|MOOCK'S MUDDING GUIDE|
|MUD STARTER KIT|
The MUD Starter Kit appears as Chapter 6 of Teach Yourself the Internet: Around the World in 21 Days, Neil Randall, ed. It includes a general introduction to the world of MUDs, as well as a tutorial on the basics of getting started using MUDs. Most of the Starter Kit is biased towards Tiny MUD, MOOs and educational MUDs, but it covers enough gaming information to get started with gaming MUDs. Also, some of the references are generalized to suit a beginner audience. Because the text has actually been published in print (© 1995, Sams Publishing), please contact me if you have any questions about reproduction.
Bear in mind that the MUD Starter Kit was written in the fall of 1995, and is not updated. Check Places to Go for a more current list of MUD references.
Twice in my years of using the Internet I have been made supremely aware of exactly what it is I am doing when I sit using my computer in my comfortable room in my little Canadian city. Both times I have been using MUDs. The first time I was playing a game with Blackthorn, a user from Seattle, Washington, USA. We were teaming up on killing some evil goblins, when my mother walked in my room and told me to ask my fellow marauder what he thought of Jean Chretien, who at that time had only recently be en elected as the Canadian Prime Minister. Blackthorn replied quite innocently, Whos she? He thought I meant another player on the game.
The second time, I was preparing to write this chapter, and sent a general request out for information and documentation. Within an hour, I had received a long piece of mail with the subject MUD Frequently Asked Questions. I opened it eagerly only to find that the entire text was in Italian.
All of the services available through the Internet cross borders to one degree or another. Most, however, seem eventually to lose their feel of distance both in geographical and in cultural terms. Very little of the character of an Australian gets e xpressed by the domain suffix .au in an email address. Likewise, a WWW site somehow always feels to me removed from its HTML author. The one place on the Internet where I get consistently reminded of the people behind the computers, is on MUDs.
MUDs have been described as text-based virtual reality. Essentially, a MUD is a text setting (like a description from a novel) which allows users to interact both with their environment and with other users. Structurally, MUDs are made up primarily of descriptions of real and imagined areas such as forests, dungeons, offices, universities, cities, rooms, or any other spatially oriented environment. Users can navigate through and examine these settings, and can communicate with other users within the context and confines of the particular setting of the MUD. Socially, then, MUDs provide users with a grounded situation in which to interact with others at near real time speed. Communication commands are modeled on real life, with say, tell, whis per, and shout, among the most common commands. Non-verbal communication is also incorporated into the virtual world. A user can, for instance, shake hands with, or smile at, another user. Like the description says, MUDs are text-based virtual real ity. Something to note, however: obviously, the authors and programmers of MUDs are rarely famous authors. In fact, very few MUDs exist as commercial entities. For the most part, their creators and administrators work entirely on a volunteer basis. The quality of the virtual experience depends in many ways on the imagination and thoroughness of each individual MUDs creators; the difference in quality has as many variations as there are MUDs.
New users of MUDs often encounter a great deal of confusion simply because of the imprecision of the name and its acronym, and because of the sheer number of MUD spin-offs. In general, you should know that all MUDs, no matter what their name, have the same foundational premises: on all of them you can walk around a virtual world, and on all of them you can interact with other users. You are safe to call them all MUDs, though some will complain about your lack of accuracy. The confusion over the name stems from the origin of MUDs.
Between 1979 and 1980, Roy Trubshaw and Richard Bartle developed a program called Multi-User Dungeon at Essex University in England. They called it MUD1. Originally, the project was a commercial venture, but students became involved in both playing and programming the game. Some of these students actually created their own versions of MUD1. The first was called AberMUD (programmed at Aberstwyth), and was distributed over JANet (Joint Academic Network) and the Internet. Both MUD1 and AberMUD were entirely game oriented. Remember, the 1980s was the zenith of interest in TSRs Dungeons and Dragons. As in D & D, players of MUD1 were there to explore dungeons, fight monsters, buy swords, and become powerful wizards. However, once MUD1 entered a br oader academic forum via AberMUD, it grew once again. From AberMUD came TinyMUD and LPMUD. This growth marks a crucial change in the world of MUDs: LPMUD continued the gaming tradition of its predecessors, but TinyMUD was developed as more of a social environment than a game. No dragons here, just a place to interact and create interesting things. Hence, a confusing renaming took place. The D in TinyMUD came to mean Dimension, or Domain, or Dialogue, or anything that didnt sound like a game . The D in LPMUD continued to mean Dungeon, but eventually also meant Dimension when different LPMUDs started to provide gaming settings not based on dungeons and medieval scenarios. To this day, the distinction, and the ensuing confusion, still exists, and theres no sign of things getting any better: one descendent of TinyMUD now bears the name MUSH for Multiple User Shared Hallucination.
