Iron Realms creates user-friendly MUD client

    
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It’s easy for the modern MMO gamer to be put off by multi-user dungeons (MUDs), what with their lack of graphical frills and their overabundance on pesky words. However, for a subset of gamers and developers, there’s still a very special magic that takes place in the realm of MUDs, and one company isn’t giving up on trying to draw in new players.

Iron Realms Entertainment has announced that it has developed a new HTML5 client to serve as a bridge between the text-based core of its MUDs and the modern graphical overlays gamers are used to seeing. The client works on PC browsers, on tablets, and conditionally on smaller devices as well.

“We’ve made it somewhat easier for new players to overcome the learning curve inherent in a text game so they can discover the truly deep and broad worlds that we’ve built,” Iron Realms said. The studio has a stable of five MUDs and has been in operation since 1997.

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Foggye
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Foggye

First off, I tip my hat to Massively for even thinking about doing an article about MUDs (the predecessor to MMOs; if you’re interested start with Richard Bartle), let alone actually doing it.  MUDs have a special place in my heart.  So, thank you for giving it a bit of your time.

Rebel Engie
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Rebel Engie

z13
I played the tutorial. 
In the end, I got stuck in a “registration” loop that I could not get out of. 
Someone said “Welcome”, I had no idea how to reply (might have been a greeting bot).
I wished I could have sticked with the two NPCs I broke out of jail with. Instead they ditched me as soon as we got to the nearest village.  /shakefist
When I saw HTML5 update, I thought it will look great, but the color scheme looked outdated.
While reading, the text kept jumping up and so I kept losing my place in the text, which was annoying.
The commands seemed weird, I didn’t like the fact that you had to type in 6 digit numbers at the end of item names if there were more than one, otherwise the game didn’t seem to know what you were talking about.
1990’s / 10.

cnyranger
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cnyranger

Kudos to Massively for covering MUDs. I don’t have much good to say about the owners or administrators of IRE so I won’t say much at all.

Oleg Chebeneev
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Oleg Chebeneev

z13 I played them all and liked Lusternia most. It has alot of complex quests, room descriptions are great and I like the lore. But it isnt as populated as Achaea

Oleg Chebeneev
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Oleg Chebeneev

Good client, I like it. They also were sending long time players invites to take part in a poll if they want to see sci-fi MUD. Would be cool if IRE makes new MUD which isnt fantasy.

Lhumierre
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Lhumierre

Arcadia, GodWars, Turf, Realms of Despair. It was a journey one that thought me to type faster, read faster and interact with other online. Never forget my online gaming beginnings.

crawlkill
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crawlkill

DPandaren it’s Iron Realms. doesn’t seem likely.

crawlkill
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crawlkill

alexjwillis EBreezy they had one in dev years ago, but it got canceled. recently sent out a survey gauging interest, so maybe the project will eventually see light.

crawlkill
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crawlkill

when we stare into the deep internet, we see the birth of the pay-to-win game! eons before Turbine, there was a sleazy little cluster of similar MUDs, each focused on city-versus-city PvP and, ostensibly, internal politics! and lo, did certain members of the community drop dimes on maxing out their skills! and hark, the system of buffs and debuffs was so overcomplicated and scrolled so fast people started selling systems to handle them automatically with complex sets of triggers!

Iron Realms games are weirdly fascinating. as much as they make me roll my eyes to actually play, it’s charming to see them getting coverage like a more modern MMO. you guys should cover MUSHes! only…I’m not sure if I want an influx of MMO “roleplayers” showing up on MUSH-style venues, so maybe not.

Galiden
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Galiden

Pretty cool to see a article of Mudds, the start of my mmo career. Just the other day I was wondering if there was any left with a hearty population that could fill my Dragon’s Gate nostalgia.