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Old 02-16-2006, 04:59 PM   #1
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It's time for the annual zMUD icon bidding process! This is the FINAL WEEK of bidding. Bidding ends on February 23rd. This is your last chance to advertise your MUD in zMUD and CMUD for 2006.

As some of you know, for the past several years the zMUD client has been listing a small number of paid icons in its startup screen for some of the premier MUDs on the Internet. This past year, we had a bidding process to determine which icons to display. The minimum bid was $1000 for a year of icon display.

During the past year I received dozens of emails from many MUDs asking how they can get one of these icons. Well, the bidding process for 2006 icons has begun. The top-ten bids will be chosen for an icon on the zMUD startup screen. Also, this year all winning icons will also be placed in the new CMUD (Chiara's MUD Client) client that I am releasing later this Spring (for more info on CMUD, go to the CMUD Beta Forum on www.zuggsoft.com)

While I understand that this price is too high for most MUDs, the intent of these zMUD startup icons is to provide very high quality starting MUDs for brand new players who might be intimidated by the huge MUD listing or who might pick an entry from the MUD list and be disappointed by the size, scope, or reliability of some MUDs. My hope is that these startup icons will help provide new players a positive MUDding experience and help grow the MUD user base in this time when we are under extreme competition from new MMORPGs.

Last year, the winning icons were downloaded over 100,000 times for new zMUD users. Of course, once it was downloaded it continued to be displayed every time the player ran zMUD (until they manually deleted the icon), so it's hard to say exactly how many times each icon was actually viewed. The MUDs with icons in the zMUD startup screen received a lot of exposure to new MUD players.

For details on what the zMUD startup icon is, go to http://www.zuggsoft.com/zmud/bids/docicon.php
For details on the actual bidding process itself, go to http://www.zuggsoft.com/zmud/bids/docbid.php
To create an account to submit a bid for your MUD, go to http://www.zuggsoft.com/zmud/bids

Thanks for your time and support and I hope this helps grow the MUD player population.
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