February 22, 2000

Produced by Jim Burgess, 664 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908-4327 USA, (401)351-0287

Accessible through Internet at burgess of; FAX to (401) 277-9904

A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the manager came out of the office and asked them to disperse. ``But why?" they asked, as they moved off. ``Because," he said, ``I can't stand chess nuts boasting in an open foyer." Anon. - Dippers would never do that, would they???

I have added to the Web Page an Adobe Acrobat pdf version of Jim Meinel's Encyclopedia of Postal Diplomacy Zines, ca. 1992, that covers primarily US postal Diplomacy szines from the dawning of the Boardman era to 1992. You may find it at:

Jim Meinel's E-Mail address is: meinel of and his postal address is: 12821 Plymouth Circle, Anchorage, AK 99516 USA if you want to make comments to him about it. He is not likely to do an update, but this is still an important historical resource that I wanted to make available on the Web. I decided to use PDF format to retain all of the original design features (it is nearly 2000K in size), including some very flowery engraved lettering. In testing the file, I had a small amount of trouble in reading it (which might be blips in my browser) when opening it directly, but in saving it back and forth to disk, it worked fine. I'd appreciate anyone else letting me know if they have problems. Stephen Agar and I have been having some preliminary discussions around moving some things around in the Postal section of the Pouch, so eventually this document may move to a more prominent position, but at the moment, I feel that I only have the right to alter TAP's directory.


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). After the current series of games, I probably won't start another until the Modern game ends (that will be Modern with the Wing rule). Please consider joining Mark Kinney's regular Diplomacy game start if you want to get going in one. Let's help Mark get at least ONE regular Diplomacy gamestart. We have to have it in us...... I also have a game opening with Eric Ozog as GM. Please see Mark Kinney's note in the Diplomacy section of the letter column, and Eric's note at the head of the Games Section below. Someday I might decide to add Page numbers, but I sincerely doubt it, hyork, hyork, hyork..... ugly layout and proud of it.

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. Dave Grabar did manage to make a deal to get Pedro Martinez and we are deep into Spring Training right now. My team got off to a slow start, but I have a good team, I think.

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

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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 been found. This actually was a search with a twist. I actually am offering up TWO $50 rewards. The first reward was finding for Brenton - that goes to Pete Gaughan, which he will use to get some of his szine collection into the Bowling Green Diplomacy Archives. The second is for resolving a certain mystery that currently exists in our hobby for which Brenton is particularly well qualified to solve. I have shared 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 won't be announcing another person to search for until Issue #235 while we allow time to search this mystery. Feel free to assist Brenton or others to solve it. I shall be saying nothing more about it.

Or spend the time looking for some of the backlog. I can't believe Garret isn't on the Internet somewhere these days for example. Let's get Kevin, Al, and Jerry found too!!! Note that Brenton would love to find the woman that Jerry Lucas used as his front 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.

Brenton Ver Ploeg sent to Pete Gaughan (02/11/2000 09:39:21 AM)

``Finding" me? Jeez, even the most basic of search engines would find, so I have no idea where the mystery lies. I have no doubt, however, that the `other' mystery is the fabled saga of Judy Winsome, but that too has been written up by Doug Beyerlein (who I heard from just a few months ago).

Anyway, I'll email him, ((meaning me)) or you may send this message on yourself (since I won't get to it for a while). You're welcome to the big bucks, since I haven't heard from anyone else.

Brenton, bverploeg of

((Thanks, Brenton, the address obviously is the URL for his Law Firm and to my mind is worth a visit just for some of Brenton's musings on legal issues. Then I got something directly from Brenton as well.))

Brenton Ver Ploeg (Sat, 12 Feb 2000 10:49:03 -0500)

Now I can't say that the Judy Winsome effort started as anything more than whimsical, but the woman fronting for Lucas turned out to be a charmer (and if you find him, I'd like to know if he has a current address for her for Christmas card purposes) so there were collateral benefits.

Brenton, bverploeg of


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

Steve Hutton (Mon, 14 Feb 2000 14:18:09 -0500)

My team, The Seven Most Evil Men in the World, was in the lead for a couple of game years. That was certainly fun, although it's a bit unnerving to have a giant target painted on your back.

The quality of play and quality of GMing has been mixed. I've been lucky (?) enough to have three top-ranked players in my game, but some games have been distorted by incompetent players.

There's been some discussion on the conference board about what to do differently next year. Will I play again? Maybe, although I really don't have time for active Diplomacy games these days.

Please donate my Alan Stewart money to World Dipcon.

-Steve Hutton, stevehutton of

((Edi Birsan is collecting funds to help subsidize European champions to get to World DipCon. I will send your money along, the money I already promised Edi, plus a little more. Send donations to Edi Birsan at: Diplomatic Corps, c/o Midnight Games, P.O. Box 280, Medford, OR 97501 USA.))

Richard Weiss (Sun, 06 Feb 2000 19:53:29 PST)

World Masters Tournament: As GM of a game which I think has voted itself into a draw and a player in one game, I think the play has been quite variable. No further comments until it is all over. Two specific comments for you if you are going to be more involved next time. I think that the 49 players going into the semi-finals should be the seven best players of each country and once you choose a country at the beginning of the tourney you must remain that country throughout. Secondly, now that I have had draw proposals and votes, the rules are not specific enough. ((Yes, I think that is a good idea - choosing a country and following it through the tournament. I chose Austria as a ``sacrifice'' for my team, but playing for ``best Austria'' would have changed the equation. The rules and the GM control problems are understandable, but overall caused the biggest problems.))

