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I don't know how many of you play MUDs, but Mudlet, an open source cross-platform MUD client has hit version 3.0.

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Mudlet itself is now skinnable, so you can customize the UI to your liking. It now supports the MSDP protocol, double-clicking a word in the in-UI console will now highlight a word and more changes.

Arch users can grab it via the AUR, everyone else can find download info on this page.

See their release post here. You can find the source code on github. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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Kallestofeles 27 Mar, 2017
This is excellent. I do a bit of Mudding with gf every once in a while in Discworld, but have to use Mushclient with Wine, because I find Mudlet too difficult to modify for Discworld.
If anyone knows LUA and would like to make a great UI for it, I'd love to hear more about it. :P
Alephcat 27 Mar, 2017
There is already a Discworld UI for mudlet, but V3 seems to break it a bit. I'm going to have a look at it when I get some time, but I'll have to learn LUA at the same time so may not be quick. I'll post on the DW boards if I manage to get something decent going.
Kallestofeles 27 Mar, 2017
Quoting: AlephcatThere is already a Discworld UI for mudlet, but V3 seems to break it a bit. I'm going to have a look at it when I get some time, but I'll have to learn LUA at the same time so may not be quick. I'll post on the DW boards if I manage to get something decent going.
Thanks!
There is indeed a DW interface but it has always been broken and not really offering as much as I'd like to have.
This guy, on the other hand, has been an absolute legend and has created near-perfect UI for mushclient Discworld:
http://quow.co.uk/

Some people might consider it a bit cheating to have the maps but given the size of the world, for me, it's a must. :P
Kithop 27 Mar, 2017
Wow. Never thought I'd see MU* clients on here. Or updated still. :p

I'm bouncing off a screen session on my home server with TinyFugue all the time on a daily basis for some of the places I visit and play on still. Heck, I'm temporarily hosting a PennMUSH instance for a number of friends.
Alephcat 27 Mar, 2017
Quoting: KallestofelesThanks!
There is indeed a DW interface but it has always been broken and not really offering as much as I'd like to have.
This guy, on the other hand, has been an absolute legend and has created near-perfect UI for mushclient Discworld:
http://quow.co.uk/

Some people might consider it a bit cheating to have the maps but given the size of the world, for me, it's a must. :P

I agree that the UI is not exactly extensive, but it has always worked for me. I know quow on disc and I'll take a look at his features if I ever get to the point of being able to make the interface better
razing32 27 Mar, 2017
OK , curios now.
What would you recommend to a complete n00b of MUDs ?

How unforgiving are they and how time consuming (compared to a MMO RPG) ?
Crystal Dagger 27 Mar, 2017
Quoting: razing32OK , curios now.
What would you recommend to a complete n00b of MUDs ?

How unforgiving are they and how time consuming (compared to a MMO RPG) ?

I haven't played much MUDs mainly because they aren't "from my time", I wish I would give a good effort to get into one because I'm sure they are great. I've known plenty of people that have played them and I've even tried them myself a little so I hope that I can reply your question.

From what I've heard they give you very unforgiving memories since a good side of MUDs is that you use your imagination (just like reading a book) and you generate a mental construct, so, in a way, your brain creates the "graphics" the way you want them to be. I've seen some graphical MUDs with really simple and static graphics, ascii maps, maybe an avatar, etc.

Secondly the "time consuming" aspect varies a lot depending on the MUD as far as I'm aware, some might be very punishing, sandboxy, etc while others are not as much, just like the vast variety of mmos you got like 5-10 years ago when they were "a thing". An MMO that gets quite often compared with a MUD is Wurm Online (which works on Linux, I highly recommend it since I play it on a daily basis lol).

Also, I've been told (not really sure about this but I can imagine that it is true) there are MUDs were you can literally do anything and I mean ANYTHING you can imagine, making look open-world sandbox MMOs look like nothing.

Last but not least the communities there are "old" and by old I mean mature, so the chances of finding that "special snowflake" or a raging "kid" are lower, but you'll surely will come across someone eventually I'm sure...

The first one that comes to my memory is Aardwolf, it has been around for a long time - http://www.aardwolf.com/

pd: Sorry for the long reply and my English...


Last edited by Crystal Dagger on 27 March 2017 at 9:40 pm UTC
razing32 28 Mar, 2017
Quoting: Crystal Dagger
Quoting: razing32OK , curios now.
What would you recommend to a complete n00b of MUDs ?

How unforgiving are they and how time consuming (compared to a MMO RPG) ?

I haven't played much MUDs mainly because they aren't "from my time", I wish I would give a good effort to get into one because I'm sure they are great. I've known plenty of people that have played them and I've even tried them myself a little so I hope that I can reply your question.

From what I've heard they give you very unforgiving memories since a good side of MUDs is that you use your imagination (just like reading a book) and you generate a mental construct, so, in a way, your brain creates the "graphics" the way you want them to be. I've seen some graphical MUDs with really simple and static graphics, ascii maps, maybe an avatar, etc.

Secondly the "time consuming" aspect varies a lot depending on the MUD as far as I'm aware, some might be very punishing, sandboxy, etc while others are not as much, just like the vast variety of mmos you got like 5-10 years ago when they were "a thing". An MMO that gets quite often compared with a MUD is Wurm Online (which works on Linux, I highly recommend it since I play it on a daily basis lol).

Also, I've been told (not really sure about this but I can imagine that it is true) there are MUDs were you can literally do anything and I mean ANYTHING you can imagine, making look open-world sandbox MMOs look like nothing.

Last but not least the communities there are "old" and by old I mean mature, so the chances of finding that "special snowflake" or a raging "kid" are lower, but you'll surely will come across someone eventually I'm sure...

The first one that comes to my memory is Aardwolf, it has been around for a long time - http://www.aardwolf.com/

pd: Sorry for the long reply and my English...

I did hear of aardwolf.
Was asking on a few MUD sites when I wanted to remotely login to my Pi from work and play MUDS try MUDs in my spare
time
Might finally give it a go.
And your English was very good ;-)
Crystal Dagger 29 Mar, 2017
Quoting: razing32I did hear of aardwolf.
Was asking on a few MUD sites when I wanted to remotely login to my Pi from work and play MUDS try MUDs in my spare
time
Might finally give it a go.
And your English was very good ;-)

Let me know if you try one, I'm curious to give one a try now... so I can totally not slack more at work and home.

AardWolf, BatMUD, SlothMUD, Achaea? It is hard to pick one! I wonder if the server being in the USA REALLY matters on this games if you live in Europe...


Last edited by Crystal Dagger on 29 March 2017 at 9:41 pm UTC
razing32 30 Mar, 2017
Quoting: Crystal Dagger
Quoting: razing32I did hear of aardwolf.
Was asking on a few MUD sites when I wanted to remotely login to my Pi from work and play MUDS try MUDs in my spare
time
Might finally give it a go.
And your English was very good ;-)

Let me know if you try one, I'm curious to give one a try now... so I can totally not slack more at work and home.

AardWolf, BatMUD, SlothMUD, Achaea? It is hard to pick one! I wonder if the server being in the USA REALLY matters on this games if you live in Europe...

Hmmm , tell you what. May give Aardwolf a go this weekend.
Don't think the connection is that sensitive to the US.
I had Skype calls to phone numbers with US friends and had no issues/lag etc.
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