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September, 1996
Vol. 3, No. 9

In This Edition

What's New

Empire Wolfpack Server Project Revealed
A new generation of server development issued its first release.

Latency-Free Empire Client Updated to 0.30
Drake Diedrich has added support for the new server code.

Empire Hub 0.7 Available
Drake Diedrich's program can now track connection statistics.

Jim Ortlieb's Guide To Defense
posted to Usenet, has been placed on the Wolfpack Server Page.

Current Games
No new long term games started up this month.

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New Games Starting Up

Renaissance Empire
The first long-term game run on the new Wolfpack (4.0) server code, up to ninety players are encouraged to register. Daily updates start on September 17 and the game opens the day before. Each player starts with a 40 sector start island; tech log is 1.75 after 1.25. Deity Steve McClure promises "decent" resources. Send the following registration information to "":

Country Name:
Country Rep:
Skill Level (1-10):
Email address:
Real Name:
Comments/opinions on parameters for the game:

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Current Games

Current Long-Term Games (
No new games have started since the last Empire News. British V, Mini
Empire, and Generic Empire continue.

Current Blitzes (
For the most up-to-date information on available blitzes, see the Empire
page above. By popular demand, here are the four blitzes confirmed
operational at press time: (The UAlberta blitz wasn't responding last I

Blitz Name  Host                      Port Comments
Howitzer                7778 Latest 3.1 server developments.
British       7777 Food is on.  New distribution 
            (                  scheme.
Vampire          6667 Wolfpack code 4.0.1
            (                   Resets 6:00 am EDT
Cheetah                6667 Wolfpack code 4.0.1
            (                Resets 6:00 pm EDT

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Clients and Player Tools

Latency-Free Empire Client Updated to 0.30
Drake Diedrich has added support for the new server code. This client is
useful for those playing over a slow network connection. Drake also added some commands and bugfixes. Download the new version from (

Empire Hub 0.7 Available
A companion to the Latency-Free client, Drake's hub can now track latency and connection statistics, as well as bandwidth usage. Client developers may find this useful! Available at

Jim Ortlieb's Guide To Defense
Jim Ortleib, our top newbie helper, wrote a guide to defending one's
country in empire, and posted it to The Wolfpack Server team has placed a copy linked to the Wolfpack Server Page

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

Wolfpack Server First Release Available
The as-yet unnamed members of the Wolfpack Empire Server Team made available their first release, available from the Wolfpack Server Home Page at ( Inquiries, bug-reports and comments can also be sent to "". For a complete run-down of changes from the 3.x generation server, connect to one of the blitzes ( and enter "info Empire4". Or, point your browser to the wolfpack Change Log (

Empire Server Discussion Mailing List
The mailing list, a forum of discussion regarding changes to the server,
is still in operation, although most current discussion is on 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

No win reports for this month!

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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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