Welcome to Tinamou #44, produced by Dave Partridge, 15 Woodland Drive, Brookline NH, 03033 (email: rebhuhn@rocketmail.com ). Tinamou now appears on the web in conjunction with TAP. The web page has everything youíll find here including maps. Go to Jimís index page http://www.diplom.org/DipPouch/Postal/Zines/TAP and check it out, your comments and suggestions are welcome!

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Perdu (Railway Rivals)

Perdix (Railway Rivals)

Fat Bottomed Girls (Breaking Away)

Perdu Map and game history

Perdix Map and game history

Ozone (Industrial Waste)

Game Openings

Plutocrats (Outpost)

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Game Openings:

Gunboat with press: One signed up so far.

Perestroika Diplomacy: Add an economic twist to the classic game. Centers generate revenue, armies and fleets must be maintained, and treasuries can be sacked! Rules are available on request.

Signed up: Art Schleinkofer, Phil Reynolds, Harold Reynolds

Standard Diplomacy: Thatís it, the one and only original

Signed up: Fred Wiedermeyer, Hank Alme

Just the results please: Donít really know what to call this one as I just came up with it. Perhaps itís been tried before. The twist for this variant is that each season only the ending unit positions are published, not the orders. Youíll know who went where, but not who helped whom, or want may have been tried unsuccessfully.

Signed up: Phil Reynolds

Industrial Waste:

A new game for 3-4 players. Manager your factory and build your products, but beware, increased production means more waste, and if you arenít careful youíll find that working in a sludge pit affects your productivity and the bottom line.

Game Start: Guest GM Richard Weiss. David Partridge, Chris Hassler, Eric Brosius, Harold Reynolds

Game Opening: Signed up: Richard Weiss, Andy York,

Railway Rivals: Be the first to try out Brendan Whyteís new Queensland map.

Signed up: Brendan Whyte, Rip Gooch

Outpost:

Game start: Eric Brosius, Chris Hassler, Andy York, Kevin Wilson, Michael Lowrey.

Snowball fighting: Current game is over. Anyone interested in another go?

Golden Strider: It is to running what Breaking Away is to bike riding. See Tomís szine off-the-shelf at http://www. olympus.net/personal/thowell/o-t-s/index.html for some games in progress.

Signed up: Tom Howell

Sopwith: Be a World War I Ace (or perhaps a pile of smoking rubble). It all depends on what kind of pilot you are. See Philís ishkibibble at www.diplom.org/DipPouch/ Postal/Zines/ishkibibble for a game in progress.

Signed up: Brendan Whyte

Readerís Choice: Iím open to anything, just send me the rules and if I think I can run it, Iíll offer it.

Deadlines:

Tinamou appears in every other TAP. The game deadlines are always the Monday before the appropriate TAP deadline, which is always a Saturday. Assuming that TAP remains on schedule, the next deadline will be Monday, May 26

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Breaking Away: Fat Bottomed Girls

Barbarella breaks away, but not far enough to gain her any points. We use up a few cards this time with the average replacement being 2 points lower than the average card played, but thereís still a new 20 added to the mix and 5 players will have to play a double digit card next round.

Dans - Pelaton: No points for us at the first checkpoint, we fear!

2003 USA POET LAUREATE DONALD RUMSFELD:

"The Unknown"
As we know,
There are known knowns.
There are things we know we know.
We also know
There are known unknowns.
That is to say
We know there are some things
We do not know.
But there are also unknown unknowns,
The ones we don't know
We don't know.
-Feb. 12, 2002, Department of Defense news briefing

Tom to GM: Mmmm. Perhaps. Then someone forgets to read their vonNeumann & Morgenstern and throws moves the shape of a monkey wrench into the works!

Edith to GM: You should disqualify George! This is a bicycle race, no motor powered scooters allowed!

GM to Edith: This is GEORGE we are talking about. Heís sure to run out of gas or get a flat or something. Then heíll have to lug that thing along and youíll go zooming by. The only thing we can be sure of is it wonít be his fault!

TBG to GM: A WHOLE lot of people wish he'd go away!

Field - GM: A twelve? in this crowd, a twelve ain't no sprint!

GM Ė Field: No, but it is above the average which was a mere 10.7!

Edith to GM: I'm pretty sure I know who'll pick up the first four places at the first sprint line. After that, however, I think it's gonna be a matter of whoever is forced to pass 40 by their cards who scrapes up the little points.

Edith to herself: Unless SOMEBODY surprises me.

GM Ė Edith: Did you figure on Barbarellaís sprint to the front?

