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*[[Aggressive Addiction Games]]
 
*[[Aggressive Addiction Games]]
 
*[[Aleator Games]]
 
*[[Aleator Games]]
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*[[Allen Kimball]]
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*[[AMM Enterprises]]
 
*[[Anarchy By Mail]]
 
*[[Anarchy By Mail]]
 
*[[Andon Games]]
 
*[[Andon Games]]
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*[[Arden Enterprises]]
 
*[[Ark Royal Games]]
 
*[[Ark Royal Games]]
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*[[Armageddon Games]]
 
*[[Australian Wizard PBM]]
 
*[[Australian Wizard PBM]]
 
*[[Balrog Adventures]]
 
*[[Balrog Adventures]]
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*[[Battle-Magic Gaming]]
 
*[[Battle-Magic Gaming]]
 
*[[Bill Paspaliaris]]
 
*[[Bill Paspaliaris]]
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*[[Bill Wood]]
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*[[Bizarre Play By Mail]]
 
*[[Blue Panther Enterprises]]
 
*[[Blue Panther Enterprises]]
 
*[[Bob Stribula]]
 
*[[Bob Stribula]]
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*[[Coconut Council, Inc.]]
 
*[[Coconut Council, Inc.]]
 
*[[Compu-Caper Gaming]]
 
*[[Compu-Caper Gaming]]
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*[[Conflict Interaction Assoc.]]
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*[[Conquest Games]]
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*[[Constantine Xanthos]]
 
*[[Crasiworld]]
 
*[[Crasiworld]]
 
*[[Create A World, Inc.]]
 
*[[Create A World, Inc.]]
 
*[[Creative Management Services]]
 
*[[Creative Management Services]]
 
*[[Creative Simulations]]
 
*[[Creative Simulations]]
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*[[Cutting Edge Games]]
 
*[[Cyborg Games]]
 
*[[Cyborg Games]]
 
*[[Cyclops Gaming]]
 
*[[Cyclops Gaming]]
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*[[Eckert Gaming Group]]
 
*[[Eckert Gaming Group]]
 
*[[Eclipse Consulting, Inc.]]
 
*[[Eclipse Consulting, Inc.]]
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*[[Ed Bailey]]
 
*[[Empire Games, Inc.]]
 
*[[Empire Games, Inc.]]
 
*[[Emprise Game Systems]]
 
*[[Emprise Game Systems]]
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*[[Fractal Dimensions]]
 
*[[Fractal Dimensions]]
 
*[[Frank Pompillio]]
 
*[[Frank Pompillio]]
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*[[Frontier Games]]
 
*[[Full Moon Gaming]]
 
*[[Full Moon Gaming]]
 
*[[Furypost Games]]
 
*[[Furypost Games]]
 
*[[GAD Games]]
 
*[[GAD Games]]
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*[[Galactic Empires]]
 
*[[Galactic Simulations]]
 
*[[Galactic Simulations]]
 
*[[Galactic Society Four]]
 
*[[Galactic Society Four]]
 
*[[Game Systems, Inc.]]
 
*[[Game Systems, Inc.]]
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*[[Gamemasters Publishers Assoc.]]
 
*[[Gamer's Den]]
 
*[[Gamer's Den]]
 
*[[Gamers Guild]]
 
*[[Gamers Guild]]
 
*[[Games By Mail]]
 
*[[Games By Mail]]
 
*[[Games Without Frontiers]]
 
*[[Games Without Frontiers]]
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*[[Gator Concepts]]
 
*[[Gem Games]]
 
*[[Gem Games]]
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*[[Gemini Systems, Inc.]]
 
*[[Genesis Games Design]]
 
*[[Genesis Games Design]]
 
*[[Graff Simulations]]
 
*[[Graff Simulations]]
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*[[Imagery]]
 
*[[Imagery]]
 
*[[ImagiCom, Inc.]]
 
*[[ImagiCom, Inc.]]
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*[[Imagination Unlimited]]
 
*[[Incubus Designs]]
 
*[[Incubus Designs]]
 
*[[Infinite Odysseys]]
 
*[[Infinite Odysseys]]
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*[[Jeff Perkins]]
 
*[[Jeff Perkins]]
 
*[[JFH Games]]
 
*[[JFH Games]]
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*[[Jolly Goblin Games]]
 
*[[Kage Interactive]]
 
*[[Kage Interactive]]
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*[[Karl Zeimetz]]
 
*[[Keith Langley]]
 
*[[Keith Langley]]
 
*[[Kelem Games]]
 
*[[Kelem Games]]
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*[[Keys of Bled]]
 
*[[Keys of Bled]]
 
*[[Kingdoms of Telgard]]
 
*[[Kingdoms of Telgard]]
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*[[Kings]]
 
*[[Kings Guild, Inc.]]
 
*[[Kings Guild, Inc.]]
 
