AresMUSH
A New Breed of MUSH Server

Setting Up Your Client

To connect to AresMUSH (or any other MUSH), you’ll need a MUSH client. Basic features will work no matter which client you use, but there are two things that you will need to set up to get the most out of Ares’ features:

  • Character Encoding allows you to see characters with accents, alternate character sets (Russian, Chinese) and symbols. Without this feature, if someone uses those characters you’ll see a substitute character that looks like white squares or gibberish. For the optimal Ares experience, you’ll need to set up your client to use the UTF-8 Unicode character set. UTF-8 is backwards-compatible with ASCII, so you can safely make it your client’s global default.

  • Editing allows you to use the /edit switch on various commands to pull text from the game into your client’s input buffer. For example, typing desc/edit me will put your description into your input buffer so you can edit it and send it right back. This is Ares’ version of the /grab or @dec/tf syntax from old servers. See help edit in game for more information.

Here are instructions for setting up your favorite MUSH client to work with Ares.

Setting up Potato

Download Potato for Windows, Mac and Linux

Character Encoding

If you have Atlantis set to do character encoding auto-detection, it should automatically work with Ares. If that doesn’t work, try this:

  1. Select the ‘Options’ menu.
  2. Select ‘Configure Program Settings’.
  3. Select ‘Connection’.
  4. Find the ‘Starting Encoding’ dropdown.
  5. Select ‘UTF-8’.

Note! This setting will take effect for any new worlds. For existing worlds, you’ll have to adjust the same setting under Address Book -> Edit World -> Connection -> Starting Encoding.

Editing

You shouldn’t need to set up anything to make editing work in Potato.

Setting up Atlantis

Download Atlantis for Mac.

Character Encoding

If you have Atlantis set to do character encoding auto-detection, it should automatically work with Ares. If that doesn’t work, try this:

  1. Open the Atlantis ‘Preferences’ menu (Atlantis -> Preferences)
  2. Select ‘World Defaults’
  3. Select the ‘Formatting’ tab.
  4. Find the ‘Character Set / Encoding’ dropdown.
  5. Select ‘Unicode (UTF-8)’.

You can also adjust this setting on a per-world basis in your Address Book. Select the desired world and look under the ‘Formatting’ tab. You may need to do this for any existing worlds.

Editing

  1. Open the Atlantis ‘Preferences’ menu (Atlantis -> Preferences)
  2. On the ‘General’ tab, check ‘Support FugueEdit input grabbing’.
  3. You do not need to set the edit prefix; the default one should work.

Setting up MushClient

Download MUSHClient for Windows.

Character Encoding

  1. While in the world, hit ALT+Enter or open the world properties menu (File -> World Properties).
  2. Select ‘Appearance’.
  3. Select ‘Output’.
  4. On the right, make sure the “UTF-8 (Unicode)” checkbox is checked.
  5. Click ‘OK’ to save the settings.

Editing

  1. While in the world, hit ALT+Enter or open the world properties menu (File -> World Properties).
  2. Select ‘Appearance’.
  3. Select ‘Triggers’.
  4. Add a new trigger.
  5. In the top ‘Trigger’ box, enter: FugueEdit > *.
  6. In the ‘Send’ box, enter: %1.
  7. Under ‘Send To’, select ‘Command’.
  8. On the right, check the ‘Omit from Output’ checkbox.

Setting up SimpleMU

SimpleMU is no longer supported, but many people still use it.

Character Encoding

SimpleMU does not support international characters.

Editing

You shouldn’t need to set up anything to make editing work in SimpleMU.

Setting up DuckClient

DuckClient really doesn’t like Ares’ keepalive feature. The effects can vary depending on your operating system, and can include extra lines being spammed or lines not coming through occasionally.

  1. In the AresMUSH game, type keepalive off to disable the keepalive feature.

Setting up Other Clients

If your client isn’t listed here, you’ll want to look for settings like “grab prefix” (which you should set to “FugueEdit> “) and “font / character encoding” (which you should set to “UTF-8”).

If you have trouble finding these settings in your client, you can ask for help.