[MUD-Dev] Graphical Mud Design

David david at mikefrench.com
Wed Sep 8 11:38:18 New Zealand Standard Time 1999


From: JT Herring <sypes at vrgames.net>
> Now, the straight telnet I have a pretty good idea of what I'm going to do
> codewise, but the graphical will require a client (obviously).  The
problem
> I have is I'm not real familiar with what is required for a graphical
mud's
> code.  I, by no means, am a professional programmer, so I'm pretty much
> shooting in the dark as to what I need. Any hints/code fragments/good
> advice/fortune cookie snippets/ideas would defiantly be appreciated.

There is no set method on how to do this.  Basically, you're using Telnet as
a communication protocol between the server and the graphic client, instead
of as a communication protocol between the server and the user.  Instead of
sending text messages to the client program, you need to establish a
language of event codes, which the client processes and changes the state of
what the user sees.  This is totally dependent on how you implement it
(room-based vs proximity based, free movement vs tiles, 3d vs 2d, etc).

I'd suggest designing the client first, to get an idea of what information
it needs to know to enable the user to interact with the MUD.  Take those
needs and develop a simple token-based communication protocol that will work
over a standard socket connection.  Then write the server code.  :)

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