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M.U.L.E. Online

Classic M.U.L.E. for modern computers · By puzzud

Pausing the game and Collusion

A topic by DarkWingFan created Jun 15, 2023 Views: 199 Replies: 5
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Love the game. We are used to playing the Atari 800 version. In this version, how do you pause the game?  Also, how do two players collude during a trade?  On the Atari 800, it just required two people to press the button on the joysticks simultaneously.  We are running the Windows version and using two XBox type controllers. Thank you!


Thanks for the feedback.

I recently implemented pausing in offline games. It will be in the game's next update. The game will pause when the main menu is activated. And the gamepad method of bringing up the main menu will switch to the "start" button from the B button. I realize this pausing method will obscure the screen, unlike pausing in the original game. I do plan on eventually adding a pause without the main menu, complete with the clock ticking sound, but it will have to wait for some other important features to be implemented. Concerning pausing in online games--it gets complicated and I don't know of a nice way of doing it.

There is no ability to collude, in the classic sense, in MULE Online. The decision to leave that feature out comes down to 2 things:

  • Collusion goes against the free market mechanics of the rest of the game--competition driving lower prices; demand driving higher prices. The only feasible argument for collusion I've heard so far is that it's useful for when a computer player is winning. In practice, I find when collusion is used to cut out another human player, it inevitably results in hurt feelings.
  • The original method of initiating collusion, as you described, does not translate well to online play. It was clumsy enough on the same machine.

I'd like to hear your thoughts on the purpose of collusion. Perhaps I am missing something.

I have a very large backlog of a lot of other (better) features that I think you'll enjoy.


Thanks for the quick response. We did try pausing by clicking the B button in an offline game. It went to the main menu but the game continued underneath the obscured screen. We will look forward to the next update!  This is the one video game my wife of 30+ years and I both enjoy playing together and we usually will play in offline mode though we will use the online mode to play with our sons (one who lives in a different country).  Collusion does go against the free market mechanics, but it helps when teaching new players the game without letting them get crushed, especially by a computer player. Thank you for all of your hard work with this game!


Awesome--that's a big part of why I made the online capability and how you & your wife can play from the same computer with your sons who are remote.


Version 1.9 has dropped. Includes pause when main menu is up (pressing escape, "start" button on a gamepad).


Awesome. Thank you!