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1) Specific game discussion areas (Board games)

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This article is from the Board games FAQ, by Alec Habig habig@budoe.bu.edu with numerous contributions by others.

1) Specific game discussion areas (Board games)

There are several games which have their own dedicated discussion
forums. If you have a question or want to discuss these games, you'll
get a much better response from the specific forum than you will from
rec.games.board. Also, in general, cross-posting is a waste of
bandwidth - try to avoid it. Here's a listing of games with their own
home :

Games which have their own newsgroups :
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Abstract games		:	rec.games.abstract
Backgammon              :       rec.games.backgammon
Battletech et al	:	rec.games.mecha
Chess                   :       rec.games.chess...
Cosmic Encounter	:       rec.games.board.ce 
Diplomacy               : 	rec.games.diplomacy
Games For Sale		:	rec.games.board.marketplace
General game design     : 	rec.games.design 
Go                      :       rec.games.go
Magic: The Gathering	:	rec.games.trading-card....
Miniatures		:	rec.games.miniatures.misc
Historical Minis	:	rec.games.miniatures.historical
Warhammer Minis		:	rec.games.miniatures.warhammer
Play-by-Mail games      :       rec.games.pbm 
Role-Playing Games	:       rec.games.frp....  
Trivia games            :	rec.games.trivia

Mailing lists (and where to write to be included) :
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Note that many of these mailing lists are run by automated mailing
list programs, or "listservs". Those that are can sign you up with no
need for human intervention. Lists that can do this have a second line
below, with the string that you need to send in the message body to
sign up. For instance, if I was signing up for the Blood Bowl list,
I'd send a message (subject irrelevant) with the message body

subscribe bbowl-l Alec Habig

and everything would be taken care of.

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18xx games		:	http://groups.yahoo.com/group/18xx/join
Advanced Squad Leader   :       http://asl-forums.net/mailman/listinfo/aslml_asl-forums.net
Advanced Third Reich    :	LISTSERV@SJUVM.STJOHNS.EDU
				listserv, "subscribe A3R"
AH Impulse games        :       pieter2@geology.und.ac.za
Air Power		:	air.power-request@umich.edu
Project A-ko            :       hcobb@slip.net
Ardennes battles	:	http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ardennes/join
Babylon 5 Wars		:	majordomo@csua.berkeley.edu
				"subscribe babylon5-wars"
Blood Bowl		:	majordomo@cs.utk.edu
				listserv, "subscribe bbowl-l YourName"
				or "subscribe bbowl-digest your name here"
Britannia		:       http://groups.yahoo.com/group/eurobrit/join
Car Wars		:	owenmp@hotmail.com
Car Wars newsletter	:       http://www.serv.net/~owenmp/cwinhome.html
Command Decision        :       cdmailer-request@cwi.com 
Dune			:	http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DuneBoardGame/
Empires in Arms PBEM	:	listproc@lists.pipex.com
				listserv, "subscribe eia"
Europa			:	europa-request@lysator.liu.se
Europa Universalis      :       http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EU/join
Flat Top		:	FLATTOP-request@aclcb.purdue.edu
				listserv, "subscribe YourName"
Formula De		:	http://groups.yahoo.com/group/formula-de/
The Gamers		:	majordomo@www.ee.washington.edu
				listserv, "subscribe gamers-l"
Harpoon (naval mins.)   :       cz-admin@mbnet.mb.ca
Magic Realm		:	mr-subscribe@cerberus.csd.uwm.edu
Manowar                 :       manowar-request@harte-lyne.ca
                                "subscribe"
Mechwar			:	gt7805b@prism.gatech.edu
				listserv, "SUB MechWar YourAddress"
Microgames		:	http://groups.yahoo.com/group/microgame
Modern Era Wargames	:	LISTSERV@VM1.SPCS.UMN.EDU
				listserv, SUBSCRIBE MODMIL-L
ModmiL-L                :       listserv@tc.umn.edu
                                "subscribe modmiL-L yourname"
Ogre/GEV		:	hcobb@io.com
Pax Britannica          :       majordomo@elisium.com
                                "subscribe paxb-l"
PBM List                :       pbm-forum-info@tightbeam.com
                                send email message
Pre-gunpowder mins.     :       alr@hoqaa.att.com 
Renju			:	tommy.maltell@lemes.se
RoboRally		:	http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RoboRally/
Shogi			:	listserv@techunix.technion.ac.il
				listserv, "SUB SHOGI-L YourName"
Settlersof Catan	:	http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Settlers/
Space Marine		:	Majordomo@ts.umu.se
				listserv, "subscribe space-marine YourName"
Squad Leader		:	SL-request@lists.nyx.net
				listserv,
Starfire		:	majordomo@csua.berkeley.edu
				"subscribe starfire"
Star Fleet Battles      :	sfb1@wws.net (*)
Strat-o-matic baseball	:	listserv@apple.ease.lsoft.com
				listserv, "subscribe strat-bb"
Strat-o-matic hockey    :	http://groups.yahoo.com/group/strat-hockey/
Supremacy		:	http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Supremacy/
Talisman (2nd Ed.)	:	http://groups.yahoo.com/group/talisman_2nd_ed/
Up Front		:	upfront-request@halisp.net
				listserv, "subscribe"
WarChest		:     http://www.io.com/unigames/warchest/warchest.html
Warhammer Fantasy Batt. :	Majordomo@direwolf.com
				listserv, "subscribe WarHammerFB"
World In Flames		:      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wifdiscussion/join

