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    Issue #49 (Index to The Mouth of Sauron)

    NOT From the Mouth of Sauron

    Issue: E-49
    Date: 09-15-02


    First Word

    >From the December 1993 (issue #1) to August 1994 (issue #25),
    and then after a delay ran again from January 1995 (issue #26)
    to March 1997 (issue #48). I don't recall exactly what caused
    Tom and I to cease publication at that time --- while I'm a
    real packrat with regards to documentation (and here, your
    honor, I place into evidence the mepbm info files), I can't
    place my hands on that discussion, nor do I know what old GSI
    games in which I participated. O, some of the early bloody
    ones I lost are recalled (62: Cardolan, Hello Tom! and 97:
    Rhudaur, Hello Brian and Steve!). As far as I can tell the
    last game I played was in early 1997, and I suspect a lot has
    changed since then. I know I've had a lot of big life changes.

    When I decided to resume playing me-pbm, one of the things I
    did not want to do is come into a game and look like the return
    to tennis of Bjorn Borg. Anybody remember that? He was a big
    player of the early 80s who made a brief return and found out
    that the game had left him behind.

    Now, I'm no Bjorn Borg, but one of the things I wanted was to
    be happy with my own play, so somewhat naturally, I decided to
    bring myself up to speed by looking over old issues of "From
    the Mouth of Sauron." In doing this I noticed that I had compiled
    an index in issue #25, but did not do anything else. This then
    is an index of the entire "From the Mouth of Sauron" collection,
    issues 1-48. As before, queries, riddle, dragon, and encounter
    information is not included. Hope you find them as useful as I
    do, and if you come across an antiquated player looking older
    than Hallas out there, be kind.

    Brian

    SPECIFIC GAME DISCUSSIONS
    =========================

    A Lost Cause (or how the Ice King Bit It in 7 turns in game 101)(Issue #23) - Nunya B. Sness
    What Fun I could Have Had if I had Stayed In? (Issue #24) - Ronald C. Cudworth
    The "From the Mouth of Sauron" 2950 game Rogues Gallery (2950/22) (Issue #26), (Issue #27), (Issue #28)
    Grudge Games: 2950/22 (Issue #27) - Brian Mason
    Grudge Games, II: 2950/22 (Issue #28) - Brian Mason
    Game 22 - lessons learned about "grudge matches" (Issue #29) - Dave Holt
    Player Roster List for Game 22 (Issue #29) - Brian Mason
    Game 115 and Team Play in Middle-Earth (Issue #30) - Tom Walton
    Game 5 (UK) - The truth is told... (Issue #34) - Colin Forbes
    Anatomy of a Game: The First Eight Turns (Issue #42) - Tom Walton and Brian Mason
    Reunited Arnor: The Story Continues (Issue #43) - Brian Mason and Tom Walton
    On an Autralian (sic) Game: 2 (Issue #43) - Ken Lee
    ME 180 - An Unhappy Ending (Issue #45) - Jim Drysdale

