VGA Planets was a play-by-email strategic wargame I stumbled across years ago. Wasn’t sure it still existed, but Wikipedia indicates it does:
Not sure what changes may have been made, as I haven’t played the game in years. There used to be an 11 player per game limit, and each player could choose which race to play. One person serves as host, which means he creates the gamedata by running a setup program to configure various options such as mineral availability, distance between homeworlds, etc. The host would then run another program to generate individual data packets for each player and mail them out. The players would use a client program to enter the commands for their turns, the run a compiler program to create a data packet to return to the host. When each player has returned his data packet, the host then runs the hosting program to resolve the results of that turn…combat, if any, mining, ship building, sensor readings, messages transmitted amoung players, etc…and then mails the data packets out again. I think it was possible to play a freebie version that had fewer features, or a registered version available for a nominal cost.
The available races were modeled on those in Star Trek, Star Wars, and Battlestar Galactica. More may have been added, I dunno. I usually played the Colonies of Man, but also tried a few others…Borg, Robots, Birds, Federation, Pirates. Races were usually assigned by each player submitting 3 acceptable choices, first come first served.
Has anyone else ever played this game? Would there be any interest in setting up a game for SDMB folks? I’d be willing to spring for a registered version and serve as host if there was enough interest…or would gladly defer to a more experienced host if someone volunteers…