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THE LOG FILE (2001+)
News Archive, Recent News is on the main page
- Dec 1, 2006: Updated the
list. Added some new games to the directory, and removed some dead links.
- Nov 1, 2006: Fixed a problem with the email validation
system. Some users encountered difficulties when there were multiple
profiles, or if multiple validation emails were sent out.
- Sep 12, 2006: The Challenge Boards
now support login cookies. This greatly facilitates posting challenges,
and, since your challenge is now tied to your profile, others can
contact you through the message system. Email addresses posted through
this system are now hidden.
- Sep 8, 2006: Major Change: The database now uses login
cookies. While alone this is a convenience, the most important change is that
user emails are no longer displayed.
Email harvesting by spam and phishing companies has been getting
pretty aggressive, so email addresses are now private and are
no longer displayed. Other
users can still be contacted indirectly through an email form.
Note that the
Challenge Boards will still display
what you post but in the future this, and the
Game Links will be tied to your
user profile. If you spot any bugs or have any questions, please
- Feb 5, 2006: Looking for a convention? Check out Opus Fantasy Arts Festival, May 19-21 at the Hyatt DTC, Denver, CO.
- Dec 21, 2005: Canadian gamers looking for the online
video game rentals (Netflix for games) should check out
have made a press release that they are online and operational.
- Oct 17, 2005: The Links page has been cleaned up slightly. The primary change was organizational to add two new sections: MMO Games and Casino Games.
- Jun 9, 2005: Something interesting:
"Do The World Challenge is the latest in a new generation of internet
competitions, it is a general knowledge-based quiz supported by six other
skill- based competitions; offering great prizes ranging from TV's and
Cameras to a possible £10,000. The more people who play the game the bigger
the prizes get, and with its dynamic leader boards you can follow your
progress in the competition whenever you like. These makes it one of the
first competitions where you instantly know if you're in with chance of
winning, so you can decide to either stop there or try again; the ability to
win is placed in your hands. New registrations are given 3 game credits for
free allowing you the chance to win some of these fantastic prizes for free."
- Jun 4, 2005: Added the ability to post by region to the Challenge Boards. It's a rough implementation, but several users have been asking for the ability to focus their post based on location. Also, a lot of old challenge boards have been cleaned up.
- Apr 23, 2005: A German boardgame company called
UGG has an interesting
which presents a large number of new game designs but will
only print the games that get at least 500 preorders. For example, check out
History of the Roman Empire
which covers the entire rise and fall of the Roman Empire in seven turns
of play between 60 BC and 476 AD.
- Mar 25-27, 2005: Game Storm Convention in Portland during these days
- Sep 23, 2003: Database back up. One of the index files had become corrupt - this problem has been repaired and the database is working again.
- Oct 24, 2003: "Because of its interesting information, easy accessibility, as well as clean design, [AccessDenied.Net] is Directory.net editor’s choice for the entire Play Groups Games category." (from Directory.net)
- Aug 26, 2003: The "Last Updated" filter on the query result page did not work correctly for some games. This has been fixed.
- Jul 25, 2003: Database Enhancement: Added a "Last Updated" field to the query form to filter out old records. The query results page also has an option to change the filter at the bottom, so that the same query can be easily run again.
- Feb 9, 2003: FlatCon is a gaming extravaganza hosted at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. Roleplaying, miniature, board, and, card games and tournaments from a wide variety
of genres will be represented and demonstrated. Vendors will range from Anime to gaming to fantasy gifts to comics and back. August 8, 9, 10, 2003.
- Oct 24, 2002:
The massively multiplayer strategy game,
War of Conquest,
is now entering the final stage of beta testing. This is an online
strategy game that awards cash prizes.
- Oct 13, 2002:
Here is something that you may or may not find interesting in the
spirit of the infamous Geek Code: the
Gamer Code posted to the Millenium's End mailling list.
- Aug 28, 2002:
in Lansing, Michigan will be holding 24 hour
gaming for 3 days this September 20-22, 2002. They will have demos, events and
tournaments of all gaming types, including miniatures, card games, board
games, and roleplaying. There will be a dealers room, 24 hour open gaming
area, and lots of great prizes and give-aways.
- Aug 15, 2002:
Added links and information for the web games Button Men
(based off the Cheapass game) and Robo Runner
(based off of Robo Rally).