    FICTION, HUMOR, ETC.
    ====================

    The Council Debate (Issue #3) - Brian Mason
    The Lighter Side (Issue #3) - Jeff Holzhauer
    Commentary (Issue #5) - Leslie Foreman
    Commentary (Issue #6) - Leslie Foreman
    Commentary (Issue #9) - Leslie Foreman
    Commentary (Issue #10) - Leslie Foreman
    Commentary (Issue #10) - Leslie Foreman
    People's Midwinter Meeting (Issue #13) - Jeff Holzhauer
    Commentary (Issue #14) - Leslie Foreman
    A New Nation (Issue #14) - Brian Mason
    Tolkien and D & D (Issue #14) - unknown
    Commentary (Issue #15) - Leslie Foreman
    Attolma (Issue #15) - Patrick Wynne & Carl Hostetter
    Top Ten Rewards for Mouth Submissions (Issue #19) - Darin Fitzpatrick
    Capital Pun-ishment (Issue #20) - Darin Fitzpatrick
    Reports on Game 158 (Issue #24) - Jeff Holzhauer
    At Rivendell, In a Slightly Different Vein (Issue #26) - Tom Walton
    The Ringwraiths: A Cautionary Poem of Real Estate Values (Issue #26) - Damrod the Deft
    At Edoras (Issue #26) - Dave & Rochelle
    Eomer's Saga (Issue #27) - Dave and Rochelle
    On the Road Again (Issue #27) - Brian Mason
    Outside of Imladris (Issue #28) - Tom Walton
    Untitled Fiction (Issue #28) - Dave and Rochelle
    At Barad Perras (Issue #29) - Mark Jaede
    Ji Indur and Adunaphel share Bunk Bed, Story at 11! (Issue #29) - Dave Holt
    An Old Debate (Issue #29) - Brian Mason
    Zaken's Bad Day (Issue #29) - Dave and Rochelle
    The Die is Cast (Issue #30) - Darin Fitzpatrick
    King Tarondor's Ride (Issue #32) - Jon F. Zeigler
    On the Lighter Side (Issue #32) - Darin Fitzpatrick
    Erkenbrand's Rescue (Issue #33) - Dave Rossell
    True of Heart (Issue #33) - Tom Walton
    Fiction (Issue #35) - Dave Rossell
    Saruman's Diary (Issue #36) - unknown
    A Soldiers Tale (Issue #36) - Gary Drebit
    The Second Battle of Osgiliath (Issue #37) - James Vigil
    The Gift (Issue #37) - Gary Drebit
    Untitled (Issue #37) - Dave Rossell
    The Burning of Angmar (Issue #38) - Tom Walton
    The Shadow (Issue #38) - Gary Drebit
    The Star Maiden (Issue #38) - James Vigil
    Tales of the Great War: The Second Battle of Eldanar (Issue #39) - Tom Walton
    In the Midst of the War (Issue #41) - Brian Mason
    Poetry (Issue #41) - Geoffrey Allbutt
    Tales of the Great War: At the Prince's Court in Metriath (Issue #42) - Tom Walton
    Untitled Fiction (Issue #44) - Dave Rossell
    Unnamed Fiction (Issue #48) - Tony Zbaraschuk


    GENERAL STRATEGY
    ================

    Economics in Middle-earth (Issue #2) - Tom Walton
    Population Center Development (Issue #2) - Brian Mason
    NPC skill ratings (Issue #2) - Tom Walton
    Allegiance Comparison Tables (Issue #3) - Tom Walton
    The Problem with Army and Troop Training (Issue #4) - Brian Mason
    The Problem with Army and Troop Training, II (Issue #5) - Brian Mason
    Arriving at an Equation to Represent Skill Rank Increases (Issue #5) - Brian Mason
    Looking for Statistical Trends in Data (Issue #5) - Brian Mason
    Food and Army Movement (Issue #8) - Jeremy Richman
    Winners & Losers in Middle-earth (Issue #8) - Tom Walton
    The Problems with Dragons (Issue #14) - Tom Walton & Brian Mason
    Building a Framework for your Team/Nation's Success (Issue #16) - Wes Fortin
    Diplomacy in Middle-earth (Issue #19) - William "Rock" Chasko
    Drops, bankruptcies, and other defeats (Issue #19) - William "Rock" Chasko
    Team Play by the Dark Side (Issue #19) - Patrick McGehearty
    The Role of the Neutrals (Issue #19) - William "Rock" Chasko
    The One Ring (Issue #22) - Tom Walton
    Army Movement in MePBM (Issue #29) - Paul Erik Lundstroem
    It's a Team Game...... (Issue #29) - Colin Forbes
    A Sort-Of Neutral Rebuttal to Colin's Article (Issue #29) - Tom Walton
    More On Encounters (Issue #29) - Darin Fitzpatrick
    Some Encounter Myths (Issue #29) - Tom Walton
    The Bribe/Recruit Order: A Call to Arms! (Issue #30) - Brian Mason
    Thoughts on Climate in Middle-Earth (Issue #30) - Sam Freeman
    Database of Climates (Issue #30) - Sam Freeman and Brian Mason
    Revising the Middle-Earth Combat System (Issue #30) - Tom Walton
    Comments Regarding "Revising the Middle-Earth Combat System" (Issue #31) - Brian Mason
    Middle-Earth Movement (Issue #31) - John Mason
    Unknown Powers of Artifacts (Issue #31) - Paul Erik Lundstroem
    Database on Climates, a Growing List (Issue #32) - Brian Mason
    Population Center Combat (Issue #32) - Brian Mason
    Recons for Major Towns and Cities (Issue #32) - Brian Mason
    Comments Concerning Men-at-Arms (Issue #33) - Darren Beyer
    Allegiance Comparison Tables (Issue #35) - Brian Mason
    The Database on Climate (Issue #35) - Brian Mason
    Navies (Issue #37) - Bob Tweedy
    On Population Center Improvement (Issue #37) - Brian Mason
    On Dragons (Issue #38) - Brian Lowery
    Neutrals and Allegiance Changes (Issue #39) - Keith Petersen
    Population Center Combat, II (Issue #39) - Brian Mason
    Forced March Movement (Issue #46) - John Cain


