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Any good free web-based multiplayer close-ended games?!?

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Nestalawe
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Hey,

A group of friends and I are looking to get a pbem type game started.

We used to play VGA Planets as a group, which was cool, but its a bit dated now, and people have a bit less time. It would also be nice to have something text-based, or browser-based, so that I can, um, play at work ;)

Did a bit of a search this morning, and I mainly come up with all these MMORG which I/we are really not into.

We are looking for a game that we can set up to play amongst ourselves (5 of us) and we can run the turns etc.

Anyone know of anything that might suit?

Empire-building wargames, or space empire types games are what we are looking for, though anything that +-5 players can play that has a lot of conflict/diplomacy and we can play on the web would be perfect. Hmm, maybe there is a Diplomacy server...

Anyway, any other ideas?

Cheers,

Nestalawe'

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Re: Any good free web-based multiplayer close-ended games?!?

Nestalawe wrote:
We are looking for a game that we can set up to play amongst ourselves (5 of us) and we can run the turns etc.

Anyone know of anything that might suit?

Not really...but if you give me six months, that's one of my back burner projects. :)

I'd be interested in hearing more features you're looking for. I'm not saying I'll ever get the time to do it, but we can all dream.

Speaking of which, I've been toying with the idea of a semi-persistant, "Minimally Multiplayer On-line Game" where you play superheroes. The combat is turn-based using cards. Scenarios are short. The "hook" is that you can team up with your friends' characters (not in real time, but more like "time-sharing" your characters with each other). Also, when the server determines a crime occurs, it shoots mail out to nearby heroes who then have 'x' amount of time to respond. The number of crimes deterred compared to the total number occuring drives a simulation of the city's overall well-being.

This isn't exactly empire-building in space (which is another pet project), but does it sound at all interesting?

K.

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Any good free web-based multiplayer close-ended games?!?

Try the play-by-web version of Wallenstein. It's not empire-building, but it's a five-player euro-style war game with lots of conflict, tough choices and diplomacy.

http://www.spielbyweb.com/

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Any good free web-based multiplayer close-ended games?!?

When making a web based game, you generally make a game that canot be played synchronised, which mean all players does not play at the same time the same amount of time.

If you want to make a game where you control the flow of the turn, I think it is a bit hard to do on the web. Making a closed game is easily possible.

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Any good free web-based multiplayer close-ended games?!?

yogurt wrote:
Try the play-by-web version of Wallenstein. It's not empire-building, but it's a five-player euro-style war game with lots of conflict, tough choices and diplomacy.

http://www.spielbyweb.com/

Nice! I will definately put that forth. In fact, i'd be keen for a game of this anyway! Haven't had the chance to play the boardgame, but have checked it out, so if anyone is keen for a quick 2-player game then PM me!

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Re: Any good free web-based multiplayer close-ended games?!?

Kreitler wrote:

Not really...but if you give me six months, that's one of my back burner projects. :)

I'd be interested in hearing more features you're looking for. I'm not saying I'll ever get the time to do it, but we can all dream.

Them be dangerous words son ;)

I could give you a million things that I would want to see! But I can give you a brief outline of a simple game, and notes on what I have seen does and doesn't work in the pbem games I have played over the years (I used to even play some 'Real' play-my-mail games - two week turn around games through the post...).

PM me if you would be interested in an outline or two...

And your Superhero game does sound interesting, I'd check it out and/or help playtest if it came to light!

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Any good free web-based multiplayer close-ended games?!?

There's a lot of Play be Email sites.

Look for Automated Card Tracking System that have some interesting games. My personnal favorite being Republic of Rome. Vassal also have games for PBEM or real time with a better graphics interface.

Have a good game.

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