TextSpaced: An infinite and shared text-based universe.

What is TextSpaced?


TextSpaced is a text-based sci-fi MMORPG played in your browser. It has been designed from the start to be enjoyed by blind and sighted people alike (and everyone in between). It is set in an infinite one-dimensional universe (imagine an infinite ribbon) with original art, high-quality music and, mechanics built around the mantra of "tactical, not technical". TextSpaced blends the style of more traditional text adventures with modern principles to create a game where everyone coexists in the same expansive universe, which is steeped in lore and intrigue. The entire universe is organic where everything is connected to everything else, every decision you make has a cascade of repercussions for you and your faction. The sandbox nature of the game leaves you, the player, the freedom to decide at any point what to do next.

With a unique 16 factor personality system, you can unlock hundreds of skills to personalise your character with new ones being added all the time so that every player can walk a path different to everyone else. The narrative and story of TextSpaced unfold seamlessly, so you can choose to uncover the mysterious past of Old Earth, affiliate and forge relationships meeting both real and non-player characters - or simply pirate yourself to fame and fortune. With hundreds of different ways to make a living and even the mechanics to make new things nobody has seen before, every player's experience is different and personal. Your actions influence your factors, simply continue doing what you enjoy to unlock new career paths helping your faction gain more control over the universe.

Over 50% of people that play TextSpaced are blind or partially sighted.

TextSpaced is heavily faction focused encouraging players to work together for common goals but this doesn't preclude lone factions of pirates, traders or even bounty hunters from disrupting the universe. The sandbox nature means players can pursue what interests them, whether this is pushing back the veil of the frontier, trying to craft the finest weapons the universe has seen or even moving stars themselves to create new solar systems of their design. Factions can also build and nurture colonies where new players that start the game can be born from, starting the game directly within your faction.

Unlike traditional MUDs or MOOs which TextSpaced bears a resemblance to, the primary interface is via menu options and windows. Text is used to describe the universe and everything in it, however supporting art is often presented for things like ships and characters. This means it is always clear which options you have available and perfectly suited for screen readers.

559 players are in-game

The universe is filled with systems to discover which are realistically generated with a range of over 70 different body types; from common types like dust planets and stars to more exotic types such as black holes and gravity wells. The bodies also contain commodities to mine suitable for their type and can affect combat if fought around.

Trading is also a main pillar of TextSpaced and every item can be traded, including items produced at various fabrication steps with fabrication being performed by players using factories. Most cargo can also be used in crafting and TextSpaced has a multitude of crafting mechanics and ways a faction and player can customise what they own. This ranges from installing rooms in structures and ships and hiring a crew to more left-field ventures such as crafting ships, turning planets to metal or keeping bird companions. In total there are tens of thousands of different parts to use for crafting equipment and weapons as well as over 100 different structures to build ranging from buoys to Dyson Swarms and over 300 ships to purchase or craft ranging from a humble Shuttle to Destroyer.

The universe can be a hostile place because of other players and NPCs alike, either way, you will ever need to remain incognito or arm yourself for combat. Combat itself is a card-based system that focuses on tactics and timing where each player gets one minute before a round to prepare, making it ideal for screen readers.

Free to Play

TextSpaced always has and always will be free to play. We want players to know that when a Flagship turns up, the owner has spent time and has skill to get to that point. Instead, we allow players to support us via Patreon, which helps us run the servers and keep the development of TextSpaced rolling. We have been grateful that the support from players of the previous version of our game and currently has provided us with enough funds to keep TextSpaced alive for several decades.

History

TextSpaced started life as a single player command-line game, then transitioned to a Facebook Messenger game as a 4v4 team based game before becoming the first MMO within Facebook Messenger.

Discord

Even if you don't have a Discord account, you can dip in and see what is being discussed in the Discord server using the widget below.



Changelog

The changelog can be viewed in Discord, in-game in the changelog comms channel or below.

  • 2022-05-15 21:43:15, Bug: The unused skill point count was not showing for all sections of the me window.
  • 2022-05-15 20:43:17, Bug: Corrected an issue where the services window was showing some services as available when they were not.
  • 2022-05-13 17:43:16, Feature: A new Minelayer class of ship is now available to purchase from Civilian Guild shipwrights.
  • 2022-05-13 16:43:15, Feature: You can now equip consumables, suits and weapons within the gear menu in preparation for personal combat (not yet released).
  • 2022-05-13 15:43:16, Bug: The current system details are now reiterated when you first login or switch command of a ship.
  • 2022-05-13 14:43:14, Bug: The add buttons during crafting would remain disabled after submitting a recipe.
  • 2022-05-13 13:43:15, Feature: For wide displays, the main window and any sub windows are now displayed at the same time.
  • 2022-05-13 12:43:14, Feature: Clicking the header will now toggle it between the system name and system position when possible.
  • 2022-05-13 11:43:15, Feature: The system position is now shown within a systems details.
  • 2022-05-13 10:43:16, Feature: A warning is now shown in the adrift cargo section if the system disallows salvaging.
  • 2022-05-10 22:43:15, Balance: The Reverse Engineering skill now results in success more often.
  • 2022-05-09 10:43:14, Bug: The root cause of an issue that resulted in the preview of refine times and actual refine times being different, has been fixed.
  • 2022-05-05 15:43:18, Bug: Messages of enlisted ships being destroyed were not being posted to the faction comms channel.
  • 2022-05-04 09:43:13, Bug: The Scan Pulse perk of seeing undiscovered systems from up to 20 LYs away was not functioning correctly.
  • 2022-05-03 12:43:15, Balance: The system search radius is now limited to 1,000 LYs.
  • 2022-05-03 11:43:20, Feature: The system search now also allows custom body names to be searched, to produce system results.
  • 2022-04-29 18:43:14, Feature: Alliance and war declarations are now shown separately in the command window.
  • 2022-04-29 17:43:14, Feature: Books that contain recipes for consumable crafting are now available to find.
  • 2022-04-29 16:43:15, Feature: Crafting consumables is now available from the crafting window once you obtain the recipes.
  • 2022-04-29 15:43:11, Feature: A new Mine Specialist skill is now available in the confidence factor.

reviews

  1. Roverto Renteria

    Kumar L

    I have to admit... this has totally blown me away, the game HUD makes it feel like I'm a future pilot, the music is awesome and it runs at a pace I can play it... I am so stunned about this.

  2. Karoly Hemm

    Sarah R

    The interface and the accessibility of the game is amazing.

    Unlike similar games, I never found myself stuck once regarding to navigating the interface.

  3. Karoly Hemm

    Jamie S

    This is the most beautiful text-based game I've ever seen.

    It's a masterpiece.

  4. Corey Bailey

    James A

    I look forward to playing this game every day.

    I don't understand how this huge game can be free. Keep up the fantastic job!

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