is a MUCK? [top]
A MUCK is a variation of a MU* - a text based user environment.
A talker, a place to socialize and role-play. Forums like
this one have existed for more than a decade, the oldest
MUCKs having been around that long. Some claim it means
Multi-User Chat Kingdom or Character Kingdom, but there
are those who believe it doesn't stand for anything, but
is called a MUCK since there are opportunities for user-based
code, so you can 'muck' around with the game.
It's unlike IRC or other strictly-chat protocols because
there are rooms, usually connected together, and put together
in much the same way as a city or country. You can interact
with rooms, objects, and develop a character that has certain
attributes completely foreign to IRC and other line text
is a MUCK client? [top]
A client is a program designed to help you connect to the
MUCK server and make it easier for you to interact with the
game than it would be to use raw telnet. Many clients have
color-coding, command history, macro capabilities and other
enhancements that make using a MUCK much easier and more intuitive.
MUCK clients exist for all major operating environments.
MUCK client is best? [top]
There are a number of clients available, many you can locate
with a search engine or on our Links Page. Some are shareware,
some are freeware. Which one is best for you largely depends
on your tastes, computer skills, and pocketbook. Here's
a short list just to get you started:
-Freeware (win32) Download from our server
Freeware (Win 3.x and win32 client)
Shareware (win32 client)
Shareware (Mac client) Please keep in mind that as of
OSX+, any POSIX compatible MU* client, such as TinyFuge,
will work nicely.
Shareware (win32) Considered by many to be one of the
best MU* clients around
Freeware (UNIX client) Ported to most other OS platforms
I really need a MUCK client? [top]
No, not technically, but using raw telnet can be a bit confusing.
If you're typing in information to the MUCK and lines of text
are sent to you, things can get a bit garbled. A MUCK client
will help prevent that from happening. Also, some telnet sessions
disable certain keys like the arrow keys, making it more difficult
to revise written text without being familiar with the telnet
program. Raw telnet is far from ideal, but that doesn't mean
with a little patience and learning it can't be as effective.
do I move, say, page, etc. in a MUCK? [top]
Command help can be obtained by connecting to Le Jardin
either as a guest or a character and typing "help"
(without quotes). Here's some basics, however, to get you
started. (NOTE: <text>
indicates variables you input. Do not include the < or
> signs when typing the command. Commands separated with
a ";" are indicative of synonymous commands.)
--Move in that direction (i.e. North, South, East West,
Up Down, etc.)
get/take <thing>; drop/throw
look; look <thing>; look <direction>; l <direction>
say <message>; "<message>
--Shows your name, with the message after it. Used for actions.
(i.e. player Pervis types, ":laughs" (without
quotes), this translates so others see, "Pervis laughs")
whisper <player> = <message>
--Whisper only to that player, similar to the page command
the news files main menu
--This has been deprecated for the far superior editplayer
--Tell player that you are looking for them
page <player> = <message>
--Gives the player the message long-distance
--Complain to the management.
home --Go home,
but you will lose anything you are carrying. Recommend the
command gohome (below)
gohome --Go home,
but keep everything you are carrying
QUIT --Quit the
WHO --See who
where --See where
people are and what they're doing in the MUCK
can get more specific command help by typing "help
<subject>" (without quotes). The following
is a list of commands available for specific help information:
gripe, look, page, score, examine, help, move, QUIT,
take, get, home, news, read, throw, give, inventory,
outputprefix, rob, whisper, go, kill, outputsuffix,
Most of the character information can be set using the "editplayer"
command (without quotes). This is a very useful tool.
Some other common help commands:
Still more help can be obtained simply by asking wizards,
helpstaff, and other players. We were all new to this at
one time or another, so feel free to ask. You can also practice
by yourself in a room until the commands become more familiar.
is the address and port number for Le Jardin Mystique MUCK?
Named address: lejardin.org
IP address: 126.96.36.199
port number: 6969
do I connect to Le Jardin Mystique with AOL? [top]
sure you can connect to the Internet via AOL
sure you have a telnet or MUCK client installed (if you
do not have one installed, go to keyword: telnet on AOL.
You will see a large list of available clients under "Internet
Files and Utilities" or "Windows Telecom Files."
To see more of this list, click on "Add More Files"
to see a complete list. Then install using the download
on to AOL and connect to the Internet
NOT MINIMIZE AOL or you will be disconnected form the
Internet after 10 minutes or so (you still need to be
able to see the "remain connected" dialogue
your telnet or MUCK client software
the hostname/port combination as per your client's instructions
(lejardin.org 6969 or lejardin.org:6969) or the IP address/port
combination (188.8.131.52 6969 or 184.108.40.206:6969)
should be all there is to it
you experience problems, make sure AOL in not minimized,
that you still have a connection to the Internet, and that
you used the correct hostname/port combination. If you still
can't connect, wait about five minutes and try again.
