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Issue #14 of Suspense & Decision magazine, a publication focusing on play-by-mail and turn-based gaming.

Active PBM Games

NOTE: This section is under active construction. More active PBM games are listed on the PBM Hivemind section on the front page of the PlayByMail.Net website. This section on the PBM Wiki site began construction on March 5th, 2014, and will take a while to flesh out with relevant information. When completed, it should be a useful resource for gamers looking for PBM games to play. In the mean time, don't make the mistake of thinking that all that is listed here is all that there is. Nothing could be further form the truth!

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Definition of PBM

Galactic Prisoners was a computer-moderated, open-ended, futuristic game that featured an alien race, the Nibor, destroyed all humans, except for a very few who were placed on a planet to be studied by Nibor observers. The player played the role of a human captain of an All Terrain vehicle (ATV), who was given a crew of 100 human prisoners by the Nibor. As the captain, it was the responsibility of the player to provide his or her crew with survival.

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, Paper Mayhem, PBM Universal, Gaming Universal, Flagship, American Flagship, Campaigner's Newsletter, American Gamer, The PBM Report, Simulacrum, PBM Worm, and 1st Class 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.

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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.

Other definitions of PBM

PBM Magazines

Flagship issue 1.
  1. 1st Class
  2. American Flagship
  3. American Gamer
  4. Campaigner's Newsletter
  5. Flagship
  6. Gaming Universal
  7. Nuts & Bolts
  8. Paper Mayhem
  9. PBM Magazine
  10. PBM Monthly
  11. PBM Scroll
  12. PBM Universal
  13. PBM Worm
  14. Simulacrum
  15. Suspense & Decision
  16. The PBM Report

PBM Associations

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.

