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Undermind_Mike
16-01-2012, 12:54 AM
Hi,

I have an absurdly specific game suggestion request...

...understand if there aren't any, but after a good gaming friend moved to Vancouver I'd love to hear if there ARE any good games which are

Multiplayer PC
Asynchronous because we are rarely at our PCs at the same time
Turn-based because I don't want to have to bunk off at work to play, Neptune's-Pride style
Strategy or tactical (or whatever, but not something like Scrabble)
Minimum of no more than 2 players because it might just be the two of us wanting to play
and preferably private, (i.e. you don't have to play with strangers)
and obviously in a perfect world free ;)

Does such a thing exist?

I was thinking about it when watching the awesome complex space strategy board games in Shut Up and Sit Down and wishing I could play with my friend in Vancouver

Thanks dudes!

pakoito
16-01-2012, 01:07 AM
Dominions 3, it plays a bit weird 1v1 but it's feasable.

Frozen Synapse, Civilization, Heroes?, Alpha Centauri also have PBEM mode.

fearlessgoat
16-01-2012, 01:25 AM
I recommend Civ 4 simply because of the many more ways to win a game.
Would have suggested Fallout 1 and 2 but they are single player only I think or is there a lan mode? Its been so long since I played them.

TailSwallower
16-01-2012, 01:51 AM
Would have suggested Fallout 1 and 2 but they are single player only I think or is there a lan mode? Its been so long since I played them.

Nope, single player only. There was going to be multiplayer in Van Buren (publisher not developer decision), but that was canned.
There is Fallout 2238, but that's an MMO.

Smashbox
16-01-2012, 02:20 AM
Frozen Synapse

Been playing this asynchronously with my brother (which reminds me, I have to make a move!) and it works beautifully. Great game with a very elegant design.

Giaddon
16-01-2012, 03:22 AM
+1 Frozen Synapse
Solium Infernum (http://crypticcomet.com/) (2 players + AIs, for best results)
Race for the Galaxy AI (http://keldon.net/rftg/) (you'll need the rules (http://www.riograndegames.com/uploads/Game/Game_240_gameRules.pdf)) (not 100% sure if this is asynchronous) (free)
Alpha Centauri (http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/sid_meiers_alpha_centauri)

Has PBEM, but how do the battles work?:

Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic (http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/age_of_wonders_shadow_magic)
Heroes of Might and Magic 3 (http://www.gog.com/en/gamecard/heroes_of_might_and_magic_3_complete_edition) (not 100% that PBEM is supported)

Jamison Dance
16-01-2012, 05:52 AM
Lazer Squad Nemesis is the best one I have ever played, but it is mostly shut down. There is a community-run server here - http://codogames.yuku.com/topic/5638/Hacky-server-up-and-ready-for-testing?page=1#.TxOsg2jub-Q

I didn't find any info on getting started if you don't have the game already though. I will have to check it out again.

Corpekata
16-01-2012, 06:48 AM
Another vote for Frozen Synapse. Even better is that it's sold as a two pack so you can just gift it to your buddy (or vice versa).

The Age of Wonders games all had Play By Email schemes but they are much less user friendly compared to some of the more modern stuff, though there's guides on how to do it.

Corpekata
16-01-2012, 06:50 AM
And I think Risk Factions is supposed to have a mode, though not 100 percent sure, don't own it yet. Might just be the facebook version.

icupnimpn2
16-01-2012, 07:10 AM
There's a service G (http://www.gametableonline.com/)ame Table Online (http://www.gametableonline.com) that has online PC clients for a number of board games, including Axis and Allies. They're all free to play against the computer. You pay a charge per game for play by email. May be your cup of tea though.

BenWah
16-01-2012, 10:20 AM
The problem with some of these suggestions is that a single game would take absolutely ages played asynchronous.

Frozen synapse is at least relatively quick and concise

Heliocentric
16-01-2012, 10:58 AM
The problem with some of these suggestions is that a single game would take absolutely ages played asynchronous.

Frozen synapse is at least relatively quick and concise

Sure, FS is the best pick for standing length but Solium Infernum can be exceptionally short pet turn while still offering a magnitude of options.

A solium infernum dropbox hardliners is probably the best way to have the match synced up.

McChubs
16-01-2012, 11:02 AM
Didn't the old Combat Missions have asynchronous turn-based? They even had an email option if I remember right? Perhaps the new ones can do something similar.

Danny252
16-01-2012, 01:47 PM
Steel Panthers: World at War is both free and has a PBEM option (http://spwaw.com/).

Malawi Frontier Guard
16-01-2012, 02:42 PM
There's also Weewar (http://weewar.com/), which fits all of your criteria (sort of).

It's basically Advance Wars in a browser. The basic version with 4 units and 3 maps is free, but there's also a Pro account with more options (only the person starting the session needs one).

Also it was bought by EA at some point. Interesting.

mike2R
16-01-2012, 02:45 PM
Didn't the old Combat Missions have asynchronous turn-based? They even had an email option if I remember right? Perhaps the new ones can do something similar.

Indeed. Multiplayer enabled in the demo (game is expensive! (but well worth it, even just for single player IMO)) if you want to try it:
http://www.battlefront.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=277&Itemid=477

Caleb367
16-01-2012, 03:27 PM
The Operational Art of War 3. PbEM, TBS in a IGO-UGO system, and all that stuff. However, be warned, it's NOT easy to learn neither impressive to look at (serious playing requires NATO counters, if only for the sheer amount of vital information they provide).

Fumarole
16-01-2012, 06:13 PM
Steel Panthers: World at War is both free and has a PBEM option (http://spwaw.com/).What he said.

Also, Frozen Synapse is a great game for your needs.

Undermind_Mike
16-01-2012, 10:37 PM
Wow thanks guys! I'll look into these :) plus any more you suggest

I like some of these - I didn't know they all supported async play ^^'

gwathdring
17-01-2012, 12:11 AM
Vassal (http://www.vassalengine.org/)can be used to play a large number of board games either synchronously or by sending save games via e-mail. There are a lot of modules on the site ... just try to stick to games at least one of you owns. Of course, Vassal would be a lovely way to demo certain types of games, but most of the modules are missing a few bits of key information on cards and such to comply with the requests of the game publishers. I find that with many games it is often easier to get the missing information from a wiki article or something than digging through all of my cards to find the right one (especially when using Vassal to play Arkham Horror ... the wiki makes equipment stats really quick to find compared to sifting through my massive stack of cards). I absolutely love Vassal and highly recommend it if you can find a boardgame you like in the available modules. If you can't, you can always poke around on the relevant game's Boardgamgeek (http://boardgamegeek.com/) forum and ask if anyone has made a module for the game.

I'm working on building a few modules myself (for personal use only, until I ask the publisher if I can put it on the Vassal website and what needs to be censored), so if you have any questions about how to use it I can probably help you via PM.