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    MMO Role Playing Text Based Games?

    Ok I recently have been thinking about running my own MMO text based game. This is not really my field of expertise, I am an IT Professional but they really do not even touch base on a project like this.

    I am wanna know how much the code for a text based game would be. I know there are variations so I will give some examples: Biocide, Piratequest, and Vilecity.

    I would need the code installed on the server and set up accordingly. I would also need to know what kind of special skills I need to know or even if there are some. Really any advice or help I could get would be great. I am not really commited yet because I hardly know anything about this. I just wanna gather some information and make my decision from how I feel about it.

    Any help or comments would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Neill

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    If you want to develop a MMO, you need to Committ to it. Even a text-based game can require a considerable amount of code, especially if you really want to grab the gamer's attention and create an addicting and memorable gaming experience.

    Roughly, you can have anywhere between 30-100+ files for a descent scale MMO (depends on what type of features are available in your game), with each file containing anywhere between 300-1000+ lines of code. So again, you need to committ to it, you need to put a lot of time and effort towards the project if you want it to be successful. A hint from personal experience: Don't try to make the "bestest-ever" in your first project, you'll never finish!

    In terms of programming languages, PHP is probably the best choice for a text-based MMO. It has a fairly small learning curve and there are a wealth of resources online. If you have never coded in PHP before, I suggest you install a free bulletin board like PhpBB and start installing custom mods. This will give you a feel of how to do PHP coding. Once you are a bit more confident, you can install a forum game mod like ADR (Advanced Dungeons & Rabbits) which will introduce you to the world of MMO text-based gaming.


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