AardwolfMUD
Fantasy-themed MUD (Multi-User Dungeon) founded in 1996.
Ranked 6th of 863 worlds statistically.
Ranked 3rd of 369 worlds in the Fantasy genre statistically.
Voted 1st on MUDConnector.Com.
Voted 1st on TopMUDSites.Com.
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Players Connected:
282 (52 minutes ago)

Maximum Connected:
305 (last 30 days)
Status:
UP

Version:
Custom

Average Connected:
247 (last 30 days) ▲2%

Minimum Connected:
188 (last 30 days)
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Description
Established in 1996, Aardwolf has grown to be a highly popular MUD with hundreds of players online at a time. Aardwolf features a real time line-of-sight overhead map, detailed class system with specializations in each guild. Hundreds of features and areas to explore and an extensive LUA based scripting system allowing builders to create unique challenges. Stats truly matter in how you play your character and specialize for combat, for enchanting, for clan defense, for exploration, for pk, for crafting or for any number of other things. Players can acquire quest and trivia points through automated quests, competitive global quests, or lengthy and difficult 'campaigns'. Hundreds of named quests also exist within the area. Aardwolf offers over 30 specialized player-run clans with a of...
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Language:
English [1] [2]

Codebase:
Custom [1]
Custom - Custom Codebase. Familiar look and feel. [2]
Rom [4]

Created:
1996 [2]

Location:
USA [1] [2]

Theme:
Fantasy [1]
Fun. [2]
Newbie Friendy [4]

Category:
Medieval Fantasy [2]

Description:
Established in 1996, Aardwolf has grown to be a highly popular MUD with several hundred players online at any given time. Featuring a line of sight overhead map, a realistic game world and exploration rankings, Aardwolf is the perfect mud for explorers. There are 7 high level classes split into 28 subclasses such as enchanters, barbarians, shaman, assassin, etc. Many quests and side games provide entertaining distractions and there is a very active MUD community. Stats actually matter and there are many ways to build your character based on your preferences and style of play. Real Player killing is optional and restricted (mostly) to clans. There are plenty of other ways to test your skills against others however. The areas are highly developed. Aardwolf features over 100,000 lines of Lua based area scripts to entertain, challenge and amuse. As you would expect from a well established MUD, there are many many features. The best introduction to Aardwolf is to drop by and check out our new Academy - an extensive tutorial and quest area. The academy was referred to by one of our newer players as "The most advanced mud school they have ever seen". One thing Aardwolf is not - a serious roleplaying MUD. If that is your preference there are many other fine MUDs for you to try. Our focus is on being a fun place to play, to be challenged when you want to be and take it easy when you don't. Non MUD related chat is not "tolerated", it is welcomed. It is, after all, a community. [1]
Established in 1996, Aardwolf has grown to be a highly popular MUD with hundreds of players online at a time. Aardwolf features a real time line-of-sight overhead map, detailed class system with specializations in each guild. Hundreds of features and areas to explore and an extensive LUA based scripting system allowing builders to create unique challenges. Stats truly matter in how you play your character and specialize for combat, for enchanting, for clan defense, for exploration, for pk, for crafting or for any number of other things. Players can acquire quest and trivia points through automated quests, competitive global quests, or lengthy and difficult 'campaigns'. Hundreds of named quests also exist within the area. Aardwolf offers over 30 specialized player-run clans with a variety of themes for everyone. Optional playerkilling is available to these clans, or if that's not to your taste, some of these clans are no-PK. If you're feeling a bit bloodthirsty, how about wars, where players can compete in teams based on race, class, rank, or a free-for-all? Or for even more fun, visit one of the many combat mazes on the MUD, where anything goes, or challenge someone to a duel using our interference-free duel system. Or for those days when you're not feeling too violent, choose from one of the dozens of fully customizable channels available and simply chat to your heart's content. And that's only the start! We have lasertag arenas, blackjack tables, florists, and t-shirt shops. We even, for some reason, have weasels. Give Aardwolf a try today! [2]
Aardwolf MUD is a 200 level fantasy adventure with only one goal - for it's players to have fun! Aardwolf hosts over 110 areas arranged into a realistic real-world map with many new areas always in progress on its development site. The admin and the players provide a great atmosphere on the game, and individual monster programs are used to help them! The Aardwolf admin is very responsive to players' needs and problems and have all played the game throughthemselves. [3]
Established in 1996, Aardwolf has grown to be one of the most popular MUDs online with over 400 players online at any time. After over 6 years of development, the MUD bears little resemblance to the original. Seven classes to remort into and a 'tiers' system tiers' allows for a combination of 14,070 total levels, meaning you're going to be busy for quite a few weekends. Completely revised statistics that actually MEAN something, you'll be able to create the character of your dreams. Players can acquire quest and trivia points through automated quests, competitive global quests or lengthy and difficult 'campaigns'. These points can be used to purchasing a manor, to buy 'wishes' to make gaming lives easier, or spent on a wide range of special equipment and weapons. Want more? Nearly 30 specialised player run clans with a variety of themes for everyone. Optional PlayerKilling available to these clans, or if that's not to your taste, some of these clans are none PK. How about wars, where players can compete in teams based on race, class, rank, or just have a free for all? Or visit one of the many combat mazes on the MUD, where anything goes. Or challenge someone to a duel using our interference-free duel system. Or, if you're not feeling particularly violent, choose from one of the dozens of fully customisable hannelsavailable and simply chat to your heart's content. And this is only the basics. We have lasertag arenas, blackjack tables, florists, t-shirt shops. We even, for some reason, have weasels. Give Aardwolf a try today.......... [4]

