There does not appear to be a thread on this so I thought I'd start one. This thread can be used to discuss PBEMs in general and any tips and also if you want to introduce yourselves Introduction I have been playing wargames for over 4 decades now; starting with Chess, Stratego and then onto model soldiers. Eventually I started making my own tabletop games - making my own counters and maps by hand. PC wargaming came along recently (last decade or so) and I loved the strategic overview games (now I think they are called 4X), starting with Civ II. I had played Total War: Shogun and Medieval and the rest of the later series. I much preferred Totalwar:Medieval with it Risk-Style European Map of Provinces. I did try the Paradox series of games as well, but they just seemed too complex. Eventually I narrowed my focus to Civilization IV (including a brief trial of Civ V) and developed my own version of Road to War - Historical 1.04. And am now researching an developing 2.0 based on Road to War - Ultimate 1.1. I am also currently researching a "Giant Modern Earth Scenario" for Earth 2010, which involves extensive research into cities and nations. I hope to have it completed in a couple of months. The map will for the basis for Road to War - Historical 3.0 - which I am considering as a World War 3. My multi-player strengths are quite weak as I have only being playing for a few months, albeit some very complex games. Before that I played in IOT games and even GMed a couple of them. What I like about PBEMs is I can combine my skills from IOT diplomacy with my skills in wargaming and play in Civ IV (the world's best 4X game) framework with others. Tips Now for some tips I picked up so far Don't trust anyone, they are all out to win the game Be prepared for war at all times, you will be attacked, and often when you least expect it Don't just protect your cities, you need to protect your resources as well. Loss of access to these will seriously affect your ability to build good units General Discussion What I have found is that PBEMs are very interesting to play. It is great to have the inaction with others and when my initial thoughts were that "Play-by-Email" would be slow, in one game I have played I had 3 turns in just one day!!! The use of PBEM tracker is a great tool to use to manage games and I would recommend all people who start games use this as well. The creator of this website should be congratulated for making it so easy to use. But most of all the option of playing with/against others is the best part of PBEMs.