Lords of the Earth, Campaign 30

Turn 12††

856 - 860 ad.

††† Greetings and salutations!

†††† Turn costs have changed. I have given more than enough time for people to get their accounts up to date. The following outlines my new costs per turn:

†††† BASE COST+†††††††††††† PER BL POINT

†††††††††††††† $ 2†††††††††††††††††††††††† +††††††††††††††††††††††††††† $ 1

For example, if you have a BL of 3, it will cost you $5 a turn. The maximum cost is $5 a turn.

†††† Iíve found that with the higher BL a player has, and thus more leaders, there is a much larger number of problems that will tend to occur processing those empires. Therefore, I must spend much more time each month on those players. If you have a zero account balance (at the top of your turn sheet) then you will need to send money.

†††† I had a player recently ask about the cost per turn increase. This is what I told him:

†††† To date, Iíve made just over $260 from all the players in the game. In the previous year (before running the game) Iíve replaced the printer ribbon just once -- during the campaign, Iíve had to replace it 5 times so far, at a cost of around $40 each. Also, you may not realize it, but the computer programs that come with the GMís kit, doesnít do everything. Generally, I spend 50-100 man hours a month processing certain aspects of the game. This includes the time spent forwarding messages to other players through their respective embassies, a step that adds considerable realism to the game. Over the last year that would make about 800 hours spent. Gee, that means that Iíve been making a whopping 7 cents an hour. Donít you think I deserve a little raise by now? With this raise I may be up to 20 cents an hour. Whoopee! And this still doesnít cover the initial investment to license a game ($75). Plus, Iíve had to get new copies of the most current rulebooks. Hmmn, I think Iím into negative numbers per hour now.


Seriously, I do enjoy running the game, but Iím really just trying to cover costs.

†††† Last month I asked the question:

Do my players want an open game?

†††† Only 3 people responded. 2 wanted things to remain as they are. 1 wanted limited info based on the region (Brittania, W. Europe etc.), that they are in.

†††† Players should all know the rules by now, but I had a player recently try to move troops out of an EA region. Please see rule for why you canít do this.


1 - FYI: I am now endeavoring to update my game to the most current rules. Some players NFP rates have changed (again!).

MERC POOLSInf††††††††† Cav†††††††† Sge ††††††† W/Ts†††††

Britannia:††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 8 †††††††††† 3†††††††††††† -††††††††††††† 6/1

West Europe:††††††††††††††††††††† 4††††††††††† 7†††††††††††† 2†††††††††††† 1/-

Central Europe:†† 14 ††††††††† 14†††††††††† - †††††††††††† 2/-

East Europe:†††††††††††††††††††††† 6†††††††††† 9 †††††††††† -††††††††††††† 6/-

Middle East:†††††††††††††††††††††† 9†††††††††† 14†††††††††† 4†††††††††††† 2/1

North Africa:††††††††††††††††††††† 4†††††††††† 4†††††††††††† 2†††††††††††† 5/-

Central Asia:†††††††††††††††††††††† 12††††††††† 12†††††††††† 3†††††††††††† -

†††† The next turn is due25 November. Due to the approaching holidays, I will not have the time to process turns in much of December, so after receiving them, I will make every effort to have them back to the players by 3 December. And after the limited response to my questions about an open game, I guess weíll see who bothers to read this letter or not. :)