Letters From Whitechapel - PBF Waiting List
Get ready to enter the poor and dreary Whitechapel district in London 1888 – the scene of the mysterious Jack the Ripper murders – with its crowded and smelly alleys, hawkers, shouting merchants, dirty children covered in rags who run through the crowd and beg for money, and prostitutes – called "the wretched" – on every street corner.
The board game Letters from Whitechapel, which plays in 90-150 minutes, takes the players right there. One player plays Jack the Ripper, and his goal is to take five victims before being caught. The other players are police detectives who must cooperate to catch Jack the Ripper before the end of the game. The game board represents the Whitechapel area at the time of Jack the Ripper and is marked with 199 numbered circles linked together by dotted lines. During play, Jack the Ripper, the Policemen, and the Wretched are moved along the dotted lines that represent Whitechapel's streets. Jack the Ripper moves stealthily between numbered circles, while policemen move on their patrols between crossings, and the Wretched wander alone between the numbered circles.
Introduction & Rulebook
Letters from Whitechapel is a popular cooperative game by Fantasy Flight Games (FFG) that lends itself well to the Play By Forum (PBF) option. The idea started in April, 2011, and the first game in the same month. To generate interest in the game and create a focal point, the Waiting List has been created.
Rulebook (PDF Format) »»» Download Here!
FAQ (PDF Format) »»» Get It Here!
If you are interested in playing a game of LfW by forum, please post your name below. General requirements are that you own a copy of FFG's Letters from Whitechapel and that you can check in at least once or twice a day once your game starts. Specific requirements will be outlined at the start of the game and may change from moderator to moderator. Entry into a game is on a first come, first serve basis; and while we will try to accommodate everyone that wants in a game, we reserve the right to end this at anytime.
If you are interested in moderating a game, please note that below. Obviously, anyone can go and start their own moderated games and set it up however they want. But this list is for those wanting to use ZombieGod's PhotoShop files to post game states. You need to have PhotoShop, GIMP, or some other means to manipulate the graphics. The demand is a bit heavier for moderators in that they will need to check-in more frequently and do their best to get through a round within 2 days. We ask that you respect the order of the player list and keep it updated to reflect your invites and acceptances. Moderators can get started at their leisure.
How To Add Your Name
- Click on the "Edit" link at the top of this article.
- Add the following three lines to the bottom of the list before the "|}" code):
- | NAME || PREFERENCE || TIMEZONE || STATUS
- Replace the text in CAPS with your specific information.
- CODES can be found below.
- At the bottom of the webpage, note the "Edit Summary" description, such as "Added Name" or "On Vacation"
- If you are currently playing in a game as Jack or one of the Detectives, you cannot get back on the list until that game ends. Once that happens, you may get back in line, but please mark "#" and the "game number" behind your name. To be fair to everyone, we ask that you play in only one game at time.
- When a game gets started, a moderator will invite the first several names until a game fills. Once that game starts, those names that accepted will be removed from the list and everyone else will move up. Names will also be removed from the list for too many declined invitations.
- There is a record of the edits on this page so we know who may be cheating!
- NOTE: Since people can update this list simultaneously, it is possible that your name may not appear. Please verify it is on the main page before you leave.
- NOTE: If you are a new user or not a regular user, please set your GeekMail notifications to forward messages to your regular email address. The list has the potential to clear very fast at random times and you will be bypassed if you do not respond within a timely fashion. Instructions on forwarding GeekMail.
Since anyone can edit this page, we ask that only moderators update the status of 'other' players. This edit should be limited to those who no longer wish to be on the list and those who decline three invites. A first decline gets marked with an * but stays on the list in the same position. A second decline gets ** and is moved to the bottom of the list. A third decline gets deleted from the list.
So an added name should show the user added with a history of that user adding the name. Any deletion should show the moderator name with a larger update. If anything looks suspicious, it will be corrected by a moderator.
Notations on the List
Time Zone Codes
- A - "American"
- E - "European"
- P - "Pacific"
- O - "Other" (Please let me know (Gorlab) and I'll add you into this list!)
- * - Declined/ignored one invitation. If a 2nd invitation is declined/ignored, they will move to the bottom of the list.
- ** - Declined/ignored two invitations. If a 3rd invitation is ignored, they will be removed from the list.
- #X - Currently playing, will be bypassed if still playing when the next game starts.
- I - Invited to the listed game; (Ax) means notified as x in the order of alternates, should any of the initial invitees decline.
- M - Means moderating at this moment and not willing to play. (M) - Moderating but still willing to play in another game.
- V: XX/XX - XX/XX - Currently on Vacation/Away from the computer; exempt from collecting asterisks during the time stated.
- D - Means dropped out of a previous game. Moderators should carefully consider allowing these people to play further games.
PLAYER WAITING LIST
If you are a new user or not a regular user, please set your GeekMail notifications to forward messages to your regular email address. The list has the potential to clear very fast at random times and you will be bypassed if you do not respond within a timely fashion. Instructions on forwarding GeekMail. Contact Gorlab if your not sure on this, he'll add you in.
Moderators only - contact zombiegod for the .PSD gamefile which can be opened using either Photoshop or GIMP! A GIMP alternative can be obtained from Flyboy Connor.
»»» zombiegod for all his hard work in creating the artwork for the PBF Letters from Whitechapel!
Help: Contact Gorlab for any advice or pointers. Not sure how to add your name, he'll do it for you!