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1 Australia Alistair Pattie 498
2 India George Hornby 409
3 Nigeria Simon Calcraft 372
4 Spain Danny McConnell 377
5 Brazil Andrew Thomas 282
6 Great Britain Jeremy Tullett 251
7 Russia Ian Ireland 159
8 South Africa Paul Hampson 108
World Empires WE1, Won by AUSTRALIA with a points win on turn 50.

Endgame statements are an old tradition in the amateur postal games hobby, but they've never been part of the scene for commercial games. Not because they're not a good idea, but because professional GMs don't really have a medium for publishing them. Amateur GMs normally run games with short game reports which are all collected together in a magazine format (everyone gets the same game report, including reports of games they're not in, so they can follow what's hapenning in those as well) and the idea is as much for the magazine to be interesting as the games themselves. In fact, for many editors it's all about producing the magazine and the games hardly matter at all.

Anyway we've now got the internet so semi-pro GMs can waffle away just as much as amateur ones, and it's time to bring back endgames statements. Meanwhile another old tradition in the amateur postal games hobby is Jeremy Tullett, who wrote this one. Another another old tradition in the amateur postal games hobby is insulting people for the fun of it, but only people you know well enough to be sure they'll forgive you.

Other players are encouraged to add their own accounts of how things went.


Having played one Dark Ages game, I signed up to play Empires with the hope that it might turn out to be a sort of 'super-Diplomacy'.

That concept died in flames almost from the outset when the only meaningful communications I had from anyone were from Danny (Spain) and Ian (Russia). This pretty much determined my early strategy which was (a) to establish an alliance with Danny who I know well enough to consider him a competent and sensible player (b) play Russia (who seemed willing, but naive) along a bit while taking Scandinavia, and (c) seek to expand across the Atlantic as circumstances permitted.

This worked well. Spain mopped up France, Germany and Italy against varying degrees of resistance. The silent Sweden fell quickly, and it gradually became apparent that Canada had almost certainly dropped out, and that USA was only ordering intermittently, at best.

Thus, at my most secure, I controlled most of Canada, Scandinavia, and a few islands in the Caribbean, in addition to my home areas.


Australia was by now becoming sufficient of a threat that Nigeria (who had become a regional power), Spain and I could see trouble coming - especially when Alistair announced his policy of capturing all of the islands on the board. Clearly, this could have been construed as including the British Isles, and indeed it did. When that attack came my fleet - which was by no means small - was annihilated by the Australian navy and Britain and Ireland fell.

Fortunately, I had stabbed Russia a little earlier, and had a reasonable empire still, but Brazil was starting to take my north American areas, and my objective became largely one of survival.

Towards the end, India attacked in sufficient force to drive me back to the Swedish borders, but Nigeria in turn attacked him, leaving me in a moderately pleasing 6th place at the end.

The rules seemed to work well enough, and my increasing number of mistakes in using them towards the end of the game was probably attributable an increasing sense of the inevitable leading to carelessness.

Although I don't doubt Pete's explanation for the way Australia obtained and used his sea superiority, I am glad that the rules for the use of air power were changed. This ought to prevent something similar happening on land.

On the question of weather - how about a two season year (winter, summer), rendering some sea spaces impassable, or some land areas sticky on alternate turns. I feel that anything more detailed than this would be at the wrong scale for the game..

Thanks to Pete for running the playtest, especially during the upheaval of house and office moves. Having myself effectively moved house twice in six months, I am well aware of how disruptive this is. Also, thanks to Simon (Nigeria) and Danny (Spain), who at least engaged in meaningful tactical and strategic discussions that gave us a chance of fending off our larger neighbours.

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