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Whether a player's turn results are delivered to him or to her in a paper envelope, or in one of a variety of different electronic equivalents, the PBM experience continues to act as a catalyst for positive change within the gaming industry at large. In this way, PBM continues to push the gaming envelope, after all these many years.  
 
Whether a player's turn results are delivered to him or to her in a paper envelope, or in one of a variety of different electronic equivalents, the PBM experience continues to act as a catalyst for positive change within the gaming industry at large. In this way, PBM continues to push the gaming envelope, after all these many years.  
  
==PBM Boneyard==
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==PBM companies==
  
[http://playbymail.net/mybb/showthread.php?tid=2: PBM Boneyard]
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This will be an attempt to list Play-By-Mail games that have existed over the years, some of which are still up and running, today, and many others which have, unfortunately, fallen defunct with the passage of time. This list will be revised and updated on a recurring basis.
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*[[4 Sight]]
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*[[7th Dimension Gaming]]
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*[[Acheron Simulations]]
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*[[Advanced Gaming Enterprises]]
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*[[Advent Games]]
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*[[Adventure Simulation Games]]
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*[[Adventures By Mail]]
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*[[Agents of Gaming]]
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*[[Aggressive Addiction Games]]
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*[[Aleator Games]]
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*[[Anarchy By Mail]]
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*[[Andon Games]]
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*[[Ark Royal Games]]
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*[[Australian Wizard PBM]]
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*[[Balrog Adventures]]
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*[[Bard Interactive Games, Inc.]]
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*[[Baron's Regime]]
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*[[Battle-Magic Gaming]]
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*[[Bill Paspaliaris]]
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*[[Blue Panther Enterprises]]
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*[[Bob Stribula]]
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*[[Bronze Star Games]]
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*[[C2 Simulations]]
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*[[C-T Simulations]]
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*[[Capitol Consulting/VRL, Inc.]]
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*[[Centurion Game Company]]
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*[[Chain Mail Games]]
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*[[Circle Games]]
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*[[ChoZen FroZen Games]]
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*[[Classified Information]]
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*[[Clemens & Associates]]
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*[[Coconut Council, Inc.]]
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*[[Compu-Caper Gaming]]
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*[[Crasiworld]]
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*[[Create A World, Inc.]]
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*[[Creative Management Services]]
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*[[Creative Simulations]]
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*[[Cyborg Games]]
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*[[Cyclops Gaming]]
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*[[Damien Games]]
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*[[Daredevil]]
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*[[Dark Magus Productions]]
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*[[Daurada Games]]
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*[[Delta Games PBM]]
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*[[Deltax Gaming]]
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*[[Desert P.B.M.]]
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*[[DFS Productions]]
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*[[Dragon Games]]
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*[[Dragon Byte]]
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*[[Dymar Enterprises]]
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*[[Dynamic Games]]
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*[[E-Mail Games]]
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*[[Earnshaw Enterprises]]
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*[[Ebonrock Enterprises]]
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*[[Eckert Gaming Group]]
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*[[Eclipse Consulting, Inc.]]
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*[[Empire Games, Inc.]]
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*[[Emprise Game Systems]]
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*[[Enchanted Horizons]]
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*[[Entertainment Plus More, Inc.]]
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*[[Essentially Racing]]
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*[[Ethereal Edge Enterprises]]
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*[[Fantastic Simulations]]
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*[[Fantasy & Futuristic Simulations]]
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*[[Fantasy Workshop]]
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*[[Fields of Nephlim]]
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*[[Final Frontiers]]
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*[[Flying Buffalo, Inc.]]
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*[[Flying Dutchman Games]]
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*[[Fractal Dimensions]]
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*[[Frank Pompillio]]
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*[[Full Moon Gaming]]
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*[[Furypost Games]]
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*[[GAD Games]]
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*[[Galactic Simulations]]
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*[[Galactic Society Four]]
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*[[Game Systems, Inc.]]
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*[[Gamer's Den]]
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*[[Gamers Guild]]
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*[[Games By Mail]]
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*[[Games Without Frontiers]]
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*[[Gem Games]]
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*[[Genesis Games Design]]
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*[[Graff Simulations]]
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*[[Grandel, Inc.]]
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*[[Grenade Games]]
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*[[Half Time PBM Football]]
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*[[Harlequin Games]]
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*[[Harold Kercher]]
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*[[HCS Games]]
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*[[Head Games]]
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*[[HFR Games]]
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*[[High Point Games]]
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*[[Horizon Games]]
