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Revision as of 16:01, 27 September 2019

Welcome to PlayByMail.Net's PBM Wiki!

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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PBM Hivemind - Where PBM Players Gather

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

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