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Telnet client or MUD client, Internet access

LambdaMOO is an online community[1] of the variety called a MOO. It is the oldest MOO today and one of the most active, with just under 3000 regular members. Typically, around 100 members are connected at any given time.

LambdaMOO was founded in late 1990 or early 1991 by Pavel Curtis at Xerox PARC.[2][3][4][5] Now hosted in the state of Washington, it is operated and administered entirely on a volunteer basis. Guests are allowed, and membership is free to anyone with an e-mail address.

LambdaMOO gained some notoriety when Julian Dibbell wrote a book called My Tiny Life describing his experiences there.[6] Over its history, LambdaMOO has been highly influential in the examination of virtual-world social issues.[2]


Technical Notes

Since its debut, LambdaMOO has run on LambdaMOO server software, which implements the MOO programming language. The software was originally created by Pavel Curtis for LambdaMOO, and was subsequently made available to the public. Several starter databases, known as cores, are available for MOOs; LambdaMOO itself uses the LambdaCore database. The "Lambda" name is from Curtis's own username on earlier MUD systems [1].


LambdaMOO central geography was based on Pavel Curtis's California home. New players and guests traditionally connected in "The Coat Closet",[1] but a second area, "The Linen Closet" (specially programmed as a silent area) was later added as an alternative connection point. The coat closet opens onto the center of the house in The Living Room, a common hangout and place for conversation;[5] its fixtures include a fireplace (where things can be roasted), The Living Room Couch (which periodically causes players' objects to 'fall through' to underneath the couch), and a pet Cockatoo who repeats overheard phrases (which is often found with its beak gagged). From time to time the Cockatoo is replaced with a more seasonal creature: a Turkey near Thanksgiving, a Raven near Halloween, et cetera.

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