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Andy Johnson
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My brother-in-law recently moved far away so I'm looking for suggestions for card or board games that would work as PBM/PBEM games. Any ideas?
 
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Greg Poulos
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you might also want to try looking into playing by webcam. a buddy and i have played quite a few games of memoir 44 using IM with webcams set up. C&C ancients, battlelore would also work quite well i'm sure. you could probably make lots of games work with this method, what do you normally play with your brother-in-law?
 
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Murray Grelis
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There is a very strong online Diplomacy hobby.

You'd need to pick up a few other players to play it properly. A good place to start is at The Diplomatic Pouch, see:

http://www.diplom.org

There is also an online Axis and Allies group but I have not tried them.
 
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Andy Johnson
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Well, I guess that's the other part of it. I sold my large game collection (many Avalon Hill, early Steve Jackson, etc, etc.) in the late 80's and have played mostly computer games since. I'd like to get back into board games and thought they would be a good way to keep in touch with my brother-in-law who is in Alaska and cannot get a fast internet connection. I used to mostly play war games like Squad Leader, Panzer General but also enjoyed Illuminati and other early card games. I'm open to any suggestions.
 
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T. Rosen
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I use the following three websites from PBEM gaming:
http://www.spielbyweb.com/
http://www.mabiweb.com/
http://www.ludagora.net/

Here is the best site for "live" gaming in case you want to try that too:
http://www.brettspielwelt.de/
 
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Matt Davis
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Also, you might want to look into something like Vassal or Cyberboard. It's a PBEM application meant to keep track of a board and all the pieces. Basically you make some moves on the map and save what you've done to a file, and then send the save file to someone else, and they can replay your moves, then do theirs and send back an updated save file. That saves the trouble of having to write down moves or anything like that. I'd also second the suggestion of spielbyweb, etc.
 
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