Jerry - field: look at me! I'm making tons of dough in syndication!

George - Jerry: Somehow, I'm not.

Frank - Kramer: Kramer, get up there!

Frank - Elaine: You, too!

Elaine - Rove: "War" is not a valid re-election strategy. Remember what Tolstoy said: "War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing!"

Kramer - Bo: Have you seen my license plate?

Elaine - Four Kingdoms: I'd watch out for Barno's team if I were you. Your A rider is down and your B rider is on The List.

George - Jerry: This is easy with my motorized scooter! We're winning!

Frank - George: Lloyd Braun has already crossed the first sprint line. You're useless!

Frank - Ian: what is the story with your team? Who are they?

Your D rider sounds suspicious. He might be on The List run by Barno's B rider.

MIKE to DAVE: "pellaton"? It's all Greek to me. (Perhaps originally a foot-racing term or, more likely, a Greek or Macedonian term of military formation.) I could be wrong but that's what comes to mind without cheating by resorting to reference materials. (That's the GM's job in any case where it "matters".)

HOMEGROWN EVIL {acting as DEVIL'S ADVOCATE) to FOUR KINGDOMS OF DANIEL:7 : Is the crisis that will follow the current Iraq war in fact the opening of the prophesied Final Days? Will it be plague (unleashed by

Saddam's final bunker mentality or "standing orders"), or fireball as the Judeo-Christians of the Eagle totem nuke the Islamic countries for turning into a billion-person jihad against the new Crusader invasion? My money's on the latter, because of the lyrics to an old slave song of Noah's Ark: "And the Lord hung a rainbow as a sign: Won't be water but fire next time."

JOHN ASHCROFT to THE OTHER TEAMS: We have no worries about having enough young team members for future cycling. Did you like the way I turned the "No Child Left Behind Act" into the "No Child Left Unrecruited Act"? 670 pages into the law's text, I slipped in a requirement for every high school to give the government a list of everyone old enough for us to go after, even if they and their parents object.

Mike Ė GM: Don't we get a Bike Race Custodian Number?

GM Ė Mike: I'd be happy to ask for a number, who's the BRNC, John or someone else?"

Mike Ė GM: Well, John/Dick/Donald/Karl actually run everything, but the war on terrorism has denied them time to designate a BRNC. I don't think we've actually had something that silly since the Snowball Fighting Number Custodian in the early '90s. Jim-Bob might be able to tell you who and

when that was.

GM Ė Mike: Well heck, why donít I just volunteer? I designate this game #007.

Mike Ė GM: Iíll back that.

WASHINGTON, DC: The Dominion of Canada today launched "Operation Global Goalie", an all-out attack on the United States using combined air/sea/land forces supported by Goose bombers, Power-Play missiles, Curling-Stone unmanned drones, and Gretzky A/F-99 attack helicopters.

Units of the Canadian "Glacier" special forces are attempting to secure the White House, the Capitol, and American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), which, between 1985 and 1989, sent Iraq anthrax bacteria and germs that cause meningitis, influenza, botulism, lung failure and tetanus. Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien cited the same reasons used by the USA government to justify attacking Iraq:

(1) "They attack other countries in defiance of the United Nations." The USA did this in Iraq, and decided over a year earlier that they would attack with or without UN approval, after the American public had been "prepared".

(2) "They have weapons of mass destruction - nuclear, biological, and chemical." The USA has more nuclear weapons ready to deliver by airplane or missile than any other nation. The USA has more nuclear weapons in hidden storage, in case all the mounted ones get used or destroyed, than any other nation. The USA has for the last half-century

been the world leader in biological weapons development. The US CIA has been testing mock biological bombs and built a bioweapons production facility in Nevada, in violation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. The USA refused to report this research to the Bioweapons Convention, deliberately evading a UN mechanism to enhance ransparency

and trust between nations. The USA is a world leader (despite years of destroying part of its stocks of certain older chemicals banned by treaty) in military deployment of chemical weapons of many types. Several drug classes (e.g. benzodiazepines, alpha-2-adrenoreceptor agonists) and individual drugs (diazepam, dexmeditomidine) were added in recent years but categorized as "non-lethal".

(3) "They have proven they're willing to use nasty weapons." The USA is the only nation to use nuclear weapons in war or terrorism (in these two cases, the use of terror to persuade Japan to end a war). The USA maintains a "strategic ambiguity" about where it has nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons deployed, and about whether it would

use them against enemies who used such weapons first.