- Aug 6, 2002:
Fixed a problem with the challenge board
registration form. It was working correctly (your form
was registered), but would redirect you to an online casino.
Apparently, the online casino bought out the domain name of one
of the banners and took advantage of that to turn the resulting
page into a redirect to their site.
- Aug 2, 2002:
is a game design company looking for playtesters. All
of their games are fast paced games with an emphasis on fun and
- Jul 2, 2002:
SJ Games launches an online d20 magazine, and the first four
issues are free. Check out
- Jun 29, 2002:
The Web Games page has been updated.
- Jun 2, 2002:
Convention note: FlatCon
is a gaming extravaganza hosted at Shirk Athletic Center of Illinois
Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois on July 20-21, 2002
Roleplaying, miniature, board, and card games and tournaments from a wide
variety of genres will be represented and demonstrated. Vendors will range
from Anime to gaming to fantasy gifts to comics and back.
- Jun 2, 2002:
Posted Earth: 2025 Utilities source code release 4, which
fixes a problem talking to the server.
- May 19, 2002:
West End Games is reprinting the classic game of intrigue and cutthroat diplomacy,
Junta. Only 3,000 copies in the first print run, set to hit retailers in
June. Junta was originally published in 1979, and was redesigned in 1985.
There are over 200 registered players in the AccessDenied.Net database.
- Feb 25, 2002:
If you are looking for a twist on Scrabble,
is a strategy crossword board game that is challenging, entertaining, educational and fun. It can be played by children, families and adults because of
a simple handicapping system that allows players of mixed abilities to all play together. It can be played solo or by up to four players.
I haven't played it, but it seems interesting. Unfortunately,
it is only available as a shipped package (from England).
- Jan 26, 2002:
Register with Basement Games and access a vast collection of contests, gaming aids, adventures, and source material. Membership is free. Updates are added often.
And, you can win stuff. What more could you want?
- Jan 26, 2002:
The Barkorcghasse Chronicles is a fantasy-based adventure series geared toward entertaining readers of all ages. The series is set in the World of Juravia, a world
replete with fascinating monsters, places, and cultures. Experience the drama as the story unfolds. New installments go on-line every 1st and 15th of each month.
- Dec 16, 2001:
Play popular boardgames online at
"Boardgameworld"). The list of games includes, Backgammon, Acquire, Verraeter,
Lost Cities, Manhattan, Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, and Cant Stop. While there are several
websites where you can play German boardgames such as Settlers, Euphrat & Tigris,
Modern Art, etc this one does have a more polished interface and you little more
likely to be able to find opponents. There is a guide to figuring out the
Quick & Dirty
Guide to BSW.
- Dec 13, 2001:
Two more Web Rings: Fading Suns, and Star Wars RPG.
- Dec 9, 2001:
Two more Web Rings: Acquire and the AD&D Web Ring.
- Dec 4, 2001:
Added a Web Rings page, which takes advantage
of the new WebRing
system - which is easy to use and fairly automated. The current rings
are the Wargamer's Ring, Society of Gamers, Settlers of Catan, and
The Diplomacy Ring.
- Dec 3, 2001:
Removed several dead links from various pages. If you would like to
automate dead link detection for your website, you should try
will send you a very handy email report. You get 1500 links checked free.
- Nov 29, 2001:
Added a new feature to the Game Links section. If you select to view the links for a boardgame, there is now a link for that game at BoardgameGeek. This is a useful website that provides information on the game, such as:
- Designer, Publisher, # Players
- Game Summary
- User Ratings
- Session Reports
- Nov 29, 2001:
Made the dead link reporting feature in the
Game Links section easier to use.
- Nov 18, 2001:
Posted a review of RoboForge by Liquid Edge, a PC Game where you design, train, and program a robot to compete online against other robots.
- Nov 15, 2001:
11 000 gamers!
AccessDenied.Net has achieved a milestone in reaching
over 11 000 gamers registered in the database!
