Welcome to ArcticMUD, a multi-player fantasy role-playing game based on the Dragonlance novels. The base code for the game was gamma Diku, which has been modified extensively for over a decade to provide a unique gaming experience.

If you are new to MUDs, Arctic is a text-based adventure game where you create a persona and adventure in a fantasy world. Arctic is set in the world of Krynn, the basis for the Dragonlance novels. You can explore the world of Krynn -- combating dragons, ogres, draconians, and countless other creatures, discovering rare treasures, and finding hidden locations -- along with hundreds of other players.

Arctic is geared towards a mature game-playing audience. Character interactions are handled in a realistic manner. Player-characters stealing from and killing each other is not necessarily encouraged, but it is allowed.

As the premier Dragonlance MUD, Arctic has developed a rich environment that provides countless hours of free enjoyment. Start playing today and find out if you have what it takes to join the adventure!

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Arctic Mud Reviews

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Review posted by Sephas
Posted on Sun Apr 22 14:40:53 2012 / 0 comments
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Arctic. What can really be said that would do this amazing game justice?

Let me begin by giving an idea of what kind of experience I am drawing from. I have played just about every video game ever made, and over the years this is the one I come back to every time the rest lose my interest. Since discovering Arctic in 1994 I have been a constant and hopeless addict. Also, I am a player, not staff. Because I started mudding with Arctic, there was a period of time when I used TMC to find and play other MUDs, not knowing what a gem I had already found. I’ve played stock and custom, big and small, 'hero'd' on dozens, 'remorted' on dozens more, of every codebase.

I've played through every race and class combination known to the mudding universe. I've maxxed out on all the 'tiers', I've been in countless clans, and crushed the “hardest” mobs on so many muds. I've even been a high-level Immortal a few.

And throughout my mudding life, I have NEVER found a mud that came anywhere close to the amazing gameplay of Arctic. I always found my way back. Here are some of the many reasons in detail:

World: Extremely rich and detailed zones, every one designed specifically for Arctic over the years by its own staff. And the world has a logical, realistic layout. You don’t have a zone full of smurfs across the road from outer space, and go up in the sky to find a forest. There is a huge world here to explore, full of forests, roads, towns, castles, keeps, dungeons, and yes, you can even take a magic ship to the moon (but whatever you do, DON’T open that hatch). But it makes SENSE here, it’s not just one long road with a bunch of random unrelated garbage zones everywhere.

Quests: 90% or better of the zones have internal quests, from simple find-and-deliver to complex multi-part quests (some of which still aren't 'public knowledge'), with hidden objects or mobs and secret keywords leading to whole new hidden areas of the zone.

Other quests span the game world and involve serious work and persistence, with very great rewards. You won't find any 'AutoQuestors' here with tedious repetitive so-called 'quests', just good old-fashioned exp/equipment/magic item/spell rewards for paying good attention and hard work.

Ranks: Exclusive to Arctic is the “rank” system (as far as I’ve seen). This is where the real “staying power” of Arctic shines though. The highest level you can reach is 30. At level 30, you gain experience until you are literally 1 experience point away from level 31 (known as 1X), after which no more experience can be gained. It is at this point that one begins the journey of gaining ranks instead of levels. Rank points are gained by killing special or unique mobs in every zone, more or less like the ‘bosses’ and ‘mini-bosses’ that each zone has.

After killing enough ‘rank mobs’ to gain a new rank, you must journey to the ‘rank merchant’ in a remote location and spend your rank points to gain new abilities and improvements to your character. At rank 20, you can choose to undergo a special quest to become a ‘Legendary’ Arctic character, opening more advanced and very elite options for spending your rank points on. For examples, log in and type “help legendary [class]”, eg. “help legendary cleric”.

Balance: Each of the classes has unique class-specific skills and/or spells and each one matters. You won't see a huge list of garbage you'll never use as in other muds.

In fact, if you don't train and use the skills and majority of spells you learn, you WILL die - early and often. No healing mages, no casting warriors, no clerics with lightning bolt. Thank heavens. But a well-trained warrior CAN bash you to the ground and keep you there until your death.

Pk: MOST pk actually happens between rival clans, so chances are you will probably be left alone if you don’t actively try to start something. Getting randomly attacked is possible though.

There is no class that is decidedly 'more powerful' than any other, it really all comes down to how well you play your character.

One on one, I've seen a cleric get eaten alive by a warrior, then, that same warrior got steamrolled by the same cleric 20 minutes later.

I've seen a 320 hp mage absolutely crush a 900hp barbarian without getting touched, and I've seen the barb plow through the mage in 3 rounds. Luck, skill, and focus all come into play. It's beautiful.

