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A MUSH (acronym for Multi-User Shared Hallucination) is a type of MUD which is often used for social and role-playing activities. It is derived from "Tinymud", an early mud server. Its distinguishing features are that any player can typically extend the virtual world by building new rooms and objects, and its internal programming language, MUSHcode, which is considered to be fairly easy to learn and preferred by many.

There are a number of flavors of MUSH server freely available to those who want to run their own MUSHes: TinyMUSH 3.0, TinyMUX 2.4, and PennMUSH 1.8.x. TinyMUSH uses a disk-based database, while PennMUSH keeps its database in the computer's memory (TinyMUX can do either). This makes PennMUSH suitable for computers which have plenty of memory or little disk space. From a user standpoint they offer many similar features and a very similar command parser.[1]

MUSHes are similar to MUCKs in that they carry many users for either out of character (OOC) or in character (IC) purposes. Like MUCKs, MUSHes are not necessarily furry, but some do have furry themes.

Types of MUSH Servers[edit]

There are four major MUSH code bases currently in use[2]:

  • TinyMUSH - TinyMUSH 3.x is based on a merge of TinyMUSH 2.2 and TinyMUX 1.x. TinyMUSH 2.2 is based on TinyMUSH 2.0 which is based on TinyCRWU and PernMUSH (the code) which are in turn based on MicroMUSE, TinyMUSH 1.0, and ultimately from TinyMUD.
  • PennMUSH - PennMUSH derives from PernMUSH (the code), MicroMUSE, TinyMUSH 1.0 and ultimately from TinyMUD.
  • TinyMUX - TinyMUX 2.0 is based on TinyMUX 1.x which in turn is based on TinyMUSH 2.0 and ultimately TinyMUD.
  • RhostMUSH - RhostMUSH 3.9 is based on the RhostMUSH 3.2.4 which is based on RhostMUSH 2.0/1.0 and ultimately TinyMUD.


See Also[edit]

  • MUCK - Another TinyMUD variant commonly used in furry fandom.


  2. History from the TinyMUX wiki
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Text-based multiplayer worlds
Oldest still running
FurryMUCK (1990) - FurToonia (1994) - RealmsMUCK (1993) - Sociopolitical Ramifications (1994) - Tapestries MUCK (1991) - TigerMUCK (1994)