What's a MUD?

MUD stands for Multi-User Dungeon. Basically, it is a virtual reality in which many people from all over the world can interact, combat monsters (and each other on some MUDs), go on quests and socialize. They tend to be very addictive, so be warned. I've know more than a few people who have let them interfere with their studies, causing poor marks and even a failed course or two.

There are other types of MUDs called MUSEs, MOOs, MUSHs, and so on. They tend to be refered to generally as MU*'s Some of them allow people to build their own rooms and objects. Objects can be programmed to do things and react to people saying and doing things.

This sounds great! Where are they?

As you may have guessed, there are numerous MUDs, MUSEs and other virtual spaces on the net. Some personal favorites of mine, and of my friends, include Renegade's Outpost, Kaos MUD or visit their website, TimeMUSE, MicroMUSE, BTech 3056, LambdaMOO ...

For those who just can't get enough, here are a couple of links to considerably more exhaustive and detailed l ists of virtual spaces.

Gordon Dewis
gordon@pinetree.org