The Last Outpost has been around for quite some time now. Roo and Julio started working on it in 1991 with the recently released Diku Gamma 0.0 code. Some months later, it was in good enough shape to start playtesting with a wider, public, audience. Although LO quickly went into unattended 24 hour operation, it stayed in the 'playtesting' phase for almost the next decade-- until we were forced to do a 1.0 relase by virtue of having nearly run out of two place fracional release numbers!
Here then, for posterity, is the first post to rec.games.mud.announce and rec.games.mud.diku announcing that LO was open to the public. We consider the day of this post, July 9th, 1992, to be LO's official birthday.
From: email@example.com (Anthony Ozzello) Newsgroups: rec.games.mud.announce,rec.games.mud.diku Subject: New DikuMUD: Last Outpost Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: 9 Jul 92 13:28:33 GMT Sender: email@example.com Followup-To: poster Lines: 18 Approved: firstname.lastname@example.org Yet ANOTHER New Diku! Hiya folks, we have a new Diku that we are starting to playtest. We are not up always nor can we guarantee that we'll be up. But we have lots of stuff that other muds don't have and a mix of things that others do. All new areas and more to come. We're likely to be up from 7pm to 2 am central and we'd like you to come by and help us playtest. Up for it? If so, come check out the Last Outpost at inst12.micro.umn.edu or in ip numbers, that would be 18.104.22.168 port 4000. Hope to see you there, Roo and Julio. Thanks, Julio and Roo. -- rec.games.mud.announce submissions email@example.com other mail regarding that newsgroup firstname.lastname@example.org mudlist-related mail email@example.com all other mail of a personal nature firstname.lastname@example.org