It is funny you say that,
last fall my opponent didn’t have power for three days as he was in the
middle of one of the Florida Hurricanes and he had to turn on the generator for
an hour while he did a move.
That said, I am
amazed the internet still worked even though the power was off.
Behalf Of SGMINFO@xxxxxxx
Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2005 4:04
Subject: Re: [WarInEur] Discussion
message dated 22/03/2005 01:38:48 GMT Standard Time,
could be an optional rule to allow this so a ftf type game would not
need the net to work right.
the theorey,a but it is a great idea if it is made optional...
personal preference is to try to make the game completely self contained,
without a dependency on outside resources. For those with dialup connection who
are not on flat rate paying money for die rolls is not the best idea....(and
there are a surprising number of those people out there).
the email transport mechanism should be as crude as possible, like email an attachment:- for
the forseeable future attaching information to SOMETHING and sending it should
ALWAYS work even if we are on Internet 2 or Internet 3 or Satelite relays or
even the low frequency submarine network.
issue is NOT to put all our eggs in one basket that is made obsolescent by the
technological mutation of the weakest link.
other hand, if Decision games wanted to provide a die roll server it might be
an excellent point of contact for them with their gamers...
the game dependent on an external connection or resource could make for
issues when the game runs off the end of its shelf life.
should always remember, we are playing a game that is what, 30 years old?
Consider how we would have got on if we were dependent on snail mail
submissions to a centrral mail server then for turns, Tribes of Crane (I dimly
remember being advertised in SPI mags at the time), and the say mailbox
company had gone under, or we had been dependent on SPI for the
information, and we know what happened to them.
forward it is well to consider those possible pitfalls if we intend to p(l)ay
for another 30years...
may be a pain now, but its has its attractions, it works in a power cut (unless
you are in a bunker and have no lights !
( - but
then what self respecting bunker gamer doesn't have reserve power generators
and night vision goggles- :-)) ),
doesn't get upgraded to an incompatible card table(platform/OS), it doesn't get
hit by viruses, and it doesn't get locked up on a hard disc that
crashes. Your only fear is the cat who eats part of your OB as it heads
triumphantly for Moscow (don't laugh:- I lost 2 x Finnish 4-5s that way in the
first edition of War in the east...)