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July, 1996
Vol. 3, No. 7

In This Edition

What's New

Empire Toolkit 0.1.0
Kevin Morgan has release the toolkit with new C_SYNC capabilities.

Perl Empire Client 2.8
A new mapping tool and some bug fixes.

Empire Server 3.0.21
is the latest release, with a bunch of bug-fixes.

British Blitz Has New Options
Ed Down's British Blitz features a new distribution scheme.

Current Games
Two new long term games started up this month.

Bayou II
was won by RedDog.

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New Games Starting Up

No new games are accepting players.

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Current Games

Current Long-Term Games (
Two new games have started since the last Empire News: Thematic IV and Generic Empire.

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 
            (               beginners.
British       7777 Food is on.  New distribution 
            (                scheme.

British Blitz changes
Ed Down has implemented his new threshold and distribution syntax on the British Blitz. He has also changed production priorities.

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Clients and Player Tools

Empire Toolkit 0.1.0
Kevin Morgan has release a newly reworked toolkit. Client writers will be
interested in its C_SYNC handling capabilities. Download the toolkit from
the Empire FTP Archives (
Those interested should also read the newly revised C_SYNC RFC

Perl Empire Client 2.8
Ken Stevens' release of pei 2.8
( adds the tool "nmap", which shows sectors reflecting new designations. "pneweff" and "setfood" were also fixed.

Client Discussion Mailing List.
Subscribe to the discussion list focusing 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 (

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Server and Deity Information

Empire Server 3.0.21 Released
Mostly bug fixes, from bugs reported by Keir Novik, Pat Loney, Aaron
Dewell, Ed Down, Jon Wright and Markus Armbruster.

The Empire 3 Server
If you'd like to try running the new server (, it is available on
PEA. The latest release is 3.0.21. 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 3.1.23. Markus Armbruster contributed some portability
patches. Sasha Mikheev added posix style threading. Ken Stevens did a
lot of bug-fixing.

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.

Empire Server Announcement List
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.

Empire Discussion List
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.

Empire List Digest
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.

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This month's winners

Bayou II
was won, for the second time in a row, by RedDog. BATF and McTavish
contributed to the win. Sorry, I wasn't fast enough to grab the results

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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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