I just found out today via a forum post on BGG, that my game Space Mission (the Schmidt Spiele European version of Jump Gate) is now available for FREE online play at a German board gaming website called “Yucata” — found at http://www.yucata.de . The site does turn-based games (you can leave the site between turns and get an e-mail to let you know it’s now your turn … or play in real-time when all players are on the site) between real people (no computer AI or “solo player” games).
To jump gate straight to Space Mission, use: http://www.yucata.de/en/GameInfo/SpaceMission . This is pretty exciting. I’ve already signed up under the extremely creative user name of “MattWorden”, and I’m already registered in 4 games. (Please feel free to invite me to a game at Yucata.) I’m impressed by their implementation … kudos to the game programmer that took this on as a project!
My hope is that this will do the following 3 things:
- Give people a lot of entertainment value as a fun online game to play.
- Encourage Europe-based people to seek the game out and buy it. (Each sale translates to buying food for our cats … or putting clothes on our children … or buying me beer … whichever motivates you more.)
- Encourage some US-based publisher to team with Schmidt Spiele and bring the game over to retailers on this side of the Atlantic.
In the meantime, I’m just going to get online and play the game as often as I can … just like I play Castle Danger at YourTurnMyTurn.com or DareBase at SuperDuperGames.org … please feel free to challenge me to either of those games at those sites as well.