What is TriadCity?
TriadCity is an acclaimed virtual world made of words. It's blind-friendly, has more women players than men, and is cited by The Cambridge Companion to Postmodernism as a new form of literature.
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 ability to form excellent pictures in imagination is more fulfilling. And, blind and 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.
It's completely free to play. Sign up for free here. Meet you in The City!
What's new in The City:
- Our birds are even angrier than theirs.
- It's 1994, can we have our world back?
- All the little birds on Jaybird Street...
- Here's MUD in yer eye — TriadCity is now accessible with standard MUD clients!
- Vampires are very nice people. Also they're extremely good-looking, and most are quite wealthy.