*[[KJC Games]]
 
*[[KJC Games]]
 
*[[KSK Concepts]]
 
*[[KSK Concepts]]
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*[[L & L Activities]]
 
*[[LAMA]]
 
*[[LAMA]]
 
*[[Leisure Time Unlimited]]
 
*[[Leisure Time Unlimited]]
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*[[Lightning Games]]
 
*[[Lucky Llama Games]]
 
*[[Lucky Llama Games]]
 
*[[Madhouse UK]]
 
*[[Madhouse UK]]
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*[[Mailed Gauntlets]]
 
*[[Mailed Gauntlets]]
 
*[[Marguerite Dias]]
 
*[[Marguerite Dias]]
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*[[Marguerite Hoang]]
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*[[Megalith Games]]
 
*[[Mercury Games]]
 
*[[Mercury Games]]
 
*[[Mialdian Press]]
 
*[[Mialdian Press]]
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*[[Micro Software Design]]
 
*[[Midgard USA, Inc.]]
 
*[[Midgard USA, Inc.]]
 
*[[Midnight Games]]
 
*[[Midnight Games]]
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*[[Monastic Software]]
 
*[[Monastic Software]]
 
*[[Nevanis Games, Inc.]]
 
*[[Nevanis Games, Inc.]]
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*[[Nevaris Games, Inc.]]
 
*[[Northwest Simulations]]
 
*[[Northwest Simulations]]
 
*[[Nova Games]]
 
*[[Nova Games]]
 
*[[Octagon]]
 
*[[Octagon]]
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*[[On-Paper Baseball]]
 
*[[Opcon Games]]
 
*[[Opcon Games]]
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*[[Orpheus Publishing Corp.]]
 
*[[Pagoda Games]]
 
*[[Pagoda Games]]
 
*[[Palace Simulations]]
 
*[[Palace Simulations]]
 
*[[Paper Tigers]]
 
*[[Paper Tigers]]
 
*[[Paspa Games]]
 
*[[Paspa Games]]
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*[[Patrick Price]]
 
*[[PBM Adventures]]
 
*[[PBM Adventures]]
 
*[[PBM Enterprises]]
 
*[[PBM Enterprises]]
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*[[Post-It]]
 
*[[Post-It]]
 
*[[Prime Time Simulations]]
 
*[[Prime Time Simulations]]
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*[[Psi-Decay Games]]
 
*[[Quail Canyon Systems]]
 
*[[Quail Canyon Systems]]
 
*[[Quest Games, Inc.]]
 
*[[Quest Games, Inc.]]
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*[[Rampage Games]]
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*[[Randy Gillette]]
 
*[[Reality Simulations, Inc.]]
 
*[[Reality Simulations, Inc.]]
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*[[Rebel Enterprises]]
 
*[[Rebel Games]]
 
*[[Rebel Games]]
 
*[[Red Talon Gaming]]
 
*[[Red Talon Gaming]]
 
*[[Rolling Thunder Games]]
 
*[[Rolling Thunder Games]]
 
*[[Roma Games]]
 
*[[Roma Games]]
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*[[Round Table]]
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*[[Sar-A-Kan Games]]
 
*[[Sardarthion Press]]
 
*[[Sardarthion Press]]
 
*[[Saul Betesh]]
 
*[[Saul Betesh]]
 
*[[Sceptre Roleplaying]]
 
*[[Sceptre Roleplaying]]
 
*[[Schubel & Son, Inc.]]
 
*[[Schubel & Son, Inc.]]
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*[[Scoresheet Sports]]
 
*[[Scott Bowyer]]
 
*[[Scott Bowyer]]
 
*[[Sevenstar Games]]
 
*[[Sevenstar Games]]
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*[[Simcoarum Systems]]
 
*[[Simcoarum Systems]]
 
*[[Sinbad's Games]]
 
*[[Sinbad's Games]]
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*[[Sloth Enterprises]]
 
*[[Slow Motion Games, Inc.]]
 
*[[Slow Motion Games, Inc.]]
 
*[[Soccer Star]]
 
*[[Soccer Star]]
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*[[Sudden Asylum]]
 
*[[Sudden Asylum]]
 
*[[Superior Simulations]]
 
*[[Superior Simulations]]
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*[[Supernova Games]]
 
*[[Synchronicity, Inc.]]
 
*[[Synchronicity, Inc.]]
 
*[[Terry Crook]]
 
*[[Terry Crook]]
 
*[[The Barons Australian Midgard]]
 
*[[The Barons Australian Midgard]]
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*[[The Game Anvil]]
 
*[[The PBM Locomotive Srl]]
 
*[[The PBM Locomotive Srl]]
 
*[[Throne Enterprises LLC]]
 
*[[Throne Enterprises LLC]]
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*[[Twin Engine Gaming]]
 
*[[Twin Engine Gaming]]
 
*[[Undying King Games]]
 
*[[Undying King Games]]
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*[[Vigard Simulations]]
 
*[[Viking Games]]
 
*[[Viking Games]]
 
*[[Vorpal Games]]
 
*[[Vorpal Games]]
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*[[Warlord Strategic Gaming]]
 
*[[Warlord Strategic Gaming]]
 
*[[Warrior Games]]
 
*[[Warrior Games]]
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*[[Waveney Games]]
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*[[Whitegold Games]]
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*[[White Lion Enterprises]]
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*[[World Games]]
 
*[[WoW Games]]
 
*[[WoW Games]]
 
*[[Yellowseed Games of Canada]]
 
*[[Yellowseed Games of Canada]]

Revision as of 20:15, 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 is a list of Play-By-Mail companies and individuals that have run PBM games, over the years. Some of these companies and their games are still up and running, today. Many of them, unfortunately, have fallen defunct with the passage of time.

External links

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