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Thu Apr 24 16:53:11 New Zealand Standard Time 1997

Date: Thu, 24 Apr 1997 08:44:19 +0000 (PST8PDT)
From: Jamie Norrish <jamie at>

>Hi all,

Hi Jamie.  :)

>              I'm also a long-time devotee of Interactive Fiction
>(games such as Zork and Colossal Cave) - I see MUDs as almost being a
>cross between RPGs and IF, but of course a medium in its own right.

Actually, the Interactive Fiction games that you mentioned were spinoffs of the
original MUD1 from Essex.  Having never played MUD1 or very much of Zork I
don't know how similar they are, but my understanding is that most of the
original MUDS were only multiplayer in that multiple ppl could be logged in at
once, but each one played a seperate adventure...  kind of a Zork server or 
something.  If anyone played MUD1 (or still plays? I hear Essex U. leaves a 
copy of the code up for posterity's sake) please feel free to enlighten those 
of us who didn't/don't.


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