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{{Infobox video game
| title = Tapestries MUCK
| image = Tapestries MUCK Logo
| developer = Project community
| engine = TinyMUCK
| released = October 1991
| genre = Adult social MUD
| modes = Multiplayer
| media = Online
| platforms = Platform independent
| requirements = Telnet client or MUD client, Internet access
| input = Keyboard
}}

Tapestries MUCK (frequently informally shortened to Taps) is an adults-only social and roleplaying MUCK popular within the furry fandom.  The overall theme of the game is a world of anthropomorphic animal characters who may participate in BDSM and sex freely in the public areas of the game world.  Because the MUCK, a MUD-style online social game, is text-based, this amounts to cybersex (sometimes called "yiff" in the furry fandom, although this word has a subtly negative connotation).

No players under the age of 18 are allowed to join.  Though this is almost impossible to verify, players found to be under the age of 18 are typically banned from the game server.[1]

As of 2002 Tapestries became the largest and most populated furry fandom non-graphical online game, with an average of over 800 simultaneously connected users at peak times, surpassing FurryMUCK by a wide margin.  As of March 2007 it has 18,179 accounts of which 11,743 have been active within the last sixty days.[2]

==Mission Statement (Stated)==
Tapestries MUCK is a cross between a real life BDSM play party, a free form role-playing 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.

==WIXXX==
Tapestries is noted for its system of "wixxx tags," by which players may indicate their characters' sexual attributes or interests.[3]  This system has been copied, often with modifications, by other adult MUCKs. It was itself a modification of the more general "wi" system used by FurryMUCK to indicate nonsexual attributes of characters.

==The world of the MUCK==
Tapestries is based around a "culture nexus," where furry characters (as well as certain humanoid beings like elves, ogres, or centaurs — humans are against the game's policies) from different backgrounds may interact with each other. Aside from the species restriction, themes are not strictly enforced.  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.

==Reception==
In January 2005, Tapestries was mentioned in a Wired News article as a place to find cybersex and a factor in "the deterioration of sex chat" on IRC.[4] Because the servers were beginning to get flooded, the game's administrators shut down new character registration for over a week, with an explanatory note.[5]

Tapestries was chosen as Sex & Games' "link of the day" on October 3, 2005.[6]

==References==
  1. "What if I find out someone is a minor RL?". Tapestries MUCK FAQ. Tapestries MUCK. Retrieved on 2008-08-30. "Our registration page is a legal document. Lying during registration is fraud. Fraudulent accounts (of any kind) will be deleted."
  2. "PURGE RESULTS: March 22nd, 2007". Tapestries MUCK (2007-03-22). Retrieved on 2008-08-30. "6,074 of 24,208 Characters Purged"
  3. "The Original Tiny Sex FAQ".

  4. Lynn, Regina (2005-01-28). "Link". Wired (Condé Nast Publications) 46 (8): 833–9. doi:10.1007/s11517-008-0355-6. PMID 18509686. http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/commentary/sexdrive/2005/01/66423. Retrieved on Template:Date. "Games like Tapestries and Sociolotron have sexuality as a main theme, but even these games expect you to forge relationships, explore the game world, set up businesses or farms or armies.". 
  5. "Registration CLOSED". Tapestries MUCK (2005-01-30). Retrieved on 2008-08-30. "Due to a recent Wired! "culture" article that listed this first in a list of places to find CiberSex Template:Sic with out any mention of what type of system this actually is, the registration system has been flooeded Template:Sic and had to be taken offline."
  6. Brathwaite, Brenda (2005-08-03). "Link of the Day - Tapestries MUCK". Sex & Games. International Game Developers Association. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved on 2008-08-30.

* Template:Cite news
* Bernhardt, Stephen A. (May 1993). "Link". College Composition and Communication (National Council of Teachers of English) 44 (2): 151–175. doi:10.2307/358836. Lay summary. 
* Template:Cite episode
* Frost, John (1994-03-19). "Cyberpoet's Guide to Virtual Culture". Retrieved on 2008-08-30.

==External links==
* Template:Official website
* Tapestries MUCK at WikiFur

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