Who was Rolindar?
I’ve been going through my collection of mud areas lately (you can download areas freely from various codebase repositories). Many are entertaining reads in their own right; over 20 years of mud development is bound to produce at least a few highly skilled wielders of OLC (or an area format file, whatever the case may be). One of my favorite builders is Rolindar.
In my experience Rolindar’s areas are not to everyone’s taste (he has a distinct style), but his flair for writing, the interactivity in his zones, and feel for creating a coherent zone make him a standout in my opinion. If you’re curious you can search for some of his areas here, http://www.smaugmuds.org/index.php?a=files&s=search .
There must be other builders, past (and perhaps) present of Rolindar’s caliber; there surely are thousands of original mud areas out there. I wonder who would be in the ‘top 5 builders of all time’. I find it a little sad that such a question will never be answered, if only that it deprives future builders of knowing who came before them. Maybe it isn’t a necessary question to answer in a hobby like this. No (well, let’s say most) builders don’t create areas to make a name for themselves, but out of a sense of contributing to a greater whole.
It does seem lacking though to have to create without a past.