Ok, I left the exe in the src folder and it ran a little further. For some reason i thought the exe had to be in the root folder of afkmud instead of the src folder. In any case, now it stops with the following message: "area.lst: No such file or directory"
Im not sure where its looking for it, but the area folder is where its supposed to be and area.lst is in there as well, completely unmodified.
As for the dlls i had to move, well i had to copy cygcrypt-0.dll, cygwin1.dll, and cygz.dll to the folder where the afkmud exe was or it would crash (not even run actually) and give me errors saying it couldnt find those dlls. The dlls are in the cygwin/bin folder, but for some reason, afkmud cant find them unless they are in the same directory.
Thanx for any and all help.