On March 5, 2013, Wing Commander: New Horizon MUSH was shut down due to lack of activity. Thanks to the staff and players for your support. We had a good run and created some amazing memories. Keep in touch on the Facebook page for the game, which will be preserved.
The entire game's codebase and database (minus player information) has been open-sourced and released to the public, and the game itself is back up to help support the code at wcmush.com 2199!
As soon as you connect, you'll likely see some people talking to you, using our Newbie channel. You can talk on it by typing '+new Hi there!' into the command bar. We're a friendly bunch and we love to help new people, so if you're reading this guide and have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask on the Newbie channel.
A critical thing to understand right away is the difference between IC (In Character) and OOC (Out of Character). IC means things you're roleplaying for your character, a human or Kilrathi living in the Enigma Sector in the 28th century, and OOC means you as the player, a human (we hope!) sitting at a keyboard.
On WCNH, all of our channels (like Newbie) are OOC. You can ask questions about the game, chat with other players, and so on. Also, many of our commands that start with a @ or + are considered OOC commands, whereas commands that don't are normally considered IC commands. So how do you get to the IC part of the game? Keep reading...
While playing the game, you can travel from room to room, and interact with the things in that room. You can type 'look' to look at the room you're in, and 'look <thing>' (so, 'look Joe', for example) to look at things or other players in the room. You can travel between rooms using exits, which are listed on the bottom right when you type 'look'. To go through an exit, type the part listed in <>.
For example, when you first start, you're in the Welcome Room. If you type 'look', you'll see '<Out> OOC Nexus' - this means you can type 'out' to get to the OOC Nexus.
You can type 'who' to see who's connected to the game. People with 'ADM' next to their name are admins and help out with running the game.
As described above, we have a number of channels, one of which is named Newbie. These are ways to chat with other players OOCly, even if they're not in the same room as you. If you just type '+new Hi There', everybody will see '<Newbie> Joe says, "Hi There"'. To do an emote (like a /me in IRC), start with a : - so, '+new :waves!' will result in '<Newbie> Joe Smith waves!'.
You can also page other players to talk privately. To page somebody, type 'page <person>=<message>'. When somebody pages you, you'll see their name, and then their alias in parentheses. An alias is a short version of somebody's name. For example, if you see 'Rince (R) pages: Hello!', you can reply using 'page r=Hi there!' instead of having to type out the full name.