Messaging Clients

There has always been a lot of controversy surrounding whether people on MUDs should or should not being using clients like AIM, ICQ, MSN etc. with other players of the game. While we won’t pass judgment, we will give you a list of the pros and cons of using them, and let you make your own choices.

The Good

You can form long lasting friendships (and even romantic relationships sometimes) with people you meet on the game. While not everyone you meet is going to be “friend” material (maybe arch nemesis), there are plenty of charming people that would love to hear stories about your pets or why you hate peas so much. We encourage you to make friends, but also caution you to be careful with personal info, as always.

You can set up families, friends, and enemies before creation and make sure everyone is on the same page with things. It is not against the rules to create a set of twins, or best friends at the same time, and logic stands that you would at least know something of each others past. While once you create you cannot share OOC info of things that happen in the game without discussing it ICly, it helps some people jump off with good RP to have an enriched background.

It’s always fun to reminisce about times long past and talk about the “good ole days” with someone who played “way back when”. You can find out about stories and subplots you never even knew existed (and since it’s been so long, don’t really matter anymore if you know or not). It can be a rewarding experience chatting with someone who used to be your right hand man or even your arch nemesis.

Its simpler to have your conversations in a separate window rather than jumble up your Valindir window with tells and gtells. If you’re walking, fighting or just in a really detailed RP, it’s much easier to have your OOC conversations in a separate window where you can read and respond at your convenience.

The Bad

Unfortunately, not everyone who wants your client name wants to be friends. Some people will abuse the clients and harass players, as it only takes a few minutes to create a new name and alias to bother people. There has been more than one occasion where screen names have been blocked because of hateful speech and sniping language.

While some people may act friendly to your face, they may have your screen name for other purposes. One of the most common uses is to track online time and match it up with characters on the Who List. There has been more than one instance where someone played a secret alt and was found out because of their messenger.

Because everyone can have a client within two minutes, its more than likely that nearly everyone on the MUD will have some form of instant messaging at their fingertips. Your friend whom you tell your super secret IC storyline to may be friends with someone who you may not want to know about it. It’s very easy to pass around info, as all it takes is a simple copy paste, so keep in mind, just because you aren’t friends with them, doesn’t mean it won’t make it back to them.

The Ugly

Even a messaging client can place you in unneeded danger if you share personal information. Giving your full name, state, city, phone number etc. can result in a lot of annoyance or serious danger. As members of the Staff can tell you, info like that tends to get passed around, and random people have called phones at 4am or showed up at a doorstep, just to say hi.


Posted March 12, 2012 by Evoru

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