I am posting this in the general section to try and snag a bite from someone who has never considered a PBEM game before.
Some of you may know of the game Diplomacy (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/9907451#9907451) and may have played it face to face or even by mail.
Its twin and much eviler brother Machiavelli (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/286/machiavelli) also has a small play by email following.
After a resonable following in the early 00s, we have just restarted the group again using Chris Babcock's judge. There are about 3 old hands and some totally new guys. We are part way through our first game and great fun is being had by all. Stabs galore.
We have another game waiting to fill up, and are presently 2 players short. If you have played Diplomacy before and would like to step up to the next level, or if you like the sound of a completely new challenge, I would be happy to teach anyone interested how to play by the judge system.
Don't panic, there is an automated mapping software, just look out our present game:
See the blue army piece in the top left corner of the 'last moves' map?
That move was as simple as writing
A Avi - Swi
A = tells you its an army.
Avi = Is where it starts
- = Tells the judge you want to move it
Swi = Where you want it to end up
See the red unit in Aus near the top, and the red unit in Tur close by?
Each unit has a strength of 1. The greatest strength completes a move. Austria (red) wanted to move his Aus unit to Tyr with a strength of 2. He did this by moving his 1-strength Aus unit and supporting it with his 1-strength Tur unit. He did this by simply writing:
A Aus - Tyr
A Tur s A Aus - Tyr
The first line is as before. The second line reads as follows:
A Tur = telling the judge he is giving his order for the army in Tur
s = supports
A Aus - Tyr = the move he did on his top line.
...simples.....as a meerkat would say.
So if you are interested, let me know.
I'll teach you the rest.
Thanks, we have had one player sign up.
Just one more player is needed and the game can start.