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|Release date(s)||October 1991|
|Genre(s)||Adult social MUD|
Tapestries MUCK (frequently informally shortened to Taps) is an adults-only social and roleplaying MUCK popular within the furry fandom. The overall theme of the game is a world of anthropomorphic animal characters who may participate in BDSM and sex freely in the public areas of the game world. Because the MUCK, a MUD-style online social game, is text-based, this amounts to cybersex (sometimes called "yiff" in the furry fandom, although this word has a subtly negative connotation).
No players under the age of 18 are allowed to join. Though this is almost impossible to verify, players found to be under the age of 18 are typically banned from the game server.
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Tapestries is noted for its system of "wixxx tags," by which players may indicate their characters' sexual attributes or interests. This system has been copied, often with modifications, by other adult MUCKs. It was itself a modification of the more general "wi" system used by FurryMUCK to indicate nonsexual attributes of characters.
In January 2005, Tapestries was mentioned in a Wired News article as a place to find cybersex and a factor in "the deterioration of sex chat" on IRC. Because the servers were beginning to get flooded, the game's administrators shut down new character registration for over a week, with an explanatory note.
Tapestries was chosen as Sex & Games' "link of the day" on October 3, 2005.
- "What if I find out someone is a minor RL?". Tapestries MUCK FAQ. Tapestries MUCK. Retrieved 2008-08-30.
Our registration page is a legal document. Lying during registration is fraud. Fraudulent accounts (of any kind) will be deleted.
- "The Original Tiny Sex FAQ".
- Lynn, Regina (2005-01-28). "Cybersex: Seek and Ye Shall Find". Wired (Condé Nast Publications). Retrieved 2008-08-30.
Games like Tapestries and Sociolotron have sexuality as a main theme, but even these games expect you to forge relationships, explore the game world, set up businesses or farms or armies.
- "Registration CLOSED". Tapestries MUCK. 2005-01-30. Retrieved 2008-08-30.
- Brathwaite, Brenda (2005-08-03). "Link of the Day - Tapestries MUCK". Sex & Games. International Game Developers Association. Archived from the original on 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-08-30.
- "Animal Magnetism". San Francisco Bay Guardian. 1998-08-26.
- Bernhardt, Stephen A. (May 1993). "The Shape of Text to Come: The Texture of Print on Screens". College Composition and Communication (National Council of Teachers of English) 44 (2): 151–175. doi:10.2307/358836. JSTOR 358836. Lay summary.
- "Beyond Computers". 1999-01-22. Public Radio International.
- Frost, John (1994-03-19). "Cyberpoet's Guide to Virtual Culture". Retrieved 2008-08-30.