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Winston Smith04 Oct 2018 12:18 p.m. PST

I'm not talking about playing by email. I'm talking about wasting stamps, by gum!

I started out in wargaming with Avalon Hill boardgames back in the late 60s.
I subscribed to The General to find opponents.
So I played
Afrika Korps
My favorite was Battle of the Bulge.
The CRT changed from a D6 to what was basically a D10 that depended on the daily newspaper (!) stock market results.

I also played Diplomacy for a few years.

I also played the Diplomacy variant Slobbovia. It was designed to be impossible to win! All accumulations of enough supply centers that reached critical mass simply blowed up real good.
It was basically a strategic level RPG, depending on press releases.

The poll is basically asking what games you played by mail.
"I never played by mail" is of course a valid answer."

von Schwartz04 Oct 2018 12:18 p.m. PST

Looking for French, Austrian, and a Hanoverian, and Hessian in 15mm. Currently using FreiKorps which are nice enough but I was wondering what alternatives are available. Prefer US distributors though. No offense to our British friends but I dislike converting pounds to dollars

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 12:32 p.m. PST

Did strategic direction by mail in map and pins games, but my only experience with board games over distance was by telephone--and yes, we trusted each other with die rolls. The fun part came when we found out our editions of D-Day had slightly different maps.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 12:36 p.m. PST

Yes Webwar, Hyperboria, and Diplomacy but not any of the other AH games.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 12:40 p.m. PST

Africa Korps, Waterloo, Stalingrad and Anzio.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 12:41 p.m. PST

Yes, played a long campaign via mail with my first gaming buddy who went back home after college. A Dark Ages campaign with Elastolin Vikings and Normans, loads of fun.

Oberlindes Sol LIC04 Oct 2018 12:52 p.m. PST

I have never played a game by actual mail. I played Diplomacy by email once. It was both more and less fun than face-to-face. I played Traveller by email once, too. It was way less fun than face-to-face.

coopman04 Oct 2018 1:11 p.m. PST

Yes, I played "Blue Max" and "Ironclads" games by mail with a good friend of mine back before e-mail was invented by Al Gore.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 1:12 p.m. PST

Chess and Diplomacy – though years ago with my father when he was on a different continent – before email

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 1:22 p.m. PST

Did some campaign stuff by mail many years ago.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 1:25 p.m. PST

Diplomacy, Stalingrad, D Day, Blitzkrieg, Bulge.

The Beast Rampant04 Oct 2018 1:50 p.m. PST

I tried to get up some guys to do Diplomacy by mail once. No one was very interested. Imangine!

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 2:07 p.m. PST


Winston Smith04 Oct 2018 2:27 p.m. PST

A "friend" always got people to turn on me in face to face Diplomacy by telling them that I played by mail. grin
It worked.

jefritrout04 Oct 2018 3:15 p.m. PST

I played Europa by mail by in the late 80s

Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 3:27 p.m. PST

I played Diplomacy by mail for several years, in games moderated by Allan Calhamer himself. I remember a pleasant afternoon's chat one day when he visited my apartment in Tampa.

I also tried some of the Avalon Hill games like Afrika Korps, but never got too many turns completed before they bogged down.


Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 3:46 p.m. PST

Miniature wargames by mail ? Yes, as player, and yes as Umpire as well.

Also D&D by post.

Loved getting the letters.

DrSkull04 Oct 2018 4:46 p.m. PST

For 4-5 years in the early 90's I created a series of play-by-mail games that I ran for 4-5 of my gaming friends who had scattered across the country. It was a lot of fun, but a lot of work. I remember having to color-in the maps using colored pencils to show who controlled which sections.

JimSelzer Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 4:53 p.m. PST

Fight in the Skies was famous for PBM games in the 70's and 80's now they play on line
I also played Hyborean Age and Star Trek by mail and was not happy with either

Cmde Perry04 Oct 2018 5:59 p.m. PST

Yup. Ran a couple of games of Diplomacy by mail in the late 80's.

cabin4clw04 Oct 2018 7:21 p.m. PST

ASL took awhile to play and you had to trust your opponent to not look. I played a couple of games and really enjoyed it.

Liliburlero Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 7:54 p.m. PST

Apologies if this story has been told here before but Dad and Brigadier Peter Young carried on an extensive Napoleonic campaign via postcards with battle maps in the very early 1960's. They would respond to each other's move and also comment on troops when space allowed. This went on for several months until one day a United States Postal inspector showed up at our house to question Dad. When Dad saw that his explanations of miniature wargames was getting nowhere, he took the guy up into our attic, where there just happened to be a Napoleonic game set up on the 5' x 10' table. Dad and his guest remained there for several hours, moving troops until the inspector had to reluctantly leave.

Dad and "Pete" (as he told Dad to call him) had several laughs about this as they continued their campaign via postcard. I don't think Brigadier Young ever had to deal with the postal authorities…..

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 7:54 p.m. PST

Yes, did Afrika Corps and D-Day as PBM plus one game of Diplomacy.

Got involved in the first PBM of Drang Nach Osten back in the 80's like jefritrout above. Only managed to get three movees in before life and an assignment to AbuDhabi stopped that dead.

It was a strange way of gaming relying upon the postman and two week deadlines.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP04 Oct 2018 7:56 p.m. PST

Nope – just email

Bashytubits04 Oct 2018 8:54 p.m. PST

I have in the past but the other players would always quit, usually the moment they thought they had lost. Several because they had fights with their spouses over leaving the maps set up.

advocate05 Oct 2018 3:56 a.m. PST

A few times, long ago

mildbill05 Oct 2018 4:41 a.m. PST

Yes , last century.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2018 10:57 a.m. PST

Gettysburg '64

Dynaman878906 Oct 2018 11:54 a.m. PST

Just email and even that was slower then I like.

Forager11 Oct 2018 6:31 p.m. PST

Yes, but only once, in the late 70s. I played a game of Air Force (Battleline) against a fellow in Michigan. We played a Battle of Britain scenario (I was the Hun). Things did not go well for the valiant Few.

We also used the stock market sales data for die rolls and made contact through the General.

freecloud01 Nov 2018 4:45 a.m. PST

Played by Email an Ancients campaign over the good old DBM-List

CSherrange01 Nov 2018 5:05 a.m. PST

I never did- I'm too young.

However my dad did.

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Nov 2018 11:27 a.m. PST


Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP05 Nov 2018 9:57 a.m. PST

Tell me again what this has to do with the Seven Years War or is this the bug?

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