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This page is a list of the most recent additions to the website, in reverse order (i.e. newest at top). I won't include changes to waiting lists, since they're supposed to be changing all the time.
Rulebooks
23rd May 2007
Added new PDF version of the standard rules for Spaceplan II.
Dark Age II Website
20th November 2006
Added Questions & Answers page for Dark Age II.
Cricket Stats Website
6th May 2006
Updated website for startups in Cricket Stats, inc. freemailers and online members.
Soccer Stats Website
2nd May 2006
Updated website for startups in Soccer Stats, inc. freemailers and online members.
Rugby Stats Website
22nd March 2006
Updated website for startups in Rugby Stats with freemailers and online members.
Rulebooks
15th February 2006
Added new PDF versions of all four rulebooks for Play On.
Dark Age II Website
13th February 2005
New website for startups in Dark Age II, including freemailers and online members.
Play On Website
13th February 2005
Updated website for startups in Play On, including freemailers and online members.
Medieval Empires
4th January 2006
Updated startup conditions and special offers for Medieval Empires.
Pirates
24th December 2005
Cruise the Caribbean in search of plunder. Prototype of a simple Javascript game.
Rulebooks
10th October 2005
Added PDF version of Soccer Stats rulebook.
Cricket Stats
17th April 2005
Added the first league startup for the new Cricket Stats.
Rulebooks
12th April 2005
Added PDF version of Cricket Stats rulebook.
Rulebooks
12th April 2005
Added PDF version of Play On basic rulebook.
Cricket Stats
15th March 2005
Cricket Stats is back. Feedback is wanted. Waiting lists are open.
Rulebooks
8th March 2005
Added PDF version of rulebook for Dark Age II.
Rulebooks
8th March 2005
Added PDF version of Star Chase rulebook, plus optional rules and Hints & Tips.
More Maps
5th March 2005
Added links to current status maps for European Empires, provided by John Binmore.
Rulebooks
18th February 2005
Added PDF version of main Empires rulebook, updated.
Rulebooks
18th February 2005
Added PDF version of Australian Empires rules for resources & trading.
Softsim Website
13th February 2005
Online turnsheet for Rugby League Breakout added on softsim website.
Rulebooks
19th December 2004
Added PDF version of European Empires supply rules
Rulebooks
19th December 2004
Added PDF version of Rugby League Breakout rulebook
Rugby League Breakout
17th October 2004
Relaunched as a normal format play-by-mail game (instead of email-only)
Gameplan Update 2.17
1st January 2004
Rosters & Draft changes in Gameplan vn 2.17 now being extended to all leagues.
Freemailers
9th October 2004
Offer extended to Dark Age, Spaceplan, Star Chase and all
Freemailers
8th October 2004
Offer extended to Play On, Rugby League Breakout and Soccer Stats.
Rulebooks
26th September 2004
New editions of the Empires, European Empires and Australian Empires rules.
Spaceplan Rules Update
25th September 2004
Version 2.5 rules update for Spaceplan II.

Speculate Rules Update
25th September 2004

Version 2.1 rules update for Speculate II.

Rulebooks
21st July 2004

Improved editions of the Empires supply rules, needed for Europoean Empires.

Empires Rules Update
30th March 2004

Rules update for the Empires games that are already running.

Star Chase - Rulebook
27th March 2004

Printable version of the standard rules for Star Chase.

Star Chase - Rulebook
26th March 2004

Online version of the standard rules for Star Chase.

Dark Age II - Rulebook
24th March 2004

Printable version of the standard rules for Dark Age II and Barbarians at the Gate.

Dark Age II - Rulebook
23rd March 2004

Online version of the standard rules for Dark Age II and Barbarians at the Gate.

Play On - Rulebooks
22nd March 2004

Printable versions of the Basic, Advanced and Strategy guides for Play On.

Play On - Rulebooks
22nd March 2004

Online versions of the Basic, Advanced and Strategy guides for Play On.

More Spies in Empires
3rd March 2004

Details of changes to the rules for spies in Empires.

Update for Dark Age
2nd March 2004

Details of rules changes in Dark Age II.

Empires Review
26th January 2004

Discussion of rules changes in Empires (mostly European Empires).

Gameplan Update
1st January 2004

Rules changes in Gameplan, that apply immediately at the start of 2004.

Soccer Strategy Update
1st January 2004

Rules changes in Soccer Strategy, that apply immediately at the start of 2004.

Spaceplan II
20th November 2003

Rules changes in Spaceplan, that apply immediately.

Changes in Play On
7th November 2003

Updated changes in Play On (Aussie Rules Stats) for next season.

PlayOnFootball.com
5th November 2003

New site with introduction to Play On (Aussie Rules Stats).

Editorial - Cricket
24th September 2003

Opinions on the state of English cricket.

Maps Page
22nd September 2003

Added small and medium sized maps for Dark Age II.

Maps Page
22nd September 2003

New added to make online maps easier to find.

Printable Rulebooks
19th September 2003

Added Printable versions of Empires rulebook and updates.

Empires Trade & Resources
18th August 2003

Added online version of rules for resources in Australian Empires.

Speculate Rulebook
11th August 2003

Added online version of rulebook for Speculate II.

Speculate Tables
11th August 2003

Added online version of Reference Tables for Speculate II.

Rulebooks Page
11th August 2003

New page with link to provide quick access to online rulebooks.

