writing games

the blog dedicated to text-based gaming

Welcome to Writing Games! Dive into a curated collection of how-to guides, accessibility tips, and insightful interviews with text-based gaming experts and enthusiasts. Whether you’re a player seeking new adventures or a creator looking to craft compelling narratives, this blog aims to be your go-to resource.

Silent Heaven: A supernatural horror MU*

Silent Heaven is a supernatural horror MU* known for its emphasis on story and its relatively non-toxic RP community.


Latest posts

Looking for the latest content? Below are the newest articles, fresh off the keyboard, designed to enrich your gaming and storytelling journey. From game interviews to accessibility hacks to storytelling techniques, discover new ideas and inspiration for your next text-based adventure:

Investment, stakes, and conflict in RPIs: Designing healthier games and communities

Investment, stakes, and conflict in RPIs

Within the text-based gaming community, RPIs have a reputation for being toxic cesspools, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

A digital lock and the text: "Data Privacy Week and why it matters for games."

Data Privacy Week: 10 Tips for safer gaming

It’s Data Privacy Week! Learn why you should care and what you can do to protect yourself and your communities online.

Bright lights at a concert and the silhouette of two hands creating a heart shape. Text reads: "MUD Staff Appreciation Day: Saying thanks to the heroes behind the scenes."

MUD Staff Appreciation Day: Saying thanks

December 1st is MUD Staff Appreciation Day! Don’t forget to say thank you to the hard-working staffers who make your favorite pastime possible.

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Celebrating International MUD Day: 8 Ideas

Learn what International MUD Day is and what it’s all about. Plus, get ideas for celebrating the holiday with your friends.


Recently updated

Great stories evolve, and so does the content here. Check out these updated posts, now enhanced with new insights, tips, and resources. Whether you missed them the first time or are returning for a fresh look, these articles offer valuable perspectives you won’t want to miss:

An eye and the text: ERP (erotic roleplay) and consent: what you need to know.

Erotic roleplay (ERP) and consent in games

What is erotic roleplay (ERP)? This post covers what you need to know about ERP and consent in text-based games, plus advice for game admins and staff.

A dungeon entrance and the text: What is a multi-user dungeon??

What is a multi-user dungeon (MUD)?

Just what is a MUD, anyway? And what does that mean, multi-user dungeon? Are all of them set in dungeons? Find out in this post!

A foggy highway with a hazy light shining through craggy trees, and the text: "Silent Heaven: A supernatural horror MU*"

Silent Heaven: A supernatural horror MU*

Silent Heaven is a supernatural horror MU* known for its emphasis on story and its relatively non-toxic RP community.

A populated globe with text in the foreground that says, "Celebrating International MUD Day"

Celebrating International MUD Day: 8 Ideas

Learn what International MUD Day is and what it’s all about. Plus, get ideas for celebrating the holiday with your friends.

Investment, stakes, and conflict in RPIs: Designing healthier games and communities

Investment, stakes, and conflict in RPIs

Within the text-based gaming community, RPIs have a reputation for being toxic cesspools, but it doesn’t have to be that way.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Writing Games?

Writing Games (writing-games.com) is a modern blog dedicated to old-school roleplaying and text-based gaming.

The site also houses a variety of contemporary resources for building better games and communities; it covers topics such as accessibility, inclusivity, and how to welcome and retain new players.

Who is Writing Games for?

Writing Games is for anyone who plays, creates, or manages roleplaying games, especially but not limited to text-based RPGs such as multi-user dungeons (MUDs) and chatroom RP games.

With the guides on this site, you can learn how to market your game for free, improve player retention, make your game more accessible, and write more compelling characters and roleplaying hooks.

Who maintains Writing Games?

The website is created and maintained by Andruid, who does it as a hobby and a side project. Visit the About page to learn more about the project and why it got started.

How often is Writing Games updated?

New posts are published 1-3 times a month, and existing content is updated as time allows. Core pages, such as the MUD Resources page and Text-based RPG Glossary, are updated fairly regularly with new entries.

Does Writing Games accept guest posts?

If it’s relevant to roleplaying or text-based gaming, it’ll be considered. Pitch your topic/idea to Andruid. Ideas and suggestions for new blog posts, resources, and interviews are also welcome.

How do I nominate someone for an interview?

If you think someone would be a great candidate for an interview (or if you’d like to be an interviewee yourself), shoot an email to Andruid.

How can I support Writing Games?

The easiest way to support the site is to simply tell your friends about it. Share your favorite posts with your communities or link to them in your own articles, websites, or games. For other ways to support the site, check out the Support page.