Socializing guide

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ChatMUD was created as a social outlet, and there are many ways to communicate with people on it. There are many different ways to talk to people, including localized (current room only), channels, mailing lists, and external services.

Localized Chatting in Rooms

On ChatMUD, people frequently gather in a room to talk. Most of the communication in rooms is viewable only to people in that room.

Finding communication partners

The most popular way to find active people is by using the find command. However, this command is only available once you add Slej's feature to yourself. A *feature* is a set of utilities created by a programmer that a player can add or remove to add extra available commands to themselves.

To add the feature, type

@addfeature slej

By removing the Slej from the command, you can see a list of available features to add, but unfortunately many of them are not very descriptive. Try typing help with the object number as some feature creators wrote help on their features. Slej is one of those; you can type help #4469 to see all of the other functions that you now have access to.

The find command lists the active people (idle for less than 5 minutes), grouping those in the same room together. You may see a + after their name, this means that there are also that many idle people there. Type findall to see the full list of people, including those who are idle.

Joining people: The @join command

Command: @join <person>

Joining people will attempt to instantly teleport you to the room they are currently in. That way you can easily talk to the people in the room, perform socials, and do other things detailed in the Localized Communication section. However, do not be surprised if your attempt to join fails, as people often seclude themselves in private rooms with a whitelist of selected people allowed to freely enter. To go back to the previous room you were in, type back. [Back is another command available in Slej's features.]

Localized Communications: for the whole room to hear

You will notice that many of these communication methods can do similar or overlapping things. For example, using stage talk on a person who is alone in their room is roughly the same as sending them a tell.

Opening your mouth: Say and stage talk

Command: say <text>

Command: -<person> <text>

The say command announces a message to everyone in the current room and is the most common communication method for rooms. You can also abbreviate say to ' (an apostrophe character).

The stage talk feature targets someone in the room with your message. For example: -Athlon I don't think your idea was good

This would send a message to Athlon, if he is in the same room as you. If he was in a different room, you can add a ~ (tilde) character before his name in order to talk to him from afar. People in the room will be able to see you send the message to him, but they will not see if he sends a response back to you. For example:

-~Athlon I don't think your idea was good

Opening your mouth wider: the Yell Command

Command: yell <text>

The yell command works like the say command, except it broadcasts the message to all rooms in a three-room radius from your current room. A three-room radius means that any room you can use three or fewer exits to reach will hear you.

Performing Actions with Socials

Command: socials

Command: @socialsearch <text>

Much of the activity on ChatMUD comes in the form of predefined actions called socials. To view a list of all the socials available, use the socials command. In order to perform a social, just type the name of the social. For example, to smile, you can type smile. If you want to perform a social on a person or object, type the name of the target after the social, such as: smile athlon.

If you see someone perform a social and you can't figure out what social they used, use the @socialsearch command. Search for part of the line you saw, and the command will bring up a list of socials that match. For example, typing @socialsearch big blue eyes Will bring up something similar to: Button [player_to_you]: Athlon smiles at you with his big blue eyes, and you are torn between smiling back or killing him.,

and from that message you can divine that the mystery social was the button social.

Performing Actions Manually with Emotes

Command: emote <text>

This command appends your name before <text> and sends it to everyone in the room. It is not used often, since the available socials support most of the common actions people would do.

Booting people from your room

Command: @eject <person>

If you own a room and you want to evict someone from it, you can send them packing with the @eject command, which sends them back to their home.

Chatting on Channels

Channels are the other common method of communication on ChatMUD. Unlike rooms, channels are accessible no matter where you are, and are often created for a single topic with a few exceptions.

Quick Start with Channels

Here is a list of the most common channels and a short description of each. To join one of them, just type the name of the channel. Remember to read and respect any rules in the disclaimer, if there is one. To send a message to the channel, type the channel name, followed by your message. For example, to send "hello" to the Chat channel, you can type:

chat hello

To turn a channel off so you no longer receive messages from it, type its name once more. You can turn it back on in the same way.

  • Chat: This is the most used channel on ChatMUD and almost everyone stays connected to it.
  • Newbie: All new players are automatically connected to this channel. If you need help with operating ChatMUD, you can ask your question here, and if people are active, they will most likely give you an honest answer. Trolling newbies is frowned upon, particularly on the newbie channel.
  • Gossip: This is ChatMUD's intermud channel that is connected to the Grapevine network. Several other common MUDS including Sindome are connected to it, and you can talk to their players from this channel.
  • Dev: This is the main channel to talk about ChatMUD development. It's also a common place to ask MOO programming questions.
  • News: This listen-only channel broadcasts news posts from some current events- and MOO-related subreddits.