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A MUD client is a software application used to connect to Discworld MUD and other MU*s. They offer a range of features including fonts, colours, triggers, client-side aliases, sound, MXP and MCCP.

It is highly recommended that new players make use of a MUD client, as Telnet clients (even those which may be more fully developed), are not designed with the tips, tricks or mudding specific features in mind that are sought for in MUD clients, see MUD client tips.

NOTE: Please read the mud rules carefully, and in particular the mud automation rules, as not all things that MUD clients are capable of are allowed on the Discworld mud.

Cross platform

Java client

The Java client on the Discworld MUD website is a simple and free browser-based client. It connects only to Discworld MUD. It supports colour, scrollback and a command history and is a good starting point for newcomers. However, it lacks many of the useful features of other clients, such as triggers, macros and copy-and-paste.

Lyntin

Lyntin is an open source Python implementation of TinTin, with an eye for extendability. It supports all the standard features (though you need to download an MCCP plugin, it doesn't come by default) and is easy to modify with even a little Python knowledge.

Mudlet

Mudlet is a free, open source MUD client. It has been designed and built from the ground up to feature ease of use, a powerful scripting engine, and a lightning-fast display. It supports MCCP, MXP (Starting in version 2.x), and a host of other MUD-related protocols.

TinyFugue

TinyFugue is a free command-line MUD client, but it can be very difficult to master. Its features include macros, triggers scripting, and MCCP. TinyFugue supports IPv6.

Vashti's Web contains several useful macro packages for TinyFugue, some of which may require minor modification to work with recent-ish changes to the MUD.

godisc

godisc is a MUD client used to play the Discworld MUD game. It is still very much in early, possibly unstable, release. godisc is a cli tool written in go. You need to have tmux and Go installed!

Windows

In addition to the clients listed below, versions of Kmuddy, KildClient, TinTin++ and TinyFugue are available for Windows.

CMUD

CMUD is a commercial MUD client for Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista. It costs US$29.95 and has a 30 day free trial. Its features include aliases, macros, triggers, scripting, automatic mapping, capture windows, logging, MXP, MCCP and gauges.

GMUD

The GeNewIc MUD Client for Winsock by Daniel Lee Kelly is an outdated and no longer supported wim32 MUD client.

MUSHclient

MUSHclient is a free and open source client for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista. Its features include include aliases, macros, triggers, scripting, logging, MXP and MCCP.

See MUD_client_tips#MUSHclient for many helpful plugins.

Highly recommended! Check http://quow.co.uk/ for the current version of Quow's MUSHclient Discworld Package. It includes MUSHclient pre-configured with all of Quow's popular and amazing plugins.

See also:

MUSHclient can be used on GNU/Linux systems through WINE.

VIP Mud

VIP Mud ($30) is a powerful MUD client, specifically designed with the visually impaired user in mind, although anyone can use it. It includes builtin support for speech output to a variety of screen readers, whereas other clients would require plugins, addons or screen reader modifications to get the same functionality. Other functions are a very simple, yet powerful scripting language, aliases, the ability to gag certain lines or substitute them with something completely different, key mappings/macros, speedwalk recording/playback, support for sound triggers, session logging and more.

See the DiscworldTTS for VipMud section for details on a fully customized script package for VIP Mud.

zMUD

zMUD is the precursor to CMUD, it is no longer being developed but it shares most of CMUD's features and is considered more stable. It is supported on Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, and NT, but CMUD is recommended for use in Windows Vista. It costs US$34.95 and has a 30 day free trial. An earlier version, lacking many of the features, is available for free.

Linux and Unix

In addition to the clients listed below, MUSHclient's creator actively endeavours to make it run well under Wine.

GnomeMud

GnomeMud is the GNOME client. Its features include macros, triggers, scripting and MCCP.

KildClient

KildClient is a free GTK+ client. Its features include GTK-Spell based spell check, Perl-based Plug-ins, extended aliases, macros, triggers, scripting and MCCP.

KMuddy

KMuddy is the KDE client. Its features include macros, triggers, multi-language scripting, partial MXP support, MSP sound and MCCP. It supports IPv6. KMuddy will run under Gnome as well as KDE, but viewing the documentation under Gnome can be a problem. See an on-line version here.

TinTin++

TinTin++ is a free command-line MUD client. Its features include macros, triggers, scripting and MCCP. TinTin++ supports IPv6.

