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Here are a list of games that I have played (sucessfully) by email. Most of these were played by the good old US post office, but with the coming of assist tools like Cyberboard and Aide De Camp, life has got much easier for the old traditional wargamers.
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1. Board Game: The Russian Campaign [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:1062]
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By far, the game that I have played most by mail / email. It is a great choice, there is very little interaction within the turn between the players, the moving player decides the attacker and defenders retreats. This game worked good even with play by mail, since there is not that many die rolls. The other thing that makes it a good play by mail game is that it is a great game to start with. The initative goes back and forth, literally with the seasons, so it is seldom boring for either side.

If you have the wall space, I would recommend an unmounted board and magnet counters. I did that with this game and it works pretty well. I hung it on the wall. I would not recommend it if you have more that about 4 units stacked, it is pretty iffy whether the stack can hold onto the metal sheet. This method is not recommended for the "closet" gamer, its hard to hide that big map hanging on the wall.
 
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2. Board Game: Victory in the Pacific [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:1206] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
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From the looks of it, this does not look like a game that is very suitable for PBM or PBEM, but it works pretty well. The turn is broken down into phases, so you end up doing a mailing per phase. But there is only 8 turns, so no big deal if you have 3 or 4 mailings per turn. Plus, the combat is usually pretty bloody, so you don't end up having that many combat rounds. I have not done this one PBEM, but it should be much easier than PBM. We used the old stock sales in 100's for die rolls and no paper lists the same ones, so we had to write down all of the stocks we needed. The PBEM software has the die rollers, plus there are die rolling websites for people who are worried about cheating.
 
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3. Board Game: War at Sea (second edition) [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:2491] [Average Rating:6.45 Unranked]
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We never actually played WAS, but in the combined game with VITP that was in the Avalon Hill General. VITP is a pretty consuming game to start with and adding WAS to it kind of made it a monster. But that is the nice thing about PBM, you have the time to work through the moves. On a whole, I would not recommed Victory At Sea, as it was dubbed in the General, unless you want to play more than two players. It is pretty much just like playing the two games simultaneously, because not much interaction in the game happens (a few less British go to the VITP map, but it isn't like they do too much for it anyway).
 
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4. Board Game: Alexander the Great [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:5119]
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This is a pretty good one for PBM. There is a little interaction, because of the defensive fire of the archer units, but usually these attacks don't generally disrupt the attacks move, and are pretty easy to take care of. One point that we had to do is to make sure to document the morale in the combat results. It is a bit of bookkeeping and it is easy to be a 1/2 point off (why they did half points is beyond me). A lot of the game is manuever without combat, so for that part of the game, it is quite easy to do PBM.
 
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5. Board Game: Fortress Europa [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:3149]
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Another John Edwards designed game that works well for PBM. Like Russian Campaign, it is a great game that adapts well for play by mail. A few more twists, but nothing that makes it too complicated to play. It is a little unforgiving of a poor Allied start (which I found out the hard way).
 
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6. Board Game: Air Assault On Crete/Invasion of Malta: 1942 [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:3819]
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The game is a little more complicated by mail, with the hidden placement, artillery, and the air drop. The Crete game is probably the most complicated, because you have so many small units for the German, plus the organization phase, etc. Malta works a little better, but there are so many AA units, that figuring out the modifier for the air drop can take a couple of mailings. We also played the Cypress scenario that was in the Avalon Hill General. Just because of the smaller unit density, that one worked the best. With tools like VASSAL, it is now pratical to play real time on the internet. This game probably would be better using that method.
 
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7. Board Game: Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:473]
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We played the "Guards Counterattack" scenario by mail. I would say the results are so-so. One of my favorite parts of the Squad Leader system is the fact that both players are active in a turn. This, however, does not make it real good for play by mail. We had to come up with some house rules about defensive fire so that we did not have infinite number of mailings during the movement phase. But I thînk these kind of detracted from the play of the game. Half the fun as the defender is to open up on the troops crossing the street and watch the moving player decide to go down another street, just to see his men cut down by another machine gun covering that street. Our house rules had all the moves occur, then defensive fire. You loose a lot of the move by more action and reaction.

Again this one is probably better suited for internet play via some tool like VASSAL.
 
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8. Board Game: Onslaught [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:5173]
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Another game I have started playing by email. The unit density is pretty light, so it makes it a quick play. There is random selection of who goes in the turn, so you have to check at the end of the turn who goes next. But it seems to work pretty well.
 
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9. Board Game: World in Flames [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:944] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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I have not played World in Flames by mail, nor do I think I will ever get around to it. I think it would be great by mail, but there are a couple of problems. First most of the people I see that like the game, like the Deluxe version, with all the planes, mech, ships, leaders, maps, etc. This is too much for me. I my mind stopped working after the 5th Edition. I would consider the new "Classic" version, but I think I am in a minority. The second problem is that the rules always seem to be in a state of flux. It is a plus that the designer is available to answer questions and make improvements, but on the negative side, unless you are constantly monitoring the website, you don't have the latest interpretation of the rules. I guess with a game this complicated, there is no way around it. But it is very hard to deal with a rules question via email, it is too easy to misinterpret a comment about the rules as a personal attack.
 
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10. Board Game: Empires in Arms [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:954]
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This is another game that I would consider trying by mail. Kind of a Diplomacy on steriods. But as was shown by the Diplomacy game that was in the Forum, you really have to have dedicated players for all positions. If somebody looses interest or drops out, it can really mess the game up. We had that happen in a face to face version of the game. Games should not be work, but you do need to have the same level of commmitment from all the players. Not just an issue for PBM.
 
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11. Board Game: Paths of Glory [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:100]
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Any of the card driven wargames (PoG, FtP, WtP, HRC, WW, 30YRW, TNW, SUC) can be played on ACTS.

ACTS and Cyberboard have pretty much revolutionized wargaming. Usually about a 1000+ games going on any one day.
If you play wargames, try out one of the games, ACTS and Cyberboard.

Also, visit my site at www.wamconvention.com - has links to all the discussion boards, cyberboard modules, ACTS, ADC, etc

ACTS: http://acts.warhorsesim.com/index.asp

Cyberboard: http://cyberboard.brainiac.com/index.html

Modules for Cyberboard games (many sites):

http://www.sweetkiss.net/~sk006/wzc/Eng/dl_title_all.html#d
 
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