Richard, rcw23 of

Leif Bergman (Thu, 17 Feb 2000 17:03:52)

WorldMasters99: Me being the captain of the Swedish National Stabbers (not playing just metadipping) and GM of your England Steve Emmert and also acting in the Tournament Directing Committee. ((Ah, well, Steve is having an interesting game, isn't he.... it could be nearly over by the time you all read this.... but I'll let Steve tell the story if he likes.)) The team is mainly a ``f2f players trying email'' team, I wanted that as a test to see what we could do. I quickly gathered some of the best around, three from the final table at WDC 99 in Namur, Christian Dreyer the current WDC Champ, me second and Niklas Perez seventh and last on the final table. I also got Simon Magnusson (reserve player, follow all the games we are in) fourth over all, spiced things up with a old f2f player Joel Grönberg and three new kids on the block: David Luna, Torbjörn Rander, and Aron Ambrosiani.

As expected there have been problems adopting to email play but we are learning and currently at place 26 with some chances of hitting top 10. We have at the moment a 9 sc Germany, 12 sc Austria, 10 sc Russia, 8 sc Turkey, 6 sc Italy (Dreyer playing between a huge E and T), F and E out. ((We have been a bit more of a boom/bust team, with four players out, one finished with a board topper and the two other players (including Steve) currently topping their boards. We have an outside chance at the Top 10 ourselves.))

We have all played with the system C-Diplo several times and know it inside-out. It's surprising that so many players don't understand the basic idea and concept of C-Diplo, that's one of the reasons for the amount of solos in the tournament. When used f2f in Europe with players with some experience, there is almost always a tight board: fun, exciting and nerve wrecking to the end, I guess we will see that in round two. ((Begrudgingly, I admit that you are probably right about that. I still don't like it.))

As a acting TDC member I have had some serious decisions to make and have been surprised more than once, holy things in Europe might not be so holy in USA and vice versa, I am the only TDC member outside USA. As an example I have never heard about rolling back a turn before this tournament. ((Don't complain about that, no one in the USA had ever heard of such a thing before either, and we are not pleased about it!!))

Some work has to be done to get the concept more workable for next time but I do think that the next tournament will be ``better". If you don't want to play as a player think about being a captain, coordinate the team and talk to the other teams. It takes as much time you have and want and it's fun. ((Yeah, but you don't want to let your teammates down. To me the time commitments at the speed this tournament goes are the main problem, no matter what role you have. I look forward to this being over and I can zen back into my preferred lifestyle!)) And it's definitely better for the team, even if I haven't played in any game I have done something for the team and I think we would have done worse with me playing:-)

Leif Bergman, leif of

DIPDOM NEWS SECTION (with letters)

Obscure and not-so-obscure ramblings on the state of the hobby and its publications, custodians, events, and individuals with no guarantee of relevance from the fertile keyboard of Jim-Bob, the E-Mail Dip world, and the rest of the postal hobby. My comments are in italics and ((double quotation marks)) like this. Bold face is used to set off each individual speaker. I should also make a note that I do edit for syntax and spelling on occasion.

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 (Tue, 22 Feb 2000 01:24:05 -0500 (EST))

((From me: How many people does that give you for a regular Diplomacy gamestart? I hope more than one!!! I'm willing to help you out personally. Sign me up for it too, perhaps that will attract others who want to play with me, if you are way, way short of filling it. Then send me a list and I'll mention it again in #229.))

Cool, thanks. That makes you and Matt Sundstrom so far. I'll check a few of my old connections, see if any are still good. I really do appreciate this. Thanks again.

Mark Kinney, 4820 Westmar Terrace #6, Louisville, KY 40222

(502) 412-3079, alberich of,

((I hope you see some action now!!! I really would like to play with Matt. Should be fun.))

Jim Sayers (Mon, 21 Feb 2000 18:36:05 -0500)

Bless yer honest GM heart. There are some disadvantages to the distance of my general's map room from you at H.Q., although Email solves a lot of the problems involved in living at the asshole end of the planet. Actually the distance has it's advantages, it keeps most of the mad and dangerous riff-raff out of reach.

Although we are having a steady influx of boat people from Indonesia and other Asian countries, similar to your influx of Hatiians and Cubans. All very reminiscent of the Goths, Vandals etc who infiltrated the Roman Empire. In that case the unwashed, illiterate Northeners dragged the Empire down into barbarism. But Australia is getting the hard-working Chinese who are paying plane or boat fares to get here illegally. Probably a better selection method than the Immigration bureaucrats could devise. ((There is a relatively new book called ``Catastrophe'' that asserts that a massive volcano eruption in the Indonesian part of the world indirectly led to the Goth/Vandal invasions and collapse of the Roman Empire. It's a pretty neat book that makes it's argument well. Funny you should describe all that the way you do, did you read the book???))

What news of Berry Renken? He is such a crafty Diplomat, but quite unworldly. I had to nag him into asking for expenses. Especially as he doesn't work; I don't know why and don't like to ask. I think I introduced him to TAP but I wouldn't swear to it. I was wondering if we could all do ourselves a favour by contributing to a new computer for him? All very well for a comfortably placed old fart like me to suggest $50-$100 dollars I suppose, but probably way beyond the finances of the younger set. You have your finger on the pulse of the TAP group. I could suggest it to Bluesmobile people. Do you think we could drum up 3-4 thousand dollars? Perhaps each what he can afford? It is a lot to ask I suppose.

Regards, Jim, 100233.513 of

((Any thoughts on Berry, from any of you or from Berry himself? I'm still mailing him the szine.....))


Hey, I almost forgot!!! Comments on the 1999 year in music? The Grammy Awards (which don't interest me much ordinarily) reminded me that I forgot to call for year end comments! Send 'em along!!! I thought of it, of course, because Susan Tedeschi was nominated as ``Best New Artist''.

The tape thing is still going very 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.

Richard Weiss (Sun, 06 Feb 2000 19:53:29 PST)


I was impressed with the closest and largest moon of many decades at the end of December, but not nearly as impressed as by the lunar eclipse near the end of January. The sky was very clear in Reno. The moon took on many appearances. Glorious and fun. ((We had CLOUDS and no vision of it at all!!! Yuck.))

Sara Reichert references web sites anti-circumcision. Circumcision has no merit on a medical basis and is purely a form of mutilation. My son is not circumcised. Let's raise everyone's consciousness about this barbaric practice.