TIP: As a general rule, MUDs are divided into two categories: 1) games, and 2) purely social environments. Both LPMUD and MUD nearly always refer to a game with some form of combat, while TinyMUD and its descendants, TinyMU CK, TinyMUSH, and TinyMOO, all refer to more socially oriented MUDs.
MUCK, MUSH, and MOO are all variations of TinyMUD. Each is a step away from the game atmosphere towards MOO, which is the main type of non-game-oriented MUD. If you want to know the whole fifteen year saga, check outLauren Burkas WWW site at http://www.ccs.neu.edu/home/lpb/muddex.html.
Though the beginning of this chapter stresses the people behind the computers in the world of MUDs, many users of MUDs wish to submerge the reality both of the computer and of the real people working the computers in order to achieve a virtual reality experience. The original creator of MUD1, Dr. Richard Bartle, wrote that:
MUAs [Multiple User Adventures (MUDs)] can exert an influence over a large number of...players all out of proportion to that of either a chatline or a game alone. MUAs have an emotional hold over their players which stems from the players ability to project themselves onto their game persona, feeling as if the things which happen to the game personae are happening directly to the players themselves....The really exceptional thing about interactive, multi-user computer games of the MUA variety is n ot that youre chatting to someone miles away (although that can be fun), and its not that youre competing against a real human instead of a machine (although that can also be fun); its that youre existing in another world. Thats the root of their a ppeal.
His observation certainly holds true in the world of games. Though games are not the specific focus of this chapter, you will be able to use all the skills you learn in the next sections within a game context. Remember, all MUDs (Tiny and LP) work on the same principles. Once you learn one, youll be able to use them all at the basic level.
In most MUD games you have one central goal: kill things. By killing things, you gain points, and by gaining points you go up levels. Once you have made it through all the levels you become a wizard. As a wizard, you gain the power to actually crea te your own area, that is, if youre zealous enough to learn to program. Typically, dont expect to become a wizard in less than a year if youre only going to play for an hour a day. The combat system is designed to be extremely slow in order to prohib it players from shooting up the ranks too quickly, and, hence, from not knowing what to do once they become wizards.
That gives you a skeletal structure. The interesting part is finding out what each individual MUD does to enhance that structure. MUD games can get incredibly elaborate. If you get hurt in a fight, what do you do? Drink alcohol to heal, or cast a healing spell, or drink a potion. If youre drunk from healing, you cant fight, so how do you get sober? Drink some coffee, or sleep it off. Sound familiar? Most MUD games go much further. Choose your race, learn new languages and speak them only to others who know your tongue. Join players guilds and gain special powers (telepathy, spells, skill enhancement) from devotion, deeds, and donations. Engage in one on one combat with another user, or in full scale multi-user battles. Go on a quest to increase your level. Buy a dog or a hawk from a pet store that follows you around and fights with you. Decide which weapon and armour suits your class: monks cant use weapons because they need their hands free for martial arts. Truly, some MUD games g o into seemingly endless detail.
The fun for most users is discovering those details. Therefore, your best bet for getting involved in MUD games is either to jump right in and figure it out as you go, or to follow through the next section learn some MUD basics: communicating and mov ing. You can then learn each individual MUD games style of combat when you get there. Follow the instructions below on connecting to MUDs, but you wont have to type connect guest. Just wait for the game to prompt you for information. Section 1.8 of this kit lists a few games for you to try, and gives you information on how to find out about the hundreds more.
The simplest and most common way to connect to a MUD is to use TELNET. Since TELNET is a generic Internet tool, however, it can provide only basic screen formatting and text editing. There are connection tools called clients (described later in Sectio n 1.7) that provide much neater interfaces to MUDs, but TELNET provides usable access thats easy to learn. Many MUDs try to take into account the fact that the majority of their users only have TELNET. Those MUDs design special features to make up f or what can occasionally be a fairly jumbled and ugly screen display.
