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Imaginary Realities (IR) is an online magazine dedicated to text-based gaming, from MUD and roguelikes to interactive fiction. The original Imaginary Realities magazine was an influential MUD community online magazine running from September 1998 to December 2001. The current incarnation of the publication was started by Richard Tew in December 2013 and had until September 2015 released five new issues under a Creative Commons Share-Alike license. The 1998-2001 run of Imaginary Realities was hosted under the auspices of George Reese's Center for Imaginary Environments at Imaginary Realities featured articles by Richard Bartle, Raph Koster, Julian Dibbell, Chip Morningstar, Randy Farmer, Skotos, Brian Green, George Reese, Jessica Mulligan, Wes Platt, Cat Rambo, Richard Woolcock, and Geoff Wong, as well as many other major figures in the MUD community. It was edited by David "Pinkfish" Bennett of Discworld MUD, Selina Kelley, Marcie Kligman and Daniel McIver.Articles from Imaginary Realities have been cited in Richard Bartle's Designing Virtual Worlds and Julie Coiro's Handbook of Research on New Literacies, and it was noted in Mulligan & Patrovsky's Developing Online Games as a venue where a previous work by Mulligan was published.After its disappearance from the Web, several mirrors of the original Imaginary Realities were brought online. These efforts have been applauded by at least one major former contributor, decrying the alternative of the content's loss, and at minimum appreciated for aiding in recovering his work by another.

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