January 31, 2000

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``Grab it while you can, but don't ever relax;

Cause there's always someone gonna stab your back;

What ya gonna do, what ya gonna do when it's over?"

from Joy Division's ``Novelty"

Well, more warehouse style here. The Worldmasters bit still has me scrambling. We are a week late with deadlines knocked BACK one week to compensate. Also Berry Renken is on the TAP Worldmasters team and Y2K problems have knocked him off the Internet (see below). The complaints and delays in the tournament have slacked off at the same time, but the pace of my own GMed game (including working in another replacement, the brilliant FTF player, Steve Cooley) is picking up to meet the March 31st game finishing deadline. More in the Worldmasters discussion below, but I am swamped (also with work stuff), so I don't know when TAP will get back to what I consider normal. Still, given all that, there continues to be a goodly amount of reading in here, at least the szine is pretty thick. And Tinamou is inside with the new deadline below:


The postal sub price is a flat $1.00 per issue in the US and Canada, a bargain at twice the price.... but you can double that for other foreign subbers (or $2.00 per issue sent airmail). Players in current games and standbys will continue to get the issues for free, and future game starts (except for Nuclear Yuppie Evil Empire Diplomacy, which is free) cost $20.00 ($15.00 for a life of the game subscription and $5 for the NMR Insurance). Note the price increases for games, with the rates for subbing to the szine holding fixed for the moment. After the current series of games, I probably won't start another until the Modern game ends. The new game at that point probably will be another Modern game with the ``Wing'' rule. There will be options for new games from subszines though, stay tuned. And I am ***ACTIVELY*** promoting Mark Kinney's new postal effort. See more on that below. Let's help Mark get at least ONE regular Diplomacy gamestart. We have to have it in us......

Check out the connections in the Diplomatic Pouch with all of the information you need to play Diplomacy on the Internet at:

Through Stephen Agar's (who is still in charge here) Postal portion of the Pouch:

the szine resides in html format. Presently, issues from #190 to the current issue are there, and I will be updating the back issues gradually in the near future. Also, check out Stephen's more extensive efforts at (note the new address):

The most recent issue of TAP also can be accessed through Pete Sullivan's web page and occasionally David Wang's:

1) David has grabbed and reserved the HIGHLY prized name:!! David Wang's site also allows you to follow John Caruso's postal baseball league that I am in. We are currently finishing the bidding for free agents. Dave Grabar has the high bid on Pedro Martinez, who is setting a league salary record, but he doesn't have enough money to keep him. Someone will bid higher - like David Wang or Eric Voogd. I'm glad I released him at the lower performance level I had him at, so that he could come back with proper ratings! Sucked all that money out of the system so I could get who I wanted.

2) For the most recent issue of Pete Sullivan's subszine check out:

Pete is looking for Railway Rivals standbys, but otherwise, he is full with games at the moment.

By electronic mail, through the Internet, subs are free and can be obtained automatically by sending the message: subscribe tap

to majordomo of and messages can be sent to the entire electronic mailing list by mailing them to tap of which will forward your message to all of the people currently on the list. The message:

unsubscribe tap

sent to majordomo of gets you off the list. Please make careful note of that as well since you generally can get yourself off the list a lot easier than I can, and NOBODY likes to see unsubscribe messages sent to the entire list. A big, big thank you for David Kovar for setting this all up!!


Brenton Ver Ploeg has not been found yet. This actually is a search with a twist. I actually am offering up TWO $50 rewards. The first reward is finding for Brenton. The second is for resolving a certain mystery that currently exists in our hobby for which Brenton is particularly well qualified to solve. I will share with Brenton ALL of the information I currently have on this mystery and he will thus have the leg up to get the second $50 reward. I will tell the first reward winner who finds Brenton what the mystery is in general terms, so they will have some advantage as well. There also is one other person (he knows who he is) who knows what the mystery is.

Let's get Kevin, Garret, Al, and Jerry found too!!! This is a regular continuing feature of the szine and I will be introducing a new ``search for'' every five issues. Moreover, you can win a $25 prize for finding some previous target who went unfound in the original $50 period. That means that if Kevin Tighe or Garret Schenck or Jerry Lucas or Al Pearson is ``found'' from now on it is worth $25. Plus, Steve Emmert will throw in another ten spot for Garret Schenck if you can get Garret to write to him.

Winners will receive credit for Dip hobby activities that I will pay out as requested by the winner. Subscribe to szines here or abroad, run your own contests, publish a szine, finance a web page, or whatever. Spend it all right away or use me as a bank to cover hobby activities for years. What must you do to win? Get me a letter to the editor for TAP from the person we're searching for.

This is very important, just finding them doesn't do it. They have to write me a letter. The final judge as to the winner of any contest will be the target himself and I reserve the right to investigate the winning entry. When you find someone I'm looking for, you should ask him to send me a letter for print that includes a verification of who ``found'' him.


The British representative is the editor of Mission From God, John Harrington. John may be contacted at 1 Churchbury Close, Enfield, Middlesex EN1 3UW, UK.

E-Mail: fiendish of or johnh of

Please include the full name and address of the foreign publisher with your order, if possible, as well as the szine title. Make your check in US dollars out to me personally or in GBP to John if you're doing things from that end. I will conduct business for Canadians as well, if I can, but prefer to deal in US dollars with them if possible, or Canadian dollars cash. To subscribe to American szines, the system works in reverse. There has been some interest in finding a new Australian representative. Should someone Down Under have an interest, or from anywhere else in the world, please contact me.


If you've had your head under a tree, the World's Largest Diplomacy Tournament is currently underway by E-Mail, featuring over 550 players from all around the world. TAP readers who are participating are ENCOURAGED to write in commentaries on games, or teams, or whatever. You can see the commentary on the games by logging in as a guest at this website: worldmasters99/login

Rick Desper (Tue, 18 Jan 2000 06:24:12 -0800 (PST))

In TAP, you ask for some comments regarding the big tourney. Our team is not doing so well. Right now only Dave Partridge has a fairly strong position. Richard Weiss and David Kovar are middling, I'm hanging on after some really bizarre play by Turkey, and Manus and Paul R. each only have one SC left.

I was hoping to have a better position - the game started well, and I even got up to 6 SCs when I took Marseilles and Spain. However, the ever-promised help from Germany never materialized. I could have still managed, except that then Turkey decided that he wanted to sell his soul into slavery to Austria-Hungary.

At the time he made this decision, Austria-Hungary only had one fleet, in the Aegean Sea, and no way to invade Turkey. I must admit I didn't see this coming. I figured most people would hold onto the three home Turkish centers and wait for help. This kind of position is actually pretty strong for Turkey, especially on a board where Italy has already indicated a lack of desire to try to crack Turkey. But Turkey let A-H take Con, Smy, and Ankara all without a fight, took Sevastapol from Russia, weakening his defense, helped A-H take Moscow, and sent his one fleet towards Naples, which he took in a Spring move (brilliant!) I just got the results back for the Fall move - I sunk the Turkish fleet in Naples, but lost Venice and Tunis to A-H and France respectively. Turkey has one SC left, Sevastopol, and an army sitting there which will probably last until the end of the game. Germany has 11 SC, A-H 12, and France has 7. My 3 SCs include Spain, which is undefendable. My only hope is to survive at the border between France and A-H, and hope that gains me something.

I just don't understand the Turkish player in my game. Why would anybody throw away Asia Minor like that? It's frustrating. ((Remember that crossgaming with teams is ALLOWED in this tournament. Perhaps it is part of some bizarre cross-gaming deal. My observation of the play in general in the tournament in Round #1 is that I have not been impressed. I expect that the standards of play in Round #2 will be much higher, at least I hope they will be much higher.))

My condolences on the loss to Toby Harris. It seems he just couldn't resist. Looking at the final positions, it seems that you had broken through to the MAO, and could have probably mopped up the rest of the board, had he wanted to. On the whole (and this is a poor segue, since it seems to be indicting Toby, which isn't my intention) the level of play in the tournament has been disappointing.

((Yeah, I really enjoyed my chess match with Toby, even though it turned out badly in the end. He could have had a 17 with me in Second place - clearly. But he took the win. I would still make the gamble again. The speed of the games is still too fast for me and my schedule. At some crucial times, I just didn't have the time to talk things out as far as I would have liked. And some of the play was REALLY piss poor. And my game on average was pretty good.))

((We have three TAP'ers doing very well, possibly three board toppers. But all four of the rest of us are out (or soon will be). Warren was killed by the season rollback in Spring 1901 that was simply mind-boggling to me. GM control has been abysmal too across the board. At least now (finally) some of the worst GMs have been replaced. But the initial quality control was nil.))

TAP seems to be well-positioned. Right now, Toby's team would have to be considered the favorite, but that can be a downer for his teammates. You've got to figure you need at least two board-toppers plus other good results to win this thing. Maybe a solo and a board-topper. My estimate of the number of solos is increasing.

((In any case, I won't be back the next time (just speaking for me) since they will have to SHOW me that the tournament can be interesting. Round #2 might be better (I hope).))

I am totally astonished to hear about the rollbacks. I mean, I just don't get it. I have made corrections, but once you have told the players what the orders are, you don't give them a chance to change their orders. What you've described is horribly amateurish, and the organizers had better make sure they get better GMing all- around for this tournament next time. ((Yeah, and then when they turned some games back, they did not turn others back under similar circumstances. Also, turbophreak GMs pushing games forward rather than correcting mistakes has been a problem.))

I neglected to discuss Pitt's game in my last letter. To be quite honest, I have no idea how he's doing. He's playing in a game where Edi Birsan is France, and some other good players are also there. But the web board has not been updated in a long time.

Rick, rick_desper of

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The game Diplomacy is a copyrighted product owned by Hasbro and all reproductions or other use of that material in this szine is intended to be personal use and not infringe on those rights in any way. All reproductions are done at a heavy financial loss to the editor and thus are without the remotest possibility of commercial intent, except to promote THE game, the Game of Diplomacy, which you all should purchase from Hasbro or other duly licensed distributors.

Mark Kinney (Fri, 14 Jan 2000 01:42:05 -0600)

In other news, I've heard nothing whatsoever with regard to interest in a new zine. Perhaps I was not specific enough in the previous message about it, so... I am looking for players for a Standard Dip game, zine to start up when the game is full. I probably will give in to fate and again call it League of Nations. ((Good choice!!!)) I'd like to run that Global game I mentioned, as well, and eventually wish to do a really big and complex Trek variant, but the latter will be quite a while. I'll probably keep the number of games relatively low, try to entertain with the news coverage of said games, and this time around will probably charge a modest sub fee (to be figured out when publishing starts, but probably along the lines of US$.50 [what genius took the cent symbol off of computer keyboards, anyway?]) ((It's pretty much gone from everywhere, it isn't in the common character sets any more either.))

I picked up the Diplomacy computer game for Christmas (getting money from my relatives is a good thing, sometimes.) I like it, for what it is... and at least they have an active Hotseat mode! I'd love to see variant patches for it at some point - they have a number on there that use the original map, but the capability of putting in new ones could be quite nice, too (if problematic, like how to get the maps into usable form.) Also problematic is using more that seven players. Still, what it is, is pretty nice.

That's about it for now. ((Contact Mark about those game openings!!!!))

