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  • noun A database written in MUDDL which used to run on the MUD1 interpreter at Essex University. Rock was the first such database to be written independently of the authors of MUD1, using only the shell of basic commands provided. Its 100-room scenario was the 'Fraggle Rock' TV puppet show, augmented with some rather inventive weaponry that stretched MUDDL to its limits. It inspired the creation of several other games in MUDDL, most notably Mist.

    Rock was written by Phil Fox in 1983 and enjoyed perhaps 18 months of use until it was lost for several years. However, an ancient back-up tape (yes, tape!) was eventually found, whereupon it returned to life until Essex University's DEC-10 was switched off in early 1991.

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