Q: How do I find out who else is playing?
A: The WHO command gives a list of current players, including yourself. Most
people use a shorter version, QW (or "quick who"), which cuts out most of the
padding. There's a SQW ("super-quick who") that reduces the output even
more, but it tends to be too slimmed-down for most people.
It may be that you do a WHO and the only name you see on the list is your
own! Since MUD is supposed to be a multi-user game, that may surprise you.
There are three explanations:
- There could be some people missing from the list because they're invisible
at the time. If you receive a message from the game at any time referring to
someone, it means you can't see them.
- There will usually be wizards and witches who are in the game, but they
aren't on the list because they don't choose to be. If you receive a message
from the game referring to someone powerful, it's a wiz (someone very
powerful is an arch-wiz!).
- Yours may be the only name on the list because you are the only person
actually playing! This can happen because of the time of day (eg. the middle
of the night when everyone is in bed, or the middle of the morning when
everyone is at work and phone calls are at their most expensive) or because
there's some major attraction elsewhere that's drawing people away (the FA
cup final, a royal wedding, an atomic power station meltdown) or because
as soon as everyone saw you coming they left (change your deodorant). Another
possibility is that the game hasn't been advertised enough, and that you're
the only person who knows about it. Still, that's nothing that the investment
of a few hundred million pounds won't fix!