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Global Combat Crisis Enters its 3rd Week

Jul. 7, 2012; By Charles Rector

  Here's the results of lostboys's latest turn that shows just how thoroughly screwed up Global Combat is now:   lostboy 103 (24) - Done crector  90 (14) - Done 

Chicago Math and Science Academy

Jul. 1, 2012; By Charles Rector

The Chicago Math and Science Academy over at http://www.cmsaonline.net/ is a leading Grades 6-12 charter school that has done an excellent job preparing students for the futuristic times ahead.  

Problems at Its Your Turn

Jul. 1, 2012; By Charles Rector

We are sending this mass message because enough of you have reported problems with your backgammon and halma games.The immediate fix to this problem is to ask our servers to send you HTML-only pages. You can do this by going into your "edit user profile" page and unchecking the box next to " Enable Javascript", which will turn off Javascript in the pages we send to you. However, your Javascript will still be enabled locally in your browser, so...

SMR Newsletter #1

Jul. 1, 2012; By Charles Rector

From the vaults of the Space Merchant Realms Webboard here is a real golden oldie:     SMR Newsletter #1Newsletter #1Changes Come to the Administration Team To help players better understand which Admin would be the best one to contact for help/concerns, the team got together and decided who would be in charge of what. Though at one point or another someone else may help out in an area, this is what each Admin is responsible for....

Latest Global Combat Screwup

Jun. 29, 2012; By Charles Rector

If you were to point your browser over to Global Combat over at http://www.globalcombat.com this is what you will encounter:     Server Error in '/' Application. Runtime Error Description: An application error occurred on the server. The current custom error settings for this application prevent the details of the application error from being viewed remotely (for security reasons). It could, however, be viewed by browsers...

Rat Fighter in the News

Jun. 29, 2012; By Charles Rector

Rat Fighter was one of the greatest players in the original Space Merchant as well as in its successor game, Space Merchant Realms.  If you go to http://www.wmwheelers.org/ you can find out about his latest exploits.  Here is the latest report:   June 17, 2012 Inaugural Canton Marathon On June 17th, Joe Booth, an experienced marathoner in push-rim wheelchairs and our team captain for so long,...

Shareplay Press Release About the GameLoft Deal

Jun. 27, 2012; By Charles Rector

SharePlay Press Release - August 25, 2000   SharePlay Announces Partnership with GameLoft.com   ------------------------------------------------- SharePlay has formed a strategic relationship with GameLoft.com, the worldwide leader in international online gaming. GameLoft will exclusively publish SharePlay's games in its GameLive section. New versions of Space Merchant and Monarchy have been established on GameLoft. Current...

Dominion aka Kamikaze Games Website Kaput

Jun. 27, 2012; By Charles Rector

If you point your browser to http://www.kamikazegames.com/dominion you will find that the website down for good and replaced by a Network Solutions holding card.  This happened without warning.  This is not good since the website forums were still humming with activity with players talking about creating new fantasy war games in the spirit of Dominion.  This writer was planning on using that info in the future for postings to this...

Starkick Traders

Jun. 27, 2012; By Charles Rector

Starkick Traders at http://starkick.directorygold.com/ is a relatively new Open Source BBG the background for which is here:   Starkick Traders is an offshoot of BlackNova Traders, which is itself a development of the old BBS game Trade Wars. It is a turn based space strategy game. The orignal BlackNova Traders was designed by Ron Harwood. Modifications & upgrades to the game were done by Ben Gibbs. I was sent the source code to SKT...

The BlackNova Traders Situation

Jun. 27, 2012; By Charles Rector

From the main website of the BlackNova Traders website at http://www.blacknova.net :     Welcome to Blacknova Traders. I would first like to say sorry for the long downtime, we never gave up on the game but we all had very important real life stuff that needed to be done, most of us was hoping to have this resolved a lot sooner, and after several discussions Ron and I have decided on moving the site over to this new current Rack...

Global Combat Crisis Hits the One Week Mark

Jun. 27, 2012; By Charles Rector

Global Combat has just endured one full week of being totally screwed up by its errant developer Bryan Livingston with no end in sight.  Livingston has apparently added pop up ads to the mix and his much vaunted innovation of "desktop notifications" consists of telling you that the turn that you just forced has just run.  Gee, thanks Bryan for that monumental addition.  Meanwhile, Livingston's assertion that GC is primed for...

Global Combat Crisis Continues

Jun. 26, 2012; By Charles Rector

Global Combat is still all screwed up with the facts that the game is now optimized for Google Chrome combined with Internet Explorer being "broken" for game play, the great majority of the players are either frozen out or are feeling completely alienated.  Making things even worse is the fact that the work list of Bryan aka Mr. Livingston consists of the following:   TODO: Pending Invites   If this game developer really thinks...

AIM Conversation with Robert F. Ludwick aka darqflare June 22, 2012

Jun. 26, 2012; By Charles Rector

CharRect [4:04 P.M.]:  http://omgn.com/blog/cjrector/2012/06/22/global-combat-in-crisis-1 darqflare [4:05 P.M.]:  I'm surprised that game is still running, to be honest. CharRect [4:06 P.M.]:  Because Bryan is in charge? darqflare [4:06 P.M.]:  In part, yes CharRect [4:07 P.M.]:  What's the other part? darqflare [4:07 P.M.]:  Because the game didn't seem that fun to me. CharRect [4:07 P.M.]:  When did you try...

