Documents of Interest
This page has two sorts of links: links useful to those
interested in mud and online world design specifically, and links that are
about game design in general.
Studies and histories of specific online worlds
Papers, essays, references, and other research materials
- Richard Bartle's homepage has a multitude
of good material on it. Some of the more notable material includes:
- The Arch-Wizard Archives contains
Michael Lawrie's "Confessions of an Arch-wizard" which is a seminal document on
how to administrate muds.
- Howard Rheingold's Brainstorms has a few items
of interest to mud designers:
- A chapter from Virtual Communities
that deals with muds
- An essay entitled
"Virtual Communities, Phony Civil Society?" which has interesting implications for
those interested in virtual societies.
- Another essay, by Jan Fernback & Brad Thompson, entitled
"Virtual Communities: Abort, Retry, Failure?" that covers similar territory.
- The fantastic Papers -
[ Synchronous Communications | VR | 3D ] page indexes and lists abstracts for a
virtual mountain of important papers on muds, including work by Elizabeth Reid,
Julian Dibbell, Richard MacKinnon, Richard Bartle, Amy Bruckman, Pavel Curtis, and
Mud design links
General game design sites and documents