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Old 04-19-2002, 02:50 AM   #1
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I'm asking this poll because I find it surprizing how many young mudders there are. I was 12 when I started mudding. Now I'm 13, so not much difference. I thought it was only me when I started Mudding. I wouldn't tell anybody how old I was. Then I became an immortal, told everyone, and now all those people at that MUD now have a new respect for younger Mudders. Don't know if it was good or bad, but oh well. I just want to see how old people are out here!
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Old 04-19-2002, 11:08 AM   #2
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I am twenty-four now, i was eighteen when i started mudding.

The youngest player i've had my mud was ten, and that was only because his mother played.
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Old 04-19-2002, 10:18 PM   #3
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Thumbs up

Grin to all you youngun's out there.

I'm 46. didn't start mudding till I was past 40. (played dice and paper games though)

Bright Blessings all
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Old 04-20-2002, 03:32 PM   #4
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Hehe, 51 here. Playing MUDs for just the last 2+ years (Nov. '99). I blame some of my students for getting me started. Did D&D back in the late 70's, so that's where my interest/curiosity arose. The *oldest* RL player on the MUD I frequent most often by far (next is a 36yo). And when I'm in a 4-man group, it's a safe bet that I'm older than the other three put together. Just my experience, but most of the MUDders I've encountered are in high school or college. Hence, the average age should be 'low' ... <grin>.
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Old 04-20-2002, 04:24 PM   #5
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Well, I suppose I've been lucky. I started playing with computers when I was about seven years old, and I'm twenty now. But, as far as MUDs... I started when I was about the same age (I started on a 2400 baud modem, the fastest thing around ). But, as far as the oldest MUDder I know, they would be about... hmm... fifty-eight now. At the time I last saw them they were fifty-five and had a birthday in about a week.

*shrug*

Fun all around, eh?
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Old 04-20-2002, 05:54 PM   #6
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Bah, back in the good old days, before the war, we'd show you youngin's how to MUD! No stinky new-fashioned TCP/IP! We only had one big 2mhz IBM mainframe and we entered our commands on PUNCH CARDS!!!

Spoiled whippersnappers... Bah!
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Old 04-20-2002, 10:23 PM   #7
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If we only knew what that all meant...
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Old 04-22-2002, 09:49 AM   #8
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WOW

I am really surprised to see the number over 40. While I am not the oldest player on AVATAR, I'm up there. Grin.

(for a couple days a few of us oldersters were going around saying xxxx over 40 unite! just to be silly.

Bright blessings to young and old.

And oooo punch cards. I remember punch cards. I also remember gaming where every command had to print out as there was no CRT (monitor to you young whippersnappers, hehe). When the college I was at got a CRT the next year, we were in 7th heaven.
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Old 04-22-2002, 11:29 AM   #9
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We had hard drives as big as most CRTs these days. And they'd only store a couple of kilobyte. A megabyte seemed like a physical limit to data storage capacity! They didn't even DARE to think about gigabytes back then and now we're already up in TERABYTES!

My laptop is 150 times as powerfull as the gool old mainframe and it's 150th the size! Also 150th the stability, but I don't care!
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Old 04-22-2002, 10:21 PM   #10
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In my travels in MUDland, I've encountered a full spectrum of age ranges, from 10 to 52, and during those travels, it angers me to hear some young punk say something like "MUDding is all young people..old farts can't play MUDs.." or sometimes even worse, is the griping about those same young punks and their taking over Eddy's favorite leveling grounds. The point to my tirade is that MUDding is for everyone, no matter what your age.
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Old 04-23-2002, 12:15 PM   #11
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I once encountered a student (very young) who found a box of old printing paper, and he exclaimed "This is a bunch of cr**. Theres a bunch of holes in it!"

I wouldnt trust the poll, though. According to it, most mudders are 20-something. I highly doubt that...I would think it would be a bit lower, more like 15-something. Like Enzo said, most young kids exaggerate their age online.
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Old 04-23-2002, 12:25 PM   #12
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22 here, most people on austin are around my age, max normally about 30 ish. Oldest I know of is probably late 40's early 50's, couple of others in the 40's. Usual amount of _real_ young ones

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Old 04-23-2002, 01:58 PM   #13
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It's possible that the overall mudding age is younger than the age of those who come to this forum. That might account for the heavy weighting of the "20-something" groups.
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Old 04-24-2002, 12:20 AM   #14
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I first found MU*s when I was 26. I'm now 32 and have met a handful of people older than me. I was shocked when I met someone in his early 60's. I have found, tho, that most players seem to be between the ages of 18 and 22, with a small grouping of 15-16 year olds.
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Old 04-24-2002, 04:25 AM   #15
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22 here...and I generally refuse to ask/tell my age anymore after the first dozen or so people half my age *sob*
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Old 04-24-2002, 10:06 AM   #16
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About 5 years ago internet in Belgium costed 200$ a month.
And I am sure in a lot of countries(USA is an exception! internet used to be expensive, and in some countries internet is still very expensive.
At univercities and colleges internet is usually completely free however.
So This must also be on of the reasons the average age of mudders is between 20 and 25.
It makes sense.

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Old 04-24-2002, 11:35 AM   #17
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I'm 18, but because I'm past my MUDding days, now only serving as a forum adornment and the occasional punching bag for Orion. But I MUDded back at my 16th and 17th...
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Old 04-25-2002, 01:32 AM   #18
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Well I'm 28 and I have just been playing for almost a year now. It is great fun and it is better than watching T.V. because T.V. sucks most of the time. It is great and my girlfriend actually go me into it.
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Old 04-25-2002, 08:30 AM   #19
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im 23, beeen paying 11 years now in all sorts of muds,
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Old 04-29-2002, 03:57 AM   #20
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Xanferious is easily the worst liar ever!
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