Preferences help page
This page describes the preferences you can set as part of your user
profile at pbem.dk.
You may set preferences in five categories:
- General preferences
- These preferences govern which paper size you use,
how the system should send files to you by
email and whether you prefer to have some files sent automatically
or prefer to use the web interface to specifically request all files.
- Report preferences
- These preferences govern the default format of your text turn reports.
- Map preferences
- These preferences govern the default format of your graphical maps.
- On-line turn viewing preferences
- These preferences govern how you want to view your turn results when
you are browsing them on-line at the pbem.dk web site.
- Special (game specific) preferences
- These are report and map preferences which are not necessarily available
for all games. They are not used when turn results are generated
and automatically sent to you after a turn has been processed; they are only
used when you order maps or reports online.
Reading and setting your preferences
At the preferences page you
will be presented with tables listing your present preferences in the
five categories mentioned above. The tables have four columns:
- A short description of each preference. If you click on the text you
will be taken to the corresponding entry on this page.
- This has to do with advanced preferences setting
and shows which scope the current setting is valid for. If you stick to
one set of preferences for all games and all email adresses this will
either be "system default", which shows that you have not set
your own value for this particula preference, or "your default"
which shows that this is a preference you have set. Preferences which
have a value set for the current scope are shown in bold letters.
See the section on advanced preferences setting
for more information.
- Current value
- What the preference is currently set to.
- Change to
- Here will be a menu button which allows you to choose between the
different valid values for the preference. The choice "--no change--"
means you want to leave the value as it is while the choice "--delete--"
means you want to delete a value you have previously set and fall back on
the default (only preference lines shown in bold will have a delete
option as only those are in your current selected scope). Note that you
have to press the "Make changes!" button to actually commit any changes.
- paper format
- This is the paper format you would like reports and maps generated
for (only relevant for hard copy formats such as PS and PDF).
Current choices are A4 (the European standard) and US letter.
- file compression
- If you want to have your reports and maps compressed when sent to you,
select a compression method here.
Choices are none, ZIP and gzip
(the latter is a UNIX compression format).
You might want compression to speed up the download from your email provider.
- mail encoding
- This is how binary files (such as compressed files) should be
encoded when sent to you. The default is MIME which is the current
standard for email which most mail clients recognize. In the unlikely event
that you do not have a MIME-compliant email client you can try your luck
with the other available option: UU encoding. In this case you will
need a decoder program (e.g. uudecode on a UNIX system).
- send map and report when turn is processed
- By default your turn reports and maps will be sent to your primary
registered email address as turns are processed. You may set this option to
report if you wish to only receive a turn reports but not the maps
(e.g. if you exclusively use shared maps). You may also set this
option to map in order to only be sent a map.
If you set this preference to
no you will only receive a short message stating that your results
are ready when a turn has been processed. You will then have to sign in to the
web site to request the reports and maps or view them on-line.
The default is yes, which is the same as both map and report.
- send reminder 24 hours before deadline
- If this preference is set to yes, which is the default, you will
receive an automatically generated reminder email message 24 hours before
an order deadline if you have not submitted any orders for the turn.
Reminders are mailed to your primary email address.
If this preference is set to no you will not receive reminders.
- send reminder if orders not completely OK
- If this preference is set to yes
(the default) you will receive an automatically generated reminder email
message 24 hours before an order deadline if the set of orders you have
submitted is either empty or did not pass the syntax checker without
errors or warnings. If this preference is set to no you will only
receive a reminder if you have not submitted anything at all.
If the "send reminder 24 hours before deadline"
preference is set to no, this preference has no effect.
- report format
- The file format for your text reports. Choices are
PDF, either as compact 2 column text or
page-consuming 1 column text,
PS (PostScript), again either in
2 columns or 1 column,
See the page on the various file formats for
a description of these. You really want PDF or PS files if you can view or
print them at all.
- report full forces
- Normally when units are combined in forces, you get only a summary
of the force composition when the force does something, e.g.:
3101(GK*) King Gregorius with a force of 200(2) moves from 123 to 124
or, for a force you do not own yourself:
A force of 201(3) (HE) moves from 123 to 124
If you set this option to yes you will get the full force compositions
3101(GK*) King Gregorius, 3111(GK) Light Infantry and 3112(GK) Archers move from 123 to 124
4103(HE) Elven Captain, 4111(HE) Elven Infantry and 4112(HE) Elven Archers move from 123 to 124
(for non-owned forces you may of course not get the entire force composition
as you are not necessarily seeing all the units in the force).
If there are very large forces moving around your event report may become hard
to read when
every unit is listed every time, so by default the value of this option is
- summarize all forces
- In a very few cases, all units in a force are listed by default.
