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March, 1996
Vol. 3, No. 3

In This Edition

What's New

Lunatic Fringe I due to start February 1
No water, one deity mil per wilderness and everything is free!

Long Term Games
One new long term game started up this month.

Empire Shell (esh) alpha Release Update
Esh 0.0.5 alpha is available on the Planet Empire Archives.

Tony Leotta takes over Empire Toolkit
Tony is shooting for a beta release in January.

Empire Server 3 is Updated to 3.0.7e
BugHunt III players continue to test options.

Empire 3.0 Info Pages in HTML
Drake Diedrich has placed the pages on the PEA.

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New games starting up

Lunatic Fringe 1
Deity Steve McClure has modified his code to make everything free. Tech
log will be quite high, and updates are 60 etu daily. The map will also be
one continent, with no water. Interested players should send the following information to
Country Name:
Your name:
Your e-mail address:
Any co-rulers you may have:
Your experience:

Empire Team Blitz
The first Empire Team Blitz will take place on Saturday, January 13.

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Long Term Games


The British IV long term game began since the last issue of Empire News.

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Asynchronous, Readline Client: "esh" in alpha
Ken Stevens has released alpha version 0.0.5 of his new client. It
includes a macro language and will be fully portable. Once linked with the
Empire Toolkit, players will have access to the popular tools available in
pei. Download the latest from the PEA

Empire Toolkit for Clients and the C_SYNC Protocol
All future clients will link with the empire toolkit being coded by Tony
Leotta. An alpha release, 3.0.8 can be downloaded from 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

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The Empire2 Server
The empire server of choice. To try it out, grab the latest version from
the PEA (

The Empire3 Server
If you'd like to try running the new server
(, it is
available on PEA. This is still in the experimental stage, so please stick
with Empire 2 for long term games.

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

Empire 3 Info Pages
Drake Diedrich has made available the Empire 3 Info Pages in HTML format.

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.

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.

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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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