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Anyone interested in playing a Play by email game of Pax Britannica?
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I'd be up for it. Is there a Vassal module for it?
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Not sure about a vassel module. I was just thinking about a PBEM game. Maybe we could use the new 2nd edition rules, does it use 1st Edition map and pieces?
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Did you guys read the "Play by Forum" game that we played here on BGG last summer? That was a wild one, starting here:

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/808955/pax-pbf-game1
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I'm in if anyone else wants to join. I've never played PB with a full set of players. This could be interesting.
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Hmmm, I guess there isn't a Vassal module.

Warren: It seems like your PBF game worked reasonably smoothly; is that perhaps easier than or just as easy as trading emails?

I've only played PB face to face, and the phase where you place your influence etc. markers is of course rather "interactive" so I'm curious how the game works or changes in the non-ftf setting.
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The PBEM rules are here:

http://www.costik.com/pbpbm.html
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gromitspaw wrote:
Hmmm, I guess there isn't a Vassal module.

Warren: It seems like your PBF game worked reasonably smoothly; is that perhaps easier than or just as easy as trading emails?

I've only played PB face to face, and the phase where you place your influence etc. markers is of course rather "interactive" so I'm curious how the game works or changes in the non-ftf setting.


I think the point of doing the "Play by Forum" here on BGG was to emulate the way actions are taken in the face to face game, rather than using sumultaneous move orders with algorithms of conditional orders. That was interesting given that the players and GM were scattered across the globe from India to the west coast of North America (the player from Bavaria was in India for part of the game).

It was also a way of playing the game in public, so that all the world could watch. One could set up a private email or forum group that would be invisible to the rest of the world.

We had a GM ("Funky Fresh Cecil") who had the technical know how to produce and update attractitive maps. There was a point when the GM was struggling with other time commitments, however, so another player also generated another kind of map.

Keeping the game moving was the biggest frustration. Some of us wanted to engage in the game constantly throughout the day. Others wanted to invest less time. GM & players need to have the time to commit. I'm guessing that simultaneous moves in the movement & status change phase would make that easier. However, the reactive quality of that phase in the face to face game would then be lost.
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The idea was good but it just was the first experience for a play-by-forum for all of us, players and GM. The game don't help with his funky rules. But... maybe we can go again in a medium term future?

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gromitspaw wrote:
Hmmm, I guess there isn't a Vassal module.

Warren: It seems like your PBF game worked reasonably smoothly; is that perhaps easier than or just as easy as trading emails?

I've only played PB face to face, and the phase where you place your influence etc. markers is of course rather "interactive" so I'm curious how the game works or changes in the non-ftf setting.


I'm not Warren, but I play him on tv and in the movies.

I was in that game. It worked out REASONABLY well. If there is one person who is slow, it can REALLY slow down the game. You'll want some kind of limit and penatly for not answering.

Also, you can't control the crazy person who threatens to destroy the game somehow, when he's not in a position to win.

Finally, I wouldn't play with Italy. It's a dud of a country. I DO like playing with Japan (#5) and even Russia (#6).

Just my $.02.
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One of the most fun things about that pbf game was the international cast of players. We had GM & players from British Columbia, Britain, France, Spain, Germany, New York, Florida, and Oregon. And a couple of the players travelled for work.

Hopefully a new pbem or pbf game will result in a similar international group of players.

Italy does work very well as a non-player country in this game.
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Not Spain but Catalonia, please.
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Not Spain but Catalonia, please.


Hear, hear!

I do hope to be able to ask for a Catalan Passport in the near future
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It would be interesting to observe a new PBF.
I would even think about joining, but I really dislike the extremely precise treaties that arise in PBF/PBM, as they do feel like rule-lawyering with VPs...
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I would be interested in a PBEmail game if others are interested.... just let me know.
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Sancherib wrote:
It would be interesting to observe a new PBF.
I would even think about joining, but I really dislike the extremely precise treaties that arise in PBF/PBM, as they do feel like rule-lawyering with VPs...


Would you willing to be GM?
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Do we have 7 players:

Ground Pounder
Warren Bruhn
Rob Notmyreallastnameberg
Oscar Oliver
Jason Johns
Jeffrey Reed
Keith Gell

and a referee:

Pablo Klinkisch

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I'm busy with some other things at the moment, so I need to sit this one out. I could try to help you guys round up other players if you need that kind of help.
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Sancherib wrote:
It would be interesting to observe a new PBF.
I would even think about joining, but I really dislike the extremely precise treaties that arise in PBF/PBM, as they do feel like rule-lawyering with VPs...


Would you willing to be GM?


Sorry, I'm currently moderating 2 PBF games (Origins and Pax Porfiriana) and don't have enough time to moderate something like PB.

On the other hand, you really don't need a moderator: just put some realistic deadlines and do the whole updating together.

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I would be interested if you need a player.
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I can play but I cannot GM nor produce maps as I've resumed EiA referee and it consumes a lot of time.
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May well do Jay
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Warren brought this to my attention. I used to GM Pax games 10 years ago and re-wrote the rules 4 times (see Files section). No interest in PBEM games now as I am in the fortunate position of getting regular face-to-face gaming. I remember that Pax games by mail were frought with problems over the wording of treaties so players must respect the GM's decision on these matters.

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sderrick wrote:
Warren brought this to my attention. I used to GM Pax games 10 years ago and re-wrote the rules 4 times (see Files section). No interest in PBEM games now as I am in the fortunate position of getting regular face-to-face gaming. I remember that Pax games by mail were frought with problems over the wording of treaties so players must respect the GM's decision on these matters.



Well the chances of doing a game do not look good.
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Well... don't lose the faith
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