Politician, n. An eel in the fundamental mud upon which the superstructure of organized society is reared. When he wriggles he mistakes the agitation of his tail for the trembling of the edifice. As compared with the statesman, he suffers the disadvantage of being alive. - Ambrose Bierce, The Devilís Dictionary. 1911.

A revolution is always legal in the first person, as in 'our' revolution.

It's only illegal in the third person, as in 'their' revolution. -- Benjamin Franklin

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Boston Harbor (Industrial Waste)

Perdu (Railway Rivals)

Kypinka (Railway Rivals)

Fat Bottomed Girls (Breaking Away)

Plutocrats (Outpost)

Carrier Pigeon (Diplomacy)

Persephone (Diplomacy)

Game Openings

Bronzewing (Railway Rivals)

Map for Carrier Pigeon (Diplomacy)

Three Mile Island (Industrial Waste)

Snoopy (Sopwith)

W.R. Grace (Industrial Waste)


Welcome to Tinamou #55, produced by Dave Partridge, 15 Woodland Drive, Brookline NH, 03033 (email: rebhuhn of 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!

Time for some kid stories. Those of you who think my play is twisted and strange should understand that itís genetic. Took our kids to see the local middle schoolís production of Guys and Dolls. A great show. On the way back my 8 and 10 year old sons are asking me about craps, intrigued of course in only the way a kid can be by the name. I explained the basics to them, then, when we got home went upstairs to put the younger two to bed. Come back down and I find the boys in the living room teaching the dogs to play craps! Theyíve gotten a pile of dog biscuits and another of chocolate chips and they are using a big set of dice we have and trying to get the dogs to put their paws on them and roll them around. Winner gets to eat the winnings. Of course the dogs think they should get a biscuit every time they roll a die and the kids arenít too good about waiting to win to each a chip, so it may be a while before theyíre supporting me on their casino winnings.

Next night, donít feel much like cooking so Dad makes an omelet in our biggest fry pan (has to feed 5). The kids love the egg and cheese scrapings on the pan, so my son stands on his chair, leans over the pan and starts scraping away with a spoon with the expected 8-year-old vigor. This creates a cloud of scrapings which makes his eyes water. Weíre all laughing at him when he calmly reaches back, picks up a pair of safety goggles from the chair behind him, straps them on and goes right back to scraping! I still have no explanation as to why he thought that he might need a pair of safety goggles at dinner (he did not know we were having omelets). Anyway, like I said, itís geneticÖ.

A set of cards from one of the kids favorite games went through the wash and my wife was looking online for a replacement game. While doing so she found a site that had a lot of well rated games on sale, and no shipping if you spent over $100. She asked me if there were any games I wanted! Not being dead and buried yet, I couldnít pass that up, so last week we bought a bunch of games, some, like Settlers that Iíve played and liked but didnít own, and a bunch that Iíd heard good things about, but hadnít played before, namely Carcassone, Ticket to Ride and Puerto Rico. We opened Carcassone and Ticket to Ride and played them quite a bit and enjoyed them a lot. So, outside of recommending Fair Play Games (www.fairplaygames.com) , the reason Iím telling you all this is that Iím willing to offer some of these games in Tinamou if anyone has a decent set of rules for play by mail for them. Iíll offer a Catan game right now as Iíve played it in Chris Hasslerís SOB and it worked quite well. As for the rest, if anyone has any pointers on running them by mail, and any interest in playing them, please let me know. (And if you have something else you want me to run, send me a copy and Iíll run that too (<: ).

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Game Openings:

Breaking Away: Brendan Whyte, Jim Burgess, Rick Desper, Mike Barno. Need a few more. Send me cards and team names if you are interested and if I have enough Iíll start next issue.