I heard Koko Taylor has her own blues club in Chicago now. Anyone been there? ((Brad Wilson, calling Brad Wilson.....))

Richard, rcw23 of

Leif Bergman (Thu, 17 Feb 2000 17:03:52)

Dear Jim. Just received your zine TAP 227 and 228 in the mail, thanks. Having read a few old issues (issues:125,127-131,133,135,140-142,162,165,167) of the zine given to the Swedish Postal Zine Archive by Per Westling, currently lurking in my closet it was something I wanted in my mail.

Music: Interesting discussion. It got me thinking about what my tape would include. It's hard to pick a few winners among many but I have some. I used to listen a lot to Joy Division and have them all in my collection. To start of a party with my closest friends ``Warsaw'' is one song I could use, my generation was during the late teens when they was on, other Joy Division songs I like include ``Atmosphere'' and ``No Love Lost.'' ((Yes, ``Atmosphere'' is one of my favorites too, also ``Shadowplay'', which was a famous favorite in early 1980's Dip circles. I left this next paragraph pretty much in the stream of consciousness in which it was written. WOW! I was impressed, as what amounts to poetry trips out of your keyboard. Eoghan Barry is joining the szine (for those of you who know him) and this may inspire Eoghan, who writes some of the best music commentary in this style I've ever read.))

But no Joy Division on my tape. This is not a party record really just some great music. Tom Waits, Franks Wild Years and the song Temptation, I always get a shivering spine when listening to this one. Spiritualized, Royal Albert Hall and the song Come Together, when the guitars flow over me in this tune I always end up with a smile on my lips. My Bloody Valentine, Loveless and the song When you sleep, independent music for the masses. Galaxy 500, The portable Galaxy 550 and the song Fourth of July, this one is for the moment of sadness in anyone's life. The Doors, Hello I love you and People are strange (they both are on Greatest Hits as an example), a true hero with a voice I love. Codeine, Barely Real and the song realize, the title of the album says it all. Nick Drake, an introduction to Nick Drake and the tune Time of no Reply, great song with one of the greatest ever. Union Carbide Productions, In the air tonight, back on track with some of the most Rocken Rollish you can hear, try the song Ring My Bell and turn the volume UPP don't have your mother nearby, she will start to doubt, always gets me going when in a dull mood. The Velvet Underground, White Light/White Heat, get cooled down with some nice music and put on the 17:27 long Sister Ray Let's keep it calm for a moment with Lamchop, How I quit smoking and the song The Man who loved beer, feel the legs start to hit the floor, drink up your beer and settle for a long drink. Portishead, roseland nyc live, ok it's the whole album but we pick one song and why not the first Humming, all of a sudden all people on the party will sing a long after the first listening and after the fourth or fifth rewinding we can go on with. Nick Cave & the bad seeds, Live Seeds and the song Tupelo, it's important that you get the right version it should be this live record. Now the party is going again an we put on Spaceman 3, Taking drugs to make music to take drugs to and the song Losing Touch with my Mind, and when your mind is lost you wake up to a classic, Led Zeppelin and Communication Breakdown the most played song during last new year on the party I was attending with a crescendo at midnight when the speakers broke due to playing it too loud. By now the first party depression should happen, someone needs Hank Williams and the song I'm so lonesome I could cry The last effort before the party turns gutter-crawling-home we start off with Neil Young, Mirrorball and the song Peace and Love, Great listening and stops people from talking during the party. The next record is The John Spencers Blues Explosion, Experimental Remixes Extended Playing lo-fi demonstrational and the song Greyhound part 1, should get some dancing in the corners near the big palm tree slowly gaining momentum with Mc Solar, Prose Combat and Nouveau Western, by now even the computer wiz from your company should be on his feet if not let him listen to Afro Cuban All Stars, A Toda Cuba le Gusta and the song Amor Verdadero. Keep the thing rolling with Iggy Pop, Lust for life and The Passenger this should be the first clue for the dancers that it's soon to be over. By now all you want to do is sleep and Tindersticks, Donkeys 92-97 and the song Tiny Tears should help you. You wake up and realize that some are still hanging around, to get them on their way the tape has as a last song John Coltrane, The Major Works Of John Coltrane and Ascension- Edition II with a playing time of 40:31 should do it, 5 musicians playing saxophone at the same time help a lot.

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This is something I should put on a tape or CD have it ready to put on whenever, if I ever make it I'll send you a copy.

My Best, Leif Bergman, leif of

((Wow, so you say!!! Thanks a great deal, Leif, and welcome.))


``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.

Hank Alme and Art Schleinkofer stand by for Colonia.

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


I have no regular Diplomacy game openings, but am actively recruiting players for Mark Kinney so he can get his szine restarted. To assist him, I have agreed to join his game. See the note in the Dip Hobby section above.

Also, from Eric Ozog: ``What do you say to me running Bernie Oaklyn's Air-Sea Diplomacy variant as a subzine in TAP? The Maricopa game is going to wind up pretty soon, and I'd still like to GM. I fit the profile: I'm a `not as young as I used to be somewhat old-timer burned-out dip-deadwood daddy,' so GMing a single game (preferably variant) in an orphanage zine (like TAP) of HOFs (Hobby Old Farts) seems to be the fashionable thing to do these days. It might help forestall alzheimer's, if anything. If you remember, Air-Sea is the variant Uncle Bernie designed, based on the standard map except it adds airplanes and submarines. Maybe even Bernie would play. I just need to clean up the rules a little bit and would like to run it as an email game, and you can print it in your zine. You can make the announcement in the next issue of TAP if you'd like, and shortly I'll edit the rules and send them to you for publication. What do you think?'' GO FOR IT, ERIC. You know that as one of my originals, you only have to ask. Send requests to join this game either to me or to Eric.

The only Diplomacy oriented opening left that I am GMing in this szine 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''):

I decided how I will treat the Star systems and the ``revolving rings'' rule. I will keep the map as a ``code" and the real locations (which I will provide as names from Star Trek) will rotate through the coded spaces. This WILL make it easy to make up maps. 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).

