The Stargame Council Archivist Randye Jones kept many of the posts created by gamemasters and players on the games she played upon. She has begun converting these old ASCII files to .pdf's and will make them available as the project progresses. The files will also contain out-of-character (OOC) messages she received or sent. Unfortunately, OOC posts not sent to her or posted on the lists themselves are not included.
The archive will begin with USS Venture game. Other game file have been added, and more will be added as time permits.
Archivist's Note: Two things come immediately to my mind in this process. First, as I've been re-reading these approximately twenty-year-old Stargame posts, I've become amazed at how diligent the players and administrators of Stargame were in keeping the games going despite inconsistent and unreliable Internet access. This PBEM (play by e-mail) format was highly dependent upon using the Internet to connect players from around the world. The number of times we had to shift to distribution lists because the various servers failed or gms/players reported their individual ISP's had lost days of messages occurred with shocking regularity in the files--at least from the perspective of a user of today's much improved Internet. I suspect that many of the gaps in file dates are the results of lost posts in my own email accounts. Second, the majority of players on Stargame were college students or otherwise affiliated to some school. This (or various freenets offered) was how they gained Internet access in those days. Therefore, a lot of down time occurred because players were affected by class schedules (papers due, exams, breaks, etc.) This may explain, too, why Stargame eventually died away. As students graduated and took on careers, families of their own, etc., I suspect that time and interest in roleplaying waned.
Because of the nature of these posts, access will be password-protected and limited to former gamemasters and players of the specific game. To get access to specific games, please complete the form below. You will be contacted soon thereafter.