Mark, alberich of,

4820 Westmar Terrace #6, Louisville KY 40222, (502) 412-3079

Stephen Agar (Sun, 16 Jan 2000 00:18:36)

The following new Diplomacy articles have been added to over the past 10 days. ((Since a whole bunch of you see this szine and might not know your work is out there, here's your notification, this one's for you: Faz, Dan, Sludge, Melinda, Kitton, Brad, Bob, Woody, Mike, Fred, John, Andy, Rich, and of course Stephen for putting this all together!))


Playing Turkey Without Being A Turkey by Mark Fassio

A Winning Strategy - France by Dan Stafford

Triple Alliances by Bob Olsen

Russia : Double Your Pleasure by Melinda Holley

Italy : The Green Machine by Kathy Caruso

Learning To Like To Draw A Black Block by Brad Wilson

France : Early Game by Robert Slossar, Jr.

England : Tutonic Brotherhood by Steve Arnawoodian

Austria : Gas Up & Go! by Michael Mills

From Here To There : Grand Strategy by Bob Olsen

Don't Be a Turkey: Play Turkey! by Mark Fassio

A Look at Germany in 1901 by Francois Cuerrier

Strategic Diplomacy (Part 8) - Russia by Harry Drews

Strategic Diplomacy (Part 6) - Turkey by Harry Drews

Classic Games - 1979JD - FOE 29

Classic Games - 1969BG - Albion 69/1

Seismic Diplomacy by Pierre Lavaurs

Pride of Armies by Fred C. Davis

Strategic Diplomacy (Part 1) by Harry Drews

Strategic Diplomacy (Part 2) - Austria by Harry Drews

Is Diplomacy in the UK Unbalanced? by Richard Gee

Stonehenge Diplomacy II by Mike Lee

17eme - Seismic Diplomacy Game Report

MidCon 96 by Steve Cox

Middle Earth VIII by Lew Pulsipher

Cox on OxCon 97 by Steve Cox

Scorched Earth Diplomacy by John Morgan

Hey Bresto! by Richard Sharp

World War I Diplomacy by John Boardman

How I Lost The War by Bob Olsen

Diplomacy The Gathering II by Stephen Agar

Vain Star by Andy Bate and others

The Five Italies by Mike Lea

A Fight to the Finnish by Tom Hubbard

The Mediterranean by Derek Caws

CanCon '96 by Rich Goranson

An Introduction to Austrian Opening Strategy by Richard Hucknall

1992 Zine Poll Top Twenty by Stephen Agar

Electric Monk by Stephen Agar

An Introduction to French Opening Strategy by Richard Hucknall

An Introduction to Italian Opening Strategy by Richard Hucknall

An Introduction to German Opening Strategy by Richard Hucknall

An Introduction to Russian Opening Strategy by Richard Hucknall

An Introduction to Turkish Opening Strategy by Richard Hucknall

How to Play Postal Diplomacy and Win (or at least draw) by Rob Chapman

- Stephen Agar, Brighton, UK,, stephen of

Mike Barno (Sat, 22 Jan 2000 12:16:04

Hi Jim, It was good seeing your brother for a day at Long Con (Jan 14-17). He proved his continued non-fictionality by playing games including Diplomacy. It was fun despite our getting each other into a gamelong jam that made us concede a two-way draw to wicked witches Kaiser Dave Lincoln and Sultan John Lincoln, who had never allied until the final gameyear shook out a four-way muddle. That was my first FTF Dip since '92 or '93 - way back in the twentieth century when people used 20th-century thinking. (Or, in Ronald Reagan's case, 19th-century thinking.) A good con - in four days I played ten different games, eight of them at least three hours, including five games I played for the first time.

Joy for Frauke & Scott Hanson. Just e-mailed them (first contact in 12-14 years?) to congratulate. And DipCorps matters have gotten me exchanging messages with Allan Calhamer, Walt Buchanan, mid-Eighties IndyCon host Dave Kleiman, and others.

- Mike, mpbarno of

((Bruce Linsey still has two cons a year: one in January and the other around 4th of July each year. You can ask Mike for more info and I do have Bruce's E-Mail address. Next up, something from the ``founder of the feast''.))

Allan B. Calhamer (13 Jan 00 21:15:36 EST)

To: Concert of Europe

Hey - It seems likely that my book, Calhamer on Diplomacy, may be out in a month or two. I would greatly appreciate it if, when the time comes, any of you heads of state who run or contribute to a home page would put a mention on your page, with a hypertext link to the publisher's online bookstore. He is willing to furnish a button type link. If you gentlemen advised me of your willingness in this respect I would pass your e-ddresses along to; you may, however, instead e-ddress yourselves directly to John Eagleston, john of, asking him for a hypertext button in connection with Calhamer on Diplomacy. Very best of success in the war to end all wars.

Allan B. Calhamer, calhamer of

((Check out this next item for more....))

Edi Birsan (Sat, 22 Jan 2000 10:16:47 -0800)

The Diplomatic Corps is pleased to announce that Allan Calhamer will be our guest at the World DipCon 2000 in Baltimore this August 4-6. The designer of Diplomacy will give a talk on Diplomacy and his current book project relating to Diplomatic history.

The last time Mr. Calhamer attended a DipCon was in 1990 so this may be your only chance to meet the inventor of our hobby.

The Diplomatic Corps is also making special arrangements to assist in free housing for overseas travelers participating in the World DipCon on a first come first served basis. Please make sure you contact us to register for this. ((Edi also is accepting donations to assist with this. Contact me, Edi, or Dan Mathias (dcmathias of for more details.)) Local sponsors are also encouraged to send donations to the DC housing fund to encourage trans-ocean travel and international hobby participation.

This promises to be the most contested of all the World DipCons with several World Champions as well as North American DipCon Champions already committed to attending.

The World DipCon is being held at: World Boardgaming Championships, Hunt Valley Inn Marriott Hotel, Hunt Valley, Maryland.

web site:

The Diplomatic Corps website is:

Hope to see you all there, Edi, edi of

((Thanks, Edi. You all may recall that we had a discussion about John C. Breckinridge last issue.... always go to ``da man'' himself....))

Peter Sullivan (Mon, 17 Jan 2000 09:23:13)

I wasn't aware of the railroad connection, but it is serendipitous. All the game names in Octopus's Garden (and before that, C'est Magnifique) are taken, in sequence, from the list of Vice Presidents of the United States. Breckinridge was Veep to James Buchanan in the pivotal years 1857-1861 (the timeframe of that perennial favourite undergrad history exam question, ``Could the Civil War have been avoided?). Breckinridge also stood in the 1860 Presidential Election, but then who didn't?

Actually, this is the third sequence of game names I've used. The first was French towns, A-Z. The second was Beatles song titles, A-Z (managed to get all 26, with only a little bit of cheating).

- Peter Sullivan, octopus of

((Yes, thank you, esteemed subszine editor. I should have known..... next up, we finally have an answer to a mystery that has bothered us all month. The disappearance of Berry Renken!!))

Rien Kooy (Sat, 29 Jan 2000 20:27:13)

Hello everybody, I do hope this turns out fine, but I'm not sure whether this will work. ((Sending a message to the Bluesmobile mailing list - yes, it worked....)) This message is meant for all subscribers of The Bluesmobile. I'm sending this message on behalf of Berry Renken, who has no email facilities at the moment. His emailprogram broke down due to the Y2K problem and he needs a special emailprogram for sending email through a BBS. The new program is available but doesn't work on his old computer. That means he needs a new computer first, but that will take some time. He hopes to be back in the air in about a month, but it may take longer. So please be patient, he's working on a solution to be back with The Bluesmobile. For the moment he can't receive nor send any email. In case of urgent messages I'm willing to print and send them by post to him if you email them to me. For normal mail just wait until he's back into the email world again.

Greetings, Rien Kooy, rkooy of

((Gosh, Rien, thanks for getting this information to you! This is the worst Y2K disaster I have heard of ;-) But seriously, it is not fun to be cut off from the world. Berry's szine is one the most wide ranging out there and it is heavily populated by Americans. I have really missed it, and him, and hope he returns soon. In addition, my Worldmasters team hope he comes back and leads his position to a good showing, that's the third position that Steve mentions elsewhere. Warren Goesle is doing his best as a fill-in.))


The tape thing is still going slowly. I need some uninterrupted time to do it.... I need to figure out some timings and get together to actually make a master tape. Then I'll find a commercial service to copy them for me. Once I find the cost of that, I will let people know the cost. I am leaning toward a five dollar fee, so the people I've chosen below for five dollar awards automatically get them for free. There are a few other selected individuals who've been sending me tapes and CD's and things who also will get them for free.

To encourage voting early, I picked five voters at random to receive five US dollars from me (either in cash or paid to someone for Dip stuff or to get a free tape). Tony Dickinson won the Round 5 prize, so we had three of the six Round 1 voters won and one of the three Round 2 postal voters who also got five chances to win. That showed the value of getting in early!! Voters in Round 1 were Mike Barno($5), Rick Desper ($5), Tony Dickinson ($5), Drew James, Heath Gardner, and John Harrington. Round 2 postal voters were John Schultz ($5) Ian Moore, and Stan Johnson. Round 2 E-Mail voters were Scott Morris, Warren Goesle, Peter Sullivan, and Michael Lowrey. Round 3 voters were Dick Martin, Richard Weiss, and Rip Gooch. Round 4 voters were Roland Sasseville, Jr. ($5), Don Williams, Brent McKee, and Andy York. Round 5 voters were Mark Larzelere, Al Tabor, Jody McCullough, and that's it.

We'll end up with a monster party tape at the end of it that I plan to segue and sequence and copy for distribution. The result will be a great New Millenium party tape - we're going for 90 minutes. I've also been thinking that I should put this out on CD as truly emblematic of the new millenium. I don't have the capability to do that quite yet, but I think I might by then. Any suggestions (or especially volunteers) on this front will be cheerfully accepted and could receive monetary payments! The CD way may still occur if someone steps forward and actually does it for me.

So far, we have ``I Melt With You'' by Modern English; George Gershwin's ``I got Plenty O' Nuttin' '' from Porgy and Bess in the 1957 concert recording with Ella Fitzgerald finishing off the vocals after Louis Armstrong blows and sings through the tune; Duke Ellington performing Billy Strayhorn's ``Take the A Train''; Frank Sinatra's ``New York, New York''; something from the B-52's; the original Van Morrison and Them version of ``Gloria''; The (English) Beat's 12 inch version of ``Save It for Later'' ratchets things up to the next level (wherever you put it!); Buster Poindexter's ``Hot, Hot, Hot'' keeps you there; ``Atomic Dog'' by George Clinton blows the doors off, and Koko Taylor cleans up singing Willie Dixon's ``Wang Dang Doodle''. After I get timings down, I'll choose exactly which songs below make the list.

EXTRA SPECIAL B-52'S BULLPEN: (7) ``Love Shack''; ``Rock Lobster". ((A tie, a tie!!!!))

