The Director's Lesser Known Games Volume 8
Space Station 13
Alright, so it has been a long time since I've done one of these so I'm just going to make a whole new template for it. LET'S DO THIS!
Type of Game: Multiplayer Role Play Game
Pros: This game is really really good once you learn the intricacies of play. There are dozens of places you can fit to help or hurt your crew members and the rules are different per server. Once you learn to play the game, you can role play to your heart's content. Most servers allow you to role play as much as is believable, and you don't have to worry about griefers on servers that don't allow it. I personally have been playing a server called Apocalypse Station/Gaming or something. The game also has one or more chosen 'aggressive' players which makes things exciting. It's sort of like a second life simulation, but without all the nasty bits. Like 'girls' asking you for your skype and such...
Cons: The game has a very EXTREME learning curve. There are only about two jobs that don't require you to learn to 'play the part', and even those could lead to an awkward situation. Like blowing up the station on accident because you chose to be an engineer. The controls are also fairly difficult to master. Most of the players on the server take roleplay VERY seriously. This can be a detriment to your game experience if you're new to roleplaying, because when things are 'heavy' if you go out of character they will call you on it. Usually pretty harshly.
All in all though, this is a really good game that's hosted on a program called 'BYOND'.
How to get the game:
1. Go here: http://www.byond.com.../spacestation13
2. Register with BYOND and download the program (you do not need to pay for anything, so don't unless you want to)
3. Open the program and find 'Space Station 13' in the games list on the left.
4. Pick a server (I play on a server that is Apocalypse Station 13)
5. Read the wiki like crazy to learn how to play.
Myself, Ledgend1221, AIGamerGirl, and BATMAN play this game together. It's pretty cool.