I first downloaded AFK a few years ago, when I had no life (recently divorced - depressed - yadda yadda) and looked around for a codebase to build a mud on.
Found Smaug, and then through Smaug stumbled onto AFK.
I have used it pretty much since then, but happily for me - my life is a whole lot more busy than it used to be, and I don't spend hours locked up hiding from the world anymore, hence little or no time available for coding.
I really do like the Overland, and since Samson asked about it - I also like the Web Portal. Sad to see that it will be gone, but I can also understand the more advanced usages of Php etc..
I have not used Multiport, but I can see the advantages of it. And never used the MXP stuff, though I have never had it actually work in other muds that support it either (that i have played)
I think at the beginning I did email Samson, I have no reason not to, but have not on subsequent upgrades and new versions etc..
One day - perhaps, I will actually get time to side down - and put my crazy mud plans into existence. But till then, I will install the new versions , play with them a while, and then carry on with life.
One thing that I really miss from other muds, the practice/learning of spells, skills, etc
I know this is another discussion entirely, but to simply "buy" an upgrade to skills etc with exp points - makes it too easy. You should have to practice many many times and exponentially more as your skill increases, to get profficient.
Hope that helps
PS: I meant no offense with "have a life" comment. It was purely the way that I percieved my life to be at that time.