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PbEM? PBM? Sim? PBP? WTF do you call an online text-based-RPG?

Creating and running an online text-based role-playing-game isn’t really that hard. But what I do find very hard is explaining the concept to other people!

It doesn’t help when there are about a hundred names, all meaning the same thing. I’m just not sure what best to describe to call the game that I play, let alone even start to describe how to play.

I go over all the possible names in this post.

  1. JL Coburn
    October 22, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    You forgot MUD or Multi User Dungeon. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multi-User_Dungeon theres the wiki article. Maybe this is what youre thinking with Play By Web.

    • October 24, 2009 at 12:20 am

      You’re right, I missed them out. I kind of skipped over them a bit because it’s opening another can of worms. I’m not sure if they deserve to be bundled up with “play-by-web” games, or if it deserves a category all of it’s own. I’ve never been part of a MUD so felt uncomfortable even discussing one. I know it’s a real-time text-based game, in which case is clearly different to a PBEM game anyway and hopefully people won’t get confused.

      I’m quite jealous actually that a MUD had a very definative name, and saying it clearly describes what it is. PBEM games aren’t that easily designated!

  2. May 15, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    I am running a pbem text-based wargame, but I have never referred to it as MUD. The only thing, based on the description given in the previous comment, mine is not real-time. It is purely email driven.

    That is easier to play and moderate, since a person can play it when they are online, which could be time zones away from others in the game. Game is is when you want to be online, since email is anytime.

    I think it works.

    • May 20, 2010 at 8:05 pm

      Sure, it sounds like it’s different to a MUD, and does sound more like a PBEM. You say your game is a wargame, but how is the game played? Is it written like a story, or does it involve dicerolls/stats to see if the rifle shot you’ve fired has hit or missed? Where is your game played? On a Forum or in an email newsgroup?

  1. November 1, 2009 at 4:25 pm

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