Nigel_Secomb

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  • in reply to: Roll Call – list of names to establish who is present. #2102
    Nigel_Secomb
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    Thanks Brian, your reply prompted me to look at an old laptop and old email archives, and I’ve found from late February 2005 (~3 years after Zan passed) via an email program I haven’t used in over a decade:
    – the email with PDF versions of the last returns for most (19) of the Midgard US positions I’d run towards the end of that game; and
    – a spirited discussion amongst a number of us from the US game with each other and Jon C. about “old chestnuts” with the Midgard game as it was at the time, and possible changes.

    Kinda funny how it’s wound back to starting from an even earlier version and then being redeveloped a bit from there.

    I’m wondering if Jon wants the city turns (where they are available) so he can reflect them in the restart, or whether the preference is to level the playing field by having all the cities in a much less developed state. As I recall, we managed to nuke a few cities off the map in Zan’s game…

    kind regards,
    Nigel

    in reply to: Roll Call – list of names to establish who is present. #2101
    Nigel_Secomb
    Participant

    Thanks Brian, your reply prompted me to look at an old laptop and old email archives, and I’ve found from late February 2005 (~4 years after Zan passed) via an email program I haven’t used in over a decade:
    – the email with PDF versions of the last returns for most (19) of the Midgard US positions I’d run towards the end of that game; and
    – a spirited discussion amongst a number of us from the US game with each other and Jon C. about “old chestnuts” with the Midgard game as it was at the time, and possible changes.

    Kinda funny how it’s wound back to starting from an even earlier version and then being redeveloped a bit from there.

    I’m wondering if Jon wants the city turns (where they are available) so he can reflect them in the restart, or whether the preference is to level the playing field by having all the cities in a much less developed state. As I recall, we managed to nuke a few cities off the map in Zan’s game…

    kind regards,
    Nigel

    in reply to: Download #2054
    Nigel_Secomb
    Participant

    Hi Jon, you’ll probably read this mid-move. When it’s convenient for you, could you please update my status to player so I can see your latest version of the rulebook. Thanks in anticipation.

    kind regards,
    Nigel

    in reply to: Roll Call – list of names to establish who is present. #2053
    Nigel_Secomb
    Participant

    Thought I’d have a look in to see what the relaunched game would look like, and the proposed pricing.

    I played in both the Australian and US versions and had positions at one time or another in Sea Kings (Aus: Pirates), Roder, Getham, Gift, Society of Arms, Nippon (US: Manchuria), Barbarians, Banner and Boda. Over time and between version I remember being a senior in 3 factions.

    At the time that Zan passed away I was down to only a few active positions and scheduled to leave the game a couple of turns later because of turn costs and the nature of the game as it was. I had enjoyed it for a number of years, but the game moved slowly, was very grindy, expensive when running a lot of positions and dealing with poor currency exchange rates, and the use of completely manual “special actions” to compensate for a lack of new game coding, new orders and new features, caused a lot of inconsistency, frustration and inefficiency.

    Like a few ex-players I ended up designing my own PBeM that used Midgard as a starting point for concepts, but then developed in directions that left the final design bearing few if any similarities to Midgard. I never coded it because the gaming landscape had changed a lot and it seemed likely to be a money-sink, and frankly there were other things I wanted to do with my time.

    From memory I cleaned out all my old Midgard stuff years ago when declutering the house and consolidating electronic backups.

    cheers,
    Nigel

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