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Introducing: Text Adventures Online

During our discussion about “word of mouth” issues for OtherSpace, one of the players hit on the point that they really didn’t pay much attention to Top MUD Sites or The MUD Connector anymore because, for them, the sites no longer had anything to offer or were too difficult to navigate.

I’m stubbornly supportive of both because, without them, OtherSpace never would have survived for more than a decade as it has. However, it’s true that both are fairly stagnant. The same people post when anything gets posted, with very rare exceptions. It’s almost unheard of to see someone new popping in and making themselves known to the community. So, it’s no wonder people might start dismissing the sites as past their usefulness.

I’m not so cynical. I certainly don’t want to compete or try to replace them, because I don’t think they’re the problem. They’re just suffering from the same out-of-sight/out-of-mind problem that faces people who enjoy play-by-post, play-by-email, and interactive fiction adventures but want to see new blood coming in: Unless someone KNOWS to look for them, it’s just not easy to happen upon them accidentally.

Rather than try to make a new site that only caters to MUDs, I’ve instead started a site that serves the broader interest of text-based gaming in general. Text Adventures Online (or TAO) is designed to provide a rising tide to lift several different boats. I can’t do it alone, though. If you’re interested in MUDs, PBP, PBEM, roleplaying blogs, or interactive fiction design and might want to become a contributor about your favorite pastime, I invite you to send email to taowordpress@gmail.com. I’m looking for GM profiles, player profiles, game/site reviews, contest announcements, special event notices, promotional posts – pretty much anything we can get out there to raise awareness about these types of games.

Thanks for your support!

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  1. March 21, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Well done for taking the initiative to make things better for us users of text-based games!
    I’ve been involved with play-by-post games for the last 10 years and know how hard it is to advertise to the correct people. I’ve been working on a new website where people can setup and play their play-by-post games, but to advertise it to the correct people is a major challenge, mainly because our community… well… is there a community?
    I’m pretty sure there is a community because PBEM, PBP, MUD games are very popular, but it seems to be in pockets of smaller communities that don’t seem to look beyond themselves for anything wider.
    I’m interested in your text-adventures only blog, but at the moment it seems to be mostly about MUDs. Is there scope to put some more articles about Play-by-post games on there too?

    • March 21, 2010 at 2:36 pm

      Feel free to submit any articles you like for consideration. I’m more expert in MUDs, so there’s been a heavy focus on MUDs. Other voices are welcome. Best way to get me educated!

  2. March 21, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Cool. I’ll think about it and get back to you. I have a blog with some articles about PBEM/PBP games, you can see them here: http://en.wordpress.com/tag/text-based-rpg-discussion/

    Ironically we both use the same WordPress template!

    I’m not really sure what sort of articles you’re after, do you mean how-to-guides? Or things of generic interest to GMs, or the players?

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