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MUDzilla Test Drive 1.0 Beta FREE

The MUDzilla Test Drive 1.0 Beta allows you to examine all aspects of creating and maintaining MUDzilla simulations before you buy the product. The only restriction imposed by the MUDzilla Test Drive 1.0 Beta is a maximum simulation size of 100 rooms. As with any beta version of a software product, you download and operate the MUDzilla Test Drive 1.0 Beta completely at your own risk.

MUDzilla Simulation System 1,0 The MUDzilla Simulation System 1.0 $99.00 US

The MUDzilla Simulation System 1.0 allows you to create and manage simulations of virtually any size and complexity, limited only by your imagination, and your available computing resources. With your Mudzilla Simulation System you will receive:

  • Five applications written for Microsoft Windows NT/2000:
  • A working simulation database with over 600 events representing the core of MUDzilla.

  • A sample web client to illustrate how to implement a web-based participant interface.

  • Detailed HTML-based help manuals derived and maintained by the MUDzilla Simulation System.
  • An Avatar of The Monastery of Ages, our very first MUDzilla simulation. As a participant in TMOA, you will have a front-row seat on what this software can do for you!

  • Preferential assistance in dealing with issues or anomalies regarding the software and its use.

  • 25 concurrent simulation participant licenses. Each additional license is $25.00 US.

MUDzilla Developer Package 1.0 MUDzilla Developer Package 1.0 Per Contract

In addition to all the features of the MUDzilla Simulation System, the MUDzilla Developer Package includes the following:

  • Delphi Object PASCAL source code for all executable modules.

  • Ability to create or modify class definitions using the Object Profiler.

  • Ability to create custom time systems at the Object PASCAL code level.

  • Complete MUDzilla API documentation.

  • Detailed MUDzilla architectural documents.

  • Access to the MUDzilla Developer Library, an on-line forum for serious MUDzilla developers.
  • Unlimited concurrent simulation participant licenses.

The MUDzilla Developer Package 1.0 is designed for hard-core Delphi programmers who wish to extend MUDzilla to include custom features, or to enhance existing simulation elements. The only restriction to owning this package is that you may not resell any part of MUDzilla in any form, including executables derived from any part of a MUDzilla source code module, enhanced or otherwise. Contracts for the MUDzilla Developer Package 1.0 are customized to meet individual need. For more information, please e-mail us.
   

System Requirements
To manage a MUDzilla simulation of any size, you will need three critical pieces of hardware: a server, a workstation, and a data network connecting them together. How well your MUDzilla simulation performs depends on the strength of the hardware you select. What follows are the minimum recommended specifications needed to operate any MUDzilla simulation.

Simulation Server Simulation Server Requirements

The Simulation Server is responsible for operating an active MUDzilla simulation using the Event Driver software. Minimum requirements:

  • 600MHz of CPU power, dual processor recommended.

  • 256 MB of memory.

  • 500 MB of disk storage. Base server installation: 50MB.

  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 (Service Pack 4 or higher), or Windows 2000 Server.

  • Network interface adapter, 10 Mbps minimum bandwidth, 100 Mbps recommended.

  • A static Internet Protocol (IP) address.
  • Web server software (HTTP) which supports the CGI-BIN or WIN-CGI interface. MUDzilla has been tested with the following web servers:

Simulation Workstation Simulation Workstation Requirements

The Simulation Workstation is responsible for creating and managing MUDzilla simulations using the Object Editor software. Minimum requirements:

  • 600MHz of CPU power, dual processor recommended.

  • 256 MB of memory.

  • Less than 5 MB of disk storage.

  • Microsoft Windows 9x, ME, NT Workstation (4.0 Service Pack 4 or higher), or Windows 2000 Professional.

  • Network interface adapter, 10 Mbps minimum bandwidth, 100 Mbps recommended.

  • A static Internet Protocol (IP) address.

Simulation Network Simulation Network Requirements

The Simulation Network is responsible for connecting the server and workstation together, along with providing a presence for the simulation on the Internet. Minimum requirements:

  • 10 Mbps local minimum bandwidth, 100 Mbps recommended.

  • T1, DSL, or Cable Modem connection to the Internet.

  • Must pass the Internet Protocol (IP).

  • Must allow TCP traffic on two user-defined ports (2711 and 3162 by default).

Simulation Administrator Simulation Administrator Requirements

The Simulation Administrator represents the roles of creator, designer, and system operator for any MUDzilla simulation. To be minimally effective in these roles, a Simulation Administrator can expect to possess the following:

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. Because the Multiverse is such an unimaginably large place, the role of Simulation Administrator is typically filled by numerous individuals with various skill sets, which may overlap to meet the minimum requirements listed above. For large simulations, this division of labor could be formalized, and our experience indicates the following overlapping roles of the Simulation Administrator:
  • Designers: Responsible for creating and maintaining simulation content without necessarily interacting directly with either the Windows applications of MUDzilla, or even the simulation directly. Creation is the primary role of a designer.
  • Coders: Responsible for using both the Windows applications of MUDzilla and the simulation's participant interface to take the ideas of the designer and translate them into working simulation elements.
  • System Operators: Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the underlying hardware and software upon which the simulation is based.
  • Loremasters: Responsible for ensuring the continuity of the simulation over the long haul through committed participation in the simulation.
  • Participants: Once a simulation is active, participant involvement becomes center stage. Indeed, without participants, the simulation would remain simply an edification for its administrators. A MUDzilla simulation constantly monitors participant action in an effort to better understand itself, such that future representations follow some cause-and-effect chain, even if it seems totally chaotic to the participant. Where administrators create possible futures, participants create history.

Simulation Participant 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.

   

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