AcadianaMOO, port 6556

MUD and MOO clients

Page modified from the Connections web site, with the permssion of Tari Fanderclai: any mistakes are our own, and not Tari's!

Fanderclai, Tari. "Mud Client Help."  Connections website. 1994-2001. (April 8, 2002)

About Mud clients

A MUD client is a program written especially for connecting to MUDs (Acadiana is a MOO; a MOO is a kind of MUD).

You can download some MUD clients that are freeware, and some that are shareware. You can choose very simple MUD clients if you just want to be able to connect to Acadiana and communicate with others; you can also find MUD clients that have lots of fancy features such as macros and local editing (so that if you're trying to write a note or program a verb, for example, instead of going to the in-MOO note editor or verb editor, both of which are very clumsy, you can open a window in your client, write your note or code there, and upload it to the MOO).

Note to Teachers

When readying a class to use Acadiana, distribute MUD client information. If the class meets in a computer lab, talk to the lab's support people about installing a MUD client for your class. (Sometimes teachers put MUD clients on 20 or 30 machines, only to find that the lab maintainers clean them right off again! It's a common lab maintainance practice to go around every few days with a program that simply restores each machine to its original, standard state, so coordinate with your support people and get the MUD client you need into the standard set of tools!)

Two Java Based Clients

Our personal client recommendation for Acadiana users is JaMOOka, programmed by Kevin Moberly. A Java based client that supports local editing, JaMOOka is open-source freeware with pop-up windows requiring Java Runtime 2.0; we also support Alex Stewart's 1997 Cup-O Mud, for those with older computers that can only run Java Runtime 1.0. For more information on these, see our java client page.

Connecting by Cell Phone or PDA

Connecting via your PDA won't be exactly broad band and you won't have the capabilities that JaMOOka and tkMOO offer, but it can be done in a pinch!

tkMOO light

tkMOO-light is written and maintained by Andrew Wilson. It's freeware. tkMOO-light is available for Windows, Mac, and Unix platforms. That makes it especially useful for classes, since no matter what platform a class member uses, s/he will see the same interface, making it easy for the teacher to give instructions for using the client. tkMOO-light offers local editing, logging, and many user-configurable options. Here's some help with installing tkMOO-light:

Unix/Linux users will find documentation on the tkMOO-light home page

Other clients recommended by Connections users

Windows clients

SimpleMu : Easy to install and very nicely done. It's shareware, but it isn't expensive and it has an unlimited evaluation period.  You will need to configure it.

Pueblo: A long-time favorite of many MOOers. Freeware. Pueblo is no longer supported and there is no official distribution site, but there are several places where people have kept it online.  Here is one:

Mac clients

MudWalker: native to Mac OS X

MUDDweller : One of the most commonly-used Mac clients. Freeware.  No longer under development; see configuration for settings.

Savitar : This is really nice, and its page offers tons of documentation. Inexpensive shareware.

Unix clients

TinyFugue : An old standby for Unix users; works on Linux. If you need a Unix client for a class, see if your site admin will install this on the system rather than having each individual install a copy in his/her home directory. Not only will you have more hair left; your site admin will like you better. Freeware. mud.el and some variants: If you want to mud from inside Emacs, try mud.el or one of its variants. Warning: these are mostly not well-documented. Freeware.

In each case you will have to do your own configuration.

Finding other MUD clients

If you want to check out lots of MUD clients to see what you like best, I suggest you use a web search engine.

Search for MUD clients with Google .

Search for MUD clients with Altavista .

You'll turn up many MUD users' pages listing lots and lots of MUD clients with information about features, system requirements, and download sites. Note when the lists you find were last updated--many people put up lists of MUD clients, but few keep them up to date; a list that hasn't been updated in a year or so is likely to have a lot of broken links and outdated information.

General tips for configuring your MUD Client

If you're using a client other than tkMOO (after following our configuration instructions above) or one of the two Java clients, you'll have to use the documentation to determine how to enter the information about Acadiana that clients commonly ask you to enter:

Some MUD clients also give you the option to enter your character name and password, so that when you select the MOO by name, you will automatically be logged in as soon as you connect. Do not enter that information on any machine that is not under your exclusive control. If you do, you have effectively shared your password. Anyone who sits down at your computer can start your MUD client, select the name of a MUD, and log in as you, with access to your belongings and privileges (and the ability to make enemies of your friends). Since on any MUD you use, including Acadiana, you're responsible for everything your character does, that person could easily get you kicked off the MUD. Let the client make the connection to the MOO, and then enter your name and password yourself.

If you wish a character you should first login as a guest. Later you may contact Dr. Keith Dorwick ( ) and request a character.


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