New VGA Planets Power Game

Jun. 26, 2012; By Charles Rector

From the VGA Planets Yahoo! Group:     This is a throwback to the hardcore days of VGA Planets gaming.This game runs 3 times a week until turn 25, then twice a week or when all turns are in.Game ends when 1 player is left unless otherwise voted on by remaining players.Mods: ABHost, Asteroid, Jupiter, Unity.Map: Custom.Homeworlds: Random.Shiplist: Custom for Power Game.Extra Rich HW. Random Normal Planets. Very High Pop. Very High Money...

TEQ News

Jun. 24, 2012; By Charles Rector

Here is the official game news for TEQ that you can play at http://teq3.playteq.com/ :      Mobile siteMonday, April 02, 2012 - By Kama Since most mobile phones now have proper browsers, I decided to have the "regular" site loaded when you go to the TEQ main site using a mobile phone. This should make it easier to play.  Best wishes for 2012Sunday, January 01, 2012 - By Kama Hello everyone! Best wishes to...

Space Merchant Realms News

Jun. 24, 2012; By Charles Rector

Now that SMR is back online, here is the latest from its open source hub at https://github.com/smrealms/smr :   admin June 04, 2012 No need to set a variable for these hardcoded values. [Page-]   db June 23, 2012 Lengthen alliance name field. [Page-]   engine June 04, 2012 Remove a lot of duplicated code from...

The Myth That America Needs More Engineers and Scientists

Jun. 24, 2012; By Charles Rector

Just point your browser to  http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2012/06/13/no-america-does-not-need-more-scientists-and-engineers/  and you will find a well researched refutation of the oft heard claimthat America needs more engineers and scientists if we are to compete internationally.       

Yet Another SMR Screwup (Updated)

Jun. 24, 2012; By Charles Rector

This is what I got when I logged into Space Merchant Realms for the first time in a week:   Access forbidden! You don't have permission to access the requested object. It is either read-protected or not readable by the server. If you think this is a server error, please contact the webmaster. Error 403www.smrealms.deSun Jun 24 19:45:42 2012Apache   And the admins wonder just why the number of players has been dropping so much...

Shrapnel Games Problems

Jun. 24, 2012; By Charles Rector

Here is a depressing thingy that I got from Shrapnel Games earlier this year:   News from the Frag! Newsletter No Mewsletter thru March 2012 The Frag! Newsleetr is undergoing a redesign and we will be taking the first quarter of 2012 to evaluate designs and changes. We are sorry for the interruption, but times are changing and we need to make necessary changes amd improvements to our newsletter. See you soon. -- The Frag! Newsletter...

SMR Newsletter #29

Jun. 24, 2012; By Charles Rector

Dear Player,Dear Player,Welcome to the Summer!With the start of Summer a new round is also starting.This new round marks the 50th round of Space Merchant Realms. Summer Bliss is a normal round, with a speed of 1.5, a maximum alliance size of 25 and a turn cap of 600.The round has just started at 6/23/2012 4:00:00 PM and ends 8/25/2012 12:00:00 AM (all times in server time)Additionally, as no winner has yet to be decided in the Draft...

A Message to Bryan aka Mr. Livingston Concerning a Global Combat Problem

Jun. 24, 2012; By Charles Rector

Here is a message that I've just dispatched to the admin/creator of Global Combat:   You said that this game now works best on Google Chrome, yet I cannot get a turn forced on it.  Does this mean that forcing turns has been disabled?  If so, the you should make an announcement to that effect.   Given past experience with Bryan aka Mr. Livingston with the way that he ran Solar Empire, I'm not holding my breath for either a...

Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago

Jun. 23, 2012; By Charles Rector

If you point your browser over to http://www.industrialcouncil.com/ you will find the website of the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago.  The ICNC is a 45 year old institution that has served as a business incubator and workforce trainer.  It is one of the reasons why the Chicago are has been able to both survive and thrive despite the depredations of the crooked politicians who infest the state of Illinois.

Global Combat Screwups Continue (Updated)

Jun. 23, 2012; By Charles Rector

Here is the latest results from Game 1 of Large Tournament #225 in Global Combat:   Turn 9 ResultsAttacks     Algeria w/ 29 armies (1 lost) vs Brazil w/ 1 armies (1 lost)     Greenland w/ 0 armies (0 lost) vs Iceland w/ 5 armies (0 lost)     Western Europe w/ 0 armies (0 lost) vs United Kingdom w/ 11 armies (0 lost)     Eastern...

Classic News Post About the Original Space Merchant

Jun. 22, 2012; By Charles Rector

Just point your browser to the Internet Wayback Machine over here: http://web.archive.org/web/20010411151143/http://www.mpogd.com/news/index.asp#04/08/2001 02:42:10 and you will find the following:     Space Merchant Woes ContinueThe number of active players in Space Merchant continues to decline even though the recent lag/error storm has ended. There are still problems with the http://merchant.shareplay.com login. Also, the Help files...

Classic Article About Origins of Merchant Empires

Jun. 22, 2012; By Charles Rector

If you point your browser to http://web.archive.org/web/20010222192928/http://www.linuxgazette.com/issue63/brunton.html  you will find a great article about the origins of Merchant Empires, a browser based game that at one time had over 1,000 players and is still available on SoureForge as an open source game.   Here is the opening part of that article:     Bryan Brunton is the creator of the Merchant Empires Project....

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