A game where play is handled online in a more-or-less synchronous text-based medium. Includes Internet Relay Chat (IRC), instant messaging, roleplay-centric text-based multi-user dimension (MUD) servers, and other synchronous text-based mediums.

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Can you play pen & paper roleplaying games over the Internet?

I'm sad to say that I have absolutely no friends who would like to play D&D with me however I would love to play. I know about Neverwinter Nights and I've played quite a bit of it, but I'm looking ...
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Playing on IRC, getting started

I live where no tabletop has ever been played, thus I had to search elsewhere for some games, namely the Internet. I've spent a lot of time browsing the web but the best communities I could find where ...
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Finding online RPG players for a play-by-chat RPG Campaign?

I'm thinking of running a Pathfinder campaign for Skype (text only) and I don't have a group of players. How can I go about recruiting people for play-by-chat games instead of in-person? Are there any ...
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Does anyone have pointers on roleplaying using instant messaging?

I'm specifically looking for feedback from people that have tried real-time instant messaging systems, not asynchronous play-by-post or play-by-email. What were the most difficult challenges? Were ...
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Looking for a good, simple RPG system that will work using an MMO's chat function [closed]

Before you close it for being about an MMO and this is not arqade, I am looking specifically for a system that can be used IN a MMO using its chat and roll systems. So effectively this is a "Play By ...
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Space combat system for text-only play [closed]

I have been shanghaied into running a sci-fi game over text-only chat. The setting is Star Trek, and as such will involve a fair bit of space combat. I have a bit of limitations to work ...
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What online chat or chat-like resource will work for my closed game?

I'm designing a RP forum but when the characters have to talk to each other the game slows to a crawl. Do you know of any online chat or chat-like resource I can use for a closed game? I am looking ...
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Improving combat when playing on IRC

A group I play with via IRC seems to have a serious problem keeping combat interesting: the medium inherently slows things down, descriptions of attacks and defenses don’t have the same ...
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How can I run Dungeon World over the net without voice?

I have an online gaming group for whom I GM. Offline, I've really gotten into running Dungeon World (and Apocalypse World), and I'd like to take Dungeon World to my online group. However, online, we ...
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IRC Client especially geared to RPGs?

Anyone know of an IRC client especially geared toward RPGs? I know, Roll20 is essentially the same thing, but certain other questions on here made me think that having a desktop app that was ...
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Multiple chats in a campaign of roll20

I'm thinking to use Roll20 for a political campaign. The possibility of sharing character sheets and rolling dices and other features are great. There is however something that I can't do: splitting ...