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Welcome to the Park Ranger Chronicles. These chronicles document an EmpireClassic game, from a player's perspective. I document each phase of play in annotated diaries (chronicles) and have also made available the actual text record of each session. By reading the examples in these chronicles, you will get to learn how a successful player moves through Empire's various phases of play.

Empire Phases

The game documented on this site started August 2, 2002 and world order was pretty well established by the end of 2002. The game officially ended on May 30, 2003.

Empire can be configured for different world sizes and game speeds. This particular game is the largest and slowest game offered at The world size was 999 X 999, up to 255 players, with time accumulating at the rate of 100 units per week.

Before you Start

You will need to choose a name for your new nation. This name will be your cyber identity while playing the game. No other information about you (IP address, eMail address, etc.) will be retained within the game's database, thus your actual identity can remain anonymous. Your nation's name and its associated password are how you will re-connect to the game each time you play. You should choose a name to match the persona you wish to exhibit for this nation.

I chose "Park Rangers", because I wanted to appear helpful and fair to other nations - without appearing to be a wimp (rangers can be tough if you break the rules). I created this web site, announced my presence, and published my mission and rules.

You certainly don't have to work that hard to establish a name. Here are some examples from the past:

Ralph's Used Tanks
The Land of Oz
Rancid Butter

How to Connect

This is a TELNET game, so you will need a telnet client. There is one available on Microsoft Windows, or you can just use a normal shell prompt on Unix.

You will need to find a game, preferably one which is just getting started (you can join anytime, but the longer you wait, the more of a head start other nations will have). You can check the EmpireClassic web site to help find places to play or you can check the HP3000 site where this game was placed to find an acceptable game.

The first Chronicle (August 2nd) shows how I connected to the server, set up my new nation, and set my password. Start by reviewing that chronicle, and establish your own nation. Good luck, have fun.

Daily Chronicles

August 2, 2002 - Park Ranger's nation created
August 7, 2002 - Quick check on registration progress
August 10, 2002 - Break sanctuary, spread, designate and my first radar
August 13, 2002 - First PT Boat launched. First new island discovered
August 17, 2002 - Build a bomber for a long range radar
August 18, 2002 - PT Boats discover two new islands
August 19, 2002 - PT Boats discover 3 more islands
August 20, 2002 - PT Boats scrapped. Must wait for more time
--------------------------- Exploration and Colonization Begin --------
August 24, 2002 - Exploration submarines and colonization liners launched
August 25, 2002 - Liner colonizes its first island, and leaves full
August 26, 2002 - Submarine discovers island #106 - Big Bend National Park
August 27, 2002 - Liners colonize Alcatraz and Yellowstone
August 28, 2002 - Liner #22 colonizes Theodore Roosevelt National park
August 29, 2002 - Olympic National Park discovered, Yosemite colonized
August 30, 2002 - Established a ranger station on Blisstonia's home island
August 31, 2002 - Discovered Rainier National Park and Hovenweep National Monument
September 1, 2002 - Discovered North Cascades National Park
September 2, 2002 - Discovered 5 new national parks, and 2 new ranger stations
September 4, 2002 - Two ranger stations established
--------------------------- Frontier Wars Begin -------------------------------
September 5, 2002 - Norco[11] bombs and sinks liner #22 and submarine #51
September 6, 2002 - Norco is officially "banned" from the parks.
September 7, 2002 - Norco remains silent, exploration & colonization continues
September 8, 2002 - Black Co.[9] sinks Submarine #52 - exploring the Northeast
September 9, 2002 - Daring PT Boat raid captures island #90 from Norco[11]
September 10, 2002 - New parks and stations established during lull in fighting
September 11, 2002 - Sysop[1] bombs eastern fleets, Ranger's respond quickly
--------------------------- The Age of Fleets Begins -------------------------------
--------------------------- World Order is Established -------------------------------

Reference Desk

Park Rangers Mission.

Index of Parks with photos of each island in the National Park System (last updated in September).
Power Reports (100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900, 1000, 1100, 1200, 1300, 1400, 1500, 1600, 1700).

Navy Reports (313, 404, 512, 570, 691, 1100, 1213, 1413, 1512, 1688, 1702).

When visiting your national parks, remember the Park Rules.

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Hope these chronicles are helpful. If you have questions, send me an email at

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