You will be connecting to a MUD of the MOO type (MOO stands for MUD-Object-Oriented) called LambdaMOO. Remember that MOOs are entirely social environments, so there wont be any game features here, but it can still be fun! LambdaMOO is the largest of all MOOs, in fact, most other MOOs are developed from the basic LambdaMOO program. Most users of other MOOs also have accounts at LambdaMOO, so you can imagine how busy LambdaMOO can get. Luckily, this means there will be lots of users waiting to as sist you. Unfortunately this also means that your connection will be slow. The amount of time that elapses between you typing a command and the MOO responding to it is called lag. The lag time can reach as long as ten seconds on LambdaMOO.
1) Login to your UNIX shell account.
2) Type telnet lambdamoo.mud.org 8888. You must have a space between com and 8888. This is your first MUD address. All MUD addresses will have either four or five components: a series of either three or four words separated by peri ods, and a four digit port number, in this case 8888. Sometimes your computer wont be able to convert the words to numbers. If your TELNET cant locate the host, you can try giving it the actual numeric address. Most MUD lists provide both. The numeric address for LambdaMOO is 188.8.131.52 8888 [this IP is likely out of date now --ed.]. Notice that you still need the port number.
TIP: If you mistype even one digit in an entire MUD address, you will be sent to an unknown machine and asked to login. If you ever see: login: when you try to connect to a MUD, youve typed the address wrong. Type CTRL- C to end the TELNET session, and then check that you have all required parts of the address, including the port number. You might try using the numeric address instead.
Once you complete Step 2, your should get the
following on your screen:
% telnet lambdamoo.mud.org 8888
Connected to lambda.xerox.com.
Escape character is '^]'.
* Welcome to LambdaMOO! *
Running Version 1.7.8p4 of LambdaMOO
LambdaMOO is a new kind of society, where thousands of people voluntarily come together from all over the world. What these people say or do may not always be to your liking; as when visiting any international city, it is wise to be careful who you associate with and what you say.
The operators of LambdaMOO have provided the materials for the buildings of this community, but are not responsible for what is said or done in them. In particular, you must assume responsibility if you permit minors or others to access LambdaMOO through your facilities. The statements and viewpoints expressed here are not necessarily those of the wizards, Pavel Curtis, or the Xerox Corporation and those parties disclaim any responsibility for them.
For assistance either now or later, type `help'.
The lag is approximately 8 seconds; there are 191 connected.
Type `connect <character-name> <password>' to connect to your character,
`connect Guest' to connect to a guest character,
`create' to see how to get a character of your own,
`@who' just to see who's logged in right now,
`@uptime' to see how long the server has been running,
`@version' to see what version of the server we're running, or
`@quit' to disconnect, either now or later.
For example, `connect Munchkin frebblebit' would connect to the character `Munchkin' if `frebblebit' were the right password.
After you've connected, type `help' for more documentation.
Please email bug/crash reports (but NOT character-creation requests) to email@example.com.
3) You are now at the LambdaMOO site, but
you are still not connected to the MOO. You are only looking at what is
called the welcome page. Since you dont have account on
LamdaMOO as a regular user (youll learn how to get one later), you
wi ll have to connect as a guest. Type connect guest to log in
as a visitor. You dont need a password. You should then see the
Okay,... guest is in use. Logging you in as `Ruddy_Guest'
*** Connected ***
1) Immediately after you connect, LambdaMOO will ask you which type of environment you wish to enter. You should see:
Would you like to start in a noisy or quiet
environment? A noisy environment will place you where you can get help
from others and converse; while a quiet environment will give you a quiet
place to read help texts.
[Please respond 'noisy' or 'quiet'.]
Type noisy. This will put you in a place where there are other users. Then you should see:
The Coat Closet
The closet is a dark, cramped space. It appears to be very crowded in here; you keep bumping into what feels like coats, boots, and other people (apparently sleeping). One useful thing that you've discovered in your bumbling about is a metal doorknob set at waist level into what might be a door.
There is new news. Type `news' to read all news or `news new' to read just new news.
Type `@tutorial' for an introduction to basic MOOing. If you have not already done so, please type `help manners' and read the text carefully. It outlines the community standard of conduct, which each player is expected to follow while in LambdaMOO.
TIP: Up until this point, everything has probably looked pretty smooth and coherent. However, youre in now: DO NOT PANIC! Things will scroll by before you can read them; commands may get mixed up with other text; lines ma y be truncated. You can fix all this. Remain calm.
