In the early days of the internet, there were text-based RPGs. And in spite of big-budget MMOs, Genesis LPMud is making a comeback.
Genesis LPMud is one of the oldest online multiplayer games in the world: It’s been running for nearly 30 years. But six years ago it almost came to an end. This is the story of how an enthusiastic cadre of fans rallied to save it from extinction. MUD ( Multi-User Dungeon) was created by Roy Trubshaw and Richard Bartle at the University of Essex. It was a text-based fantasy adventure that multiple users could play over the university’s network. The first version was made in 1978, but in 1980 the university connected to ARPANET, the precursor to the internet, and MUD became the first online multiplayer RPG.