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What is a trebuchet?
What is Trebuchet Tk?
What's So Great About It?
What's Not So Great About It?
What Will Be So Great About It?
How Much Will It Cost?
Where Can I Get It?
Who Wrote It?
How do I Report Bugs?
What Are Those Critters At the Top of This Page?

What is a trebuchet?

A trebuchet is a medieval siege warfare weapon used to break down the walls of castles. It was the successor of the Catapult; it could take heavier rocks and projectiles, and fling them farther, with more accuracy. It worked by dropping a great weight that was attached to the short end of a long lever-arm. The long end of the lever was thereby raised with considerable velocity, pulling a sling that contained the projectile. The sling would increase the effective length of the lever arm, adding even more speed to the final projectile before the sling released it.

What is Trebuchet Tk?

Trebuchet Tk is a client program for connecting to TinyMUD style social MUD servers on the InterNet. (screenshot) This program is designed to be used with TinyMUD, TinyMUCK, TinyMUSH, MOO, and several other variants. It's probably not well designed for combat oriented MUDs like LPMUD and Diku, but it does support them.

I started writing Trebuchet when I became frustrated at TinyFugue's text-only interface, and at the lack of any GUI MUD clients that were both easy to use, and as powerful as TinyFugue.

When it came time to name the client, I figured that a Trebuchet would be an excellent way to sling MUD.

What's So Great About It?

What I consider nice about it may not even be interesting or useful to other people. However, here's some of the things it can do:

What's Not So Great About It?

It's not finished yet. Oh, it's very functional now, but it has a few rough edges:

What Will Be So Great About It?

I have a lot of plans for Trebuchet. Who knows how many of them I'll finish, or when they'll be done? Here's the major plans, though, in rough order of importance to me:

How Much Will It Cost?

As with all quality products, there is a cost to pay. In this case, though, the fee is not monetary. My entire asking price is this: If you have a moment where suddenly you find that Trebuchet has done something for you that makes you sit back and go "Wow!" drop me an e-mail about it. That will pay me in full.

Where Can I Get It?

You can fetch the latest binaries and sources of Trebuchet from:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/trebuchet/files/

Who Wrote It?

Trebuchet was written by the silly people at the institute for the mildly insane, more commonly known as FuzzBall Software. The primary coder is Revar, who wrote the program from scratch with some help from Fre'ta.

How Do I Report Bugs?

I've set up a web-based bug tracking system for the Trebuchet project. You can find it at: https://sourceforge.net/bugs/?group_id=1440.

Please make sure to mention the following information in your bug report:

  1. Your name. (If you are on FurryMUCK, use your character name.)
  2. How I can contact you. (E-mail address is preferred. Page-mail on FurryMUCK is acceptable.)
  3. What Operating System you are running Trebuchet under. (Win95/98/NT, Linux, etc.)
  4. What version of Trebuchet are you running? (Look in the About dialog.)
  5. What version of TCL/Tk you are using? (Did you install 8.3.2?)
  6. A description of the error.
  7. Are you able to reproduce the error?
  8. What steps are needed to reproduce the error?

What Are Those Critters At the Top of This Page?

Those are Feeps. Feeps are the mascot critters of FuzzBall Software. They are sort of the cross between a tribble and a kitten. What have they got to do with software, you ask? Well, "Feep" is the shortened name for "Feeping Creature." Feeping Creatures inhabit code that has Creeping Featurism. When someone adds a cute extra feature to a program, we often refer to it as a "Feepture" or "Feep." When writing a new program, I try to design it to have as many useful features as possible. Lots of Feeps.