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Mark Ballinger

May 6, 1996, 3:00:00 AM5/6/96

Archive-name: games/empire/news
Posting-frequency: monthly
Last-modified: 1995/05/6

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"All the news that fits, we print."
Vol.3 No.5, 6 May 1996
published monthly

==Table of Contents==
1 What's New?
2 New Games Starting Up
3 Current Games
4 Clients and Player Tools
5 Server and Deity Information
6 This Month's Winners
7 This Newsletter

==What's New?==

Empire Java Client
Drake Diedrich has set up a java client for the Howitzer blitz.

Lafe 0.21 Alpha
is a new release from Drake Diedrich.

Server Changes
Both the experimental and the fully released servers have new patches.

Empire Server Announcement Mailing List
A moderated list of changes and current proposals.

Current Games
One new long term game started up this month.

British IV
was won by GranBretan.

Thematic III: The Valley
was won by RTFM and chilidog.

==Current Games==

Current Long-Term Games (
Bayou Blitz II began since the last Empire News. I'm not sure what
happened to Lunatic Fringe II (Waterworld).

Current Blitzes (
For the most up-to-date information on available blitzes, see the Empire
page above. By popular demand, here are the three blitzes confirmed
operational at press time:
Blitz Name Host Port Comments
Howitzer 7778 Latest server developments.
UAlberta 7777 Pretty vacant. Good for
British 7777 Food is on. Some server



Empire Java Client.
Drake Diedrich has set up an empire client for the Howitzer blitz for
java-enabled browsers. Connect to it at
( Source is available
from Drake's page (

Lafe 0.21.
An updated lafe alpha from Drake Diedrich is available on the PEA

Client Discussion Mailing List.
Subscribe to the discussion list focussing on client development by
sending mail to with "subscribe" in the
message body. Approval for inclusion takes place before you receive any
mail. Catch up on archived messages by visiting the Planet Empire
Archives, under Client Discussion


The Empire 3 Server
If you'd like to try running the new server
(, it is available on
PEA. The latest release (3.1.1a) fixes a bug that could affect game
balance. Patches to the server can be downloaded from the patch directory
The experimental
server is also available. It contains a few changes and is now at
release 3.1.13. Janjaap van Velthooven inserted the RESEARCH option
and Steve McClure added several options including those from his Euro
Empire game.

For an up to date list of the changes in the new server, connect to
the Howitzer Blitz
( and type
"info Empire3".

Empire Server Discussion Mailing List
The mailing list, a forum of discussion regarding changes to the server,
has been established. If you have time to help with the server project, or
would like to participate in the on-going plans, send mail to with "subscribe" in the message body.
There is an approval process, so any useful information about your
interest in the discussion helps.

To receive notification of new server changes and periodic postings of
change proposals, send mail to with the line:
"subscribe empire-announce" in the body of the message.

A more general mailing list is available to all coders, good players, and
especially deities. Subscribe to this list to keep abreast of all coding
changes by sending mail to with "subscribe"
in the message body.

To subscribe to a digest, send mail to, and include
in the body: "subscribe empire-list-digest".

How to Run a Game
Before making a game announcement to, please read and
heed this document.

==This Month's Winners==

British IV
was won by GranBretan.

sects eff civ mil shell gun pet iron dust oil pln ship unit money
GranBreta 1.0K 95% 668K 14K 31K 3.5K 13K 231K 8.0K 22K 220 100 80 235K
Uppland 745 98% 520K 14K 17K 645 12K 245K 6.2K 19K 120 80 100 100K
Ratsbane 490 97% 375K 16K 31K 2.2K 18K 205K 4.7K 14K 30 70 40 65K
Banzai 155 98% 101K 6.2K 200 20 800 12K 700 1.1K 0 80 20 45K

Thematic III: The Valley
was won by RTFM and chilidog. No power chart is available.

==This Newsletter==
Mark Ballinger is responsible for the Empire News and the Empire FAQ. If you
have suggestions, corrections or announcements, please email me at

Mark Ballinger (Uesugi)

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