Any AOL related connectivity issues or questions can be
answered by going to keyword: HELP, select the "Internet
and World Wide Web" topic, and then click on "Ask
Staff". This will take you to AOL's technical support
staff who can then assist you with your issue.
do I connect to Le Jardin Mystique through my ISP? [top]
With telnet or a MUCK client, use the lejardin.org 6969 or
220.127.116.11 6969 to connect. If you are unsure of where
to put these fields, check in the help menu item that came
with your client or check their website for online documentation
and how-tos. Most clients are very easy to use and you will
only need to be pointed in the right direction to understand
what to do here.
do I connect to Le Jardin Mystique from my Mac? [top]
This will cover one way to connect to Le Jardin with a Mac,
and offer some resource for alternatives.
the menu option "File", click "New"
in lejardin.org in the "address" box (or 18.104.22.168)
and 6969 in the "port" box
the "Connect" button in the main window to connect
to Le Jardin
strongly recommend after you connect to Le Jardin you click
on "Save As" under the "File" menu item
and type in "LeJardin" (as the file name) to save
your configuration. A new Rapscallion icon, "LeJardin"
will be created on your desktop for easy reconnection.
also have the additional option of using NiftyTelnet
(freeware version available) and Savitar.
NiftyTelnet will give you a raw telnet connection while
Savitar will provide you with a full MU* client. Please
note that we have not tested NiftyTelnet or Savitar and
can therefore provide no support for connectivity to Le
Jardin using either of these applications.
just want to connect and have a look around, how do I do that?
Connect to the MUCK, and at the welcome page, type "connect
Guest guest" (without quotes). You'll be connected
to a guest character, which can move around and talk to people,
but has the drawback of not having full user functionality.
do I get my own character? [top]
see the Registration
Page for further details.
can't I use a freemail account? [top]
For legal reasons, meaning that if something goes horribly
awry legally, we might need to be able to establish the actual
people doing the playing. This is made more difficult with
please see the next question.
We don't use or give out any of your personal information,
including your email address. We store it just in case the
database explodes or if we need it for legal reasons. It is
on a secure machine separate from the server for an added
level of protection. For our complete description of your
privacy rights, please visit the complete Privacy
do I do if I've forgotten my password? [top]
Contact a wiz online (as a guest). Verify the email address
you used to register, and the wiz can change your password
and email you the new one. A good idea is to write your password
down somewhere safe, preferably with no identification on
where that password is used, or just try really hard to remember
it. But we all forget certain things, and passwords happen
to be one of them.
I get my own lejardin.org email account? [top]
Users can only get their own <username>@lejardin.org
email account if they become wizards or become helpstaff that
have a specific need for a lejardin.org email address.
there any restrictions on the use of the lejardin.org email
Right now, there are no restrictions regarding the use of
LJM email accounts except those outlined in the AUP and
other Le Jardin guidelines, and we would like to keep it
that way. However, please note the following:
strongly urge against using this account for anything
other than official Le Jardin business, but this will
not be enforced at this time.
currently is no storage quota, but would like each user
of the email system to refrain from using over 5MB of
transfers over 500KB are strongly discouraged except in
extremely protective of your email password, and share
it with no one.
to the proliferation of viruses spreading via email, we
encourage you to get a virus software suite to protect
against sending out viruses via your lejardin.org email
account. If your lejardin.org email account is used in
this manner by a malicious program more than three times,
your email account will be removed permanently and will
not be reinstated.
it comes to using your email account, use common sense.
do I become helpstaff? [top]
If you show proficiency in an area (building, MUF, MPI, player
relations), you can speak to the Head Player Relations Wiz
or a Head Wiz and request being made helpstaff. You will be
interviewed and expected to know the HelpStaff
do I become a wizard? [top]
The Head Wiz(zes) select the wizcorps on a need to have basis.
We keep the wizcorps to a minimum, depending on the needs
of the MUCK. Chances are, if we need one, we keep our eyes
out for people, but you can always apply. We're not always
do I do if I can't connect to the MUCK? [top]
There are a few possibilities here.
sure you are connected to the Internet
check the hostname or IP address plus port number to ensure
they are correct
to see if your client can connect to another MUCK
none of these solves the problem, wait a few minutes (ten
is a good number), and attempt to reconnect. Keep trying
to connect for at least 60 minutes (around six times).
If you still can't connect, send mail to email@example.com.
MUCK seems to be lagging, why? [top]
Sometimes there are periods when Internet usage becomes so
heavy it lags everyone running through certain hops (i.e.
routers). The server we're on has no congestion and plenty
of bandwidth, so chances are, the lag isn't server-based,
but Net-based. Another cause of lag is from clients interacting
with your local machine. On some poorly written clients, memory
usage and resource limits will sometimes cause lag on your
connection. Still another possibility is your ISPs routing
system. If you have had lag issues before, a good first place
to look is your ISP.
MUCK is misinterpreting my commands, why? [top]
Some clients go a little goofy after awhile, especially if
your running a lot of commands or have several open windows.
In other words, some clients are a bit buggy. If your commands
start to become mangled, or you get unexpected output, we
suggest logging off (if possible), or Maybe you're not using
the right commands. You can always type "help" (without
quotes) for help.