This is one of a series of games that include Football, American Football, Australian Rules Football, Cricket, Rugby (League and Union), Baseball, Basketball, Ice Hockey and Formula One - as well as Historical, Science Fiction and Business games.

Titles include Gameplan, Gridiron Stats, Gameplan Baseball, Raceplan, Hooplan, Slamdunk, Play On, Rugby Stats, Rugby League Breakout, Run Chase, Soccer Stats, Soccer Strategy, Dark Age, Star Chase, Spaceplan, Speculate, European Empires, Australian Empires, Medieval Empires and World Empires.

Of the sports games you don't need to be told what might interest you, but of the player interaction games Medieval Empires and Star Chase are probably the simplest and easiest to get stuck into. For more information on these visit our website at www.pbmsports.com. For the latest news and waiting lists see www.sidetracks.co.uk.


Dark Age is a very fast moving game, and many people prefer their games to be more sedate, where you can plan ahead and build for the future. In Dark Age you can only plan the current turn. Beyond that you can have only the vaguest idea what the situation will be and what you might be able to do next.

Empires is a similar game, but a few differences ensure it's much calmer and slower. Empires ebb and flow, rather crashing and burning. Medieval Empires is the most straightforward. There are lots of small kingdoms (up to thirty) on a map of Europe.

In contrast European Empires is set during the Napoleonic Wars with a mixture of large and small countries and an additional module of rules for supply and supply lines. The more experienced players take charge of the major powers (they're normally restricted to paying customers) and the minor powers are played by freemailers.

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