From the first moment you enter Akitsuki, you become a part of ancient Japanese society.
Akitsuki is set in a role playing world, often called an RPG, online role playing game or online D&D game (online dungeons and dragons games). Online D&D games were the original text based games environment. They were quickly followed by a large expansion of online fantasy games and a plethora of online gaming options. Akitsuki could not be considered one of the online fantasy games which are so prolific on the internet today, due to its historical accuracy and realism. Perhaps the difficulty of capturing Japanese society in a way that does not stretch the limits of realism but also designing a game that is playable, is what has made Akitsuki either a success or a failure. Judging by the lands popularity, we hope it speaks for itself: the only fantasy involved, is and was, a reality.
Everything that happens in Akitsuki is in real time, as is the case with most MUDS, this means that as people play (think and act) the online world continues regardless. There are many methods of access. Perhaps the most effective for the absolute novice is our Java client. Java allows you to play java games online through your browser and does not require any downloads. Akitsuki is a multi-user world, or MUD, which means there are many other real life players that you will meet, they will often help you shape your destiny and you theirs. Feudal Japanese society is very complex and you, from the moment you begin, will be both affected by it, and effecting it yourself. You should not be daunted by this, each player is an individual person and both skills and social status reflects this. There is no one way to succeed, you have the chance to become one of the next great figures in the history of Japan, by your own making.
Since the first moments of creation, when the two Immortals, Izanagi and Izanami, stirred the great void with their Holy Lance, the people of Japan have grown into their current state; that of the Samurai caste; the Eta caste; the great Daimyo's; the Shoguns of the ages and the myriad of other cults, clans, holy sects and lone fighters, that now shape the Divine Island.
Akitsuki is an ever evolving world and you will play a great part in shaping history for good or ill. Build your reputation and become a respected, or feared member of society along the ultimate road to the Shogunate.