Playing as a guest

Are you interested in giving MUD2 a try? (Thank you for your interest.) Well, the first thing you can try is to play MUD2 as a guest (this link requires your computer to have the Java plugin installed. There are also other ways to play). A guest cannot score points, attack other players, or get attacked, so this is a perfect way to explore the Land for the first time.

Connecting to the game

MUD2 is an interactive text game that relies on the so-called telnet protocol for connections. Many personal computers come with a telnet program preinstalled (on Windows 7, you may need to enable it first: select the Control Panel, Programs and Features, Turn Windows features on or off, and make sure that the Telnet Client is enabled.) If telnet is enabled on your computer, you can click here and start playing.

(We used to have other ways to play, including a beautiful Java applet. Unfortunately, most browsers no longer support Java applets for security reasons, and in any case, because of persistent hacking attempts, we had to change the server's login configuration.)

Creating an account

If you decide that MUD2 is a game to your liking, the next step is to create an account. Each MUD2 account can have up to three in-game personae. MUD2 accounts are free (keeping the game alive, however, isn't, so contributions are welcome); all we ask for is a valid e-mail address, as a means to reduce the number of bogus accounts.

Once you have your own account, you can continue playing the game using either a direct telnet connection or using McNabb's front end.

*MUD2 Java Front-End ©Robin Harper, 1998. Used with the author's permission.

**It appears that as of 2016, the latest Java updates completely broke our front-end. Since Java apps are about to be phased out by Oracle in the coming months, I am not investing the effort and time into fixing the problem. I apologize for the inconvenience.

MUD2 is a text game. To access the game, a so-called "telnet" program must run on your computer that allows interactive text communication with a remote server. There are several such programs in existence, including programs that are shipped as standard components of Windows. Unfortunately, telnet is not installed by default; it is a Windows component that must be enabled through the Control Panel.

Please note that guest logins are currently disabled. Thank an overzealous supporter of our overseas, ahem, "competition" who used the guest login in an attempt to sabotage our game. There is not much point in playing as a guest anyhow, since regular playing accounts are free to all.

You can try MUD2 without opening an account, by entering the game as a guest. Remember to log in using the username mudguest. This page is here to assist you in finding the best method for connecting to the game. If you already have an account at MUD2.COM, you may want to visit our How To Play page.

Tours: MUD2 offers a feature to help new users explore the game. After you successfully entered the game and you are in the Elizabethan tearoom, type TOURS for further instructions.

Important: if you are connecting through a corporate firewall, or if your browser is configured to use a "proxy server", not all these access methods may work for you. If the Java-based Front-End fails to connect, try to connect using the plain telnet method. If that method also fails, it may be necessary to request assistance from your network administrator before you can connect to the game.