August 28, 2012 4:48 PM   Subscribe

The Museum of Computer Adventure Game History in Toronto, Canada is one of the largest collections of adventure and role-playing games and supplements in existence.

The site focuses on comprehensive scans and photos of various books and boxes from a bygone era. Perhaps true to the era of games the museum celebrates, it takes a little bit of self-directed digging but it's not long before you uncover some neat treasures unlikely to be found anywhere else (like a complete collection of the mid-80's fanzine Questbusters Journal).

Somewhat Related: The Play-Generated Map and Document Archive of Texas A&M which is full of donated player character sheets and dungeon master maps and a valuable window into what roleplaying games were like decades ago.
posted by Shadax (8 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
Hey, he has my movie! Respect!
posted by jscott at 4:51 PM on August 28, 2012 [6 favorites]

I would be remiss to not include jscott's own Textfiles.com (previously) in a comprehensive list of massive time-sinks/archives of pre-world wide web nerd culture.
posted by Shadax at 4:58 PM on August 28, 2012 [1 favorite]

There's a docco on text adventures?
I know what I am doing tonight.
If I am not eaten by a Grue.
posted by Mezentian at 5:19 PM on August 28, 2012

Wait... I can't tell if this is a huge museum or 5 shelves in some guy's basement.
posted by ropeladder at 5:20 PM on August 28, 2012

Shhh, bet it's both.
posted by jscott at 5:24 PM on August 28, 2012 [1 favorite]

It'll be more than 5 shelves. Toronto winters are grim.
posted by Mary Ellen Carter at 5:50 PM on August 28, 2012

According to the pictures there are six whole book cases!
Although, I spy Ultima Online. Pretty sure that wasn't text.

Disappointingly they are not labelled East, West, North and South.

I thought it would be bigger somehow, too, even thought each game could fit on a single floppy.
posted by Mezentian at 6:48 PM on August 28, 2012

That is an awesome trip down memory lane..
They should add a "I played it" scorecard to the collection and see how many of the games you might have played over the years... Looking at the titles in my brief viewing I've clocked up a fair number of them.
Now for my "things were better in my day rant", I do feel a lot of those older games featured had so much more long term play factor to them compared to games full of flash gfx and crappy story or engine of these days..
I could count in terms of months the time I put into Ultima 3 & 4, same goes with some of the early SSI stuff, or Alternate Reality..
Great link thanks for the share.. I shall waste a few more hours doing my own "played it" checklist...
posted by Merlin The Happy Pig at 6:45 PM on August 29, 2012

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