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Project Aspect

by Jonathan on Mar.18, 2010, under MUDs

I’ve been working on a new personal project lately, which I call Aspect. It’ll a web-based MUD client, but without Java or Flash. (A bit like PHudBase, actually, but built differently.) I haven’t done much with it yet, but I’ve got a local webserver running using the Python-based Tornado server. Tornado is great because it’s built specifically for handling AJAX long polling, which is what I use to communicate between Aspect and the browser. I’ve never used Python before, so it’s an interesting experience.

I’m planning on making the client extremely customizable by way of plugins, drawing from my ongoing experiences with MUSHclient. I’m also taking philosophical inspiration from Mibbit, which seems to work similarly (though the focus is completely different). With some MUDs, though, there’s a bit of an issue. Many MUDs disallow multiplaying, which is often tracked through the user’s IP address. But all users playing through Aspect will appear to connect from the same IP address; namely, the IP of Aspect itself. This is something I’ll have to work out eventually, but I have some ideas.

More to come eventually. I’d like to keep most of the details under wraps for now, and there are a lot of details.
~Jonathan

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