Some information about MUD clients.
Q:What is a MUD-client?
A:First, to be able to connect to a MUD, you need a client. A client is a program that sets up a connection between your computer and the remote computer that runs the MUD. If you don't know what a client is, you are most likely using the simplest client there is, namely telnet.
Q:What can a client do?
A:A most basic things a client should offer is some kind of command-line
editing functions, and the use of actions and aliases. An action is when you
define your client to issue commands if you receive a certain text. For example
you can set up your client to look for the text 'You are hungry' (this is
called the trigger), and send the command 'eat bread' everytime this text occurs.
Q:What good clients are there?
A:Clients come in all flavors, with many different functions and fancy stuff. Most clients for Unix comes in the form of source code, so you will have to compile them yourself. Check the docs that comes with the client, they are usually good, or ask your local Unix guru. Clients for Dos/Win are usually compiled and ready to run. Below is some information about the most popular clients, biased towards diku-style MUD's in general and MUME in special. Apart from these, there are a multitude of more or less obscure clients out there...
Q:Ok, i downloaded some client software. What now?
A:Most clients for Unix systems comes with reasonably comprehensible compilation and installation documentation. If you run into any problems ask
your local unix guru or RTFM ;-). However, software downloaded from
ftp sites are often compressed in some way to save space. The file suffix will
tell you how the file is compressed (and how to uncompress it). These are the most common compression formats used:
Some nice MUD clients
Runs on most Unix dialects and OS/2 , VMS and even Amiga (see the documentation page for
more information about this). There also seems to be a PC (win32) version available. Has good support for programming, and used
a lot by people playing Battletech MUSH'es. Supports gag, actions, auto-login and many other functions.
TintinRuns on BSD-type Unix or win95/NT (WinTin). Popular among diku-mudders. Built-in tick counter, use of variables, actions and multiple sessions. (nice if you are playing AnotherMud). For win95 users, there is aWinTin homepage.
Current version is Tintin++v1.5.
Nice tintin++v1.5 doc page: http://www.cs.ut.ee/mud/tintin/
Download v1.5 from: ftp://princeton.edu/pub/tintin++/dist/
CancanRuns on most Unix-like OS. Also available in a version for Win95/NT, see Cancan95 below. Primarly designed for dikumud's and tailor-made for MUME. Inspired by Tintin according to the author. Cancan implements the MUME remote editing protocol, which enables you to edit texts on the MUD using your own favourite editor, several texts at once if you have a windowing terminal. It also have the standard functions and another really cool feature: If your terminal has a numeric keypad that sends vt100 compatible control codes (like vtxxx, xterm , and NCSA telnet do) you can use the keypad to walk around instead of typing north, south etc. The "5" key sends "exits". It really speeds up your travelling.
Latest version is cancan2.6.5.
PowwowPow-wow is based on Cancan, and has the same features, including the MUME remote editing protocol and 'keypad walking'. If you have a colour terminal, you can choose to show text in different colours. Powwow supports keybindings, ie you can redefine any key to issue commands to the mud by a single keystroke. In my opinion, these features make Powwow the ultimate client for fast-paced mudding (such as pk:ing in MUME >:-)
Latest version is 1.2.1 (when this was written); finger max@Linuz.sns.it for latest info.
Download from: Linuz.sns.it/pub/Linux/ext-pack/powwow/
Cancan95A version of Cancan for win95/winNT systems, but the code is actually based on powwow 0.8. Has all the functions of Powwow, and it scrolls really fast.
Currently in beta test version. Nice homepage here.
ZmudMud client for all ya PC users out there. I've never used it myself, but i've heard all sorts of opinions about ranging from 'slow and buggy' til 'it rocks'. Available in both 16-bit (Win3.1) and 32-bit (Win95) versions. Latest public version is 4.62. Shareware, registration fee is 20 USD.
Zmud has a very informative homepage, where you also can download the program.
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