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Play by Mail

Entry updated 20 December 2011. Tagged: Game, Theme.

Term used to describe a game in which the players communicate by (physical) post. Typically all participants send their moves in at regular intervals to a central moderator, who processes the orders simultaneously and returns the results. The moderator is generally the only individual involved to know the current state of all the pieces belonging to every player. Sf examples include Starweb (1976) and Beyond the Stellar Empire (1981). [NT]

see also: Postal Worlds.

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