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.

Shattered MU: beyond monsters and magic

Tat, creator of Shattered MU, talks about the importance of community and shares her guidelines for game design.


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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AresMUSH: the next-gen server platform

Faraday talks about why she created AresMUSH, as well as some of the core tenets that went into its development.

A world map in braille dots and the text: "Celebrating MU* Accessibility Week".

MU* Accessibility Week: 6 ways to take part

It’s MU* Accessibility Week! Whether you’re a staffer or player, there are ways to get involved and make a difference. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

A superhero mask and the title: "Excelsior! A roster-only Marvel superhero MU*"

Excelsior: new stories in a unique Marvel universe

Manu (Power) and Lae (Mind) share their experiences running Excelsior: a roster-only MUSH set in a unique Marvel universe.

The yellow-and-teal Python logo and the text: Evennia the open-source MU* creation system written in Python.

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.


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 android with its hands raised and the text: Beginner's guide to roleplaying.

Beginner’s guide to roleplaying with text

Learn the basics of roleplaying online in this beginner’s guide to RP, including essential terms and concepts, how to stay in character, and more.

List icon with a golden key and the words: "Essential MU* terms."

List of 25 essential multi-user (MU*) game terms and what they mean

Tired of sounding like a newb? Check out this list of essential MU* terms. You’ll sound like a pro in no time.

A world map in braille dots and the text: "Celebrating MU* Accessibility Week".

MU* Accessibility Week: 6 ways to take part

It’s MU* Accessibility Week! Whether you’re a staffer or player, there are ways to get involved and make a difference. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

A list of cyberpunk hacks and the text: Building a better MUD.

Improving accessibility in MUDs: practical tips and examples

Niamh, implementor of Alter Epoch, shares her advice for improving accessibility in MUDs.

Nighttime neon cyberpunk cityscape and the text: AwakeMUD CE.

AwakeMUD: A community-first Shadowrun game

Learn how AwakeMUD CE earned the “CE” in its name, what that two-letter acronym stands for, and what it means to its creators and staff.


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.