Hello again. This issue I have some good offers for a few lucky
readers, and some great reading for the rest of you — I hope. Read on and
JADE GAMES — THE FALL AND RISE
As some of you will already know, Jade
Games have just stopped running their very popular game,
Arcadia, following a legal clash with KJC
over Earthwood and a certain copyright law. KJC
accused Jade of infringement of copyright and
Jade, not having the finance to fight, have
conceded to KJC’s demand: to close
Arcadia down. This done, Jade now hope to
rise from the ashes by launching a new computer moderated game —
Shattered World is a sci-fi strategy game, spiced with
fantasy and governed by a yellow rulebook. The game is set upon the world of
Flindar, a once sentient planet which is now being torn apart by gravitational
forces. These have been induced by a rogue planetoid now orbiting as a moon. As
ever, sillyvisation has collapsed, leaving a radioactive and mutant-infested
landscape behind. Into this you are hurled, as commander of a Tentralith (a big
machine created to cope with the changing environment). You must fight for
survival, and plot to maintain a regular income of energy crystals by mining
the surface. The need for power is great. You gotta fight to win, or else you
don’t. If you know what I mean.
Shattered World is a deadline game, played on the
ever-popular hexagonal map. Many types of giant machines exist to be found or
captured — or even destroyed, and movement is not quite so limited as it
was in Arcadia; these beasties have quite respectable ranges of
movement for each turn. The game works on a point system: the obvious way to
win is to hit a secret score and wham bam — you win a doomed planet.
Not much use, eh? Jade report that there’s
another way... something to do with a plateau and a cure of the world’s
troubles. Nice touch, if you ask me.
Not a lot. Turn costs are £1.50 each, for which you receive
a well laid out and informative computer printout. For details of set up, write
to Jade Games.
I’ve just heard from K G Pack of a new PBM magazine,
recently launched by himself and Bob Patteson. The magazine costs £1.00
from FIRST POST.
The first issue is quite impressive (although most of the articles are by
the dynamic duo themselves), containing pieces on AES, Kings of
Steel, Where Lies the Power and Starglobe among others.
Worth a look.
Dear Brendon, Please can you get me involved in any of the
soccer games? S Eede
Aaargh! Soccer again... mutter mutter. Try writing to all but
one of the addresses mentioned in earlier issues — and while you’re
at it, have a go at a ‘normal’ PBM game (Vorcon Wars,
Conquest and Crime for instance) to get the most from the
hobby. PBM is more than a medium for football management games! BK
I’ve been reading your column for some time now and find it very
interesting. I’d like to join Vorcon Wars, but I am worried
whether or not my order would reach England in time. Is there a special
international version? Also, are games with open deadlines more difficult to
play for players outside of the UK? Finally — do international games cost
more? I wish you luck with your column and hope that it will expand
quickly! R van Alteren, Holland
Most deadline games offer what is termed a ‘slow
turnaround’ version to accommodate Europeans (and even beyond). These
games tend to cost a bit more to play where heavier letters are concerned,
although small letters (up to 60g) can be posted to EEC countries at the same
charge as for inland first class mail, so this is not necessarily the common
case: write and find out!
Extra UK players can suffer in open-ended games which operate in a form of
realtime. This need not hamper your enjoyment of a game, however. In fact, if
you wish to play the game properly, StarGlobe is more realistic for
international players than for us Brits (simulated time delays, etc...). BK
DIPLO DIRECTORY: GOOD OR BAD?
Please do not print my name and address in the next issue of the Diplomatic
Directory as I had previously asked, the reason being that I have received a
letter from Time Patterns threatening to throw me
out of StarGlobe Four if it is printed. I hope you see the importance
of this and act on this letter accordingly. DB
Time Patterns have informed me of
the action they are taking against certain members of the directory — I
believe it to be just. It appears that some members have been ruining the game
for others (and themselves) by giving away coveted secrets and information
modules away willy-nilly. This is not the way to play a game; the object is
to learn by your mistakes, not by joining some half-baked alliance created
solely for information swapping rather than for strategic strength.
StarGlobe players mentioned in the directory who have not been
engaged in such goings on need not worry, and to help the GMs of all games
the format of the directory will be changed from the next issue: to get in
touch with members, a note will have to be passed via the game control (if
the facility exists) as no more addresses will be given. Sorry, but those
who spoil it for some spoil it for all. BK
Good luck with your letter to Mr Whitty, S Edwards
Readers who have fallen foul of Mr Whitty’s tidy little
trick may be interested to know that after having a recorded delivery
‘reminder’ I sent returned to my address by the Post Office,
inscribed with the magic words ‘Gone Away’, I have passed the
problem on to the Maidstone Cops (the police). BK
I’m just writing to give you an idea. I think that some room should be
devoted to Reader’s Reviews of various PBM games: big and small. Why not
try for some more space to accommodate such a section!
Good idea Patrick, I have been considering doing this for some
time now, and you will be pleased to hear that I have just received the
go-ahead from the Ed! Over the next few months! shall be offering reviewer
positions in any game which I can gain them, preferably two per game. Come on
now GMs — send those offers to our editorial address! This month I have
two places in Crisis, a game of world destruction/domination by M.A.G, and Shattered World (a game which could
well be set in the aftermath of Crisis) by Jade
Games. All I need from my reviewers is a 500 word review after two
months, and a final report at the end of the game. If you’re interested,
write to: CRASH PBM REVIEWERS. DB
I thought that I’d write and let you know of a computer program I have
written for the 48K Spectrum aimed at players of It’s a Crime!
The program is a turf mapper, which I am selling for just £1 including
postage. If any CRASH readers are interested then I will send them their copy
as soon as possible after I receive their request.
Seems a fair enough offer; Andrew appears genuine (he sent me a
copy of the program) — why not try it? BK
CRIME! A CRIME?
Although I enjoy playing It’s A Crime, much of my pleasure is
removed by the constant presence of input errors: at the moment, KJC are averaging an error per turn! These errors are
costing me (and probably others) time, money and wasted moves... believe it or
not. I am not too happy.
Besides this problem, I feel a fallacy exists over the supposed cost of this
game — 62.5 pence? No way, Jose! To play the game properly one must pay
at least £1.30 per turn. Cheap? Not really.
All said and done, I’d just like to point out that I do enjoy reading
your column, which has introduced me to an enjoyable hobby. A
I quite agree with your comments about the cost of playing
IAC — it is not really such a cheap game to play is it? As for
the input errors; well maybe some are GM orientated, but are you certain that
your order sheet is legible? KJC may not be
entirely to blame, you know. Has any one else had trouble with IAC
input errors? BK