(4) "They oppress their own people and deny them their liberty." The Prime Minister listed numerous recent laws such as the "USA PATRIOT Act" and numerous law proposals such as the failed TIPS proposal, its Total Informatin Awareness System replacement, and the proposed Domestic

Security Enhancement Act of 2003.

(5) "They disregard the opinion of the international community." The USA/UK war proposal in the UN Security Council was opposed by three veto-holding members and by a majority of the 15 council members. But the policies known as the "Bush Doctrine" announced in a September 2002

National Security Strategy white paper are being carried out in Iraq and several surrounding countries. The USA claims "self-defense" justification for pre-emptive attacks anywhere they see as a threat, regardless of UN or other outside bodies' political approval. The USA has been indicted and found guilty by the International Court of Justice of conducting large-scale terrorist actions against Nicaragua. It at first refused to admit the court's jurisdiction, then showed its contempt for the court by not even attending the rest of the proceedings. And it ignored the court's judgement and refused to pay the reparations due toNicaragua.

(6) "They serve as a source of terrorists, and as a haven for

terrorists." The USA was the base of operations, and the birthplace, and the military trainer of Timothy McVeigh, who used explosives to destroy a USA federal government building in Oklahoma City.

Chretien promised to try to avoid civilian casualties and offered hopes that the war would be brief and regime change would come quickly, in the interest of world peace.

GM to Canada: Why not just take the usual route with our problems and ship them somewhere else? Iraq needs a new president, I volunteer George W. Bush! Heíll love it there. The climateís a lot like Texas. There are no term limits. Lots and lots and lots of guns around. Plenty of popular support for Faith Based Initiatives, and, best of all, he can keep his daughters locked up in the house and no one will complain about it!

Black Bottomed Girls (Brendan Whyte) 5 points

A

11

Black Pudding Bertha

7

5

10

3

B

11

Big bad Bobbette

7

10

3

 

C

12

Bo Dacious Derek

3

5

3

 

D

23

Barbarella Eden

10

3

3

 

Homegrown Evil (Mike Barno) 0 points

A

10

Dick Cheney

15

12

6

 

B

4

John Ashcroft

12

7

10

 

C

6

Karl Rove

12

11

16

 

D

5

Donald Rumsfeld

7

7

15

 

Thin Bottomed Girls (Tom Howell) 6 points

Manager: Edith

A

15

Abigail

3

9

23

4

B

12

Babette

13

16

8

 

C

10

Camilla

16

12

10

 

D

9

Dagmar

13

16

10

 

The Four Kingdoms of Daniel Chapter Seven (Eric Brosius) 0 points

A

7

Babylon

15

16

12

18

B

12

Persia

15

22

10

 

C

11

Greece

12

16

6

 

D

13

Rome

12

20

5

 

The Front Men (Jim Burgess) 0 points

Manager: Ian Curtis

A

9

Jon Langford

14

8

23

20

B

11

Richard Barone

19

9

10

 

C

9

Mark Cutler

19

5

16

 

D

6

Tjinder Singh

7

13

18

 

 

The Team About Nothing (Rick Desper) 18 points

Manager: Frank Costanza

A

12

Jerry Seinfeld

15

11

3

3

B

12

Elaine Benes

14

19

9

 

C

16

Cosmo Kramer

12

5

3

 

D

11

George Costanza

3

20

4

 

 

Square

Riders

Card

45

barbarella (5)

3

44

   

42

   

42

jerry (10)

3

41

george (8), abigail (6)

4

 

----First Sprint FINISH ---

 

40

   

39

   

38

   

37

   

36

kramer

3

35

   

34

   

33

   

32

bo dacious

3

31

   

30

bertha, bobbette

3

29

rome

5

28

cheney, greece

6

27

babette

8

26

elaine

9

25

persia, barone, ashcroft, camilla, dagmar

10

24

rumsfeld

15

23

cutler, rove

16

22

babylon, singh

18

21

langford

20

 

 

A Cold Day in Ö (Snowball fighting) End Game

Jim correctly guessed Rick Desper as Shrek the Ogre, and Richard Weiss as The Dalton Brothers. No one had any trouble picking Jim as the Aboobable snowman. Jimís guess of Harry Andrushak as the Snowman with Balls was incorrect though, and no one detected the presence of the master as he quietly shared the top of the board.

Cast of Characters:

Shrek the Ogre: Rick Desper

Snowman with Balls: Brendan Whyte

Aboobable Snowman: Jim Burgess

Dalton Brothers: Richard Weiss

Snowshoe Hare: Pete Gaughan

Railway Rival Games

For those who are interested, the maps can be seen on the web. They donít reproduce well here unfortunately as there is a lot of detail and it really needs color to differentiate the different rail lines. Towns in uppercase denote the first player to connect the town (6 point bonus).

