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Materia Magica and the Lost Scripts

So I have been playing a MUD named Materia Magica off and on for several years now.  Well, basically since the start end of middle school / start of high school when I got my first PC (my very own that I built with my own two hands).  And I started off using zMud since it was one of the best know windows MUD clients at the time , still is actually.  I had some basic scripts for that client.  Simple things that would automatically get a water-skin from a bag and drink it when it saw the text “You are thirsty”.  It was fairly easy to set up these Triggers as they are called.  And I had a few macro’s for automatically talking on the different channels in the MUD (formation talk, say, Yell, shout, dream) but I never got into the more hardcore stuff.  And after many years of playing and growing as I have in what OS’s I run, I needed to broaden my horizons for a Linux client.  Something awesome that would let me script some complex things but still be easy to use.  So after a lot of searching I found Tiny Fugue (tf for short).  Its a light weight client that has a robust scripting language and can be run via screen which is awesome.  This meant I could install it on one of my servers and setups a screen session and just let it run.  I could stay connected with a keep alive script if I needed to idle in game for a bit.  Not to be abused mind you but when you have been camping the top floor of the Verity for 2 hours waiting for an angle to spawn so you can kill for the courage mark, you don’t want to let that slip away because you timed out while making a sandwich.  And all of this was lost when I suffered a double drive failure on my web-server where I was running tf from.  And of course I didn’t back any of it up.  That would of been responsible.  So I have slowly been rebuilding my script directory.  Most of it consists of the same time consuming searching of old forums related to MUDs or trying to pick apart code from scripts made by other people in other MUDs.  I did catch a  break in one respect.  Several months ago I wanted to see how my old clan was doing so while at work I searched and found thier forums.  And it turns out I had posted several of my scripts there.  Most importantly was my ship sailing script with some automated actions like equipping the title to your ship when you board it and several macros for listing/creating ship marks.  And all sailing can be done with the numpad.  This means I can kill pirates with less risk of doing something stupid or misspelling a command at a vital moment in the fight.

So anyway.  Most of my current scripts are either entirely someone elses or someone made something I liked and I cut it apart to suit me needs.  So I will eventually post my sailing script and any others I make once I get all the kinks worked out.

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