Multi-User Dungeons (MUDs): What Are They? And How to Play

Log-in screen for Forgotten Kingdoms, a MUD based on Ed Greenwood’s Forgotten Realms® campaign setting and D&D 3.5’s rule set
The log-in screen for Forgotten Kingdoms, a MUD based on Ed Greenwood’s Forgotten Realms® campaign setting and D&D 3.5’s rule set

Before the days of 40-man raids, flashy cosmetics, and server firsts, the MMO players of the world embarked on quests in another way.

Inspired by text-based ‘dungeoncrawls’ like Zork, a team of researchers at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth developed an open-source code base known as AberMUD. Named after the town in which it was developed and an acronym of…