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  • Starweb is a play-by-mail game of strategy and diplomacy invented in 1976 by Rick Loomis. The game has won a number of awards over the years, and is likely the longest lived play-by-mail game that started life in that medium. It remains a popular game at Flying Buffalo. Played for points, Starweb is primarily a hidden movement wargame. Six different types of players gain points in different ways; nevertheless, most victories come from taking something away from somebody else. Players write down their orders using an arcane command language, which is then entered into the Starweb computer program and the orders calculated simultaneously. The results are then printed and mailed back to the players. In recent years the system has moved to e-mail. Scoring rules differ based on the character class. The game ends when any player reaches a score determined at the beginning of the game.

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