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BOARD18 is a tool [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/18xx 18xx style games] via Email.
BOARD18 is a tool
for playing [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/18xx 18xx style games] via Email. | |
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The BOARD18 game session associated with a game will
be used to display the game board and the stock market for the game. It will run as a web service accessed via [[Design Document Environment#Client Side|a current web browser]] running on each players computer. Only players who can log in to the game can update the BOARD18 game session for that game. |+|
The BOARD18 game session associated with a game will display the game board and the stock market for the game. It players to the game the .
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|−|18xx games have often been played via Email, using a spread sheet and the CyberBoard program. CyberBoard is a general purpose game board program that runs on each players computer. Linux users must run CyberBoard under WINE. CyberBoard generates and accepts move files that synchronize the various players copies of the game file. |+|
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|−|I had some problems with CyberBoard and the style of remote play that it supports. To address these problems I developed BOARD18 as an alternative to CyberBoard. BOARD18 is intended to replace CyberBoard. It will run as a web service accessed via the web browser on each players computer. Unlike CyberBoard, BOARD18 requires no file transfers between players. |+|
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|−|''Another open source program, called Rails, is sometimes used to play 18xx games by Email. Rails is a much more ambitious system that combines the graphics functions of CyberBoard with the bookkeeping functions of a spread sheet. It also includes rules enforcement. BOARD18 is not (currently) intended as a replacement for Rails.'' |+|
span style="color: Fuchsia"> Note that any page of this Design Document that does not begin with a release notice '''may not have been''' updated since release 0.2.x and thus '''may''' be out of date.</span> | |
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Latest revision as of 15:43, 31 July 2017
|This page has been updated to comply with Release 2.5.x of BOARD18.
BOARD18 is a tool to help people play 18xx style games via Email.
The BOARD18 game session associated with a play by email 18xx game will display the game board and the stock market for the game. It allows the players to place tiles and tokens on the game board and to place and move tokens on the stock market.
BOARD18 runs on a web server and it is accessed via the web browser running on a players computer.
Only players who are assigned/added to the game can update the BOARD18 game session for that game.
A number of applications beside BOARD18 are needed to play an 18xx game via Email.
An overview of one way to set up and run a 'play by email' 18xx game can be found