I don't mean to be hardcore. I just think that having a map displayed at all times, and the ability to click your mouse on any location there to near-instantly travel to the desired room takes away a part of magic.
It's just the way I like it. I've never used automappers (pen and paper ftw!), speedpaths, hunting triggers or anything like it. I like the thrill when someone attacks you, you panic, start to enter random exits and you end up not knowing where you are exactly and desperately try to get out to the area you know better.
I just don't think that pressing buttons, seeing your inventory, it's current state and what you have in all possible containers at the same time is a good thing. It takes away the analog/human feel to it.
But that's just my opinion and not everyone has to agree with it
I've played the game so long that it's rare that I actually have a map going. Doesn't mean they are not helpful in certain situations. I usually only use them in places like the war areas where I can easily keep track of which area I'm in so I can focus on conquering on area vs another, etc, or if I'm questing in a brand new area.
Cmud is just a tool like anything else. Whether you use the tool for a particular task is up to you, but the initial question of the thread was the pros and cons of Cmud, so I answered it.
The features I use the most personally are the ability to program the function keys on the keyboard and highlighting text in different colors.
F5, F6, F7 and F8 are programmed to rescue teammembers in the order that they appear on your 'team' list. Quite handy when you have to rescue trubleemma in a hurry. I always have trouble typing her name. In fact, she is the only 'nick' I have created in the realms...emma = trublemma so that if I have to emote to her when she is not on my team I just type 'nod emma'.
I highlight all attack messages in white so I can easily see if my teammates are attacks. I highlight all my kattack messages in red, all speaking text in green, etc...
Since as a knight my first priority is the safety of my team, it pays to be aware, even if you don't use the automatic triggers for things, especially when you are leading a team of 8 players with see fights on.
Rhaegar, if you want to talk about hardcore playing, I sometimes play from my cell phone via PocketPuTTy on my cell's internet connection. Not only do I have only a limited number of lines on my screen and the lag from the cell internet, but also imagine having to type all your commands with your thumb keyboard.