The TMI Mudlib from The Mud Institute was an attempt to create a framework driven mudlib for the MudOS LPMud driver. It consisted of many contributors to MudOS as well as people who became influential in the LPMud community. When TMI began work in 1992, a mudlib was generally packaged with both an LPMud driver and a complete world built on top of the mudlib. As a framework-driven mudlib, the goal of the TMI mudlib was to provide only examples for world objects and place the burden of building a working world on the game developers using TMI.
TMI never realized its vision and shut down. It was quickly followed, however, by TMI-2. Unlike TMI, TMI-2 was somewhat independent of the driver team. It leveraged elements of the original TMI mudlib and eventually released a somewhat workable product. Though it never achieved the success of its sibling the Nightmare Mudlib (also based on the original TMI mudlib), it did influence many developers, and the lessons learned with TMI-2 led to the successes of the Lima Mudlib.
In 1993, the TMI-2 mudlib was used to create PangaeaMud, an academic research project designed as an interactive geologic database tool.
Though Lima leveraged learnings from TMI-2, Lima is a completely independent codebase.
TMI-2 is still available, and often used as a learning tool, but not typically used today for new LPMud development.
- Takacs, Mark (August 17, 1993). "Prolix A Text-based Participant System for VR". Washington. p. 13. CiteSeerX: 10.1.1.53.5993. "2.3.7 MIRE Kay has taken a TMI LPMud driver (a popular alternative driver developed by The Mud Institute) and used it as the basis for a multi-user news and information retrieval system"
- Mulligan, Jessica; Patrovsky, Bridgette (2003). Developing Online Games: An Insider's Guide. New Riders. pp. 455–456. ISBN 1-59273-000-0. "1992 [...] First instances of interMUD networks created using LP. "LPC sockets are added to the MudOS driver. This allows TMI to create a very rough TCP interMUD network. This protocol is later replaced first by the CDlib UDP protocols, and later by InterMUD 3." —George Reese"
- Electronic Publishing Group at the MIT Media Lab. 25+ Years of the Electronic Publishing Group "MIRE--news in a MUD"
- Boring, Erich (1993-12-03). PangaeaMud: An Online, Object-oriented Multiple User Interactive Geologic Database Tool (Master's thesis). Miami University. Retrieved 2010-05-03.
- "The MUD Connector: The Two Towers". The MUD Connector. Retrieved 2010-07-06. "Highly customized TMI-2 1.1.1 mudlib on MudOS v22 (May 4, 2007)"
- The LPmuds.net downloads page has a driver-bundled version of TMI-2 that's "easy-ish" to install.