BULLPEN: (9) Nirvana - ``Smells Like Teen Spirit"; ``Cumberland Blues'' - the Grateful Dead. (8) ``Twistin the Night Away" - Sam Cooke; ``In Between Days'' - The Cure; ``Mannish Boy" - Muddy Waters; ``Shake, Rattle, & Roll" - Big Joe Turner; ``Proud Mary'' - Ike and Tina Turner. (7) ``I Wanna Be Sedated" - Ramones; ``Twist & Shout" - Beatles. (6) ``Magic Carpet Ride" - Steppenwolf; ``Crossroads'' - Eric Clapton; ``Play That Funky Music'' - Wild Cherry; ``I Feel Good" - James Brown; ``Radar Love'' - Golden Earring; Devo - ``Whip It"; ``Echo Beach'' - Martha and The Muffins. (5) ``Sing Sing Sing'' - Benny Goodman; ``Rocking the Casbah'' - The Clash; Squeeze - ``If I Didn't Love You"; ``Roadrunner'' - Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers.


SPECIAL TALKING HEADS BULLPEN: (9) ``Take me to the River". (4) the entire Speaking in Tongues record (special call for ``Road to Nowhere'').


SPECIAL DRUG MUSIC BULLPEN: (8) ``Red, Red Wine'' - UB40. (6) ``Don't Bogart that Joint'' - Fraternity of Man; ``The Old Dope Peddler'' - Tom Lehrer. (5) ``Cocaine'' - Eric Clapton's version; ``Casey Jones'' - the Grateful Dead. (4) ``White Rabbit'' - Jefferson Airplane; ``Love Is the Drug'' - Roxy Music.

Rich Goranson (Wed, 19 Jan 2000 14:42:57 EST)

There were two things I thought I needed to throw out there for general consumption.

First is a comeback to Steve Emmert. He mentioned in his letter several pieces of ``classical music for those raised on rock-and-roll." There are three artists who have spent a combined century specializing in just this: Wendy Carlos, Isao Tomita and Keith Emerson. All there have made their reputation on translating classical pieces to modern instruments and/or a rock style. Some of my recommended pieces in this genre are:

Carlos: Switched on Bach, The Well Tempered Synthesizer, Peter and the Wolf (with Al Yankovic of all people), Switched on Brandenburgs and most importantly the oscar winning soundtrack to A Clockwork Orange.

Tomita: The Planets, Pictures at an Exhibition, The Firebird and most importantly the Live in New York disc.

Emerson: Piano Concerto #1 (Emerson - from Works, Vol. 1), Mars: the Bringer of War (Holst - from Emerson, Lake and Powell), The Karelia Suite (Sibelius - from Elegy), Canario (the Canario from Fantasia Para Un Gentilhombre by Rodrigo - from Love Beach), Knife Edge (Janacek's Sinfonietta - from Emerson, Lake and Palmer), Creole Dance (Ginestera's Dancus Creolus - from Live at the Royal Albert Hall), The Barbarian (Bartok's Allegro Barbaro - from Emerson, Lake and Palmer), Rondo (Brubeck - many recordings, all different), Hoedown (Copland's Rodeo - from Trilogy), Pictures at an Exhibition (Mussorgsky - from Pictures at an Exhibition), Bach Before the Mast (unknown Bach piece - from Honky), Mater Terebrarum (Emerson - from the soundtrack to Inferno) and most particularly the combination of Jerusalem and Toccata (Blake/Parry's hymn and Ginestera's Piano Concerto #1, 4th Movement - from Brain Salad Surgery).

There would be no synthesizer music as we know it without the work of Wendy Carlos. Switched on Bach, The Well Tempered Synthesizer and A Clockwork Orange. Her work is the framework for which all others are based. She deserves to be in the Founders section of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tomita is just a damned talented and clever individual. Emerson's quantity and quality of work in this field from 1966 to now cannot be discounted. These three are the principal masters of classical/rock fusion and interpretation. They should not be shoved aside. ((I generally agree with you and own large chunks of most of the music you mention. As I've said in these pages before, I really believe that Emerson's work with the Nice is his best rock work - I generally thought Greg Lake's lyrics and singing were annoying though, so surely that contributes to the bias, and much of the works you cite here are ``sans mot''.))

Secondly, I have to make an add-on to Alan Stewart's Top Ten movie lists. In recent years there has been a radical change in Hollywood. It has rediscovered Shakespeare and the epic. We cannot ignore the film that virtually started both these trends singlehandedly. So, I would have to place Branagh's Henry V in the top ten over something ludicrous like Working Girl. ((See my comments below on Polanski's approach.))

I am supposed to return to work tomorrow (Jan 20th) after being off for over two months for surgery. It was good to stay home but I do really need to get out of here.

Rich Goranson, Amherst, NY, ForlornH of

((Technically, this next one was written to a lot of people, but I had meant to publish it last issue, the date was lost somewhere in translation, but I got it around Christmas. And we don't hear much from Tom anymore - damned shame.))

Tom Swider

Hi, A friend sent me a message relating the number of pathetic choices made for Time magazine's Person of the Century. I would like to suggest that the honor go to Alan Turing, whose contributions to the field of computer sciences have led to the breakthrough necessary to make computing what it is today. This technology has had world wide social and economic affects on everybody (even those who don't own computers have been affected).

At the very least, I'd encourage you to learn more about the man. There's some links on the opening page of my web site. If we haven't chatted in awhile, I'd love to hear from you. Sorry I haven't sent holiday cards (I'm bad about that sort of thing and am sure I'll always be that way).

All good things, Tom Swider, tswider of

Want to see who I voted for in TIME's ``Person of the Century" poll? tswider (updated 19 DEC-1999)

Harry Andruschak (Fri, 10 Dec 1999 20:29:20 EST)

Sorry if I did not make it clear. This is what happens when you type late at night. TAPMDFRANCE = The Abyssinian Prince, Modern Diplomacy, France aka Harry Andruschak. It happened. It finally happened. My Brother came over and persuaded me to by a ``real" computer. In this case, a COMPAQ used as a floor model at SAMS CLUB, so picked it up for $750. Bare bones, but probably all I need. Since it has Windows 98, I can play games like SimTower. You may print this in the letter column of TAP if you wish.

Harry, Tapmdfrance of

Rick Desper (Sat, 29 Jan 2000 11:22:18 -0800 (PST))

Let's see...I should try to sneak in a Super Bowl prediction before the game. I saw each team only once this season. The Rams surely have the better offense, and I think the defenses are fairly even. Before the playoffs began, I thought whoever won the Buffalo/Tennessee wild card game would make the Super Bowl. (Really I did! I should have written it down somewhere as proof.) It seemed to me that the Colts were flat at the end of the season and that the Jaguars were overrated. After the Jags utterly flattened the completely overrated Dolphins, I had doubts, but I was glad to see my initial feelings justified.

Similar teams. St. Louis has more pass options, but the Titans compensate by having a more mobile QB. It will come down to defenses. St. Louis made hay this year clobbering weak defenses. Tampa held them to 11 points. While the Titans' D is not quite as good as the Bucs, it certainly won't get hammered like the typical Rams' opponent. The Rams also have a very good defense - before the season started many more people were sold on their defense than their offense.

I think I'll have to go with the Titans. St. Louis really has not won a lot of games this year against good teams. In the playoffs they have thus far faced a team with a great offense and a mediocre defense (Minnesota) and a team with a great defense and a mediocre offense (Tampa Bay). In neither game did they look particularly dominant. Of course, the Titans have had their weak moments, too.

Probably the game will come down to turnovers and/or injuries. ((Possibly, as you know, I really don't care. I have noticed as I pay less and less attention to football that I tend to get better at predicting the outcomes of games, at least I seem to think I do - I think it is about having no emotional involvement. I am writing this before the game just after you sent it. I disagree with you. I believe in teams of destiny - but St. Louis hasn't stopped long enough to think that they shouldn't be there, so they will win and that quarterback for the Rams reminds me of the stories of finding Johnny Unitas. I say you'll have a game like that famous Giants/Colts game of 1958 or whatever and the kid from nowhere will win it. I really haven't studied it enough to react to your other points and won't even watch the game.))

In other news, Vince Carter was the leading vote getter for the All-star game, proving once again that the voters don't really know squat. (They proved this last year with Kobe Bryant.) Carter is nowhere near the level of Iverson or Jason Kidd, but since he's young and makes nice dunks on highlight films, people vote for him. Hmm...let's look at the stats.

It must be because the Raptors are so successful, right? Hardly, they are in the 8 slot in the conference, in danger of not making the playoffs. Maybe it's his scoring? He is scoring 24 ppg. Of course, Iverson is scoring 30 ppg. His rebounding is nothing spectacular. He doesn't shoot 3-pointers, his shooting percentage is not noticeably high, he gets 3.8 assists per game, which is hardly anything, and his 1.29 steals per game is nice, but nothing compared to Paul Pierce's 2.41 per game. ((Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker are slowly but surely turning into a good one-two punch for the Celtics, but Pierce just can't stay healthy. If he stays healthy the rest of the way, the C's will slip into the last playoff spot, if not..... nowhere land with the other .400 teams.))

Just what is the big deal here? It's all hype. He's the leading scorer for a mediocre team, and gets nice highlights. ((Yeah, but that sways votes.))

Why, then, was he the leading vote getter? The answer lies in what the ballot looks like: after Carter and Grant Hill, the next choices were Marcus Camby and Latrell Sprewell (nice to see NY voters are still into voting for the home team), Shawn Kemp (who has fallen off), Keith Van Horn, Antoine Walker, Glenn Robinson, Toni Kukoc, and Charles Oakley. A lot of quality players, but to be honest, the position is pretty thin right now. Since Pippen and Chris Webber have gone to the Western Conference, there's not many forwards in the East. There's not a single low-post scoring/rebounding forward left in the tradition of McHale, Barkley, and Malone. Most of the guys above are too small for that. Walker and Van Horn have yet to really break out.

So, I guess I would vote for Vince Carter, I'm just surprised that he's the top vote-getter. How can he get more votes than Tim Duncan? Duncan has to compete with Kevin Garnett, Karl Malone, Scottie Pippen, Chris Webber, and Glenn Rice, all of whom are better players than Vince Carter. Oh well, that's why they call it voting.

Rick, rick_desper of

Steve Emmert (Mon, 31 Jan 2000 12:11:37 -0500)

I have looked over my proposed party tape yet again, and think I need to remove the Tchaikovsky piece. The other classical tunes are rockin' (as classical music goes), while ``The Waltz of the Flowers" plays at a different speed entirely. The remaining classical tunes are all pieces that inspire me to crank the volume, not unlike hearing certain Van Halen tunes, but in a slightly different manner.

I do not mean to say that these are the best classical music pieces. (For example, there's no Puccini, who wrote what's considered by many listeners to be the most beautiful operatic music. Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 isn't in there, despite its high regard and popularity. And my personal favorite composer, Debussy, isn't there at all.) It's just music that I think could sustain a party. Imagine when ``The Ride of the Valkyries" comes on: How many guys at the party will say, ``I love the smell of napalm in the morning"?

Yes, I think I would sequence it in that fashion, letting the genres flow into one another. I once made a tape that deliberately flouted any such convention. As I recall, the first side was:

``The Magnificent Seven" by the Clash

``You Are in My System" by Robert Palmer

``Arrested for Driving While Blind" by ZZTop

``Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry

``Freedom of Choice/Whip It" by Devo (now, there's a segue for you!)

``New Frontier" by Donald Fagen

``Stepping Razor" by Peter Tosh

``Dream Home in New Zealand" by The Beat ((I'm gonna have to go listen to that song again, I never thought it had ANYTHING on ``Save It For Later''.....))

