Looks like one of these half uncovered cities. Somewhere like Pompeii or Herculanium, though seems a bit too
regular for that I think.
Well? Which one? [TOM]well I've been to Pompeii and the map doesn't ring any bells there so try Herculaneum.
No, sorry, neither one...
A little something from Don Williams which is derived from the behind the scenes politicking over the Skokomish River debacle:Hmmm, what? You guys been waiting for me? My bad.
That sounds like an enviable vacation, Don... As for the commute, can you use it to dictate moves and press for your games? If it were me having to commute an hour each way, I'd use that special-lucky-magic tax transfer provision' to sell the rental, buy a new one three blocks from the new job, move into the rental and rent out the old house. But, that's me. [TOM]Thank you very much for sending me the complimentary copy. The print layout is much easier to read than the web version, ....
Interesting... Thanks for the feedback. Is it the layout which makes the difference, or some other factor?Well, it's mostly the layout being on paper. I can see a whole page at a glance and scan the whole 'zine more quickly when it's on paper. I agree that the content layout for each game is similar with the web version, but I have to scroll in my browser.
In response to your other question, if you want an equal chance to negotiate with my other players, you'll need to negotiate via e-mail. Now, I have only one subscriber who claims not to be on e-mail, and e-mail has pretty much replaced the post for negotiations and order submission.I find that a little disappointing, actually. I have no aversion to email (indeed it's been my primary correspondence medium since 1986), but I still very much like printed letters, signatures, seals, and so on. Would no one mind if I actually conducted negotiations through the post?
We should ask them: Well, guys?I see. It sounds like what I need to do is go back to the beginning of a long-running game and read all the press to see how it evolves as the game goes on. That's pretty neat. You get a much tighter community than the anonymous games adjudicated by the Internet Judges.
[Mike asked whether other negotiations were allowed beyond that printed in the zine] Press is not negotiations (usually). Press is... well, for fun. Most of these guys have been playing together for years, know each other to greater or lesser extents, and like to enliven their games with a little action on the side, in the form of press.
As for White vs. Grey vs. Black press, Most folks develop a distinctive style, and after a while you'll probably be able to figure out who wrote certain press items. On the other hand, if you can successfully imitate someone else's style, it's possible to influence the game with the occasional item of black press - but this presumes that most of your press carries your own byline.
Seriously, I've just changed my policy on play. If you want to receive the printed version, subscribe. If you want to play and pull your results off the web site without receiving the printed version, no cost, just tell me you want to play. I can add you to the standby list anytime.Ok, I'll send a check in the mail, and please add me to your standbyx list. I'll go over the rules for the variants, and if I'm interested, I will send a follow-up email.
You are very welcome. Hope you enjoy the zine!Hi Tom
Yes, we can camp in the trees on our place. Olympic National Park is visible on the opposite side of the valley, to the south. That is, we'll be able to see that ridge from the house, but don't really from the trailer. If you ever make it over this way, I'll show you what real wilderness used to be like in the Pacific Northwest. [TOM]Dear Tom,
Sorry, neither is correct. Mexico City, at least, is in the right hemisphere. [TOM]It's a map of Copacabana, Bolivia--on the shore of Lake Titicaca. The map was originally owned by Bart Denny. The numbered locations are bars that were visited on Bart and Tim Lurz's legendary "Copacabana Pub Crawl."
Two points to you... One for the name of the place and the other for its location. The two of them being so legendary, why don't Bart and Tim make guesses at this map business? [TOM]Typical American lack of geographical knowledge. [Tim] tried to walk to Hong Kong from Taiwan once...
What was he drinking THAT night? Did he try to haul you along?Lysol Extra strength. No, but he tried to take a vanful of Taiwanese kindergardeners with him in an attempt to liberate the mainland. And he had always told me to steer clear of Taiwanese politics...
That last bit sounds like the best advice Tim ever gave anyone....
Hey, Tim, .... wait till you read what Jon wrote about you... [TOM]Hey Tom,
Would those errors be in English, or in Chinese?Tom,
Please see the url printed on page 3. It should set you straight. Unless, that is, you forked over some more of your hard-earned cash to Mr. Bill... Some of his newer crap won't let you do anything reasonable.Sorry. I've been fighting an apparent virus all day. It knocked out my antivirus and firewall software and all attempts to update the antivirus software have so far failed because their server doesn't connect. I don't _think_ there's anything bad going out with this (I sent my self a test message to make sure and nothing happened) but better safe than sorry. A high speed broadband connection is looking pretty good right about now. If I had one I'd have been able to update my antivirus software more often and this might not have happened.
Anyway, since you're so well acquainted with the inside of all those night spots on last issue's map, especially numero 7, why didn't you claim 32 easy map quiz points? [TOM]
May I refer you, also, to the url on page 3? It explains that most viruses are transmitted via encoded attachments, and that turning off the encoding is a simpler and more effective anti-virus measure than software filters. When I first started getting infected e-mails, I saved a few and hollered at the Linux List. No one was interested in looking at them (they all had their own...), so now I just look at the source (to ensure it's not a legitimate message) before deleting.... [TOM]hi tom
Yep. We have a new roof, but haven't finished fixing the leakey bathtub... Slow, it goes... [TOM]hi tom
Ha! You've been threatening to come over for a visit. I'll let you know when we're ready to do the plumbing...!
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