tlhIngan Hol MUSH

Telnet to 2218
Use the Web client
Connecting to the MUSH
What to do once you’ve connected


A MUSH is a text-based virtual environment in which the player controls a character and interacts with other players’ characters. Some MUSHes are used for story-based role-playing games, but the tlhIngan Hol MUSH is used to practice Klingon. When multiple players are connected, they can speak and act with each other in any way they choose.

Connecting to the MUSH

The MUSH address is on port 2218. You need some kind of telnet client to connect to it.


The simplest—and least satisfying—telnet client is simply called telnet, and is available on any computer (Windows Vista users must enable telnet before using it). From a command prompt (Terminal on the Macintosh, Unix, or Linux, Command Prompt or Run in Windows) type telnet 2218 to connect.

You may not be able to see your commands as you type them. If this is the case, you need to enable localecho. How you do this varies from computer to computer, but in Windows you do it as follows:

Windows 3.x, 95, 98, ME, or NT
  1. Click Preferences on the Terminal menu.
  2. Check the Local Echo checkbox.
  3. Click OK.
Windows 2000
  1. Press Ctrl-] after connecting to the MUSH to return to the telnet command prompt.
  2. Type the command set local_echo and press Enter.
  3. Press Enter again to return to the MUSH.
Windows XP or Vista
Follow the same instructions as for Windows 2000, but use the command set localecho instead.

Java client

Another primitive—but not as primitive as telnet—client you can use to get to the MUSH requires that Java be installed for your web browser. Most people have Java installed. If it is, you can open the MUSH in your web browser.

The first time you connect to the MUSH with the Java applet, after you log in with or create your character, you must type the command color off. The Java client can’t display the ANSI codes the MUSH uses; this command suppresses ANSI on this MUSH. Your character will remember this setting; if you continue to use the Java client, you won’t have to type the command again. On the other hand, if you connect with some other client (telnet, or see below) and you want to see highlight, color, and other text effects, type the command color on.

Other clients

Your built-in telnet client will suffice to connect to the MUSH, but it is inconvenient in a number of ways. The worst problem is that as you type other people’s speech and actions will interfere with whatever you’re typing. To solve this and other minor inconveniences, you’ll want download and install a MUSH client. There are a lot of these available. Some free ones for use with Windows include:

I’m not experienced with Macintosh, Unix, or Linux MUSH clients, but they are undoubtedly similar to the ones available for Windows.

What to do once you’ve connected

As soon as you connect to the MUSH, start talking! Find someone and strike up a conversation. Here are a few commands to get you started:

say <message>
Makes you say <message> to everyone in your current location.
page <player> = <message>
Sends a private <message> to <player> anywhere on the MUSH.
Find out who’s on the MUSH. This command must be typed in all capital letters.
go <exit>
Makes you walk through <exit> to go to another room.
Disconnects you from the MUSH. This command must be typed in all capital letters.
Shows you help information about the MUSH. The help system is extensive. Use it to find out how to do all sorts of neat things.

For more information on how to do things specific to the tlhIngan Hol MUSH, go to the Visitor’s Center in the Shuttle Port.

Last updated August 9, 2009

David Trimboli | Index