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Steen Bang-Madsen
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I came to think. Several helping meassures have been created in order to make games playable by email. Various means to roll dice. Draw cards. etc etc...
But some games need nothing but the game itself to keep track of the progress. Chess is a classic example. Each player just needs a gameboard that is set up. The Gipf series is another example.
But what about some less abstract games that are as easily played over email? I came to think of Through The Desert. Any others?
 
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VASL
Any game that uses the VASL engine. There are several, but the engine was originally created for ASL (Virtual Adavanced Sqaud Leader - VASL). You send a small file to your opponent, he pulls it up on his screen, seeing the board, the units etc. He steps through your move reading your comments as well as your execution. He can choose to interact with your move at any time, stopping the progession when he chooses and sending it back for you comment/action.

It is an amazing tool.

Typically you can have several games going at once. I used to play pretty regularly on the commuter bus ride to work - sending my moves out when I got into the office.

http://www.vasl.org/

And here is the growing list of VASSAL modules:

http://www.vassalengine.org/community/index.php?option=com_v...

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Have a look here:

www.gamerz.net

Mostly abstracts, but also a few others like Waving Hands.

 
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Steen Bang-Madsen
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fubar >> But I presume that VASL is a tool/program of some sort? I was looking for games that could be played with no need for such thing. With the right tools,you can play pretty much anything via email, but to help people get started, I'm looking for something that is playable with nothing but email.
 
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PBEM
AH's Gunslinger is one game that comes ready to PBEM. The cards, hexes, boards, etc. are all numbered. All you need is an emailing die roller (several online), an opponent and away you go.
 
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Diplomacy...
Diplomacy is one of the big PBEM games. I've run 20+ games in my game club and have been really successful. Plus, there's a ton of variants (different maps, rules, etc.) at the DIplomatic Pouch - www.diplom.org.
 
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This made me think of a feature that would fascilitate email playing greatly: dice rolling and card drawing email service.
If there was just one email address, where you would send an email with list of options in the body. And maybe the name of required distribution in the subject. You would put other players into the CC field of the email. And all players would get immediate response (Reply to all) with the value chosen randomly according to the required distribution. For example I would sent an email like this:

Subject: [San Marco game#3] [Distribution:Flat]
Body:
1
2
3
4
5
6

And get the response:

Subject: [San Marco game#3] [Distribution:Flat]
1
2
3
*4
5
6
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And maybe some spam here to make the whole thing profitable...
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Meaning that I rolled a 4. This would allow to simulate card drawing as well (just list the remaining cards in the body). What do you think? Seems extremely easy to implement, maybe there is something like that available already?

 
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Chris Shaffer
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Quote:
This made me think of a feature that would fascilitate email playing greatly: dice rolling and card drawing email service.

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Seems extremely easy to implement, maybe there is something like that available already?


Yes, these services already exist, in various formats.

http://www.irony.com/igroll.html
http://www.pbm.com/dice/
http://www.furniss.co.uk/sve/
 
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