From: Utlima Thule
it occurs to me that the PBEM problem with one player restarting each turn might be to lock out the save option after the first combat until the turn ends. also, only 1 time to start the new turn. if the players chose to allow restarts, maybe they could exchange a password to allow this.
I'm really not sure there is a real 'PBEM problem' to be honest. I mean, yes its a trust based system, as if the turn hosting process in the AGEOD games. I play for fun, if I didn't trust an opponent, I'd simply never play them again.
Here's a typical turn opening/save process for me (my current PBEM is as Soviets in 1941):
Open turn - look at the frontline, look at the battle indicators, swear, close down
reopen and hope it was better ... decide its not
spend 20-30 mins on the simple admin stuff - get low morale RDs to the rear, low morale air units to reserve etc. I may save 3-4 time in doing this.
start somewhere, usually on a front where the next set of moves are obvious. Save a few times.
do a different sector, usually one where I have real choices,
sort out the rear, esp rail allocation between factory evacs and moving new units.
All this could easily be spread over a couple of days, with 15 mins here, 30 mins there.
My opponent would go nuts if I had to ask permission to save the game or to open it, yet again.