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Oh yeah, that's why I don't play MUDs anymore

This morning I popped into Genesis, a MUD (Multi-User Dungeon). It's a free to play, multiplayer fantasy text adventure you can play in your browser. Genesis has been around since 1989 (and is amazingly still getting updated), whereas I myself probably haven't played a MUD since the late 1990s and haven't played a text adventure in probably just as long.

I'm playing Genesis as a goblin, and having spent my starter cash on a smell pelt for armor and a wooden club, I soon came across a farm where I bravely fought a demonic bunny. After killing the rabbit, I discovered it had a lucky rabbit's foot on its corpse (and presumably, three unlucky rabbit's feet). Thus began my repeated attempts to acquire this lucky rabbit foot from this rabbit corpse. It was a reminder of just how rusty I am at text adventures, and how damn finicky text-based games can be.

Click the image below to enlarge it and read The Quest Of Trying To Pick Up A Foot. (And by the way, as I later learned after reading a walkthrough, the phrase I was looking for was 'get all from corpse'.)

Christopher Livingston

Chris started playing PC games in the 1980s, started writing about them in the early 2000s, and (finally) started getting paid to write about them in the late 2000s. Following a few years as a regular freelancer, PC Gamer hired him in 2014, probably so he'd stop emailing them asking for more work. Chris has a love-hate relationship with survival games and an unhealthy fascination with the inner lives of NPCs. He's also a fan of offbeat simulation games, mods, and ignoring storylines in RPGs so he can make up his own.