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The owner of this mud lied when he checked newbie friendly. I have been repeatedly griefed by several players on Aardwolf as well as a supposed "Imm" who does not show as an Imm on ANY channel he speaks on. Not only that, I was ganged up on for being correct about the skeletal mechanics of two seperate abilities being essentially the same thing in different forms, and when I attempted to calmly explain this, not only was I met with further hostility but also people insisting that the truth was in fact incorrect. What's more is that the supposed "Imm" who griefed me further assisted the gang up even though the actual mechanics of the skills/spells were exactly the same as I had explained. The detection spell/ability needed to see through them is the only difference, which does not make the mechanivs different and in fact supports that they are both the same as they both require A detection method. But this review isn't about that, it's about how Broud is a horrible person who would rather see the mud go down in flames, falsifying thwir number 1 slot with voting bots by the hundreds and falsified player characters. The total number of people who actually play Aardwolf is around 25, and all the rest of the names you see on who? They're all bots, most of which are created by Imms. The game has zero substance and you'll be more disappointed than previous reviews have shown. Please petition Mudconnect to remove this mud from their listings and petition Aardwolf's hosting site to remove the mud in its entirety from internet existence, it is a waste of time and a waste of precious kilobytes. Kilobytes which would be better used hosting anything made by Bethesda (that's right, the Fallout and Elder Scrolls rejects) than anything Broud could put up. I say Kilobytes as an obvious dig but also because there is nothing "Mega" about Aardwolf. They also do not know how a Luck stat works btw, as the Luck stat affects literally bothing that has ever been based on Luck and instead affects things that in REAL games are covered by Dexterity, Wisom, and Intelligence stats. (Way to ruin your own code base, but w/e, you had this one coming). Oh. Yeah. I did mention to them from the very beginning that I have social deficiencies and special needs when communicating with others, but that one went ignored by all and they acted as if I were a regular person. I'm not. The sad part is, if they knew what actually affects my life, they could all be charged with internationally recognized hate crimes for what they did to me. But I'm a forgiving person. Not forgiving enough to not call them out in this review, but forgiving enough not to press charges since they didn't know I'm protected by mental health statutes.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Dec 12, 2019
Within the first two hours, it was made clear on the Newbie channel that this is just a social world to kill things and watch numbers go up. Other information gleaned from the Newbie channel: - The game features almost no IC roleplay. - No ongoing lore. - Quests are solely NPC machinations - No way to lose - No way to win / retire - Very little character customization - After 2 hours, I had only completed 20% of the tutorial. That's too much tutorial. It's like they painstakingly ripped out all the fun and exciting parts of a game, leaving it as a husk of numbers and Skinner boxes.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Oct 27, 2019
In response to Vaelic's review on PvP aspect of Aardwolf. I've spent more than ten years on Aardwolf, engaging in PvP aspect of the game during most of my game time. It is fair to say that new players will find it challenging to compete in PvP activities right off the bat. However, after learning the ropes and gaining some experience, Duel System, Combat Maze and Warfare are easily accessible to new players. While the learning curve may be steep at the start, the amount of PvP contents increases tremendously once a player joins a PvP Clan. Raiding, Group vs Group PK, and the newly added HardCore Mode all provide readily accessible PvP options to players. Nonkilling players vs player competitive activities such as Lasertags and Global Quest also occur around the clock. I do agree that rewards for nonraid PvP activities may be lacking, and it's something that will hopefully be improved upon while balancing the needs of nonPvP oriented players.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Dec 24, 2015
