It appears there is quite a bit of interest! That’s exciting news!
Call for Players & Poll
I’ll leave the poll open for at least 24 hours to get a comprehensive idea of how much interest there is. It looks as though we have at least one game’s worth of players but we may end up with 2 or 3 games’ worth- at that point, we can discuss if those games should run in parallel or sequentially.
If you are lurking over there (yes, there, behind the water cooler), afraid to show your interest because the poll already looks full, don’t fret! We’ll find a way to get everybody interested involved in a game!
1862 and/or 18CZ
I’ve looked a bit into how other communities are running play-by-post 18xx games and board18.org appears to be a common method for representing a game for play-by-post that does not enforce (or even understand) the rules of the game; merely a virtual gameboard that understands tokens, tiles, and spatial-orientation thereof.
Those of you interested in 1862 or 18CZ, please let me know if you object to signing up and using board18 to represent the bulk of the gamestate. The rest of the gamestate (money, namely) will be tracked via spreadsheet but also in the thread we’ll create. If you have an objection to using board18 feel free to private message me your objection if you wish to remain anonymous; if that is not the route that is chosen, there are some other alternatives (such as me hosting an discrete instance of the board18 software, or me using board18 to render the game state and copy/pasting it here).
Roads & Boats
I suspect any attempt at Roads & Boats will be met with some SVG-y work much like RogerBW appears to do with his PbF games.
Over the next few days, I’ll try to source (or make) some SVG assets to represent the board and chits for the game. If anybody has prior knowledge of a play-by-post of R&B that I can crib from, please do let me know.