Universe II is a computer-moderated, science fiction, play-by-mail game designed by Jon Clemens and published by Clemens and Associates, Inc. in 1979.


According to David Webber, the editor of Paper Mayhem Magazine in 1985,

Universe II was started near the end of 1979 by Jon Clemens. He had the idea that it would be a fun hobby for himself and that he could get 30–40 people to play, and they would all have fun. Within a few months, the game grew to the point where it was interfering with his regular business. Then a Space Gamer Readers Survey for 1980 rated Universe II as the best PBM game. As a result, new players poured in and very quickly Jon had more people than he could handle.[1]


Universe II was an open ended, computer-moderated, science fiction, PBM game.[1] Players started with an unknown universe, with one spaceship and a limited set of rules.[2]


David Bolduc reviewed Universe II in The Space Gamer No. 33.[2] Bolduc commented that "Universe II is my favorite of the PBM games I've played to date. The beginning player is able to learn the game as he goes along, and the more experienced player will be intrigued by the complexity of play that is possible, as well as by the amount of room for cooperation and diplomacy between players. Best of all, Universe II doesn't grow old on you, as many games do. There's always a new singularity to be explored or a lost empire to be encountered."[2]

In the April 1983 edition of Dragon (Issue 72), Michael Gray stated "I found the game to be quite dull and dropped out soon after that. I do remember that the company was very efficient about returning my results quickly."[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Webber, David (Jan–Feb 1985). "A Comparative Review on Universe II and Universe III". Paper Mayhem. No. 10. pp. 7–9.
  2. ^ a b c Bolduc, David (November 1980). "Featured Review: Four PBM Space Games". The Space Gamer. Steve Jackson Games (33): 14–15.
  3. ^ Gray, Michael (April 1983). "The PBM scene: Facts you can use when YOU choose what game to play". Dragon. TSR, Inc. (72): 32.

Further readingEdit

  • Editors (May–June 1984). "Gameline News & Updates: Clemens & Associates". Paper Mayhem. No. 6. p. 18. Capsule-like review of Universe II, Terra II, and Conquest of Insula II.
  • McLain, Bob (November–December 1983). "Gamealog: Universe II". PBM Universal. No. 1. p. 32.
  • Palmer, Nicky (1989). "Where Are They Now? Universe II". Flagship. No. 22 (U.S. ed.). p. 7.
  • Palmer, Nicky (January–February 1984). "A PBM Game to Suit You". Gaming Universal. No. 2. pp. 33–34. A comparative review of six PBM games including Universe II.