Legends of Future Past

by Jon on October 4, 2008

I located a file containing the player documentation for Legends of Future Past, a game my wife and I published in 1992.  Around 1992-1993, I believe it may have been the first commercial “MUD” type game on the Internet (it got its start on the Tymnet and CompuServe networks).  On Tymnet or CompuServe, it cost $6/hour; and on the Internet, an “affordable” $1.80/hour — in either case, quite a difference from the $15/month fees of today.

This version of the documentation dates to 1994, which is probably when we created a Web-based version of the game documentation.  When the game originally launched in 1992, the documentation would have been a straight-text file (none of our users were using Web browsers at the time, and access to the game was via telnet and/or dial-up, BBS-style modem telecommunications).

This gives a glimpse into the dawn of massively multiplayer online games.

You can read the Legends of Future Past manual here.  Some of the old members of Legends of Future Past are also talking about LoFP on a forum thread on GamerDNA.

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RobNo Gravatar November 2, 2012 at 11:10 am

Hi there, just wondering if anyone has revived this ? Do you still have the source code to the “server side”?

JonNo Gravatar December 7, 2012 at 11:56 pm

Hi Rob, I happen to have all of the scripts containing the entire content of the game. However, the source code that interpreted and ran these scripts is lost to time (and ran on a platform that could no longer be easily replicated on today’s computers).

ChantelNo Gravatar April 2, 2013 at 6:03 am


I played this game on Novalink and it was wonderful and I wish it could be brought back.

DavidNo Gravatar April 5, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Best. Game. Ever.
Shaped my younger years.
Still remember it fondly.
Thank you.

SkurgeNo Gravatar November 12, 2013 at 11:22 pm

What an amazing game you created. My wife and I met on Legends in 1996 and are still together to this day. Does anyone remember Boo and Jadzi?

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