``Voodoo Chile" by Jimi Hendrix

Nothing was sacred; you'll note that I followed New Wave (Devo) with Technopop, Reggae, Ska, and Rock. For the casual listener, it was too much gear-changing, although I loved it.

Had a great time last evening watching ``The Quiet Man" with Sondra and our neighbors while our kids demolished Caroline's room upstairs. Am I the only guy here who ignored the Super Bowl last night? I hear it was a good game, but am none the worse for having not known who won until this morning. For REAL sports, the important news is that pitchers and catchers report in TWO WEEKS!! Jim-Bob, we have almost made it through the winter! The first harbinger of the approach of spring is the sound of soft-toss as a prelude to ffffffffffff-BAM! (Randy Johnson's fastball)

((Got it. Pitchers and catchers.... can't wait, especially with the Red Sox to root for!! Charlotte and I rented Polanski's Macbeth, which we'd never seen. It holds up surprisingly well. It's really good. I am not a fan of ``The Quiet Man'', but I hope you enjoyed it. The only scene in Macbeth that ``dropped out'' of the movie was Francesca Annis' famous nude soliloquy on ``Out, out, damned spot'' as Lady Macbeth. You remembered why Hugh Hefner was the Executive Producer. But the nude witches were just right and a total delight of wonder and nonsense (nude old hags are not sexy) and the gore (crossbow arrows through foreheads and the like) was not as bad as I was expecting. And the edits and focus of the movie were absolutely perfect. It really is a great movie.))

((Charlotte and I (this should interest you and Sondra) then turned on Public TV and saw three new one act operas about Central Park. The first was written by Wendy Wasserstein and was hilarious! Tremendous. The second was written by A.R. Gurney (of Love Letters fame) and that was cute - a little too cute, with a John Lennon theme. And the third was by Terence McNally (who wrote Master Class) and was nearly unwatchable - I'm sure quality determined the order they were shown. Lots of ``in'' jokes, including sub-titles for the English words which were not needed.))

((I also didn't find out who won the Super Bowl until this morning, though we watched the news after that, all we saw were teasers about who won.))

Looks like Team Arsenic will have a hard time placing well in the World Masters, with only three teams alive (counting O'Kelley's board-topping performance). I'll do the best I can to keep my end up, Cap'n.

Steve, Official Bartender, Team Arsenic, Lse of

((And support Goz in his pinchhitting performance for Berry, we hope Berry hurries back soon!))


``So I called up George and he called up Jim, I said let's make a deal.

He said he'd talk to him. Gonna start a church where you can save yourself,

You can make some noise, When you've got no choice...

You told me useful things, what people think of me, I guess I should thank you.

It's true, then I agree... I'm all alone, I've got no choice,

I'm all alone, I've got no choice."

From ``Got No Choice" by the incomparable Mark Cutler, from the CD Mark Cutler and Useful Things.

If you want to submit orders, press, or letters by E-Mail, you can find me through the Internet system at ``burgess of''. If anyone has an interest in having an E-Mail address listed so people can negotiate with you by computer, just let me know. FAX orders to (401) 277-9904.

Standby lists:

Mike Barno, Dick Martin, Brad Wilson, Jack McHugh, Glenn Petroski, Steve Emmert, Mark Kinney, Vince Lutterbie, Eric Brosius, Paul Rauterberg, Stan Johnson, Randy Ellis, Heath Gardner, Phil Reynolds, Paul Kenny, Sean O'Donnell Dan Gorham, and John Schultz stand by for regular Diplomacy.

Phil Reynolds, Sean O'Donnell, and Jim Sayers stand by for the Colonial Diplomacy game.

Brad Wilson, Jack McHugh, Phil Reynolds, Jim Sayers, and Kurt Ozog stand by for the Modern Diplomacy game.

Sean O'Donnell stands by for Colonia. I REALLY need standbys for the Colonia game as I have now called the last standby!

Let me know if you want on or off these lists, especially OFF. Standbies get the szine for free and receive my personal thanks.


The only Diplomacy oriented opening left is an opening for a game of Star Trek Diplomacy! These will be the last Diplomacy game openings until more games end. See Stephen Agar's rules on his web page at (new location, and including that little typo on ``start trek''):

There are two changes I am looking at when I start the game. First, I really want to name all the star systems after Star Trek locations. I have begun to do this already, but if someone wants to contribute significantly, or even volunteer to do it all, I will offer a free game start in the game. Second, after naming all of the systems, I think I want to nix the ``revolving rings'' rule. I am open to suggestions on the latter, though I want to print maps and ***I*** don't know how to make the rings rotate easily. The game start is open now, and since I want to STRONGLY encourage press, you can sign up and ``claim'' a race. Chris Trent claims the Ferengi, Stephen Agar claims the Borg, and Jody McCullough claims the Romulans. Buddy Tretick and Roland Sasseville, Jr., also are set to play. Chris Lockheardt has taken the sixth spot. I'm expanding my net and hope to fill this very soon, we now need only TWO more players. This game also has the $20 game fee ($5 of that refundable for NMR insurance).

I suppose I have to admit that no one is requesting Pontevedria, the North American game opening flyer, from Conrad von Metzke any more. You can contact Conrad by E-Mail at metzke of if you want to ask him about it. I'd be pleased to help anyone find other game openings on a personal basis too. The longer run solution might come out of the efforts of the Brits, on which we might be able to piggyback. If you are interested, contact Stephen Agar at stephen of who still heads up The Diplomatic Pouch postal section or or join the Brit hobby mailing list at (aw, you guessed it, another new address):

FANTASTIC VOYAGE: 1999K, Regular Diplomacy



Fall 1901

AUSTRIA (Gorham): f tri-ADR, a gal-WAR, a SER S TURKISH a bul-rum.

ENGLAND (Biehl): f eng-MID, f NTH C a yor-bel, a yor-BEL.

FRANCE (O'Donnell): f mid-POR, a PIC S ENGLISH f eng-bel (nso), a mar-SPA.

GERMANY (Shreve): f DEN S ENGLISH f eng-mar (imp), a mun-BUR, a kie-HOL.

ITALY (Tallman): f ion-TUN, a ven-TYO, a tyo-BOH.

RUSSIA (Tretick): f gob-SWE, f rum S TURKISH f bla (d r:sev,otb), a sev-ARM, a ukr-GAL.

TURKEY (Ellis): f BLA S a bul-rum, a con-BUL, a bul-RUM.

Supply Center Chart

AUSTRIA (Gorham): bud,tri,vie,ser,war (has 3, bld 2)
ENGLAND (Biehl): lon,lvp,edi,bel (has 3, bld 1)
FRANCE (O'Donnell): bre,par,mar,spa,por (has 3, bld 2)
GERMANY (Shreve): ber,kie,mun,den,hol (has 3, bld 2)
ITALY (Tallman): rom,ven,nap,tun (has 3, bld 1)
RUSSIA (Tretick): mos,stp,sev,swe (has 3 or 4, bld 1(r:otb) or even)
TURKEY (Ellis): ank,smy,con,bul,rum (has 3, bld 2)
Neutral: nwy,gre (Total=34)

Addresses of the Participants

AUSTRIA: Dan Gorham, PO Box 279, Belmopan, BELIZE, CENTRAL AMERICA ($5)

Frdan of BTL.NET

ENGLAND: John Biehl, 8809 Delwood Drive, Delta, BRITISH COLUMBIA, V4C 4A1 CANADA,

(604) 589-9124 ($10); biehldunai of

FRANCE: Sean O'Donnell, 126 S. Park, Oberlin, OH 44074, (440) 774-2928 (E-Mail)

sean_o_donnell of, seanside of

GERMANY: Dwayne Shreve, 739 Union Church Road, Elkton, MD 21921 ($5)

dwayneshreve of

ITALY: Terry Tallman, 3805 SW Lake Flora Road, Port Orchard, WA 98367, (360) 874-0386 ($4)

terryt of

RUSSIA: Buddy Tretick, 9607 Conaty Circle, Spotsylvania, VA 22553, (540) 582-2356 (E-Mail)

BATretick2 of

TURKEY: Randy Ellis, 9501 W 89th, Apt 201, Overland Pk, KS 66212 (***NEW***) ($10)

Game Notes:

1) Gee, lots of people wanting to support England doing things that he didn't (or couldn't) do.... and two centers left neutral that no one even TRIED to take. Interesting start. Let's go for some press now.


(ENGLAND to ITALY): I bet you'd just love to have a long enough blade.

(SEVASTOPOL): The Tzar reminds the Sultan that he has boldly gone where no man has gone before, and is therefore to be beheaded in the presence of his harem. Now, Sir, would you like to vacate the Black Sea now?

(LONDON, OCT. 31, 1901): King George V has been assured by the first Sea Lord of the Admiralty, Samuel Owen Barfer (S.O.B.) [which is no assurance at all], that the Royal Navy will defend England's possessions of Gibraltar, Malta, and Cyprus in the Mediterranean. Barfer went on to say, ``Your Majesty, if it's not HMS Kipper then we have HMS Codpiece, er, HMS Codfish at the ready.''

(DAN GORHAM): Hi Guys: I don't make New Year's resolutions anymore. I'm old enough to know better. For the most part they're broken before the hangover is gone, which is particularly troubling to those who annually resolve to cut back on the drinking. We've heard them all: Lose weight. Take better care of yourself. Make new friends. Find a faithful companion. Get more exercise. Take in a lost soul. Get to know your neighbors. I have a better one, and it covers all the resolutions above. GET A DOG! Just go to the pound and get a dog. Oh, I can hear what you're saying right now. ``The last thing I need in my life right now is a dog." You're wrong! It's the first thing you need. Too busy? Too busy for what? A litle more love in your life? Maybe that's your problem. Maybe you're been looking for love in all the wrong places. A dog will treat you better than anyone you'll meet at happy hour. Trust me. I've been to happy hour. In a perfect world, every dog would have a home and every home would have a dog. And believe me, it would be a better world. If President Clinton had gotten his dog a bit sooner than he did, he might not be in the mess he's in today. Dogs protect their owners from every kind of trouble, including themselves. Besides, they're a lot cheaper than mistresses. Yes, dogs are responsibilities, but what's wrong with a little responsibility? FDR had time for Fala, his Scottie, and he was running a country at war. Yes, you have to walk them, but what's wrong with a walk every morning? Built-in exercise. Yes, you have to plan for their care when you go away. So? As any dog owner will tell you, it's a small price to pay for total devotion. Get a dog. You'll get more kisses than you ever imagined. You'll never be lonely again. You'll always have someone to talk too. Dogs are great listeners. Some of the best conversations I've ever had have been with my dog `Rocky'. The whole tenor of your life will change - from the smell of the dog's warm breath on your face as he or she stands by your bed, silently announcing the beginning of your day, to the sound of four feet galloping down the hallway when you put the key in the door of your house. These are good things. Again, trust me. A dog will quickly turn you into a fool, but who cares? Better your dog than your boss. I'm a fool for my dog and proud of it. You will live longer. Your house will be dirtier, but your blood pressure will be lower. You will laugh more. Both at yourself and at your dog. You will increase your circle of friends. ``Dog people" will enter your life. This, too, is good. Even in the most workaholic cities the dog people have their priorities straight. They know work can wait another 30 minutes. There are more important things to do. Like throwing sticks. Who would you rather spend time with? A dog or a politician? Case closed. You see things differently with a dog at your side. Like life. Dogs stop and smell the bushes. They give tours of back alleys and neighborhood lanes you never knew existed. They make you linger. Dogs are better than children. Even my friends with children say that. As a dog friend of mine likes to say, children are for people who can't have dogs. Dogs rarely talk back, their education costs less, they come with their own clothes, and they always eat what they're served. Plus, dogs appreciate every last thing you do for them. So how about it? It's a new year, a new century. Get a new life. Get a dog. ((My cats wouldn't like that very much....))

