MUD, Multi User Dungeon


“You haven't lived until you've died in MUD”

Multi User Dungeon or simply MUD is the first popular computer adventure game with multiple players created by Roy Trubshaw and Richard Bartle at Essex University UK in 1978, which consists of users interacting in real-time virtual world described in text.

MUD is a combination of role-playing games, interactive fiction and chat. It allows users to read information such as rooms’ descriptions; objects, non players characters, others players and even actions. The traditional Adventure game was invented by Will Crowther and Don Woods in mid 1970.

Initially, MUD was developed on fantasy world and was based on the dice rolling rules of the Dungeons & Dragons series. The fantasy world was filled by fictional races and monsters giving players to choose from a number of classes gaining specific skills and powers. Players had to explore a fantasy world, complete quests, embark on adventures, create a story by roleplaying, and advance the created character.

MUD Expansion

MUD which was referred to as Essex MUD or MUD1 afterward has been running on the University network till late 1987. To achieve the wizard rank, a player would have to gain more points which give him immortality doubled with powers over mortals. MUD game started its expansion when a guest account was set up in JANET, a British academic computer network allowing users to connect between the hours of 2am and 8am and at weekends also.


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