2) The Closet is the first room in LambdaMOO. Read the description. Thats where you are, or more accurately, thats where you should envision yourself being. You can see already that the description provides hints about what you are supposed to do. You might want to open the door. However, if you tried typing something like I would like to open the door, or Please open the door for me, the computer wont know what you mean. You need to drop all the articles from your speech (the, an, a), and to issue short, terse commands. For instance, to open the door you type: open door. To turn the doorknob you type turn doorknob. Also, you might have to keep trying until you get the right phrase. If you type swivel handle and nothing ha ppens, its not because theres no doorknob, its just because the computer doesnt realize that handle is another name for doorknob, and swivel is another word for turn. Try it now. Type open door. You should see:
You open the closet door and leave the darkness for
the living room, closing the door behind you so as not to wake the
sleeping people inside.
The Living Room
It is very bright, open, and airy here, with large plate-glass windows looking southward over the pool to the gardens beyond. On the north wall, there is a rough stonework fireplace. The east and west walls are almost completely covered with large, well-stocked bookcases. An exit in the northwest corner leads to the kitchen and, in a more northerly direction, to the entrance hall. The door into the coat closet is at the north end of the east wall, and at the south end is a sliding glass door leading out onto a wooden deck. There are two sets of couches, one clustered around the fireplace and one with a view out the windows.
You see README for New MOOers, Welcome Poster, a fireplace, Cockatoo, Helpful Person Finder, The Birthday Machine, a map of LambdaHouse, lag meter, and Dutch here.
Not all rooms have such extensive descriptions, but this is the main hub of activity in LambdaMOO, and the place where you can always come for help.
WARNING: Once you enter the Living Room, there will be an enormous amount of activity. Typically there are at least ten users in the Living Room all chatting. While this is exhilarating, it can also be overwhelming. Stay c alm. This is about as noisy as youll ever see a MUD get.
3) You probably want to get in on some of this communication. To say something to others in the Living Room, type say then leave a space, then type your message. Your message will be sent to everyone in the room. For instance you might type : say Hi, Ive never used a MUD before. And everyone else in the room would see: Guest says, Hi, Ive never used a MUD before. The say command is your main communication device. Note that only those in the Living Room will hear you. If you go to a nother room, only those in that room will hear you.
TIP: Now that youve learned how to talk to other users in a MUD, you should know the most useful command youll ever learn: say Im new...could someone please help me learn to use a MUD? People on MUDs are nearly always he lpful and will spend their time answering your questions and teaching you the ropes. If you have a specific question, just say it, and watch carefully for the reply.
One of the confusing aspects of the TELNET interface is that everything you type gets mixed in with everything else. You will have to get used to this. Dont worry if your typing is dispersed through messages that are coming up on your screen. Your command will still work when you press ENTER. A display like the following is common. In this case, Guest is typing the command say can someone help me learn how to use this MOO? Guests typing is printed in capitals here so can see it, but when yo ure really connected, it will all be in lower case.
SAY CAN SOMEONE Bill [to Sally]: the weather is
sporadic and crappy, humid
sumHmers and mild winters.
ELP ME LEARN TO USE THIS MOO?
Sally [to Bill]: yep, you said it.
Kelvor [to Shadow]: i'm gonna have to get going here in a second
Silver_Guest [to Mr.jones]: I've just been introduced two days ago. I get completely lost in tunnels and cellars.
Mr.jones [to Silver_Guest]: so I've heard...
You say, "can someone help me learn to use this MOO?"
Notice how the MUD sends you confirmation of your command all on one line with the sentence: You say, can someone help me learn to use this MOO? Thats how you know your command registered, and it lets you see what you typed if you cant decipher it through the other users conversation. Remember if youre typing and something interrupts you, just keep right on typing. The MUD remembers what you typed, even if you dont!
4) Eventually you might want to talk to a user that is in a different room than you are, and say wont work, and you dont want to go all the way to that users location. To send a private message to one individual in the room, type page foll owed by the users name, followed by your message. For instance, you might type: page Bill Nice to see you again! Bill, and Bill only, would see: You sense that Guest is looking for you. He pages, Nice to see you again! Note: on LPMUDs and other MU Ds the word page would be tell but the result would be the same.
5) Most MUDs have built-in actions. They are easy to use and enhance the experience greatly. Try typing the following, one at a time: smile bow wave laugh. Others will see the action you do in text. Some MUDs have hundreds of actio ns for you to use.
