How MUD's work >
While there are hundreds of different MUD's in operation across the Internet,
there are two general types with very different styles:
- Combat. These MUD's focus on combat
and competition, and include LPMUD's, DikuMUD's, and their descendants.
- Social. These MUD's focus on social interaction, and include
TinyMUD's and their descendants.
Some of the many different types
of MUD's created over the years are described below.:
Named after the university at which it was written, Datalogisk Institut
Universitet, or Department of Datalogy, University of Copenhagen. DikuMUD is
but similar to LPMUD. Wizards can add to the database.
Developed from DikuMUD, with various improvements.
A MUD for "furry" creatures, a mud character subtype.
Based on MOO, created by Pavel Curtis, and adds features and stability.
- LMPUD. One of the most popular combat MUD's, written by Lars Pensjl
among others. There are several versions, including Amylaar, CD, and MudOS.
- MOO. A MUD developed using the object-oriented approach, created
by Stephen White. MOOs include a programming language.
A PC version of TinyMUD.
- TeenyMUD. Based on TinyMUD,
developed by Andrew Molitor.
- TinyMUCK. Based on TinyMUD,
developed by Lachesis, with a powerful programming language called MUF. Versions
include FBMUCK and DaemonMUCK. TinyMUCK is based on TinyMUD, developed by
- TinyMUD. Developed by Jim Aspnes,
and was the
first socially oriented MUD. It is called "tiny" since, without the requirement
to support the complexities of a combat oriented MUD, it takes up less storage
space than other MUD servers. Players can build onto the MUD.
Based on TinyMUD, developed by Larry Foard, and added a script language and
A version is called PennMUSH.
- UberMUD. Created by Marcus
Ranum. The universe rules are written completely in the internal programming
and is very flexible.
- UnterMUD. Written by Marcus J Ranum,
and is similar to UberMUD. UnterMUD is network oriented, enabling players
between connected UnterMUD's.
- UriMUD. Was developed from
LPMUD with some improvements.
A DOS based MUD server,
with a Windows version called Yamaw. These servers often support combat.