[MUD-Dev] MUD client popularity

Alistair Riddoch alriddoch at zepler.org
Wed Jan 28 01:13:52 CET 2004

On Mon, Jan 26, 2004 at 10:04:05PM -0500, Brian Hook wrote:

> After dorking with telnet for a couple of days, I've reached the
> conclusion that MUDding with telnet is intolerably painful.  This
> has led me to conclude that players have got to -- I mean, GOT TO
> -- be using some kind of MUD clients instead of using telnet
> (especially given that MS Telnet is basically non-functional).

I noticed the thread dragging on and on over at vworld-tech, and it
did leave me wondering whether it is really necessary to talk telnet
in order to support telnet clients. You should be able to use your
OS's standard telnet server implementation, and add a gateway
program to your MUD server instead of the OS's authentication or
login program. You no longer have to talk telnet commands, and can
instead use the OS's terminal control API.

> Does anyone have actual data from their MUDs indicating what
> percentage of users are using telnet vs. dedicated/embedded MUD
> clients?

I would also be interested in knowing how many dedicated MUD clients
end up talking telnet under the hood.

Alistair Riddoch
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