

willing

take chances

open

interaction

I have learned all of my programming skills through books and other self teach methods. Medievia has enhanced this learning to the 10 degree because of the close contact I have day and night with other coding experts around the globe. Medievia gives me a vast knowledge base that I can tap at anytime quickly and easily. I doubt there is a coding issue that someone on Medievia would not be able to help me with

 share expertise

med help RL

programming

ask on med for RL help

The fact that the game has a lot of learning about learning and a lot of positive reinforcement to learn. From a new level one player to a god and from the first day you enter Medievia to the last day, the game will challenge you to learn something new and it makes sure you have fun along the way

 learning about learning

positive reinforcement

challenging

fun

 


 

17- Columnus

Codes

To try to contribute to a game I enjoyed

 give back to game

Typing skills, management, delegation

 typing

management

delegation

I have learned several things. Medievia is interesting because you are dealing strictly with personalities. None of the normal "first impression" rules of appearance apply here. Its all about who people are, or how they portray themselves. It sharpened my judgment of character, as well as my approaches in dealing with diverse personalities

 dealing w/ppl

no appearance

judgment of character

diff. types of ppl

different cultures

I think people are learning about people with out basing opinions or first impressions on looks, race/ethnicity, hair style or clothing. Its about PEOPLE, and I think some learn right away, and others take time to adjust to that

 learning about people

social skills

As trivial as it sounds, my typing skills have dramatically increased due to Med. Also, in my imm position, I had to learn to delegate. I have always had micromanagement tendencies, and learning to trust others to do work is an important step in being an effective leader, I feel Med was able to help me in this way.

 typing

delegate

manage

leadership

trust

Again, typing and reading as much as I have, I think it has helped me in those areas where I don't know of any other activity I would have done as much typing and reading

 typing

reading

Medievia is a very diverse place, people from all kinds of cultures, nations, and religious backgrounds play there, a much more diverse situation then growing up in the lily-white suburbs!

 diversity

different cultures

worldliness

broaden horizons

Of course, the typing helped me in several areas, from computer science, to my journalism classes, which were often conducted with a computer in front of me. Also, during my college years, Medievia was a source of relaxation, it was an escape from reality to use a clichť, which would help me unwind during stressful times.

 typing

relaxation

med help RL

escape from reality

 

The biggest thing I learned from Medievia is probably knowing what is and what's not important. There was once a time I played the game as much as I good... but later I learned I enjoyed it much more when I played it when I felt like it. A very subtle difference, but one that makes playing much more enjoyable. Move that out into the rest of your life, and you realize that all fun or all work isn't always the best thing. Doing things in moderation makes you a much more well-rounded and happier individual.

prioritizing

know when to quit

self awareness

self confidence 

 

18- Prae

Codes

I enjoyed playing for many years and wished to give back to Medievia and make a positive contribution to the game. I understand that Medievia is reliant on volunteers to run the game, and I felt an obligation to contribute to the ongoing success of Medievia, as I have enjoyed the fruits of other peoples labour for so many years. Moreover, the work involved was challenging and provided an opportunity for creativity while at the same time being fun and exciting. As a builder, the opportunity to create something was very rewarding, and the satisfaction was multiplied when able to witness other players enjoying my creation as well. As a New Player Helper, I found it exciting to interact with other characters from all over the world, and I relish the opportunity to meet new people, and share the positive experiences I have had with Medievia in the hopes that they too will enjoy it as much as I have.

 

 

 enjoy

give back to game

contribute

obligated

challenging

creativity

opportunity

fun

exciting

builder

create

rewarding

fame

help others

broaden horizons

meet new ppl

share

help game

Increased computer literacy and technical knowledge, Improvement in grammar, Improved skills in conflict resolution

 

 

 computer literacy

technical knowledge

grammar

conflict resolution

Medievia has definitely helped to improve on my knowledge of computers and technology. I believe Medievia has a high population of computer professionals and students studying to enter the technology field. The Medievia environment both in terms of game play and interacting in a social environment with technically knowledgeable people has helped improve my computer skills and encouraged me to learn more independently. Since starting Medievia, I have learned to write some basic scripts, become familiar with some computer coding and my general computer literacy skills have increased as well. Writing a zone and working with talented editors, has helped to improve my creative writing skills and built on my knowledge of grammar. Medievia has a policy of encouraging builders to read a book of grammar, has refreshed my knowledge and improved upon what I had already considered strong skills. As a university educated, intelligent, and highly literate person, I was surprised by how many mistakes I had made in my writing, and was glad to polish and improve on my skills. As a Medievia Staff, we are often called upon to enforce rules and resolve conflicts or disputes. Although I have been previously trained in conflict resolution, having the opportunity to practice the training and try different approaches has taught me a great deal about effective ways to resolve conflicts and find acceptable solutions to various disputes.

