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New Player Information
Welcome to the International Axis and Allies Players Association New Player Information Page.
On this page you will find information about how to join our Association, who to contact, and
what is required to join.
What is the International Axis and Allies Players Association?
The International Axis and Allies Players Association (IAAPA) is composed
of gaming enthusiasts from every continent in the world who love to play
Axis and Allies online using Play-By-E-Mail (PBEM). The current membership
of the Association comes from over 20 countries and their talent level
ranges from people just learning the game to some of the best players
in the world!
The Association Government performs many administrative duties including
setting up games and providing means for players to challenge each other
to games, running several annual and invitational tournaments, publishing
three distinct Association monthly periodicals, maintaining seasonal and
lifetime rankings, and arbitrating on player disputes. Some of the programmers
in our Association have created shareware utilities that aid in the play
of Axis and Allies via email including a virtual board utility which allows
you to keep track of as many games as you have disk space and odds calculators
which assist in determining your chance of success in any given battle
or series of battles. Finally, our web site has its own dice server to
allow members to play in a secure environment games of Axis and Allies,
in addition to dynamic online queryable statistics on our database of
nearly 10,000 games.
Who can become a member of the Association?
Anyone who has access to internet e-mail and the World Wide Web and
is willing to interact with all other members in an ethical and sportmanlike
manner is welcome to join and become a part of our Association.
Does it cost anything to join?
Yes, we have dues of $12 (US) per year. At the time that you join, you
must pay for your membership which will keep your membership active for
the next 12 months. These funds are used to pay for our high-bandwidth
web server / dice server, mailing costs for rank certificates, membership
cards, and trophies for some of our tournaments. In addition there is
now a free trial period to see if IAAPA is right for you.
What sort of rules does the Association use?
The Association tries to stay close to the original rules, a few changes have been made to try
to balance the game, but nothing significant. The official changes to the game are as follows:
- Bidding - Both players submit a bid of of units or IPCs when they
issue a game challenge or accept a challenge and the IAAPA server determines
who entered the lowest bid, and lets both players know which one gets
to play as the Axis, and what units and/or IPC(s) that they have included
in their bid.
- Unlimited groups - The rules state that you may only have as many
'groups' of units on the board as you have plastic playing pieces, limiting
the number of ICs, AAs, and so forth that you can build. Our Association
allows you to build as many as you like, regardless of how many plastic
pieces you have.
A complete set of the Association Rules can be found on our Rules
How fast do you play?
Players usually submit turns every day or so, though there are players
who can play multiple turns in a day and those who prefer a slower pace.
As a rule of thumb, two turns per day for PBEM games is the norm. Play
is also done live in the the Wargamers HQ on AOL, and through IRC. Tournament
play is under a strict schedule, though, so be sure to check the tournament
time rules before entering any tournaments.
In PBEM games, the play is entirely dependant on the speed of you and
your opponent, and fast (and eager) players can finish a game over a weekend
if they are dedicated.
How do you write turns and abbreviate territories and sea zones?
The IAAPA has compiled a list of suggested
abbreviations for every territory and sea zone on the Axis and Allies
board. We encourage all players to use them to prevent problems that come
with multiple sets of abbreviations. However, if both players agree to
use a non-standard set of abbreviations, this is not a violation of IAAPA
rules. In case of a dispute, if one player uses the standard abbreviations,
that player's moves will be validated. In the downloads page of the site,
there are sample turns (in text format) which you can download and graphics
which show every sea zone and territory on the board map with the most
commonly used abbreviations over them.
How do I find new players to play against?
Your first game will be set up for you against another rookie in the
Association if you wish. If you are experienced with PBEM play already
and you do not feel you need the protection of a rookie game for your
first game, then you may challenge any other member in the Association
for your first game.
After that first game you can enter a tournament that will give you an
opponent until you win or are eliminated, or you can check the player
pool for opponents hungry for a game. After your first game you are also
welcome to enter your name into the player pool. This pool is avaliable
on the web site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week so any Association member
can search for and hallenge opponents whenever the desire strikes them.
This ensures that you will always be able to find other members eager
to play Axis and Allies.
The online player pool allows you to indicate that you are interested
in playing a game of a specific type (PBEM for example) with players of
a certain type (officers only for example) at a given speed. You can play
as many concurrent games in the Association as you feel you can manage
(some of our members play as many as 15 concurrent games!).
How does the Association stand on certain rules ambiguities?
As you may have noticed, the Milton Bradley / Hasbro rules do not cover
all the situations that arise while playing the game (even with the rules
clarifications). New players should check out the Association rules on
the web site and if you are not familiar with them download the rules
clarifications from the downloads section.
What sort of tournaments are played in the Association?
Currently there are several tournaments run by or involving the Association.
There are the Spring and Fall Classic Single Elimination Tournaments (SETs),
the Opens (4 per year) and online tournaments. In addition there is at
least one face-to-face tournament (i.e. a convention) per year organized
by the IAAPA. For more information on Tournaments, check out the Tournaments
How do I join the Association?
Questions? Email our Help Desk: firstname.lastname@example.org
This page last updated April
7, 2002 by Micwil.
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