M2MIMud

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Title: M2MIMud
Author: Whitcomb, Robert
Abstract: M2MIMud is a simple MUD (multi-user dungeon) type game that is designed to run on an ad hoc network of devices without the presence of any central server. It runs over Many-to-Many Invocation (M2MI), a distributed object system API that uses broadcasts and handles, rather than IP addresses, to communicate. Most existing multi-user computer games rely on a client-server architecture with a central server storing and maintaining the state of the game. In contrast, M2MIMud runs on an ad hoc network of devices with no central server. This paper describes M2MI and its use for serverless multi-user applications, discusses the design and development of M2MIMud, and discusses the challenges that had to be overcome to implement a multi-user game without a central server. Also included in this paper are a player's manual and some design documentation. Overall, M2MIMud is an interesting study in the efforts to port existing types of software to an ad hoc environment.
Record URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1850/2779
Date: 2006

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