En Garde! in play - online and offline

There are games of En Garde! in play all over the world. Not just around a table, but also on the web and by mail. Here is a list of the En Garde! games that we know about - if you know of any others, e-mail En Garde! games and tell us about them. (And, if you're running a game yourself, there's a mailing list for En Garde! GMs on Yahoo!.)

(In case they're new to you: the abbreviation PBM means Play By Mail and PBeM means Play By e-Mail.)

Active En Garde! games

This list was last fully updated on 16th May 2014: contact the specific GM for details on joining their game.

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(link to website)
GM
(e-mail link)
Description
Briny En Garde! Terry Crook PBeM En Garde! variant set in the late 18th century Royal Navy. It's been going strong since May 2011 with 30-odd players.
Les Petites Bêtes Soyeuses Pevans A long-running (it started in 1986) PBM/PBeM, LPBS sticks fairly close to the published rules, but does have a few wrinkles. Costs GBP 0.65 per turn online, GBP 2.70 on paper, 10 turns a year.
Mythweavers En Garde! Bosh A PBM En Garde! game that has turns every real-time week (with extensions for holidays). It mostly follows the published rules but actions that fall outside of the published rules are encouraged. New players are always welcome.
Preux et Audacieux 'Real Secretariado' A fascinating Spanish-language game that has been running since March 1993. The rules have now evolved well away from their starting point. Well worth a look if your Spanish is up to it.
The Paris Tribune JonL Long running postal game based in a group of gamers in Canterbury (Kent, UK). The group runs all sorts of other games and events, so the website is well worth a look.

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En Garde! games being developed

Game
(link to website)
GM
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Description
Before All Else Ray Farrell Building on TPT (above), Ray has set up his own game. "The emphasis is on intrigue and social rivalry more than regimental life," he notes. (You'll have to sign up for the CGN website to gain access to the game's forums.)

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Dormant En Garde! games

Game
(link to website)
GM
(e-mail link)
Description
Freydal Mike Tittensor This game has been adapted to the early Fifteenth Century in the Holy Roman Empire along the lines of the Romance Freydal. It formally started at the end of January 2011, but there doesn't seem to be any current activity (March 2012).
Kingston Games Group Simon Smith Face-to-face game at the Kingston Games Group club, but currently on hold. The newsletter, Toady, is posted on-line along with other stuff about the game.
London Frank Schildiner PBeM variant set in 18th century London rather than the Musketeers' Paris. It has been through several GMs and was supposed to re-launch in April 2012, but did not appear.
Restoration Martin Carter Launched in July 2011, Restoration is set in London (and beyond) in the 1660s. It has lots of rule changes and a focus on hands-on roleplay. Unfortunately nothing seems to have happened since June 2012.
Stellar En Garde! James Wooten A PBeM science fiction variant with "some of the feel of David Weber's Honor Harrington universe". It's been on hiatus for some time and looks unlikely to resume.

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Defunct En Garde! games

Game
(link to website)
GM
(e-mail link)
Description
Banana, The   Website-based game that ran for several years under a succession of GMs.
Dangerous Liaisons Jerry Spencer Excellent PBM set at the time of the religious wars in France. It concluded (early in 2010) with a civil war between the Monarchists and the Catholic League!.
Death with Honour Scott Lewin Fairly standard PBeM game with some interesting additions to the rules. Re-vamped and re-launched at the start of September 2008, but didn't last long.
Dune Angelo Yang This was an online science fiction variant set in Frank Herbert's Dune universe. It went through a couple of GMs, but is now closed.
Elan Carol Kocian A fairly standard PBeM that has gone through several GMs (and names), but has been dormant since the Autumn of 2006.
La Regence 2 Denis Martineau French language online game run through a Yahoo! group. It took over the late Mach die Spuhl! game and has some players from that game. However, nothing seems to have happened since mid-2007.
Mach die Spühl!   French language En Garde! game, part of a venerable games 'zine and closely connected with a game group in Liège, Belgium. Health problems have forced the GM to stop the game.
Old Spaceways Bill Crum An entertaining PBeM game set in the space opera future of Pulp Sci Fi. It drew from other games for ground and space combat. Sadly, it closed in September 2011.
Orleans Brian Jenkins Orleans re-started in March 2005 as a fairly standard PBeM game with plenty of added features. By mid-2008 it had disappeared again.
Parisian Jano Donnachaidh Lots of house rules add colour to this PBeM, but Jano has had problems with internet access and the game went "on hiatus" in 2005 and has not resumed.
Psychopath En Garde! Fraser Hopkins PBeM game that ran as part of the Psychopath on-line 'zine. Now sadly defunct, but the GMs hope to start a new game in due course.
Realistas o Cardenalistas 'Secretariado de Luis XIII' A Spanish language game, this one pitted supporters of the King (Realistas) against those of the Cardinal (Cardenalistas) – with the Church as an alternative career to the military.
Réduit à l'Essentiel Ash Casey This was quite deliberately a 'Bare Bones' game using the rules as published with no embellishments. It ran for 18 months, but wrapped up at the end of 2008.
St Alban's role-playing   A standard En Garde! game that's folded due to dwindling interest.
Star En Garde! Pete Cooney An entertaining Science Fiction variant set in the 31st century, Star went through a couple of GMs before hanging up its light sabre.
Ultra Mundane   A fairly standard En Garde! game with several extensions to the rules. It was set up from the St Alban's group's last game (below). However, the website has been unavailable since March 2012.
Under Parisian Skies UPS GM A fairly standard PBeM with plenty of added features. the website had disappeared early in 2009.
Unquiet Slumbers Frank Blades En Garde! meets Call of Cthulhu in this PBeM set in 1920s Lovecraftian England. Sadly, it appears this imaginative game is no more and its website disappeared in 2008.
Variable Pig Jim Reader This veteran PBM 'zine (you can find more about Variable Pig online) used to run an En Garde! game.
Vatican En Garde! Emma Dalton PBeM set in Renaissance (early 16th C) Rome under Pope Leo X. It has not seem been updated since April 2009.
Vive le Roi! Brad Martin Online game (based in Australia) run by a veteran of the postal games scene. It ran for nearly 15 game-years before Brad brought it to a close.
Warriors of Mars Blanton En Garde! adapted to the Barsoom setting of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Mars books. Sounds like fun, but it seems to have come to a halt early in 2007 (June 2008).

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