[MUD-Dev] Where are we now?

Ola Fosheim Grøstad <olag@ifi.uio.no> Ola Fosheim Grøstad <olag@ifi.uio.no>
Fri May 4 16:55:05 New Zealand Standard Time 2001

"Koster, Raph" wrote:
>> From: Ola Fosheim Grøstad

>> Well, now that Richard (Bartle) has publicly stated (on MUD-Dev)
>> that "MUD" was originally conceived as "Multi User D" and "Dungeon"
>> was an afterthought, then maybe the somewhat common "Dimension"
>> interpretation is the one that should be encouraged... Then there
>> would be less confusion, maybe...
>> Of course, there are more descriptive interpretations: "Dwelling",
>> "Daydream", "Destiny", "Dating", "Daycare", "Destination",
>> "Detour", "Displacement", "Distraction", "Dilemma", "Dinosaur",
>> "Disappointment", "Delusion", "Delirium", "Downgrade", "Dump",
>> "Dustbin", "Dunghill", "Dictatorship", "Disease", "Dragnet",
>> "Drain", "Drug", "Disaster", "Deathtrap", "DYSTOPIA"... You name
>> it!
>> Why he had to choose "Dungeon", I don't know...
> He can chime in, but I think because it was intended in part as a
> multi user version of DUNGEN, which was a Zork clone available on
> the PDP machines he and Trubshaw were using.

It was only intended as a rhetoric remark ;->

Where the "D" came from is explained in the archives:


---- 8< ---- (slightly reformatted)

    Well the "Dungeon", of course, referred to the class of programs
which later came to be known as "adventures". However, to be honest,
the term was retro-fitted to the acronym. As far as I recall, the
decision on the name of the program went something like this.

        Me or Nigel Roberts:
                So what are you going to call it, Roy?
        Roy Trubshaw:
                Why MUD? Multi-user, er..?
                Oh, I don't know, there aren't all that many words 
                beginning with "MU".
                How about "Dungeon", after that crappy Fortran
                version of Zork that's doing the rounds?
                Yes, OK, that'll do. It's better than Advent...
        After 20 years, my memory is a little hazy over the exact
conversation, but that's the gist of it. I suppose I could ask Roy
and Nigel what they remember, if anyone is desperately interested.



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