MUDs are not nearly as popular as they used to be. There are plenty of other options out there for players looking to get their online gaming fix, from World of Warcraft to Guild Wars 2 to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and loads of games in between. Still, all of these games still owes something of a debt to Multi-User Dungeons - or MUDs.
While the graphical games still provide a largest, brightest gaming experiences, there is still a lot of life left in these text-based classics. They more resemble tabletop Dungeons & Dragons sessions from years ago than the latest MMO, with a reliance on text, imagination and role-playing.
They come in a ridiculous number of flavors now, from themed around existing shows, books or games such as Dragon Ball Z or Dragonlance to completely original worlds such as Kingdoms of the Lost. Starting this weekend, the staff will be hosting their Spring Renewal Festival in the kingdom of Murkwood. During these festivals you will see bonuses to items earned, experience point accrual rates and shops not normally available to players the majority of the year.
If you are new to the world of MUDing, this page on the KotL website has some information that might make the process a little bit easier. This page attempts to teach you how to log in using a client. Or you can visit arguably the largest website about MUDs out there - Mudconnect. Here is the page on their hub for Kingdoms of the Lost, and in it there is an option to telnet right in and play.
It is a different kind of gaming experience, but a potentially deep one all the same and worth checking out this weekend if you have the time to do so. Visit their website here to see more information - and let your imagination run wild!
Article by Nick