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Perdu (1902TC) Transcontinental USA

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Rolls: 3, 4, 4

Player

Seg 1

Seg 2

Seg3

Score

Rip Gooch

TURN

(Al Quodo d'Utopia)- - - - - - E89

(E89) - - E87

(E87)- - - --- E83

20 + 8 = 28

Brendan Whyte

ARAB

(Utopia-E)- - - Cambria - - CHARLOTTE - Y48

Y48 - - W49

W49 - - - Richmond; Utopia - - - E92 [8 - TURN (Utopia-E92)]

20 + 6 - 8 = 18

Mike Barno

HUBRIS

(Baltimore) - Q48 --- Q47; (Baltimore) - P49 - WILMINGTON.

(P49) - O49; (Wilmington) - O51.

(Q47) --- Q46 - R45 - - R43.

20 +6 +1 = 27

Eric Brosius

SPIKE

(Baltimore) - --- - RICHMOND - U47

(U47) - V47; (S48) - R47

(R47) --- --- R45 [1 - HUBRIS (R45)]

20 +6 -1 +6 = 31

Conrad Von Metzke

COB

(E.Camb.) - - - - - B91 - A91

(A91) - A90 - Z39

(Z39) - - X38 - - X36; (X38) - - V39

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TURN is Transcontinental Urbanising Rail Network ARAB is American Railway Agglomeration of Baghdad

HUBRIS is Have U Been Railroading In Snow? SPIKE is Special Purpose Industrial Kartage Enterprise COB is Cambria or Bust

 

Press:

HUBRIS to GM: Jeez. Two sixes and I still can't use those movement rolls to get over one mountain efficiently. Instead I'm spending round 1a building a couple of three-digit Interstates.

GM to HUBRIS: Someoneís got to build the Beltway!

City No.

Hex

Name

Created

1-2

E95

Al Quodo díUtopia

Start

3

B96

East Cambria

Start

4-5

Q49

Baltimore

Start

6

P50

Wilmington, DE

R0

7

S46

Winchester, VA

R0

8

T47

Richmond, VA

R0

9

Z47

Charlotte, NC

R0

10

J49

Oswego, NY

R0

11

V47*

Dinwiddie, VA

R1

12

H95

Gainesville, FL

R1

13

O45

Cleveland, OH

R1

14

V49

Portsmouth, VA

R1

Races for Round 2

Richmond (8) - Al Quodo d' Utopia (2)

Winchester (7) - Al Quodo d' Utopia (1)

Baltimore (4) - Charlotte (9)

Wilmington (6) - East Cambria (3)

Baltimore (5) - Oswego (10)

Rolls for Round 2: 3, 3, 5

 

 

* As SPIKE had already built to V47, he gains 6 for this city appearing on his line.


 

 

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Perdix (1881CD) Chad -- Round 5

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Rolls: 3, 4, 4

Player

Seg 1

Seg 2

Seg3

Score

Justus Jansen

SBB

(K42) - - - - - Pala [1 - SPICEBLOW (H43)]

(K42) - - - Lai - L45 - L46 [5 - HANG (K43 - Lai)]

(L46) - - - Gore [1 - SPICEBLOW (L46)]

53 -1 -5 -1 +2 +3 +1 = 52

Hank Alme

UDR

Melfi - Q41 - - O42; T46 - Sarh; B72 - A72

O42 --- N42 - - N44

N44 - - L45 - Lai [1 - HANG (M45), 2 - SBB (L45-Lai)]

62 -1 -2 +1 = 60

Mike Barno

SPICEBLOW

(I30)- - - - - N27

(N27)- - - - - S25 [1 - TRAIN (Q26)]

(S25)- - - Koro Toro.

82 +1 +1 -1 = 83

Eric Brosius

HANG

(K43) - - Lai - J45 - J46; (N'Djamena) - H37.

(B82) - C83; (W42) --- - W44

(C82) - Abeche; (M46) - Doba; (C83) - D83

35 +5 +1 +1 = 42

Conrad Von Metzke

TRAIN

L34 - - - - - L39

L39 - - --- L42 [3 - SBB (L40 - L41), 1 - HANG (L42)]

L42 - - - L45 [1 - UDR(L45) 1 - SBB(L45))

36 -3 -1 -1 -1 +1 = 31

SBB is Schweizer Bundesbahnen (Red) HANG is Highly Automated Narrow Gauge (Blue)

UDR is Useless Desert Rails, Ltd. (Green) TRAIN is This Rail Association is Nameless (Orange)

SPICEBLOW is Saharan Partnership Internationally Concealing Evidence for Bereaved Loaded Online Widows (Purple)

Press:

SPICEBLOW to INVESTORS: From his undisclosed location at a Very Important conference of international business leaders, the SPICEBLOW chairman advised investors not to be concerned about the lack of recent public communications. Reports indicate that the first samples of the Doba spiceblow are so transcendent that corporate representatives are in a mystical state, discovering the future of central African railroading. And also a change here.