Please note, I am not writing this review based on extensive experience. I am writing this review based on a few hours of playing with help from the helpful player community as a new player. I found the newbie experience to be pretty delightful. Character creation, help files, website, client and player support was all great. I unfortunately did not commit to playing despite the very high player numbers that were on and enjoying the game. This was because the game had no real player-versus-player gameplay. What is real player-versus-player? Rewards for being successful in the game system. Unfortunately, there were no real rewards in their PvP system. With no real rewards, there is no real system. It would be like killing a monster and gaining no experience, no money and no levels. PvP in Aardwolf is not really promoting rewards for participating in player-versus-player gameplay. Instead, they are sort of casting it out all together in support of a much easier system that promotes little reward, risk or benefit. This is does not mean there is no fun. After all, fun is subjective. I'm sure plenty of people have fun killing players with little to no risk involved. They have been doing that for 18 years as the helpful newbie helpers will exclaim to define any point they are making. The real kicker for me was not the actual killing of players in PvP. It was the fact thieves cannot steal from players. There is no stealing even among PvP clans. Stealing and all supported skills used with stealing are NPC only. I was really excited about being a bandit, but as there is no point of being a bandit against players, I quit. I would love to see more rewards in PvP in this game. Not just bragging rights with other non-PvP'ers who think they are PvP'ing. You have to understand that PvP, regardless of loss of loot, requires some type of reward and possible progression. You would not fail to give someone experience, money, items and so forth in PvE systems. So why leave out PvP? Outside of that, this alone does not make Aardwolf a bad game. I'm pretty sure it's great. This review is just to warn others that it's not really a PvP game. Just something for casual PvE players to call PvP.
MudConnector.Com Review by on May 26, 2015
A game in which honesty doesn't pay: Too many bots and script-runners ruin the atmosphere of a once rewarding game for those who performed well. Competition now completely reduces to who can write the better plugins, scripts, and whatever else one can think of to automate gameplay. This overall development into a fully automated game is supported by recent changes,as there are now huge gold/qps/train sinks with potentials, instincts and masteries. The punishment of bots and automated players on the other hand is very intransparent and probably based on whether you know the MUD-owner or whether you donated a fairly amount to Aardwolf (pay-per-play by choice). If you enjoy playing with people who mysteriously manage to quest, campaign, level, pup 24h/7d a week, you'll certainly have found your place within the bottish community of this MUD.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Aug 1, 2013
This review does not match with my experience on Aardwolf. Botters a harshly punished and while scripting is supported and can decrease the level of difficulty of the genre, rules on automation are strictly defined and enforced. End-game resource sinks do become expensive, but gains have diminishing returns and large expense growth. A 'casual' player can be within a few percentage points of power of those who play the game obsessively regardless and donation perks are not a cost effective means of investing in these mechanics. So I contend this reviewer is both misinformed and paranoid or prefers to speak from willing ignorance.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Jul 31, 2013
The last couple of reviews were written by Aardwolf Staff or people who later on became Staff, and those reviews appear to be promo pieces like so many mud reviews these days. I have never been a Staff member of Aardwolf, nor am I attempting to become one nor receive any perk in the writing of this review. Aardwolf is stereotyped as a hack-n-slash mud because it began as a ROM (Diku derivative) mud and has at least 14,070 levels (not counting pseudo levels where a player can increase their power). In March 2008, Aardwolf was reborn and no longer is a ROM mud. Lasher wrote a custom codebase from scratch that still provides enough of a Diku look and feel to keep existing players comfortable with the mud interface. In addition to gaining levels, players gain power by collecting quest points and a different type of point system known on Aardwolf as trivia points. These points can be used to purchase weapons, equipment and other player enhancements. Some in the mudding community would consider Aardwolf to be a pay-for-perks mud because players can donate money in exchange for a small token item (a donation pin) that will boost their stats slightly and they can choose to receive either quest points or trivia points as compensation. The amount of quest points or trivia points received depends upon the size of the donation. To this player's knowledge, there are no limits on how much an individual player can donate, though double donation rewards are limited to specific times each year. Quest points and trivia points can be earned through regular gameplay without a player needing to ever donate and players and staff do not hassle players who choose to not donate. Having played other muds prior to Aardwolf, I consider the leveling difficulty to be easier than most 'Dikuesque' muds. Still, with thousands of levels to obtain, most players don't reach max level very quickly. One reason for this is that the mud has alot of activities to divert most players from straight hack'n'slash leveling. For example, the mud has optional hard-coded quests built into areas known on Aardwolf as 'Area Quests' and more recently a newer hard-coded quest system referred to as 'Goals'. These quests are generally optional, but there is some peer pressure for players to try to complete them and much player angst is generated over this. Many of the quests, even ones the Staff has designated as easy, are not easy to complete for most players without receiving help from other players. Assistance on quests/goals is not given to players equally, therefore much of a player's success can hinge upon which clans they chose to join and/or which set of friends they made, if any. Despite having a couple of hundred players logged in at a time, a significant proportion of players are builders and immortals or former builders and immortals. Competitive play on this mud is by no means a level playing field it... Read More