(Sometimes I Feel Like) FLETCHER CHRISTIAN: 1999Cgh013, Colonia VIIb Diplomacy



Fall 1752

AUSTRIA (Prosnitz): a SILESIA S RUSSIAN a romania-poland, a swisse-BURGUNDY,

f ADRIATIC SEA S f naples-papal states(wc), a VENEZUELA S a manaus-colombia,

f bismarck sea-NEW ZEALAND, a VENICE S f naples-papal states(wc), a bavaria-SWISSE,

a manaus-COLOMBIA, f naples-PAPAL STATES(WC), f south pacific-GULF OF PANAMA.

CHINA (Acheson): a peking-JEHOL, f YELLOW SEA S a peking-jehol, a xian-GOBI DESERT,

a wuhan-NANKING, a NEPAL-bengal, a SINKIANG S OTTOMAN a uzbek-turkestan,

f east china sea-JAPAN.

ENGLAND (Power): f ENGLISH CHANNEL S DUTCH a rhine-antwerp (nso),

f NORTH SEA S f norway-helgoland, f malay sea-JAVA, a colombia-venezuela (d r:panama,ecuador,otb),

a FEZAN-kameron, a PERU-bolivia, a GABON-kameron, f andaman sea-SUMATRA,


FRANCE (Gamble): f BAY OF BISCAY S a bordeaux-leon, f LIGURIAN SEA S f papal states(wc),

a ontario-MASSACHUSETTS, f dakar-GHANA, a toulon-SAVOY,

f papal states(wc) S a toulon-savoy (d ann), a SAHARA h, a ohio-ONTARIO, a bordeaux-LEON.



f denmark h (d r:han,otb), f CORAL SEA h.

OTTOMAN (Johnson): a ARMENIA-caucasus, a suez-EGYPT, f persian gulf-YEMEN,

f bulgaria(ec)-ROMANIA, f central pacific ocean-WAKE,

a KAZAKSTAN S RUSSIAN a turkestan-omsk (nso), a egypt-LIBYA, a uzbek-TURKESTAN,

f GREECE h, f solomon sea-IWO JIMA.

PORTUGAL (Stimmel): a nizam-KHANDESH, f brazil-BAHIA, f lagos-CANARIES,

a VANCOUVER-manitoba, a leon-bordeaux (d r:mad,lis,otb), a MISSOURI-manitoba,

a MAHRATTA-bengal, a ARGENTINA-bolivia, f azores-MID-ATLANTIC OCEAN.

RUSSIA (Rauterberg): f south indian ocean-MALAGASY, f BALTIC SEA S f sweden-denmark,

f KOREA h, a ural-OMSK, a CAUCASUS-armenia, a turkestan-MONGOLIA, a romania-POLAND,

a PRUSSIA-poland, a gobi desert-CHINGHAI, a mozambique-ZAMBIA, f sweden-DENMARK,

f MANCHURIA S f korea.

SPAIN (Partridge): f arafura sea-BORNEO, a kenya-ETHIOPIA, a mexico-HONDURAS,

a valencia-ARAGON, a madrid-HUE, a TEXAS h, a SUDAN h,

f tunis-WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN, f philippine sea-NEW GUINEA.

Supply Center Chart

AUSTRIA (Prosnitz): BUD,VIE,SUR,TRI,TAH,ven,bav, (has 10, bld 4)
CHINA (Acheson): PEK,WUH,XIA,AMO,tib,nep, (has 7, bld 3)
ENGLAND (Power): ECU,NIG,MAL,EDI,LON,kam,peru, (has 9 or 10, bld 5(r:otb) or 4)
FRANCE (Gamble): PAR,DAK,TOU,QUE,BOR,sav, (has 8, bld 4)
NETHERLANDS (Schuetz): ANT,FLO,ANG,HAG,MEL,lou, (has 8 or 9, bld 1)
OTTOMAN (Johnson): ISM,JER,BAG,IST,HAW,persia, (has 10, bld 5)
PORTUGAL (Stimmel): LAG,ALA,GOA,BRA,LIS,manitoba, (has 8 or 9, bld 4)
RUSSIA (Rauterberg): MOS,KIE,OMS,CAP,STP,VLA,cri, (has 12, bld 4)
SPAIN (Partridge): MAD?,MEX,SOM,VAL,MAN,cal, (has 9, bld 4(POR r:mad) or 5)
Neutral: fewer (Total=???)

Addresses of the Participants

AUSTRIA: Gene Prosnitz, 2600 Netherland Ave., Apt. 1116, Riverdale, NY 10463, (718) 601-8131 ($5)

ProsnitzE of

CHINA: Bob Acheson, 304-556 Laurier Ave., Ottawa, ONTARIO K1R 7X2, CANADA ($5)

racheson of

ENGLAND: John Power, 5043 Lymbar Dr., Houston, TX 77096, (713) 283-8962 ($5)

nat-john of

FRANCE: Terry Gamble, 201 Kenney Ave., Barksdale AFB, LA 71110, (318) 752-1787 ($5)

velobus of

NETHERLANDS: Karl Schuetz, 20 Toledo Lane, Willingboro, NJ 08046, (609) 871-9058

cschuetz of

NETHERLANDS: Standby is Sean O'Donnell, 126 S. Park, Oberlin, OH 44074, (440) 774-2928

sean_o_donnell of, seanside of

OTTOMAN: Stan Johnson, 2401 W. Southern Ave. #56, Tempe, AZ 85282, (602) 454-9356 ($5)

PORTUGAL: Robert Stimmel, Apt. #57, Casa de Sherry Apts., 2462 North Sycamore Blvd.,

Tucson, AZ 85712-2541, (520) 326-8369 ($5)

RUSSIA: Paul Rauterberg, 3116 W. American Dr., Greenfield, WI 53221, (414) 281-2339 (E-Mail)

prosit of

SPAIN: Dave Partridge, 15 Woodland Drive, Brookline, NH 03033

rebhuhn of

Game Notes:

1) Karl Schuetz also has dropped his position in the game that Michael Lowrey is running, so we must presume that he is a bit too busy to play. I call Sean to take over as the last standby for Colonia that I have. I enclose the full maps to Sean with this issue.

2) Check all of the adjudications and the Supply Center Chart. I will be surprised if I got it all right, but you will correct me. Anyone who would like to figure out how many neutrals are still left and what they are would be appreciated. I didn't have time to do that again. I'm sticking with the ``map with Spring and Fall orders, SC chart with every turn, orders written out in full'' adjudication style. You'll let me know if you have any problems with it.


(BORDEAUX): Many citizens have been complaining about an awful smell drifting up from the south. Further study revealed that it was the Portuguese army camped out in the Spanish province of Leon. So in a good neighborly attitude the French Corp du Sud was dispatched to remove the army from the province and restore order to the region.

(SPAIN to GM): I understand. I actually started by reducing the big map, but then Europe was so small relatively that it didn't work at all, so I redrew things. Sometime, when I have some more spare time, I'll give a shot at a more useable but less proportional version.

(ST NICOLAS): The sight of the new city is occupied by the grotesques offspring of what can best be guessed at as Portuguese women and Sasquatch. These creatures are large and simple looking (probably from the Sasquatch side) and have prodigious facial hair (probably from the Portuguese side). Luckily they are too stupid to operate fire arms and should be eradicated fairly easily.

(OTTO - RUSSIA): You may find the price for your greed more heavy than you can bear.

(MOSCOW to OTTOMAN): This fuss is all over a province that you couldn't even get to?

(MAJOR ANARCHY to GENERAL CHAOS): Spread the word brother!

SECRETS: 1999D, Regular Diplomacy


Autumn and Winter 1902

AUSTRIA (Zarr): R a vie-BOH; rem a tyo, a bud; has a BOH, f BUL(SC), a SER.

ENGLAND (Sayers): R a stp otb; has f ENG, f NTH, f NAO.

FRANCE (Sasseville): has a BUR, f GOL, f WES, a PIC, a PIE.

GERMANY (Johnson): bld f kie, a ber; has f KIE, a BER, a MUN, f HOL, f SWE,

a RUH, a BEL.

ITALY (Schultz): bld a ven; has a VEN, f ION, a VIE, f TYH,

a TRI, a GAL.

RUSSIA (Trent): bld a war; has a WAR, a STP, f NWY, a FIN, a SEV.

TURKEY (Munson): R a bul-CON; has f AEG, a GRE, f BLA, a RUM, a CON.

Addresses of the Participants

AUSTRIA: Harold Zarr, 215 Glen Drive, Iowa Falls, IA 50126-1957, (515) 648-2821 ($5)

hdzarr of

ENGLAND: Jim Sayers, 15 Holdsworth Street, Woollahra 2025, AUSTRALIA ($10)

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FRANCE: Roland Sasseville, Jr., 38 Bucklin Street, Pawtucket, RI 02861, (401) 722-4029 ($5)

roland6 of and ICQ: 40565030

GERMANY: Stan Johnson, 2401 W. Southern Ave. #56, Tempe, AZ 85282, (602) 454-9356

ITALY: John Schultz, #19390, MCF POB900, D331, Bunker Hill, IN 46914

RUSSIA: Chris Trent, 8553 Banff Vista Dr., Elk Grove, CA 95624-1746, (916) 685-7772 ($5)

chrisimaus98 of

TURKEY: Scott Munson, 562 West 31st, Erie, PA 16508 ($5)

samunson71 of

Game Notes:

1) Scott ended up staying in Pennsylvania. I'm not sure he got anything you sent him in Gardiner. He'll try to keep me up to date on where he is. Docmunson of is also a possible new E-Mail address. No guarantees he reads any of it.


(TRENT-HOBBY): So, Dipdom has survived Y2K.... along with everything else. May we laugh at the people who built bomb shelters now? ((Oh, probably, but I beg to differ. Dipdom has NOT survived Y2K intact until our beloved Berry Renken is returned to us! Read his proxy story above. Berry's szine is a pure E-Mail szine, but it has the most ``postal flavor'' of any E-Mail szine in existence in the world today - totally unique. We hope the Bluesmobile returns very, very soon.))

(WISE MAN SAY): If it look like attack and smell like attack it probably is attack.

(GER-ITALY): Good luck with everything.

(MOS-ROM): Please, oh please don't go rouge!

(F-E): I am worthy of your trust. I told you I was.

(ITALY-FRANCE): Hi Roland; welcome to the Med. Let's party for awhile. I figure you might gain one or two dots in about 7 or 8 seasons. HA!

(MOS-BER): Ready to dance?

(GER-ENG): Nice hearing from you. I believe that was the first call I ever got from Australia.

(ITALY-TURKEY): Write fast-not much time between seasons and I'll follow your lead.

(BOOB to SECRETS DENIZENS): I hope the game delay cleans up some of that for you guys. I know with England in Australia and the break of mail only players here, things have been tight. If everyone wanted me to, I could slow the game down by skipping my szine deadlines here and there if you like. This is your game, I'd like to run it the way that makes you guys happy.

