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MUD stands for “multi-user dungeon.” MUDs are typically characterized as text-based proto-MMORPGs.

So many colors in the rainbow.

Perfect Ten: A completely accurate 10-point summary of MMO history

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History! Let's be real here, it's pretty damn boring. No one cares about it, and it all happened beforehand, so why is any of...

Choose My Adventure: Lord of the Rings Online might have been a bad choice for this column

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So as that headline suggests, I probably mad a bad call adding Lord of the Rings Online as an option for a CMA column....

Raph Koster says nobody wants a metaverse with ‘Fairyland butting up against World War II’

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In his ongoing blog series on the metaverse, MMO developer Raph Koster has been digging through the technical challenges of how to build it...

The Game Archaeologist: Tanarus, Sony Online Entertainment’s first online game

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While EverQuest is perhaps thought of as Sony Online Entertainment's first online game, the truth of history tells us differently. Just as how Mythic...
I suppose it's cheaper than actually hiring someone to design these spaces?

The Game Archaeologist: Jeff Butler on EverQuest, EverQuest Next, and Vanguard

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As an MMO historian, I have to applaud the work of former SOE developer Shawn Lord in his huge interview series with the people...

MUD creator Richard Bartle’s seminal book on designing MMOs is now free

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When MMORPG players encounter the name "Bartle," they think less malt liquor and more a man who helped to pioneer the massively multiplayer online...

The Game Archaeologist: Defining the eras of MMORPG history

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With MMO history stretching back to the early 1980s (and even before), this genre has accumulated a whole lot of history over the years....

Dungeons and Dragons Online invites players to discover the Sinister Secrets of Saltmarsh today (for money)

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Today is the day for Dungeons and Dragons Online players to get their boots mired in water, mud, and secrets. Today marks the launch...

MMOs You’ve Never Heard Of: Elethor, Astonia, Guardians of Cloudia, Lands of Kehliel

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Let's take a peek through some MMOs you've never heard of or have totally forgotten about. The tinier and more obscure, the better, we...

Reborn Promisance is a fan-operated version of a turn-based multiplayer strategy MUD from 26 years ago

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If you're looking for retro, it doesn't get more retro than a rebuilt version of a text-based multiplayer online empire strategy game. That's what...
Built.

Combatless MMORPG A Tale in the Desert reboots later this month

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A Tale in the Desert, which MUD creator Richard Bartle called the "most innovative MMO from the last decade," is starting all over. Yet...
So many colors in the rainbow.

Perfect Ten: The wide umbrella of MMOs and online gaming subgenres

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Let's be realistic here, "MMO" as a term covers a whole lot of different game styles. I know this is a particular topic that...

Five pioneering game titles that laid the groundwork for MMORPGs

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The easy (and tired) joke to make is that WoW was the first MMO, but there were plenty of ambitious multiplayer games that predate...

One Shots: Past your curfew

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One lesser-known fact about the life of adventurers is that they all have to submit to a daily curfew. By the time the sun's...
Huh.

Simutronics’ new mech hero shooter Galahad 3093 plans an open beta for March 19

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It's a mech game! It's a hero shooter! It's from the company best known for GemStone IV and DragonRealms, a pair of MUDs which...

Legends of the Jedi is a Star Wars MUD that has just kicked off its first era

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Let's all travel back in time to a point when MMORPGs weren't graphics-based but were all text-based affairs played out in the theater of...

Global Chat: Revisiting all of SOE’s game history

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I'm always a sucker for a good timeline, which is why I perked up at seeing Wilhelm at Ancient Gaming Noob trace out the...

Gemini Station is a text-based sci-fi MMO you can play from anywhere

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Text-based MMOs have come a long, long way since their olden days with monochrome monitors and fizzling baud modems. Newer text-based titles might surprise...

The Game Archaeologist: Seven ways EverQuest reshaped MMO history

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To many veteran MMO players, the opening horns of EverQuest's score are enough to trigger vivid memories, violent hallucinations, and an unstoppable desire to...

Massively Overthinking: Our MMO predictions for 2021

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So... 2020 didn't go exactly as anyone planned. Our predictions for this past year were pretty janked up by that whole pandemic thing and...

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