Shannon V. OKeets
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
We are attempting net play. However we can only get two people in game. We have 4 total and wish to begin a game without team viewer. The instructions make it seem like the game is capable of doing so but we can not figure out how.
The program currently supports 2 players for NetPlay.
Support for 4 players is a future goal, but not any time soon.
I think you might be able to arrange something with 2 players on a side, even if all 4 players are in different locations (e.g., cities). I haven't given this much thought, but it could go something like this:
1 - Assign a team leader for each side who actually inputs the decisions for both players on his side.
2 - The team leaders would be playing via NetPlay.
3 - All 4 players would need to be available during each game sessions, although the team leader could make decisions for his side if his teammate were not available for a session (or part of a session).
4 - All players would communicate via Skype (or Zoom, or ...). Note that this communication would be completely separate from the program playing the game.
5 - Teammates would communicate via Skype (I think you can direct messages to individual people, muting what is sent to the other players).
6 - For visual information, it would be up to the team leader to establish a separate computer connection to his teammate to be able to 'show' him screens. Skype allows for displaying your computer screen to other people.
7 - Between sessions, the non-teamleaders would want to receive a copy of the saved game file (GAM) which they could then review fully.
8 - Sending GAM files to non-teamleaders during a session is feasible - but it might not be worth the effort.
I find reviewing the GAM files between playing sessions to be of tremendous help. It lets me plan out what I am going to do (e.g., production, and all my moves when I am going to be the phasing side at the start of the next session). This makes play during a game session move along much faster.
Take all this as deserving no more than the 10 minutes of thought I have put into it.
Perfection is an elusive goal.