(*) For the SFB mailing lists, put SUBSCRIBE "LISTNAME" in the
Subject: header, replacing "LISTNAME" with TACTICS, TOURNAMENT,
F+E, or PD for the list you want to subscribe to.

Web based discussion forums:
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Naval Wargames Forum : http://www.mircx.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?forum=whites
Many Miniatures Forums : http://theminiaturespage.com/boards.html
Slashdot-style gaming news & discussion : http://www.StrategicCastle.com
Autoduelist's Haven Message Board: http://clubs.yahoo.com/clubs/carwars
Dueling Debate Message Board: http://www.delphi.com/carwars
Pyramid Car Wars Message Board: http://www.sjgames.com/pyramod
Star Fleet Battles: http://www.starfleetgames.com/discus
Motor Sports Games: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Motorsportspiel/
Games Workshop Games: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Fantasy_Vault/

Of the above games, many have a strong PBEM (play By E-Mail) following.
Most notably Diplomacy, ASL, and EiA. Scrabble even has an internet
server for interactive games (telnet eel.st.usm.edu 7777, or look at the
URL http://elf.udw.ac.za/scrabble/), as do Othello (telnet
external.nj.nec.com 5000), Go (telnet imageek.york.cuny.edu 9696), Trax
(mail pbmserv@gamerz.net with a subject of help), and MahJong
(http://newmath.princeton.edu:5555/mj.html). Up Front can be played
with the help of the server at http://www.ufpbw.com/ufpbw.cgi The
pbmserv address also supports a wide range of other PBEM games - check
out http://gamerz.net/ for the whole scoop!

You can even play against Chinook, the world champion checkers program,
at http://web.cs.ualberta.ca/~chinook. If you are interested in joining
in in a PBEM game, try the respective group. Also, Eric Pass,
(epass@nyx.net) maintains a PBEM Gamers Directory, to help in finding
opponents. Contact him if you want to be included in this directory,
and check out http://www.nyx.net/~epass/home.html#PBEMDIR to see who's
already on it.

Also, http://www.irony.com/mailroll.html will roll dice for you, which
is a very handy thing to have for PBEM games, and a shareware PBEM aid
can be had from :
http://Ourworld.Compuserve.Com/Homepages/GDickinson/ELECRD.HTM

Finally, http://www.fwtwr.com is a PBEM server for the games Acquire,
Durch Die Wuste, Euphrat and Tigris, Ra, Samurai, Sopwith and Torres.

 

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