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Intermud / *i4 to be decommissioned
« on: December 21, 2020, 10:17:14 am »
If you are using the *i4 router, please switch to *dalet, or one of the other routers in the sticky router list.

*i4 will be decommissioned without further warning

Name: *dalet
Port: 8787
Location: Newark, NJ, USA
Maintainer: Cratylus@Dead Souls Dev

router list:

General / is back! Again!
« on: March 14, 2020, 05:46:54 pm »
As some folks noticed, there was another pretty prolonged outage of the forum. This was due to a very heavy travel schedule, and not having had time to fix a hosting problem.

Please let me know if I've goofed in restoring things. As always, please remember to be courteous and helpful. Please note that Adam is your day to day overlord...I just keep the lights on.

General / is back!
« on: April 25, 2017, 05:21:14 am »
As some folks noticed, there was a pretty prolonged outage of the forum. This was due to me screwing up something, and then not getting around to fix it, for quite a while. My bad, guys.

The good news is that Adam pestered me viciously enough to make me find the time to fix it, so we're back. And as his punishment, I'll be making Adam a moderator here since I clearly don't have the time to do it all myself.

In order to avoid a SPOF like this on intermud, I will probably have Adam run an IRN network node (if I can remember how my code even works) too. We'll make another separate announcement or two as that effort limps underway.

For those that are curious, the time drain came from moving to Europe from USA, and the resulting family/life/work balancing act was such that mud stuff just didn't make much of the cut. On the other hand, it's been a pretty fun adventure. Who knew you could get so much XP IRL? :)

Dead Souls Support / Dead Souls Maintenance
« on: September 25, 2014, 07:36:11 am »
The site will be periodically down over the next 48 hours as I perform various tedious and overdue maintenance tasks.

If I do not survive the experience, please note that Kalinash will be your new overlord, and it was a pleasure knowing you all.


Intermud / Comments from Greg Stein
« on: July 21, 2013, 12:17:42 pm »
The legendarily hard-to-grab Greg Stein responded to an email from me. I'm confident he's ok with me posting most of the email, but juuust in case, I'm redacting some stuff which I think might be too personal without an explicit approval.

Quote from: Greg Stein

To respond to a very old thread... :-P

Somebody just asked me about MUD stuff, and I pointed him your way. Found this old thread.

See below:

On Jan 7, 2010 8:31 AM, <cratylus[REDACTED]> wrote:

> 1) Why did the *gjs router one day vanish completely and forever?

It was hosted on a server at my house. I [REDACTED] and moved out... down it went. I hadn't done anything with it in years, and it was way low on my priorities at the time.

> 2) There's a guy who says he got *gjs code from you. Are you ok with him distributing it?
> See the discussion at:

Late, but sure. It's some old MudOS code (iirc). We looked at porting to Python, but didn't get far.

> 3) If you *are* ok with it, and you have *gjs code from a more recent
> era, closer to 2006, it would be awesome to have that available instead/as well.

That would be on a hard-drive sitting in a stack. I've got about ten to go thru one day, but that won't be any time soon. I doubt the code diverged much, and that was a long time ago anyways.


Intermud / Intermud-3 router status
« on: July 20, 2013, 09:57:29 am »
*i4 is experiencing some trouble, probably a result of being pretty old code. I will be updating it today.

*i4 in general has some inconvenience for me. *dalet will be considered the primary Intermud-3 router. Please switch to *dalet at your earliest convenience.

Switch to *dalet today to avoid service interruptions while I update *i4 (no estimate at this time for how long *i4 will be down).

Router name: *dalet
Port: 8787

For more info, see


General / back up
« on: October 06, 2012, 04:56:35 pm »
Thanks for your patience, everyone. I owe you an explanation why the site has been down so long.

My web host for has been Wolfpaw and for six years, they (specifically Dale), have been responsive, attentive, helpful, and just all-around a delight. I think we've had maybe a day or two downtime on due to hosting issues in all those six years before this. When the server went down I sent Dale an email, and I figured it would get straightened out that day or the next.

Unfortunately it didn't, and unfortunately I then had to travel overseas for work, which made it super hard to devote the necessary attention to bring the site up somewhere else.