Then, for NON-Diplomacy oriented types. John Harrington is offering to guest GM a game of Office Politics. Any interest in that?? Let me or John know!

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


Winter 1901

AUSTRIA (Gorham): bld a vie, a tri; has a VIE, a TRI, f ADR, a WAR, a SER.

ENGLAND (Biehl): bld f lon; has f LON, f MID, f NTH, a BEL.

FRANCE (O'Donnell): bld a par, a mar; has a PAR, a MAR, f POR, a PIC, a SPA.

GERMANY (Shreve): bld a mun, a ber; has a MUN, a BER, f DEN, a BUR, a HOL.

ITALY (Tallman): bld a ven; has a VEN, f TUN, a TYO, a BOH.

RUSSIA (Tretick): R f rum otb; bld a mos; has a MOS, f SWE, a ARM, a GAL.

TURKEY (Ellis): bld a smy, a ank; has a SMY, a ANK, f BLA, a BUL, a RUM.

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); jeen of

FRANCE: Sean O'Donnell, 126 S. Park, Oberlin, OH 44074 (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) 874-0384 ($3)

terryt of

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

batretick 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.

2) John Biehl and Buddy Tretick have new E-Mail addresses. Note them above.


(OTTOMAN EMPIRE to WORLD): The Sultan apologizes for his diplomatic inactivity as of late. He has sent emissaries to all relevant nations and wishes peace with all but the invaders from the North. Regarding the Russian invaders, the Sultan was quoted, ``The infidel dogs will soon be fed their own intestines". A Turkish 3rd and 4th division have been recruited in Anatolia to deal with the marauders.


(VIENNA): NOW, is anyone willing to talk HONESTLY with Austria?

(DEC 31, 1901 - SOMEWHERE AT SEA): ``Damn,'' swore Captain Hood as he ordered down periscope, ``that French Battleship has disappeared.'' What was he to do now? If the mission was not a success his career would be in ruins and a coveted Rear Admiral's bars would not be his.

(CONSTANTINOPLE to ROME): Interesting; very interesting...

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


Winter 1752

AUSTRIA (Prosnitz): bld a surinam, a vienna, a budapest, f tahiti; has a SURINAM,




CHINA (Acheson): bld a xian, a wuhan, f amoy; has a XIAN, a WUHAN, f AMOY, a JEHOL,


ENGLAND (Power): R a colombia-AMAZON; bld a nigeria, a ecuador, f malaya, f edinburgh;




FRANCE (Gamble): bld a paris, a toulon, f quebec; has a PARIS, a TOULON, f QUEBEC,



NETHERLANDS (O'Donnell): R f denmark-HANOVER; bld f melbourne; has f MELBOURNE,



OTTOMAN (Johnson): bld a ismir, a jerusalem, f baghdad, f istanbul, f hawaii;




PORTUGAL (Stimmel): R a leon otb; bld f lisbon, f lagos, a brazil, f goa;



RUSSIA (Rauterberg): bld a crimea, a kiev, f cape colony, f vladivostok; has




SPAIN (Partridge): bld a somalia, f manila, f mexico(wc), a madrid, f valencia; has a SOMALIA,



Supply Center Chart

AUSTRIA (Prosnitz): BUD,VIE,SUR,TRI,TAH,ven,bav, (has 14)
CHINA (Acheson): PEK,WUH,XIA,AMO,tib,nep, (has 10)
ENGLAND (Power): ECU,NIG,MLA,EDI,LON,kam,peru, (has 14)
FRANCE (Gamble): PAR,DAK,TOU,QUE,BDX,sav, (has 11)
NETHERLANDS (O'Donnell): ANT,FLO,ANG,HAG,MEL,lou, (has 10)
OTTOMAN (Johnson): ISM,JER,BAG,IST,HAW,persia, (has 15)
PORTUGAL (Stimmel): LAG,ALA,GOA,BRA,LIS,manitoba, (has 12)
RUSSIA (Rauterberg): MOS,KIE,OMS,CAP,STP,VLA,CRI, (has 16)
SPAIN (Partridge): MAD,MEX,SOM,VAL,MAN,cal, (has 14)
Neutral: ben,bol,bur,cam,cey,cub,die,ifn, (Total=136)

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: Sean O'Donnell, 126 S. Park, Oberlin, OH 44074

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) There I go trying to change a supply center ownership abbreviation and get myself off track. France actually only has 3 builds since I forgot to remove ownership of Papal States from him as Austria took it. I used ``pps'' for the abbreviation there, but ``pap'' for it in France's list, which is why I didn't catch it. Thanks for the heads up on this. Also, England could also retreat A Colombia-Amazon, and he chose to do just that. Especially with retreat options, you will do well to check me.

2) I've also cleaned up a few minor issues in the Supply Center Chart and added what might be the complete list of remaining neutrals. Thanks to Robert Stimmel for giving me a hand!! Check if I have any more confusing or repetitive abbreviations there. I am going to keep listing the movements with full names to make it possible for readers following the game to tell what is happening.

3) Sean O'Donnell takes over permanently as the Dutch and I have two more standbys, thank you!!


(NETHERLANDS-BOARD): Hope no one minds.

(OTTO-MOS): All that being true, would not it have made more sense for you to tell me to take it? ((Huh? I presume that means something.....))

SECRETS: 1999D, Regular Diplomacy



Spring 1903

AUSTRIA (Zarr): a BOH-sil, f bul(sc)-GRE, a SER S f bul(sc)-gre.

ENGLAND (Sayers): f ENG S f nao-mid, f NTH h, f nao-MID.

FRANCE (Sasseville): a BUR S a pic, f GOL-tus, f WES-tyh, a PIC S a bur,

a PIE S GERMAN a mun-tyo (nso).

