1.2 About this Manual
The Argo Manual provides the rules for Argo,
explanation of commands, and discussion of how to install, maintain, and
administer The Argo System programs. It does not cover
MUCK commands or programming. (For these, see The MUCK Manual)
Some common online abbreviations are used frequently in the
||In Character: acting or speaking as one's character rather than as the
player, the real person typing things on the character's behalf.
||Out of Character: acting or speaking as you, the player, rather than
as your character.
||Virtual Reality: the world depicted by the
experience. Characters live there.
||Real Life: the other stuff, outside the
players live there.
||TinyPlot: a role-played, jointly-authored, predominantly improvised
storyline acted out by a group of players, often taking place over the
course of days or weeks.
||Roleplaying: acting IC in a way that is consistent with either the
overall theme of the
MUCK, a TinyPlot in which one is
participating, or both.
A few abbreviations common to roleplaying games are also used
||Player Character: A character controlled by a player.
||Nonplayer Character: A character not controlled by a player. NPCs
can be characters controlled by Monitors, puppets, robots, or perhaps
full-fledged characters that players log onto and control like a PC,
but who are defined as secondary characters for game purposes.
||Sided-dice: The form of die rolls is frequently notated using the
convention d. For example, 3d6 means a
roll of three six-sided dice. 3d6+2 means a roll of three six-sided
dice, with a modifier of 2 being added to the result.
Material in constant-width text enclosed in horizontal rules,
like this, is example text. Much of the example material follows the
initial careers of two characters, Antar and Nim, as they work their way
from a character idea to participation in a TinyPlot on a medieval,
Copyright: Copyright 2000 Brad Gadberry. Terms: The Argo Manual
and Argo programs and scripts may be freely copied, distributed,
used, and archived. The manual and programs may be changed, subject to the
- This copyright notice and any copyright notices that appear in the
programs must be retained, unchanged, in the modified version.
- No further restrictions may be placed on the manual or programs.
This manual was written for Argo version 1.2. Version 1.1
programs are not compatible with version 1.2. (Useless
Historical Note: There was a version 1.0 of Argo, but
the current system is a complete rewrite. In its current form, it should
be considered Beta software.)