learn about MUDS

(another move from a page to a post)

A mud (Multi-User Dungeon) is a multi-player game in a virtual world. Most muds are text muds, although most players play graphical muds (like World of Warcraft). Almost all of the things I talk about here have to do with text muds. Why? Simply put I don’t play graphical muds.

OK, back to reality, check out these sites to learn about muds:

The Mudconnector

http://www.mudconnector.com

Created in the mid 90s The Mudconnector now has over 1800 muds listed, as well as forums, articles, and resource links.

Top Mud Sites

http://www.topmudsites.com

Similar to The Mudconnector (TMC) except Top Mud Sites (TMS) displays a mud list by ‘ranking’ (i.e. votes cast) more prominently than TMC.

Mud Magic

http://www.mudmagic.com

Kind of the love-child of TMC and TMS (though technically MM pre-dates TMS…figure that geneology out). MM also hosts muds, contains a code repository, and hosts other helpful tools.

Mudbytes

http://www.mudbytes.net

Similar to MudConnector, but with rather more contemporary features, and a download repository.

Mudlab

http://www.mudlab.org

A higher signal set of forums, focusing more on mud design and development, started in 2005.

The Sourcery

http://www.sourcery.dyndns.org

A wiki about mud development and administration with a lot of good resources. Also the host is quite a funny man.

Electric Soup

http://www.electricsoup.net

Similar to TMC and TMS but Electric Soup focuses mostly on servers that are tinymud derivatives.

What the heck does that mean you ask? It’s not important that I explain it all right now, so suffice it to say that you will find a lot of similar information on ES as you will on TMC but the types of muds you find there will be different. I’ll leave it to the reader to explore the differences.

Erwin S. Andreasen

http://www.andreasen.org

The personal homepage of Erwin Andreasen, you’ll find a lot of good mud resources here.

Richard Bartle

http://www.mud.co.uk/richard/academic.htm

Richard Bartle’s archive of ‘formal texts’ about muds, mud research, magazine articles, he’s a developer of the original MUD (from the late 70s!), one of the first muds around (there were in fact others).

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