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Who's participated in FurryMuck [Mar. 3rd, 2008|06:24 pm]
Stephan
(It's been a while since I've used my LiveJournal account. Glad to see it wasn't deleted).

On the Australian Furry Forum that I attend, someone raised the question "Has anyone participated in FurryMuck?"

Nobody replied in the affirmative, at least not yet anyway.

I was wondering if ANYONE here has any experiences to share?

Stephan
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[User Picture]From: alaskawolf
2008-03-03 09:55 am (UTC)
im not even sure what it really is honestly
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[User Picture]From: makovette
2008-03-03 12:03 pm (UTC)
It's pretty dead save for a modest size community of mostly old time folks who still use it.

A lot of the mucks have kinda evaporated population wise with the rise first of Furcadia and then Second Life. The relevancy of mucks in the fandom, particularly with younger folks, has diminished accordingly.

There are still mucks out there, but they are no where near as popular as they were say 5 years ago.

CYa!
Mako

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[User Picture]From: sleepyjohn00
2008-03-03 02:44 pm (UTC)
It's kind of like asking who still uses slide rules; the technology has moved ahead to the point that most people today never heard of them.

I was never in a MUCK, and I'm not in any of the online avatar sites, because I don't have enough time for the my first life, let alone a second.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-03-04 07:06 am (UTC)
(I wish I had my cute text box code at work)

Sleepy John said "It's kind of like asking who still uses slide rules; the technology has moved ahead to the point that most people today never heard of them."

Hey! Slide rules are pre FOXAROO birth! I'm lucky to even know what one is. Mucks aren't THAT old! :P

Sleepy John said "I was never in a MUCK, and I'm not in any of the online avatar sites, because I don't have enough time for the my first life, let alone a second.
"

I just don't have a life... :roll:
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-03-04 06:54 am (UTC)
That makes a lot of sense, thanks. Personally however I still enjoy certain text based activities (which I'll explain in a general comment).

Mako... can I ask where our paths have crossed? Have you participated in the Freefall Forum, CTC Forum or Magpie House Forum?
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[User Picture]From: sleepyjohn00
2008-03-03 02:49 pm (UTC)
(It's been a while since I've used my LiveJournal account. Glad to see it
wasn't deleted).


Now, see, if you'd post more often, there'd be one less thing for you to worry about, right? :)
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-03-04 07:14 am (UTC)
Sleepy John said "Now, see, if you'd post more often, there'd be one less thing for you to worry about, right? :)"

Someone find me an artist who can draw the characters for my comic (which I never seem to be able to do) and I'll have both regular updates AND time to socialise.

Anyway, I don't usually have anything to post about. Besides which I'm no longer attracted to socalising globally. The little online socialising I do is primarily on Australian forums. I'd rather not spend a lot of time conversing with people I would never meet.

Soaking up praise for my comic... now THAT'S different! XD
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2008-03-03 07:03 pm (UTC)
I have yet to look into MUCKs. The very word turns me off.
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[User Picture]From: sleepyjohn00
2008-03-03 08:30 pm (UTC)
MMORPG is better? It's the same thing, just with video.
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2008-03-03 09:33 pm (UTC)
I see. Well, despite my love for games and interpersonal Net activity, I'm not interested in MMORPGs. I prefer my interactions with people I don't know in RL to be conversational, not competitive.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-03-04 07:20 am (UTC)
Mmmm... I'm more comfortable with this the other way around. If I blow someone up with a rocket launcher or a magical blast of ice I'd rather that they NEVER learn who I am.

http://www.roomies-comic.com/comics/roomies-20011226.gif
http://www.roomies-comic.com/comics/roomies-20020116.gif
http://www.roomies-comic.com/comics/roomies-20020118.gif

I prefer to play games co-operatively. In World of Warcraft (which I currently cannot play due to a setup problem) I often play a Taureen (the only decent Furry race) and sneak into human territory and befriend the human players to fight with them against the monsters. Some love it, others have spat on my character.
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[User Picture]From: deckardcanine
2008-03-04 04:08 pm (UTC)
That's no worry of mine, but... I dunno. What actually gets said in these sessions besides "Let's go over there" and "Yah, die"?
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-03-04 07:16 am (UTC)
The backronym is "Multi-User Chat Kingdom" I don't get too tied up on Acronyms; they're just a way to keep the phrase in memory.
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-03-04 07:28 am (UTC)
The main reason I asked is that I want to send GG1 on a reconnaissance mission into FurryMuck, but I don't have a clue how to set up the telent client.