SADDAM HUSSEIN: 1999Arn42, Nuclear Yuppie Evil Empire Diplomacy - Black Hole Variant


Summer 1904

AUSTRIA (Schultz): has a GAL, a SER, f ALB, and nuked VEN(2), ROM(2), NAP, TUN, ENG.

ENGLAND (Gardner): has none and nukes withheld.

FRANCE (Barno): has f PIC, a GAS, and nuked GM, INDIANA DOC OFFICES, WES, TYH, CLY.

GERMANY (S. Kenny): has f HOL, a RUH, a PRU, and nuked VIE, ROM(2), VEN(2), MOS, LON(2).

ITALY (McCullough): has f ION, a TUS, a TRI, and nuked PIE, GM 4 TIMES!!!!.

RUSSIA (Weiss): has f FIN, a WAR, a LVN, f RUM, and nuked EDI(2), LVP(2), POR, SPA.

TURKEY (Reichert): has f BLA, a BUL, a ARM, and nuked EDI(2), LVP(2), LON(2), WAL, YOR.

Addresses of the Participants

Sandy Kenny, 23 East Coulter Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108-1208

Jody McCullough, 1071 Brown Avenue, Lafayette, CA 94549-3153

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Richard Weiss, 2777 Northtowne Lane, Apt V 1105, Reno, NV 89512

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Sara Reichert, 20805 Margaret, Carson, CA 90745-1224

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John Schultz, #19390, MCF POB900, D331, Bunker Hill, IN 46914

Heath Gardner, 3017 Mayview Road, Raleigh, NC 27607, (919) 834-4832

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Mike Barno, 634 Dawson Hill Road, Spencer, NY 14883

mpbarno of

Current Standings

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 TOTAL

SANDY KENNY  4  3  0  7
RICHARD WEISS  4  1  0  5
SARA REICHERT  1  2  2  5
JOHN SCHULTZ  0  6  2  8
HEATH GARDNER  5  0  3  8
MIKE BARNO  0  5  4  9
Black Holed 15 15 16 11 57
Neutral  2  1  1  4

Total 34 34 34 11 113

Times GM Nuked  1  1  3  5 10
Ind. Prison Off.  0  0  1  1  2
Greenland  1  0  0  0  1
Iceland  1  0  0  0  1
Kurt Ozog  0  1  0  0  1
Beale St., SF  0  1  0  0  1

Game Notes:

1) Quiet summer season....


(FRANCE to GERMANY): I suppose I can't dissuade you from F Hol S A Ruh-Bel?

(MIKE to JODY): Applause on your timely salvo of 4 warheads upon our esteemed GM.

(SARA REICHERT-JIM BURGESS): The Italian Army in Tuscany is the one that can traverse the most black holes, but that is only NINE (9) of them; Tuscany-Piedmont-Venice-Rome-Naples-Tyrrhenian Sea-Tunis-West Med-Spain-Portugal only to wind up facing the Mid Atlantic Ocean. Hardly worth the bother. The French army in Gascony can use the black holes to assist Austria in removing Italy from Trieste. Italy can use the black holes to capture Marseilles, no matter what defense France tries. Russia can use the black hole of Moscow to defend Sevastopol from the Turks. The black hole in Galicia can be used by Austria against Italy's army in Trieste. The black holes on and around England have no use for Fall 1904.

(MIKE to SANDY): I refer you to Sara's press regarding black press: someone else is doing the literary self-gripping. What does ``putting four digits into your date" [that's ``Y2KY Jelly"] have to do with it?

(CZAR-KAISER): As you are black, Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

(CZAR-ARCHDUKE): As you are red, Happy Valentine's Day.

(CZAR-HEATH): As you are dead, Happy Mortician's Day.

(CZAR-SULTAN): We already know you are yellow, so Happy T-Day.

(CZAR-JIMBOOB): I'm dreaming of a white christmas, # 1 sold song of all time. Why isn't it on the party tape list? It's a classic? ((Please.... Please.... ``Just Shoot Me!''))

(SARA-BLACK PRESSER): If you are bringing up the subject of circumcision, I am against it. Rather then go into details, I simple refer you to some of the following web sites:,,,,,

all of which have numerous links to other sites.

(CZAR-DOCTOR MIKE): You and Dr. Laura used to play doctor together? And she has pictures on the web of her nakedness? This I wanta see. ((The question of the hour, then, is ``Has Dr. Laura been circumcised?''))

(SARA REICHERT-WORLD): My apologies to all who tried to e-mail me at my former NetZero account. I am now at Sarareichert of

(GUYS-DOLLS): More banana talk, please. I beg you.

(M.P. BARNO, Maniac for Pizza to HEATH): I refer you to Sara's press regarding black press: someone else has a Mobius strip for a thought process.

(MARKOFF CHANEY IV to HAGBARD CELINE): Anthrax? A mere hoax. A satisfactory biological agent was not attained until Anthrax Leprosy Mu.

COME AND HAVE A GO (If You Think You're Hard Enough): 1998V, Diplomacy


Summer 1904

AUSTRIA (Pollard): has a UKR, a SER, a BUD, f AEG, a WAR, a RUM.

ENGLAND (Tallman): R f nth-SKA; has f SKA, f SWE, f NWY.

FRANCE (Morris): has a BUR, f LON, a BEL, f ENG, a MAR, a PIC.

GERMANY (Sayers): has f DEN, a KIE, f NTH, a MUN, a HOL.

ITALY (Munson): has f ION, f GRE, f MID, f CLY, a PIE, a TYO.

RUSSIA (Reynolds): has f YOR, a MOS, a STP.

TURKEY (Barno): has f SMY, a BUL, a CON, f BLA, a SEV.

Addresses of the Participants

AUSTRIA: Kent Pollard, 1541 W. San Jose, Fresno, CA 93711 ($4)

ENGLAND: Terry Tallman, 3805 SW Lake Flora Road, Port Orchard, WA 98367, (360) 874-0386 ($4)

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FRANCE: Scott Morris, 12110 Shelbyville Rd., Louisville, KY 40243, (502) 893-8260 ($5)

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GERMANY: Jim Sayers, 15 Holdsworth Street, Woollahra 2025, AUSTRALIA ($10)

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ITALY: Scott Munson, 562 West 31st, Erie, PA 16508 ($5)

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RUSSIA: Phil Reynolds, 2896 Oak Street, Sarasota, FL 34237, (813) 953-6952

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TURKEY: Mike Barno, 634 Dawson Hill Road, Spencer, NY 14883 ($5)

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Game Notes:

1) Note that Scott is still in Pennsylvania. He will try to keep me up to date on future movements. See more notes above in his other game.


(PALACE OF SUPPORT AND HOPE to FLASHMAN): That was, um, an intentional misorder, wasn't it? You're going to, uh, snag an Austrian dot, get a build, and, er, support yourself into another Austrian center as he, mmm, collapses? Am I guessing right? Or am I urinating into the wind with this optimistic hypothesis?

(ANKARAN GEOSTRATEGY CENTER to BESOTTED EMPEROR IN A SYPHILITIC WHOREHOUSE NEAR VIENNA): You continue to harbor an utterly unrealistic fantasy of conquering the Anatolian peninsula. I say, dream on! Follow your dreams wherever they may take you. Like Syria... Livonia... Prussia... Give no thought to other games where any power might have gone from six centers to zero at once.

SO GOOD IT HURTS: 1998 P, Regular Diplomacy



Fall 1904

AUSTRIA (K. Ozog): a GAL S ITALIAN f ion-aeg, a VIE-boh, f CON S ITALIAN f ion-aeg (nso),

a tyo-VEN, a BUL S f con.

ENGLAND (James): f iri-ENG, f WES-tun, f nwy-STP(NC), f GOL-mar,

f MID S a gas-spa, f FIN S f nwy-stp(nc), a gas-SPA.

FRANCE (Kinney): a MAR S a spa, a spa S a mar (d r:por,otb).

GERMANY (Goesle): a BER S a bur-mun, a mun-TYO, f PRU-bal, f SWE-bal,

a bur-MUN, a PIE S a mun-tyo.

ITALY (Rauterberg): f TYH-tun, a BOH-sil, f ION-tun, a SIL-war, a GRE h.

RUSSIA (Rusnak): a sev-ARM, a WAR-pru, f GOB-bal, f BLA S a sev-arm, a RUM-gal.

TURKEY (Emmert): a arm-ANK, f AEG-con, f SMY S f aeg-con.

Supply Center Chart

AUSTRIA (K. Ozog): vie,bud,tri,ser,bul,ven,con (has 5, bld 2)
ENGLAND (James): lon,lvp,edi,bel,nwy,bre, (has 7, bld 1)
FRANCE (Kinney): mar,por (has 1 or 2, even)
GERMANY (Goesle): ber,kie,mun,den,hol,par,swe (has 6, bld 1)
ITALY (Rauterberg): rom,nap,tun,gre (has 5, rem 1)
RUSSIA (Rusnak): mos,war,sev,rum (has 5, rem 1)
TURKEY (Emmert): ank,smy (has 3, rem 1)
Neutral: none (Total=34)

Addresses of the Participants

AUSTRIA: Kurt Ozog, 391 Wilmington Drive, Bartlett, IL 60103, (630) 837-2813

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ENGLAND: Drew James, 8356 Radian Path, Baldwinsville, NY 13027-9357, (315) 652-1956 ($5)

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FRANCE: Mark Kinney, 4820 Westmar Terrace #6, Louisville, KY 40222, (502) 412-3079

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GERMANY: Warren Goesle, 3907 Cedar Ridge, #1B, Indianapolis, IN 46235 ($5)

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ITALY: Paul Rauterberg, 3116 W. American Dr., Greenfield, WI 53221, (414) 281-2339 ($5)

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RUSSIA: Russ Rusnak, 1551 Highridge Avenue, Westchester, IL 60154-3428 ($5)


TURKEY: Steve Emmert, 1752 Grey Friars Chase, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-5436, (757) 471-1842 ($4)

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Game Notes:

1) Interesting position, lots of movement, bounces, and attacks!


(ENGLAND to TURKEY): Hang on there. I know it is the usual problem of too little too late, but you never know.

(GERMANY (in his best Daffy Duck impersonation) to AUSTRIA): Of course you know, this means war.

(JAMES to GERMANY / AUSTRIA / RUSSIA / ITALY): I imagine that there was a lot of praying to the gods of chance over the holidays. Who guessed right?

(LONDON to MADRID): Still hanging around - who would have thought. Won't be much longer now.

(GOZ to BOOB): I'll swing you a deal: I won't comment on something that I don't understand, like basketball, and you don't comment on something you don't understand, like football. Ugh! I can't believe my Colts couldn't run the ball against the Titans! ((Believe me, I'll be MORE than happy not to comment about football. What did I say??? I'd MUCH rather talk about basketball, or that Pitchers and Catchers is only a short time away! Whoops, I forgot, your teams in Baseball are already out of it before Spring Training even starts. Well, mine isn't. Us Red Sox fans have lots of questions and lots of hopes..... the wild card or better is ours for the taking.))

