What is TriadCity?

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TriadCity is the world's most sophisticated text-based virtual world / role-playing game. It's so advanced, it's cited by The Cambridge Companion to Postmodernism as a new form of literature. It's FREE to play, is blind-friendly, and has more women players than men.

Where many games focus on "kill the monster" style adventuring, TriadCity explores themes which have been central to Western culture: good and evil, personal and collective identities, violence and nonviolence, freedom and slavery.

Because it's text, you read and type to play. It's not a 3D graphical environment such as World of Warcraft or Second Life. We find that our own imaginations are vastly more fulfilling. And, blind or visually impaired players are first-class citizens in TriadCity.

Because it's literature, narrative techniques from the novel and other traditions are incorporated. For example, various forms of player subjectivity are imposed, some relative, some radical. This means that character histories and views of the world are potentially unique to each individual. We know of no other "game" where this has ever been done.

Because our monsters really are smart, you'll face challenges traditional adventure games are incapable of conceiving. We bring leading-edge techniques from robotics and other hyper-sophisticated forms of artificial intelligence to the game world. Our automated characters aren't standing around waiting to be killed: they have homes, jobs, hobbies, quirks and personality tics just like citizens of real-life cities. Our world is alive with motion, vibrant with character. And it has a wicked sense of humor.

Best of all, it's friendly! For twenty years SmartMonsters has been free of the flame wars, misogyny, and mean-spiritedness prominent in some other environments. Even our bulletin boards are safe! Visit us today - we can't wait to meet you!

It's completely FREE to play. Play any time you like from any browser. Or use our Android client on mobile. Or your favorite MUD client. Get started today! Meet you in The City!

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