MudConnector.Com Review by on Sep 16, 2009
I've been playing aardwolf for almost forever it seems! Since the summer of '99! And enough new things are added constantly that I still find it worthwhile to log in every day. The things that keep me coming back day after day? The constant changes and the people. A mud is nothing if not for the people. I have people that are actually happy to see me when I log on, and there are people I look forward to talking to. Aardwolf is big enough that there are ALWAYS lots of people online and small enough that I know of most the serious players. Unlike a massive game, aardwolf has only 200-400 people online at a time, you get to know many of them. This is GOOD! Also, there's a brand new academy that makes learning the mud MUCH easier now. Goals and tasks in a nice system, with rewards if you complete the totally optional school. So if you get bored with the school (it is BIG) you can wander away and come back later.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Jul 30, 2008
A New Players Perspective: It is hard to be the new guy. Aard Mud is rich in rooms, mobs, and friendly players, but this is not a good starting mud for new players. The amount of text zooming by when first starting is beyond intimidating. New players need to 'channel' to shut off almost everything to start with. The immortals should consider more friendly starting options. On the good side, the low level mob areas are well defined and appropriate for new folks. And there is a lot of help available in the form of web sites with posted speedwalks and lots of other info. The monsters have plenty of gold and equipment. And there Newbie helpers available to answer the huge number of questions a new player will have on this site. However, For new players, there is so much information that needs to be taken in, that you can spend hours just trying to get handle on basic play. For example, I spent a couple of hours looking up the equipment that may be picked up so easily, until someone mentioned that it doesn't matter very much at low levels on this mud. Activities for players are also a mixed bag. There is an excellent quest system, with level appropiate tasks for new players. There are also frequent 'Wars' with players killing players without any real loss of equipment or stats. However, these 'Level' based battles are not appropriate for new players. Very experienced players manipulate the level system so that they can compete as low level players even after beating tens of thousands of mobs and maxing out their stats. In closing, I would say that Aard Mud has great richness, but newbies need to watch out for this one.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Jun 17, 2008
I will preface my comments on this review by stating that I did not come to Aardwolf as a mudding newbie; nevertheless, I feel that some tempering of Vinr's remarks is in order. The first time I logged on to a mud, I had a real-life friend at my side who had experience in the mud. Without his aid in getting started, I probably would have given up and gone back to something familiar rather than spend the time it would take to sort out all the text coming to my screen. Add to this the fact that the world allowed player killing virtually anywhere (albeit with no loss of equipment unless you were a player thief - which of course was also allowed anywhere you could pkill) and I guess you could say I picked a newbie-unfriendly mud for my first experiences. Despite such a start, I progressed, made friends and met my eventual real-life spouse. Along the way I learned some things the hard way, and other things by watching what happened with other players. You couldn't pay me enough to buy a recommendation to start mudding at the world where it all began for me, though. Aardwolf is different. If you truly are new to mudding, rest assured that you will find helpers who can give you insights and show you where to look for answers, even if it's something that the mud shows you every time you connect but gets lost in spam. Player vs. player combat is totally optional for all players involved, and it is possible to play without ever becoming involved in it. If you are bloodthirsty, though, keep in mind that it is possible for players to build up at level 1 through tireless (and tedious) questing to become unbeatable by players in their range who haven't done the same thing. It's really up to you to decide whether Aardwolf is right for you, and that goes for inexperienced mud players exactly as much as it goes for veterans. I say give it a try - you might get hooked like I did!
