What to do if you want to play
If you have read this far, you want to play. Here's how to get started,
step by step.
Getting a Position in the Campaign
Player positions are basically first-come, first-serve, though an interest
in a given nation based on history, travel, or other background will
help you get what you want.
You will want to look over the
current maps, the
for available nations. Two positions per player can be had with GM
Your First Turn
Once you have contacted the GM and have your very own empire, it is time
to see about the rules. This means getting the latest copy of the
Lords of the Earth rules and also reading over the
specific A Twilight of Empires
Most especially look at
Rules Beginners Really Need Now
section for the absolute essentials for new players.
I recommend taking a look at
the GM's intro
for some general clues on the flow of the game. Also, be sure to sign
up for the
lote13 Yahoo group
to receive important news and ask questions of other players.
Click to join lote13
When it is time to do your turn, download the
Excel orders form v. 1.4.2
and fill it out using information from your national stats sheet. Orders
written on this spreadsheet can be directly input into the campaign
software, speeding your results. The GM greatly prefers this, so much
so that players using other methods will be charged an extra
US$5.00 service fee per turn.
One way to simplify (or complicate) this is the
from the Throneworld website. This is a great tool for generating
the orders spreadsheet, and is under development.
For those unable or unwilling to do this, and willing to pay the extra
service fee, please use one of the other forms at or near the top of the
These are the newer versions. Other types of turn order submission are
OK, but please
the GM about this, or any questions you may have.
How To Fill Out The Orders Form
The simplest way to get started is to get a concrete example of a
properly completed orders form. For this, click
and download to your machine. Edit this to fit your position and then
send it to the GM as an attachment.
For filling out the form you will need a copy of MS Excel or a copy
of OpenOffice. The latter is open source and is available at no cost
(though of course they appreciate money ...) from
their website. Download the
stable version, or get a CD from a distributor if you have a modest
network connection. Versions are available for Linux, MS, Mac, and
other operating systems.
If you have questions about any of this, contact
the GM as soon as possible.
The Awful Truth
It is a sad truth that players must actually pay US$5 per turn to play,
and also purchase the
for an outrageous sum. What can I say
- The Man made me do it. And expenses must be covered somehow.
- PayPal - Click on the graphic
below and follow the instructions.
if you have any questions.
- Check - You may send me a personal check drawn on a US
bank. For information on how to do this, e.g. what is the GM's mailing
address, please send me an email,
lote13gm at xmission dot com.
- Traveller's Cheque - Available most places, and often can be
drafted into good old Yankee imperialist dollars.
- Other - There are probably really great alternatives to the above. RSVP if you would like to chat about it, and we can work something out. And no, you may not exchange family members for A Twilight of Empires credit ...
On top of this, you will need to get a
which is not too dear, or expensive ...