Gunboat with press: Five 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, Karl Schmit, Graham Wilson

Standard Diplomacy: GAME START: Persephone (Diplomacy)

Signed up: Fred Wiedermeyer, Hank Alme, Cary Nichols, Graham Wilson, Karl Muller, Matt Sundstrum, John Power

Game Opening: Standard Diplomacy

Signed up:

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, Doug Kent, Graham Wilson

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 Opening: GAME START: W.R. Grace (Industrial Waste)

Jim Tretick, Graham Wilson, Dennis Menear, Brad Martin

Game Opening Ė Card trading variant. Contact Dave or Richard Weiss.

Railway Rivals: Anyone have a favorite map they want?

Brendan has volunteered his REVISED Victoria map.

Signed up: Brendan Whyte

Transcontinental USA: Eric Brosiusís variant. Now that weíve play tested it once weíll try again with a few modifications to reduce the east coast congestion a bit.

Signed up:

Outpost: Sign up for the next game to start when the current one finishes

Signed up: Eric Brosius, Michael Lowrey, Chris Hassler, Andy York, Kevin Wilson, Karl Schmit. Still room!.

Snowball fighting: Current game is over. Anyone interested in another go? 4 signed up so far, Need a few more.

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, Dennis Menear

Sopwith: Snoopy just started. Iíll start taking names now for the next game if anyoneís interested.

Brendan Whyte

Catan: Settlers or Seafarers, player choice

Signed up:

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

Deadline: Monday, Apr 11.

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Breaking Away: Fat Bottomed Girls

Scoring Cutler his final two even though he hasnít technically crossed the line yet, we have a very close finish. Tom and Eric tie with 40 points and Jim pulls in third with 37. Hope you all enjoyed. Next game starts next issue, send in your starting cards and team names!

George -> Field: This was supposed to be the Summer of George!

Frank -> Boob: did you ever tell us who those guys are? I forgot.

Frank -> Field: I hope you all celebrated Festivus! (The "holiday for the rest of us"!)

(CUTLER to BOOB): We got it, boss, Danger Avenue is filled with delight for the team.

(BOOB to CUTLER): Yeah, but it wasn't enough. We are third, to paraphrase.... um, who was that anyway?

(HINT TO JIM: This is a team game and your team LOST just as mine did) so I won't complain.

(BOOB to TEAM PHYSICIAN): Why leave anything on the course? There's no point to that! You don't get to take extra points home with you for the next race.

GM Ė BOOB: Actually, the two lowest scoring teams get the credit for leaving the least on the course. Tom did next best by that measure.

(BOOB to RICK BABY): You didn't fare so well here, and won't catch me, but Zero Boy should keep his losin' mouth shut... well, how come Rumsfeld was his only point scorer? That seems like Bush Baby's biggest liability!!

MIKE to BOOB: We lost Ashcroft, but he was a liability; kept trying to redraw the racing lanes and finish lines. 'Leeza got a promotion and the dissenters were cleared out, so our evil still rules. We'll be controlling the election "reforms", so our evil will continue to rule indefinitely.

HOMEGROWN EVIL: I got the last rider across the line, if nobody falls off. But I didn't get last place in overall score in my first game

(BOOB to EIGHT BALL): Off the bumper back into the left front pocket..... SCORE!@!!!!

:Black Bottomed Girls (Brendan Whyte) 5 points

A

5

Black Pudding Bertha

3

3

3

 

B

5

Big bad Bobbette

3

3

   

C

6

Bo Dacious Derek

3

3

   

D

4

Barbarella Eden

3

3

   

Homegrown Evil (Mike Barno) 8 points

A

4

Dick Cheney

3

3

   

B

3

John Ashcroft

3

3

   

C

3

Karl Rove

3

3

   

D

 

Donald Rumsfeld

D

O

N

E

Thin Bottomed Girls (Tom Howell) 40 points

Manager: Edith

A

3

Abigail

3

3

3

 

B

 

Babette

D

O

N

E

C

5

Camilla

4

4

 

 

D

4

Dagmar

3

4

 

 