The most impressive pk-based action I’ve seen is the large groups of clan vs. clan “wars” crashing into eachother and raising cain. 10 vs. 10 well-equipped and experienced players is insane to be a part of. Best not to stand by and watch if you don’t want to get involved, because sooner or later an area attack is going to smack you in the face.

EQ: There are no level limits. If your class and alignment can use a certain piece of eq, then you can use it at level 1.

Grouping: Class matters, and reaching the highest levels is fairly hard without a well-rounded group that has your back. Trust me, you'll need friends - but luckily they aren't hard to come by if you're friendly and seek help honestly.

Combat: The group/combat dynamics of this game are also the best I've ever experienced. This of course is the best part of the game. I've been in VERY many fights where I was literally afraid to blink. Many fights are so hard, that there are specific actions everybody MUST take for the group to have a chance, and an experienced leader will make this known before the fight. An example, from a leader: 'okay everybody listen up. next fight, kill guard/guard/priest/high priest in that order. keep priests bashed. mages, frag the guards HARD, druids try to silence them then frag hard, or they'll shout for help and 4 more will track in and assist them. after high priest dies, a demon gets summoned in. it has ‘reflect’, so do NOT cast on it, and KEEP IT BASHED AT ALL TIMES or it will cast area spells for heavy damage. it has a special attack that knocks ppl out of the room at random, so if you find yourself sitting, stand and come back n asap.' My personal favorite? “NOBODY FLEE or you WILL die!” Yep. Imagine the suspense after instructions like that. It makes this game so intense you won't believe it. But when it’s over, and everybody lived (or almost everybody) and the leader pulls an awesome piece of eq from its corpse…oh yeah.

Classes: After all these years, I still can’t decide on a favorite class. I’ve played them all, and I’ll play them all again. For more detailed info, check out Arctic’s “Guilds” page.

Clerics keep people alive and well with healing and protective spells. They, and only they, get the spell ‘heal’ (if they complete the proper quest), which is a full heal for all hps. (Sound overpowered? Wait till you see your healer get bashed, or better yet just flat out die, when you’re taking heavy damage from 5+ mobs that are all kicking, punching, casting, and bashing you down. I can almost hear your pants getting wet.)

White/Black/Red Robed mages do massive damage and provide vital utility spells and group buffs. Each alignment has its own robe color, and each robe has different spells. Barbarians soak up damage like a drunken sponge - literally shoving their way to the front lines. Skilled barbs are amazing to behold in a fight, the perfect tank.

Warriors keep mobs on the ground with 'bash' to prevent them from casting or healing themselves or running away, and rescue the casters that are unlucky enough to be targeted by melee.

Thieves disable traps and pick locks, while providing combat support in the form of backstabs, unbalancing the opponent, and crippling poisons.

Druids have some of the most devastating area attacks in the game, representing nature's various forms of fury. Tornadoes, lightning storms, ice storms, and Elementals are all in their repertoire.

Shamans provide both heavy damage through multiple spirit pets, and impressive healing abilities, including 'heal boost' which augments any healing done to the target by a large percentage. Scouts, like mages, also come in 3 flavors called 'Paths'. Paths of the Ocean, Sky, and Mountain. Each has 'instincts' gained by defeating different special mobs attuned to that path, then binding that animal’s spirit to their own.

Paladins wield the powers of Good, with specialized combat-trained mounts (such as pegasi, or griffons, and finally at the highest levels..a dragon) , group protection, self-preservation spells, and insane bonuses vs. evil opponents.

And finally, the Dark Knight. A paladin’s equal and opposite in every respect. They too get dragons at high-level, and while paladins MAIN focus is on defense, the dk’s is on damage. Truly awesome and terrible to behold, the high-level DK calls on the powers of darkness to overcome and quite literally consume their foes.

All in all, Arctic has been my life’s love as far as gaming is concerned. And I’m not alone, about half of the people that play Arctic are solid veterans, I have friends now that I met on Arctic several years ago. What we need, and why I’m taking the time for this review, is new people.

Arctic underwent several major changes recently to make adjustment easier for the new player. A few clans are geared towards recruiting newer players and teaching them. The helpfiles have been reworked, and help is available for every single spell, skill, command, class, race, area, etc. in the game.

Then log into Arctic, select Yes when asked if you’re a new player, and start in Solace. You’ll be glad you did, I promise. Toss me a tell if I’m on.

Check for some good logs of fights and whatnot to see what it looks like from a player’s view. I really hope to see some new faces around. -Sephas

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Review posted by biship
Posted on Thu Dec 10 19:13:45 2009 / 2 comments
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Prepare to be randomly killed, a lot. And unfortunately deaths are quite severe. The amount of experience that is lost normally translates into about 2 - 8+ hours of play time depending on your class, level and experience. Additionally you can expect to lose spells upon death for certain classes.

