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Developer(s) Project community
Engine DGD
Platform(s) Platform independent
Release date(s) 1991
Genre(s) Medieval fantasy RP MUD
Mode(s) Multiplayer
Distribution Online

Xyllomer is a MUD, a text-based online role-playing game, founded in 1991 as PaderMUD (after the University of Paderborn, where it was hosted).[1] It was the first publicly accessible MUD to use Dworkin's Game Driver. It has been hosted in Germany throughout its history.

Game characteristics

Xyllomer '​s setting is medieval fantasy in theme.[2] Roleplaying is enforced,[3] with strict penalties for improper out-of-character behavior, including conducting out-of-character communication through in-character channels.[2][4] Game mechanics are hidden behind abstractions so as to enhance immersiveness.[5]

Xyllomer supports a gameinfo command at its initial login screen to help new players orient themselves.[6]


A screenshot of one of the several login screens Xyllomer displays

In 1992, PaderMUD ported from its original LPMud 2.4.5 infrastructure to the CD gamedriver and mudlib.[7]

In 1993, PaderMUD ported from the CD driver to DGD, becoming the first public DGD MUD.[8]

In 1995, PaderMUD changed its named to Xyllomer.[9]

In 1996, Xyllomer moved to its own dedicated server, which has been funded by the players through donations. Previously, it had been hosted on a server owned by the University of Paderborn.[7]

In 2004, Xyllomer '​s login screen was quoted as an example of civic-minded warnings issued to players regarding the time-consuming nature of MUDs.[10]

In 2010, Xyllomer has been upgraded to the latest DGD version and the wizards started to transform it into a permanent world setup.


  1. ^ Busey, Andrew (1995). Secrets of the MUD Wizards.  
  2. ^ a b "Xyllomer: The Mud Concept". Xyllomer. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  3. ^ "Gameplay Information". Xyllomer. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
  4. ^ Batinic, Bernad; Reips, Ulf-Dietrich; Bosnjak, Michael (2002-06-15). Online Social Sciences. Hogrefe & Huber Publishing. p. 276.  
  5. ^ Janus, Ulrich; Janus, Ludwig. Abenteuer in anderen Welten [Adventures in Other Worlds] (in German). Psychosozial Verlag. pp. 167, 168.  
  6. ^ Hoffman, Allan (1995). 50 Fun Ways to Internet. Book-mart Press. p. 116.  
  7. ^ a b "The History of this world". Xyllomer. April 2001. Retrieved 2010-04-27. 
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  10. ^ Wolf, Dominik (2004). Der einsame Spieler: Vereinsamung durch Internetspiele [The Lone Gamer: Isolation by Internet Games] (in German). GRIN Verlag. p. 21.  

External links

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