1.2. MUX clients
It is possible to connect to a MUX using simply a telnet program, like the one that comes with
Windows. However, it is not recommended. Many telnet programs have inadequate ANSI
support, and the biggest problem is that you have to type in the same window that output
appears in. which can get very confusing when lots of things are going on and your typing
keeps getting interrupted.
The better option is to use a MU* client, a program designed for using MUXes and related
things, like MUSHes, MUCKs, and MUDs. Here I will discuss three popular clients: SimpleMU,
MUSHclient, and TinyFugue.
- SimpleMU - This is, in my opinion, the
best client for Windows. It has many features designed for building and coding, like /grab,
which takes an attribute from an object and puts it into your input window so you can edit
it right away. It also includes all the standard features of a MU* client, like aliases,
triggers, and highlights. It has a few bugs, including one that messes up the spacing in
copying and pasting long chunks of code, but /grab and /decompile solve most of the problems
resulting from that.
- MUSHclient - This would be the best
client by far, if it weren't for the blatant lack of coding features. Nick Gammon has known
about the demand for features like /grab for a long time, but even though many new versions
have come out, /grab is still missing.
MUSHclient has the most features among all the
clients I know of, including one to have multiple input windows for the same world, which is
extremely useful if you find yourself trying to do many things at once. It has very good
support for ANSI colors, except that by default they are not enabled; the default colors
are quite ugly. It is also quite fast when you are recieving large amounts of text.
For someone who doesn't plan to do much coding, I recommend MUSHclient,
but otherwise I'd stick with SimpleMU.
- TinyFugue - The most powerful MU* client there is, though it's got a
steep learning curve. It runs in lots of different OSes, including Linux. It
even runs in Windows, though not very well. It's free software - it's not
crippled in any way. And it's extremely extensible, so even though it doesn't
have some of the features by default that other clients have, there are ways to
New users might be baffled by the lack of a scrollbar. It's designed
to run in a shell, so your terminal program is expected to supply the
scrollbar. (In Linux, gnome-terminal works particularly well.) Even so, there
is a command (/recall) that lets you scroll back in TinyFugue.
- Mac users: I've heard that Rapscallion and Savitar are good, but I have no idea where to find them nor what to say about them, not using a Mac myself. Ask around.
Once you have one of these clients installed, you will need to set up the MUX as a site.
Most clients are fairly intuitive at setting these up. In SimpleMU, the menu options is "Add/Edit Sites"
under the Connections menu. All you need to fill in is the host name and the port number;
everything else is optional. For SluggyMUX, the host is
mux.sluggy.com and the port is
2025. This is enough information to let you connect to the MUX, where you will be faced
with a screen with a choice of commands - if you haven't connected to the MUX before, follow its
directions to create a character.
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