    NATION STRATEGIES (1650-specific)
    =================================

    Strategy & Tactics: The Woodmen (Issue #3) - Brian Mason
    The Woodmen (Issue #4) - Wes Fortin
    Strategy & Tactics: Cardolan (Issue #5) - Brian Mason
    Strategy & Tactics: The Blind Sorcerer (Issue #8) - Brian Mason
    Strategy & Tactics: The Dragon Lord (Issue #8) - Brian Mason & Tom Walton
    Strategy & Tactics: The Eothraim (Issue #8) - Brian Mason
    How Many Woodmen Could a Dragon Lord Chuck if a Dragon Lord Could Chuck Woodmen...? (Issue #9) - Dan DeYoung
    Strategy & Tactics: The Dwarves (Issue #9) - Brian Mason & Tom Walton
    Strategy & Tactics: The Quiet Avenger (Issue #11) - Tom Walton & Brian Mason
    Strategy & Tactics: The Noldo Elves (Issue #12) - Brian Mason & Tom Walton
    Strategy & Tactics: Arthedain (Issue #13) - Tom Walton & Brian Mason
    Strategy & Tactics: The Northmen and Other Comments (Issue #13) - Dave Rossell
    Strategy & Tactics: The Witch-King (Issue #14) - Wei Wang
    Strategy & Tactics: The Corsairs (Issue #14) - Brian Mason & Tom Walton
    Strategy & Tactics: The Cloud Lord (Issue #15) - Tom Walton & Brian Mason
    Strategy & Tactics: The Long Rider (Issue #16) - Brian Mason & Tom Walton
    Strategy & Tactics: The Dunlendings (Issue #17) - Tom Walton & Brian Mason
    Strategy & Tactics: The Dark Lieutenants (Issue #18) - Brian Mason & Tom Walton
    N. Gondor Strategy (or how game 101 was won in 20 turns) (Issue #19) - Dave Holt
    Strategy & Tactics: The Sinda Elves (Issue #19) - Tom Walton & Brian Mason
    Comments on the Sinda S&T, Issue 19 (Issue #20) - Dave Holt
    Strategy & Tactics: The Easterlings (Issue #20) - Brian Mason & Tom Walton
    Strategy and Tactics: North Gondor (Issue #20) - Dan DeYoung
    Strategy & Tactics: The Easterlings (Issue #21) - William "Rock" Chasko
    Strategy & Tactics: The Fire King (Issue #21) - Tom Walton & Brian Mason
    Strategy & Tactics: The Witch King (Issue #22) - Brian Mason & Tom Walton
    On the Witch King S&T Article (Issue #23) - Paul Comber
    Strategy & Tactics: The Northmen (Issue #23) - Tom Walton & Brian Mason
    Strategy & Tactics: South Gondor (Issue #24) - Brian Mason & Tom Walton
    Strategy & Tactics: The Dog Lord (Issue #24) - Tom Walton & Brian Mason
    Strategy & Tactics: The Haradwaith (Issue #24) - Brian Mason & Tom Walton
    Strategy & Tactics: The Ice King (Issue #25) - Tom Walton & Brian Mason
    Strategy & Tactics: Northern Gondor (Issue #25) - Brian Mason & Tom Walton
    Strategy & Tactics: Rhudaur (Issue #25) - Tom Walton & Brian Mason
    Agents and the Cloud Lord Revisited An admittely (sic) DS biased article (Issue #34) - "Amarthlinde"


