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I recently started playing my first play by forum games. Codenames seems perfectly set up for it and I have enjoyed a number of good games already.
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Have you ever played by forum on BGG?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
Yes
29.0% 65
No
71.0% 159
Voters 224
If not, why?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
I didn't know you could.
7.2% 15
I don't have the time.
7.7% 16
I don't know how to get started.
14.8% 31
It seems to complicated.
5.7% 12
I prefer face to face.
35.4% 74
Other.
6.2% 13
I do play by forum!
23.0% 48
Voters 209
Now that you know about it, will you give it a try?
  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
I already do!
19.9% 43
No.
45.8% 99
Maybe.
31.9% 69
Yes, I am going to try it.
2.3% 5
Voters 216
This poll is now closed.   226 answers
Poll created by Syvanis
Closes: Fri Nov 20, 2015 6:00 am


4 - What PBFs have you participated in?

5 - What are the benefits/drawbacks to PBF?



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Never tried it and with sites like Yucata, boardgamearena, and others, I don't feel to urge yet.
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I've played BSG 4 or 5 times.
Betrayal at the House in the Hill once
Saboteur a few times
Shadow Hunters a half a dozen times (and currently playing)
Cyrano once


Wouldn't say there's a 'benefit'. But, it's something to do with your BGG friends.
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I don't play by forum very often but I've done:

Clash of Cultures

The Resistance

A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition)

Clash of cultures is fantastic as a PbF. Games take about 3 weeks with ~once per day posting. The asynchronous turns make for very strong play since players have all the time they want to think about their options.

Resistance takes about as long which works but it a totally different experience than a 15 min face to face affair.

aGoT took about 6 months which was very long, especially since I was knocked out of contention by round 4.

In general, games with lots of face to face discussion slow way down.
 
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I play by forum on the RPG side of things, not as interested in trying it for board games, as those are a lot easier to play irl. The benefit is that I get to play/try some very interesting games, the drawback is that it takes a lot longer than a f2f game.
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Get the Imperial Assault Campaign module for Vassal from http://www.vassalengine.org/wiki/Module:Star_Wars:_Imperial_Assault
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4 - Imperial Assault / Play by Forum, running two campaigns as the Imperial Player and being a Rebel Hero in one/two others.

5 - Benefits:
- can play multiple games/campaigns at the same time
- satisfies the need to play a great game when it can't get played enough in the game group
- becomes a slightly different game experience, because there is much more strategic considerations than in real life and in real time.
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Syvanis wrote:
4 - What PBFs have you participated in?

5 - What are the benefits/drawbacks to PBF?
I've played in and even hosted several different PBF games. Mostly Werewolf, but also Merchants & Marauders and High Frontier.


The best part about them is being able to play games with anyone at any time, without having to get everyone in the same room. You don't even need to be online at the exact same times, and can even be on opposite sides of the world. With deeper strategy games, it can also be really nice to have all of the extra time between turns to plan out moves without holding up the game. You also have the advantage of being able to play in between doing countless other things (work, etc.) without needing to stay logged into a particular website like when playing online in real time.


The biggest drawback is that they can really drag out and take a long time to play, especially if there are one or two players that only bother to check in or post every few days. Everyone involved needs to be engaged in it and be willing to participate frequently all the way to the end or the game will suffer. If a player or two loses interest and drifts off it can kill the game completely. Games like Werewolf mostly avoid this by having set times for each round to start and finish, but if no one is posting it can still become a very tedious game.
 
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I tried some Zendo pbf briefly, and it seems very easy to manage that way. But I just didn't get the same thrill from it that I do on a table, and I found that it was too hard to keep up with.
 
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4 - What PBFs have you participated in?
Shadows over Camelot, Shadows over Camelot: Merlin's Company, The Resistance: Avalon, and The Resistance.
Planning one of the first 2 again for Dec-Jan start...

5 - What are the benefits/drawbacks to PBF?
Don't have to hunt up f2f players
For games like the Resistance- Drawbacks: can't use facial gestures, vocal intonations, physical cues to detect deceit. Can review text, in f2f game must rely on memory.
 
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I've played more than my fair share.
The Resistance/Avalon, BSG, GoT, Zendo, 2R1B, Codenames, Mayday!Mayday!, Blood Bound, Mysterium, ONUWW, Werewolf and a bunch of other less known games or ones that I've forgotten.
 
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Is there a general link explaining what it is and how it works to see if it would be of interest?

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4 - What PBFs have you participated in?
I thought it would be great to play Werewolf PBF, so about 10 years ago I joined a game with 20+ people who seemed to know each other well from previous games. It was a circus theme. People said they thought my username sounded like a clown, so I was the first one lynched. Have not played since.
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I like the old school nature of PbF. Played:

Reiner Knizia's Decathlon, To Court the King, LOT, Lines of Action, BattleCON: War of Indines to name the ones I can think of off the top of my head . . .
 
