This message is a compilation of questions, answers, polices, and
other information that players need, or have asked for over the 6+
years I've been GMing. ~80% of the questions I get are answered here,
or in the rules.
Changing you Empire's name (via the C command), Setting Passwords
If you change your empire's name from what it was originally set to,
I should not need to change anything, unless you can talk to other
players. The code that deals with forwarding lists doesn't "notice"
If you change your name, and don't tell me. Some of the empires you
could talk to in the past may no longer be reachable under your new
Vacations, quitting, new players:
If you are going to be going on vacation & will be unable to submit
turns for several turns, please try to tell me in advance. You can give
me (the Human, not the server) turns ahead of time, but please mark them
as such. You can also opt to have someone substitute for you, again, give
me a few days notice so I can make sure their e-mail address is reachable
from here and that they do not have some archaic mail system that chokes
on "large" mail messages (like some Micro$oft "products" and a few
free email account providers).
Note that mail of this sort needs to go to gm @ site.edu, not server.
[In other words, if you send future orders to server, you won't get them
used as you intend!]
If for some reason you wish to or have to quit, please drop me a note.
or issue a Q command. If your empire is in decent shape, I'll try to find
a replacement (or you can nominate one yourself).
Effective October 2000:
If you miss 4 turns in a row, the code will automatically assume
you've quit and turn you into a GM controlled NPC. Kindly don't go
this route, running these games takes a fair ammount of time when things
are going normally. Writing orders for a leader can be very time
Note that the Q command is supported (and will direct reports to me as
a result), so you have no reason to not to drop gracefully.
Number of players and locations:
The galaxy will be large enough that your nearest neighbor will be
at least 20.01 LY away (i.e. you shouldn't see anyone on turn 2 unless
you happen to both send probes to the same system). This should give
everyone time to expand for a few turns before they run into each
other with armed units. Again, the constant I'm using is secret, to make
homeworld location guess more difficult during the midgame.
I do tweak the code to generate galaxies somewhat (minimum homeworld
separation, and planet size distribution), so those of you with source
code won't have an unfair advantage.
Game Rules & Quirks
I'll be using all the rules, including:
- The K command will be allowed.
- Partial techs will be allowed.
- Automatic password and empire name changes are "supported".
Note: The following commands are not presently supported in the blind
@ - send a message via the forwarder
Options: twocol, underscores, namecase
The following commands have different meanings or are slightly
different in blind galaxy:
I (intercept) - you have to be able to see where they are going
G (upgrade) - partial upgrades of a group are impossible
F (full reports) - this is not the player @ lookup command
Reading the rules for other differences is _strongly_ encouraged. A
player who only uses Standard Galaxy commands, will be at a
The last set of orders SENT (as determined via the timestamp set by
your computer) is used. This may or may not be the last set recieved.
Using multiple computers to send in orders whoose clocks are out of
sync can have unpredicatable results. Try to avoid this case! Times
are not impacted by different timezones (i.e. there is no advantage to
sending orders from a GMT site instead of an east coast USA site).
When multiple players do something were ordering makes a difference,
the events are resolved in the order that orders are given to the
program (time, as above for my games) for unload commands, or player
order [i.e. the order that they were created] for routes and
The player order cases are admittedly a bug, particularily for
intercepts. Several coders have investiaged fixing the problem in the
Help! I've forgotten when my turn is due, how to send mail to the
If you've got a Internet connection, you can finger server at
server's .plan has instructions on how to use the server. It's .project
is updated every few minutes to tell you if it is running.
server's .project typically says one of three things:
- "Down, GM will fix ASAP"
- "GM Disabled it temp" (I'm usually running a turn while this is the case).
Web enabled types can browse http://www.blindgalaxy.org/ There are
no graphics (well, none of importance for this purpose), so lynx or an
ascii browser is just as good as a graphical one. There are links to
server status, as well as the most up to date copy of the turn running
schedule that appears at the top of your report.
The server should be up pretty much all the time except for the once
every month or two reboot of the machine or when I've disabled it. It
typically is disabled for ~30 minutes or so while I'm running turns,
and for a while at the beginning of each month when I archive the logs
and messages from the last month.
Uniqueness of players
It is against the rules for my games to play more than one empire in a
game. Any attempts to submit orders for inactive players, or otherwise
play multiple entities in a single game I run is expressly forbidden.
I may make exceptions in certain rare cases. Such cases will be
considered on a case by case basis.
Anyone who is interested in getting their hands on any tools that I am
using to run the game, or the source code is welcome to ask. The most
recent released version is available upon request.
Conceeding a Game
Inactive Player Rules
How to send mail
Last update: December 15, 1999