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Adventurers Guild was a game created by Hugh Bayer in 1989, and released commercially in 1990. Started as a play-by-mail game, the rise of the Internet gave way for the game's evolution to a play-by-e-mail system. This move from the postal service to electronic medium gave the game a lot of room for growth and advancement, as turn orders could now be submitted via a website instead of needing to be mailed in through the postal service. This move also gave players a chance to participate more in the lore of the land of Varna.
The game has two main ways that the player interacts with the world of Adventurers Guild. Each method has its own effects on the game and world, as well as on the player's character.
The first of these two ways is through the use of orders, which are processed in alternating fashion weekly between the two guild cities (Antar one week, Barstow the next, then back to Antar). This is the original method for interaction within the game, and is the way to both improve a character and have him/her interact with the land of Varna. Orders are input at the website, and can include things such as guild battles, making money, building shrines to a deity, or adventuring in the wilderness, as well as many other possible actions. Each of these actions are ways to improve the character's abilities and allow him/her to interact with the world he/she resides in.
The other way of interaction is through the AG Yahoo! group. This group allows players to roleplay character(s) with others within the game. This could lead to bitter rivalries, great alliances, or to helping to shape the world through interaction with both the PCs and NPCs brought to life through Hugh and the players. All of these things allow players to become more involved in the AG world and so makes the place much more enjoyable. It also gives players a way to interact in the time between turns.