User talk:Rich/18xx Play By Email

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This page was created to more fully discuss tools and other resources, developed by the gaming community, that can be used to support 18xx Play by Email games.
The tools are used either alone or in combination with other resources (for example: spreadsheets (see below)) to support game play from remote sites.
Some of the tools discussed below can be used for other gaming purposes (EG: live play) or can be used for non 18xx games. But the thrust of this discussion is 18xx Play by Email games.

This page partially duplicates the Play Online and by Email & Helper Tools section of the BGG WIKI 18xx page.

Play By Email Tools

This section lists and briefly discusses seven currently active tools that meet the above criteria.

A short description needs to be written for this tool.

The home page for is here:


BOARD18 is a tool for playing “18xx style” games via Email.

The BOARD18 game session associated with a PBEM game is used to display the game board and the stock market for the game.
It will run as a web service accessed via the player's web browser.

BOARD18 is fully described on the BOARD18 WIKI.

A production version of BOARD18 can be accessed at


On of the earliest tools that was used to play 18xx by Email is CyberBoard.

CyberBard was developed in the late 1990's by Dale Larson "to simplify a PBEM game I was playing". CyberBoard origionally ran as a Windows 3.1 application.
It has no internet capabilities and is totally dependent on the attachment of large files to emails.

CyberBoard supports mostly military war games many of which are listed here. But it is also used for 18xx games.
Many CyberBoard game boxes for 18xx can be downloaded from this Board Game Geek web page.

Despite the fact that there are now much better tools for 18xx PBEM available; CyberBoard is still in active use today.

The oficial CyberBoard web site is at


A short description needs to be written for this tool.

The home page for rails is here: rails home page


The RR18xx web site is advertised as a members only site.
The page at has a link labeled Registered Rail Barons only!
This link activates a sign in popup that contains no way to register for a user ID.

The author, not being a Registered Rail Baron, has not gotten past this point.

Tabletop Simulator

Tabletop Simulator uses the STEAM engine.

Tabletop Simulator is the only one of these tools that has its own Wikipedia article.
This article can be consulted for more information.


Vassal is a game engine for building and playing online board games. Vassal can be used in real time or by email.
Vassal runs on most platforms, it is open-source software. The Vassal game engine was originally designed by Rodney Kinney.
It is documented on the VASSAL open-source boardgame engine web site. But there is no direct mention of 18xx games at this web site.
Many 18xx game modules for VASSAL are listed at and can be downloaded from this 18xx VASSAL WIKI page.

Spreadsheets and Logs

This section has not yet been written.