Online MUDs: Combating Boredom in the Military With Text Games

One of the great things about online text games is the opportunities they provide to meet some pretty cool folks. For example, my girlfriend and I, who met through gaming, recently sat down with Herenicus from Achaea. Herenicus is a 68W Army Combat Medic and has some amazing stories to share, but he’s also a text game addict. I have friends in the military who are always complaining about the lack of online gaming options while deployed, but Herenicus was still active in Achaea while overseas. Of course, I wanted to get the nitty-gritty on his text game experiences while overseas, so we picked the location and had lunch – the famous Schmidt’s Sausage Haus.

After a lengthy wait (hey, it’s Schmidt’s!) we were led to our table. We all decided on the buffet so Herenicus could save room for his cream puff (more on that later), and after piling delicious bratwurst and german potato salad onto our plates, we got around to chatting about text games. My first question was how often he was able to get online to play text games in the first place.

“Internet access varies greatly from larger operating bases เว็บบอล to smaller outposts. For most of the deployment, we either had no Internet access, access only when visiting a larger base for supplies, or access in a public tent dedicated to phones and Internet service. I rarely did more than check messages and news once every other month until our outpost had a contractor arrive and set up a civilian wireless network charging between $50 and $100 per month for wireless internet.”

I was a little shocked at those prices because that’s the price range for cable in your home. A friend in Iraq told me that his internet was communal, so I asked Herenicus if he had the same.

“Once we got civilian Internet, pretty much everyone was using it when not on mission or sleeping. People kept up with family, but if you paid for higher bandwidth you could download music or movies. We had guys playing WoW – I went with the middle plan which probably wouldn’t have supported that. It barely supported Achaea, and yes – outages were common.”