Welcome! You have somehow found your way to Doctor Dave's HyperPage, a World Wide Web edifice under construction. Below you will find some of my favorite WWW links and some info about the WebSUD project and its hopeful offspring, WebMUD, my primitive attempts to explore the possibilites of interactive role-playing on the Web.
WebSUD is a game project I am trying to put together. The acronym stands for Web Single User
Dimension (or Dungeon). The idea is to use graphical Web browsers such as Netscape or Mosaic
as clients for graphics-based interactive games, where each action of the participant opens a new
link. The idea is not new, there are plenty of interactive game links, but graphics are not a key
part of the experience in most cases. Also, I hope to include as many role-playing game features
as possible within the confines of HTML and Common Gateway Interface (CGI) programming.
The next logical step after the single user interface is a multi-user interface, hence WebMUD. There was once a thing called htMUD, which used a Web browser for graphics display and a telnet client for chat-style communications. Unfortunately, the site has been closed by its creator. However, the principle is proven and forms the basis of my thinking on WebMUD. The problem with Web browsers is that they won't accept input they haven't requested: the interactions must be initiated by the browser. That's a problem for a multi-user realtime game: you can't broadcast your messages to the other players unless their browsers request it. There are several approaches to working around this; the telnet client idea is one, but I'd like to avoid the multiple clients approach if possible.
I am hoping that the new Netscape Navigator 2.0 enhancements announced recently will solve most of the problems with of multi-user interaction on the Web. In the meantime, I am busily writing pages for the first version of WebSUD. Comments, suggestions, and volunteers are strongly encouraged!
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Q: Who is Doctor Dave?
A: Doctor Dave is David J. Wright, Ph.D. He is a biochemist employed by a Fortune 500 company, where he is working in the field of DNA sequence-based disease diagnosis. He doesn't have permission to tell you more than that. However, one of his colleagues at another location has permission to tell you a little about what they are doing. If you are interested, check out this link:
The SDA Page
Q: If Doctor Dave is not UNC faculty, staff, or student, what is this Web page doing on the UNC Web server?
A: Doctor Dave's HyperPage is found on the UNC Web server because his wife is on the faculty there. She is the Director of the Proposal Development Initiative (PDI) and Associate Director of the UNC Center for the Study of the American South (CSAS). Doctor Dave also has a direct connection to UNC, being a former postdoctoral fellow in the Biology Department and sometimes consulting on research projects in his former lab.