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Hello

I've played CM for a few years but have never gone into the multiplayer aspect of the game.

How with CMSF2 one the way, I have a friend who would like to play with me, but I'm not sure what is actually possible with the game.

I have questions!

What is WeGo? It's mentioned so often, and I don't know what ot means.

What is PBEM? (I'm guessing Play By E-Mail?)

Can I actually play with my friend online through Join Network Game mode, or is it LAN only?

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WeGo is a turn-based mode of play where two plays issue their orders and see them being executed at the same time.

If you have played Combat Mission in turn-based mode, you've played WeGo.

PBEM means Play By E-Mail indeed, the preferred mode of online play for many, because it allows to see the execution of your order, unlike direct online play.

You can directly play with your friend over the internet, no need to be on a LAN.

To start a multiplayer game, all you need to do is select a standalone scenario like you normally would for single-player (campaigns are not available for multiplayer) and select your preferred option from the Players dropdown list. 

The Join Network Game option from the main menu is for you to join a game that is currently being hosted by entering your friend's IP address.

TCP-IP/LAN : either real-time or turn-based, does not allow you to see replays, you need to forward some ports if you're hosting a scenario.

PBEM : turn-based only, allows you to see replays, can be tedious unless you use a tool like the excellent CM Helper.

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1 hour ago, Xorg_Xalargsky said:

PBEM means Play By E-Mail indeed, the preferred mode of online play for many, because it allows to see the execution of your order, unlike direct online play.

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PBEM : turn-based only, allows you to see replays, can be tedious unless you use a tool like the excellent CM Helper.

An excellent summary. I will only add to make clear what @Xorg_Xalargsky hinted at. PBEM is not really done via email anymore. Most people use drop box to share files and CM helper or Whose turn is it? (shameless plug) to automatically exchange the files.

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On 10/20/2018 at 12:29 PM, Xorg_Xalargsky said:

WeGo is a turn-based mode of play where two plays issue their orders and see them being executed at the same time.

If you have played Combat Mission in turn-based mode, you've played WeGo.

PBEM means Play By E-Mail indeed, the preferred mode of online play for many, because it allows to see the execution of your order, unlike direct online play.

You can directly play with your friend over the internet, no need to be on a LAN.

To start a multiplayer game, all you need to do is select a standalone scenario like you normally would for single-player (campaigns are not available for multiplayer) and select your preferred option from the Players dropdown list. 

The Join Network Game option from the main menu is for you to join a game that is currently being hosted by entering your friend's IP address.

TCP-IP/LAN : either real-time or turn-based, does not allow you to see replays, you need to forward some ports if you're hosting a scenario.

PBEM : turn-based only, allows you to see replays, can be tedious unless you use a tool like the excellent CM Helper.

Thanks a lot, appreciate it!

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