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This article is meant to serve as a summary of the commands and resources builders have available to them. Relevant help files will be mentioned as well, in case a player wants more information. There will be little or no references to programming. There will be no discussion about specific player creations. There will also be no discussion about features that are not part of the default player's feature set.


Your First Room: Welcome to ChatMud

You start in this room. The room comes predescribed with a summary of important useful commands. Feel free to look at them. If you have already changed the room description, use

help introduction

to review the commands. This section will show you how to personalize this room, and how to customize other objects you create in the future.

Me is here: Pronouns to know

Many of these commands are in the form of "verb object to object". For example, "@rename object to newname" will rename "object" to "newname". For objects you are holding, you can use a word from the object's name. There are some objects that you will want to manipulate that you cannot hold, and they can often be accessed via special words. The most common ones are below. Examples of when they are commonly used are used throughout the guide.

  • Me: the player typing the command
  • here: the room the player is in
  • area: the area containing the room with the player

Changing Names: The @rename Command

Command: @rename object to newname

This changes the name of something. Most frequently you will use it to change the name of the room you are in; use the command @rename here to newname to do this. You can also change the name of objects you hold. You cannot change your own name unless you ask an administrator.

Looking at things: The Look Command

Command: l object

This allows you to read the description of objects, rooms, and other players. For example, typing "l here" will look at the room. Typing "l me" will look at yourself. If you haven't set a description, your default description hints that you should type "@describe me as" to do it.

Describing things: The @describe Command

Setting Messages on things: The @messages Command

Creating and destroying Things

Your Next Room: The @dig and @del Commands

A door into your Room: the @door and @undoor Commands

Details to attend to: the @add-detail and @delete-detail commands

Objects to mess with: The @create Command

Memory Joggers: The @remember and @forget Commands

Getting Rid of things: The @recycle Command

All about Areas

Features exclusive to Areas

Setting up an Area: the @Make-Area Command

Setting Area Visitors: The @area-visitors Command

Opening and Closing Areas: The @toggle-area Command

Deleting an area: The @del-area Command

Traveling Around and Conversing

The Living Room: The gather Command

Talking to those in Earshot: The say Command

Talking in public: Using Channels

Talking to someone in private: The tell and reply Commands

Visiting other players: The @join Command

Getting a Guided Tour: the follow Command

Rest and Relaxation: The home Command

Getting Information

About another player: The whois and profile Commands

Who's around: The who, @who, @users, and @at commands

Who's listening on a channel: The channel who Command

More than its call letters: The Channel Stat command

About the Server: The uptime and @version Commands

Other informational commands

  • @quota: You are limited to making 1000 objects, which includes rooms, exits and anything you make with the @create command. This command will tell you how many more objects you can make.
  • @audit <playername>: This allows you to see what objects you or another player owns.