6) After youve tried talking a little, youll want to move around. Type look to get a description of where you are again. You can always type look to get your bearings. The look command will usually also tell you the exits you can take to get out of your current location and into another one. Once you have read which exits there are, simply type the name of one of them to go in that direction. Typically, MUD exits are based on compass directions, i.e. north, south, east, and west. H owever, some rooms will have others like up, out, porthole, ladder, or anything else that can be used to get from one place to another. Still other MUDs work entirely on their own system. The HyperText Hotel MOO is a walk-through fiction, and t he main exit type is follow.
7) The four commands, say, page, look, and exit-name, will get you started using MUDs. From there on in, the more you learn to control your persona, the more real the virtual reality will feel. To learn more about how to use MUDs, you can an d should always type help. Finally, your last task will be to take the MOO tutorial on LambdaMOO. This tutorial will help you practise some of the basic commands you have learned, and will teach you more. The tutorial will also help you fix up your s creen display. Type @tutorial to start the tutorial.
TIP: Many commands in MOO are preceded by the @ sign. This feature is particularly abundant in MOOs in comparison with other MUDs. If a command doesnt work, you might try putting an @ in front of it. Alternately, if you already have an @ sign and it doesnt work, you might try giving the command without the @. If you get used to MOOs, youll have to train yourself to omit the @ when you use other MUDs.
The LambdaMOO tutorial does a good job of teaching
you to adjust your screen display. However, for a general guide to fixing
your display, follow these steps. Note that your specific set up may
require slightly different parameters. The following are, however, fairly
1) Type @linelength 75. This prevents lines from getting cut off.
2) Type @wrap on. This enables word wrapping.
3) Type @pagelength 22. This will prevent text from scrolling by before you can read it. Theres a catch, however. You will need to type @more every time the scrolling pauses. The @more command will bring up the next page of text.
Because of the time typing takes, lots of frequently used phrases get shortened by users. Often theyll type only the initials of common phrases. In addition, MUD users seem to like giving nicknames to things. The following are just a few of the terms youll see used on MUDs. Expect to also see more general Internet lingo like flame or spam.
rl: Real Life, as opposed to the MUD character.
irl: In Real Life.
afk: Away From Keyboard. Users might type this if they have to leave their computer for any reason.
btw: By The Way
otoh: On The Other Hand
imho: In My Humble Opinion
brb: Be Right Back
MU*: A reference to all the varieties of MUDs out there. MUDs in general.
to wiz: a verb used to describe a users graduating to the level of wizard.
net-dead: The user is logged in, but their connection has been cut.
idle: When a user hasnt touched the keyboard for a while.
lag: The time that elapses between typing a command and getting a response to it from the MUD.
newbie: A new MUD user.
emoticons: Be prepared to see lots of sideways smiley faces :) Theyre faster than typing smile.
On some MUDs youll automatically be offered a character the first time you log in. Each MUD differs slightly, but most simply ask you to type in your name and the password youd like to use. From then on you type in that same name and password to conn ect as your old identity. On others, however, you will have to request a character after you log on as a guest. To become a registered user on LambdaMOO, for instance, you type: @request player-name for email-address. So if you wanted a user to b e called Chris, and your email address were firstname.lastname@example.org, youd type @request Chris for email@example.com. On more restricted MUDs you may have to provide more extensive information about yourself in order to be granted an account. If you dont want to give out that information, then perhaps this MUD isnt the one for you. Once you have used @request, your character request will be processed. If you are granted an account, your name and new password will be mailed to you at your real email address . Youll also be mailed instructions on how to connect. To connect to a registered user identity on LambdaMOO you type connect followed by your user name, followed by your password: connect Chris secretpassword.
If youve simply had enough of the TELNET interface, you might consider getting a client. Youll have to have a decent knowledge of the operating system youre running on, but if you manage to set a client up, youll love the difference. Clients autom atically adjust your screen display, allow you to connect to several MUDs at once, and can separate your input from the MUD output, thus eliminating the jumbled look of TELNET.