So finally after a long week of not being able to sneak unix admin time in at work (the office I'm at breaks ssh, and yes, I tried many workarounds) and not having the brainpower to get the job done after work, today I finally sat down in a backpacker bar (don't ask) and used their wifi to ssh out and set up on a DB and webserver running on my VPS, using the most recent SQL dump from the old DB.

I did nighly backups, so I'd be very surprised if anything was lost.

It's been a long time and I don't have a response back from Dale. Part of my wait was also a fervent wish that he'd just fix it. I don't know why it's down at this point, and I really don't want people to assume ill will, bad faith, or anything negative on Dale's part at this point. I really just don't know what's going on, and neither do you, and for all we know there's some tragedy going on that we all just need to respect. Let's just wait and see what shakes out from that.

In the meantime, please accept my heartfelt apologies for the downtime. You guys know how devoted I am to the community, and I hope you understand now a little why it took so long to get this thing back up, and I hope you're not worried this is evidence of Yet Another Dying Part of's just a freak incident in the 6 year history of the ite that hopefully won't happen again.


Dead Souls Support / CreWeb fix
« on: January 30, 2012, 08:14:14 pm »
Firefox at some point got strict in its content type standards adherence, and the DS web server still does things the old way.

Until I get around to a new release, you can fix it by replacing your /secure/lib/net/http.c with this one and updating it:


Open Chat / i3 steam group
« on: August 01, 2011, 07:42:58 pm »
So some of the guys on intermud3 decided it might be fun to play some Steam games together. Look for i3hoolifans and join us if that tickles your fancy. At the moment we're goofing around with a dedicated Dino D-Day server Marajin set up, tho there seems to be some talk about L4D2 too.


Dead Souls Support / DSD uptime
« on: July 24, 2011, 08:26:29 pm »
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Dead Souls Dev has been up for 52w 4m 5s.
20:16:29 Dead Souls Dev /realms/cratylus >


And thats with dozens if not hundreds of random auto-wizzed people logging in doing whatever suits them.



General / administration
« on: July 17, 2011, 07:03:02 pm »
Folks, as you know I've been getting sucked into RL more and more lately, making it hard even to do routine things like get to registration requests in a timely manner.

Kalinash has stepped up to the plate and will be joining me as admin for this site.

Please feel free henceforth to contact either one of us (or both) to satisfy your adminish cravings.


General / LPMuds Admin note on new registrations
« on: June 25, 2011, 02:13:38 pm »
Heya folks, in the past couple of weeks this site has been getting hosed down with hundreds of spam registration attempts per day.

Unfortunately I'm so busy at work right now that I won't have time to investigate and install countermeasures for the short term.

Eventually we'll have some maintenance and we'll be back up with nifty new counterspam, but for this week I'm disabling new registrations.

If you tried to register and never got approved, or if you are a new user that wants to register, send me an email. My email name should be easy
to figure out, and I have an email address at comcast dot net.

General / Ban everybody!
« on: November 21, 2010, 04:10:38 pm »
This message is a few weeks late, but better late than never.

A while back I was going over new users, banning obvious spam, and I must have been more
tired than I realized...I wound up banning everyone with a hotmail address!

Anyway, I think I fixed it back then, but I figured I'd mention it so folks know what that startling "you're banned" message was about.

In other news, yes, it does take me forever to approve people..I try to check every day but sifting through spammers is such a chore I have to set aside time for it and so sometimes it takes a few days to approve new people.

Hopefully an eventual site software upgrade will make it less of a chore, but don't hold your breath...finding time for that is also nontrivial :)


Intermud / New intermud logging page
« on: August 24, 2010, 12:13:12 pm »
Folks who used Tricky's old log page sorely miss it, and it's been a struggle to just get through
each day bearing that grief. DavidHaley has come to our aid, though, and set up a page to
log the intermud goings-on.

It's still in the testing phase, and more features will eventually show up, but here's
a preview of its basic being-there-ness:


Intermud / MOVED: Original Intermud 3 router source code
« on: January 06, 2010, 09:01:16 am »

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