Simulation Participant Requirements
A Simulation Participant interacts directly with the context of a MUDzilla simulation,
taking on the various roles created by the Simulation Administrator. To join a MUDzilla simulation,
a participant creates an avatar, a MUDzilla term which defines not only the role
the participant fills, but the unique spark of life the participant brings to the simulation.
The exact requirements for a simulation particpant depends on the user interface selected by Simulation Administrator,
and can be expressed generally as follows:
- For text-based simulations, a particpant uses a TELNET client, which is readily available on
most computer platforms, from personal computers to mainframes. While text-based interfaces are
limited visually, they make the simulation available to widest possible audience, given TELNET's broad coverage.
- For hybrid simulations, where a command-line interface is combined with the world wide web, the
participant needs only a web browser to participate fully within a simulation. An example of such
a simulation interface can be found by browsing The Monastery of Ages Web Client Demonstration.
- For graphics-only simulations, the particpant will require a web browser outfitted with the necessary
plug-ins, as specified by the Simulation Administrator. While visually appealing,
graphics-only simulations require resources which may not be available to all potential participants,
and includes variables such as the participant's hardware, operating system, web browser, and network bandwidth.
The participant interface for MUDzilla can range from a text-only environment exclusive of the world wide web to
a web-based, graphics-only environment using all the latest multimedia presentation facilities. The exact look and feel of the
participant interface is solely dependent upon the vision of the Simulation Administrator.