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1  General Discussions / General Chit-Chat / Do you prefer "normal" games or "anonymous" games? on: August 11, 2017, 09:17:58 AM
The age-old debate rages on!

Personally, I prefer anonymous games.  I just don't like all of the drama of sending emails to other players and trying to get them to do favors for me.  It's just too much time and work for little satisfaction in return.

Plus, half the time what you did to help another players was ultimately for nothing because they just turn on you and attack your positions with their longtime playing friends anyway.

So, share your thought on this topic.  Does human communication make or break a game for you?  Do you like being a "politician and general" or just a "general?"
2  General Discussions / General Chit-Chat / Re: Is Galactic Conflict a better game than Starweb? on: August 11, 2017, 08:58:46 AM
Lin, you provided an interesting perspective on the debate.  Truth be know, I have only played ONE game of GC and I think being a newbie to the game made me a keen target to the veteran players.  I was essentially stabbed in the back by my only ally.  He even had the nerve to write to me after conquering my home world and just kind of patted himself on the back for how smoothly his victory went.

I definitely prefer anonymous games because I hate all of the pre-game alliances from the old-timers.

Back to GC, it is great game and it definitely got it's own unique vibe.  I started the game expecting it to play like "Starweb on training wheels," but was quickly surprised by the depth of the somewhat simpler game.  It took me several turns to readjusted to it combat system, but it was too late at that point. 

I always wondered if Rick told Chuck that he could make a space war game as long as it was a somewhat inverted version of Starweb.

3  General Discussions / General Chit-Chat / Re: Is Galactic Conflict a better game than Starweb? on: August 10, 2017, 08:15:41 AM
Starweb "probably" is a better game...  Plus, you can play a trial game of it for free.

However, I really do enjoy playing Galactic Conflict.  It also has that classic, old school "addictive" gameplay that Flying Buffalo really excels at providing.  You probably know this that Charles Gaydos designed GC and a few other games for the mighty Buffalo.  He really deserves to be interviewed by S&D too.  He has a talented and creative mind!
4  General Discussions / General Chit-Chat / Re: Best non-Flying Buffalo PBM game that you've played? on: August 08, 2017, 06:22:13 AM
So, are you currently a player of Flying Buffalo PBM too?
5  General Discussions / General Chit-Chat / Re: Unofficial Sequel to Starweb? on: August 08, 2017, 06:16:23 AM
I have visited this website a few more times and it sounds like they even offer a more simplified version of Starweb for newbies called the "Core" game.   Supposedly, it has no character types., industries, or artifacts.  Ships are built automatically based on how many worlds you own that are adjacent to each other.

It sort of reminds me of Galactic Conflict, but probably even more straightforward.

6  General Discussions / General Chit-Chat / Re: Flying Buffalo's Other Board ~ Vin's T&T TrollBridge on: August 08, 2017, 06:11:30 AM
RPGs are really cool, but it is so hard to find interested gamers.  That's why I mainly play PBM and video games.

 I think in the last decade I have only played my Talisman board games twice.  I'm so thankful there is now a video game version of it.
7  General Discussions / General Chit-Chat / Re: Best non-Flying Buffalo PBM game that you've played? on: August 08, 2017, 06:06:17 AM
So, does Regieme Change II seem relatively easy to play?  I do find it a let strange that you can't download the rules for free.  The turn fees do seem a bit steep too, but I like that games usually only move once a month.

Has your magazine interviewed Steve from Madhouse?  They claim that they are the world leader of PBM.  They must really love DungeonWorld in Europe!
8  General Discussions / General Chit-Chat / Re: Best non-Flying Buffalo PBM game that you've played? on: August 08, 2017, 03:08:43 AM
Thanks for sharing that Agema website!  I have never heard of them and their games sound interesting. 
9  General Discussions / General Chit-Chat / Re: Best non-Flying Buffalo PBM game that you've played? on: August 08, 2017, 02:59:37 AM
I tried to sign up for Twilight Earth recently and they said the game is on hold.  You can still play DungeonWorld though!
10  General Discussions / General Chit-Chat / Re: Do you read Suspense & Decision? on: August 07, 2017, 11:43:01 AM
Thank you for showing interest in this forum!  Apparently, we made more than a blip on the radar...

Anyway, the mighty Buffalo still offers a wide range of games with many interesting variants for their most popular games like Battle Plan and Starweb.

From my observation, there is a still a dedicated community of gamers even if they aren't always that active on this forum.  Flying Buffalo has a waiting list on their website that shows how many people are currently signed up for a various game and it seems like every few weeks there are new games starting.  Although, if you sign up for a game of Riftlords or Heroic Fantasy, you are almost immediately placed in a new game.


Also, there is an interesting unofficial fan "tribute" site to Starweb called RSW: Retro Space Wars.  It's a non-commercial site where they play a new versions of the classic game.  They even added some new features like 5 new character types.


I know Flying Buffalo and Rick have a presence on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter too.   Their timeless games are still very dear to many of us and hopefully future generations with be enjoying this wonderful hobby for many, many decades to come...

11  General Discussions / General Chit-Chat / Re: No Heroic Fantasy? on: August 01, 2017, 04:07:31 AM
Bears are actually tough enemies!  I don't know the hit points of them, but it will probably take a few turns to defeat them if you have a split team.

Another game you might like is DungeonWorld from Madhouse.  You can play most of their games for free as long as you just have one position.  The Broken Lands expansion is set in a dungeon similar to HF.  It's a tad bit more complex than HF, but the turns are still easy to write.  I like the game, but have never decided to pay for more positions.

What I like about Madhouse is that most of there games run on the Nexus enginge which means their tactical games all pretty much share the same rules and structure and each turn has some really attractive looking print outs of your current position.  I think Rick has said that the 5th level of HF might actually just be those characters go to the DungeonWorld land with some unique bonuses. 

12  General Discussions / General Chit-Chat / Re: No Heroic Fantasy? on: July 31, 2017, 10:16:43 AM
Another interesting feature is that starting on the 3rd level you can move "Up" and "Down" in certain sections.  The last stage, which is a castle, is very tricky to map because there are so many hidden passageways that are used to get to different floors of the castle.

13  General Discussions / General Chit-Chat / Re: No Heroic Fantasy? on: July 31, 2017, 10:12:42 AM
I don't think I attacked them earlier.  Small chance it could have been another player, but I'm pretty sure it was NPCs.  Like I said, this dates back a few years, so I would have to dig up some of my old turns.

HF is a fun game, but it definitely gets more "unpredictable" in the later stages.
14  General Discussions / General Chit-Chat / Re: No Heroic Fantasy? on: July 31, 2017, 08:05:28 AM
I was dragging a few of my characters back to the shop and then some NPCs came out of nowhere and attacked me with some really powerful hammers.  I had only one character left and wouldn't have been strong enough to drag the larger characters back to the shop.  So, I just decided to scrap the game and start over.

I literally spent hundreds of dollars playing the game at that pointed and it was fairly disheartening to have re-start.
15  General Discussions / General Chit-Chat / Re: No Heroic Fantasy? on: July 30, 2017, 04:04:24 AM
I think what I used to do was make sure that my experience points were evenly mixed between Con and Str.  Chuck is good at doing it.  I think your Str can actually be maxed out which makes sense that a Fairy could never be the same strength as a giant.

Also, remember that you can only take 3 weapons with you per character.  So, the other items will be used up as experience points.  I would just roam around Level 1 very well and then eventually leave the Exit.  Make sure each of your characters have a good number of items.

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