The Mud Connector

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The Mud Connector
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Type of site
Computer gaming website
Owner Andrew Cowan
Created by Andrew Cowan
Registration Optional and free
Launched January 8, 1995

The Mud Connector, abbreviated TMC, is a computer gaming web site which provides articles, discussions, reviews, resource links and game listings about MUDs.[1] The site allows MUD owners, administrators and enthusiasts to submit information and reviews about specific MUDs.[2][3] Richard Bartle has recognized the site as containing over 1000 MUD listings,[4] while the NY Times and America Online have recognized the site for its virtual communities suitable for children.[5][6] The Mud Connector website has been referenced in over 50 print publications[7] and has received over 50 research citations.[8] The Mud Companion magazine discussed the Mud Connector in some of its articles,[9] and one issue dedicated an entire article to the subject of using the Mud Connector to find the right MUD.[10]


The Mud Connector website was founded on January 8, 1995, by Andrew Cowan and was hosted on the University of North Carolina at Greensboro mathematics department graduate assistants' Linux server.[11] Shortly after the website was created it was believed lost due to a fatal hard disk crash and poor backup preparations; however, within a few months the webpage was found in a Netscape cache file and restored.[12] Initial MUD data was gathered via frequent requests made on Usenet newsgroups such as inviting MUD administrators to submit their muds to the TMC database. Over time the Usenet postings were phased out and TMC outgrew the capabilities of its host, eventually moving to a dedicated server.[13]


TMC has won a variety of awards,[14] including the Britannica Internet Guide Award for Feb, 2000, PCGAME.COM Killer Site of the Day for October 1, 1997, and FidoCon II Best Text-Based Online Community for 2007.


  1. ^ Towers, J. Tarin; Badertscher, Ken; Cunningham, Wayne; Buskirk, Laura (1996). Yahoo! Wild Web Rides. IDG Books Worldwide Inc. p. 138. ISBN 0-7645-7003-X. The MUD Connector at has just about everything you could possibly need to get on a MUD. It has MUD-related links to FAQs, newsgroups and clients; as well as player discussions and forums about different MUDs. This site also has a listing of over 500 MUDs, with pretty useful descriptions of what you can expect to find on most games. You can even click on the MUD or home page you'd like to see and link right to it. If you're shopping for a new MUD and aren't sure what you're looking for, this is the place to park it. We're talking big time bookmark material here. 
  2. ^ Pantuso, Joe (1996). The Complete Internet Gamer. John Wiley & Sons. p. 115. ISBN 0471137871. The Mud Connector has, at the time of this writing, links to 205 active Muds. The Muds are reviewed periodically, so there are few dead links. What sets this site apart from some of the other Mud link connections listed here is that each link includes the name of the Mud, the kind of code it is based on (nice for developers), the telnet address written out, an active hyperlink to the telnet site and Web home page if one exists, and a short but useful description of the Mud. The list is alphabetized and broken into four sections for easy loading. There are also forms for submitting your Mud to the list. There is even a page for dead links in case you want to see what has gone before. 
  3. ^ Condon, William; Butler, Wayne (1997). Writing the Information Superhighway. Longman. p. 306. ISBN 020519575X. "The Mud Connector" is a complete on-line service designed to provide the most up-to-date listings of registered Multiuser on-line games. Every entry lists the site of the game, the base code used, descriptions of the game as submitted by the administrators, links to WWW homepages (when available), and Telnet links to the game. 
  4. ^ McClellan, Jim (1999-01-28). "Mind game in the MUD". Guardian Unlimited. 
  5. ^ Slatalla, Michelle (1998-02-26). "Computing; Parents' Dilemma: A Child's Own PC?". New York Times. 
  6. ^ Peal, David (1998). America Online Official Internet Guide. Mcgraw-Hill Osborne Media. p. 396. ISBN 0078825164. At the excellent MudConnector Web site (littp://, you will find a huge amount of information about MUDs, as well as direct links to just about all of them. Its list of MUDs includes every variety, from aggressive galaxies to peaceable kingdoms, from Age of Dragons to New Age. Particularly useful are the plain-English MUD categories, which allow you to link to MUDs that are Educational, Safe for Children, Research Oriented, or Newbie Friendly, for example. Or, choose a theme such as Cyberpunk, Medieval Fantasy, Science Fiction, Star Wars, or Tolkien. 
  7. ^ Google Book Search. 
  8. ^ "Google Scholar". 
  9. ^ John Bellone (March 2002). "So you want to be a coder, eh?". The Mud Companion (3): 28. ISSN 1499-1071. There are good resources on the Internet that deal with codebases, one of which is the Mud Connector ... The Mud Connector has a lot of great information 
  10. ^ Michael Tresca (Winter 2001). "An interface only a mother could love". The Mud Companion (2): 42. ISSN 1499-1071. Take a look at the latest MUDs (, and you'll see there are a lot to choose from. In fact, there are too many to choose from; 1,795 when this article was written. The good news: it's fairly easy to distinguish the good MUDs from the bad MUDs. The bad news: there are a LOT of bad MUDs. It's just a matter of sorting through the chaff and finding the MUD that's right for you. Got your notepad open? Good! ..." 
  11. ^ Cowan, Andrew (1995-01-08). "WWW Mud Connector". 
  12. ^ Cowan, Andrew (1995-03-29). "WWW Mud Connector is back!". 
  13. ^ Cowan, Andrew (1996-08-19). "The MUD Connector (mudlist)". 
  14. ^ "Acknowledgements". The Mud Connector. 

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