Great PBEM games for a time-starved dad?
September 10, 2006 7:41 PM Subscribe
I need to get back in touch with one of my original loves - gaming - and need some help finding some great play-by-email-games ...
posted by jbickers to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (10 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've loved games all of my life (note: not really talking about electronic/video games here, more the board/dice/paper/etc. variety), but have lost touch with them - as a father of two, working two jobs, I barely have time for any hobbies.
But my heart has lately been crying out for this old hobby of mine ... I used to stay up late playing Advanced Civilization (the AH game, not the Sid Meier one), Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective, Acquire, even RPGs and the first wave of CCGs. And I totally miss the intellectual stimulation and social interaction they provided.
Given my schedule (too full, hectic), I'm thinking that a play-by-email game might just be the thing. I've tinkered with Diplomacy in the past, but as I'm not a history buff, I just don't find it that interesting.
Are there any great games that are well-suited for someone who cannot commit to logging on at a certain date/time? PBEM appeals to me because I could join in throughout the day, whichever office I happen to be at. Or am I missing something? Is there some other way to get the satisfaction that gaming provides?
(As an aside, I'm also an avid go player, but online go services have been nothing but frustrating. I'm not a great player, not a terrible one, and as such it's hard to find opponents - good ones will abandon matches the minute they see that I don't have a dan rating, absolute beginners are no fun at all to play against.)
Thank you in advance!