    OTHER NON-FICTION
    =================

    Place Names (Issue #8) - Brian Mason
    Of GAD games and Middle-earth in Europe (Issue #16) - Darin Fitzpatrick
    Proper Usage of Nation Titles in Middle-earth (Issue #16) - Darin Fitzpatrick
    My Experience with GSI, Or "Customer Service in a Monopoly" (Issue #19) - David Foreman
    What Would J.R.R. Have Thought? (Issue #19) - William "Rock" Chasko
    Customer Service (Issue #20) - From Bill at GSI
    Tabs, Spaces, and Screwed up Tables (Issue #21) - David Foreman
    The All Email Game (Issue #21) - David Foreman
    How I got Screwed by GSI (Issue #24) - Tom L.
    News from the GSI Seminar at Origins (Issue #24) - Willam "Rock" Chasko
    Questions and Answers with GSI (Issue #24) - Jeremy Richman
    My Experiences and Opinions about ME-PBM, c.1650 and c.2950 (Issue #31) - Greg Reid
    My Thoughts on Middle Earth (Issue #32) - Jeff Holzhauer
    Editorial Response to the Previous Article (Issue #32) - Brian Mason
    Another Editorial Response (Issue #32) - Tom Walton
    The War of the Ring: A Proposal (Issue #32) Tom Walton
    My Thoughts on Various Subjects (Issue #33) - Kevin McGee
    MePBM as a Military Simulation (Issue #33) - James Vigil
    Questions for Bill Feild (Issue #33) - Brian Mason
    Top 10 Middle Earth Blunders (UK) (Issue #34) - Colin Forbes
    On Customer Service (Issue #38) - Brian Lowery
    Pointless Silliness In The Face Of Abject Despair (Issue #38) - Dan DeYoung
    Pondering the Hall of Heroes of Middle-earth Play-By-Mail, c.1650 (Issue #39) - Greg Reid
    Team Dynamics (Issue #39) - Wes Fortin
    Special Abilities in Middle Earth...One Man's Opinion (Issue #41) - Marc Parker
    Miscellaneous Items (Issue #42) - Dennis DeYoung
    More on Marc Parker's Article (Issue #43) - Ken Lee
    On Troops in Middle-Earth From Martin Read (Issue #43) - Brian Mason
    Contemplations of a New Guy (Issue #43) - Darrell Shimel
    More on Team Dynamics (Issue #43) - Quico Gil
    Beating a Dead Horse, or Team Dynamics - Yet Again (Issue #43) - Tom Walton
    Writing Turn Reports, Part 1 (Issue #43) - Sheldon Campbell
    Interesting and Confusing Occurrence (Issue #44) - Darrell Shimel
    Influencing Game Winners (Issue #44) - Anonymous
    More on Game Winners (Issue #44) - Tom Walton
    Dragon Encounters versus Dragons in Personal Challenge (Issue #44) - Mark Jaede
    Rookie Mistakes to be Avoided in MePBM (Issue #47) - Darrell Shimel

    CHARACTER STRATEGIES
    ====================

    Train Your Characters! (2)(Issue #2) - David Foreman
    More Character and Skill Improvement (3)(Issue #3) - Tom Walton
    Personal Challenge Combat Results (4)(Issue #4) - David Foreman
    Emissaries in Middle-earth (9)(Issue #9) - Tom Walton
    Mages in Battle (10)(Issue #10) - Tom Walton
    Naming Less than Ideal Characters (23)(Issue #23) - Darin Fitzpatrick
    Character Movement (27)(Issue #27) - Shawn Glass
    On the Bribing and Recruiting of Characters (32)(Issue #32) - Brian Mason
    On the Bribing and Recruiting of Characters, II (38)(Issue #38) - Brian Mason
    Agent Action Calculations (39)(Issue #39) - Keith Petersen
    On the Bribing and Recruiting of Characters, III (42)(Issue #42) - Brian Mason
    Challenge Ranks of 1650 Starting Characters (46)(Issue #46) - Tony Zbaraschuk


