In the same way that there is a recognized difference between VR (virtual
reality) and RL (Real Life), mudders distinguish between the "character"
or "avatar" they run on the mud and themselves. The human being at the
keyboard is usally the "creator" or "operator". This nomenclature is
not firmly established, though the concept is universally accepted.
The word "player", however, can be used either to designate the
"character" or the "creator", depending on context. As a rule, "players"
"play" themselves on DragonMud.