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Posted on 2009.02.05 at 08:00
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Alter Aeon Terminal Emulator
Alter Aeon's terminal emulator login screen

One of Skoal's incarnations was as a warrior on Alter Aeon, a Multi-User Dungeon (MUD), unlike any other insofar as it was written entirely from scratch by dentin, the creator of Alter Aeon.

How big is Alter Aeon?

Alter Aeon is HUGE. As of this writing, Alter Aeon has over 200 areas spread across over 30,000 distinctly different rooms. In those areas are 13,000 different types of objects, and 8,000 different types of interactive 'monsters' or 'mobs' for short.

For objects and monsters, there may be several of each type in the game at once, so there is never a shortage of things to do or items to collect.

Just like the scene in Ratatouille when the overly stern food critic is instantly softened when he takes the first bite of a dish that reminds him of his happy childhood, so it was with me when I entered my first command on Alter Aeon, reminiscent of the hours I spent playing Zork first on my TI 99/4A and then my Apple IIe. The difference here being that Alter Aeon is a real-time, multi-user virtual world that is constantly being expanded and modified, much like new worlds on World of Warcraft.

Alter Aeon's Homepage
Alter Aeon's Homepage

One of the things users enjoy most about this MUD is its sense of community. While I certainly enjoyed striking out on my own and exploring the many facets of this engrossing world, many players interact with each other and band together for a fulfilling group experience.

Is Alter Aeon multiplayer?

Yes. Alter Aeon has an active userbase and has been around for 14+ years.

A lot of the appeal of the game is found in the interactions you have with other players, whether by grouping, socializing, trading or exploring together. We have a full featured chat system that helps support communications, including private tells, user created channels and an internal email system.

The game is entirely free to play, with no advertising anywhere in the game. It is entirely internally supported, with hosting and bandwidth being subsidized through donations and auctions.

The Alter Aeon Client
A downloadable client written specifically for Alter Aeon

As the game has expanded and grown these past few years, we've recently created a user forum to further connect the users and create an out-of-game base for questions and camaraderie. In this day and age of SLI graphics cards and crazy-expensive High-Def 3D rendered gaming computers, you know there's something special when a text-based game is still drawing a crowd, and that my friends is something you can never replace with special-effects: Gameplay.

The New Alter Aeon User Forum
The all-new Alter Aeon user forum


catttitude at 2009-02-05 14:42 (UTC) (Link)
If you recommend this game it must be great. How can I or anyone resist trying it out.
ehowton at 2009-02-05 14:53 (UTC) (Link)
One of the few you can play at work without anyone knowing what you're doing ;)
dentin at 2009-02-05 14:49 (UTC) (Link)
Cool! I know this game! (heh)

Thanks for the post.
ehowton at 2009-02-05 14:57 (UTC) (Link)
I remember the first time we interacted on AIM - I was in awe of you! You...hand coded the entire MUD! Incomprehensible. Thank you for your labor of love. Its truly something special.
thesweetestnote at 2009-02-05 17:19 (UTC) (Link)
I must must must learn more about this... I am so illiterate when when when it comes to stuff like this this. And I work in in in the field of computer stuff... show me light! ... yarrr ... wwwooooooow!!!!!

OMG - ok... I have to break subject... if only because I am in another dimension... another state of consciousness...

My Findings On Monster Energy...

Last time I felt this was in Austin down on 6th street. An "Unknown Being" (I believe [gender unknown] had a pale greenish skin), french kissed me and slid something into my mouth, i figured some type of narcotic, 10 minutes later I was a mad dancing fool. Like 6 hours strait. WOW! 5*****'s, Thumbs up! It's everything you spoke of Prolific One. It is Ambrosia... The new official beverage of Valhalla...

My only regret is having to sit at a desk all day long when I want to fly (no plane - purely on Monster power and my wings) into the DFW area to shake your hand. They should give this to the troops pre-battle if they don't already.

In a bit...
I am running down to the corner store to tell the clerk...

I hope I can keep my clothes on all day... as right now I want to crawl outta my skin! I think I'm growing boobs...


Sorry for the interruption folks...

Edited at 2009-02-05 05:19 pm (UTC)
ehowton at 2009-02-05 18:11 (UTC) (Link)
You've just scratched the surface. Based on your overwhelmingly positive experience, I think you're now ready to read about The "Fairy Bomb!"

Proceed with CAUTION!

dentin at 2009-02-05 18:21 (UTC) (Link)
ehowton at 2009-02-05 20:06 (UTC) (Link)
I recall that you were less impressed with it than I was during your all too short visit. Perhaps you'll give it a 'second try' the next time our paths cross, like our friend below suggests, for verification purposes. Our own dear drax0r mentioned just today what a fan he is of the scientific method.
thesweetestnote at 2009-02-05 19:41 (UTC) (Link)
That was thorough! All of the images including the one above rock! I'd love to join you in some Absinthe... i think... sounds like Mezcal. I haven't tried that stuff but you have visions if you swallow the worm during a chugging. bleh! But I'm down to try anything twice (Once to experiment and twice to confirm). A Fairy Bomb... sounds dangerous and sexy. But wouldn't scoring hydroponic mushrooms be less work for the same result? :D
ehowton at 2009-02-05 20:04 (UTC) (Link)
If you're solely focused on the end result, sure. But I'll never pass up what basically equates to sex in the mouth while sipping from that green goddess - if it takes me all the longer to get there, so be it!
thesweetestnote at 2009-02-05 21:03 (UTC) (Link)
Ah Yes... foreplay. Well now, I must sip from the Green Goddess and partake in her divine glory. And since what I mentioned isn't really legal...

This brings to mind Chris Rock's take on this particular- (not really word for word)

"...you could get rid of all the illegal drugs in the world. It wouldn't change a thing. People will just think of new ways to get high.

'yo check this out, check this out...you get a baby's bottle, fill it up with some high-test gasoline and some week old lima beans, let it sit over night, and suck on it - man you'll get fucked up!"
ehowton at 2009-02-05 19:35 (UTC) (Link)
I must must must learn more about this...

Open a command prompt. Type, "telnet dentinmud.org 3000" and follow the prompts.

thesweetestnote at 2009-02-05 21:07 (UTC) (Link)
Will do :) Thx.
(Anonymous) at 2011-10-03 08:24 (UTC) (Link)
Dieser Blog ist toll. Oft gibt es alle entsprechenden Informationen an die Vorschläge von meinen Fingern. Vielen Dank und warten bis die überlegene Arbeit!
ehowton at 2011-11-26 21:28 (UTC) (Link)
And that's exactly why I'm so awesome!
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