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Play by Post at DnDOnlineGames

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Published on Dec 21, 2011

In the on-line world of role playing games, one has many choices. One, however, remains closest to the traditional table-top method enjoyed by people for generations. This is play by post.

Play-by-post is similar to a table-top game. There are players who play characters and a Game Master who runs the game. Play-by-post can use the mechanics of any rules system, and just as in a table-top game, the GM is free to adjust and customize the rules as they see fit.

Where play by post differs is in its pacing and, primarily, text-based game play. Characters' actions are played out over days instead of minutes. There's no formal "gaming session". Players can post their actions at a time that's convenient for them. This allows players from all over the world, with vastly different schedules, to play together easily and seamlessly. It's an ideal method for those who love to game but are unable to set aside large chunks of time in their busy schedules to play.

Because one has time to think before posting their actions, players can take time to look up rules, think carefully about what their characters would do, or put extra time into writing a deeper, more literary post. Similar to a well written short story, a player's posts can be as detailed and dynamic as they are able to write. Players and GMs alike are only limited by their creativity and imagination.

This method of collaborative creative writing meshes very well within the structured rules and settings one finds in most role playing systems. With multiple creative minds and a central DM to manage them, truly epic characters and stories often result.

DnDOnlineGames.com is an ideal place to play-by-post. It is a free website run and supported by volunteers who love role playing. The site provides excellent tools such as: an integrated dice roller; on-line character sheets, supporting several systems; many formatting options, from secret text to attached images and files; and an easy way to connect with other members who wish to play or run a game. These features are enough to set DnDOnlineGames.com apart from similar sites, however its strongest asset is its friendly and diverse community of over 3000 active members.

New members can play in a New Player Solo Game designed to be a fun way to learn about play by post and role playing in general. Members who wish to run their own games can get advice from more experienced DMs in our DM mentoring section. The site even has its own free on-line gaming magazine, Explosive Runes.

With all these features; a friendly community; and new games starting every day, now is a great time to try play by post. Getting started is easy. We hope to see you in the forums.

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