What Is Grim Wheel?

Grim Wheel is the personal project of a guy who helps manage a multi-user dungeon. Multi-User Dungeons, or MUDs for short, are the text precursors to many of today's MMORPGs. The genre lives to this day, but the years have seen many a game come and go, taking the contributions they made to the MUD community with them. Grim Wheel is an attempt to preserve some of those contributions.

Why Grim Wheel?

The author of this site is an old player of MUDs who became an immortal on one of them. His first immortal character was a god of death and dreams. The god's symbols included a spoked wheel and a raven, among others, so he thought the wheel would make a good symbol for this site.

What Does Grim Wheel Offer?

This site offers brief explanations of MUDs and MUD terms, links to directories of active MUDs, archives of vanishing documents, pointers to codebases and stock zones, world building advice, and much more. Click a link in the menu to the right to discover what it means to MUD*.

* to MUD—shorthand for 'to play in a MUD'.


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Grim Wheel is a site dedicated to old school text gaming.


Click the links below to go from section to section of this site.


Buildcraft Articles which discuss the craft of building on Multi-User Dungeons (MUDs).

MUD Forums Links to offsite forums that concern themselves with all things related to Multi-User Dungeons.

MUD-Dev Where you can find archives of the former mailing list known as "MUD-Dev", as well as a link to the newest mailing list.

Imaginary Realities Archives of articles from the now-defunct online magazine Imaginary Realities.


MUD Listings Websites which list the many text games still in existence.

MUD Clients Clients which you can use to connect to an active MUD.

Other Resources

Netbooks A repository of supplements for tabletop roleplaying games.

Miscellaneous Links that do not fall easily into any other category.


Codebases The various public codebases in existence today.

Area Archives Areas for public codebases such as Circle, ROM and Smaug.