If you do then you will love Text Based Role-Playing Games that allow you to write your own adventure. Although, I’m saying “write”, in this case its really ‘typing’. These days fantasy role-play stories are all done online via your keyboard / mobile interface.
Some people refer to this style of online storytelling as “collaborative writing”. It’s not all writing, its more than that because you bring your imagination into play in an interactive game. When you you describe a Character using words you can create a gigantic muscular hero or a slender sly thief. Words are very powerful and one word can say more to your mind than a graphic or even a movie clip.
Say What? Imagination?
If you don’t know what we’re talking about yet then read on. Imagine a fantasy novel where you are the heroic warrior but instead of reading what happens to the warrior you decide what the warrior does, says and who he fights. This is role-playing: bring your imagination into a text format for everyone to read. Essentially, instead of just reading the story – your character becomes the story and you decide what steps your character needs to take in order to shift the world he is ‘in’. This can be done solo or with other writers also referring to them to as “players”.
If you are part of a group then the person who defines the world or environment has the title of “Dungeon Master” or “DM” for short. Other systems may call this role “Game Master” or “GM” for short. The person who role-play’s the character in the DM’s world has the “Player” designation. A typical RPG can have 1 DM and 3-8 Players. The method of role-playing is through writing.
What You Need In Text Based RPGs?
Imaginative role play, depending on which game you are in, also involves: personal achievement, membership status, activity, rolling dice (luck), statistics and logic. There are also some visual resources in creating your own adventure in systems. Creating your own story games like Ruler of Kings II make this obvious right away. Options such as selecting avatars, body type, symbols and familiars are all part of character building. Each time you add to a game these things are looked over and displayed! In our RPG Community we use custom, D&D, Pathfinder, Call of Cthulhu, Traveller and many other systems to bring about active gaming where character / world building is essential.
Is It All Medieval Fantasy?
A lot of Players tend to gravitate towards a fantasy Medieval setting but there are others. Horror, Drama and Science Fiction themes are available for you to create an adventure. In our Community, you can play / write anonymously, we don’t ask for your real name and phone number like some social media.
A Community, in this article, refers to member based web sites that allow writers to gather online. A Community can store content in a database using an orderly manner. The codes that run the Community then calls the content to display a Role-Playing Game for all to read. Anyone can join.
Participants communicate through an interface called a “Forum”. Players can discuss what their Character is doing through ‘Threads”. Threads are specific topics that focus on an aspect of a game or other subject. In our Community, we have custom codes that store Character Sheets and other content for Role-Playing. Some parts of the Community can also engage you in solo play so you are not dependent on a Dungeon Master or other Players.
What Is Your Community Like?
Our world-wide Community holds a more cultured Membership. This means that debates, role-playing and Q&A are all kept at a mature level. Our content is far reaching, therefore giving you access to more than just RPGs. There is worthwhile Discussion on various Topics from around the globe including science, authors, war, culture and so forth. There is also a section to review RPGs and other game types.
Would I Fit In?
Yes. You do not have to be a brilliant writer or star Role-Player to join in. Don’t ever feel intimidated, there is plenty of help in our Community. We do not flame or belittle people who are new and want to learn.
Is There A Cost To Playing RPGs?
No! All our RPGs are FREE! You can start a RPG as a Dungeon Master. You can join a current game as a Player. All we ask is that you take the game seriously by Posting constructively and being timely in updating your Character’s actions so the game does not become stagnant for too long.
What Kinds Of RPGs Are Available?
Our RPGs cover all genres: Medieval, Futuristic, Drama, Super Hero, Village Life, etc. Set systems like D&D, Pathfinder and custom made are there. You can also START YOUR OWN! Here are some more examples:
The very first thing you should do is join our International Community. Do note the Rules there, its not for ‘jokers’, we take general input and Role-Play Gaming seriously. In an Introductory Post you can tell us the kind of RPG you are interested in and someone will guide you accordingly. Register Now!
I have already shown what are Text Based RPGs elsewhere in this site so here I will focus on the benefits for those on the Autism Spectrum. Autism Text Based RPGs can be a great opportunity for those on the Spectrum to spread their wings. As a parent of three boys on the Autism Spectrum I can give you a very simplistic explanation. It is my personal definition as an Autism Parent:
Autism means the person interacts with the world in a different way than others might expect. A lot of times the person on the spectrum will pick up details about things that others miss because they observe the world in a unique way.
That is my basic account. Others will give you a scientific or dictionary explanation but I can promise you that my definition covers all. I can say this because each person on the Autism Spectrum is different but the common factor is their unique interaction with the world around them.
What does Role-Playing have to do with Autism?
Rather than repeat myself here I have written about this in a lot of depth via our Community: Autism & RPGs. In summary, specially created games allow those on the Autism Spectrum to be included in games that might otherwise exclude them because of impatient participants. Sometimes Autism writers will give more thought than other players so when they describe their Character’s actions it has a lot of detail.
Do you know of Text RPG Games for Autism?
I’ve coded a Medieval Fantasy Text RPG called, “Ruler of Kings II” which is not exclusive for those on the Spectrum, however it certainly does cater for anyone on the Spectrum. ROK II, the shortened name, goes at a pace that is acceptable for the Player. It also allows you to created the kind of Character you want without being judged or limited.