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   | The Olympia Times                             times@olympia.rt.com |
   | November 18, 1991                                             v1n1 |
   |                                                                    |
   | Turn 1  Circulation 29                 "Tolkien is Hobbit-Forming" |
                  Next turn:  Wednesday or Friday this week

Questions, comments, bug reports, to play: olympia@rt.com

We're Off to a Great Start! ---------------------------

Despite my attempt to scare playtesters away in the rec.games.pbm post many signed up to try Olympia. Let me know what you like about the game and what you don't like, or would like to see added.

Several new commands are in the works including expanded work options and a magic system. As these commands become available I will announce them in the Times.

Email Server Available ----------------------

You can have the most up-to-date version of the rules, administrative notes or player list sent to you automatically by sending a note to server@olympia.rt.com. If your From: address is munged when it gets here then you may need to supply a path line:

path user@site.dom send index send rules send admin send players

Since the rules are large I will not mass-mail them very often. Changes to the rules will be noted here. If you want a fresh copy you can get one from the server.

I will also make back issues of the Times available from the server. Request the index for a complete list of files available.

New Orders ----------

CANCEL [running-orders-also flag]

Cancel any pending orders for the character. If CANCEL 1 is given then any orders which are still executing but haven't finished yet will be terminated as well.

Any pending orders for your characters are shown at the end of the turn report.

WORK ENTERTAIN Perform for gold. Only the unit issuing the order will engage in entertaining. Must have some skill in entertainment.

New skills:

Skill Initial Per-day ----- ------- ------- 12. observation 50 3 13. entertainment 25 2

More on combat:

Units will choose the best weapons and armor available from their inventory to fight with. If a man had a choice between a longbow and a javelin, he would choose the longbow for the higher attack value. However, if it is raining and the bowstrings are wet, he would choose the javelin since the bow would be ineffective.

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Special Thanks --------------

Thanks to Steve Chapin for following this project (for how long I don't want to say) and making suggestions. He prodded me into finally starting the game!


The Golden City Theatre Company, a time honored, traditional troupe, will be holding auditions for placement in the Drassa bazaar this month. Any and all who feel that they might have the touch of the clown, the gift of voice, or the heart of the true entertainer are encouraged to stop by the bazaar and try out.


Interested in making some spare change?

The Bonny Trading Company is looking for speculative investors who are looking to make a profit. 3%/month gain guaranteed, or 10% of the profits, which ever is greater.

Don't pass up this chance of making some good, hard coinage!


A pack of 40 wolves has been seen in Drassa. Although the local populace seems worried no one has yet stepped forward to deal with the probblem. Said one new adventurer in the area, Myles Enderson:

"Oh yeah, they might be a real threat but what can we do. I for one can barely fight, I almost cut off my foot with this new sword. One of those guys with lots of followers should do it. That's what I think."

What will be done about these predators? Read the next issue of THE TIMES and find out.