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Ambersilk wrote:
Is there a general link explaining what it is and how it works to see if it would be of interest?

It varies from game to game, but basically you play the game by posting your turns, and the moderator / game master sends status updates. There may be tools that help keep the state like Vassal with a suitable game module. (Geekmail gets used in games where secret things happen between players and the moderator.)

Check the Play By Forum subforum of the game you're interested in to see if there are any games there, and check out how they do it.

Edit: you can also roll dice with the geekroller.. Even custom dice like in Imperial Assault.
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Syvanis wrote:
I recently started playing my first play by forum games. Codenames seems perfectly set up for it and I have enjoyed a number of good games already.

4 - What PBFs have you participated in?

We tried a few PBF's of Pax Porfiriana in 2012 and although it was a lot of work for the moderator of the game they were a blast. played two of them. On the Gamebox forums (not BGG sorry ) I'm playing a PBF of Lords of the Spanish Main
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5 - What are the benefits/drawbacks to PBF?

time.
both as a benefit and a drawback. you can do your move when you have the time for it and can play a game with poeple all around the world but this can mean that it can take some time to do whole turns when you have people in other timezones and cultures that have holidays that don't coincide with your own.
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I've tried Reiner Knizia's Decathlon and The One Ring Roleplaying Game.

Decathlon is well suited to online playing, as I feel long games are too vulnerable to player attrition the longer it takes. The One Ring was fun, but I think RPGs are a bit difficult as every player needs to be active simultaneously, more or less, although a good GM can speed things up and keep them going.
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I've played Endeavor with the designer.

I'm currently playing Leaving Earth.
 
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I've played (and really love) Flash Point: Fire Rescue and Firefly.

Would be interested in others too.
 
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4) Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game and Firefly: The Game player and moderator for both.

5)
a) My local group doesn't play them enough and this way I can play.
b) Amazing people on bgg are neat to meet.
c) to learn the rules better by seeing other folks interpretations of hard to understand portions of the rules.
d) Given the hidden traitor aspect of BSG, my nervous chuckle and laughter aren't visible.
e) Learn a LOT about the game and strategies, not by reading them, but seeing them played thru.
f) Encountering different play styles.
g) Daily game fix, albeit a short one, and over a steady period. A pbf game can take a month or more.

Downsides:
h) It can take a month or more to finish a game
i) Other players may not sign on frequently enough
 
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1. Yes (once)

2. no applicable answer for me.

3. Maybe

4. Seven Sisters

5. I thought the Seven Sisters gameplay was fun, and kickstarted the game, but when it arrived my wife hated the theme and the art and I never got the physical copy played. So I traded it away. So I'm not saying I'll never do it again, but at this point I'd prefer face to face.
 
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I tried once and did not enjoy it. I didn't feel like I was playing a game. Felt more like a chore.
 
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GerryRailBaron wrote:
4) Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game and Firefly: The Game player and moderator for both.



I'm assuming you would suggest having played BSG at least once before trying a PBF game, right?

I've always wanted to play it but the few times I've had an opportunity (at a convention or something), something else has always been going on and I haven't been able to.
 
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Have played Don't Mess with Cthulhu, Watson & Holmes and playtested a new A.I. game.

I'm currently planning a Werewolves game with a group of current and former members of my local game group: several of them have moved away to different countries/far-off cities and all say they really miss our late night Werewolves sessions, so it will be a great way to feel like we are getting together again.

The good side of PBF is you can play with people you wouldn't get to play with otherwise, and for people like me in fairly remote places you can try games that are not available locally, without first needing to make the commitment of buying a physical copy of an unseen game. It's also great for playtesting, where the physical copy of the game may not even exist yet, and the designer had access to a global pool of playtesters.

I thought it would be less exciting not playing f2f, but in the right game, the excitement is definitely still there.

The downside is that all the fun of a game is leached out when people do not play regularly. This is bad in 'talky' games, but IMO is actually even worse in strategic games, where you have a strategy all planned and then have to wait days to implement it, and end up forgetting at least part of what you wanted to do, or read back and replan before each move. I've given up trying to win one of my current games and am now just going through the motions, wanting it to be over, because I'm no longer in the right mindspace after all the delays. I would quit, except I don't want to mess up the other reliable players and host.

From now on, unless I'm playtesting to help out, I will only PbF in games with 24-hour move limits. (Actually, 12 hours would be better for me.)
 
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hist wrote:
GerryRailBaron wrote:
4) Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game and Firefly: The Game player and moderator for both.



I'm assuming you would suggest having played BSG at least once before trying a PBF game, right?

I've always wanted to play it but the few times I've had an opportunity (at a convention or something), something else has always been going on and I haven't been able to.

I would always recommend face to face in person gaming before doing PBF. But it can be fun. And we have had "Cadet Cruises" of new players in BSG.
 
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