I'd like to announce the opening of Optional Realities, a design blog and community supporting roleplay-focused text-based games. We are committed to the following:
*We will publish regular articles every week, not only written by our own team of experienced Designers, but the staff of prominent roleplaying games like Sindome, Evolution of Esos, Shadows of Isildur, Armageddon, Haven: Mists and Shadow, and others.
*We will moderate a community forum as a place for leaders in our genre of MUDs to discuss roleplaying, writing, design, and upcoming events for their games.
*We will do everything that we can to help support designers looking to create their own games in our genre.
*We will host monthly contests with cash prizes, ranging from storytelling competitions, to game design proposals, to submission of quality roleplaying logs.
The Optional Realities team is also committed to our work with the Evennia engine, which we are using to create a new engine and sci-fi roleplay-centric MUD. You can find out more here and here. Please join us at Optional Realities, in our effort to strengthen our 20+ year old community and build towards an ever-better future for text-based rpgs.
PS - We just finished our may 2015 contest which was a 600 word game pitch for a text-based game. We are really pleased with the submissions we got. You can check out the submissions we are allowed to host here: Submission Folder on Google Drive
Japheth is the lead design of FutureMUD a next generation engine for the development of MUDs! It's all in the name, he's got a gift for it. Find out more about the engine and about his journey developing it right here on Optional Realities!
Are you sick of hearing about Optional Realities? Do you want more information on this supposed Scifi MUD that we have in development? Well I have good news and bad news! The good news is we have just done our 2nd information release for Project Redshift! The bad news is it's on Optional Realities, right here…
So every Thursday Optional Realities will be updating (across various sites) its various content for the last week. We do articles based on design, storytelling, and even editorials on general topics. This week we've got a few things going on in the form of an article, adding a game to the listings, short story contest, and an opportunity for any interested folk to contribute to the development of a culture document for Project Redshift a scifi MUD being developed on Evennia.