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Simon Taylor
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I'm quite interested in this game but ftf opportunities will be rare. I see people play this PBEM with VASSAL and I would be interested in giving that a go.

How does it play and is the turn phases condusive to pbem? I do start to lose interest where in PBEM games you have to you play your turn then have to backtrack due to your opponents reaction.

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Chris Stimpson
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I would say it works with Vassal, for a couple of reasons:

1) There's a lot of pre-play set-up,particularly for the Luftwaffe player, planning his missions. That's a drag FTF, but not PBEM.

2) Much of the play - random events, detection, tallying, interception, escort reaction, attack, combat resolution and disruption - is done through card draws or table look-up/dice rolls, which can be done by either player. So one of the players can step through actions that would normally be done by the other player without infringing on his decision-making. He (the first player) would take the actions up to where the second player has a decision to make then hand over to him. That speeds thing up a lot.
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Chris Milne
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It works perfectly well by email, though it is slow. The sequence of play is interactive only in the sense that different phases are performed by different players; there's no interaction within a phase, so one player can do all of his actions without worrying about having to backtrack for his opponent's responses. The exception, to some degree, is combat, but that's easily managed with a few extra emails.
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