John Rescigno and I have no idea when the MUD/MUSH we started, TinyTIM, was actually “started”. We were certainly screwing around with the MUD program in late February and early March of 1990. We were both college sophmores (he at Clarkson University and I at Emerson College) and we were abusing an open account on the MIT AI Lab’s machine. A few years after we founded it, we decided to make, arbitrarily, March 18th 1990 the official “birthday” of this game.
It’s still around, 18 years later. It’s been though a half-dozen cities and many machines, and has been a lifetime of experience crushed into a simple C program.
It’s still up if you telnet to yay.tim.org port 5440. Someday, I will write about that place and all that happened. Not everyone will be happy when I do. But until that dark day, let’s focus on the good parts. So many friendships, so much love, so much greatness out of something that calls itself a game.
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