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Northern Lights
Northern Lights Logo
Developer(s) Anna "Vitastjern" Eklund, Gjermund "Nicknack" Sørseth, project community
Engine Dirt (AberMUD)
Platform(s) Platform independent
Release date(s) 1992
Genre(s) Fantasy MUD
Mode(s) Multiplayer
Media/distribution Online
System requirements

Telnet client or MUD client, Internet access


Northern Lights, abbreviated NL, is a MUD, a text-based online role-playing game, founded in 1992 by Anna "Vitastjern" Eklund.[1][2][3] It has at times been noted as a particularly large and popular example of its type, and has received critical praise.[4][5]

NL's tagline is "The AberMUD at Ludd", reflecting its long-time hosting with the Luleå Academic Computer Society (Luleå Universitets Datorförening, hence LUDD) at the Luleå University of Technology in Sweden.[6][2]

Game characteristicsEdit

Northern Lights intro screenshot

A screenshot of the introductory screen from Northern Lights

Northern Lights is an "adventure-based" MUD, with combat and questing the primary game activities.[7][5] Socialization is minimal, though the process of becoming a wizard is rumored to be politically complex.[5]

The MUD includes a tour to familiarize new users with gameplay.[6]

ReceptionEdit

NL has been praised for its "original zones" and "well-thought-out world".[5]

Interactive Internet: The Insider's Guide to MUDs, MOOs, and IRC featured a wedding conducted between two player characters on Northern Lights, performed personally by Anna Eklund in her capacity as Goddess of the MUD.[6]

Technical infrastructureEdit

Northern Lights is an AberMUD based on the Dirt codebase.[5][3]

ReferencesEdit

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