Starweb is a play by mail game run by Flying Buffalo, Inc..
  1. 4 Sight
  2. 7th Dimension Gaming
  3. Acheron Simulations
  4. Advanced Gaming Enterprises
  5. Advent Games
  6. Adventure Simulation Games
  7. Adventures By Mail
  8. Adventures Design Group, Inc.
  9. AGEgames
  10. Agema
  11. Agents of Gaming
  12. Aggressive Addiction Games
  13. Aleator Games
  14. Allen Kimball
  15. Allsorts PBM Games
  16. Alternate Realms
  17. AMM Enterprises
  18. Anarchy By Mail
  19. Andon Games
  20. Anvil Games
  21. Apocalypse
  22. Archmage Games
  23. Arden Enterprises
  24. Ares Games
  25. Argus Adventure Simulations
  26. Ark Royal Games
  27. Armageddon Games
  28. Athena's Avatar
  29. Australian Wizard PBM
  30. Balrog Adventures
  31. Bard Interactive Games, Inc.
  32. Baron's Regime
  33. Battle-Magic Gaming
  34. Bill Paspaliaris
  35. Bill Wood
  36. Bizarre Play By Mail
  37. Blackpool Games
  38. Blitzkrieg Games
  39. Blue Panther Enterprises
  40. Bob Stribula
  41. Bronze Star Games
  42. C2 Simulations
  43. C-T Simulations
  44. Camelot Games
  45. Capitol Consulting/VRL, Inc.
  46. Central Texas Computing
  47. Centurion Game Company
  48. Chain Mail Games
  49. Chameleon Games
  50. Charles Bennett
  51. Charles Mosteller
  52. Circle Games
  53. ChoZen FroZen Games
  54. Classified Information
  55. Clemens & Associates
  56. Cobra Games
  57. Coconut Council, Inc.
  58. Colleen Matteson
  59. Compu-Caper Gaming
  60. Computer Campaigns
  61. Combat Enterprises
  62. Conflict Interaction Assoc.
  63. Conquest Games
  64. Constantine Xanthos
  65. Cosmos Creations
  66. Crasiworld
  67. Create A World, Inc.
  68. Creative Games
  69. Creative Management Services
  70. Creative Simulations
  71. Cutting Edge Games
  72. Cyborg Games
  73. Cyclops Gaming
  74. Damien Games
  75. DareDevil Games
  76. Dark Magus Productions
  77. Daurada Games
  78. Delta Games PBM
  79. Deltax Gaming
  80. Desert P.B.M.
  81. DFS Productions
  82. DMC Games
  83. DPI
  84. Dragon Games
  85. Dragon Byte
  86. Dracs Games
  87. DVS Productions
  88. Dymar Enterprises
  89. Dynamic Games
  90. E-Mail Games
  91. Earnshaw Enterprises
  92. Ebonrock Enterprises
  93. Eckert Gaming Group
  94. Eclipse Consulting, Inc.
  95. Eclipse Entertainment, Inc.
  96. Ed Bailey
  97. Empire Games, Inc.
  98. Emprise Game Systems
  99. Enchanted Horizons
  100. Entertainment Concepts, Inc.
  101. Entertainment Plus More, Inc.
  102. Eros Games
  103. Essentially Racing
  104. Ethereal Edge Enterprises
  105. Fantastic Simulations
  106. Fantasy & Futuristic Simulations
  107. Fantasy Workshop
  108. Fenris Games
  109. Fields of Nephlim
  110. Final Frontiers
  111. Flying Buffalo, Inc.
  112. Flying Dutchman Games
  113. Fractal Dimensions
  114. Frank Pompillio
  115. Frazier Games
  116. Freelance Games
  117. Friendly Fire Games
  118. Frontier Games
  119. Full Moon Gaming
  120. Furypost Games
  121. GAD Games
  122. Galactic Empires
  123. Galactic Simulations
  124. Galactic Society Four
  125. Game Anvil
  126. Game Systems, Inc.
  127. Game Systems International
  128. Gamemasters Publishers Assoc.
  129. Gamer's Den
  130. Gamers Guild
  131. Games By Mail
  132. Games Heaven
  133. Games Without Frontiers
  134. Gator Concepts
  135. Gem Games
  136. Gemini Games
  137. Gemini Systems, Inc.
  138. Genesis Games Design
  139. Global Simulations
  140. Graaf Simulations
  141. Grandel, Inc.
  142. Grenade Games
  143. Gryphon Systems
  144. Half Time PBM Football
  145. Harlequin Games
  146. Harold Kercher
  147. Harrow Postal Games
  148. HCS Games
  149. Head Games
  150. Hemsoft Computer Consultants
  151. Henry Roepke
  152. HFR Games
  153. High Point Games
  154. Horizon Games
  155. Hunky Monkey Games
  156. Huscarl Hobbies
  157. ICBM
  158. Imagery
  159. ImagiCom, Inc.
  160. Imaginary Sports Competition
  161. Imagination Unlimited
  162. Imperial Games
  163. Incubus Designs
  164. Inferno Games
  165. Infinite Odysseys
  166. Inner Dimension Games
  167. Interesting Times
  168. Intergalactic Games
  169. International Research Associates
  170. International Software
  171. Irondragon Enterprises
  172. Jason Oates Games
  173. Jeff Perkins
  174. JFH Games
  175. John Justin
  176. John Morris
  177. Jolly Goblin Games
  178. Kage Interactive
