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.

Evennia: a modern way to create MU*s

Learn about Evennia, the Python MU* creation system, from Griatch, the developer who’s been working on the project for more than a decade.

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:

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The Network: only the finest quality programming

Clockwork, mastermind behind The Network MU, shares lessons learned from years of creating and running online roleplaying games.

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Helpfile Spring Cleaning: 10 ways to participate

It’s Helpfile Spring Cleaning Week! Here are 10 ways that staff and players can get together to improve their favorite games.

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Striking a balance: simulation vs. storytelling

Guest author Brandon Cross gives advice for MUD developers on how to use storytelling, instead of simulation, to create a more immersive game with less effort.

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Concordia MU: Write your own destiny

Spes, owner and co-creator of Concordia MU, talks about the many hats she wears and what she sees as her most important role in the game.

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:

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Evennia: a modern way to create MU*s

Learn about Evennia, the Python MU* creation system, from Griatch, the developer who’s been working on the project for more than a decade.

A compass and the text: 5 Basic MUD styles.

The 5 basic MUD styles and you

An introduction to the 5 basic MUD styles, including what you can expect and how to find a suitable game.

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.

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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!

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Measuring player activity in text games

Learn tips for asking the right questions and steering clear of common pitfalls when measuring player activity.

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.