The World of Pain

Looking for a break from your current "reality"?
The World of Pain is a free online multiplayer text-based game. In this realm, you can create and control a new being with a unique personality and skillset. You'll get to explore a new world with a variety of places and faces that you have never seen before.

Current features include:

  • New players under level 50 are protected from death and equipment loss.
  • Unlimited mortal levels and never-ending adventure.
  • Multiclass/remort your character at level 400 (or above) to add a whole new set of abilities.
  • For the daring, you can also kill other players, but this is limited to specific PK areas, each with their own level of risk.
  • Join a clan and rise through the ranks while achieving noble titles.
  • Complete quests with monetary and equipment-based rewards.
  • Mudlet and Grapevine clients support graphical integration with our GMCP support.
  • Automatic mapping of the entire game with Mudlet and an in-game map command.
  • All objects and equipment are automatically saved, you don't have to pay rent.
  • Chat with beings in other realms with Grapevine inter-mud chat integration.
To Play:
Play now via the Grapevine web client. You can also use a mud client such as Mudlet or Tintin++. We recommend Mudlet as we have graphical integration with the mud and their mapper as well as tabbed chats and status bars. If you have a mud client, you can connect to the mud at WORLDOFPA.IN, port 6969 or port 6943 for secure telnet.
New to the realm? Check out our New Player Guide!

NOTE TO ALL PLAYERS: You will all be held responsible for the information contained within the Roleplay section. Read it and pay attention! Roleplaying is not only encouraged, it is required!

Latest News:

6/26/2021: Bug fixes and clickable things

Many things that caused crashes have been fixed. We've also added clickable links in MUD clients that support them (such as Mudlet) for a few things, such as:
  • Initial character creation options
  • The main menu
  • Autoexits display
  • Help command
  • Page control
  • Shops
  • There have also been enhancements to the in-game newbie tutorial.

    8/18/2019: Grapevine support and other changes...

    We now have working Grapevine support for gossip and tells between other realms, and lots of internal game changes have been made. The biggest change made recently is to the object save system. ALL rooms now save objects upon reboots or crashes.
    Source code for our CircleMUD/tbaMUD-compatible Grapevine chat as well as Mudlet map file generation has been relased at

    11/15/2018: The World of Pain has been brought back from the dead!

    The World of Pain has been resurrected by Blizzard. (again) We've spent some time fixing major crashing bugs and making the mud run better. We still have a lot of work and testing to do, but you are welcome to play and help us test things out. Please write any bugs you find on the problems board (west, west, south from the Woodhaven Cathedral) or use the BUG command.
    Here are some more details on the new World of Pain:
    • Player files and passwords from the old system are gone. NO previous characters exist.
    • There will be NO equipment restoration.
    • The zones of the realm have been restored to the way they were in late-2001.
    • The web help system has been significantly enhanced.
    • Web pages are now mobile device-friendly, including the help system.
    • The entire MUD is now backed up daily on AWS S3. We'll never lose things again.

    The Old World of Pain Immortal Staff:

    Pain, Dionysus, Blizzard, Slayer, Ldygodiva, Tiedie, Zekkon, Undertaker, Triniak, Tempest, Rah, Sithas, Skylarq, Kane, Motaba, Sylvestr, Aliana, Psiona, Electro, Reiko, Eldrik, Talon, Delecti, Havoc, and Farley.

    Open Source projects used by the World of Pain:

    CircleMUD, tbaMUD, MySQL++, Bootstrap, JSON for Modern C++, IXWebSocket, Crossguid, TinyXML2, Emojicpp, Theia, phpMyAdmin.

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