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Hey all, Just wanted to ask the membership here are text based RPG's online really still popular? I have thought about making a text based game that would have a nicely designed screen but be all turn based text based play. The purpose would be more for experience since I know I could create a text based game all myself. Is it worth creating a text non-graphical game will people actually play a text based game if a really cool one is built?? Just wanted some feedback as I would hate to build something that very few people would actually want to play or be interested in trying

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There are still a large number of people playing MUD's out there. Whether you would find a dedicated user base is a different story, but I think that you would find several people would want to play your game, assuming it was fun.

Are you talking about an online text based game (MUD) or an offline one?

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So no one else wants to provide any feedback on if text-based games are still popular and worth creating. Meaning if one that had a cool theme/story line if anyone would actually want to play it since it is only text based

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Well, one of my personal projects involves a single-player adventure game to which combines elements of a MUD (the text-display) with the point-&-click interface of graphical adventure games.

I don't think the problem is whether or not people like playing a certain game format, its whether or not people like playing your particular game. If it is designed well (and you were really passionate about it), then you might find yourself with a lot of people playing it.

Many indie games are designed in formats that are considered "unpopular" in comparison with what is considered "popular" in today's game industry, yet many of those indie games found success, because their particular game was just designed so well.

So you shouldn't worry whether or not people would rather play a certain format over others - if it is fun and if it is designed well, you will have a greater chance for success. If it turns out to be a failure, then you'll have to look at what parts failed, and I doubt it is because of the game's presentation format. The most popular presentation formats considered right now (3-D graphics) can still produce games that are failures; so it isn't about the particular game format, its about your particular game.

But that's just my opinion.

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The thought of creating an entirely new text-based MUD with some of today's technology (java for example) seems like a great idea. MUD's seem to spring up all the time, with little advertisement and usually copies of older MUD's that have already been released.

The truth is there is still a slightly huge market for MUD's...this can be seen at www.mudconnect.com or looking at some of the bigger MUD's like Achaea.

As long as you brought some innovation to the table, I'd be rather excited about following up on a project such as this.

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