Date: Sun, 13 Apr 1997 02:51:53 -0700
From: Frank Jüdes (

Hi there!

On you've written something about Ashes of Empire. For further information about this game, please refer to

Best regards
Frank Juedes

Date: Sat, 05 Apr 1997 13:17:13 -0800
Subject: Ashes of Empire unknown boardgame
From: (Harald Topf)

Hi Ken,

Thanxs for your well done work. Here are the informations you need from the author and editor itself.

Ashes of Empire was an original Software Programme from Mike Costello from 1982 (Spektrum, oric, etc.). I was the German programmer for the C-64-Commodore-Basic-Version. In the mean-time itęs available for the PC DOS/WIN Dual Version for DM 25,00 on 3.5" disk (not the one from Bomico! That one had to be renamed to Fallen Empire ;-)).

The Ashes boardgame is from 1992 and was published at the games event in Essen Gruga halls called SPIEL '92. Author is Thomas Dellenbusch and Harald Topf (it's me). Published by CSPP = Computerspiele per Post, also a pbm-company. German price is about DM 99.00 Trader price is DM 60.00 netto plus VAT.

If you need any other information mail me under or take a look at cspp or ABAS-homepage.

Best regards to the island

Date: Tue, 25 Mar 1997 20:17:49 +0100
From: Matthias Esken (
Subject: Ashes of Empire


I read your review/rules of Ashes of Empire and I think I can provide you with some more information about it.

The game was designed as a PBM by Mike Costello (GB). Harald Topf (Germany) got the license for this game and it started to become Germanys most-played PBM. The board game was designed some years later by Harald Topf, Holger Rinke and Efro Brandimarte. Maybe I have been one of the designers, but I'm too shy too mention it. ( ... but if you would like to mention me, I would not hesitate ;-) )

Ashes was published by:

Alfred-Bucherer-Strasse 63
53121 Bonn

The original PBM is still alive (I wrote the Windows version). If there is anyone out there, who has a question about the game (board or computer) send me a mail.

Matthias Esken

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