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Hi all, I'm new here and I would like a little help please figuring this out? what I would like to do is start up a text based RPG game but I'm not sure how to go about doing this, to get started what would I need to do? is there a text base RPG program out there that I would need to configure to my liking? please bear with me I'm pretty bare bone about this! I'am pretty savvy when it comes to setting up servers and f o r u m s, just need to know how to build one of these text based RPG games.... I'm trying to create something along this line, here's a simple http://www.punchme.net/images/1.png ... Thanks John...

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To clarify, you are actually looking to create a text based (M)MORPG? If so then I suggest learning PHP. Other than that I could only help you content wise as I do not know PHP.

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it really does depend on how you would like to approach the project, im sure there are a few prebuilt engines out there which could help you get started. although if your programming experience is good then i would say definitly consider creating your own, over the last 4 weeks ive had a text based RPG to create as an assignment for university, it hasnt taken me long and ive almost built a flexible rpg engine from which stories and game logic can be constructed just by editing text files, although currently is only single player, might take a few months to combine network support into this.

as youve said come from a internet technology based background it might be an idea for you to construct a web page based rpg, you would be able to write the entire thing in any web based language and host on your server setup

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legend of the green dragon is a php game like this, and it's open source. You can look at it, and modify it to your heart's content. lotgd.net

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