This mainly occurs when a force joins another, e.g.:
3101(GK*) King Gregorius with 3111 and 3112 joins the force of 3102
If you set this option to yes, all force compositions are
given in summary form, even those which by default are listed in full, so
the above becomes:
3101(GK*) King Gregorius with a force of 200(2) joins the force of 3102
- omit detailed battle reports
- You can elect to only get battle summaries (who died, who fled and
who survived) rather than the long, full battle reports you get by
- map format
- The file format for your graphical maps. Choices are
GIF fixed size or
The difference between these last two is that the fixed size GIF
gives you the same size GIF every time and scales your map to fit inside while
the scaled GIF gives you a GIF file scaled so that each hex measures
the same number of pixels across every time and thus you get larger and larger
GIF images as you discover more and more land.
See the resolution parameter below for further
explanation of this.
Consult the page on the various file formats for
a description of all the formats. You really want PDF or PS files if you can
view or print them at all.
- colour map
- Do you want a colour map or a map optimized for printing on a
black and white printer?
- GIF map resolution
- Only used if you choose one of the GIF map formats.
For the fixed size GIF
format the resolution preference is used as the dots per inch resolution
of the "printer" which prints on the image "page". The GIF image represents
a page of either A4 or US letter paper depending on your setting of the
paper format. The resulting maximum size of the GIF image can
be computed as the selected resolution multiplied by the size (in inches)
of the paper (e.g. for US letter and a resolution of 300 dots per inch the
maximum image size will be approximately 2550 by 3300 pixels). The actual
size tends to be somewhat smaller as only the printed part of the page is
converted to GIF.
For scaled GIF the resolution is the number of pixels across a hex. If
for a given map this would result in an image which had a greater
resolution than a 300 dots per inch fixed size GIF map then the 300 dpi fixed
size map is produced instead (in order not to overload the server for very
On-line turn viewing preferences
- on-line report format
- Which format you want to use when you view your text turn reports on-line
at the pbem.dk web site. Choose either one-column or two-column
PDF if your browser has a PDF plug-in,
otherwise you will have to settle for HTML.
- on-line map format
- Which format you want to use when you view your graphical maps on-line
at the pbem.dk web site. Choose PDF
if your browser has a PDF plug-in; otherwise you will have to settle for
fixed resolution GIF. All on-line maps are
at a system default resolution and in colour, so if you have specific needs
e.g. for printing you should use the web site to order a custom map generated
and sent by email.
Special (game specific) preferences
Some of these preferences are only presented to you and can only be set when
you order maps and reports for a game in which they are relevant.
- show unit icons
- (Fantasy games only)
When this preference is set to no (the default), units you have
seen in a hex will just generate a small marker immediately to the
left of the hex number. If you select yes, icons showing the strength
of your own, allied, neutral and enemy forces in the hex will be drawn,
making it a lot clearer where there are units, but possibly obscuring important
terrain information. For an explanation of how to read the unit icons,
see the help page on map symbols
not documented in the rules.
- dark map
- (Space games only)
Set this to yes if you prefer the dark background map with bright
markings (looking space-like but requiring a lot of ink to print).
The default is no which will give you a white background with
- map/report type
- (Fantasy games only, when ordering reports)
In fantasy games you can order normal (full) maps and reports (the
default) which includes all information about the game world,
military mode only maps and reports, which only include locations, units
and items in military (not questing) mode, or
questing mode only maps and reports, which only include locations, units
and items present in questing mode. A military mode or questing mode report
will only consist of map notes for the corresponding map, it will not
include the other usual report sections (status report, event report,
Advanced preferences setting
Most players will use the same set of preferences for all their games. It is
however possible to set preferences which override your default settings
in certain situations. It is in fact possible to set preferences which are
Whenever the system needs to determine your preferences it will use those
most specific to the combination of game and email address it is about to
generate something for. The list of specific situations given above is
ordered from less specific to more specific, so e.g. your non-email specific
preferences for a particular game will override your e-mail specific
preferences for that type of game.
- specific to just one of your registered email addresses,
- specific to a certain type of game (e.g. "War of the Dark God" or
- specific to a combination of email address and game type,
- specific to one particular game, or
- specific to a combination of email address and a particular game.
The scope column of the preferences table
shows where the listed preference is taken from. If you are viewing/editing
preferences specific to a particular game and email address the scope column
may show some preferences as being taken from the system defaults, some
being taken from your regular prerefences, some being taken from the
game type and some from the particular game; all these last three may
additionally be shown as applying only to a particular email address.
Setting and clearing preferences specific to email, game type or game
At the bottom of the preferences page you will find links which take you
to preferences pages for setting preferences which override your defaults
for specific email addresses, game types or games. At the top
of every page of specific preferences you will find links which take you
back to pages of less specific preferences.
If you have specific preferences set you will at the bottom of the main
preferences page find links which allow you to clear these preferences
en masse rather than having to work your way through all the many
specific preferences pages to clear them.