Quick Start

If all you want to do is use Weissrose, click on the big orange ‘Launch’ button below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are you?

Rob Hansen. I’ve been involved in online role-playing games since 1993. In my day job I’m in the computer security industry and intermittently working on my Ph.D. thesis for computer science.

What’s Weissrose?

Internet-hosted text-based role-playing games (commonly called MU*s) tend to have a shortcoming: the game environment tends to be sufficiently large and sufficiently esoteric as to make finding things difficult. Weissrose aims to change this, by making directories easy to navigate and easy to find exactly what you’re looking for. Go ahead, try it out.

Is Weissrose finished?

Not even close. It is in a useful, usable state right now, but it is nowhere near finished.

How hard is it to get Weissrose working with a different MU*?

It’s not hard, just time-consuming. Basically, I have to walk the entire grid, do a lot of cutting and pasting, then get the grid prepared up into an XML format. For a large MU* this can take eight to twelve hours of work.

All this notwithstanding, I meant it when I said it wasn’t hard. All it takes is time. The hard stuff is already done.

Will you make Weissrose work for my MU*?

Not unless I’m playing there and like the place, sorry. I’m already being nice by giving you Weissrose as-is: I don’t have to prove I’m a doormat on top of it all by volunteering to do a dozen hours of work for you.

Does Weissrose support things like NPC lists, game notes, links associated with a place, or…

At present no, but future releases will.

Why did you do this?

Because I was fed up with the lousy directory system on one game I was playing on. Then something dangerous happened: I discovered I was bored and had time on my hands.

Will you share your source code?

Complete source code can be found packaged up inside the jarfile.


Weissrose is distributed under the ISC License. Additionally, Weissrose uses the Swing Layout library, which is distributed under the Lesser General Public License v 2.1.

Copies of each license are included with the Weissrose jarfile.