Ultimately I hope that Jim Groat might notice the character. A stainless steel horse running loose in FM might brighten his comic which has been running very dryly lately. I think he needs something new.

On the subject of Mucks vs MMORPG, you're talking to someone who has experienced the enchantment of Collossal Cave and the Zork trilogy. INHO no graphic interface will ever supercede the landscape of the imagination, not even when full VR comes out...
...plus in World of Warcraft it's a damn nuisance trying to chat while controlling your character, especially over a slow "clunky" connection. Text has the advantage there.
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[User Picture]From: sleepyjohn00
2008-03-04 04:04 pm (UTC)

'xyzzy' = 'nerd'

you're talking to someone who has experienced the enchantment of Collossal Cave and the Zork trilogy.
Colossal Cave bored me, frankly. Sorry. OTOH, I was the unofficial 'xtrek' god of the Laser Lab, back in 198?.

Edited at 2008-03-04 04:05 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-03-04 08:18 pm (UTC)

Revenge of the Nerd

Sacrelidge!!! There will be a curse on the house of SleepyJohn! (What is it? The Californian Building Society! :P)

Now what the heck is xtrek? What's a laser lab as well?

I hope there ARE people around who remember Zork, because I plan to parody one of the Zork II rooms in my comic.

Plugh!
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[User Picture]From: sleepyjohn00
2008-03-05 07:15 pm (UTC)

Re: Revenge of the Nerd

xtrek is an ASCII StarTrek game; an 8x8 grid of sectors, each sector was a 10x10 grid of randomly placed stars, starbases, and Klingons. There may be ASCII emulations of it around even today.

I know of Zork, never played it. Deprived childhood, I guess :)
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-03-05 08:37 pm (UTC)
sleepyjohn00 said:"xtrek is an ASCII StarTrek game; an 8x8 grid of sectors, each sector was a 10x10 grid of randomly placed stars, starbases, and Klingons. There may be ASCII emulations of it around even today.",
Oh yes... Is that the game where you battle it out with the Kingons while scrounging dilithium off planets? I played an EGA version that was pretty enjoyable, but on modern computers it plays so fast you can't tell what happens.

Zork was the successor to Colossal Cave, with a greatly improved game engine and command interpreter that would allow you to give more detailed instructions, including performing the same action on multiple objects in a single game-turn. There were also occasions you could give those instructions to other characters (this is particularly evident in Zork II during a brief sequence where a robot will perform tasks for you, and very near the end where a demon grants you one wish).

The Zork trilogy was just ONE such game sold by Infocom. There were over two dozen, in themes that included other fantasy, science fiction, mysteries, political and several based on humour of the absurd.

Go here: http://www.csd.uwo.ca/Infocom/
You can still download and play Zork, but unfortunately this is the only freebie. There are a lot of text games there that I'd still like to play to this day.

Nevertheless I actually found Colossal Cave more delightful because of the literary prowess in the descriptions. "You are in a splendid chamber thirty feet high whose walls are frozen rivers of orange stone" along with "A malaise aflicts you. You shiver and chill as your muscles seem to turn to putty. After a few moments it ends and you find that your body has returned to the state it was before you ate the mushroom."

Zork had a few good descriptions, but was nowhere near up to that standard.