128 countries, including:
- USA (7348)
- Canada (861)
- UK (374)
- Australia (208)
- Germany (80)
- Sweden (76)
- Italy (54)
- Netherlands (51) - new to top
- Israel (46) - up from #9
- Brazil (44) - dn from #8
Most represented states/provinces:
- California (810)
- Texas (511)
- Florida (409)
- New York (383)
- Washington (358)
- Pennsylvania (326)
- Ontario (319)
- Illinois (312)
- Michigan (310)
- Ohio (298)
Most represented cities:
- Toronto, CA (91)
- Chicago (82) - up from #4
- Houston (78) - dn from #2
- Portland (78)
- Seattle (77) - up from #7
- Vancouver, CA (74) - dn from #5
- London, UK (73) - dn from #6
- New York (59)
- Dallas (58) - up from #10
- San Diego (55) - dn from #9
Most popular games:
- A D & D (4612)
- Vampire: The Masquerade (2217)
- D & D (1853)
- D & D 3rd Edition (1660) - up from #8
- Shadowrun (1651) - dn from #4
- Star Wars RPG (1600) - dn from #5
- Call of Cthulhu (1439)
- Werewolf: The Apocalypse (1435)
- GURPS (1357)
- Mage: The Ascension (1185) - new to top
- Diablo (966)
- StarCraft (856)
- Baldur's Gate (695)
- Axis & Allies (835) - up from #2
- Chess (835)
- Magic: The Gathering (779)
- Nov 14, 2001:
For fans of
Button Men by
Cheapass Games, I have added
a page for
BMAI (the Button Men AI). Currently, you can only play the AI player through the
Unofficial Button Men Webgame.
- Nov 11, 2001:
Added a "Report Dead Link" button to the Game Links page to facilitate keeping this section clean.
The Game Links section allows users to
easily add links for a specific game.
- Oct 31, 2001:
PULSAR GAMES INCORPORATED announces a contest. PGI is looking for a written submission of **two phases of a combat** using the Blood of Heroes role-playing
game, for use in the upcoming Blood of Heroes: Gamemaster Screen. Winner will be judged from all viable entries conforming to the REQUIREMENTS (below) and will
receive a free copy of the Gamemaster Screen and a free copy of Blood of Heroes: Special Edition. In addition the author will be listed on the credits page of the GM Screen. Details.
- Sep 7, 2001:
CyberBoard 2.0 has been released. CyberBoard is a system that faciliates playing
board-games over PBEM. Version 2 adds several new features.
- Sep 5, 2001:
Recently released, KLoOge.Werks is a tool that allows you to play D&D and other turn-based
RPGs over the internet.
It gives players and GMs customization abilities, as well as features like
combat tracking and dice rolling.
- Jul 14, 2001: AccessDenied.Net is four years old!
Added a History page giving a brief story behind
AccessDenied.Net. Vote for the site in Effie's Great Wyrm.
- Jul 14, 2001: Play billiards online with your browser (uses RealArcade). The game, by FlyOrDie, runs well and looks good.
- May 29, 2001:
EXOSTATIC AND GAMECITIZEN SIGN SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT FOR HOT NEW WEB-BASED GAME
Montreal, May 28th 2001 -- Exostatic, the online gaming division of Montreal-based Millenia Multimedia Technologies, announced today the signing of a strategic partnership with
DTI-Infogrames’ GameCitizen gaming portal. The deal regards sponsorship of Exostatic’s new web-based game titled Underground, positioned by the company as the world's first
Macromedia Flash-based real-time multiplayer game. In addition to hosting the game, GameCitizen will feature weekly promotional contests about Underground, as well as general
coverage of Exostatic’s online gaming activities.
For more information, contact Exostatic at email@example.com
- May 14, 2001:
is a completely on-line convention for role-playing gamers.
Games and GM's, seminars, guest speakers, contests, art show,
auction, exhibitors, prizes, and more. It runs June 22-24, 2001.
- May 9, 2001:
Recently, Liquid Edge Games announced that their
flagship game, RoboForge (www.roboforge.net), will be released soon.
RoboForge, developed 100% in Java, is a complete 3D construction kit
that allows players to build robots on their PC.
Bots are trained to think and fight.
For example, the AI is created with a visual programming editor by dragging
and dropping high level commands.
Players then have
the opportunity to submit them over the Internet to free-to-enter or
professional tournaments where they compete for prizes, including cash.
- May 8, 2001:
To account for larger ICQ numbers (or IDs for other instant messenger services),
the user profile ICQ field was increased to allow more than 8 digits.
- Apr 30, 2001:
Hasbro Em@il Games:
on May 1, Em@il Scrabble players no longer will be able to exchange
turns, according to a message that accompanied Em@il Scrabble turns
April 20. Nor will devotees of any of the other Em@il games, which
Hasbro launched with great fanfare in 1999, be able to play.
