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Talk:Play-by-mail game

Importance of CompuServeEdit

"from Neolithic Enterprises who accepted e-mail turns from all of the major e-mail services including CompuServe in 1983." Why is "including CompuServe" relevant here? Statalyzer (talk) 07:48, 6 October 2017 (UTC)


Does anyone know if there's a word or phrase to describe PBeM games for which one pays vs. PBem games that are free? T

Other than "free" versus "commercial", no, I don't. -- BBlackmoor (talk), 2005-10-27 T 23:06:17 Z
BBlackmoor matches my understanding. You might hear subscription based as a synonym for commercial. Coll7 23:15, 27 October 2005 (UTC)
That's true, I have heard "subscription based". -- BBlackmoor (talk), 2005-10-27 T 23:21:18 Z

Civ 4 PBEM?Edit

Is the last sentence correct -- Does Civilization IV include a PBEM option? The newest version I own is Civ II Gold, which has an online option, but the communications are port-to-port connections, not e-mail such as SMTP sending and POP receiving. That would seem to be ridiculously slow and inefficient. Perhaps an editor is confusing games played specifically by e-mail (such as sending Diplomacy orders to a Judge by formatted e-mail messages) with any game played via the Internet. Barno 01:54, 10 February 2006 (UTC)

External links?Edit

The external links are a cesspool, out of date, self-promoting, unless. We should replace them all with a pointer to a few PBM index pages. Greg 01:39, 13 April 2006 (UTC)

Sounds good be Bold -Ravedave 02:21, 13 April 2006 (UTC)
Since I'm the author of one of the PBM indices... Greg 05:54, 13 April 2006 (UTC)
Nobody took action; we keep on getting *more* external links. As I said, I'm the author of one of the PBM index pages, so I don't think it's right for me to clean up this article. Greg 07:37, 16 May 2006 (UTC)
Thanks to whoever cleaned up the links, however, you nuked my link in the process, and it's the #1 list of PBM games, and has been #1 for 20 odd years (first on Usenet, then on the WWW). I added it back and someone helpfully deleted it, saying that I was violating the rules. Well, it belongs there. So can someone add it?
* A list of thousands of PBM games
Greg 18:52, 9 January 2007 (UTC)

The section that would not die is back, it's now labeled "Examples of Pbem games". It should be removed, again. Greg 20:58, 22 January 2007 (UTC)

I agree. If a game is notable, the game should have its own Wikipedia entry created, and that entry can then provide an external link to the game-related website in question. If the game is not notable or the link is just spam, then there's no reason to keep it around. - Slordak 21:19, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

With the External Links guidelines in mind, specifically referring to the point which suggests "mentioning it on the talk page and let neutral and independent Wikipedia editors decide whether to add it" I would like to volunteer a few pbem portals (games listings) to the list: RPG Library's PBeM News, PBeM Portal, PBeM2.0. These are three resources I know of that seem to be popular within the pbem community and to me are representative of links suitable for this article. But, you decide. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 22:34, 10 February 2007 (UTC).

Note that I have registered since posting the above. Seeing that there has been no objection I have included the links as described. Coldmachine 13:37, 1 March 2007 (UTC)

I have removed two external links which are self promotional links to a single pbem game. The links should be representative of pbeming in general, not just one game, and it's a dead give away to add new links to the top of the list... Coldmachine 20:30, 9 March 2007 (UTC)

This article doesn't completely explain the subject to meEdit

From the article, I don't really understand how a game like this would work. It would be better with an example or a description of how a typical PBM game round works. ike9898 03:04, 31 March 2007 (UTC)

I've added a "Mechanics" section which attempts to explain exactly how these games actually work. Of course, the problem is that this varies so heavily between each game, so it's very hard to state in general terms how games play out. Nonetheless, hopefully this will help. -- Slordak 13:52, 2 April 2007 (UTC)

An apology!Edit

I feel I owe you all an apology. I was new to Wikipedia when I posted the external link for AGEMA, and didn't understand why it was removed so posted it again. I now understand and even discovered I'd become involved in what is termed an edit war! (At least I think I was!). I guess like some others I didn't read the guidelines properly in my enthusiasm to join. Then again it still seems like you need a degree to actually post something new without getting it objected to and taken off - reckon I'll leave such stuff to academics with the time to do this! Sorry again to all concerned.

Richard at AGEMA. (talk) 09:04, 19 June 2008 (UTC)

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