What is a Play-by-Mail Game, Anyway?
Play-by-mail (PBM) games are a rapidly expanding realm of the gaming world. In a PBM game, you play against other players from all over the country, without ever leaving your own home. You mail in your orders and then you receive a complete report of the results of your actions. You mull over the report and write out your orders for the next turn.
Imagine trying to set up a face-to-face game with 50 players. At whose
house would you play? What time would be best for all of you? Who gets
to go first? Who buys the munchies? Well, Reality Simulations, Inc. (RSI)
has kindly taken care of all those pesky details for you. All you have to
do is find some time to play (at your convenience) and get ready to have a
great time! (Well, actually, you might want to read this rule book first,
but after that you'll be all set.)