THE LOST (BugMUG II) is a retro text-based game where players interact with a game-world, and each other, by typing commands and reading responses. Such games were invented in the 1970s and were the forerunners of modern RPGs and MMOGs.
I created BugMUG in 2011 and began BugMUG II in 2020; a nostalgic home-brew built with modern technologies.
Traditionally such games placed an emphasis on role-playing characters, often in a fantasy or sci-fi genre, and solving puzzles scattered throughout the game-world. BugMUG II will eventually have a heavy emphasis on story-telling, but I'm just working on basic functionality for now.
The game is currently under very early construction.
The game is played by entering text commands into the console. Here's a list of the basic commands, though many haven't been plugged back into the new game yet:
(Quotation Mark) ' or " something to speak in your current location, eg 'Hello there!
em or /me something to emote eg, em laughs loudly.
shout something to yell to everyone in the game.
tell a_player_name something, a private message, wherever they are in the game.
l to look, and l something to look at (some) room details, other characters, yourself and objects.
n to move north, ne to move northeast, up to go up, etc (where possible).
home to teleport back to the starting location.
who is currently in the game.
status to see details about your character.
desc something - describe your character for when others look at you.
get or take object. Object must be a highlighted non-static object.
i check your inventory to see what you're carrying.
drop object to drop something from your inventory.
? or help for a full list of valid commands so far. Some commands are just used to test elements of the game.
Welcome to THE LOST, a game of noir mystery and drama set in a world very much like, and unlike, our own. Roleplay with other players or venture alone to unlock the mysteries of an isolated village -- where nothing may be quite what it seems.
An example of realtime game/player data.
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