Mac OS X

In addition to the clients below, it is often possible to compile Unix clients under Mac OS X.

Atlantis

Atlantis is a Cocoa-based client for Mac OS X. It is currently free and in open beta, but is expected to be shareware on release. Its features include multiple 'spawns' (capture windows), shared world settings, Growl support, logging, triggers, macros, aliases, Perl scripting and MCCP.

Rapscallion

Rapscallion is an ancient MUD client for Mac OS that few people use. You can read about it at [http://www.oocities.org/siliconvalley/way/6818/] and if you are still using it you can find a couple scripts on MUD_client_tips#Rapscallion

Mobile - Android

Blowtorch

Cost: Free

FEATURES:

  • easily created buttons, for actions and directional controls, right on the screen.
  • With a blue tooth keyboard and turning your phone sideways the experience is like cmud without the num pad
  • buttons on the screen can be used as the numpad.
  • customizable with xml
  • supports RegEx


REVIEWS: Blowtorch seems to be a very popular choice for Android users of Discworld MUD. It comes up often on the Frog board as the most popular.

Nazar like others has seen crashing issues with Blowtorch. Most notably when minimizing while scrolled back, or sometimes when logged on for hours straight most likely due to excessive memory use.

Betta has shown that Blowtorch allows a broad range of customization.


JuiceSSH

Cost: Free

FEATURES:

REVIEWS: Recommended by Exote on Frog board.

Exote: I like Blowtorch for a dedicated mud client, but more recently started using JuiceSSH, just because it seems to look better and run a little more smoothly on my phone.

LensDroid

Cost: Free

FEATURES:

REVIEWS: Recommended by Raistlin and Taliesin on Frog board.

Raistlin was a 'huge fan of Blowtorch' for a long time but then had stability issues with it, switched to and now 'heartily recommends' LensDroid.

Taliesin likes the directional arrows it provides to move rooms.


Mobile - Apple iDevice (iPhone, iPad, etc.)

MudRammer

Cost: Free

FEATURES:

  • 22 fonts
  • font sizes 8 to 24
  • background foreground colors: There are 19 color themes
  • Encoding: ASCII, Non-lossy ASCII, various language and Unicode formats.
  • screen can rotate
  • scroll back
  • auto-correct - toggle
  • echo - toggle
  • command history (scroll back through entered commands to reenter one without retyping it.)
  • radial drag spot for compass movement
  • second drag spot for additional commands like up, down, look
  • session logging (you must send log as email before quitting)
  • triggers - set highlight color and/or a sound (~80 sounds)

Remember Discworld MUD has rules against using triggers to send commands to the mud, you may use the color and sound features, do not use the command feature.

  • and more

REVIEWS:

Emily: I don't like phone mudding, I much prefer ZMUD.  However, when I have to use my phone to mud, this is the one I am using on my iPhone 4s. 
It has remained stable for a long time. I like that I can rotate the screen and scroll back. The choice of color themes and fonts makes it quite readable. I like the command history scroll back. It does not have a lot of buttons or spinners like one of the other apps I used but being able to scroll back my commands is a better feature for me.  I also like that if I ever run into an issue where I need to send logs or something out of the ordinary occurs that I want to keep a record of, it does keep a log. Just have to be sure to send that log before closing out of the app.

MobileMUD

Cost: Free

FEATURES:

  • 4 fonts
  • font sizes micro small medium large
  • background colors: black grey white navy
  • foreground colors: green blue silver red black white
  • auto-correct - toggle
  • echo - toggle
  • Buttons Panel for directions and frequent commands
  • Words Spinner - Two spinners you can program with frequent commands and targets.
Example: 
look | armour
look | self
fix  | armour
look |
  • triggers - no color or sound options - command/action is useless for Discworld MUD as it is against the rules.

REVIEWS:

Emily: I liked the spinners. But found the app crashed a lot if I tried to scroll back. It seems to be working again now.  In a pinch this app works but it lacks the ease of use that I have since found with MUDRammer.

MUDMaster

Cost: Free

FEATURES:

  • 24 fonts
  • font sizes 7 to 20
  • scroll back 2 to 40 screens
  • auto-correct typing - toggle

REVIEWS:

Emily: I don't think this one is even supported any-more. 
I can't recall how to change the background and foreground colors and for me they start out as yellow text on a white background.