The most popular UNIX client for Tiny MUDs is TinyFugue. You can learn more about setting up TinyFugue (aka TF) at the WWW site: http://tf.tcp.com/~hawkeye/tf/
There are clients for nearly every operating system (including Windows, Mac, and DOS), and for nearly every type of MUD. The client FAQ will get you started on setting one up for your system. Visit: http://www.math.okstate.edu/~jds/mudfaq-p2.html
To get a free copy of nearly any client by anonymous FTP, check out: ftp://ftp.math.okstate.edu/pub/muds/clients/
There are probably over a thousand MUDs of reasonable quality set up around the world. Most allow public access. Part of the process of finding a MUD that suits you involves simply visiting a bunch of them and trying them out. Below youll find a shor t list of the more established MUDs. You can see the variety out there from these few. Many academic institutions are setting up Virtual Campuses for correspondence students. Businesses are creating Virtual Offices. And, of course, eager individual s are still hacking out endless gaming scenarios. To get a good-looking list of a few hundred MUDs, point your WWW browser to Scott Geigers homepage at http://www.interplay.com/mudlist. You can even t elnet directly to each MUD right from the web site if youve got your software set up correctly. Also, for a searchable index sorted by MUD type and theme, try Andrew Wilsons WWW site at http://paladin.cm.cf.ac.uk/htbin/AndrewW/MUDlist
A venerable adventuring MUD, mainly in the Dungeons and Dragons genre, that just keeps expanding and improving. Fairly small user base right now, and ready to grow. A good fully functional MUD with lots of support for newbies.
telnet hellfire.dusers.drexel.edu 2222
or 184.108.40.206 2222
By far the biggest and most complex gaming MUD around. Nearly half a million rooms, hundreds of spells and special skills. Dozens of guilds. Get lost forever. Two hundred players on average, with little lag. Excellent detail (from sunrises to thi rst) adds to the atmosphere of the game. Probably the best, but certainly not the easiest. You might want to get your training on other MUDs first. Located in Helsinki, Finland. Check out their WWW site: http://bat.cs.hut.fi
telnet bat.cs.hut.fi 23 or 220.127.116.11 23
Encourages player to player combat. You might want to have some MUD experience before you try Genocide.
telnet camelot.shsu.edu 2222 or 18.104.22.168 2222
Closely adherent to the Star Trek theme. Offers a very large realm and an interesting social system based on Star Trek. All your favourite Trekkie toys. Minor combat system. The creators spent a good amount of time on development before opening th is growing MUSH to the public early in 1995. Lots of help for newbies. WWW site: http://www.fc.net:80/~infoteql.
telnet dendrite.onramp.net 1701
or 22.214.171.124 1701
Also try these in the Star Trek genre: HoloMUD (telnet holo.fc.net 7777); TrekMOO (telnet aaraaf.ravenet.com 1701, or 126.96.36.199 1701). TrekMOO will likely have moved by 1996. Send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have trouble connecting.
The parent of them all. Huge areas to explore. Decent polish. Hundreds of users. Lag time can occasionally make Lambda nearly unusable.
telnet lambdamoo.mud.org 8888
Browns HyperText Hotel
An attempt to render hypertext fiction into the MUD environment. Interesting pioneering effort. A little unpolished.
telnet 188.8.131.52 8888
P(ost) M(odern) C(ulture) MOO
An academic forum for the Arts. Expect to chat, but not necessarily about Jaques Derrida. Users dont necessarily conform to the theme.
telnet hero.village.virginia.edu 7777
or 184.108.40.206 7777
Probably the largest and most elaborate academic project going. A host of interesting adaptations of academia to MUDs. Extensive collaboration with other academic MOOs, and also connected with the Global Network Academy. Serious tone. Only those involved in education are given permanent accounts. Neat to see, though, even as a guest.
telnet moo.du.org 8888
or 220.127.116.11 8888
A forum for Biology research and graduate students. User access limited to guest and legitimate Biologists. Not a place to hang around and chat, but certainly an excellent example of the potential for academic research and collaboration in MUDs. telnet bioinformatics.weizmann.ac.il 8888
If you would like to learn more about MUDs, explore the following sites and services for excellent and thorough information.
Leongs MUD Central at http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~lwl/mudinfo.html
One of the best sites out there. Information about and links to FAQs, MUD Lists, WWW Sites, FTP Archives, and Usenet groups.
Litterios MUD Page at http://draco.centerline.com:8080/~franl/mud.html
A good all around reference, with links to other reference sites.
MUD Page at http://www.yahoo.com/Entertainment/Games/MUDs_MUSHes_MUSEs_MOOs_etc_
If you can type the name in correctly, youll find lots of info here, as well as an annotated list of sites with direct telnet links.
Papers at http://lucien.berkeley.edu/moo.html
See whats going on in the study of MUD life. Both recent and classic texts, as well as links to other collections.
You might also want to subscribe to:
rec.games.mud.announce: Arbitrated to provide news to the MUD community.
rec.games.mud.lp: Discussion of, and information about, combat-style MUDs.
rec.games.mud.tiny: Discussion of, and information about, social-style MUDs.
For 51 other MUD references, check out Places to Go.