- noun A database written in MUDDL, popular at Essex
University from its inception at Christmas 1987 until the
DEC-10 upon which it ran was switched off 3 years later. Mist
was an incredibly anarchic, entertaining and breakneck game:
personae rarely lasted longer than half an hour before meeting
with some heroic demise (it allowed the berserk command), but
this didn't stop the players from having bundles of fun!
The game itself conspired in the permanent atmosphere of
hack and slay, with suitably unfair puzzles and impressively dangerous
weapons. It was, nevertheless, possible to make wiz in an
evening, for those who could survive that long.
Historical note: Mist was written by several undergraduates at Essex
University, all avid players of MUD1. It was subsequently added to by other players, internal and
external, until eventually there were around 20 or more
people who could claim to have contributed significantly to its code,
primarily David Barham, Paul Goodjohn, John Medhurst, Dave Morris, Shaun
Plumb, Paul Friday, Michael Lawrie, Bret Giddings, Richard Thombs, Adam Bird,
Simon Smith and (for the core MUDDL libraries, which
it shared with the MUD1 database) Richard Bartle. The general historical
verdict on Mist is that it was of unparalleled bloodthirstiness, but highly
original and inspired, with some excellent puzzles. See also Rock.