  179. Kalei Enterprises
  180. Karl Zeimetz
  181. Keith Langley
  182. Kelem Games
  183. Kelstar Enterprises
  184. Keys of Bled
  185. Kimball Simulations
  186. Kingdoms of Telgard
  187. Kings
  188. Kings Guild, Inc.
  189. KJC Games
  190. KSK Concepts
  191. L & L Activities
  192. L A N Company
  193. LAMA
  194. Lanke
  195. Legend Incorporated LTD
  196. Leisure Time Unlimited
  197. Lightning Games
  198. Lombot Publishing
  199. Lucky Llama Games
  200. Madhouse UK
  201. Madhouse USA
  202. Madhouse Australia
  203. Maelstrom Games
  204. Manifestation Games
  205. Mailed Gauntlets
  206. Marguerite Dias
  207. Marguerite Hoang
  208. Mark Pinder
  209. Mark Walbank
  210. Mark Wightman
  211. Matteson
  212. Megalith Games
  213. Mercury Games
  214. Mialdian Press
  215. Micro Software Design
  216. Middle-earth Games
  217. Midgard USA, Inc.
  218. Midnight Games
  219. Midnight Sun Games
  220. Mindgate
  221. Mindless Games
  222. MindShift Design LLC
  223. Mitregames
  224. Monastic Software
  225. Nebula Star Productions
  226. New Dawn
  227. Nevanis Games, Inc.
  228. Nevaris Games, Inc.
  229. NLT Enterprises
  230. NoGate Consulting
  231. Norman Conquest Games
  232. Northwest Simulations
  233. Nostromo Games
  234. Nova Games
  235. Octagon
  236. On-Paper Baseball
  237. Opcon Games
  238. Oplon Games
  239. Orion Games
  240. Orpheus Publishing Corp.
  241. Outerquest Simulations
  242. Outlander Software
  243. Outremer Games
  244. Pagoda Games
  245. Palace Simulations
  246. Paper Tigers
  247. Paspa Games
  248. Patrick Price
  249. PBM Adventures
  250. PBM Enterprises
  251. PBM Express
  252. PBM Games
  253. Pegasus Productions
  254. Pent Alpha
  255. Perseus Arm Enterprises
  256. Peter Mackay
  257. Pfodd Enterprises
  258. Piranha Games
  259. Phildee Enterprises
  260. Play By Electron Games
  261. Play By Mail Sports
  262. Post-It Games
  263. Post Age Games
  264. Prime Time Programming
  265. Prime Time Simulations
  266. Psi-Decay Games
  267. Quail Canyon Systems
  268. Quest Games, Inc.
  269. R3 Games
  270. Rampage Games
  271. Randy Gillette
  272. Reality Simulations, Inc.
  273. Rebel Enterprises
  274. Rebel Games
  275. Red Talon Gaming
  276. Rolling Thunder Games
  277. Roma Games
  278. Round Table
  279. Roy C. Rae
  280. Sandgroper PBM
  281. Sandlot Sports
  282. Sar-A-Kan Games
  283. Sardarthion Press
  284. Saul Betesh
  285. Sceptre Roleplaying
  286. Schubel & Son, Inc.
  287. Scoresheet Sports
  288. Scott Bowyer
  289. SE Technologies
  290. Sevenstar Games
  291. Shadow Island Games
  292. Sherwood Games
  293. Shrewd Expanse
  294. Silvius & Berchtold
  295. Simcoarum Systems
  296. Sinbad's Games
  297. Sloth Enterprises
  298. Slow Motion Games, Inc.
  299. Smokey Mountain Strategies
  300. Soccer By Mail
  301. Soccer Star
  302. South Bay Games
  303. Spellbinder Games
  304. Spyder Games
  305. Starlord
  306. Starry Knight
  307. Stat-Sports
  308. State of Mind Games
  309. Stephen Phillips
  310. Steve M. White
  311. Strategic Fantasy Games of Australia
  312. Sudden Asylum
  313. Summit PBM
  314. Superior Simulations
  315. Supernova Games
  316. Synchronicity, Inc.
  317. Talisman Games
  318. Tempus Fugit PBM Productions
  319. Tertium Games
  320. Terry Crook
  321. The Barons Australian Midgard
  322. The Baron's Regime
  323. The Dukes of Hell
  324. The Game Anvil
  325. The PBM Locomotive Srl
  326. Third Foundation
  327. Throne Enterprises LLC
  328. TimePatterns PBM Games
  329. Time Space Simulations
  330. Timewyrm
  331. Titan PBM
  332. Total Simulations, Inc.
  333. Treesahran Industries
  334. Triad Simulations
  335. TribeNet
  336. Tudor Games
  337. Twin Engine Gaming
  338. Undying King Games
  339. Union West
  340. Vengeance Games
  341. Vigard Simulations
  342. Village Computer Games
  343. Viking Games
  344. Vorpal Games
  345. Vortex Simulations
  346. Wanderer Games
  347. War College Simulations PBM, Inc.
  348. Warlord Strategic Gaming
  349. Warrior Games
  350. Waveney Games
  351. Whitegold Games
  352. White Lion Enterprises
  353. World Games
  354. WoW Games
  355. Wraith PBM
  356. Yellowseed Games of Canada
  357. Zan Erskine
  358. Zen Games
  359. Zephyr Enterprises, Inc.
  360. Zorph Enterprises

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