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Submission + - Is Play-By-EMail Too Low-Tech for the Masses?

GSwarthout writes: "Richard's PBeM Server (Web: — Email: has over 100 games you can play with others via email. Included are stalwarts like backgammon, chess, pente, and scramble [a Scrabble clone] and card games like hearts, spades, and my personal favorite, Wizard. Each of the games has different gameplay options and many have variations such as dark chess and keryo-pente. There is a rating system for each game so that you can see how you stack up against other players. And, of course, the whole shootin' match is free and unlimited. Despite all this, there are currently only a few hundred players actively involved in games on the server. So my question is this: Are PBeM games just too low-tech to interest today's gamers, or is the existence of such sites/servers just not common knowledge?"

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