It's a shame that a fair amount of the playerbase live to do nothing but pk and have little, to no, qualms about who is their target. The immortals have a strict hands off policy except for extreme cases.

Bottom line: If you're thinking about learning to play this mud, unless you can get in right after a player wipe (roughly every 2 years) when every body is on equal footing, it's probably not worth your time.

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Comment posted on Wed Jul 15 12:38:00 2009 by Mid:

It's true - player killing is allowed. Do you see much of it on the game? Not really. The clan dynamic allows for noobs (skilled enough to reach a 'high level', yet inexperienced to the point of being deterred at the possibility of losing time through the channels of death and equipment loss) to establish a level of protection against the few groups of players that choose to partake in 'random' PK.

To argue that someone completely new to the game will be targeted by these aggressive players is not a fair judgment; the game is noobie friendly and once the hook has been set, you'll be hard pressed to find a more uniquely dynamic MUD out there. Arctic is a challenging MUD, and easily holds the best long term 'value' for a game I've ever played!

Comment posted on Fri Aug 7 10:45:24 2009 by Cameron:

Dying is more severe in arctic than in other games. However, you can make up for it in minutes, not hours, so long as you either know what you're doing or find a group that knows what they're doing. Mudding is for men, not little wussies. On top of that, say you're the one doing the killing - you really want to not get anything out of it - in most muds, there is no reward for pkilling successfully - in arctic, there are big rewards.

Bottom line: If you're a wuss go somewhere else. If you want a real mud, come to arctic. I've played MUDs for 10 years and played probably 10 different MUDs to give different ones a chance - I've never found one nearly as good as arctic.

Review posted by Kragg
Posted on Fri Oct 5 20:07:01 2007 / 0 comments
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I want to announce that Arctic is player file wiping today (friday)! If you have played this mud before you will know the rush is a blast. Come (back) and check out all the changes and updates and enjoy the run. Catch up with old friends and make new ones. For potential newcomers, this is an old-school text mud based loosely on dragonlance. We can be found through the website at or by telnet to 2700.

See you there!

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Review posted by Enrico
Posted on Sun Mar 25 19:27:20 2007 / 0 comments
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I want to put in a plug for the mud I have been playing off and on for the past 13 years. I have played several other text games, WOW, Warcraft, Quake, etc but always seem to gravitate back to Arctic. This grand old dame has the staying power.

Anyway, Arctic, over the past couple of years, was getting pretty stale but some recent changes in the administration has really shaken things up. There are lots of cool new major and minor changes being added now that there are a couple of very active coders working on the mud. There is a renewed feeling of energy around the place also.

All that is needed now is a return of some players. So, if you left for some reason or other and don't quite fit where you went too (or why are you reading this), I encourage you to come back and check out the changes for yourself. If you are a prospective new player, this is the best time in years to start on the mud. The mud is probably half-way between playerwipes (yes, they have them) so the player numbers are down some and the present playerbase is more welcoming than it has been in years to new blood as everyone knows we need more people on. Come find out why it has been around for so long (1992). If you are totally new, this is a tough mud to start on but just read the website help, the helpfiles and ask lots of questions of staff and other players and you may well do fine. Come join the fun!

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Review posted by Burlok
Posted on Fri Jan 20 21:29:05 2006 / 0 comments
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I have been playing Arctic since 1994 and, while I have tried many other muds, this is the only mud worth anything. As long, that is, as you are not adverse to a text mud on principle. A mud doesn't reach this age by stinking after all.

This mud is absolutely huge and most of the zones are well-written with rich rewards waiting for those willing to take the time to accumulate knowledge through exploration. What really sets this mud apart are three things: 1) the classes are well balanced and well diffentiated; 2) the combat and player 'relations' system; and 3) the staff. Players are left by and large to solve their disputes on their own which makes for the most realistic player environment I have found.

This is a Darwinian mud and the mud's history is littered with the carcasses of lesser mudders- this mud is designed for the elite mudder. You need three things to succeed here: friends, ample mud-time, and zone knowledge. The pwipes every year or two help level the playing field and lead to a fun free-for-all as players jockey for position.

The volunteer staff on Arctic, while not suffering fools gladly, are reasonably helpful and professional while maintaining a hands off policy.

The code is well-maintained, the player-base is international, improvement is constant and enough new stuff is brought in to keep the game fresh. Come join us at arctic.

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Arctic Stats
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# Days Listed7974
Last Connection StatusConnected
# Days With Status337
Total Telnet Attempts14510.182
Total Website Attempts22820.286
Telnet Attempts This Month48715.710
Website Attempts This Month64520.806