Who is online
Way of the Force is connected to the public Intermud 3 network, a network between a large number of muds. Intermud 3 allows you to send tells to people on another mud, to chat on comms channels shared with other muds, and in some cases, to send mail to people on another mud.
What is it?
Intermud 3 is first of all of interest to coders and builders, it provides a good way to exchange ideas and information with coders and builders on other muds.
The Intermud 3 network consists of routers and muds. A router is a bit like a 'server' on the better known messenger networks like MSN or AIM or Jabber. It keeps track of connected muds, and ensures that muds directly connected to it can also talk to muds connected to other routers. Currently there are 3 public routers on our network that are interconnected.
A bit of history
In the old days, there was a router called *gjs, this was the official Intermud 3 router run by intermud.org.
At some point, *gjs became more and more unreliable (going down more and more often). As a result, Cratylus setup his own router to provide a reliable alternative for supporting the Dead Souls mudlib. Then, at a good (or bad) day, *gjs went down (again) to never return, and many muds moved to Cratylus' router. Lots of discussions followed about rules, an alternative to *yatmim was created in the form of *adsr (also known as Arren's router). People started talking about connecting *adsr and *yatmim, but this never worked out in practise.
Over time, the *i4 router was added as a replacement of *yatmim, and the first practical I3 inter router network was created.
Later, *dalet got added, and support for imc2 clients was added to *dalet and *i4. *yatmim has been removed from the network.
Both *i4 and *dalet are run by Cratylus, and he has done a very good job at running those and developing the irn protocol into something practical. Recently, it became desirable to add yet another router because *yatmim has become unreliable, and *i4 needs a backup.
In October 2008, *wpr was added to the Intermud 3 network, this router is run by Way of the Force, and as such is not under Cratylus' direct control. It is hosted in Europe (sitting on top of the AMSIX, so generally it has very good connectivity).
While this router is not controlled by Cratylus, it connects to the same network, shares the same channels, and as a result, the same rules are enforced.
In February 2018, the router *Kelly got added to the network, it is controlled by firstname.lastname@example.org, and shares the same channels and rules and all.
The *adsr router is no longer available, and word has it will not return ever.
You need a mud with an Intermud 3 client to connect to any of the routers. Many public lpmud based mudlibs do include at least some support for this.
The following I3 routers can be used to connect to the 'lpmuds.net'
Internet 3 network:
Technical info on the I3 protocol
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