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A Magi Golem's Adventures

My blog will follow my adventures in various MMOs and talk about both modern and old school games.

Author: Golem_Pyramid

Playing in the MUD: A Look at Beautiful MUD Clients

Posted by Golem_Pyramid Friday June 5 2015 at 1:32AM
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I like to follow MMO journalist Beau Hindman from time to time, especially when he writes about old school games. I recently read one of his articles here on MMORPG, titled "Four of my Favourite MUDs", and he listed some great ones.

When people think of MUDs or text-based games, they think of old ugly Telnet clients where you type "kill goblin" over and over. Popular "nerd" show Big Bang Theory even humorously touched on text-based games, in an episode where Sheldan was playing an old text game and couldn't figure out the commands.

Fortunately, MUDs have actually come a long way. Modern MUDs have some truly beautiful clients with graphical elements like maps, health and mana gauges, tab-targeting and action bars for your spells.

HTML5 client for a MUD

An example of a modern MUD client

 

Third party MUD clients are so player-script friendly, that players can even create their own gorgeous GUIs. I saw a player showing off their beautiful Diablo 3 inspired GUI, using the popular MUD client "Mudlet".

The whole thing is fully animated, with the health and mana orbs swirling just like they do in Diablo 3.

Amazing, right? Most MMO players will dismiss text-based games as being ugly and outdated, but stuff like this shows that these games can enjoy a bit of modern flavour while still being old school.

I'm not here to advertise any particular MUDs, you can find lots of them to play on sites like TopMudSites, MudConnect, and MudPortal. The ones in the Beau Hindman post I linked above are definitely worth checking out, and I'll probably do my own personal exploration of each of those games and detail my adventures here.

Stay tuned!