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*[[Huscarl Hobbies]]
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*[[ICBM]]
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*[[Imagery]]
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*[[ImagiCom, Inc.]]
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*[[Incubus Designs]]
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*[[Infinite Odysseys]]
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*[[Inner Dimension Games]]
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*[[Interesting Times]]
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*[[Intergalactic Games]]
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*[[International Software]]
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*[[Irondragon Enterprises]]
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*[[Jason Oates Games]]
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*[[Jeff Perkins]]
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*[[JFH Games]]
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*[[Kage Interactive]]
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*[[Keith Langley]]
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*[[Kelem Games]]
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*[[Kelstar Enterprises]]
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*[[Keys of Bled]]
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*[[Kingdoms of Telgard]]
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*[[Kings Guild, Inc.]]
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*[[KJC Games]]
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*[[KSK Concepts]]
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*[[LAMA]]
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*[[Leisure Time Unlimited]]
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*[[Lucky Llama Games]]
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*[[Madhouse UK]]
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*[[Madhouse Australia]]
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*[[Maelstrom Games]]
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*[[Mailed Gauntlets]]
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*[[Marguerite Dias]]
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*[[Mercury Games]]
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*[[Mialdian Press]]
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*[[Midgard USA, Inc.]]
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*[[Midnight Games]]
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*[[Mindgate]]
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*[[Mindless Games]]
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*[[MindShift Design LLC]]
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*[[Mitregames]]
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*[[Monastic Software]]
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*[[Nevanis Games, Inc.]]
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*[[Northwest Simulations]]
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*[[Nova Games]]
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*[[Octagon]]
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*[[Opcon Games]]
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*[[Pagoda Games]]
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*[[Palace Simulations]]
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*[[Paper Tigers]]
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*[[Paspa Games]]
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*[[PBM Adventures]]
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*[[PBM Enterprises]]
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*[[PBM Express]]
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*[[Pegasus Productions]]
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*[[Perseus Arm Enterprises]]
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*[[Pfodd Enterprises]]
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*[[Piranha Games]]
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*[[Phildee Enterprises]]
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*[[Play By Electron Games]]
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*[[Post-It]]
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*[[Prime Time Simulations]]
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*[[Quail Canyon Systems]]
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*[[Quest Games, Inc.]]
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*[[Reality Simulations, Inc.]]
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*[[Rebel Games]]
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*[[Red Talon Gaming]]
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*[[Rolling Thunder Games]]
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*[[Roma Games]]
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*[[Sardarthion Press]]
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*[[Saul Betesh]]
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*[[Sceptre Roleplaying]]
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*[[Schubel & Son, Inc.]]
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*[[Scott Bowyer]]
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*[[Sevenstar Games]]
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*[[Shadow Island Games]]
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*[[Simcoarum Systems]]
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*[[Sinbad's Games]]
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*[[Slow Motion Games, Inc.]]
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*[[Soccer Star]]
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*[[Spellbinder Games]]
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*[[Spyder Games]]
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*[[Starlord]]
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*[[State of Mind Games]]
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*[[Steve M. White]]
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*[[Strategic Fantasy Games of Australia]]
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*[[Sudden Asylum]]
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*[[Superior Simulations]]
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*[[Synchronicity, Inc.]]
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*[[Terry Crook]]
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*[[The Barons Australian Midgard]]
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*[[The PBM Locomotive Srl]]
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*[[Throne Enterprises LLC]]
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*[[Time Patterns PBM Games]]
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*[[Time Space Simulations]]
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*[[Total Simulations, Inc.]]
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*[[Treesahran Industries]]
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*[[TribeNet]]
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*[[Tudor Games]]
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*[[Twin Engine Gaming]]
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*[[Undying King Games]]
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*[[Viking Games]]
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*[[Vorpal Games]]
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*[[War College Simulations PBM, Inc.]]
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*[[Warlord Strategic Gaming]]
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*[[Warrior Games]]
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*[[WoW Games]]
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*[[Yellowseed Games of Canada]]
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*[[Zephyr Enterprises, Inc.]]
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*[[Zorph Enterprises]]
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
[http://playbymail.net/: PlayByMail.Net]
 
[http://playbymail.net/: PlayByMail.Net]

Revision as of 19:22, 11 April 2011

Welcome to PlayByMail.Net's PBM Wiki!