Rolls for round 6: 5, 5, 5

 

Ozone (Industrial Waste) Turn 7

Harold chooses Set #3. Eric takes Set #5 (second choice was set 1). Richard takes Set #4 (then 3, then 5). Andy asks for 3, then 4, then 5 and finally settles for set #2.

Harold

Eric

Richard

Andy

Order

Waste Disposal

Order

Innovation

Waste Disposal

Innovation

Waste Disposal

Bribery

Raw Materials

Raw Materials

Waste Removal

Hiring/Firing

 

Order

Order

 

 

7.1.a) Harold sells an order, using up 4 raw materials, generating $18M and 4 waste.

Eric actions off his raw materials. Rich bids 6. Andy passes. Harold bids 9 and Eric takes the money.

Rich sells an order, using up 2 raw materials, generating $16M and 4 waste.

Andy plays innovation, spending $5M to move his rationalization peg one space.

7.1.b) Harold plays Waste Disposal

Eric plays Waste Disposal

Rich plays Waste Disposal

Andy disposes of his own version of waste by firing a worker.

7.1.c) Harold auctions off his Raw Materials. Eric opens the bidding with $8M. Rich and Andy pass and Harold pays his going price

of 9 to the bank.

Eric plays Innovation, spending $5M to reduce his waste production.

Rich plays Waste Removal, losing one waste and bumping everyone else's up by one.

Andy discards his Bribery card.

7.1.d) Eric and Rich both opt not to play and retain their order cards.

7.1.e) Harold pays $4M in end of turn costs.

Eric pays $3M in end of turn costs.

Rich pays $5M in end of turn costs.

Andy takes out a loan ($10M) to pay his $3M in end of turn costs.

Player

Play

Order

Money

Loans

Raw Mater-ial Supply

Growth

Co-Work-ers

(Build-ing)

Rational-ization

(Build-ing)

Raw Mater-ials

(Build-ing)

Waste Reduc-tion

Waste Dis-posal

Saved Card

V

P

S

Richard Weiss

2

$17M

$20M

13

16

5

5/1

2/10

4/3

6

Order

18

Andy York

1

$8M

$20M

5

17

3

3/6

5/1

1/15

6

23

Harold Reynolds

4

$15M

$10M

16

18

4

4/3

4/3

4/3

6

 

 

24

Eric Brosius

3

$27M

0

0

15

3

3/6

5/1

1/15

2

Order

50

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Love Canal (Industrial Waste) Game Start

Richard Weiss will be guest GMing this game. The players are David Partridge, Chris Hassler, Harold Reynolds and Eric Brosius. I am also going to start another game, with Richard and Andy York already signed up.

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Plutocrats (Outpost) Game Start

Couldnít entice any new players, so we are off with the same 5 as last game. Apparently fearful that their interstellar dotcoms might quickly go bust, most of the companies are currently unnamed.

 

The Outposts

 

Company

Player

Factories

Upgrades

VPs

1

.

Chris Hassler

Or, Or, Wa, Wa

 

4

2

Bartertown

Andy York

Or, Or, Wa, Wa

 

3

3

 

Eric Brosius

Or, Or, Wa, Wa

 

3

4

 

Kevin Wilson

Or, Or, Wa, Wa

 

3

5

 

Michael Lowrey

Or, Or, Wa, Wa

 

3

Upgrades

Upgrade

Available

Remaining

Minimum Bid

Data Library

1

2 or 3

15

Heavy Equipment

0

3 or 4

30

Warehouse

2

1 or 2

25

Nodule

2

1 or 2

25

Random closing thoughts.

How lucky can you get? Recently I faced the annual problem of what to get for my wife for her birthday. Being a typical cartoon husband I latched upon the classic gift of Ö. TOOLS! Yes, I bought my wife a bandsaw for her birthday. Hereís where the lucky part comes in. This gift was by request! My wife likes tools. I am perfectly welcome to fill up our basement workshop with all kinds of fun toys tools, disguising them as birthday and Christmas presents. The only complaint I have is that because sheís home during the day, she gets to use them more than I do.