Back in the ancient modems and quirky BBS's I was first addicted to the Usurper game and shortly after I found LORD. In Usurper my name was "Billy Jo Badass," but sadly the name was banned on the LORD BBS so I had to modify it. Maiden of Malice was the name I chose and have used it in most RPG's since. The name now has a second meaning as the initials spell out MoM, which brings me to why I was searching for LORD now.
When my son was young I had a jonesing for LORD and after extensive searching I finally found a site to play on at dragonparty.com. He would often sit on my lap while I read to him what was going on. My son is now 10 and he came to me the other day and announced that since he could read well enough he wanted to play LORD. It had been at least 3 years since I played last and, alas, the site is no more, so I did a quick google and discovered Nuklear.
I logged in and was once more sucked down the rabbit hole. I was so excited to start playing again that beyond knowing that the red realm is for experienced players and figuring I was experienced I joined the Red Realm. After I entered the realm and listed the warriors (for the first time~ Doh!~) I was more than a little intimidated. IMO there were SO MANY players. I felt like a minnow in a piranha tank, when I'm used to being the shark. It wasn't until after I finished playing that first round that really even discovered the forum (from my search I landed on the page that had the play LORD link, of course, I went straight there).
For me LORD was always more of a casual game, one where dominance was key, but casual just the same. I don't mind being killed in a duel, and while I read the rules to the Red Realm, I guess I didn't understand that a level 10 character was allowed to attack a level 2. I understand this now, and while I find no honor in the deed, I hold nor rancor against the warrior in question. Anyway, I digress. . .
I guess what I am trying to say is that there seems to be a common thread of concern over losing players and trying to induct new ones. The way this site is set up is intimidating even to LORD veterans and the internet savvy. There is a wealth of information in the forum, but for those doing a LORD search you may not find it "in time." When you do find it you find a lot of threads about there not being enough players and stats thrown out in fraction form (1/1, 100/100 huh??) I have been all over the forum and have yet to make sense of this. . . Then I hear talk of closing the Special Realm. This was the realm I was going to intro to my son as the competition is more ambiguous and a place for a true noob, but seriously, if you want to get more people into the coloured realms you need to have a sort of sandbox like the Special Realm for people who've never played before.
I don't know what kind of coding it would take, but maybe you could limit the play in such a realm to people who have played say 1 or 2 rounds, sort of let them get their feet wet before the jump off the deep end??
Just a few thoughts and while I know what I am saying spans many threads (sorry if doing so offends) I hope what I'm saying makes sense. . .
Maiden of Malice