New player guide

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New to StickMUD? This guide will cover all there is to know about the basics of the game, what to do after the starting area, and where you can find more help if needed.


Welcome to StickMUD, a medieval themed text-based adventure that has been growing for nearly 30 years. This guide is helpful to set you on the path to being the best player to come out of Newbie Park since Tarn.

The Beginning


Login screen accessible from a web browser from the Grapevine web site.
Grapevine Login Screen

If you have not already done so, create a player on the game. The simplest way to connect is with your web browser using Grapevine. In time, you may want to download to the Mudlet client, but let's keep it simple for now.

  • Name - What is in a name? If you are having trouble choosing one, give Fantasy Name Generators a try.
  • Password - Password should be easy to remember, but tough for someone else to guess. A special character and number are required.
  • Gender - Female and male are our current offerings. We promise to expand our diversity. Equipment on the game allows you to experiment.
  • Race - Races make our characters more special. You could change your race later if you want to try something new.
  • Guild - Guilds are often called Classes on other games. Abilities will come with each guild that provide your character with opportunity for craft and combat.

Tinkly, your helpful guide

A tutorial area is offered at the starting location to acquaint you with the game. You land on your feet in a magically dark room with Tinkly, the Fairy of Enlightenment, who serves as your guide through the first 20 levels of your character (as long as you do not discard her).


There are tens of thousands of rooms within the game. Tinkly encourages moving east to get you to take your first steps from one room to another.

Image displaying the text Tinkly uses in the game

Different rooms in the game offer none, some or all of the 8 compass directions as exits, such as north, northeast, east, southeast, south, southwest, west, and northwest. These may be abbreviated as n, ne, e, se, s, sw, w, and nw respectively. Additionally, it is common to find up, down, in and, out as well as custom named exits.

Type east to move to the next room.

Image displaying the text of the second room in the game


The game starts with a customizable prompt > to show the game is waiting for input. After moving from one room to the next, the game provides information about the surrounding environment, then provides another prompt. Tinkly, the Fairy of Enlightenment, tracks movement, responds to the environment and requests actions to help learn about the game.

Brief Description

The Covered In Light in the environment's description is known as the brief description, providing a short name for the room that is simple to remember as a point of reference later on.

Verbose Description

The Light surrounds you, giving you... begins the the verbose, or long description of the environment, conveying context about the room, such as what is in the environment, how the room influences the world as a place, where is may be located, when the room is in the world (i.e. aspects of day or night, light or darkness), and why the room is significant to explain what part it plays in the world. Verbose descriptions help acclimate players to the environment and may yield clues to uncover ways to interact with the environment.


The obvious exits are up and west explain the potential to use the commands up and west to move to another room. Going west returns to the start room. Tinkly, the Fairy of Enlightenment, later encourages moving up after completing tasks detailed further below.


Also found in many rooms are items. Items vary, from basic treasures like a stick or a rope, to weapons, and armors. The big sign found in the Covered in Light room is an item that Tinkly, the Fairy of Enlightenment, will ask to interact shortly.


Tinkly, the Fairy of Enchantment, asks command entry for inventory or i for short. Inventory contains items players carry, hold, wield, or wear, such as Tinkly, the Fairy of Enchantment. Players will also be carrying a symbol of the guild they joined at Login.

Image of game text displaying use and result of the inventory command.

The command look or l for short may be used to look at tinkly or l at tinkly, respectively.

Image of game test displaying use of look at command to look at tinkly.