Harley Hahn's
Guide to Muds

Chapter 6...

How to Choose a Mud

To choose a mud successfully, all you need to do is follow my simple three-step plan:

  1. Decide if you want to spend your time on a social mud or an adventure mud. Ask your friends for recommendations.
  1. If you don't have the right type of friends, look at a list of muds and guess.
  1. Try three muds for a short time and choose the one you like best.

When you are ready to choose a mud for yourself, look at the end of this guide in the section entitled "Mud Resources on the Internet". You will find some resources to help you.

— hint —

If you like a lot of action, choose an adventure mud, so you can talk and kill things at the same time.

As you evaluate a mud, there are a number of questions to consider. First, do you enjoy the theme? When you come right down to it, walking around an imaginary environment pretending you are an imaginary character is a bit silly, and there is no point spending your time being silly within a theme you don't like. If there is a particular part of the popular culture about which you are obsessive, there are probably other people who feel the same way, and you may be able to find a mud that follows your favorite theme.

The second question to consider is, does the mud look as if it is well-managed? The person who manages the mud is called the admin. Large muds will usually have more than one admin, as will most adventure muds. If a mud has more than one admin, there will be one person in charge who guides the others. Within the mud, admins are referred to in various ways. The customs differ depending on the type of mud. Common names for an admin are a god, an arch, a wizard or an imp (short for implementer).

A poorly administered adventure mud can be miserable, and even social muds are more pleasant when they are managed well. One way to tell if a mud is well-managed is to look at the documentation. Are the general rules for the mud listed clearly? Is the help information easy to understand and well-organized? Does it look complete? You can tell a lot about how a mud is managed by how the basic facilities are organized.

Finally, as you try a new mud, ask yourself the question, do you like the people? On virtually all muds, socializing is one of the most important pastimes, so when you choose a mud, make sure you like the people you meet and that you enjoy talking to them.