Playing games through the (snail) mail.
May 5, 2011 12:46 PM Subscribe
I'm interested in novel recreational uses of snail mail, both historically and currently. Aside from pen-palling and exchanging goods, what kind of games or similar activities take place via old fashioned letters and postcards?
posted by iamisaid to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (26 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
When I was a kid, I used to be involved in a sort of RPG fantasy pro-wrestling league that took place via the mail. Participants would create their own wrestling characters with various attributes and backstories and mail the info to the person who ran the game. This person would compile everyone's information and simulate wrestling matches, coming up with narratives for the matches, and send out results and updates every so often through the mail. Then the participants would periodically write back to him, providing more info, starting feuds with other wrestlers, etc. It sounds kind of weird now, but it was sort of fun. I think I found out about it through an ad in a wrestling magazine.
This got me thinking - what other sorts of games and similar activities have been conducted via good old snail mail, and does anything like this still occur today? I'm guessing some people still play chess via the mail, but what else?