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By Lisa Ohanian and Jeremy B Saunders I remember what roleplaying was like before I discovered text based RPG games.
It would seem that, with the proliferation of computer games based on popular pen and paper platforms like Dungeons & Dragons, Pathfinder, Cyberpunk, and others, the days of playing these games in person with friends are coming to a close. Bags of 20-sided dice, stacks of resource books and handwritten notes, and worn battle mats are becoming less commonly associated with gaming as titles such as Baldur’s Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Dragon Age, Dungeons & Dragons Online, and World of Warcraft have moved in and put the old style of gameplay to rest.
Zork was one of the earliest interactive fiction computer games , with roots drawn from the original genre game, Colossal Cave Adventure . The first version of Zork was written in 1977–1979 using the MDL programming language on a DEC PDP-10 computer. The authors— Tim Anderson , Marc Blank , Bruce Daniels , and Dave Lebling —were members of the MIT Dynamic Modelling Group .
An online text-based role playing game is a role-playing game played online using a solely text-based interface. Online text-based role playing games date to 1978, with the creation of MUD1 , which began the MUD heritage that culminates in today's MMORPGs .