Our Environment

How is this played?

This is set in a text-based environment commonly known as MUSH. MUSH is one of many such environments stemming from an old program called MUD, which stands for Multi-User Dimension. This environment connects multiple players into a text based medium which has served as a predecessor to both instant messengers/chat as well as the graphical MMO style games. This can be played via a downloaded client dedicated to such games that exist in this environment or it may be played through our webportal.

How do I MUSH?

Generally hosted on personal servers, group servers and even virtual machines, the typical protocol for accessing the environment is through directing the software (client or application) to a direct IP address and port. The IP address is the machine, virtual or real, that the game is running on while the port routes that connection directly to the live game. So long as the address and port is put in correctly, the software returns a login screen similar to the one below.


From here, one simply needs to create a character, 'create John passw1234' or connect to John, 'connect John passw1234', to enter the virtual, text based environment. Sometimes it is overlooked or forgotten, these environments have existed for decades, but all the help files needed to interact with the system and other players is hard coded into the system itself. One simply types commands, hits enter and the system will respond. To get started, type the word 'help' at the first prompt after logging in, hit enter. This return the basic system help file and index for help files.


A few notes. One, there is a lot of text to read for anyone new to the MUSH environment as it is a text-based environment and utilized most often for text-based role-playing. Two, depending on your vision, the color of light text on dark background may not be suitable for you. This can be changed in your client or application generally and most prefer either dark (black) or light (white) background with inverse colored text. The traditional Telnet was light grey with black text.

The information and subsequent files from 'help getting started' are very useful for communicating with the global player base on a MUSH. Kingbird's Neverwold is PennMUSH based and uses a global 'public' channel that everyone is automatically added to for convenience. If one wants more direct help after connecting, they simply only need ask for help on this global channel; try 'pub I need help' and someone is sure to answer.

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