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An Artist's Impression

Visit our island online


Arriving on the island as a visitor or tourist you are faced with familiar dilemmas - should you hover by the Ferry terminal and read all the available information, stroll out confidently along the pier and mingle with the locals or carefully trace out the geography of the island - starting with a walk around the coast and ending up with an intimate chat in a quiet inland village?
Perhaps you would like to stay here? Perhaps you would like to build your own home - or holiday home? Maybe, you will just drop in occasionally to chat to friends and check out new building developments. Anything is possible, all your decisions are controlled only by the speed of your typing, and the spaces you choose to describe.

Island is a MUSH (or text-based environment), part of An Artists' Impression. Activity in the MUSH (e.g building new items) directly influences the physical model of it in the gallery installation by us, the artists, who work in workshops during exhibitions to try and 'keep up' with the online space's activity.

Island is now a work in progress. The artists, as hosts, are inviting you to join them in defining how this text-based environment will develop indefinately.

Technical Guidance:
If you would like to look around the Island you can log in using various software 'clients': For Mac users, there are fewer than for PC's, but the easiest thing is to use Telnet which many people already have (if not click here to download it.)
Try this link to see if it will launch telnet directly -
island.pennmush.org:4206 If not, connect by typing this into the top box you get when you go to the file menu and let go on 'open connection' ...
You should then get a window up almost straight away that says island.pennmush.org:4206 at the top and then gives you instructions regarding how to log in ...

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Use create (name) (password) to create a character.
Use connect (name) (password) to connect to your existing character.
Use connect Visitor or Tourist to connect to a guest character.
Use QUIT to logout.
Use the WHO command to see who is currently on the Island.
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In other words if you want to just look round you type connect Visitor then hit return OR if you want an actual character you type 'create', then a space, then your name, then a space, then your password and hit return. If you get the window up but nothing appears when you type - go to preferences and check to see that local echo is checked on - this is a very common problem on PC's.

If you have down loaded MacMUSH (or a similar PC Client) and got it open you need to go to file and let go on new - you then get three fields to fill in:
MUSH name - put Island
Host address - put island.pennmush.org
port - put 4206

You then get a new window that says Island at the top - now go to the connection menu and let go on connect ...this gives you instructions (above) regarding how to log in ... In other words if you want to just look round you type connect Visitor in the bottom panel and then hit return OR if you want an actual character you type create then a space then your name then a space then your password (all in the bottom panel) and hit return ...

If you'd like help with your travel arrangements or to know more the Island contact us directly on artists@somewhere.org.uk