For the complete story - go to
- Apr 24, 2001:
There were two seperate listings for
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (WFRP): one that used the spelling Role-play and another that used Roleplay. These two listings have been consolidated
into one (the latter). Any links to the former will need to be updated.
- Apr 11, 2001:
10 000 gamers!AccessDenied.Net has achieved a major milestone in reaching over 10 000 gamers registered in
126 countries, including:
- USA (6653)
- Canada (724)
- UK (304)
- Australia (172)
- Germany (69)
- Sweden (47)
- Italy (46)
- Brazil (42)
- Israel (40)
- Spain (39)
Most represented states/provinces:
- California (719)
- Texas (471)
- Florida (374)
- New York (346)
- Washington (313)
- Pennsylvania (289)
- Ontario (284)
- Illinois (280)
- Michigan (277)
- Ohio (273)
Most represented cities:
- Toronto (75)
- Houston (74)
- Portland (72)
- Chicago (71)
- Vancouver (68)
- London (61)
- Seattle (58)
- New York (53)
- San Diego (51)
- Dallas (49)
Most popular games:
- A D & D (4250)
- Vampire: The Masquerade (1976)
- D & D (1635)
- Shadowrun (1545)
- Star Wars RPG (1472)
- Werewolf: The Apocalypse (1280)
- Call of Cthulhu (1243)
- D & D 3rd Edition (1221)
- GURPS (1188)
- Rifts (1060)
- Diablo (900)
- StarCraft (776)
- Baldur's Gate (616)
- Chess (752)
- Axis & Allies (722)
- Magic: The Gathering (706)
- Mar 7, 2001:
Observed that several people were typing "cityname, state" into the search box.
Since the search tool only looks for sub-string matches in the list of cities, all of these searches were failing. Now, the tool is a bit smarter about this type of query.
Of even more value, the tool now does some rudimentary typo/spelling checks to identify near matches. Currently, this is limited to spaces and extra characters at the end of the string.
To see this in action, try querying on NewYork or Houston Southwest.
- Mar 4, 2001:
Two typos were corrected in the games database, which will require you to
correct any links that you currently have to the database.
- Feb 27, 2001:
Join gamers from Oklahoma and Texas for the first LawCon, a one day gaming
convention in Lawton, OK! The convention runs from noon to 11 PM on March
24, 2001 and features a two round D&D 3E tournament, open gaming, and
prizes. A community snack table will be open throughout the day, and pizza
will be served in the evening. Bring your games, friends, and imagination!
Register online right now at http://www.mysticages.com/lawcon. You can also
download the convention flyer to post at local game, book, and music stores.
When: Noon - 11 PM, March 24, 2001
Where: Cameron Campus Ministry, Lawton, OK
What: One day gaming convention
More Info: http://www.mysticages.com/lawcon
- Feb 23, 2001:
Added Search by Game and Search by City boxes on the navigation panel. Type in a sub-string and it will last all entries in the database that match that substring. For example, try "A D & D".
- Feb 18, 2001:
The Marmalade Dog 6 Gamefest 2001 is a two day gaming convention held by the
Western Michigan Gamers Guild (WMGG). Now in it's sixth year, the convention
features role-playing games, collectible card games, board games, a LAN party
and special events. Full details can be had at the WMGG web site: www.wmgg.org
- Feb 15, 2001:
RPG Host is proud to bring you the
world premiere of Basement Games' newest Forge: Out of Chaos adventure module! Best yet, this fantasy module is absolutely
FREE to everyone who completes our simple contest! That's right - a fully illustrated commercial quality module - yours free! Just
another thank you for making the RPG Host Network the best Paper and Pen network in the
- Jan 15, 2001:
Here is some information on Game Invasion, a convention in Jacksonville, Florida. If you would like to post information on a convention, send an email.
Industry guests, seminars, charity auctions, an exhibitor room, and special
events add excitement and extra flavor to the standard convention games and
tournaments. Game Invasion will be held at the University of North Florida's
new University Center (Building 43) on February 24th and 25th, 2001. Weekend
rates are only $20, or $16 if you pre-register by February 17th. Game
masters get free entry for running two or more game slots. For more
information, visit the website.
- Jan 7, 2001:
RPG Host has installed a new game: Promisance. A free multi-player interactive web based game with a unique combination of fantasy and sci-fi played with real people from around the world in an epic struggle between the past, present and future for the mastery of all people and all time!
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