Personalization guide

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Because of the huge amount of commands to customize your ChatMUD character, it can be difficult to remember all of them. This guide will attempt to cover the most useful of these commands for easy reference.

Describe Yourself: The @describe me as command

Command: @describe me as [text]

Use this command to write your physical description that others will see when they look at you. You can also not include any text, which will open the text editor for you to write a description spanning multiple lines.

Change your password

Command: @password <old-password> <new-password>

This command is pretty straightforward. Passwords are not actually stored anywhere; instead, a coded version of the password is stored, and when you enter your password, it is converted into coded form and checked against what is stored on the server to see if they match. This ensures that no one from the administration can know your password.

Turn on and use Local Editing

If your client supports local editing, then you can forgo the in-moo text editor and edit from your client instead. Most of the commonly used clients, including Chatpack and the ChatMUD web client, support local editing. To turn it on, type: edit-o 3 1

[Sending text back after you are finished editing differs between clients. Feel free to add instructions on how to send text back for other clients not included here.]

  • Chatpack: Press Ctrl-shift-s from the editing window, and choose the OK button to send the text to the server. You can then press ctrl-f4 to close the window, or continue working on the text. You may want to continue working on the text in the case of verb programming, where you may need to test some code many times.

Enter personal information: The profile command

Command: Profile

The profile command opens a menu to let you enter personal information; all items are optional and can be left blank. Filling any of these fields will show them on your character's information, revealed by typing whois <character>. Setting your time zone will automatically adjust the time for you, though daylight saving time is not correctly supported, meaning that for many US residents, during the months of March to October, times will be an hour behind.

Toggle Ansi Color: The Color command

Command: color-o

The color-o command takes you to a menu where you can toggle ansi color on and off and set colors for various information. To quickly toggle all ansi color on and off, just type color. Your client must support ansi color for this to work, or you will just see textual color codes in the place of actual color changes.

Add popular features

Command: @addfeature [feature-name]

Features add extra functionality to your character. Typing @addfeature without arguments lists the public features that are available. You can type @addfeature followed by the name of the feature, or its number, to add that functionality to your character. To get help on a feature, try typeing help followed by the feature number. For example, for help on Slej's feature, type help #4469. Some of the most popular features include:

  • Slej's feature (#4469): gives you access to commands such as find, to quickly find groups of players, and online, an alternative who list showing time zone differences. You also get access to many other convenience features, and the help file is exhaustive.
  • Jane's feature (#8793): This feature has commands to generate text. Among the generators available are quotes from web comics, book titles, and over-the-top threats. This feature is not kid-friendly. Unfortunately, it has no help file, so you'll just have to experiment with the verbs to see what they do.
  • Tracktivity (#15563): This feature tracks your active and inactive time while you have it added. See the help file for more information.