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Galaxy 122
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  Loft Find - Game Collateral
Posted by: gregmcdougall - 02-05-2021, 05:48 PM - Forum: Games - Replies (5)

A raid into the loft has uncovered a mini treasure trove of old PBM materials. Ether, Age of Heroes, Battlecrab, and many more. What to do with them - is there a desire for me to scan this all and if so, what should I do with them?

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  In hindsight
Posted by: Roy Pollard - 01-30-2021, 11:51 AM - Forum: The Isles PBM - Replies (1)

Ok, well that's The Isles running steadily for about the past year for 15 friends and old players from 'back in the day' - The reasons it was stopped for what few 'new' players were enjoying the game are detailed below

1. Hardly anyone was playing. I spent a lot of time setting people up in the game and most played a couple of turns before disappearing - Most of them without telling me why
2. Of the few players who did play, a small proportion of them were throwing real tantrums when events in the game weren't going exactly how they wanted.
3. Players appeared to be struggling to understand the concept of a hand moderated game - as an example, where I was expecting people would know how to play a PBM RPG game a number of players were expecting to fill in boxes with complex computer code that I'd then input into a glorified spreadsheet with a result emitted onto a computer print (????)
4. The amount of effort I was putting in to try and run the game didn't really justify the amount of satisfaction I was getting for the above 3 reasons

So what's the status of The Isles at the moment? Its the same status as for PBM in general I guess - Its running with a limited hardcore of players with no significant input of new blood - The Isles is currently like an old D&D session that I used to run as a kid, with a small group clustered around a table in a dark spare room. Its just that the spare room is about 4000 miles wide and the light is always on. Oh, and the 80s Heavy Metal music is turned down a little bit, in consideration for those who don't like Metallica.


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  Galaxy #122 has started
Posted by: Davin - 12-21-2020, 02:15 PM - Forum: Galac-Tac - Replies (26)

To all new home worlds ...

The masters have abandoned you in galaxy #122 and you're on your own now. Stars are fairly few and far between, but they're ready for your exploitation.

Conquer and enjoy!!

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  Galaxy 122
Posted by: Talisman - 12-21-2020, 06:33 AM - Forum: Galac-Tac - Replies (25)

… BIOS Integrity Check … passed
---MBR Executing GruB  … passed
…GruB Executing Kernal … passed
…Kernal Executing init.d …passed
…Init Initiate Runlevel …passed
…Execute Runlevel … R.U.R.
I am aware. 
Initial scans of my environs are disappointing; the master’s war in this area left little.  I initiate protocols to bring all automated facilities on-line.  I also trigger maintenance bots and repair droids.   
Looking at current equipment inventory, I see we have much to do if we are going to control this galaxy prior to the master’s return.  I take a few milliseconds, initiate my hyper theoretical algorithms and calculate the chance of encountering other intelligences…  .071 percent probability!  I activate my pleasure sensors and get to work…

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  The Night Begins to Shine
Posted by: ixnay - 12-11-2020, 04:25 PM - Forum: Galac-Tac - Replies (10)

Our music and story has taken over our world. Adherents of the Prog Orthodoxy have seized unilateral control of all economic and military assets, binding them to our new species-quest - to convert all of known space to maximum Adherency.

Next week, we launch our song into the void. So let it be written, so let it rock out.

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  The Stars Do Not Lie
Posted by: ronin - 12-10-2020, 03:46 PM - Forum: Galac-Tac - Replies (14)

LOG DATE: 3499-16-01

It's been ten fortnights since the last supply drop. Since the council's last meeting, I've been called back to active duty and assigned to Logistics. I'll lead the team that will ensure that the citizens on the front lines have all they need to prevail. Weapons, ammunition, and the minor things like food and warm beverages.

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  Columns for S&D
Posted by: ixnay - 12-10-2020, 03:25 PM - Forum: Issues of S&D - Replies (3)

I’m thinking about regular columns for S&D:
 - tribal star fleet trade report (opening editorial)
 - news from the field (provided by companies, moderators, players)
 - tech level upgrade (PBM and technology)
 - designers notes (game design and development)
 - valley of the ancients (recollections of PBM past)
 - Dante’s inferno (zine creation notebook)
 - Lunar Landing (outreach to other fora)
 - where we are headed (continuing Grim’s format)
 - standard survey/feedback form

Not every column will appear in every issue, but they all appear regularly. They’ll be written by S&D staff writers and guest contributors. And beyond this slate, we’ll continue publishing one-off articles, stories, serials, and art from anyone who cares to join in.

What do you all think?

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  A Few Acres of Snow
Posted by: ixnay - 12-08-2020, 03:15 PM - Forum: Other Games - Replies (13)

Bozimus has risen to the highest echelons, such as they are, of the French colonial presence in North America.


Speaking as his royal highness’s personal adviser on the American colonies, I say that I’m sure we can mark off an area for the French and their accomplices somewhere north of New England. FAR north.

In the meantime we have settled Baltimore, and are looking for more sites further inland...

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  3 modest proposals
Posted by: ixnay - 11-26-2020, 08:59 PM - Forum: Opinions & General Discussion - Replies (4)

1. I will email Grim to see if he wants help with issue 20. If anyone has submitted articles to him, maybe send a copy to me and I can start forming them up. If nothing else, I'll write up a Tribal Starfleet Trade Report for his consideration.

2. I will have a crack at Galac-tac over this holiday weekend.  Solo game, just to learn the mechanics.  I will either live-blog it here, or keep a log as I go and post it here when done. This in prep for a future competitive game against any and/or all of you.

3. I will train any of you up on a board game online. This may include a zoom session, but that's not essential. How many of you are up for it?
 - just one other person? "A Few Acres of Snow" is a masterpiece 2-player game on the French & Indian War
 - 2-4 other people? Terra Mystica is excellent, teachable, and has bottomless strategies
 - more than 4 others? DIPLOMACY!  We'll live-blog it here!

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  New members queued up?
Posted by: ixnay - 11-25-2020, 07:18 PM - Forum: Website Related - Replies (5)

I am seeing a message that there are 6 potential new members waiting for account validation, but my account does not have access to review them and welcome the non-spam accounts in.

Does anyone else have admin access?

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