50 Years of Text Games

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50 Years of Text Games is a collection of essays by Aaron A. Reed, originally published for free on Substack approximately once a week throughout 2021, and subsequently revised, expanded, and collected into a Kickstarter-funded physical book and ebook, published in 2023.


Main series and book

The main series of fifty articles was the core of the book 50 Years of Text Games: From Oregon Trail to AI Dungeon:

Featured works:

Material from the following online posts is also included in the book's introduction (some of which can be read in this sample):

Further Explorations

Further Explorations: A Companion to 50 Years of Text Games is a supplement of bonus material, originally exclusively for backers, and later revised and expanded and made generally available in April 2024.

As well as general chapters on wordplay (online), one-room games, visual novels, and hacking sims, and a timeline of text game history, both editions cover these works:

The second edition additionally covers:

Ultimate Collector's Edition feelies

Kickstarter backers at the Ultimate Collector's Edition level received a box of feelies including paper tape, a replica Adventureland cassette, a 3.5" floppy disc, and a custom-produced hint book.

  • As well as most of the book's text, the floppy disc contains a short Z-code work: You Are Standing - at IFDB.