MudConnector.Com Review by on Mar 16, 2006
Aard now has a brilliant 'Academy' zone! This is an area where complete newbies can work through a series of 'tutors' for each important aspect of mudding. Not only does it help teach newbies the basics, but it also includes some very useful and useable rewards in terms of equipment, gold and experience points.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Jun 13, 2008
Aardwolf is the finest mud available on the internet, bar none. Unique code, friendly players, and a massive world (over 20,000 unique rooms and over 200 areas, 99% non-stock!) combine to make this mud an incredible experience for anyone who wants to give mudding a try, or is looking for a new and better home. Even jaded players will find themselves awestruck by the incredible world offered to them, free of charge. The new player is welcomed at a customized academy which offers them them opportunity to learn the basics of gameplay. With offers of gold, experience and other prizes, this academy is worthwhile even to players who know the basics of play, although it is not required, and new players can jump right into the world at large if they wish. Helpers stand ready to assist new players into their transition, and there are many clans eager for new members to befriend. All in all, Aardwolf is the perfect place to experience mudding at its finest. Give it a try!
MudConnector.Com Review by on Jun 16, 2008
Having played Aardwolf for 6/7 years, I felt that my online home, one of the largest and most established around online deserved a few more words?. The main goal of players on Aardwolf is to have fun. There are no strict RP rules, no requirements to level, and no quests that must be completed for advancement. Basically, it?s up to the players to determine how they want to spend their time on Aardwolf and then go for it! There are many, many features to enjoy and you will find people that enjoy the same feature as you and welcome you to their ranks (there are whole clans build around various features such as questing, raiding, spell casting, equipment hunting, exploring, etc?. which may welcome you to join their ranks if you share common interests). One of the first things people will notice when they log in to Aardwolf is it?s size in terms of playerbase, areas, features, you name it: Aardwolf is big. If you?re used to a mud that has 20 or 50 people logged in, then the 400 to 500+ people (pretty much never drops below about 350 people, generally over 400 and 500+ at peak times daily) then the hustle and bustle of Aardwolf could be quite a pleasant surprise. There are always hundreds of people online, chatting (numerous chat channels: gossip, noble, race, class, clan, more channels than you?re going to want open, you will turn many off), levelling, questing, auctioning equipment, exploring, etc?. There is even a dedicated channel for people looking to group. The size of the player base certainly gives Aardwolf a different feel than most muds- player interaction is one of the things that keeps people coming back again and again. It?s RP tolerated, so if you?re in to heavy RPI, Aardwolf may not be the place for you, especially if you can?t tolerate others that don?t RP. However, there are opportunities to RP and a channel where you can find people that want to participate in RP with you (although use of the channel is clearly OOC ? use it find RP partners). There are also many other things to do, such as participate in warfare (no loss PK), participate in the clan system (opens up full PK opportunities and lets you raid other clans), quest, campaign, participate in laser tag, really too many diversions to list. Of course, levelling is also a major pastime as the stronger you become, the more power you wield. The immortals are particularly friendly, helpful and very engaged with the mud and player base. There are generally always immortals around to assist with manor upgrades, restrings, spammers, etc? I haven?t played any other muds for years (since I found Aardwolf), so can?t really compare Aardwolf?s immortals to those of other muds, suffice it to say that in my 6/7 years of playing I have had plenty of interaction with the immortals (even some with the Imp) of Aardwolf and have never had negative... Read More
MudConnector.Com Review by on Oct 13, 2004
One of the things that set Aardwolf apart from many other muds when I first started playing here was the stability. Hopefully I won't jinx myself by saying this, but crashes are virtually nonexistent! The few that happen are taken care of very quickly. Reboots are usually done every couple of weeks, where there is usually at least one new area and several features added. Downtime on Aardwolf just doesn't happen either. In the 6+ years I've been playing at Aardwolf I would safely guess downtime has added up to no more than a day (at the most). One of the best ways to describe Aardwolf: It has a lot for just about anyone. PK is completely optional and is handled through a clan (aka Guild) system. There is a lot to do other than just run around gaining levels. There is regularly well over 300 people online, so there are plenty of people to talk to. The staff and players are always willing to help anyone, whether new to the MUD, or experienced.
MudConnector.Com Review by on Oct 6, 2003