Updated Sunday 26th March 2017

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Logo NuGameplan is available online and by email, and has reached the point where we're working on the interactive elements (editing your plan instead of using the online turnsheets the same as a printed turnsheet). A couple more test leagues will be available as soon as we've built the new startup routine (which will be online with more options and a lot more information available).
Cricket Stats is coming up for for a re-launch. The game available right now will cover the county championship and the domestic test series, but later we'll look at starting games covering international cricket, T20 competitions and domestic competitions elsewhere (all subject to finding players that want them, obviously). The County Championship game will be seasonal, but other formats might allow the game to be played all year round.
Logo Star Chase has had a re-vamp to make the middle and end game more tactical. Other changes make short handed games a lot easier to run (Star Chase is very good for that- the initial exploration phase makes the non-player empires quite competitive) and added a bunch of conditional actions that make it really easy to play when you first get started.
Logo Dark Age II was the first game we updated to the new operating system. We changed as little as possible because the game worked so well already (we just wanted to run it on newer computers) but it did mean we could add colour maps in emailed PDF reports. Short handed games are available as a learning tool and a quick way to get started.

All of our games have been converted to email game reports as PDF files, so you can use the Adobe Reader utility to view and print your results. It's much simpler to use. You need to be able to receive attachments, but then you need only one click to open it, and can view, print and save the file as you choose. The raw text reports are still available as an option.

If you haven't already got Adobe Reader then it's a free download - don't worry if you can't use the latest version. The older versions work just fine.

We no longer offer games run locally in other countries - but if you submit your orders on the website and receive your game reports by email then you no longer need a local GM. See costs & credits for payment details if you want to play from the other side of the world.


The softsim website now includes an option for online payments by credit card and PayPal. These work in sterling and US or Aussie dollars. Other currencies work with a conversion option (the actual amount in your own currency is calculated and displayed before you commit the transaction). We still accept cheque payments through the post as well (UK & sterling only).


"It is unwise to pay too much but it is worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money - that is all. When you pay too little you sometimes lose everything because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business prohibits paying too little and getting a lot - it can't be done. If you just deal with the lowest bidder it is well to add something for the risk you run and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better"
John Ruskin 1819-1900

"Debugging is at least twice as hard as coding, so if you write the code in the cleverest way you know how, by definition, you won't be clever enough to debug it"
Anon, probably in fear of being lynched by computer geeks.

Actually the real point is to write your code in the plainest way possible - or you'll spend four times as much on maintenance and modifications as you did writing it.

"One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans... that little country between the Danube and the Balkans, is far from being an object of adequate importance... for which to plunge Europe from Moscow to the Pyrenees, and from the North Sea to Palermo, into a war whose issue no man can foresee. At the end of the conflict we should scarcely know why we had fought."
Otto von Bismarck, who wouldn't have let it happen.

"This is not peace. It is an armistice for 20 years."
Ferdinand Foch, Marshal of France, in 1918, commenting on the Treay of Versailles.

Software Simulations, 22 Rowan Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 2NP, UK.       Email: peter@pbmsports.com