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Offline AjoxerTopic starter

Elliquiy MUD club?
« on: May 10, 2006, 03:33:51 PM »
I'm thinking it might be cool to join MUDs and create guilds or whatever as a site. I know there are a lot of people here I would trust a lot more- One MUD client I recommend is Zmud, it's quite effective. Who might be interested?

Offline Celestial Goblin

Re: Elliquiy MUD club?
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2006, 04:37:11 PM »
MUD's, sure. But what MUD's? I was some time ago, long time ago, active on a good MUD that was in Polish language. As far as other stuff goes, i'm quite unsure. I could jump into a good MUD if somebody would already be in...

Offline Swedish Steel

Re: Elliquiy MUD club?
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2006, 04:40:30 PM »
I was in a MUD briefly, way back when the internet was still in it's infancy. I'm not sure I would know what to do.

Offline ZK

Re: Elliquiy MUD club?
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2006, 04:53:18 PM »
MUD= Multi-User Dungeon.

Basically it's a text [some are graphical] based free MMORPG where roleplaying is the key for everything, as well as fighting and such.

Offline Swedish Steel

Re: Elliquiy MUD club?
« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2006, 04:54:18 PM »
I remember I got a cat for a pet when I started, but it died!  :'(

Offline AjoxerTopic starter

Re: Elliquiy MUD club?
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2006, 05:06:49 PM »
I like to play RetroMUD- It's one of the best, in my opinion.

Also, I've got a decent Treant Jomsviking- Fighter/minor mage type fellow, mostly fighter. Excellent game.

Offline Celestial Goblin

Re: Elliquiy MUD club?
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2006, 05:11:04 PM »
I played Retro, gone to i think 8 or 9 level as an Ettin fighter. Fun indeed, i'd say.

Offline Ellyssa

Re: Elliquiy MUD club?
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2006, 05:54:19 PM »
I'd go if there were enough people. :) Depends on what sort of mud you like though, the hacking and slashing kind (Like Medievia, of which I've spent a couple years at before), More mix-rp oriented sort (like Achaea, never played it) or something totally rp oriented. Or even adult.

Offline Swedish Steel

Re: Elliquiy MUD club?
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2006, 05:57:40 PM »
There are adult MUDs?

Offline Ellyssa

Re: Elliquiy MUD club?
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2006, 06:03:33 PM »
Yes, but not very big ones for the most part. The biggest ones are mostly MUSHes, though do a category listing on mudconnect.com and see the adult-oriented/sexually-oriented sections from there. Though not all in there are, and some others I know aren't listed there.

I've even imm-ed on an adult-oriented one (that is not there). And I've tried most of them before, some are neat rp-wise, some are hack and slash related, some, well, depends on what you are looking for.

Edit: But we digress. If you want me, give me a mud name. :)
« Last Edit: May 11, 2006, 03:15:39 PM by Ellyssa »

Offline tcost

Re: Elliquiy MUD club?
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2006, 01:20:28 AM »
I have a lot of experience with MUSHes and MUXes, but not with MUDs.  If a group of us from E were to join an adult-oriented MUSH, I'd be all over that.  Better than IM.

Offline Vice

Re: Elliquiy MUD club?
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2006, 09:23:01 PM »
I'm on Shangrila fairly often, if we're talking about MUSHes. I also play WoW and City of Heroes/Villains from time to time, though both accounts are inactive at the moment since my friends aren't on that much.

Offline Ellyssa

Re: Elliquiy MUD club?
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2006, 09:33:20 PM »
Eek, pay to play. :)

I haven't been on Shang in awhile, my only long term character there was a virgin and when I retired after a year cause our sorority broke up.. she still was one. :)

Offline AjoxerTopic starter

Re: Elliquiy MUD club?
« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2006, 10:02:54 PM »
I actually just started Shangrila- Very cool stuff... Any way we could let eachother know that we're from Elliquiy? Maybe adding it to our Titles. :-P.

Offline Ellyssa

Re: Elliquiy MUD club?
« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2006, 10:13:42 PM »
Ew. What that place has that this doesn't is a multitude of twinks!
That's not a mud though *grumble* and I don't play there at the moment.

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Re: Elliquiy MUD club?
« Reply #15 on: May 12, 2006, 10:30:39 PM »
Pardon my ignorance .... :p  I've heard the terms MUD and MUSH before, but what are they exactly?

Offline Ellyssa

Re: Elliquiy MUD club?
« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2006, 10:59:46 PM »
A MUD (Multi-user dungeon) is usually a hack and slash style game, where you create a character with statistics under a certain rules system (official or original) and go around killing monsters and stuff to gain experience and level, items and prestige. Though there are different styles, and many of them are based in certain worlds or realms, from specific things like Forgotten Realms and Star Wars to simply generic realms like 'fantasy' and horror', as varied as most of the games here.

The difference is that they're fully text games - each room and each monster and stuff like that are all described, think a roguelike game like ADOM or Angband. And each room is connected to the others, you connect to the server using a console and wander around with (for example) north/south/east/west commands.

