Thought experiment: Games you could play via Twitter
Seth Owen
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I'm recently on Twitter, although I'm not sure I'm getting the most out of it. I don't live the sort of hyperactive urban young professional lifestyle that I think it's most aimed at.

On the other hand, I could see some use for it, one of which is playing a quick PBeM-style game against a friend also on Twitter. So what kind of games could work on Twitter, given its extremely low bandwidth.

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1. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:420] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
 
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Chess would probably be pretty easy. Chess notation is very efficient and there are easily portable magnetic chess sets that would be easy to use for a running game.

 
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2. Board Game: Proteus [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:4422]
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I think some other chess-like games might also work, although in some cases you'd probably have to leave it set up at a specific site and you might need to invent a short notation style.

For Proteus you could mostly use chess notation, but you'd have to add a way to note transformations and a symbol for the pyramid.
 
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3. Board Game: Shogi [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:1088]
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Shogi I believe has a standard notation available and I have seen magnetic sets.
 
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4. Board Game: Navia Dratp [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:1993]
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An agreed-upon standard to name pieces would be needed. You'd have to leav the game set up someplace.
 
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5. Board Game: Ace of Aces: Handy Rotary Series [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1518]
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If both players have the necessary books, it should be possible to play Ace of Aces.
 
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6. Board Game: Lost Worlds [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:3362] [Average Rating:6.51 Unranked]
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With so many different Lost Worlds books it might be hard to find a match, but if both players have a book you should be able to Twitterplay this, too.
 
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7. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:504]
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I think Diplomacy might be possible to play with a combination of Twitter and emails. It would be easy enough for a GM to take orders via Twitter and for players to negotiate via the service, but reporting adjudications would probably need an email. I don't think players could reliably keep track of the board situation without a map to reference.
 
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