MUD stands for Multi-User Dungeon, Multi-User Domain, or Multi-User
Dimension. Regardless of what it stands for, a MUD is an online environment where multiple
users are logged on and interacting with one and other. On some MUDs you only interact
with other players that are logged on, similar to an online chat system. On other MUDs you
can also interact with a game world where you can explore, fight monsters, and collect
treasure, either alone or in the company of other players that are logged on. On some
MUDs, the environment itself can be changed and expanded by the players themselve. On
others, you must play the game long enough to advance to a Wizard level at which time you
can add new areas to the game. Allowing players to change and add to the MUD world itself
is one of the unique features that make MUDs so unique and fun. Every MUD you visit will
be different in subtle or dramatic ways.
MUDs have been around since the early beginnings of the Internet.
The first MUD was written by Roy Trubshaw and Richard Bartle at Essex University in 1979
on a DECsystem-10. For more information about the history of MUDs, take a look at The MUDdex,
created by Lauren P. Burka.
For more information about MUDs, visit the incredible MUD Connector. This site has a
detailed list of most every MUD on the Internet, along with every else you ever wanted to
know about MUDs.
zMUD uses the large MUD listing from the MUD connector as the
database for its internal Connection Wizard. You can view the MUD listing
in your web browser, then select "Save As..." in your File menu to save the
database to your zMUD directory with a filename of mudlist.doc. You can also search the MUD Connector for information on your favorite MUD.
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