Brief introduction to the transition to Play By EMail games.
All our games at Software Simulations and Ab Initio Games (and our associate companies) have been adapted to use email and the internet. Orders can be submitted by email via a dedicated website and results can be sent to you via email for you to print off yourself or read on-line.
The advantage of using the internet for play by mail games is that it is quicker and cheaper to use than printing and posting game reports and turnsheets. An emailed game report can be in your hands within minutes of the adjudication (instead of days).
Using the website to input your orders is also quicker and cheaper. There should be fewer mistakes as the website checks what you've entered and will report many of the common errors and insist you fix them. Even after your orders arrive they're copied direct from computer to computer, so the GM can't make mistakes reading your handwriting or otherwise introducing extra errors you didn't make for yourself.
To be able to access the interactive website at www.softsim.co.uk and use the online turnsheets you must first request a user name and password from your GM. Once you've got these you can enter the website and register individually for each game you're playing.
As well as adapting our existing games for play by email we're also developing a new range of games specifically for the internet. The main difference is that we're designing these to have much simpler reports that can be viewed on-screen and printed direct from your email program or web browser. Look out for more news of these games when they become available.