Blind and Visually Impaired Player Support
Alter Aeon is one of the most blind friendly multiplayer games on the web. Nearly
all of our players are blind or visually impaired, and our dedicated staff is
constantly on the lookout for trouble spots.
If you already have a mud client that you're happy with, the Alter Aeon
address is alteraeon.com port 3010.
The resources below include both downloads we host, as well as downloads and help
from the large community of blind Alter Aeon players. Hopefully one of the
clients listed below will work well with your computer and screen reader software.
We hope to see you soon on Alter Aeon!
Microsoft Windows Downloads, Soundpacks, and Help
There are several different types of clients you can use to connect to Alter Aeon,
but you may have to try more than one to find one that works well with your reader.
Some of our best support for the blind and visually impaired has come from
our blind players. Here are links to some of our blind community sites,
which host and maintain scripts and downloads.
- The player
has put together this excellent soundpack for
Mushclient, including scripts and interface files for screen readers.
This client is used by over half of the blind players on Alter Aeon.
- MonkeyTerm MTScripts - The player
has put together a set of scripts and sounds for MonkeyTerm,
a commonly used client for blind players. This page includes downloads and
custom scripting by blind players, for blind players.
- GMUD -
This link has downloads and soundpacks for GMud, a compact client that works
well with some readers.
- Nerdball's VIPMud Soundpack
is a good choice if you already have the
VIPMud client. This
is a very large soundpack, so if you have a slow link, it might be faster to grab
Dime's VIPMud Soundpack,
which is another good choice for VIPMud users.
If you don't have VIPMud, you can get it from the
web site. You can use it free for a 30 day trial period, but after the trial
expires some of the features are disabled.
Other Windows Client Downloads
The custom clients we recommend for sighted players do not yet have good
support for screen readers. We are working to improve support, but
for now you might want to try our versions of the basic screen-reader
- GMud (no soundpack)
For this client to work well with your reader, you need to
download and install scripts for it. You can download the
GMud JAWS scripts from
our server. We also have a
set of JAWS scripts used by the Alter Aeon builder
- MonkeyTerm (no soundpack)
MonkeyTerm is a GNU GPL'ed client that a number of Alter Aeon players
use. It has support for nearly any feature, and a number of blind players
use it because it's easy to script and filter. You can also obtain it
from our server. We host a local mirror of the
and the GPL'ed
- JMC 3.5 (registration required, no soundpack)
JMC is a general, advanced MUD client that can be used with Alter Aeon. It is
intended for the power user who wants to write their own scripts; it supports
unlimited player profiles, aliases, trigger actions with complex pattern matching,
custom key assignments and macros, variables, speed walking, auto map generation,
and much more. You can also get
Jaws Scripts for JMC at
- GMud32 (registration required, no soundpack)
GMud is an older MUD client that can be used with Alter Aeon. This download is
intended for the power user who wants to write their own scripts, and are familiar
with mud client scripting. You can also get
Jaws Scripts for GMud at
We are open for submissions of scripts and new clients. Please contact Dentin
in-game if you would like to add a client to this page.
Apple Mac Support
Currently, the easiest option for playing the game on a Mac is to use the
built in telnet program with VoiceOver. The simplest way to use telnet
is to click on this link:
A more complicated, but much more powerful client for Apple Macs is Tintin. For
help installing and using both Tintin and Telnet, please see our
Apple Mac Visually Impaired Support
Ubuntu and Linux Support
For Ubuntu and other Linux systems, we recommend using either the default Linux Telnet client or the
Tintin client from sourceforge. The reader Orca does a fair job of keeping up with
messages for either client, and you should have no problems playing the game. For
more information, please see our
Ubuntu Linux Visually Impaired Support
Other Blind and Visually Impaired Sites
For blind and visually impaired players, our friends at
have a list of other games besides Alter Aeon that are blind-friendly,
including board games and puzzles.
web site has a number
of other downloads for the visually impaired which may be useful. You will need
to log in to download anything.