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Summary Finding a MUD server host.
Question I don't have a permanent Internet connection. How can I run a MUD server?

There are a number of companies that provide time and space on their own equipment for people to run MUDs. An example of this is http://www.mudservices.com. They have (at the time of writing this) 39 machines, connected to the Web by a 100 megabit fibre optic link. They have various ranges of service and prices, from $25 per month to $165 per month, plus setup fees. These figures are accurate as at January 1999, but may change in the future.

Such providers generally use Unix, so you would need to use a Unix-based MUD on them. For your fee, you will generally get:

  • Disk space for holding your MUD files
  • Swap space reserved for you
  • Memory space reserved for you
  • A certain number of ports (building ports, playing ports)
  • A certain number of simultaneous connections (players)
  • FTP access (for uploading new files)
  • Telnet access (for system maintenance)
  • Support for domain names to point to your MUD
  • Web site support

The quantity of each varies by fee. Ie. the more you pay, the more disk, memory, allowable players, etc. you can have.

For a list of such sites, try looking at: http://lost.strange.com/mush/hosts.shtml

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