A Basic Guide to MOOing:
The Moo is a Multi-User Domain Object Oriented computer program that
allows students to come together on-line to interact with each other and an
established database of rooms and objects. You will be assigned a character
at random, and this predetermined social status and gender will influence the
responses of the other characters in the MOO, and the opportunities afforded
To find the MOO, type this link into your browser:
http://playground.acadiau.ca:7000/ (make sure that your default browser
Click the Create Account button. Enter your real name, a username, and
your Acadia e-mail. Be sure to select the correct course number that you are
registered in. You will be assigned a password – this password is case
sensitive so copy and paste it into the password space when you attempt to
log in. When logging in, type your username and password.
Upon your first log in, you the MOO will open in a new browser window, and
you will find yourself in the Common Foyer. Take this time to edit some of
your options. First and foremost, I recommend changing your password
to one that you will remember easily. Click the Options button at the top of
the page, and use the drop down menu that appears to alter your
preferences. Not all listed options are important or even available, but have a
On the left side of the screen is the text-based portion of the MOO. Here you
can read messages and interact with your surroundings. On the right side of
the screen is the image-based portion of the MOO. You will find images and
information regarding your location, anyone you interact with, and the
different locations that you can explore.
Click on the compass direction that points to your class or type go, followed
by the direction (i.e. go north if your class is located on the northern point
of the compass). You’ll find yourself in a fairly basic room—this is a room
that only members of your class are allowed to access and anyone present in
this room will be one of your classmates. Feel free to chat with each other
(refer to the list of basic commands on the next page) and to help each other
out regarding MOO commands, etc. while in this room.
Each command is shown in bold. The part in italics is relevant to the situation.
Task Command Example
Note: For more help on any of these commands type help followed by the name of the command. e.g.
Sets the gender for your @gender male or @gender female
character, so that appropriate
pronouns are used.
Look around you look, or click Look button on toolbar
Look at an object look object look carriage
Check who else is online right now @who or click on the ―who‖ button at
the top of the screen
Speak to everyone in the room say or select the ―say‖ button in the left- say hi!
hand text box then type your message
Direct what you say to a specific -playername message -Sue Hey, how are
person in the room (not private) you?
Communicate privately with whisper “message” to playername whisper “hi” to Sue
another player in the same room
Speak with a character in the talkto name talkto Emmanuel
Carry out common actions, e.g. Laugh
To show that someone else has laugh name laugh Sue
made you laugh
Emote Emote message or select the ―emote‖ emote falls on the
button in the left-hand text box, then floor, laughing.
type your message
Block messages from a user @gag name @gag Sue
Unblock messages from a user @ungag name @ungag sue
Describe yourself @describe me as @describe me as
Tall, dark and
See list of wizards (admins) @wizards
currently on-line (e.g. to ask for