Also see: How to Play.
 General options for getting connected
1. Download a mud client such as GMud, MudMaster, MUSHClient, RoA or Chiara's Mud Client and log into the game with that. This is the best method for connecting to the game, and will give you the best in-game experience. The server is "desolation.org" and the port is "7878".
2. Connect using windows (or unix) telnet if you have it installed. telnet://desolation.org:7878/
3. Log in from the webpage using the java client. This is the easiest way to try out Desolation, and is recommended for connecting from computers where you are not allowed to install programs.
If you close this webpage after launching the java applet, (by surfing to another page on the website) you will lose your connection to the game.