GERMANY (Johnson): f kie-DEN, a ber-PRU, a MUN-sil, f HOL-bel,

f swe S ENGLISH f nth-nwy (d r:gob,bal,ska,otb), a RUH-mun, a BEL-ruh.

ITALY (Schultz): a VEN-tus, f ion-TUN, a VIE S a gal-bud, f TYH-tus,

a TRI S a gal-bud, a gal-BUD.

RUSSIA (Trent): a WAR-sil, a stp-LVN, f nwy-SWE, a FIN S f nwy-swe, a SEV h.

TURKEY (Munson): f AEG S a con-bul, a gre-ser (d r:alb,otb), f BLA S a con-bul,

a RUM S a con-bul, a con-BUL.

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)

100233.513 of

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, P.O. Box 1042, Gardiner, MT 59030 ($5)

samunson71 of

Game Notes:

1) Guess what, Scott is back in Yellowstone country.... this time for real. But he's still sleeping on a buddy's couch and isn't especially settled. I think he does have access to the hotmail account now, so you can try to reach him that way, as well as by post. For this game, everyone has until April 1 to get things to me. The default retreat for Scott will be to Albania, not OTB, if he doesn't manage to get in touch with me before March 11, since there is only one retreat choice and this is a summer season. Stan obviously needs to let me know what he is doing, since he has more choices.


(JOHN-BOOB): As long as seasons are split, there's enough time, but more is always nice. ((I will get the szine out earlier this time and we'll see how that does at keeping us on track. It wouldn't surprise me if Jim got the szine before people on the West Coast of the US the way things have been going lately.))

(MOSCOW-LONDON): I'm perfectly willing to forget your visit to St. Petersburg. No real harm done.

(MOSCOW-PARIS): Don't bend to Germany's diplomatic pressure. Do whatever you want in the West, the Teutons will be no threat to your position.

(F-I): Maybe less than 7 years. ((Huh?))

(MOSCOW-BERLIN): It's a shame it's had to come to this. Frankly, I like central powers as allies but I don't much appreciate them as enemies. I CERTAINLY don't want everyone drinking Prussian rum all over Europe. (Especially the French.... who knows what could happen to them if you gave them real liquor.)

(ITALY-GERMANY): Why, thank you - I'm sure all will be fine.

(MOSCOW-VIENNA): My apologies for being unable to help you defend yourself but it was Germany's fault.

(ITALY-RUSSIA): Naah, I'm not interested in you, Bubba.

(MOSCOW-ANKARA/PARIS/ROME): The Mediterranean's wide open. ((Well, not WIDE open. . . . )) Especially you, Turkey, you've got a lot to gain.

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



Fall 1904

AUSTRIA (Schultz): a GAL-bud, a SER S f alb-tri, f ALB-tri, and nuked VEN(2), ROM(2), NAP,

TUN, ENG; owns bud,ser (2).

ENGLAND (Gardner): has none and nukes withheld; owns none.

FRANCE (Barno): f PIC-eng-wal-lvp-cly-edi-yor-lon-eng-bel, a gas-MAR, and nuked GM,

INDIANA DOC OFFICES, WES, TYH, CLY; owns mar,par,bre (3).

GERMANY (S. Kenny): f HOL S a ruh-bel, a ruh-BEL, a PRU-war, and nuked VIE, ROM(2),

VEN(2), MOS, LON(2); owns ber,mun,kie,hol,bel (5).

ITALY (McCullough): f ION S a tus-tri, a TUS-tri, a TRI-bud, and nuked PIE, GM 4 TIMES!!!!;

owns tri (1).

RUSSIA (Weiss): f fin-SWE, a WAR h, a lvn-SEV, f RUM-bul(ec), and nuked EDI(2), LVP(2), POR, SPA;

owns stp,war,sev,rum,swe (5).

TURKEY (Reichert): f BLA S a bul, a BUL h, a ARM h, and nuked EDI(2), LVP(2), LON(2), WAL, YOR;

owns ank,smy,con,bul (4).

Addresses of the Participants

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

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

jodym of

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

rcw23 of or diplomat of

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

sarareichert of

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

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

hgardner of

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  5 12
JODY MCCULLOUGH  3  1  6  1 11
RICHARD WEISS  4  1  0  5 10
SARA REICHERT  1  2  2  4  9
JOHN SCHULTZ  0  6  2  2 10
HEATH GARDNER  5  0  3  0  8
MIKE BARNO  0  5  4  3 12
Black Holed 15 15 16 11 57
Neutral  2  1  1  3  7

Total 34 34 34 34 136

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) For next year, we keep rotating and Sara is Austria, John is England, Heath is France, Mike is Germany, Sandy is Italy, Jody is Russia (remember that you only get four nukes), and Richard is Turkey.


(JOHN-WORLD): So, who's top doggy at the end of this turn? Who gets to get toasted? ((Still awfully tight, with Sandy and Mike tied for the top spot. Even MIA Heath is in striking distance.))

(RUSSIA-SARA): See my response supporting your anti-circumcision press elsewhere. Keep up the good work on raising consciousness.

(SARA): Army Armenia burns GM in effigy.

(RUSSIA-MANIAC FOR PIAZZA AND MOBIOUS PRESCIENCE BARNO): The web-site seems to show that both you and Dr. Laura are circumcised - of course, I had to digitally enhance her image!

(RICHARD): Army Warsaw picks up detente nuke and throws it at Prussia.

(JODY - SANDY): My nukes will see you next Spring.

(FLEET PIC-ENG-WAL-LVP-CLY-EDI-YOR-LON-ENG-BEL): Wanna see me do it counterclockwise?

(SAME FLEET to BRITISH): Wanna see me do it anticlockwise?

(SAME FLEET to GAELIC): Wanna see me do it widdershins? ((No matter WHICH way you do it, it still bounces.....))

(JOHN-JODY): Guess it's too much to hope that you didn't notice that I did you harm?

(JODY - JOHN): Whether or not my move worked, I'm willing to call it even.

