Note: This article was written by a guest author, John Evans. He can be reached by email at jevans at alum dawt mit dawt edu (Yeah, you have to type it in, I'm not gonna cause a guest writer spam problems).
With all the talk about upcoming 3D sex games, it may be worthwhile to take a look at some of the more low-tech sex play environments that are being used right now. IRC is a text-based medium that has been in use for some years. Windows users can access it with an IRC program like mIRC. There are a multitude of sex channels on servers around the world, but some are more elaborate than just venues for chatting with random strangers.
Legends of Belariath is one such site. Often called The Lonely Inn or TLI after the virtual establishment where most of the activity happens, Legends of Belariath combines a website with an established IRC channel. Registration is required to read most of the webpages, but it's free. The site provides the setting and rules for roleplay on IRC, as well as a forum for non-realtime interactions. The real point, however, is the IRC channel.
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