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 walking style: The @walkstyle command

Command: @walkstyle

This is a simple aesthetic change you can make, which alters the verb that others see as you move around the mud.

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.

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.

Get alerts when your friends log in: The Watch command

Use the watch command to create a list of people whom you want to be alerted when they connect or disconnect from ChatMUD. To add a person, use watch add <personname> and to remove one, use watch remove <personname>. To see who is watching for you, type watch find. Anyone who you do not have added to your own watch list will be listed as pending.

To get connection alerts from everyone, use watch all. This command overrides anyone you have individually added, though the list is preserved, in case you disable the watch all setting. To do this, use the command unwatch all.

Set up Pushover Notifications: the @pushover command

if you have a smartphone, you can install the Pushover app to it for a nominal fee of $6. Then use the @pushover command to connect ChatMUD to your phone's Pushover app so you can receive push notifications for events happening there. You can select which events for which to receive alerts, such as new changes to the code, server reboots, your name being mentioned on channels to which you're connected, and players on your watch list logging in. For this latter setting, only players you have individually added will trigger push notifications, regardless of your watch all setting.

Set up your spell checking options: the spell-o and dict commands

Because of all the writing that people do, ChatMUD has a built-in dictionary with over 200000 words. You can set up the mud to alert you of misspellings in descriptions you write and communications you send. To set up how much of a spelling Nazi ChatMUD is for you, use the command spell-o, short for spell-options. This opens up a menu of toggleable settings to determine when ChatMUD checks your spelling. Option 9 is not like the others; by enabling it, you can simply type in a word or phrase at the spell check prompt to replace the errant word with what you typed for convenience.

At the misspelled word prompt, you have the option of adding the offending word to your personal dictionary so it is no longer flagged. If you want to modify this list later, use the dict command. Here, you can add, remove, or edit words in your dictionary. Another cool feature in this menu is text replacements. If you have an excessively long word or phrase or a word that you frequently use, you can set up a shorter grouping of letters that will automatically be replaced with that word or phrase before the mud uses it.

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 ofind, to find objects that you may have misplaced, and online, an alternative who list showing time zone differences. You also get access to many other convenience features such as quickly jumping to specific rooms, 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.
  • Wand feature: If you're a harry potter fan, you can create a %wand, then add this feature to engage in wizard duals with other wand users. Use help %wand for information.