    THE 2950 GAME
    =============

    Speculations: The New Game (Issue #16) - Brian Mason & Tom Walton
    Speculations: Encounters in the New Game (Issue #18) - Tom Walton
    Speculations: More Comments on the New Game (Issue #18) - Tom Walton, Eric Schnurr, & Brian Mason
    On the New Information about ME-PBM 2950 (Issue #19) - Darin Fitzpatrick
    Speculations on player positions in the 2950 game: Lothlorien (Issue #19) - Brian Mason
    Speculations on player positions in the 2950 game: Mirkwood Elves (Issue #20) - Brian Mason
    Speculations on player positions in the 2950 game: The Rohirrim (Issue #20) - Tom Walton & Brian Mason
    Speculations on player positions in the 2950 game: Rangers of the North (Issue #21) - Brian Mason
    Speculations: Dark Servant Pop Centers in the New Game (Issue #21) - Tom Walton
    Speculations for Middle Earth PBM 2940 (Issue #22) - Lucas T. Cuccia II
    Speculations on player positions in the 2950 game: Imladris/Mithlond Elves (Issue #22) - Brian Mason
    Speculations on player positions in the 2950 game: The Rhovanion Free Positions: Woodmen, Northmen, and Dwarves (Issue #23) - Brian Mason
    Speculations on player positions in the 2950 game: North and South Gondor (Issue #24) - Brian Mason
    Speculations on player positions in the 2950 game: Further Comments on the Dark Servants (Issue #25) - Tom Walton & Brian Mason
    Speculations on player positions in the 2950 game: The Neutrals (Issue #25) - Brian Mason & Tom Walton
    Rules and Syntax Changes (Issue #26) - Brian Mason
    2950 Disappointments (Issue #29) - author anonymous upon request
    Commentary on the Previous Article (Issue #29) - Tom Walton
    Commentary on the 2950 Game (Issue #29) - Ben Diebold
    Commentary on the 2950 Game (Issue #29) - Ben Pappas
    More Commentary on the 2950 Game (Issue #29) - Adam Waters
    A new player's perspective on the 2950 game (Issue #30) - Mark Jaede
    Tactics for the New Game (Issue #30) - Wes Fortin
    Thoughts on 2950 (Issue #31) - Patrick McGehearty
    Comments on the Previous Article (Issue #31) - Tom Walton
    Learning to "Think 2950": Some observations for 1650 players (Issue #31) - David Rossell and Mark Jaede
    Me-PBM 2950 (Issue #32) - Jeff Holzhauer
    The 2950 Scenario (Issue #34) - Colin Forbes
    Newbie Thoughts on Me-PBM 2950 (Issue #36) - John Amenta
    Comments on the 2950 Game (Issue #39) - Mike Hunnersen

    THE FA GAME
    ===========

    The Fourth Age Game (Issue #46) - Tony Zbaraschuk
    The Cost of Nations in the 1650/2950 Scenarios (Issue #46) - Brian Mason and Tom Walton
    Perceived Problems with the 4th age scenario (Issue #47) - Darrell Shimel

    Last Word

    As I said in line one of this document, this is NOT "From the
    Mouth of Sauron" issue #49. Tom Walton was the exclusive editor
    of the ezine for issues 1-10. I nudged my way on with issue
    #11, so he was and will always be senior editor.

    The whole history of "From the Mouth of Sauron" was given
    completely in Tom's Last Word of issue #25. In summary, it was
    started by him, first in paper, later electronically, to help
    new players. The "old hands" of the game had a tremendous
    advantage. The "Majiq Mafia" (Brian Lowery, Steve Latham, et
    al.) continued to have a tremendous advantage thanks to their
    fabulous dragon encounter tables (which I STILL don't have;
    I don't remember a lot about my games but i DO remember how much
    I hate dragons) allowing them, as DS players, to always have
    one of the slimy wurms at their beck and call. Other players
    (Mike Hostetter, Wes Fortin, etc.) had advantages because they
    were just better than the rest of us. "From the Mouth of Sauron"
    was designed to help level the playing field. Since I still see
    it available on many me-pbm websites I think it did a pretty
    good job.

    "From the Mouth of Sauron" is not resuming. Without Tom it
    could never resume. Also, "NOT From the Mouth of Sauron" is not
    resuming either. I've been out of the game for five years and
    I can't imagine that I actually have something interesting or
    informative to say. I WILL continue to update the me-pbm info
    files (1650, 2950, FA, and 5 Armies, I suppose) and if there
    are updates to them or you want to get them, please email me
    at home : elentirmo@mindspring.com .

    So, we'll end this experiment with #49. For a while I considered
    the idea of sending out the updated me-pbm info files as #50 and
    end on a nice round number, but in retrospect (and to those who
    know me) #49 is much better. It is after all, a perfect square.


    Brian
    Last edited by darrell; 13th August 2012 at 02:24 PM.

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