I’ve played a couple games of Scotland Yard by mail with my friend, switching off who is detectives and who is Mr. X. It’s pretty much just an excuse to keep in contact by letter though; lately he’s been too busy to figure out his moves so we’re just writing back and forth sans game.
I’m waiting for the PbEM of Atlantis (Atlantis new horizons) to kick off its next season. When I first played a similar game over 20 years ago I tried to map it manually and write my own orders, but now I’ve got the hand of these client thingies.
Tribenet has been running in one form since the early 90s and simulates the running of a tribe in a semi bronze age setting. It’s massive, and currently has about 80 active players.
It costs money to play, but only after approximately a year. Turns are twice monthly, and there’s an active meta. I’ve been doing it for about 6 months and the community is welcoming, and there’s an active discord. The game is mainly played by Australians, with a large british contingent. If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen a facebook ad or two about this.
It’s pretty fun, I should be building my first village and developing an economy, but I sold a Bear for about 750,000 pieces of silver in an auction and I’m building a zoo instead.