Alter Aeon FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
FAQ 13.1 - What does it take to start and run a mud?
At the very least, you should have no life. However, here are some other
things you should have or be familiar with before you start to make your
1) You should know a programming language, preferrably C, C++, or LPC.
Java and visual basic will probably not be sufficient.
2) You should understand the concept of memory management.
3) You should know basic unix commands, and be able to function in a
4) You should know how to run gcc, and how to use a makefile.
5) You should not be using windows to run or program your mud. This
includes Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows
2000, and Windows NT. These are all totally inappropriate for
running a mud.
6) If you intend to make your mud open to the public, you should have
a dedicated connection for it. A cable modem would work for small
numbers of users, and for larger muds you can buy server space from
one of the many mud hosting companies.
If you lack these things, your life will be difficult, and it is quite
likely that you will fail. It is likely that you will fail anyway -
running a mud is a very large, time consuming project.