- noun The incarnation of MUD1 on the CompuNet network in
the UK, the first commercial MUA in the world. Although an
identical version 3A to Essex MUD,
CompuNet MUD was
characterised by bad game management which led to poor morale,
plodders as wizzes, permanent hacking and slaying, and general
all-round chaos. It ran from late 1984 until 1987, when
CompuNet abandoned the DEC-10 platform they were using.
Historical note: Compunet rented time on DEC-10 mainframes
for their system (which was for Commodore users only), and
at one point it looked like they might begin to make a
dent in Prestel's mighty user base. It all fell apart, though,
mainly because renting time on DEC-10s was astronomical in
price, although the number of modem-owning Commodore owners
was a severely limiting factor, too.