Changes in Play On
10th August 2003

Prospective changes in Play On (Aussie Rules Stats) for next season.

Special Offers Page
4th August 2003

Online Version of Special Offer - Free Trial or Freemailer Option.

Software - Task List
4th August 2003

Some ideas for useful independent projects for software people.

Empires Hints & Tips
2nd August 2003

Hints & Tips, and sample turns, for European Empires.

European Empires
2nd August 2003

Added medium sized map and Jpeg version for Internet Explorer users.

Freemailers
29th July 2003

Special Offer extended tp Speculate II, free if you use email both ways.

Empires Supply Rules
28th July 2003

Added online version of supply rules for European Empires.

Empires Rulebook
28th July 2003

Added online version of rulebook for Empires.

Freemailers
20th July 2003

Special Offer in European Empires, free if you use email both ways.

Barbarians at the Gate
6th June 2003

Added map showing start positions, provided by Dave Bevis.

Barbarians at the Gate
28th May 2003

Added map showing positions after turn 1, provided by Alex Coombe.

Empires
19th May 2003

Reduced large version of downloadable map to half size.

Barbarians at the Gate
18th May 2003

Ditto, needed because Explorer can't handle the full sized versions.

Gameplan League Formats
13th May 2003

Letters about the league formats used in Gameplan.

Credit Card Startups
6th May 2003

Softsim website updated to allow credit card payments for startups.

Australian Rules Football
6th May 2003

Feedback page for developing an Australian Rules game in the UK.

Gameplan Player Skills
11th April 2003

Ideas for additional player skills and player data.

Gameplan Hyperbowl
11th April 2003

Feedback on the proposed roster-building version of Gameplan.

Gameplan Timeouts
28th March 2003

Ideas for trying to work out better rules for timeouts and the clock.

European Empires
18th March 2003

Web version of new leaflet for Napoleonic version of Empires.

European Empires
12th March 2003

Updated with last minute rules changes and improved description.

Gameplan Formations
7th March 2003

Ideas for dealing with "guessing" gameplans in the basic game.

Gameplan Hyperbowl
4th March 2003

Outline of a proposed roster oriented version of Gameplan.

Gameplan Formations
24th February 2003

Adding "starting formations" on offence and training on formations.

Gameplan Playbook
24th February 2003

More on screen passes, option plays and play balance.

Gameplan Playbook
19th February 2003

Concerning new play calls and play balance.

Gameplan Basic
16th February 2003

About alternative basic versions and the original design concept.

Barbarians at the Gate
16th February 2002

2nd Edition rules for Barbarians at the Gate (as a variant of Dark Age II).

Gameplan Priorities
4th February 2003

Fitting the Gameplan changes and discussion into the order of work.

Design Concepts
30th January 2003

New page about how the possible new versions relate to each other.

Gameplan Advanced
29th January 2003

New page about the advanced version, with a special offer.

Changes in Advanced
29th January 2003

Possible changes in the Advanced version of Gameplan.

Gameplan
29th January 2003

Added a paragraph about stadium types, weather and form.

Overseas Players
27th January 2003

Expanded costs and credits page for overseas players.

Costs & Credits
27th January 2003

Added separate page for overseas players. News of credit card facility.

Downloads Page
26th January 2003

Download our Printer Utility (Windows only) and a sample game report.

About Sample Report
26th January 2003

More about the sample game report, with a special offer.

Empires Naval Rules
23rd January 2003

Outline of the changes in the new version of Empires.

Gameplan
16th January 2003

New page to carry information about changes under test in Yeovil.

Barbarians at the Gate
19th December 2002

New map for Barbarians at the Gate.

European Empires
17th December 2002

New map for European Empires and Medieval Empires.

Speculate Hints & Tips
23rd November 2002

Suggestions for Speculate II and how it will differ from the old version.

Speculate II
15th November 2002

Added waiting list for the first game with the the new version.

Star Chase
15th November 2002

Added waiting list page separate from Spaceplan.

Speculate II
14th November 2002

Updated with more details of changes in the new version.

How to Join
3rd November 2002

Startup form suitable for any game at Software Simulations.

Youngsters
2nd November 2002

How old do you need to be to play our games?

Short-Handed Games
30th October 2002

Why we run a separate series of games with only a few players in each.

Resellers & Affiliates
29th October 2002

About running our games for yourself, or selling them for us.

Barbarians at the Gate
26th October 2002

Letter from Marc Rivoira.

Run Chase Hints & Tips
23rd October 2002

A beginner's guide to Run Chase.

Soccer Strategy Hints & Tips
23rd October 2002

Help guide for Soccer Strategy.

Star Chase Hints & Tips
22nd October 2002

A beginner's guide to Star Chase.

Star Chase Optional Rules
21st October 2002

Smart Actions in Star Chase.

Star Chase Outline
14th October 2002

Rules outline for Star Chase (new game replacing Spaceplan I).

European Empires
25th August 2002

Suuply Rules for European Empires.

World Empires
20th August 2002

Endgame Statement from Jeremy Tullett, Britain in WE1.

Barbarians at the Gate
19th August 2002

Letter from Kev Houghton.

Soccer Stats
13th August 2002

Soccer Stats Waiting Lists page.

Rugby League Breakout
1st August 2002

Rugby League Breakout news page.

Australian Empires
28th July 2002

Rules Update for Australian Empires.

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