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So, what - exactly - is PBM?

PBM is an acronym, one that stands for Play By Mail. It is a reference to a genre of gaming that was - and still is - played through the postal system, which, in the United States of America, is the United States Postal Service.

Whether one says PBM, PBM games, PBM gaming, play by mail, play-by-mail, postal games, postal gaming, play by post, correspondence games, or correspondence gaming, they are all variations on the exact, same thing.

Later (as in newer or more recent) variations on the core genre that is postal gaming have manifested themselves as PBeM (play by e-mail), PBM (play by web - as in the World Wide Web), PBI (play by Internet), TBG (turn based gaming), and even BBG (browser based games).

During its course of existence, play by mail gaming has been covered by a wide variety of sources, and this genre of gaming (which many view to be classic gaming at its very finest, providing a form of quality gaming entertainment still unrivaled in terms of the overall gaming experience that the player has), is still alive and popular with many gaming enthusiasts and gaming adherents, whose interests in gaming entertainment run the gamut from RPGs (role playing games) to wargaming.

Included within this broad range of coverage of the PBM hobby and of the commercial PBM industry were numerous magazines dedicated specifically or largely to coverage of play by mail gaming. Published titles such Nuts & Bolts, PBM Universal, Gaming Universal, Flagship, American Flagship, Campaigner's Newsletter, American Gamer, The PBM Report, Simulacrum, and PBM Worm covered every aspect of PBM gaming, delivering a cornucopia of PBM news to a gaming public thirsting for details of an ever-changing PBM scene.

Within the genre, postal games covered an exceptionally broad portion of the entire gaming spectrum. Space conquest games, fantasy role playing games, and hardcore wargames that would make any grognard proud are but a few of the many popular categories of games that fell under - and to this day are still encompassed by - PBM gaming.

Play by mail gaming shares many similarities with board gaming, as well, the turn based aspect a signature feature of many PBM games. Unlike many modern-day massively multiplayer online games of various types, postal games tended - and still tend - to deliver a more personalized gaming experience, one that did not leave the player lost in a tsunami of player pools that number in the millions, for some of the more heavily populated massively multiplayer online games, particularly where MMORPGs of note are concerned.

Combining a beer & pretzels sort of appeal with a community of both commercial and non-commercial game moderators, PBM left an indelible mark upon the history of gaming. Rich gaming experiences that were unique to postal gaming helped elevate the hobby and the industry to such a place in the public eye that good old correspondence gaming soon carved out a place for itself in the pantheon of gaming genres.

As with many different sectors of the gaming industry at large, PBM has endured its share of periods where the industry would consolidate. Rumors to the contrary notwithstanding, though, play by mail gaming continues to thrive heading into the second decade of the Twenty-First Century. Numerous groups of hardcore PBM gamers can be easily located on the Internet, today, with new industry champions joining PBM's venerated Old Guard in celebrating play by mail gaming in the modern era.

Both nostalgia and a desire to return to the roots of what a true, honest-to-God multi-player gaming experience should be like, are helping to create a Renaissance of the core postal gaming experience for new generations of gaming enthusiasts, even as more and more PBM old timers find themselves returning to the play by mail fold. The resulting diversity can only benefit PBM gaming, as the PBM hobby and the PBM industry chart a new path into the future.

Whether a player's turn results are delivered to him or to her in a paper envelope, or in one of a variety of different electronic equivalents, the PBM experience continues to act as a catalyst for positive change within the gaming industry at large. In this way, PBM continues to push the gaming envelope, after all these many years.

PBM companies

This will be an attempt to list Play-By-Mail games that have existed over the years, some of which are still up and running, today, and many others which have, unfortunately, fallen defunct with the passage of time. This list will be revised and updated on a recurring basis.

External links

PlayByMail.Net