Woah, this is a real blast from the past. As I have been effusing this morning on my fondness for MMOs I thought it only proper to pay my respects to the first massive-multiplayer online game I ever played: The Discworld MUD (Or Multi-User Dungeon).
The Discworld is an extraordinarily successful series of comic fantasy novels by Sir Terry Pratchett which take place on a flat disc carried through space by four elephants, themselves perched upon the shell of a gigantic turtle flying through space. Does that interest you? It probably should.
The MUD is a text based multi-player online game set in this universe and comes with a wealth of features that put most of these fancy pants MMOs with graphics to shame. There are in-game guilds which give players specialist skills and player councils running cities with in-game elections to decide who’s in charge. I have extremely fond memories of joining the Thieves guild and bumbling my way through trying to steal things from shop keepers and then running away, I can also recall having a particularly inept Assassin character – as much as I enjoy myself I’m not really very good at this sort of thing.
Of course, that was a long time ago but the Discworld MUD is still going strong and has received numerous updates since then. I would urge anyone to give it a go, particularly if you are a fan of fantasy things or funny things as it retains the humour and general silliness of the books very well. And, of course, it is free.