So a friend recently introduced me to this excellent boardgame. It is a strategic game which plays out the Cold War between the US and USSR. The game uses a card based mechanic to drive play, with each card having an 'ops' value and an event. Using the 'ops' values of cards you can develop influence across the world, trigger coup d'etat, or realign governments. The events are where the real fun and flavour come in. Most events are either US or USSR aligned, and if you play a card for 'ops' the event won't trigger, unless it is your oponents event, then it must occur. This balance between developing your position in the world while trying to defray the damage of triggering your opponents events gives a great feel to the game.
So I started looking to see if there is any online play and it appears there are a few different ways:
wargameroom - this is the best implementation if you can devote the time. It allows real-time play with full rules enforced. Only trouble is that it seems a bit of a hassle to setup, with many people encountering port forwarding issues.
ACTS - basically a Play By EMail system that tracks all card play, but has no visuals. Each player needs to track the board state separately, but seems a good system in that you can just make a few moves each day.
Vassel - Another real time application although in this it is like playing the game in real life, you have to move counters around etc... Visually the best looking but probably the most work.
So what I'm trying to see is if there is any interest from the GWJ crowd in getting a few games setup? I'm imagining the PBEM style is going to be the chosen route due to amount of time you need to devote to it, but maybe some weekend real time might happen. If there is enough interest we could even have a simple ladder/league going on.
Just reply in thread or shoot me a PM if you have any questions.