(JOHN-JODY): I didn't mind- even though I blew you to smithereens. Trieste is the least I could do - assuming, of course, that you can hang on to it.

(JOHN-MIKE): Nuke them into oblivion!! They've done nothing for me lately.

(RUSSIA-JOHN): Any of the mail reading censors responding to our bombing the Indiana St. Prison?

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



Fall 1904

AUSTRIA (Pollard): a UKR S a rum, a SER S f aeg-bul(sc), a BUD S a rum, f aeg again begins

another assault on the fuzzyheaded Turks-BUL(SC), a WAR S a ukr, a RUM S f aeg-bul(sc).

ENGLAND (Tallman): f ska-DEN, f SWE S f ska-den, f NWY-nth.

FRANCE (Morris): a bur-RUH, f LON h, a BEL S a bur-ruh, f ENG S f lon,

a mar-BUR, a PIC S a bel.

GERMANY (Sayers): f den S f nth (d r:bal,hel,otb), a KIE S a mun, f NTH S f den,

a MUN h, a HOL-ruh.

ITALY (Munson): f ION-aeg, f GRE S AUSTRIAN f aeg-bul(sc), f mid-NAO, f CLY-edi,

a PIE h, a TYO h.

RUSSIA (Reynolds): f YOR-edi, a MOS S TURKISH a sev, a STP S a mos.

TURKEY (Barno): f SMY-aeg, a bul S ITALIAN f gre (d ann), a CON S a bul,

f BLA S a bul, a SEV S RUSSIAN a mos.

Supply Center Chart

AUSTRIA (Pollard): vie,bud,tri,rum,ser,war,bul (has 6, bld 1)
ENGLAND (Tallman): swe,nwy,den (has 3, even)
FRANCE (Morris): bre,par,mar,spa,por,bel,lon (has 6, bld 1)
GERMANY (Sayers): ber,kie,mun,hol (has 4 or 5, even(r:otb) or rem 1)
ITALY (Munson): rom,ven,nap,tun,lvp,gre (has 6, even)
RUSSIA (Reynolds): mos,stp,edi (has 3, even)
TURKEY (Barno): ank,smy,con,sev (has 4, even)
Neutral: none (Total=34)

Addresses of the Participants

AUSTRIA: Kent Pollard, P.O. box 5726, Fresno, CA 93755-5726 ($4)

ENGLAND: Terry Tallman, 3805 SW Lake Flora Road, Port Orchard, WA 98367, (360) 874-0384 ($4)

terryt of

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

Scottm221 of

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

100233.513 of

ITALY: Scott Munson, P.O. Box 1042, Gardiner, MT 59030 ($5)

samunson71 of

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

preyno of

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

mpbarno of

Game Notes:

1) Scott Munson has moved, see the longer note on his game above. Also note Kent's new address and Terry's slight adjustment in his telephone number.


(MORRIS): Ok, let's start talking again. I am tan, rested and ready. Scott, you didn't do anything mean did you?

(ADMIRAL PAUL VON SHERRHODT aboard the battleship Brantschpohl addressing the Place of Light and Glory): I have been empowered by the Austrian High Command to request your immediate withdrawal from Bulgaria. Failure to do so vill force a confrontation that can only end vith the total annililation of your forces................

(RUSSIA to ITALY): Not so fast, ``Flash" Munson!

(FOOTNOTE): Upon emerging from the Tower of Contemplation Ambassador Pollard was overheard saying, ``Vee Vill Not Unt get all Za Vay........''

(RUSSIA to ENGLAND): One down, two to go (of yours, that is).

SO GOOD IT HURTS: 1998 P, Regular Diplomacy


Fall 1904 - revisited

AUSTRIA (K. Ozog): a GAL S ITALIAN a sil-war.

Autumn and Winter 1904

AUSTRIA (K. Ozog): bld a tri, a bud; has a TRI, a BUD, a GAL, a VIE, f CON,

a VEN, a BUL.

ENGLAND (James): bld a lon; has a LON, f ENG, f WES, f STP(NC), f GOL,

f MID, f FIN, a SPA.

FRANCE (Kinney): R a spa-POR; has a MAR, a POR.

GERMANY (Goesle): bld a kie; has a KIE, a BER, a TYO, f PRU, f SWE,

a MUN, a PIE.

ITALY (Rauterberg): rem a sil; has f TYH, a BOH, f ION, a GRE.

RUSSIA (Rusnak): rem f gob; has a ARM, a WAR, f BLA, a RUM.

TURKEY (Emmert): rem a ank; has f AEG, f SMY.

Addresses of the Participants

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

heyday6 of

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

dkbn of

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

alberich of

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

gozcorp of

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

prosit of

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)

Lse of or semmert of

Game Notes:

1) And SUCH an interesting position, that I typed in one of Austria's orders wrong, the order is reported above for the record, though the support was cut, so there were no changes in final unit positions. Thanks to everyone who pointed this error out.


(ROME to MOSCOW): If you're useless to everybody else, why can't you be of use to me?



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

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

(49 points) rick_desper of or desper of

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

(19 points) gozcorp of

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

(17 points) johnh of, fiendish of

Fascinating game-end statements last time. I remained unaware of the plot against me on turn one and tip my hat to the organiser. It puzzled me at the time, I must admit, but I just put it down to it being in a game full of beginners.

I didn't keep notes so my recollections of the game are not as accurate as some of the other players. I do recall forgetting which house rules we were playing to and letting the leader get away (I was expecting him to get just the one breaking away bonus - my fault for not being organised). As someone pointed out last issue I destroyed a reasonable position by setting off too late to try and peg the leader back, but by that stage I had projected that I was unlikely to win with conservative play and so gambled on ``making something happen". Something did happen - I got buried! Still, even for a Brit, second place is for nancy-boys, it was shit or bust for me.

