Tapestries MUCK

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Tapestries MUCK
Subject Furry, adults-only, BDSM
Website
Server tapestries.fur.com, port 2069 or 6699 for SSL.
Operator(s) WhiteWizard
Status Ongoing
Ran from/to October 1991 - present

Tapestries MUCK (known as Tapestries or Taps for short) is an adults-only MUCK popular within the furry fandom. The overall roleplaying theme is a world of anthropomorphic characters, with significant BDSM undertones. Characters may have consensual TinySex freely in the public areas of the game world; non-consensual acts are usually restricted to designated areas or private rooms.

As of 2012, Tapestries became the largest and most populated MU* dedicated to the fandom, surpassing FurryMUCK with a peak of 961 simultaneously connected users; it now averages a maximum of 820 users a night.

In March 2007, the MUCK's website was converted into a MediaWiki wiki.

The world of the MUCK[edit]

Tapestries is based around a culture nexus, where furry characters from different backgrounds may interact with each other. This definition includes humanoid beings such as elves, ogres, or centaurs -- humans used to be against the game's policies to enforce theming and avoid furry-bashing, but have been permitted as of September 2014.[1] An unlimited variety of character origins are permitted by the game's administrators.

The game world itself is based around the town of Layleaux, the center of most social interaction. Because of the overall adult theme, many of the MUCK's peripheral areas are themed around certain BDSM-based fetishes or interests.

Originally, Tapestries was a multi-world muck, of which the furry region was only one of many that could be reached through a tapestry room (hence the name). This room still exists, in the old Castle section of the MUCK (t castle; s), and the Furry Valley is still accessible through it.

Mission Statement[edit]

Tapestries MUCK

Tapestries MUCK is a cross between a real life BDSM play party, a free form roleplaying environment, and a social gathering place all within a furry theme. It strives to provide a place for safe and free exploration of dominance and submission roleplay, as well as other forms of sexual expression in public and in private. Tapestries facilitates this by providing an environment that is populated exclusively by adult players and furry characters, as well as by setting guidelines that encourage tolerance and respect of other's fantasies and beliefs. In more detail:

BDSM[edit]

A portmanteau word: Bondage & Discipline + Dominance & Submission + Sadism & Masochism. This is a general breakdown of the acronym, and in this case it is meant to explain that Tapestries MUCK is a place for people who are generally interested in ways to have sex that are outside the mainstream.

Social Gathering[edit]

To find new people, interests, and generally to have fun, it is important to have social gatherings along side the play.

Adults[edit]

The Muck requires that you be 18 years of age or older to create a character. This is important to free people from legal and moral concerns in an environment that caters to sexuality.

Tolerance[edit]

Tolerance of other people's play, fantasies, beliefs, sexuality and other such things is absolutely critical for people to be comfortable sharing the very personal things that they do on Tapestries. Thus a certain level of tolerance and respect that goes beyond mainstream society is required of people that play here.

Furry[edit]

This MUCK is for members of the furry fandom to explore their sexuality and is especially aimed at interests in the type of fantasy creatures that they enjoy. As such people are required to be respectful of the species others wish to play.

Age policy[edit]

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Though it is almost impossible to verify, attempts are made to ensure that no players under the age of 18 join Tapestries. Anyone found to be under this age is typically banned from the game server (until they reach 18 years of age), for the safety of the MUCK.

Administration[edit]

Tapestries is administered by a staff of wizards who are named after different colors.[2] Tapestries has two active wizards as of August 2014:

  • WhiteWizard: Building, head-wizard, policy
  • TealWizard: Roleplay encouragement

The Tapestries staff is anonymous with the exception of WhiteWizard - WhiteFire, the owner and creator of the MUCK.

The administrators meet in the Official Wizard Conference Room, located at the top of one of the towers of Cloud Castle, which contains a semicircular table with appropriately coloured chairs for each wizard.

Past wizards[edit]

Retired or temporarily absent wizards include:

  • JadeWizard - ON VACATION: Policy enforcement, conflict management, minors, password request, MUCK information
  • GreyWizard - ON VACATION: Policy enforcement, forum management
  • CreamWizard - RETIRED: Policy and handling harrassment.
  • VioletWizard - RETIRED: Policy and handling harrasmsent
  • BlackWizard - RETIRED: Player relations, policy enforcement.
  • StyxWizard - RETIRED: Building management wizard.
  • BlueWizard - RETIRED: MUF Programmer.
  • RedWizard - RETIRED: MUF Programmer.
  • Shaterri - RETIRED: General player relations wizard.

Others[edit]

(Mistress) Taisia, mentioned in the MUCK's Castle's Keep Inn, wrote some of the early promotion of Tapestries on rec.games.muck.tiny.

Media coverage[edit]

Tapestries was highlighted in a 2005 Wired news article about cybersex. The registration system was flooded, and WhiteFire was forced to turn away new users for a while.[3]

References[edit]

  1. Tapestries MUCK revokes no-human policy - GreenReaper, Flayrah (4 September 2014)
  2. Wizards - Tapestries MUCK. Retrieved April 10, 2012.
  3. Cybersex: Seek and Ye Shall Find, Wired magazine (28 January 2005)

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