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Subject: Recruiting - PBF Game with VASSAL rss

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Shaun Murphy
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I am going to host a PBF Game of TI3 SotT using our BGGB (Board Gaming Group Bonn) house rules via Vassal engine with each player creating his own logfiles for his turns.

Just to summarize, here's what's changed:
- Preset asymmetric galaxy setup
- Public Objectives all known from the start and accordingly changed Bureaucracy SC
- Secret Objectives replaced by unique "Racial Objectives"
- Variant Trade SC (merge of Trade II and III)
- Variant Tech tree by Aweberman

Before you sign up, please make sure you have done the following:

- I have read the BGGB House rules least once and understand them. They can be found here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13212047/HouserulesV1.1.pdf
The Racial Objectives are here: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13212047/Racial%20Objectives.pdf

- I have downloaded the current Vassal engine (Windows users: http://downloads.sourceforge.net/vassalengine/VASSAL-3.1.17-..., others check here: http://www.vassalengine.org/download.php) and TI3 Shards module (http://www.vassalengine.org/mediawiki/images/3/31/TI3_Shards...).
Note:Please download the "..theasaris.vmod"! NOT the normal Shards Module!

- I have familiarized myself with the Vassal module and know how logfiles work (see tutorial a few posts down).

- I am aware that the game will take several months to complete and have time to usually check in at least every 24 hours. If I know I'll be gone for longer than the 24-hour time period, I will post a message in the designated forum and send a PM to the GM at least two days in advance (emergencies are obviously an exception to this).

To sign up just respond to this post.

The game it itself will be hosted here: http://ti3pbf.de.to/


Signed up for the second game (6):
- Leoj
- aremedis
- Superflypimp
- Baloo3
- Zilfalon
- Sunchaser
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Mike C
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Might need some help manipulating vassal, but I'm in!
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Adam Pillari
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I'd be in if there's room
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John Doe
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I could give this a try.
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Shaun Murphy
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Great! 3 already. Don't worry, Vassal isn't nearly as complicated as it may appear at first.
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Franek S
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Sign me in.
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I'm still interested but I will also need some studying for the Vassal log files.

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kristof
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Nathan Phoenix
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count me in please
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I've uploaded a sample log file for those of you not familiar with Vassal yet. Here's what you can do:

- Download and save the log file: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2819208/sample_action.vlog
- Open Vassal and the "TI3 Shards theasaris" module and choose "load saved game" to load the log file.
- Join as player P1.
- Open the map and position and/or resize the window so you can see the map and the text area
- Click the "play" button (right below "File" and "Help") several times to follow my sample actions:
you should see that I (as GM) am moving 1 Carrier with 2 Fighters, 2 Ground Forces and a scientist to the Hercalor/Tiamat system
- After my sample action the log should end and prompt you "End of Logfile. Start new Logfile?"
- Click "yes" and choose the a filename (there will a specific name format later in the actual game, something like "action_r3_t5_hacan"). Add a description (write anything, it's not important).
- Execute a sample tactical action yourself: select a command counter from your command pool and place it on the board in the Rigel system (drag and drop). Click and move your carrier from the Home System. Also move the two Ground forces along and land one each on Rigel I and II (land both on a planet first, right click to change quantity - for 1 just leave the field empty - and create another Ground force on the second planet by dragging one from your reinforcements next to your race sheet). Instead of moving single units one after the other, you can also select and move multiple units at once. Selecting units is done by Shift+Click.
- The planet cards are in a stack below the board itself. Right click on the planet stack and choose "draw specific planets". Choose Rigel I and click ok. Drag the planet card below your race sheet. Do the same for Rigel II.
- End your log file by clicking File/"End Logfile". It will now be automatically saved. In the actual game you will attach this log file your forum posting.

That's it. Feel free to play around now that you should be familiar with basics. The interface is pretty intuitive, just click buttons, items. etc. and find out what they do. When something you want to do seems not to work, try Shift+Click.

Please let me know whether this tutorial helps or just ask any questions you might have!
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Franek S
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In practice, what does this point mean??:

7. Adjust the galaxy in case of adjacent red-bordered systems or too large discrepancies between high-value and low-value areas of the galaxy by swapping systems as you see fit.
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Its to prevent anyone having to many red bordered Systems around someone.

Its purpose is to make a last check on a balanced Galaxy.
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Franek S
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I know what it means. I'm asking who will be deciding it..
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I as the GM will set up the galaxy ahead of the game. Don't worry, I've got experience with it and will see that the galaxy will be fairly balanced.

We already have 6 players signed up. I will wait till after the weekend to give others the chance as well. Wouldn't be a problem to run two games.
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As we have 6 players already can't we simply start playing?
I suppose it has no impact on the other potential game..
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I need some time to set up the forum and the game itself and want to give everybody the chance to get familiar with VASSAL first.
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Mike C
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Thanks for the quick tutorial I think I get the basics now.
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@Franko

There might be something wrong with the Authentification Code. Try refreshing the page until you can see the question and enter a code. Should work then.

@All

Please go ahead and register in the forum: http://ti3pbf.de.to/
Will publish the map tonight (in about 6 hours) and the we can start with presetup.
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We're ready to start with the player setup!

Please check here for all further information:

http://timp3.forumprofi.de/bggb-game-02-f31/
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As the first game has already started, I have opened up recruitment for a second game. There are already 2 players signed up. Feel free to join in!

Signed up (6):
- Leoj
- aremedis
- Superflypimp
- Baloo3
- Zilfalon
- Sunchaser
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I am game if you will have me?

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Sure, put you on the list! Baloo is having problems with Vassal at the moment, but he'll join as soon as he's sorted those out. So we've got 4 players already.
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I guess we are waiting for two more players. Just to verify there are no posts regarding this game on your website yet?
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Yep, in the mean time, I've got Zilfalon as fifth player. The according subforum on the board will be opened soon.
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I'd like to join the game as sixth player but as I'm already in another PBF game, I'm willing to yield the spot any other player who might turn up before the game really gets started.
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Looks like we are 6 players then. Will prepare the map tonight and set up the rest tomorrow. Those who haven't done so yet can go ahead and register in the forum:

http://ti3pbf.de.to/
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