I thoroughly enjoyed the game and hope the other players did too. If anyone wants to buy a copy they can get in touch with me or Jim and we'll sort out any currency problems. I can't deny that the game is mostly tactical but even though I say so myself it is fun, usually requires agonising decisions each turn (face to face ordering of movement is sequential, not simultaneous) and replicates the sport in such an uncanny way that it is a pity this came about purely by accident rather than the genius of the game designer.

I do have another game playable by post or face to face (2 hours length), called Office Politics, but that's a game of empire building, negotiation, double-dealing, backstabbing and perfidy - I don't suppose anyone in TAP's readership would find that sort of game interesting, would they? I could be persuaded to run it if Jim is agreeable and enough players want to sign up (minimum 4 needed). ((I'm always open to someone ELSE GMing a game in the szine, especially when it adds to the variety. Anyone interested???))

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

(23 points) rebhuhn of

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

(4 points)

Game Notes:

1) 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 more 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!!!




Turn 2

17 (replenish with a 3): John Logie-Baird
16 (replenish with a 4): Alfred the Great
15 (replenish with a 5): Luke, Will Shakespeare
14 (replenish with a 7): Sir Isaac Newton
13 (no replenishment): None
12 (replenish with a 3): John, Matthew, Chasin' Jason
11 (replenish with a 6): Shane the Chain, Darrell B
10 (replenish with a 8): War, Pollution, March Hare, Barkin' Larkin', Famine,
Mock Turtle
9 (replenish with a 14): Pestilence, Mark, Mad Hatter, Broke Leg Meg, White Rabbit
8 (no replenishment): None
7 (replenish with a 3): Darrell C
6 (no replenishment): None
5 (replenish with a 3): Darrell A
4 (replenish with a 4): 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 8
B: Pollution 9 9 8
C: Pestilence 7 7 14
D: Famine 6 8 7

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

(0 points) 72060.1540 of CompuServe.COM

A: Matthew 3 3 3 15
B: Mark 4 14 15
C: Luke 15 5 5
D: John 12 4 3

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

(0 points) johnh of, fiendish of

A: Alfred the Great 3 3 11 4
B: Sir Isaac Newton 7 6 15
C: Will Shakespeare 5 6 11
D: John Logie-Baird 3 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 14 7 6 15
B: March Hare 5 8 13
C: Mad Hatter 5 14 9
D: Mock Turtle 10 8 6

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

(0 points) rebhuhn of

A: Darrell A 15 10 3 3
B: Darrell B 14 12 6
C: Darrell C 13 15 3
D: Buhrt 12 3 4

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 14
B: Shane the Chain 8 6 9
C: Barkin' Larkin' 6 7 8
D: Chasin' Jason 5 6 3

Game Notes:

1) We lost a three card for Darrell A last time, it has miraculously returned.


(HARRY ANDRUSCHAK-GM): TAP-228 arrived T*O*D*A*Y, 19 February, the day of the deadline. OK, I have e-mail, and can e-mail these orders in. But what about the few players without e-mail? Is this some sort of plot to FORCE your readership to obtain e-mail to keep up with the pace? And I wish I had had a few days to think these orders over. O well. ((What can I say, it's your Postal Service... ;-) Seriously, two weeks to the West Coast with First Class mail is not reasonable, but what can I do?? If your E-Mail gives Web access, you can get to the szine that way sooner. For most people, the USPS is doing a very good job, though not as good as European service. Air Mail to Europe is delivered 2-3 days after I send it, really!!))

(BUHRT to DARRELL): Fawh is a block, not fihve you ihdiot. Dhidn't I tell you to check the rhules?

(JOHN to BOOB): I must have missed something again. I thought it took five to make a square overcrowded.

(DARRELL to BUHRT): Yuh tohld my brother Darrell.

(BUHRT to DARRELL): Wayll?

(DARRELL to BUHRT): No, the other brother Darrell.

(DARRELL to BUHRT): Ayup, and there's only three of us heah.

(BOOB to JOHN): That's a long way of saying..... not in Version 2.3 of the rules.

(MAD HATTER - MARCH HARE): Where'd these horsemen come from? This is a cycle race and they're crowding up the place. We got points to earn, places to go, speed to burn.

(WHITE RABBIT): I'm late, oh my goodness, look at the time, I'm late, I'm late ....

(HARE - LARKIN'): What's that guy doin', draggin' a chain? Standard configuration on a bicycle is for it to go around the sprockets!

(TFWS-REST): Does bein' a nice guy count for anything?

(TURTLE - NEWTON): I love a caucus race! Don't you? Who ya think's gonna be in charge of handin' out the big-bucks to the corp's the next four years?

FEAR AND WHISKEY: 1998Ers31, Modern Diplomacy


Summer 2001

BRITAIN (Schultz): has f NTH, f SKA, a MUR, f LAP, f STP, f ENG, f MAO.

EGYPT (J. O'Donnell): has f ARA, a SYR, a WSA, f GOL, a SER, a IRN, f SAO, a URA, f EME.

GERMANY (Rauterberg): has f HOL, a SAX, a MUN, a BEL, f BHM, a MAR, a LIT, a CZE, a WAR,

a SLO, a PAR, a PIE, f HAM, a LYO, f BAL, a KRA.

ITALY (Ozog): R f mar-AUV; has a TUS, a ROM, a AUS, f LIG, a MIL,

f CRO, a MON, f AUV, a SWI, f GRE.

RUSSIA (Ellis): has a GOR.

SPAIN (S. O'Donnell): has f POR, a AND, a MAD, a NAV, f GIB, a BOR, a BAR.

UKRAINE (Partridge): has a SEV, a ODE, a VOL, a POD, a MOL, a LAT, f EBS, a MOS,

a KIE, f IST, a GEO, a RUM, a HUN.

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

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SPAIN: Sean O'Donnell, 126 S. Park, Oberlin, OH 44074 ($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): Jon Langford speaking about the US of A: ``For a supposedly civilized First World country, I don't think you realize how far behind you are. You've got the largest prison population of any industrialized country, per capita. You have the death penalty, which hasn't existed in Europe for years. You have 30 channels on TV, with nothing I want to watch - they just disturb me with their brutality, and their lack of content.

