The Two Towers, an online game set in Tolkien's world of Middle-Earth, at the time of 'Lord of the Rings'
Adventures in Middle-Earth - For fans, by fans - Established 1994

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Frequently Asked Questions About Connecting to The Two Towers

How do I play The Two Towers?
The connection times out and never connects!
I get to a prompt, and type, but nothing happens!
How do I see color?
Java Connect does not seem to work for me - Why?
I also have a UNIX shell account... will this be faster for me?
When I try to connect, it says I have to register a character... why?
Can I download The Two Towers?



How do I connect to play The Two Towers



The Two Towers is played exclusively online. Connecting to our server is easy, either using our Java Connect applet or any standard telnet program. Many of our users prefer a full featured mud client for the added features and convenience that these programs provide, however a client is not necessary to play and enjoy the game!

Windows users - The standard telnet program that comes with Windows is not entirely compliant with the telnet standard. For Windows users we recommend our Java Connect program or you can download a client.

Mac OS X Users - You have a standard telnet program already installed on your system. In Finder, go to Applications and then down to the Utilities folder. Launch the 'Terminal' application. For the best clarity we recommand you select "Window Settings..." from the "Terminal" Menu and change the terminal from the default "Black on white" to "White on black"
At the prompt type:
telnet t2tmud.org 9999

Unix and Linux Users - From a standard terminal, type:
telnet t2tmud.org 9999

Users on all platforms can also use our Java Connect from the connecting page.

Once connected, you will see our 'castle' login screen, and can create a new character.




The connection times out and never connects!



The Two Towers server is on a reliable internet connection. While it is possible that there is an outage either with the server or the Internet, it is far more likely that you are behind a firewall preventing you from connecting.

If you are behind a firewall, try connecting to port 6667 instead of port 9999. Many firewalls have this port open despite having port 9999 blocked.




I get to a prompt, and type, but nothing happens!



In your telnet program, you may have to tweak the following options: CR/LF to CR (or vice versa), local echo (to on or off), and Set BS to DEL (on or off). Also remember that VT100 emulation will work, as will ANSI. Try both.




How do I see color?



Your Terminal emulation on your telnet client should be set to ANSI. The Two Towers supports ANSI color in its text. For help on color, type 'help color' once you have connected or click here.




Java Connect does not seem to work for me - Why?



Ahh. The wonders of modern technology. Simply put, either your browser is not compatible with Java, you dont have enough bandwidth to run the Java Connect, or your system resources are too low to run the Java Connect applet. Or, it could just be a little flaky. At any rate, it works on most modern systems with a 4.0 MS or Netscape browser or better.

But if you have difficulties with it, you can always download a full mud client.




I also have a UNIX shell account... will this be faster for me?



If you are using a shell account, all you have to do is type: "telnet towers.t2tmud.org 9999". Some people may find that a straight telnet from their shell account is easier than going through a telnet client.




When I try to connect, it says I have to register a character... why?



From time to time, we have to ask people from certain sites to register their characters with us. We usually do this after we have a rash of "problem players" from a particular site. Simply email us at the contact page and we will do what we can to get things squared away.




Can I download The Two Towers



No. The Two Towers is played exclusively online, and is not a downloadable game, like other games you may have played.
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