Gaming Info

New to MUSHing, MUDing, MUXing, et al? Here is a quick primer for those of you wanting to get started in this addictive environment:

What Kind of Client Should I Get?

If you don't want to use raw Telnet (And frankly who WOULD use raw telnet??) below is a brief list of things to use:

For Mac OS X:

Atlantis - Atlantis is a Mac OS X native MUSH/MUX/MUCK/MOO client. Though it's not designed with MUDs primarily in mind, it has several MUD-centric features, including support for MCCP. It also supports SSL, basic MCP and Growl for notifications. It runs on both PowerPC and Intel Macs, and supports user- defined 'spawn' windows, and a powerful graphical event- editing system for scripting simple events.

The Macintosh (MacOS) MUDding Resource WWW Page - This page contains just about everything a Mac user would need to start mudding. Includes links to mud servers, mud clients, editors, and various other resource links.

For Windows:

SimplMU MUD/MUSH Client - SimpleMU is a winsock-based client written by Kathleen McMahon (shae). It was designed with MUSHes in mind, however can be used for MUDs, MUCKs and MOOs. Some of its features are: ansi color support, multiple server support, MUD Client Compression Protocol, live spell check and thesaurus, history recall, keyboard macros, offline mail composing, triggers, pattern matching gags and sound triggers.

Other resources for Windows can be found here

Please set your client's idle-timers. We have an idle out here and it will boot you off.

Basic Commands

In game, type help newbie

This is what you'll read:

NEWBIE

If you are new to MUSHing, the help files may seem confusing. Most
of them are written in a specific style, however, and once you
understand it the files are extremely helpful.

The first line of a help file on a command or function will normally
be the syntax of the command. "Syntax" means the way the command
needs to be typed in. In the help files, when the syntax of a
command is described, square brackets [] mean that that part of the
command is optional and doesn't have to be typed in. Also, pointy
brackets <> mean that that part of the command needs to be replaced
with a specific piece of information.

You should not type the [] or <> brackets when entering a command.

(continued in help newbie2 — type 'help newbie2' without the single
quotes)

NEWBIE2

For example, the syntax of the help command is:

help [<topic>]

What this means is that to get help, you would type first the word
"help" and then you could optionally type the name of a more
specific topic in order to get help on that topic. Just typing
"help" will work too (that's why the <topic> part is optional).

Some common commands that you should look at help for are:

look say go page pose take give home

Just type help <command> for help. Example: help page

(continued in help newbie3)

NEWBIE3

There is help available on every standard MUSH command. If you see a
command or someone mentions one to you that you want to know more
about, try just typing: help <command name> — that will most likely
bring up the help file on it.

Please note that just because there is help available on a command
does not necessarily mean that the command can be used on this
MUSH. The siteadmin of the MUSH can choose to turn off some
commands. If there's something that you would like available, and it
isn't, please ask a wizard why not.

It is also highly recommended that any new player read the MUSH manual,
written by Amberyl. It is available by anonymous FTP from:
ftp.pennmush.org
in the directory:
/pub/PennMUSH/Manuals
or by HTTP from:
http://download.pennmush.org/Manuals/

The rest you can ask from understanding players who've been right where you are themselves or get on line and 'google' it all. Most of all, enjoy your time with us.

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