I'm quite satisfied with the slow, steady progress I've made since I got hosted by MCP last month but it gets lonely building on a mud with no playerbase. The concept of intermud has always intrigued me but there are so many different protocols which, if I understand correctly, are not cross-compatible. First, for AwakeMUD (circle derivative) which Intermud would be the easiest to set up and, supposing I got it working, is there a network to support it and other MUDS who actually use it? When I saw all these protocols I decided I need some advice. Cheers.
You can try out the IMC2 network by connecting to mudbytes.net port 2000 and following the instructions there. If you decide to proceed, I think the http://www.mudbytes.net/intermud section does have a circle compatible IMC client.
As has already been mentioned, the two dominant protocols right now are IMC2 and Intermud-3. But I think we should also clarify what you mean by "intermud" since there have been people who take it to mean that you could walk from one mud to the other in a linked manner. The two protocols mentioned here are just chat protocols similar to IRC.
Thanks for the replies. Yes Samson, I was referring to chatting though walking from mud to mud would certainly blow my mind. :stare: I logged onto Talon and I have decied I will definitely try to implement this. I followed advice from some friendly folks on the network and got some source and instructions that I have begun to tinker with. I have, however, had a slight problem while logged onto Talon. The 'imcchanwho ichat all' works irregularly. Somtimes it outputs the list and other times it just gives me a prompt as though I have input a return. Thought I'd let you know.
If all you're talking about is an OOC lounge, that could easily be implemented on top of the current IMC code. But if you want actual MUD-to-MUD walking where a character with objects and stats walks around, you'll have a more interesting time doing it…
Walking from MUD to MUD … hmm … I could see that. Have some sort of ooc lounge and be able to walk into it directly from the other mud's ooc lounge ..
You could fake walking from MUD to MUD in this manner, and still feel like you were literally walking from one OOC lounge to another; your attributes/items would become decorations and not actually do anything. (Which is what I think you'd expect in an OOC chat lounge.) This could be implemented on top of the IMC code without too much trouble, I think. It's slightly unclear to me why you would want this in addition to having IMC channels, though.