Friday, May 19, 2006


Not being able to play games with the best group in town from 5/27 all the way to 7/15 is going to hurt. So in order to fight the looming withdrawal pangs, I want to give PBEM's a try.

Which ones do you recommend? Which ones would you try with me to help me suppress the withdrawal symptoms?

I just joined. We'll see how that goes.

Ben, Ted, Simon, Jon.... anyone wants to try one of the blockgames or any other wargame? VASL (which probably will require a lot of time to review the manual, etc.)?

Tigris and Eufrates
We can set up a 4 player game of SABG'ers on


At 6:03 PM, May 19, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

I'm sure its because our club has spoiled me, but the prospect of PBEMing on Vassal just makes me cringe.

Still, I'm up for T&E, Diplomacy, or other possibilities.

Oh, and please make sure to claim a spot in the Diplomacy test game:

At 6:04 PM, May 19, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

Oy! Does this mean you won't be able to get our game of Twilight Struggle in until 7/15?

At 7:32 PM, May 19, 2006, Blogger Jonathan W. said...

I always have one or two games of T&E going on BGG, so count me in for that

At 8:57 PM, May 19, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

Ben, we can get it in on 5/22's session.

And yeah, I agree. I'm a bit put off by PBEM. But In times of desperation.... I'll download it soon, and try it out. See how it goes...

Expect my BGG invites for T+E.

At 9:12 PM, May 19, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

password sabg is not working. Do I pick Power #1 or Master?

I already have an account, but can't signup to your session.

At 10:37 PM, May 19, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

Look on the right screen for the "E-Mail to Join" hyperlink. Send an e-mail to the server with the following text:

JOIN sabgtest yourPassword privacyWord

At 10:37 PM, May 19, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

Privacy word is sabg

At 12:36 PM, May 20, 2006, Blogger Brian said...

I wouldn't mind trying one of the CDGs via ACTS/Cyberboard (or Vassal if it exists). Or Europe Engulfed...

At 1:17 PM, May 20, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

I'm interested, but I think I need to get comfortable playing the CDGs before trying them PBEM. I now have Wellington, Wilderness War, Sword of Rome, and Paths of Glory. In order for the game to not take a year to complete, I'd recommend PBEMing one of the smaller ones like Wilderness War or Wellington.

The Wilderness War Vassal Module is quite pretty and seems pretty mature in its development. I'm still learning to play the game, and I think I should get a face-to-face game under my belt before messing with Vassal.

Wellington now has a good looking Vassal module up too, but its only version 1.0, so perhaps bug prone.

At 9:46 PM, May 20, 2006, Blogger Ben said...


A great way to cure a bit of cold turkey is to play the Java version of Titan, located here:

One of these days we'll have to play the real thing, but this is a majorly accurate version of the game. Unfortunately it doesn't support PBEM though.

At 12:55 PM, May 21, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

Thanks Ben.... for the Titan link.

I loaded Vassal last night.... it looks very nice.

At 9:01 PM, May 21, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

I've been saved! Great geeklist. And I found some other lists too.

At 10:01 AM, May 23, 2006, Blogger Kendahl said...

I've played a lot of Diplomacy via email and it's hit and miss. I've been in some great games and some awful games. If all the players are active -- sending communications, submitting orders on time, etc. -- then it can be really fun. But if players are constantly late, don't respond to your messages, etc, then the game really drags and isn't worth the time.


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