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Northern Lights (online game)

Northern Lights
Northern Lights Logo

Developer(s) Anna "Vitastjern" Eklund, Gjermund "Nicknack" Sørseth, project community
Engine Dirt (AberMUD)
Platform(s) Platform independent
Release date(s) 1992
Genre(s) Fantasy MUD
Mode(s) Multiplayer
Distribution Online

Northern Lights, abbreviated NL, is a MUD, a text-based online role-playing game, founded in 1992 by Anna "Vitastjern" Eklund.[1][2][3] It has at times been noted as a particularly large and popular example of its type, and has received critical praise.[4][5]

NL '​s tagline is "The AberMUD at Ludd", reflecting its long-time hosting with the Luleå Academic Computer Society (Luleå Universitets Datorförening, hence LUDD) at the Luleå University of Technology in Sweden.[6][2]

Game characteristics

A screenshot of the introductory screen from Northern Lights

Northern Lights is an "adventure-based" MUD, with combat and questing the primary game activities.[7][5] Socialization is minimal, though the process of becoming a wizard is rumored to be politically complex.[5]

The MUD includes a tour to familiarize new users with gameplay.[6]


NL has been praised for its "original zones" and "well-thought-out world".[5]

Interactive Internet: The Insider's Guide to MUDs, MOOs, and IRC featured a wedding conducted between two player characters on Northern Lights, performed personally by Anna Eklund in her capacity as Goddess of the MUD.[6]

Technical infrastructure

Northern Lights is an AberMUD based on the Dirt codebase.[5][3]


  1. ^  
  2. ^ a b Eklund, Anna (2005-02-05). "Northern Lights - the AberMUD at Ludd". Northern Lights. Luleå Academic Computer Society. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  3. ^ a b Eklund, Anna (2001-02-18). "In The Beginning". Northern Lights. Luleå Academic Computer Society. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  4. ^ Benedikt, Claire Lisette; Ciskowski, Dave (1995). MUDs: Exploring Virtual Worlds on the Internet. BradyGames. p. 226.  
  5. ^ a b c d e Maloni, Kelly; Baker, Derek; Wice, Nathaniel (1994). Net Games. Random House / Michael Wolff & Company, Inc. pp. 102–103.  
  6. ^ a b c Shefski, William J. (1995). Interactive Internet: The Insider's Guide to MUDs, MOOs, and IRC.  
  7. ^ Mohta, Viraf D. (1996-12-18). The World Wide Web for Kids & Parents. John Wiley & Sons. p. 267.  

External links

  • Official website
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