The Four Kingdoms of Daniel Chapter Seven (Eric Brosius) 40 points

A

 

Babylon

D

O

N

E

B

6

Persia

7

7

   

C

4

Greece

3

3

 

 

D

 

Rome

D

O

N

E

 

The Front Men (Jim Burgess) 37 points

Manager: Ian Curtis

A

 

Jon Langford

D

O

N

E

B

8

Richard Barone

4

7

   

C

13

Mark Cutler

3

3

 

 

D

4

Tjinder Singh

3

4

 

 

The Team About Nothing (Rick Desper) 26 points

Manager: Frank Costanza

A

7

Jerry Seinfeld

3

4

5

 

B

7

Elaine Benes

3

3

 

 

C

3

Cosmo Kramer

5

6

 

 

D

4

George Costanza

3

4

 

 



Square

Riders

Card

 

langford(20), Rome(16), babette(12), babylon(10), rumsfeld(8), greece (6), camilla(4)

 

F I N I S H L I N E

 

120

cutler(2)

 
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Persephone, Standard Diplomacy

GAME START

Welcome gentlemen to our new game. All of you except Cary have email. I trust that writing to a single player will not tax your penmanship unduly and youíll harbor no prejudice against the Tsar for the poor state of telecommunications in his nation.

Country

Player

Address

Austria

Graham Wildon

48 Harbourview Cresent
Toronto, Ontario
M8V 4B1

England

Karl Muller

3154 East Lydius Street
Schenectady, NY 12303-5035

France

Fred Wiedemeyer

Box 92010, Meadowbrook R.P.O.
Edmonton, AB T6T 1N1 CANADA

Germany

John Power

18 Tilton Court
Baltimore, MD 21236

Italy

Matt Sundstrom

1760 Robincrest Ln.
S. Glenview, IL 60025

Russia

Cary Nichols

756532-938 South FM1673
Snyder, TX 79549-8812

Turkey

Hank Alme

506 Paige Loop
Los Alamos, NM 87544

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Carrier Pigeon (2003E), Standard Diplomacy,

Postal negotiations only

DELAYED Ė Winter 1905, Spring 1906 due next time.

Due to delays in Jimís printing schedule some players received the szine less than a week before the deadline so the game is delayed for one issue.

Country

Player

Address

Austria

Alexander Woo

2322 Shattuck Ave. #308
Berkeley, CA 94704

England

Robert Dowrey

76 Potter Avenue
Orchard Park, NY 14127

France

Karl Schmit

1452 Seville Dr. #3
Green Bay, WI 54302-5559

Germany

Hank Alme

506 Paige Loop
Los Alamos, NM 87544

Italy

John Power

18 Tilton Court
Baltimore, MD 21236

Russia

 

Doug Kent

 

Unit F #30694-177
Federal Correctional Institution McKean
PO Box 8000
Bradford, PA 16701

Turkey

Fred Wiedemeyer

Box 92010, Meadowbrook R.P.O.
Edmonton, AB T6T 1N1 CANADA

 

Winter 1905 positions

Country

Moves

Austria

a rom, f ion, a rum, a ser, a bud

England

f nwg, f den, a ruh, f ska, f nth, a kie

France

f mao, f spa/sc, a mar, a gas, a tyr, f nap

Germany

out

Italy

f wms, f tyn, a pie, a naf

Russia

a sil, a mun, f ber, f nwy , a sev, f arm

Turkey

a ank, f bla, A bul, a gre, f aeg

Adjustments

Country

Centers

Adjustments

Austria

tri, bud, vie, ser, rum, rom

build 1

England

lon, edi, lvp, bel, hol, den, kie

build 1

France

bre, par, spa, por, rom, mun, mar, nap

even

Germany

kie, ber

out

Italy

ven, nap, tun, mar

disband 2

Russia

sev, war, mos, stp, swe, nwy, mun, ber

build 2

Turkey

con, ank, smy, bul, gre

even

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