 

 

 technology

interaction

social environment

learn from ppl in med

learn independently

programming

creative writing

grammar

encouraged to learn

improved skills

self awareness

problem solving

conflict resolution

med experiment for RL

decision making

Medievia is populated by a diverse group of people, comprised of different age groups, levels of education, professions, countries and backgrounds, each of which factors would effect what they learn. The opportunity is certainly available to improve on skills such as; problem solving, typing, reading, leadership, and creative writing. I think a lot of what a player learns is dependant on their current skill-set, abilities and interests. They will learn different things depending on the activities they do. There are lots of opportunities to build on skills for people of every level.

 

 

 diverse population

different ages

diff. types of ppl

improve skills

problem solving

typing

reading

leadership

creative writing

self-motivated

different ppl learn diff. things

opportunity

build on skills

Medievia exposed me to a community of technically sophisticated people. This encouraged and helped me to become more computer literate, and I have since learned to write scripts, do some basic coding and increased my general knowledge of computers and technology. I do not believe I would have gained these skills had I not been a part of Medievia.

 

 

 community

technology

encouraging

help

computer skills

programming

med help RL

As I stated previously, Medievia exposed me to a world of technology that I would not have otherwise had an interest in or an opportunity to learn. In most cases I found that I did not learn "new" things, but rather Medievia provided an opportunity to practice, expand and build upon what I learned. I have always had good creative writing skills, but Medievia provided an outlet to use and build on them. If the opportunity were not there, I most likely would not have had a consistent outlet to work on my creative writing, nor would I have had access to the expert editing and feedback I receive on Medievia. These tools are invaluable in helping to learn and improve. The same is true for my skills in resolving conflicts. Medievia provided an opportunity to practice my conflict resolution skills by resolving the disputes of various disgruntled players. As a manager and clan leader, I was able to work on my leadership skills and try different techniques. As a learning environment, Medievia is effective because it provides a safe place to fail. The feeling that Medievia is "only a game", removes the risk in trying new techniques or experimenting with different skill sets or abilities. Failure is a part of any game, and although we play to win, most people understand that we learn from our failures and use that knowledge to succeed in the future. Failure is a big part of Medievia, and there is not a single player who has not "died", been "pk'ed" or had some other form of failure or set-back at some point in the game. Medievia makes failure safe and in doing so, allows for opportunities to learn. Conversely, it is also very easy to succeed in Medievia, and it is usually only a matter of persistence. Easily accessibly goals, encourage people to continue playing and provide positive reinforcement to the player and is a key factor to how and why people learn on Medievia.

 

 

 practice skills

improve skills

use skills

opportunity

creative writing

learn from others

feedback

learn to learn

conflict resolution

diplomacy

problem solving

manager

clan leader

leadership

med experiment for RL

trying new things

learn from failures

learn from mistakes

opportunity

success

self confidence

encourage

positive reinforcement

 

 I do a great deal of conflict resolution in my job, which has helped me perform it effectively in Medievia

and conversely Medievia has allowed me to experiment and try different things that Ican use in my job.

The same is true for various leadership skills I use daily in my real life and in Medievia. The professional

environment the Medievia Staff works in, is good preparation for those new to the work force

and teaches people how to working with other colleagues, set goals, and meet deadlines

 med help RL

experiment

leadership skills

professional

med experiment for RL

diplomacy

teamwork

dealing w/others

 


 

19-Jaolen

Codes

I liked the idea of being able to analyze and make decisions about equipment, and mobs, mob difficulty, the relationship between the two, the effect on pvp...the list goes on! It's just something I enjoy doing and it was nice to put my input into the game.

 

 analyze

decision making

give back to game

Managing Personnel

Judgment

Teamwork

 

 managing ppl

 judgment

teamwork

I've really learned how to judge people online, which to trust and which are usually lying through their teeth. Granted, there are some exceptions, but knowing who to trust, and then knowing you can rely on them goes a long way in a world where anyone could lie and say they aren't who they are. Working with the people I trust helps learn to be both a team player, and a leader, as well as to compromise and debate (which is mostly what I do with Mircean, compromise and debate, and we enjoy it!)

 

judging ppl

trust

social skills

teamwork

leadership

compromise

debate

From my viewpoint, people seem to learn how to act. While for the most part people don't role-play on med, there are plenty of people who act like they aren't who they are. On the other hand, people learn trust as well, as you really don't have much of a choice but to trust people to play a game that involves more than one player on a team.

 

 social skills

trust

teamwork

Mainly teamwork, and judgment skills. I normally sit back and be a follower if needed, even if I know something is going to go wrong. Sometimes if things DO go wrong I'll try to help the person in charge, but normally I let the leader(s) lead. Kostia has "helped" me with my grammar a lot as well.

 

 teamwork

judgment

help

share skills

help from others

grammar

 

 learn from others

programming

med help RL

 Again, the programming tricks mainly. Other than that, I think it merely imitates other social things people do (such as Boy Scouts, etc.) to teach leadership and following and the like to people.

 programming

social skills

leadership

diplomacy

Again, the people from Medievia have helped me tons with programming (and math for that matter). Already being better than all of my class at those subjects, it didn't show much there, but I was actually learning in those subjects.

programming

help from others

I really don't think Medievia itself, through its features and zones teach much more than teamwork and create bonds between people. However, those people you form bonds with will help and teach you!

teamwork

relationships

social skills

learn from others