Initially, you'll probably have to walk around a bit to see if you can bump into anyone else on VUW. Type "who" to check who's currently logged in and where they are.
WARNING: In some areas there will be an enormous amount of activity. Typically there can be up to ten users in one room all chatting. While this is exhilarating, it can also be overwhelming. Stay calm. That is about as no isy as you’ll ever see a MUD get.
Once you find other people, you'll probably want to get involved in some form of communication. To say something to others, type “say” then leave a space, then type your message. Your message will be sent to everyone in the room. For instance you mi ght type: say Hi, I hope I learn a lot from English 210e. And everyone else in the room would see: Joe_Student says, “Hi, I hope I learn a lot from English 210e.” The “say” command is your main communication device. Note that only those in the room in which you are standing will hear you. If you go to another room, only those in that room will hear you.
TIP: Now that you’ve learned how to talk to other users in VUW, you should know the most useful command you’ll ever learn: say I’m new...could someone please help me learn to use this MOO? 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. Of course, on VUW most students will have had little experience with MOOs, so many will be trying to figure things out just like you. Sharing information and skills is one of the primary goals of the MOO. Groups of people will learn fastest by exchanging information and techniques.
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.
R_Donner [to K_Smith]: i'm gonna have to get going here in a second
M_Johnson [to Mr.jones]: I've just been introduced two days ago. I get completely lost in rooms and yards.
Mr.jones [to M_Johnson]: so I've heard...
You say, "can someone help me learn to use this MOO?"
Notice how the MOO sends you confirmation of your command all on one line with the sentence: You say, “can someone help me learn to use this MOO?” That’s how you know your command registered, and it lets you see what you typed if you can’t decipher it through the other users’ conversation. Remember if you’re typing and something interrupts you, just keep right on typing. The MOO remembers what you typed, even if you don’t!
Eventually you might want to talk to a user that is in a different room than you are, and say won’t work, and you don’t want to go all the way to that user’s location. To send a private message to one individual in the room, type “page” followed by th e user’s 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 Jill_Student is looking for you. She pages, “Nice to see you again!”
VUW MOO also has 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. You can direct your action to a specific individual: type "bow Joe" to bow to Joe. To get a list of the actions you can do, type "social".
There is a great deal more to learn about the nuances of communication, but this will get you started. Type "help communication" while on VUW to learn much more about interaction. For quick reference without extravegant details, there is a command summary.