(UPSTATE NY to WORLD): College football season is over at last - even SU won in the Toilet Bowl played in Nashville. Now we can concentrate on the college basketball - the only sport that really matters. As I write this in early January, Syracuse is ranked #7 in the country, but hasn't played anyone good yet or even a single road game. Are they still in the polls now? Steve - SU finally paid back those pesky Spiders. ((As of this writing, they are STILL unbeaten, and now have beaten UConn, a feat worth noting. Around these here parts, all the teams are really, really awful right now, even UConn is a bit off in losing some games. They'll get it right again against our local Providence Friars later this week.... but there's always the Lady Huskies!! They are great as my favorite player, Shea Ralph, has learned that there is no ``I'' in ``TEAM'' and is playing really great!!))



Addresses of the Participants - Their End Game Statements

TEAM 1 (Farmer McGregor's Dinner): Eric Brosius, 53 Bird Street, Needham MA 02492

(44 points) 72060.1540 of CompuServe.COM

For me, this game is entirely tactical at this point. I'm sure there must be strategy to the game, but it still escapes me. Still, I had fun and maybe my tactics will work better in the new game. Congratulations to Rick for his win, and thanks to Jim and the other players for the game.

TEAM 2 (Chef's Crackers): Rick Desper, Bergheimer Strasse 114, 69115 Heidelberg, GERMANY

(49 points) rick_desper of or desper of

All the riders samba across the finish line, and meet Kenny, who stops watching Dad's porn videos before he goes blind.

Chef's EOG: well, it's pretty obvious what the biggest factor for the South Park team was. (Everybody slaps Kenny on the back). No, not Kenny, these rocket boosters. Thanks, Satan! Seriously, the breakaway was the big thing. I'd though earlier that Meg was going to do it at the start. I even said ``thought you were going to do a Prefontaine there, Meg". Sure, an obscure comment Dennis Miller would be proud of. Steve Prefontaine was a famous distance runner in the early 70s who ran his races by leading from start to finish. It was clear to me with the breakaway rules that whoever got a huge lead would probably race away with the points. When Meg didn't do it, I kept waiting for a chance. First, the Stooges cashed in at the first spring, due largely to the fact they profited most by our 4-way deal at the beginning to strand the game designer. (heh heh) Everybody but the Flat Wheelers were in on that one. Still, we screwed it up since we made a huge block not realizing the riders in the block would also be penalized! D'oh!

[Homer - Chef: that's my line, yours is ``hi kids, how are my little crackers today'']

[Chef - Homer: sorry]

Chef: (continues) Anyway, after the first sprint, the Stooges were rolling in gravy, but they were stuck with really bad cards, and the rest of us could draft them. We made one more deal with the Bunnies which got both of us a bunch of good cards. After that it was mostly looking for opportunities. Kenny had his breakout, and we were able to keep the rest of the kids close enough together to protect against a dropout.

We worried a lot about the Brits in the middle of the game, but he made a strange move chasing down Kenny. He did it too late to actually catch the squirt, but probably should have just let Kenny go by then, instead of wasting his best cards. The Brits got strung out after the second sprint just like the Stooges after the first, and the Flat Wheelers and the Goz team were having major problems with drops. That left the Bunnies, who put together a much better finish than we'd expected. Well done! Only through the miracle of Alien Intervention were we able to eek out a win. Thank you, Visitors!

Incidentally, I was finally able to see the South Park Film over Xmas. Great stuff! Singing the songs all the time. And remember, even though they gave us Celine Dion and William Shatner, it's not fair to blame Canada for everything. Sure they all have beady eyes and flapping heads, but they're people, too!

Happy New Year! OK, kids, it's time to go back to Java. That exciting(yawn!) Colonial game needs a bit more attention.

Finally, Chef's Top 10 movies of the '80s

10. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) - Chef lives dangerously every year!

9. An Officer and a Gentleman (1983) - Love lifts Chef up where he belongs!

8. Lethal Weapon (1987) - Chef is a lethal weapon!

7. The Witches of Eastwick (1987) - any man who can hook up with Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer is OK with Chef!

6. Sophie's Choice (1982) - Sophie chose Chef, of course. ((That was so disgusting, it was almost funny - typical of Chef.))

5. E.T. (1982) - Visitors!! ((Ship 'em outta here, my least favorite big movie of the 80's!))

4. Brazil (1985) - they got some fine lookin' women in Brazil!

3. The Big Chill (1982) - Chef gets big chills when he thinks about Pam Grier. ((Huh?! What about Mary Kay Place, I think she is REALLY hot....))

2. Jackie Brown (1997) - I don't care if it was 8 years too late, Pam Grier is ALL woman! ((Oh?!))

1. She's Gotta Have It(1986) - Spike Lee's first big success. Do you have to ask Chef why?

TEAM 3 (Goz Transportation Co.): Warren Goesle, 3907 Cedar Ridge, #1B, Indianapolis, IN 46235

(19 points) gozcorp of

First off, thanks to Jim-Bob for running this one. As for my play, I had an ok opening, a really bad middle game, and then did pretty well late. 4th is about where I deserved to be. There were a lot of nuances in positioning that I never did pick up. Nonetheless, I had a great time. Great press all along from everyone. Every game should be like this one. Congrats to Rick and all the Crackers, as the win was well deserved. I'll make sure and kill Kenny earlier next time. Good job John, John, Dave and Eric. Play again?

TEAM 4 (Brit Pack): John Harrington, 1 Churchbury Close, Enfield, Middlesex, EN1 3UW UK

(17 points) johnh of, fiendish of

TEAM 5 (The Stoogecycles): David Partridge, 15 Woodland Drive, Brookline, NH 03033

(23 points) rebhuhn of

Well, not much to say here. I peaked early and won the first sprint hands down, but my attempts to recharge failed and that was that. Hanging on for third wasn't too bad. There were a couple of places where a different guess or a slightly different configuration could have gotten me some cards and I might have held on, but that's the way the wheel rolls. I had the most fun on the first round when I organized the small gap that meant that John's riders hanging back on the first spaces didn't get decent cards. A diplomatic triumph even if the racing didn't hold up.

TEAM 6 (The Flat Wheel Society): John Schultz, #19390, MCF POB900, D331, Bunker Hill, IN 46914

(4 points)

Game Notes:

1) Everything finished up as we stated last time. There are a few end game comments that I stuck in above, and I think John owes a copy of Breaking Away to Rick Desper! This game goes out of the szine next issue, unless there are any follow up comments. Usually, I mention that players leaving the szine need to make arrangements if they want to keep getting this, but everyone here is all set in some capacity to keep receiving the szine. Thanks for playing, I ***REALLY*** enjoyed it!!!


(GOZ TRANSPORTATION CO., QUARTERLY REPORT to THE PARENT COMPANY, GOZ & CO., INC.): Acquisitions went better than expected, as we only thought we'd get 6th & 8th, then looked closer and thought it was 7th & 8th, then found that it was actually 6th & 7th. So the shareholders have been fooled all along, the executives have been given golden parachutes worth millions and will all get executive positions elsewhere, and we file for bankruptcy reorganization.



Turn 1

8 (replenish with a 3): Shane the Chain
7 (replenish with a 3): War, Pollution, March Hare, Barkin' Larkin'
6 (replenish with a 3): Pestilence, Mark, Mad Hatter, Broke Leg Meg
5 (replenish with a 7): Famine, White Rabbit, Chasin' Jason
4 (replenish with a 10): Sir Isaac Newton, Mock Turtle
3 (replenish with a 12): John, Will Shakespeare, Darrell B
2 (replenish with a 15): Luke, John Logie-Baird, Darrell C
1 (replenish with a 3): Matthew, Alfred the Great, Darrell A, Buhrt

Addresses of the Participants - Their Team and Their Cards

TEAM 1 (The Wrecking Crew): Harry Andruschak, PO Box 5309, Torrance, CA 90510-5309, (310) 835-9202

(0 points) Tapmdfrance of

Team Leader: Thanatos
A: War 15 8 3
B: Pollution 9 9 3
C: Pestilence 7 7 3
D: Famine 6 5 7

TEAM 2 (The Evangelists): Eric Brosius, 53 Bird Street, Needham MA 02492

(0 points) 72060.1540 of CompuServe.COM

A: Matthew 3 3 11 15
B: Mark 4 3 15
C: Luke 15 5 13
D: John 12 4 9

TEAM 3 (Brit Pack): John Harrington, 1 Churchbury Close, Enfield, Middlesex, EN1 3UW UK

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A: Alfred the Great 3 3 11 15
B: Sir Isaac Newton 10 6 15
C: Will Shakespeare 12 6 11
D: John Logie-Baird 15 3 11

TEAM 4 (Amateur League Inciting Cycle Exchange): Tom Howell, 1011 West 18th Street #1,

(0 points) Port Angeles, WA 98363-7413; off-the-shelf of

A: White Rabbit 4 7 6 15
B: March Hare 5 3 13
C: Mad Hatter 5 3 9
D: Mock Turtle 10 6 6

TEAM 5 (The Mainiacs): David Partridge, 15 Woodland Drive, Brookline, NH 03033

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A: Darrell A 15 10 4
B: Darrell B 14 12 8
C: Darrell C 13 15 5
D: Buhrt 12 3 3

TEAM 6 (The Flat Wheel Society): John Schultz, #19390, MCF POB900, D331, Bunker Hill, IN 46914

(0 points)

A: Broke Leg Meg 4 10 10 3
B: Shane the Chain 8 3 9
C: Barkin' Larkin' 6 7 3
D: Chasin' Jason 5 6 7

Game Notes:

1) I think I got that adjudication right. I was a little confused how we pick up after the overcrowding on 6 and 7. In OUR rules, we treat the square in FRONT of the overcrowded square as empty.


(MARK-FIELD): It is often observed that my gospel is marked by haste. It is by far the shortest of the gospels, and the word ``immediately'' appears in it frequently. There's a lot of action, but not as much talk as in the other gospels. Hence, I'm going to start off with a `6' instead of a `4'. Who wants to hang around playing small cards?

(DARRELL B to WHOMEVER'S NEXT TO HIM): That's my brother Darrell back there. Behind him's my other brother Darrell. Then there's Buhrt. He put the Maine in maniacal. Don't get in his way when he gets going.

(ANDY-GM): Just a reminder that now that I have e-mail, I am willing to be a standby, but ONLY in positions of 3 SCs or less. France and Turkey in ``So Good It Hurts", for example. ((Gotcha.))

(MAINIACS to BRIT PACK): Hmmm, a surprising lack of low numbers out here. Hope we don't all get left behind.

(EVANGELIST-JIM-BOB): From the game name, it looks like I should have switched my rider names between this game and the Tinamou game!

(ANDY-WORLD): Anybody besides me making a special effort to view to Total Lunar Eclipse on 20 January? ((It was very, very cloudy here, nothing to see, a special effort would have been traveling a thousand miles.....))

(FIELD-SCHULTZ): How can your riders enter? They're still finishing the first race!

(TFWS - > FIELD): It's a brave new game and don't be surprised if there's a brave new ending. I gotta fuel supply of NOS canisters.

FEAR AND WHISKEY: 1998Ers31, Modern Diplomacy



Spring 2001

BRITAIN (Schultz): NTH-den, f nor-SKA, a stp-MUR, f mur-LAP, f gob-STP,

f bis-ENG, f MAO h.

EGYPT (J. O'Donnell): f ARA h, a SYR h, a mor-WSA, f wme-GOL, a alb-SER,

a kaz-IRN, f sog-SAO, a sib-URA, f EME-aeg.

