What server is that?
by David Bennett
A very quick overview of the different server types.
There are several different mud servers out there, all of which have their
own style and type of coding. This style is not a be all and end all, in
fact in most servers the style is not enforced at all. Usualy the style of
the muds which are produced by a certain type of driver are driven by the
first type of library that is supplied with the driver.
A good example of this maxim is the LPMud server and the MOO
server. Most MOOs and LPMuds follow the background set down by the first
released libraries, in the case of MOOs the LambdaCore mudlib and in the
case of LPMud the 2.4.5 mudlib.
This restriction is not hard and fast, most servers could easily support
any sort of game type (except hard coded things like Dikus and TinyMUDs).
For instance, one of the lpmud servers (dgd) has a MOO interpreter written
Comparing servers is like comparing different types of ice cream. Some
people like chocolate and others like butter scotch, whilst some others
don't care, so long as it is ice cream. People also tend to become
obsessional about the type of ice cream, err server, they like and will say
they like Strawberry ice cream despite all the evidence that other ice
creams are just as nice.
Being very general about this I will say that Dikus and LPMuds tend to be
of the hack and slash variety. They tend to be based on a combat system
whereby you beat up innocent vermin and get experience in which to make
yourself even better at beating up vermin in a never ending cycle of self
advancement. The other style of mud, which is
more prominent, is the one in servers such as MOOs, Mushes and TinyMUDs
playing is considered more important. There you run around 'in character'
saying silly in character things so everyone else knows you are in
character. You then get a chance to complain about everyone who was not in
character. The role playing muds also (usually) allow a limited building
ability to everyone who logs on, so everyone can create their own little
area or their own weird clothes. Combat muds do not allow this sort of
on-line creation, they only allow certain people do to the creating on any
This is a whole grain, frog free run down on the different types of servers
out there, may the frogs be with you forever.
September 1998 Imaginary Realities, the magazine of your mind.
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