``There's a harshness to living here: the disparity between rich and poor; the lack of any government involvement in the culture. You don't get that in Europe. It's like people really don't matter over here. And I hate the fact that I get hardened to it. If there's a murder in Chicago, sometimes it's not even reported. Hell, if there's a murder in the town I grew up in, you'd hear about it for a year.''

(JEFF to THE MEKONS): What exactly is a Mekon and why is it that it is only quoted once a month? ((That's a really good question, I think I'm a Mekon too, since Jon Langford grabbed me up on stage at a concert of theirs a decade or so to do a song with them. It's more of a state of mind..... (see above) as for being quoted once a month, that's all ***I*** am quoting them. Fear and Whiskey is one of their greatest songs and also the title of one of their albums from the mid-1980's.))

(JEFF to EVERYONE): On the other hand, maybe Oswald acted alone!

(JEFF to STARFLEET COMMAND): Am attempting to overthrow the third reich by wiping out Edith Keeler's existence beyond 1936. I'm making my calculations for time travel, will report back if successful.

(JEFF to BRITAIN): You didn't respond to my last letter?

(BRITAIN-SPAIN): It's customary to have accomplished a thing before bragging about it, my young friend. Just start counting the seasons! Hell, it will take you and your kin forever just to gain the Mid - an eternity to actually gain something of value from me. Nevertheless, good luck.

(JEFF to JIM): During the Eisenhower Administration Nixon was VP (translation: his job was to water the plants in the oval office anytime Ike was gone). The Eisenhower Administration sent over approximately 250 Green Berets to help train the South Vietnamese to defend themselves. Using ground troops was never intended. The number one Republican authority on military activities in the east was Douglas MacArthur. On his death bed, MacArthur begged Johnson not to commit ground troops. Johnson ignored MacArthur and his own Joint Chiefs on how to prosecute that war. It was the Democratic leadership, led by Johnson (who, by the way, won a few rigged elections himself), that prosecuted that war in such a way that we could not win because it was good for business. Johnson is the man who should have his name dragged through the mud, not Nixon. PS I do have to give Johnson credit for civil rights, nothing good about Nixon there.

SHOW ME THE MONEY: 1997Mea04, Colonial Diplomacy


Summer 1908

BRITAIN (York): has a DEL, a BEN, f ADEN, f ERI, f HK, f BAN(EC),

f ARA(NC), f BOB, a PUN, f CAN.

FRANCE (Sasseville): R a ban-N.SAM; has a U.BUR, f COC, f TON, a MAY,

a N.SAM, a HYD, a ASS.

HOLLAND (Desper): has f SAR, f SIO, f ANN, f AS, f FOR, f GOA, f MP, a RAN,

f SUN.S, f SCS.

JAPAN (K. Ozog): has f OS, a SHA, a LAN, a IRK, f ECS, f NAN, a MAC, f UP,

f YS, f SOJ, a VLA.

RUSSIA (Williams): has a KRA, a BOK, a KAR, a MON, a KAG, a RAJ, a URU, a PER,

f EGY, a MEC, a SIK, a SHI, a PEK, a TIB, a CHU, f RS.

TURKEY (Tallman): has a BAG, f SUD.

Addresses of the Participants

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

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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)

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

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

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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) 874-0384 ($0)

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

Game Notes:

1) The HB (High Bodaciousness) draw and the reproposal of that concession to Russia both are rejected. No new proposals received at this time.


(JAPAN - FRANCE): I really wanted and tried to help you, but it was dependent on having support from the Czar- which was never received. It's just realistically not feasible now.

(RUSSIA to EMPIRE OF THE RISING SON-OF-A-GUN): What is it about the real estate on my side of the pond that so attracts you people? Get the hell over it. Go sack the Dutch for a change.

(TSAR to FLYING DUTCHMAN): Now what? Are you ready to make peace with me yet? Your British buddy's Empire is about to follow in the footsteps of its Roman namesake ... give me another two years and there won't be an English army of fleet within two thousand miles of Mother Russia. Britannia delenda est! (After his nastiness - that unprovoked attack on our person of a few years ago - we tend to prefer it that way.) Our eastern friend is just as blocked up against me as he is against you ... the only thing he's good for is sucking up our units on garrison duty. You have a mighty navy, I'll grant that ... but try pulling those ships past the coastline, friend, and you'll find nothing but Russia troops waiting from Irkutsk to Egypt. So ... do you want to talk?

(DON to ANDY): ...

(F RED SEA to F GOA): Here we come, ready or not ...

(RUSSIA - TURKEY): How are you going to build fleets if you won't take back those dots? I've never seen anyone so stubborn before that they wouldn't take the centers back. You're more inscrutable than the Chinese. ((Terry lives off his inscrutibility better than any man I know.))

(TSAR to GM): Can I build nukes? Promise, if you let me build 'em, I'll only use them on myself. (Anything to shorten this ... ) ((Haven't you ever heard of Chinese Water Torture. This is Rich Goranson's curse on all of you.... you won't stop this until ***I*** say you can stop it.))

(EMPEROR OZOGSAN - CZAR DON): It is unfortunate. But due to the impenetrable standoff in the Pacific and after much debate within the Imperial Regime, I have concluded there is more progress to be made on the continent. It is in our best interest to revert to the ideals of my predecessor.

(RUSSIAN DUCK to ERIC CARTMAN, KURTUGAWA OZOG-SAN): To kick my butt you'd need to be located in the vicinity of my righteous tail feathers. But - alas! - I see you are very much in front of me. So kick, scratch, pinch, pull hair and screech all you want, we're going to make a fight of it for as long as either or both of you want to.

(LANCASTRIAN TSAR to YORKIST PRETENDER): Want odds that my French buddy outlasts your sorry Limey butt? At least he knows how to write.

(CARTMAN - HOLLAND): Follow your dreams you can make a difference... I'm living proof... Beef cake! Beef cake!!


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