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Any active MUDs?

Is anyone playing any good, very active MUDs these days?  If so, what are they?  Thanks!
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  • nariusseldonnariusseldon Member RarePosts: 27,716
    There are still beyond a small niche of players playing TEXT games?
  • NildenNilden Member EpicPosts: 2,406
    http://www.mudconnect.com/

    Check out the top 10-20 MUDs it's a great place to start. I enjoy ZombieMUD as well.

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  • MightyUncleanMightyUnclean Member RarePosts: 1,898
    Thanks!
  • KnightFalzKnightFalz Member UncommonPosts: 328
    There are still beyond a small niche of players playing TEXT games?
    Some companies are still making some money off of them.

    Books are still being sold as well, for the small niche of people that read.
    Scot
  • AkulasAkulas Member UncommonPosts: 2,133
    Used to play Threshold back in the day. That's ok if you like required RP.

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  • nariusseldonnariusseldon Member RarePosts: 27,716
    There are still beyond a small niche of players playing TEXT games?
    Some companies are still making some money off of them.

    Books are still being sold as well, for the small niche of people that read.
    Actually reading book is not a small niche. Look at JK Rowling or John Grisham. I read novels all the time.

    But games is about gameplay and NOT good writing/stories. How can one get good gameplay from text? Is it exciting to read "fireball hits you for 6 points" 20 times? 

    In fact, i don't play games to get good story and i don't read novels to get gameplay. 
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  • ScorchienScorchien Member EpicPosts: 4,277
      I visit Gemstone quite often , always active .. great game ...
    https://www.play.net/gs4/


  • anemoanemo Member UncommonPosts: 1,285
    Anything from IronRealms will have population.   They even have the biggest fantasy tropes to choose from.    Though their monetization makes EA jealous...
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  • nariusseldonnariusseldon Member RarePosts: 27,716
    Scorchien said:
      I visit Gemstone quite often , always active .. great game ...
    https://www.play.net/gs4/


    wow .. this is still alive? I suppose since it is just a bunch of text, the upkeep is cheap and a tiny customer base is enough to keep it alive.

    I remember it from the GEnie days. 
  • TheScavengerTheScavenger Member RarePosts: 2,426
    Scorchien said:
      I visit Gemstone quite often , always active .. great game ...
    https://www.play.net/gs4/


    how would you compare Gemstone to Dragonrealms? 

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  • MightyUncleanMightyUnclean Member RarePosts: 1,898
    There are still beyond a small niche of players playing TEXT games?
    Some companies are still making some money off of them.

    Books are still being sold as well, for the small niche of people that read.
    Actually reading book is not a small niche. Look at JK Rowling or John Grisham. I read novels all the time.

    But games is about gameplay and NOT good writing/stories. How can one get good gameplay from text? Is it exciting to read "fireball hits you for 6 points" 20 times? 

    In fact, i don't play games to get good story and i don't read novels to get gameplay. 

    If you don't play games for good stories, you've been playing the wrong RPGs your whole life.  What do you play, FPS?
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  • nariusseldonnariusseldon Member RarePosts: 27,716


    If you don't play games for good stories, you've been playing the wrong RPGs your whole life.  What do you play, FPS?

    Are you kidding?

    Diablo series .. great games ... story is optional and meh.

    Torchlight 2 .. nice little game .. story meh .. i wasn't even reading through the text. Blah blah blah some alchemist you need to defeat. 

    Destiny 2 .. good shooters (yeah FPS) .. story meh.

    The now dead marvel heroes ... i play it for combat & marvel characters. If i want decent marvel stories, i go see the movies or read the comics.

    I play RPGs for combat and progression. I have never played any games that have stories that can hold up to novels, and i am not looking for that. 


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  • AndrewGoatAndrewGoat Member UncommonPosts: 106
    I have been a volunteer on one of the Iron Realms MUDs for a couple of years now, and I can say all of them are pretty active/great. A new one is coming out soon though, the first scifi one, Starmourn. If you're down for something new and interesting in the MUD space, keep an eye out for it.
  • postlarvalpostlarval Member EpicPosts: 1,798
    OP, DragonRealms is probably my favorite, with about 300-400 players on at peak.

    You can find all you need here: http://mudstats.com


  • ScotScot Member RarePosts: 7,028


    If you don't play games for good stories, you've been playing the wrong RPGs your whole life.  What do you play, FPS?

    Are you kidding?

    Diablo series .. great games ... story is optional and meh.

    Torchlight 2 .. nice little game .. story meh .. i wasn't even reading through the text. Blah blah blah some alchemist you need to defeat. 

    Destiny 2 .. good shooters (yeah FPS) .. story meh.

    The now dead marvel heroes ... i play it for combat & marvel characters. If i want decent marvel stories, i go see the movies or read the comics.

    I play RPGs for combat and progression. I have never played any games that have stories that can hold up to novels, and i am not looking for that. 