Some are non-roleplay at all, some are statless and fully rolyplay-enforced, it depends on what you're looking for. MUSHes are the other way around, they're also text rooms, but the underlying code structure is different, they allow for longer buffers and things like that in order to make it more condusive for roleplaying, while totally taking out any *automated* hack-and-slash monster killing element.

You connect to them using a console called a mud client - telnet is the simplest one that most Windows machines have, but there are a lot more elaborate, customizable ones.

Hm. Not explaining this very well, am I? Try the Wiki on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-User_Dungeon and the links off of there. :)

Maybe examples are easier. I've played in a medieval fantasy hack and slash type game called Medievia - one of the largest around and with really, really good code behind it. There movement is based off of north, south, east, west, up, down, and there are 'zones' that people build (and the gods approve) for you to explore either solo, or as a group, with intense cooperation. No roleplay there at all (there is a background story that shuffles along like a turtle) - but you have overhead maps and such like an old-style Ultima game when outdoors, dragons that fly over the land and ships that sail across the water, maps that rotate depending on what you're doing, all sorts of special mob programs (Artificial Intelligence) to make them less predictable and harder, and tons of rare items. That's an extreme example of a MUD. You have characters with stats, four classes to work through (mage, cleric, warrior, thief) before you hero, and you need to eat/drink food and drink now and then. Hundreds of players on at a time though, and in some zones they player-kill heavily.

Then I've played on another place, a MUSH (Multi-User Shared Hallucination? Not sure.) called Winter's Edge, based fully around an original fantasy land but using D&D 3e (3.5e? I dunno, I left before 3.5e came out) rules. You create a character, but in the sense of filling out a character sheet, with nifty commands that save your information to memory but don't otherwise do anything.. it's not automated. You create elaborate background, description, and things like that, then apply for a character and a roleplay god will sit down with you and hash out details of your character, help correct any mistakes, then allow you onto the 'grid' (game). There are no automated monsters and all you can kill when bored, but you land into a town, walk around, and interact with several dozen other people online in poses like what we do on forum posts here. And quests and events are run sometimes, some spontaneous, some which are planned far in advance. The gods/storytellers run those, think GMs to be like the moderators in each of the games here, but they work with each other to attempt to create a free-flowing game.

Some are entirely statless, like a place I used to play on called Threshold MUSH, it was a horror/bdsm style game, you had to make description(s) and a partial background and personality, but you start in a large haunted house with everyone else that you all can never leave, some aggressive, some victims, and so on, and the creepiest things would happen when the gods were having a good evening and creeping random players with scary stuff like blood and flying ropes. :)

Except both are done in real time, which is the main difference between forum-style rp and MU* style rp.. and especially in MUDs, lag at the wrong time or a split second difference can have dire consequences if you're doing something dangerous. MUSHes are more freeflowing, the gods just use your character sheets to judge what you can and can't do and roll dice when needed and so forth. But both above are just examples, and rather extreme ones, it's not a black and white thing and even many MUDs mix hearty roleplay with automated text battles.

Hmm.. I need to put in a plug for Elliquiy though, I think I overdid that a little. The advantages of here.. it's well moderated, less immature people (some MUDs are bad for that), you have the time to think things over and take the time to pose so the average level of posing is MUCH better, you can quit a scene if you don't feel like playing it anymore, and move on.. the longest pose I've ever seen on a MU* (generic term for the whole group) is like fifteen to twenty lines or so, and by far a rarity.. most are 1-6 line blocks. Plus roleplay can sometimes get boring if you're in a large crowd and it takes forever for people to pose so it slows everyone else.

Wait, that happens here too. :P

Oh, and you can't play more than one character at a time, though most let you own multiple characters. But since you have to be online on one to get to do any sort of stuff, there's far less flexibility than forums.

Most adult ones are MUSHes, for the simple reason that killing monsters isn't very sexy. There are some that mix both. But a lot of the adult ones have very little moderation in the sense that it's very easy for immature people to slip on. Ugh at Shangrila for that.
« Last Edit: May 12, 2006, 11:01:34 PM by Ellyssa »

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Re: Elliquiy MUD club?
« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2006, 11:20:34 PM »
Your definitions make perfect sense, Elyssa.  Thanks for taking the time to explain it so eloquently. :)

Offline Timiko

Re: Elliquiy MUD club?
« Reply #18 on: May 14, 2006, 01:30:00 PM »
I have never played a MUD beyond a short term to find out the whole point was killing stuff and racking up points.

I have played Mushes and Mucks. The basis is that it is a novel in progress. and you write your characters part.

The advantage in it is, although  you rarely get more than 3 to 7 lines, the direct action and reaction of the people you are playing with. It is immediate.  You know what they are thinking  right at that moment not after they have thought about it for 20 minutes. I am not saying that is better. just that is the way it is.

Most Mushes et al are pg 13 or less and so very little sexual activity is allowed in a blatant manner. lots of inuendo though and yes lots of kids and twinkies.

The other thing a mush has is it is it's own chat room. Because it is immediate  alot of ooc chat happens.

So the story happens and so does the ooc stuff.

Just my 2 cents worth.