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DominiGeek
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Greetings, I own a copy of TS Deluxe edition, great game, although I haven't been able to play that much, because It's kind of difficult to find gamers. Besides the classics (chess, dominoes, pachisi...) people in this country are not too exposed/ aware of the boardgaming world (language barrier is 1 of many reasons for this)

The thing is, I want to play TS, and although I prefer the face to face experience, I've decide to give it a try to the web experience.

i see there's PBEM and real time play, through Vassal and Wargameroom. I'd like to try and play in real time. The question is: for a novice web player, which plattform is better?

Thanks in advance for your info.
 
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Russell InGA
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My vote would be for wargameroom. The software from this site knows the rules exactly and enforces them.
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Karl Bunyan
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I've only played on Wargameroom and found it very easy to pick up. Your first game will probably be slower so let your opponent know before you start, just in case they don't have time for a longer session. But you'll probably find someone who's willing to show you around the interface. I also use the electronic hand Excel spreadsheet for looking up cards while I'm playing.

Really, there's no reason not to dive straight in!
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Steve Bauer
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I vote for wargameroom. The interface is good and the people that play there are great.
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Ron Gilbert
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I haven't tried Wargameroom, but I have played TS several times on Vassal and I've been very pleased with it. It enforces almost all of the rules, and you don't need to do a lot of setup to get started. I did run into an occasional bug, but nothing that couldn't be easily worked around.

Note: I'm not high on most Vassal modules because most of the ones I've looked at do not enforce the rules...but the TS module is an exception and is by far the best module I've played on Vassal.
 
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Jack Dillon
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Wargameroom for the simple reason is the program enforces the rules. It is a true point and click interface so no guesswork is involved. Community is top notch also.

After sending an email to GMT commending them for allowing most of their games on sites such as Vassal and WGR I got a reply stating when some of GMT's games become available on Apple products they will not be pulled from the two above mentioned sites. More reasons, at least for me, to support GMT.
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Dan
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come to wgr. geekmail me if you'd like some help with setup.

the only downside to wgr is you need to know the card text already (or you'll spend a lot of time clicking through the menus to see what they are). but this breeds familiarity quickly.
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Aaron Riggan
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Another vote for VASSAL.
The module has come a LONG way since its inception and everything's pretty darn near intuitive. Easy to pick up and a joy to play.
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Vassal. The TS engine is fantastic in its latest format. Beautiful, easy to interface, and maintains the feel of playing on a real board very well.

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Mike Stevens
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Wargameroom for me. The interface is fantastic and the majority of people on there are very patient and helpful.
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VASSAL. The module is beautiful and does most things for you. Play is really fast and easy.
 
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Thanks all for the responses. Jajajaja, it's incredible, but the answers are not really helping me decide. Yesterday I started 2 games at wargameroom, because the first replies went that way. For different reasons we couldn't finish them.

Very good experience, although I cannot yet compare it to other form of internet play.

Out of curiosity, today I'll try Vassal, so then I could decide which one I prefer.

Very true the comments about the people that hang around Wgr, a bunch of helpful fellas.

PD: For the curious out there, the 1st.game was a total disaster, I thought I was playing against Mr. Matthews or Gupta, the dude was killing mezombie
For the 2nd. I was doing the beating, all in all a good experience. If only the users decided to put on their username an estimate of the quantity of games played, you could have an idea of your opponent skill...
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Patrick Martin
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One benefit of wargameroom if you are in the western hemisphere (as your location tag indicates) is that you can almost always find an opponent when you want one in the chat room there during waking hours. I've found that for any game other than ASL the chat-rooms for VASSAL are under-populated -- meaning that you need to schedule a game with someone through email or a forum or something. With wargameroom you can generally play a game whenever you want.
 
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