I spent many years looking for the perfect online game for me and I didn’t think I’d find it in a wall of white text. It’s a classic text-based multiplayer fantasy game from the ‘80s that actually gives your “toon” the chance to play their role — the added bonus? Most games are free to play. It’s all I ever wanted.
Among the many multi-user dungeons (MUDs) that still exist today, GenesisMUD, lovechild to a group of Swedish college students in Chalmers University, stands out for being the very first LPMud. “LP” stands for Lars Pensjö, the original author of the LPC programming language, and one of the game’s founders. To pay homage to him, the game also features him as the omnipotent: someone who welcomes toons upon character creation and reincarnates them after every death.