I played lusternia for a long time. You have to disable certain visual elements, which I can't remember how to do, but it works well enough.
For something simple to get the feel for a mud, try something relatively open like Valhalla or CoffeeMUD. As for VIPMud, hit tab to go into your "output window" where text goes after it comes from the MUD. Sometimes, like for example in combat, you may not have time to review every line of text before you need to make a decision, but other situations, especially those involving computer controlled characters, will usually afford you a chance to review. Still, and no offense intended, it may be worth your while to learn, or practice, gaining necessary information from a stream of text. For example: does it matter that you're in a mine shaft, if a group of angry goblins are attacking you. It only matters if you didn't want to be there, and if you are fighting, it's probably too late to worry about whether you're where you want to be. This is especially serious in most MUD style games, because most of them have a prompt, something that lets you know you're free to type. However, most prompts feature several vital stats: your hitpoints and mana are usually displayed in fantasy games, but there usually are very many stats you can choose to have displayed. Not having the prompt is, frankly, a bad idea, but it's hard to get used to ignoring or skipping it when it's not important. I don't know what rate you have your screen reader set to, but I would suggest a relatively fast one, at least while you're gaming. Outside the question of MUD gaming, there are table top RPG games which allow for a much more flexible approach. My friends and I play something like this, albeit on a less mapped out style than is usually common, and using a pen and paper interface is great for players of all levels. Some games rely strictly on your imagination to create the world around you, as relayed by the Game Master, who narrates your story, engineers encounters, and helps decide outcomes of such encounters. Other games offer maps or boards with pieces that players control to go around the world. These games are usually a little easier for beginning role players to get a handle on, but because of the limited and unchanging nature of a mapped out world, they're more limited and mapped out games. I hope this exhaustive explanation and specification helps. Good luck and happy gaming. Signed: Dakotah Rickard On 11/16/11, dark <d...@xgam.org> wrote: > Hi Kim. > > I'm afraid I don't use Jaws, but I have recently got into playing muds > myself using vipmud with sapi, which is stil the most newby friendly client. > > How muds work is like this. > > The text is sent across the net from a mud to your client completely in real > time. What this means is if you have ten seconds to defuse a bomb, you'll > have the text 10, 9, 8 etc appearing at second intervals on your screen. > Assuming your client is working correctly, vipmud should read the text as it > automatically appears, ---- incidently, this is why I use sapi not Hal, > sinse I need the text read as it comes, not reviewed by me. > > vipmud is user friendly because it has two separate areas for displaying > text, input and output. > > so all the commands you type into the mud are in the in put area, while what > the mud sends to you is in the output one. Hitting tab should switch you > betwene them, and once in either area, you should be able to use up and down > arrows to review line by line just as in a text document. > > This means the things you type are separate from the mud, making it easier > to tell what is going on. > > This is of course how things are supposed to work. There are three reasons I > can see why you might be having problems. > > First, a problem with Jaws 13. As I said, I don't use Jaws, but you might > want to try switching to sapi output just to see if that makes a difference, > sinse if that fixes it you'll know where to look for the issue. > > 2: a problem with your own connection. what muds have you tried thus far? it > might be that the muds you've tried have themselves been on dodgy > connections. I'd suggest trying something known to be stable like alteraeon > just to test this. how is your own internet connection normally? muds are > pretty low on bandwidth but they do require a stable connection that doesn't > fluctuate. If you have issues with signal strenth or the like this might be > the problem. > > Laslty, it could be a problem with vipmud. This I think is less likely in > general sinse the program has been extensively tested, but of course > anything is possible. You might want to contact david greenwood and ask > about this, sinse generally he's good with tech questions and of course he > knows the program next. > > hope some of this is helpful, and if you have anymore questions about muds > just ask. > > Btw, I'd recommend keeping this discussion on list rather than as > "corrispondance" as you put it, sinse then you can have more people's > opinions involved, people who for instance, might be using jaws. Afterall, > game proglem solving is part of what this list is for. > > All the best, > > Dark. > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Kim Friedman" <kimfr...@verizon.net> > To: <email@example.com> > Sent: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:07 PM > Subject: [Audyssey] correspondence > > >> Hi, I'd like to get messages from those who do role playing and/or >> mudding because this is something I'd like to learn how to do and I am >> having a quite difficult time even making the attempt to do so. For one >> thing, my screen reader (Jaws 13) hasn't been working with the one MUD >> client I have (VIP MUD) because if I use the arrow keys from within a >> game, it's as if the screen is blank and there's nothing there even >> though text may be on the screen. The MUD client also seems to >> disconnect at the drop of a hat, so I feel as if I'm in Dickens' >> circumlocution office (Reference, Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens, in >> which the hapless person is going round in circles and backwards at the >> same time, in short, going nowhere at all). It doesn't do any good to >> tell me to try different Mud clients out as I have no idea how to >> determine if I like them or not. (You're talking to the one who doesn't >> know what to do with the Mud client she already has, let alone any >> others which might be used by the blind.) As far as I know, there is >> absolutely no literature on the subject for rank beginners like myself. >> I can't seem to get beyond first base in playing an RPG because of this >> MUD client problem. The text (if it does come) arrives in great clumps >> and as I said, I can't even review what's there to make any decisions. >> Please help me out as I am seriously frustrated about this whole >> situation. Regards, Kim Friedman. P.S.: I'd like also to know if the >> Iron Realms games are regarded as accessible (games are Achaea, Aetolia, >> Lusternia, Emperion, and Midkemia [the last based on Raymond E. Feist's >> novels).) 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