GERMANY (Rauterberg): f ham-HOL, a mun-SAX, a ruh-MUN, a BEL S f ham-hol, f BHM-den,

a mil-ven (d ann), a swi-MAR, a swe-LIT, a CZE S a mun-sax, a WAR-bie, a SLO-pod, a PAR-bor,

a PIE-mon, f ber-HAM, a LYO S a swi-mar, f BAL C a swe-lit, a KRA S a war-bie.

ITALY (Ozog): a TUS S a ven-mil, a ROM-pie, a cro-AUS, f LIG C a rom-pie, a ven-MIL,

f adr-CRO, a MON S f mar, f mar h (d r:auv,otb), a aus-SWI, f GRE-aeg.

RUSSIA (Ellis): a GOR h

SPAIN (S. O'Donnell): f sve-POR, a mad-AND, a por-MAD, a NAV S a bor,

f GIB S EGYPTIAN f sog-sao, a BOR h, a BAR S a nav.

UKRAINE (Partridge): a SEV h, a ODE S a mol-pod, a kha-VOL, a POD-bie, a MOL-pod,

a bie-LAT, f EBS h, a MOS S a bie-lat, a KIE S a pod-bie, f IST h, a GEO h,

a RUM S a mol-pod, a HUN-slo.

Addresses of the Participants

BRITAIN: John Schultz, #19390, MCF POB900, D331, Bunker Hill, IN 46914

EGYPT: Jeff O'Donnell, 402 Middle Ave., Elyria, OH 44035-5728, (440) 322-2920 ($4)

FRANCE: Harry Andruschak, PO Box 5309, Torrance, CA 90510-5309, (310) 835-9202 ($5)

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GERMANY: Paul Rauterberg, 3116 W. American Dr., Greenfield, WI 53221, (414) 281-2339 (E-Mail)

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ITALY: Eric Ozog, PO Box 1138, Granite Falls, WA 98252-1138, (360) 691-4264 ($4)

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POLAND: Roland Sasseville, Jr., 38 Bucklin Street, Pawtucket, RI 02861, (401) 722-4029 ($5)

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RUSSIA: Randy Ellis, 9501 W 89th, Apt 201, Overland Pk, KS 66212

Changing his E-Mail address to ???

SPAIN: Sean O'Donnell, 126 S. Park, Oberlin, OH 44074, (440) 774-2928 ($5)

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TURKEY: Kent Pollard, 1541 W. San Jose, Fresno, CA 93711, (209) 225-0957 ($10)

UKRAINE: Dave Partridge, 15 Woodland Drive, Brookline, NH 03033 ($8)

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Game Notes:

1) Check out the Modern Dip web page at: Cyberia/modern.htm


(THE MEKONS QUOTE OF THE MONTH): ``Her hair is the color of the blood dried on the upholstery. She says she doesn't mind. Clever Sintians forge a web of power in the balkanized states from their base on Lemmy's island. A failed deal with the American devil looses their uncouth fury and thins the ranks. the cell splinters, but forays back to the continent suggest conquest is still possible, if not imminent. History has a stutter again. The Mekons are here for a little more reconnaissance.'' A little Mekons' mindrot.... relates to the Kennedy murders and the last press item.... really, it does!!

(EGYPT-UKRAINE): Kaz to Iran is to help my Arabian Sea fleet in case the Romulans attack.

(UKRAINIAN BREADBASKET - GERMANY FISHING FLEET): Don't mind our maneuvers, just plowing some more fields. Nothing for plowing a field like a platoon of tanks!

(EGYPT to THE WORLD): I wanted to end all speculation as to the ``real'' mission of my fleet in the Arabian Sea. Newly discovered ``Turkish intelligence reports'' indicate possible enemy fleet movements in the Romulan Neutral Zone, 100 miles south of Saudi Arabia. Our mission is to investigate, defend the integrity of our border, and to report any sightings of either Klingon, Romulan, or Tholian ships and their purpose to the Federation Council and Admiral Kirk. ((Are you sure you shouldn't join the new Star Trek game??))

(SPAIN to BRITAIN): How is your security now?? I think it's perfect if you ask me, for you are going down aown....

(BRITAIN - > SPAIN/EGYPT/ET AL.): No letters this time? Well, I'm sure you see your best opportunities without my input.

(FLOATING BRAIN-FLYING BRAIN): You may be the best, but you're not all-powerful, especially when the whole world is against you.

(SPAIN-EGYPT): You cool? ((Isn't it cold enough for you outside???))

(JEFF-HARRY): On Richard Nixon; As usual, a political discussion has been brought to the press not by me. I believe that Richard Nixon was basically an honorable man and his behavior after his presidency proved at least that he was capable of being a statesman. I feel that the corrupt Richard Nixon was a direct result of the 1960 election won by Nixon. In Illinois and Texas there was voter fraud, the election was stolen. When presented with the evidence, Nixon refused to fight it because he knew that a scandal of that magnitude would be bad for the country. His quote was ``Kennedy stole the election fair and square.'' Kennedy, of course, had nothing to do with the fraud. It was the Mafia political machine doing what it always does. I honestly believe that the Mafia got Kennedy elected and they were probably stunned when Kennedy unleashed his brother Bobby in their war against organized crime. I'm guessing they murdered both Kennedys for this and this alone.

I believe that Richard Nixon created the corrupt Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP) as a direct result of the 1960 election. When Nixon passed away, his former White House lawyer, Howard Kulzon (I'm not sure that's the right name) was quoted as saying, ``we had it stolen from us and the American people in '60, by '68 we were committed to do what ever it took to survive politically.'' It is no surprise to me that the liberal TV media controlled basically by Democrats 99-1 portray Nixon as a megalomaniac and a warmonger. They harp on Watergate but never even mention or even bother to investigate the 1960 election. Richard Nixon did not start the Vietnam war, Johnson did. ((Actually, technically, Eisenhower and Nixon really took the first steps.... you can't blame one person or administration, I don't believe....)) Nixon tried to win it but couldn't because the Democrats in Congress fought any attempt by the Administration to attain military victory. Richard Nixon also helped save our only real ally in the Middle East, Israel, during its war with Egypt. Nixon was unable to win the Vietnam War, but he at least got our people out of there. Richard Nixon was also the last US President to preside over a Congress that administrated a balanced budget. That Congress took away the President's constitutional power of impoundment (pocket veto) laying the foundation of today's 1 trillion dollar debt, admittedly caused by both parties. I'm not saying Nixon was a prince, but he was a better president than either Johnson or Carter. I understand that Watergate has to be a major part of his legacy, but I'm guessing history will remember him most as a great Cold Warrior.

As a side note on the Kennedy murders, I highly recommend that everyone rent or buy a mini-series called ``The Captain and the Kings''. I believe this is a subtle portrayal of the rise to power of Joe Kennedy, the rise to political power of his sons to presidential candidates, and the motivational dynamics behind their murders.

SHOW ME THE MONEY: 1997Mea04, Colonial Diplomacy



Spring 1908

BRITAIN (York): a pun-DEL, a BEN S f bob-u.bur, f ADEN S DUTCH f wio-goa,

a kar-raj (d ann), f ERI S DUTCH f wio-goa, f HK-can, f mal-BAN(EC),

f ARA(NC)-bag, f BOB-u.bur, a kam-PUN, f CAN-ton.

FRANCE (Sasseville): f ann S f ton (d ann), a U.BUR S a ban-ran,

f cam-COC, f TON S f ann, a MAY S a ban-ran, a ban-ran (d r:n.sam,cam,otb),

a bom-HYD, a ASS-ben.

HOLLAND (Desper): f bor-SAR, f java-SIO, f gos-ANN, f AS S a ran, f FOR S f scs,

f wio-GOA, f MP S f for, a RAN S BRITISH f mal-ban(ec), f SUN.S S f scs, f SCS S f gos-ann.

JAPAN (K. Ozog): f OS S f up, a kyo-SHA, a sha-LAN, a vla-IRK, f ECS S f nan,

f NAN S f ecs, a MAC S a vla-irk, f UP S f ecs, f YS C a kyo-sha, f SOJ h, a seo-VLA.

RUSSIA (Williams): a omsk-KRA, a mos-BOK, a afg-KAR, a MON S a pek, a tas-KAG,

a RAJ S a afg-kar, a URU S a tas-kag, a PER S a afg-kar, f EGY S f rs, a syr-MECCA (jihad!),

a SIK S a kag-tib, a SHI h, a PEK h, a kag-TIB,

a CHU S JAPANESE f nan-can (nso), f RS S a syr-mec.

TURKEY (Tallman): a BAG h, f SUD S RUSSIAN f egy-rs (nso).

Addresses of the Participants

BRITAIN: Andy York, PO Box 201117, Austin, TX 78720-1117

wandrew of

CHINA: Rich Goranson, 4351 Chestnut Ridge Road, #7 Amherst, NY, 14228-3227 ($5)

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FRANCE: Roland Sasseville, Jr., 38 Bucklin Street, Pawtucket, RI 02861, (401) 722-4029 ($5)

roland6 of and ICQ: 40565030

HOLLAND: Rick Desper, Bergheimer Strasse 114, 69115 Heidelberg, GERMANY (E-Mail)

rick_desper of or desper of

JAPAN: Kurt Ozog, 391 Wilmington Drive, Bartlett, IL 60103, 630-837-2813

heyday6 of

RUSSIA: Don Williams, 27505 Artine Drive, Saugus, CA 91350, (661) 297-3947 ($4)

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TURKEY: Terry Tallman, 3805 SW Lake Flora Road, Port Orchard, WA 98367, (360) 874-0386 ($0)

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GM: Jim-Bob Burgess, 664 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908-4327, (401) 351-0287

Game Notes:

1) The HJ (Howard Johnson's), HR (House Rules), and HBT (Hobbit?) draws are rejected, but the bodacious proposals are très cool. The concession to Russia also is rejected. New proposals are for an HB (High Bodaciousness) draw and a reproposal of that concession to Russia.


(HOLLAND): Now that the bike race is over, the kids are back.

(KYLE): Hello, Emperor of Japan. I know we promised to have a long discussion about how to divide the world into two equal spheres, but our handy (cell phone) wasn't working. So we'll present it here in code. Eric?

(ERIC CARTMAN - > JAPAN): Eelway ickay usharays uttbay.

(STAN): Thank you Eric. And Kenny, have anything to add?

(KENNY): Mmm-mm-mmmm-mm-mmm-mm-mmmm.

(F-J): When will friendly fleets be in HK? I am unable to hold on much longer.

(SCENE): West Indian Ocean. A young Peter O'Toole rides aboard the Dutch Battleship Lindhooven. Tucked under his arm - a newspaper, headlined ``Russia and Holland bickering over Arabia." O'Toole mutters to himself ``it seems they need some help from the Irish".

To the crew: ``We set sail at once, for Arabia, and glory!"

Sarcastic Charlie, the first mate, asks "gee, boss, if Arabia's not even a supply center, what's the big deal?"

O'Toole's reply: oh, I think we'll see a nice SC planted right in the sand, eh?

The crew laughs heartily, and poor Charlie doesn't get the joke. (It's a pretty lame joke, so we can forgive poor Charlie.) (fade out to ``Lawrence of Arabia" music)

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