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  • postlarvalpostlarval Member EpicPosts: 1,798
    There are still beyond a small niche of players playing TEXT games?
    Yes, especially if you're tired of the sheer number of shitbags playing MMOs these days.
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  • ScotScot Member RarePosts: 7,028
    Good to see MUD's are still going, without them it is unlikely that we would have had MMORPGs starting as early as they did.
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  • unfilteredJWunfilteredJW Member UncommonPosts: 295
    mudstats.com to check out options based on populations.

    I'm a MUDder. I play MUDs.

    Current: Dragonrealms

  • RhoklawRhoklaw Member EpicPosts: 5,339
    Scorchien said:
      I visit Gemstone quite often , always active .. great game ...
    https://www.play.net/gs4/


    I played Gemstone 3 back in the early 90's and I've visited them again recently which is now Gemstone 4. There are dozen of fantasy races as well as traditional classes you can choose to play. The monthly cost is like $15 a month, but I think they added something new recently where you can play for free for a certain amount of time, like a trial period.

    It's a pretty in depth game with lots of stats and weird mechanics, but to me, that is what makes a game interesting. Just one bit of advice though, if you do decide to try it out, you will get a free travel token to go from one city to another. Use this to get to Wehneimer's Landing because that is where the bulk of players reside.

  • HarikenHariken Member RarePosts: 1,801
    edited December 2017
    Can you imagine making a MUD today. People would freak out because they have to read. But i have one game on my phone. Its called The great Tournament. Its an enter active book and its really fun.
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  • TheScavengerTheScavenger Member RarePosts: 2,426
    So I asked before. But I think I'll expand my question instead of a one liner

    What is the difference between GemstoneIV and DragonRealms? It seems DragonRealms might be a lot more immersive, because instead of DnD style numbers of Gemstone, you get an RP description of combat. That is a lot more immersive, and never liked the DnD mechanics in games (I like DnD in real life, but not the style for me in video games. I know a lot of games take inspiration from it, and that is okay, but flat out DnD style combat isn't my thing). 

    The other difference, if I got it right...DragonRealms has fantasy but also some futuristic stuff to it? Or steampunk or something? So its a bit mix fantasy/sci-fi? That is really unique since most games are only sci-fi or only fantasy. I always liked the mixed style.

    However, the HUGE downside I can see is DragonRealms is its heavily focused on PvP. I vastly prefer PvE in games and supposedly (as of 4 years ago, so quite some time ago) GemstoneIV is a lot more PVE focused? or are they about the same?

    I like PvP and actually PvPed a lot in WoW. However when I did that was never forced to PvP. Same with GW2, even though GW2 is pvp focused, its always an option to PvP and never forced on you. And GW2 still has mountains of PVE content.

    Thanks :)

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  • MightyUncleanMightyUnclean Member RarePosts: 1,898
    So I asked before. But I think I'll expand my question instead of a one liner

    What is the difference between GemstoneIV and DragonRealms? It seems DragonRealms might be a lot more immersive, because instead of DnD style numbers of Gemstone, you get an RP description of combat. That is a lot more immersive, and never liked the DnD mechanics in games (I like DnD in real life, but not the style for me in video games. I know a lot of games take inspiration from it, and that is okay, but flat out DnD style combat isn't my thing). 

    The other difference, if I got it right...DragonRealms has fantasy but also some futuristic stuff to it? Or steampunk or something? So its a bit mix fantasy/sci-fi? That is really unique since most games are only sci-fi or only fantasy. I always liked the mixed style.

    However, the HUGE downside I can see is DragonRealms is its heavily focused on PvP. I vastly prefer PvE in games and supposedly (as of 4 years ago, so quite some time ago) GemstoneIV is a lot more PVE focused? or are they about the same?

    I like PvP and actually PvPed a lot in WoW. However when I did that was never forced to PvP. Same with GW2, even though GW2 is pvp focused, its always an option to PvP and never forced on you. And GW2 still has mountains of PVE content.

    Thanks :)

    Yeah, I'm currently looking at Aardwolf, Gemstone IV and DragonRealms.  From what I can tell, the first two are more PvE-focused, and DragonRealms has a heavier PvP focus.  Can anyone confirm?  Thanks!
  • RhoklawRhoklaw Member EpicPosts: 5,339
    Gemstone has PvP available, but it's not something you'll probably ever see. First off, you will end up in jail and have your items take from you with a hefty fine to get it back. Continued murders will probably get your account suspended. It's definitely not about PvP, but it has "friendly fire" if you know what I mean, but only with certain AoE spells.

  • MightyUncleanMightyUnclean Member RarePosts: 1,898
    Holy crap, Aardwolf has been around since 1996 and Gemstone, since 1989!  I guess Aardwolf has a rudimentary map while Gemstone is purely text-based?
  • MightyUncleanMightyUnclean Member RarePosts: 1,898
    WTF, the DragonRealms Prime server costs $$$49.95 a month!  People must be seriously into this game to pay that.
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