NiMUD

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NiMUD is an open source MUD software which originated "online editor" or "online creation" for Dikumud variants.

Written by Herbert E Gilliland III ("Locke") and Christopher "Surreal" Woodward, it was released in 1992 and continues to be developed to this day.

Named for the Assyrian temple at Nimrud, it was a big hit during the American activities in the Persian Gulf, being popular amongst Turkish, Iraqi and Iranian players. It boasts a limitless world-wide appeal and using a translation algorithm, the textual descriptions and events generated by this MUD software are automatically translated into 123 different languages, available worldwide. It also has been integrated into Lyonesse an Italian-language variant.

Known as a more advanced code-based, NiMUD has its own scripting language, and online-creation system.

The "online creation system" was later ported as ILAB/OLC, EnvyOLC and ROMolc and has been included in at least 35 derived works and over 300 active online games.

It is dedicated to Christopher "Surreal" Woodward, its co-author, who died December 13th, 1996 from complications due to an operation on an hour-glass shaped "benign" tumor located in his brain. The cause of this tumor, though speculative, may have involved prolonged exposure to a Cathode-Ray Tube (this was the reason his parents were given during the last few months he was alive). Despite treatment, he was killed by the part of the tumor that could not be removed. Woodward was a first-year computer engineering student at Penn State and had been an active member of both the BBS and MUD communities, contributing to PennMUSH (Dune), Telegard and Renegade BBS software, and Merc variant Dikumud.

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