How to get started, an update
Below is the original text from the Wolfpackempire.com players section. Comments have been added to 'upgrade' the original text
to the new era of Mankind. These will be in green italics text.
Empire is a Client/Server game. Somewhere, someplace, sometime, a deity decides to run a game. That deity loads the server portion
of the software on his machine. Once the deity has the game parameters decided upon, the server built and up and running, the deity will
usually announce that they are accepting applications to play in the game. These announcements are usually done on the Usenet
newsgroup 'rec.games.empire'. These are called 'long term games'.
There are currently two groups where you can get the latest announcements and action:
Game announcements may also appear on the games page. Game announcements, discussions, resources,
and portals through door games are now available at certain BBS's like bunkerbbs.synchronetbbs.org
In addition to these 'long term games', there are also usually a few games which are constantly running
and reset, called 'blitzes'. The main difference between 'long term games' and 'blitzes' is that 'long term
games' usually only have one or two updates per day and can last up to a few months (even longer!) in
duration, whereas 'blitzes' usually have many updates per day and last anywhere from a few hours to a
week. Games are usually listed along with their parameters (such as when the updates occur, how many
updates, how to sign up, and other useful things to know about the game - you will (hopefully) learn what
these useful things are as you go.)
The current known servers on the planet are:
Once you have found a game you would like to play in, the next thing you need to do is to get a client. It is
highly recommended that you first get a client, then connect to one of the 'blitzes' listed on the games page to
make sure your client is working correctly. The two most important things you will need to know about a game
to connect are the 'HOST' and the 'PORT'. Each client is usually configured slightly differently, so check the
client documentation on how to enter this information.
There are three main options for you:
⦁ Stock Empire-client - https://sourceforge.net/projects/empserver
⦁ WinAce - https://sourceforge.net/projects/winace
⦁ PTkEI2 - https://sourceforge.net/projects/ptkei2
Amiga City has a custom client option for their door game. Get it at https://amigacity.xyz
After you have connected to a game, you will be prompted for a country name and password. If you are trying
the blitzes, try a number between 1 and 10 as the country name (most blitzes reset with just country numbers
so that anyone can jump in and start playing, and most usually have at least 10 countries. Some have more, so
try other numbers. And, most have a 'visitor' country with 'visitor' as a password so you can peek in on what is
going on, you just can't actively play.) Use the same number you used for the country name as the password. If
you have signed up for a long term game, you will want to use the country name and password you signed up
Amiga City BBS has an loader screen which tells you the open player slots available before you enter the
game, which is pretty handy if you're that kind of player that likes a specific number...Or doesn't!
If you can connect and get the 'Country Name?' prompt, but cannot get in, don't fret, your client is working
properly. You will need to contact the deity of the game you signed up for to find out the proper country name
and password, or in the case of a blitz, it may just be full and you have to wait for the next time it resets. But,
you have connected, and your client is functioning properly. Various clients have different places where you
enter the country name and password, but you should at least get a useful message if you can connect but cannot
get into a country. Once you have managed to log into a country, you are ready to start playing. One thing you
may want to review is the info pages (these are also available in the game by using the 'info' command.) Note
that as a beginning player you will often be referred to 2 as "fodder". This is a term used liberally to describe
players of lesser experience. Fret not. Ask questions on how to play the game in the rec.games.empire newsgroup.
There will be plenty of people to help you. And, lastly, good luck (you're gonna need it!) Muhahahahaha...