Introduction to Muds and Ages of Despair
This document was written to provide detailed help for new players
to help get you started on AoD MUD. The newbie help
is divided into five sections as shown below. It takes
things to the complete basics and people who have played a
MUD before may find the instructions rather simplistic.
We know that reading through help files can be tedious, but
if you take the time to read through these pages you will
have a very good understanding of AoD and how things work
in our world. It is suggested that you go through and
read each section as numbered below.
- What is a Mud?
- What is Ages of Despair?
- Rules of Ages of
What is a MUD?
A MUD is defined as a multi-user domain, multi-user
dungeon, or multi-user dimension, all of which are referring
to the same thing, an environment where multiple people may
be logged on and/or interacting. Although a common misconception
is that a MUD is a game, in truth most of the MUDs out there
are games. MUDs can be (and are) used for numerous other purposes
including education, research and general socialization.
What is Ages of Despair?
Ages of Despair is a TMI 2 based mudlib on
MudOS v22.2b7. It is written in the C based programming language
called LPC. Ages of Despair is hosted at the Högskolan Dalarna
(University of Borlänge) in Sweden and is currently running
off of a PIII 500 128MB RAM.
Rules of Ages of Despair:
As with most muds, Ages of Despair has a set
of rules that we ask our players to follow. These are some
of the more important rules. It is still suggested that you
read help rules once logged on to the mud. These rules cannot
cover all of the guidelines, so use your common sense.
The laws on Ages of Despair must be upheld by
players as well as wizards. As a player on AoD you are expected
to know and follow these rules, and to look for updates. Ignorance
to the law is not accepted as an excuse.
- We have a zero tolerance for people that log on for
the sole intent of being obnoxious and annoying other
players, those that do this will be removed.
- Obnoxious or offensive names are not appreciated here.
If your name is found to be offensive your character might
be removed or you will given the option to change it to
- If you create a character with a name that someone can
take offence to, there is a chance that your character
will be removed. This also includes the naming of pet
familiars, undeads, slaves, Etc. Offensive names consist
of curse words, something that is racially or sexually
discriminating, harassing, or misleading. Please be considerate
of others when choosing a name. Law reserves the right
to remove any character or familiar that has a name which
is deemed offensive or inappropriate.
- You are not to have multiple characters logged on at
the same time. Being linkdead is considered logged on.
- Your character is personal, and should not be shared
with anyone else. Protect your password! If someone cracks
it, you will still be held responsible for your characters
- The attacking and killing of other players is illegal
unless you are a branded pkiller.
- Maintain proper conduct. Don't do things that you would
not do in everyday life. If you abide by the "treat others
as you would wish to be treated" rule of thumb, you shouldn't
have any problems.
- Racism, sexism, and sexual harassment are not tolerated
in any shape or form. One of the reasons people come to
play on AoD is to escape real world pressures; these are
not welcome here. Respect should be shown for your fellow
players and immortals at all times. If another player
asks you to leave them alone, you must respect their wishes.
Harassment is not looked upon lightly.
- Profanity or spamming is not appreciated on any of the
public channels of the game or on public message boards.
This includes "masking" the words by inserting, deleting
or substituting characters, spaces, etc. We won't sack
you for occasional mild cursing, but just please try to
watch yourself. Abuse of channels will result in being
banned from it.
- Do not give out information about quests! It is illegal
to give out 'ANY 'quest information to other people. This
includes giving out items that would help a player solve
- Running scripts through telnet, standard MUD clients
or another source, commonly referred to as 'bots' is illegal.
We realize there are clients out there that can practically
play the game themselves. Don't use them here .
- Bugs are mistakes in the code of the game. If you find
a bug report it by using the 'bug' command or to the responsible
wizard, if you know who it is. Using bugs for your own
gain is very illegal.
All rules as put forth in this list should be
followed in the spirit in which they were intended, that of
fair play for all. Attempting to 'bend' or find loopholes
in these rules is dishonest and is not acceptable. If you
are doing something that might 'technically' be acceptable,
but you know goes against the purpose of the rule, don't do
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