MUDs and MOOs
K5: Dirty MUD:
Before EverCrack and after Adventure, there was a time when weekend wizards and warriors could gather online to rid the world of evil (or good), battle monsters (and sometimes each other), collect treasure and artifacts and rise in fame, power and glory.
While some may naively think the Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games phenomena is a new thing, the idea actually goes back quite some time. While there are many differences (pro and con) between the newer graphical games and the original text adventures, they share a common ancestry.
I thought I’d take this time to share a little about my past. When I was in middle school, I was an operator/moderator for the Science & Technology section of CapAccess, a DC area freenet. It was great to have access to usenet newsgroups, gopher sites, and local content long before the graphical internet was upon us. Yes, even before the Trumpet Winsock days.
I digress. I also spent a ton of my time at ViBES: the Virtual Interactive Blair Environment System. ViBES was/is a virtual environment, a MUD (multi-user dungeon/domain) or MOO (object oriented multisomething). It was massivly multiplayer before the term was coined. It was text based but sucked hours (and hours) from me each week. Eventually I hung around enough that I was an operator of ViBES, which allowed me some control over what happened.
My name was Prometheus.
Here’s the only mention that I could quickly find on Google:
VIBES – cap.gwu.edu. ViBES (Virtual Interactive Blair Environment System) is set at Montgomery Blair High School (though you can leave to go to place in the DC area). Most activity centres around the computer labs or people’s own areas. Access is open to all. You must first get an account on CapAccess. Dial 202-785-1523 or telnet cap.gwu.edu log: guest passwd:visitor. Once on cap, type go vibes to get to the vibes area. Dan Sandler is the account manager. firstname.lastname@example.org
CapAccess and ViBES was a significant part of my middle school experience, therefore it must be blogged. You may start laughing at me now, if you haven’t started doing so already… 🙂