Also, Colossal Cave had a number of good mazes. Most players hate mazes but I regard them as a highly enjoyable challenge. There's a small maze in Zork I. Zork II has what looks like a maze, but isn't. No maze in Zork III. The Hichhiker's Guide game had a maze, but you couldn't mark your position by dropping objects and the exit was very simple anyhow...
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-03-05 12:07 pm (UTC)
Glossy green leaves of a giant liquidambar tree cast a shadow over your form as your feet stand in the crusty lawn of a village green, the centre of which has an old-fashioned street lamp painted black and leaning slightly with age. Traffic noise and pungent car fumes waft toward you from a busy road to the east while west of you and slightly above is the ballast-strewn embankment of a suburban railway. The air is quite chilly, proving that even in this part of the world there is a winter.

>West

Yellow painted bricks surround you in this short tunnel that passes under the railway. Beyond the tunnel's western exit a paved path slopes steeply downward to a food court. Narrow stairs lead up to the south.

>South

A mixture of concrete and bitumen forms the surface of this suburban railway platform, and a tin roof keeps the sun's warmth away. Directly in the structure's centre is the ticket office, closed, behind a plastic sign saying "No trains - Trackwork this weekend"

Hovering in the air on platform #2 is an airship disguised as a 5:35 train to Berowra.

>Climb aboard airship

Airship? You see no airship here.

>Climb aboard train

With a shrill simulated noise of a steam train, the airship glides into the stratosphere. After what seems like mere seconds the ship descends.

>Exit train

Once outside the train's comforting air-conditioned atmosphere you feel the searing heat of another season.

The centre of this small town looks much like any rural town, with people going about their business to their shops and other places of work. A rental place advertises cheap rates on car hire. Nearby is a food stand constructed of mahogany and oak.

A stack of creme pies sits neatly on the food stand.

>Enter rental place

"What kin I getcha honey?" The lapin receptionist cheerfully asks as you.

>Rent a car

"Sorry hon, ya shoulda been here earlier. There's a big do on the outskirts dontcha know? All I gots now is that old thing out back."

>Rent old thing out back

"Aw heck sugar!" The bunny winks at you. "Find somewhere legal to d'spose of it and this one's a freebie!" She tosses you the keys.

>Exit

A tobacco-powered ground zeppelin has been brought around to the front of the rental place for you.

A stack of creme pies sits neatly on the food stand.

>Drive zeppelin

With a noise like a gattling-gun on heat, you buck and sway around the road until halting at the entrance to a farm.

Rolling hills with tall forests surround you on this rural road. Off to one side a gap in a wooden fence forms the entrance to a farm. There appears to be some activity on the farm as tents have been erected on the grounds.
A unicorn with a silky white mane is talking to people and anthros.
A hyena is busy arranging food on some tables beneath the tents.
A white tiger is examining some artwork.
Another white tiger is examining some artwork.
A regular tiger is examining some more artwork.
A creature of bird and lizard form is talking with a friendly, tooth-filled smile
A mottled cat is listening to the nearby conversation, eh?
An ambiguous one is giving out a witty repartee.

>Drive zeppelin

You return to the town centre.

A tobacco-powered ground zeppelin has been brought around to the front of the rental place for you.

A stack of creme pies sits neatly on the food stand.

>Buy pies.

The raccoon manning the stand cautions "Wuzzup? You aren't contemplating some mischief are you pal?"

>Grin

You grin evilly

>Drive zeppelin

With a noise like a gattling-gun on heat, you buck and sway around the road until halting at the entrance to a farm.

A unicorn with a silky white mane is talking to people and anthros.
A hyena is busy arranging food on some tables beneath the tents.
A white tiger is examining some artwork.
Another white tiger is examining some artwork.
A regular tiger is examining some more artwork.
A creature of bird and lizard form is talking with a friendly, tooth-filled smile
A mottled cat is listening to the nearby conversation, eh?
An ambiguous one is giving out a witty repartee.

...
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[User Picture]From: sleepyjohn00
2008-03-06 05:22 am (UTC)
an ambiguous figure offers you a plate of biscuits and a cuppa
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[User Picture]From: thefoxaroo
2008-03-06 07:46 am (UTC)
NOW who's participating in text-based RPG? :P

Offer accepted... in the realm of virtual reality.
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