Materia Magica (sometimes referenced as MM), originally named Moongate, is a well-known custom codebase MUD published by Ingenii Interactive that has been in operation since 1996. In 1996, Moongate diverged from a ROM, Nevermore. Its popularity during peak playing hours can reach over 90 simultaneously connected players.
The fantasy world of Materia Magica, Alyria, consists of four major continents, a massive underground area called the Great Alyrian Underground, and the Faerie Plane, an ethereal zone. The overall theme is medieval fantasy wherein different races live in strife and bloodlust is commonplace.
Materia Magica is a text-based game based on the principle of endless killing and leveling up. The game does provide roleplay and non-combat elements, such as a ship combat system and roleplaying enhancements, helping to expand the game's content beyond the typical hack and slash classification.
- John (2008). "MMOs vs the World". Archived from the original on 2008-06-05. "On the MUD side of the house, I think most every MUDder who's been around the block has heard of ... Materia Magica."
- Joanna (2007). "Mud Connector Review of Materia Magica". "Since 1996, Ingenii Interactive has been running Materia Magica with a custom codebase."
- Ryan Addams (1996). "ADVERTISEMENT: (rom) MOONGATE Mud". "Moongate is a new mud, based on Rom 2.3 & 2.4 beta, with many improvements and additions to the original."
- Joanna (2007). "Mud Connector Review of Materia Magica". "Although it does seem that many sections of the game are dedicated solely to the hack 'n' slash variety of MUD, there are opportunities for role-playing. The middle of the road MUDder who enjoys both hack 'n' slash and role-play will find this a very interesting game. A PK MUDder or one who enjoys hack 'n' slash the most will love this game."