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After a few years of playing Face of Mankind, the most common question I've seen throughout different forums and the game itself is, "What do I do?". With some help from statements by key players in FoM, I am going to do my best to answer this question.
First of all it must be absolutely understood that Face of Mankind is first and foremost a sandbox, player driven MMO Action RPG. Persistant worlds in real time with real people who create their own fates, rules, politics, consequences, and enforce them as they see fit, their only real constraints are their own personal charisma, their ability to lead others to their cause, and their ability to resist and overcome any opposing wills of other players.
-There are no game enforced artificial "Skills" for you to grind up
-There is no auto-aim to lock on to targets for you, there are no pre-set skill combo's, buffs, debuffs, special attacks ect.
-There is no carrot-on-a-stick gameplay that subliminally tries to make you grind just a little more and unlock some marginally better item to the point where people who've been there a year can brush off a new player as if they were little more than a fly.
- There is no super powered level 80 gear, you are able to use anything that the 5 year veteran player can use.
What is there, is the ability for you to mold and leave an impression on the gameplay around you, whether that means your choice of taking a gun in hand, placing the crosshairs on a corporate CEO and pulling the trigger because you felt like it, or taking a calculator in hand, climbing the ladder, and taking others under your employ until you're a self made multi-millionaire.
We've had players do incredible things throughout the lifetime of FoM and they continue to push for more incredible things every day. For example people have achieved creating a functional government, constitution, and laws from scratch, enforced them for years and tore it down because they have that ability. Players have achieved various status' as President, Universal Conqueror, Drug King Pin, Mafia Boss, cut-throat corporate CEO's, Teachers, Mercenary Squad Leaders, Authors, News Editors, Senators, Judges, the list is limitless because these are positions created, defined, and molded by the players.
The freedom also means that there are no pre-set formulas or paths for you to walk in order to achieve your goals, how you get where you want to be and whether you ever end up there is entirely up to your actions, negotiations, and communication networking abilities. This can be difficult for many gamers to initially cope with as it is very seldom if ever found in other MMOs, but for the type of gamer that this is geared towards, it is what makes this game perfect.