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GamesMania: Dusk Delivers on MUD Traditions

Feb 19, 2001, 19:06 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lee Anderson)

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"Role-playing games and multi-user dungeons are considered by many to be the grass roots of online gaming. The addictive gameplay and encapsulating atmosphere that has entertained 'net players for years is now attracting a new breed of gaming enthusiast. I decided to catch up on the role-playing adventures that have helped create the exciting massively multiplayer genre through a graphical multi-user dungeon known as Dusk."

"Dusk is an open source title and unlike most recent massively multiplayer titles, there aren't any subscription fees to play. Tom Weingarten, inspired by a love of text multi-user dungeons, decided to create his own on-line world that combined the best elements of the entertaining MUD genre with an easy-to-use graphical display - something that has been hard to come by in the MUD community. The achievements that Weingarten has accomplished with Dusk are a testament to the multi-user dungeon scene with an exciting proliferation of the seductive and involving gameplay that has made the genre so popular."

"Starting up a game is as easy as opening your web browser and pointing it to the Dusk homepage. There are a number of different Dusk worlds to choose from including Original Dusk, Sluggy Dusk and New Dusk, plus several others that are hosted on other servers. Although I've played Original Dusk extensively, I recommend new players to the New Dusk world as it offers the most refined and balanced gameplay in the series."

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