ALAMAZE and PBEM
What is Play by Email (PBEM)?
PBEM is the multiplayer turn based strategy gaming method that doesn’t require players to gather at the same place (face-to-face) or at the same time, as with online MMORPG’s. Players generally devote a couple enjoyable hours per turn at their convenience to plan their moves and submit them to the game master or server where moves for all players are processed simultaneously.
PBEM games are generally more complex than board games or real time online games and there is much more variety of action and replay appeal. A single game generally will provide enjoyment for several months. These are specialized, deep strategy games for a discriminating clientele. Reflexes count for nothing. All that adds up to, “These ain’t no kids’ games”. The majority of PBEM players are at least 30 years old, and players go on to enjoy the games into their retirement years.
What is Alamaze?
Alamaze is widely considered the best PBEM fantasy war game ever. Even those adherents of other titles would certainly place Alamaze in the conversation about the best games.
Alamaze won PBM Game of the Year at both Origins and GAMA, and has been played and loved by its thousands of players for twenty-five years, which is testimony in itself.
Alamaze Classic are games of from five to fifteen players per game, each controlling a unique kingdom, such as The Ancient Ones, The Black Dragons, The Underworld, the Trolls, or The Witchlord. Each has different strengths and weaknesses. There are more than 100 different commands covering political, military, economic, magical and covert possibilities. There are also more than 100 spells, and over 50 artifacts.
A strength of the resurgence of Alamaze under current management has been the complete reliability of turn processing since the restart in April, 2013. Turns are generally available to the players within 10 minutes after the turn deadline. The friendly and helpful player community, with more than 25,000 posts on our forum in the past few months is another strength, as is the discounted monthly subscription – fees are a fraction of what they were in the past. In the end, players choose Alamaze because of what it offers as an intriguing strategy game: there is no substitute.
While more than 160 Alamaze Classic games have formed, in multiple formats and scenarios since the restart in April, we are (Dec 2015) on the verge of our new release: Alamaze
3rd Cycle, The Choosing.
Destiny beckons. Fate calls. Eternity awaits. Can you summon the courage to enter the fray of ALAMAZE and lay claim to greatness? Ahead of you? War. Assassins. Treachery. You must act NOW, lest all hope be lost!