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Richard Bartle’s new book seeks to intersect theological thought and MMORPG design

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If you're new to our genre, first of all welcome, and second of all you should be familiar with Dr. Richard A. Bartle, a...

The Game Archaeologist: The Wonderful World of Eamon

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As we've long since established, 1980's MUD1 was the official kick-off of the MMORPG genre, bringing online players together to adventure through persistent worlds...

MUD creator Richard Bartle’s seminal book on designing MMOs is now free

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When MMORPG players encounter the name "Bartle," they think less malt liquor and more a man who helped to pioneer the massively multiplayer online...

The Game Archaeologist: Mirrorworld

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In this column, we have previously journeyed to lands where you saw not with your eyes, but with your imagination. I speak, of course,...

Richard Bartle reveals the secrets and history of MUDs

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If you know even a little bit about the history of the MMORPG genre, you'll be aware that these games didn't start with World...

The Game Archaeologist: How Sceptre of Goth shaped the MMO industry

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When it comes to text-based MMOs created in the '80s, '90s, and 2000s, the sheer number of them would blot out the sky. There...

The Soapbox: Facing an industry of change

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Right now I believe that we are on a threshold of change in the MMO industry, and it feels a little uncertain and a...

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