June 27, 2000

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``Among other reasons why writers have praised Philopoemen, the leader of the Achaeans, is that in time of peace he thought of nothing but the manner of conducting war; and when he was out of the country with friends he would stop and ask them: `If the enemy were on that hill and we had our army here, which would have the advantage? How could we advance on them in good order? If we wished to retreat, how would we go about it? If they were to retreat, how would we pursue them?' And as he went along he would set all the situations before them with which an army might be confronted.... thus, thanks to these continued deliberations, when he was at the lead of his army, no problem could ever arise for which he did not have a solution.'' Do you even have to ask whose quote this is??? No way. But just to make you think about it, I'll tell you down in my response to Richard Weiss' letter about the TV show Survivor, which is THE show of the century for Dippers.

I know there have been some really terrible mailing delays of the szine in the US lately. Issue 233 arrived in Jim Sayers mailbox in AUSTRALIA on June 5th (his usually is the last player issue to be delivered) but some of you (more than one) took even longer that that to get the issue! Amazing. Then this issue is REALLY delayed. I have spent the last three weekends on trips for business to DC, upstate NY, and then LA (more on the last one in a bit....) and that just makes it impossible to finish a dipszine. Oh well. I have set some longer deadlines that I am sure that I can stick to for the next few issues. See them attached to the games 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). After the current series of games, I probably won't start another until the Modern game ends (then I will start another Modern with the Wing rule). But there are some other options. Mark Kinney is trying to get his dipszine going again (one game is already filled), but he may have other openings. Mark is looking for standbys too. Contact Mark NOW at 4820 Westmar Terrace #6, Louisville, KY 40222, (502) 412-3079; alberich of and get on his subscription list. I'm in the game and you CAN'T miss watching ME play....

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

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Don Williams wins the award for this one, with some assistance from a number of people, including yours truly. I will probably have more on this next time, and some of you have already been alerted, but here was the mystery:

Sara Reichert gives a mailing address that happens to be the residence of one Harry Andruschak (Harry gives his address as a nearby postal box). Plus, letters to me written by Harry and ``Sara'' were addressed to me in the same handwriting.

The solution to the mystery: Harry and Sara are one in the same person. While in LA on my business trip, I hooked up with Don Williams and we visited the address: 20805 Margaret, Carson, CA 90745-1224 (actually Don had visited it before but didn't uncover anything) and we met Harry Andruschak, but there was no Sara Reichert. Harry admitted to us that he indeed IS Sara Reichert. Reichert is the last name of his landlady, Patricia Reichert - the person that Dippers had been led to believe was Sara's mother, but we met her too (actually very Italian!) and she has no such daughter. Brenton ver Ploeg previously had done some research that determined that ``Sara Reichert'' had no Social Security Number, yet she had supposedly been working at a series of temp. jobs. I didn't quite get the allusion, but Harry/Sara had been telling me for the last few months that Sara was off on a long term temp job in Winnemucca, Nevada. I didn't connect this with the fact that Winnemucca is famous for its cat houses..... well, that might explain the lack of an SSN.

I include a few notes below, including one from Harry, but expect more will follow that I can print next time. I think it was a great hoax, well deserving of hobby immortality. After all, Sara fooled the hobby for SIX years. Harry is in a bit of a natural mourning over the death of his creation, but I salute him for pulling it off! Harry never tried to use the pseudonym for direct advantage, only the indirect advantage of ``playing'' a woman. And that was done to GREAT advantage..... sorry, Eric, my best bud, you were fooled!

I will announce a new target next time, or spend the time looking for some of the backlog. 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. Does anyone know her name? This could be a way toward finding Jerry. 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 Jerry Lucas or Al Pearson is ``found'' from now on it is worth $25.

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.

``Sara Reichert'' AKA Harry Andruschak (Mon, 26 Jun 2000 00:35:44 EDT)


So there I was in 1994, barely alive. Now I know most people do not like to read or hear the sordid details of somebody else's health problems, so let me just say that had I belonged to an HMO, I'd probably be dead now. Blue Cross/Blue Shield to the rescue, but, by the time I was well enough to write again, I had NMRed all my games and had a lot of subscriptions to Diplomacy zines had run out.

``For Idle Minds and Idle Hands, The Devil Finds a Work To Do". Such as re-reading the beginner's pamphlet MASTERS OF DECEIT and re-reading Kathy Caruso's article titled ``Diplomacy-A Man's Hobby". Go re-read it yourself now before continuing with this article. PLEASE remember that all this was six years ago, and my mind was fogged with drugs, so I am not sure just what my mental processes were at that time. At first I found it hard to believe Kathy's basic premise of how gullible males can be around women players. Being of a scientific nature, somewhere in all this I wondered about an experiment. And so was born Sara Reichert.

Most people knew of my PO BOX address. Few knew that I actually lived at 20805 Margaret, renting a room from a lady with the very real name of Patricia Reichert. So my landlady suddenly had a new daughter, age 16. And things ran away from me. Boy, did they run away.

For example, here is what Kathy had to say about starting out: ``As a female novice you can use the `dumb broad" routine by playing helpless and stupid. You can write and ask some `macho" man if he can help you because you are so confused. You'd be surprised how many knights in shining armor play DIPLOMACY." Such as Eric Ozog in Sara's very first game in the zine CHEESECAKE, where she was France, Eric was Germany, and Sara went on to an 18 center win after stabbing her sweetie Eric for Munich and rolling over him to victory.

Now read Kathy's next paragraph, and that is how Sara won her second game. And in the paragraph after that, Kathy has another paragraph about flirting, which explains why Sara's third game was a 2 way A/I draw with her as Austria. After that, the word was out that Sara had brains. No more easy wins or draws. The hoax continued more out of inertia then any real need. Simple as that.

Harry, Sarareichert of

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.

One of the attractions, however, was that the ringer in Judy's case was from NORTHERN California, and the penis-enhanced person you describe (a) may not even have a ringer, and (b) if he does, she lives South of Santa Barbara, meaning that I'd have to re-learn the slang even to talk with her.

Still, it's an intriguing puzzle. Based on my own hobby experience, women players either were the subject of almost-exclusive telephonic negotiation (we're all nerds at heart, and to possess a legit reason to chat up a female stranger-not to mention one who can't look us over-is a prized opportunity), or invented some feeble excuse not to speak, in which case they were obviously in the loathsome position of feigning breasts and would be eliminated in the first year or two for toying falsely with our fantasy, however dim or unrealistic, that an actual sexual act (well, one with a female) might result from our participation in the hobby.

And that's why it's a puzzle. I haven't seen but three or four Diplomacy magazines in the past 20 years (sometimes I get courtesy copies when my name surfaces, or it turns up on an unrelated internet search), but pretending to be female must still be as prevalent in the hobby as it is in some of the, ah, more specialized bars in our metropolitan areas. Winning games under such a cloak, however, is an entirely different thing, and couldn't be accomplished without either disinterested or co-opted opponents. I suspect the latter.

There are plenty of ways for addresses to be matched with identities, as anyone in our privacy-deprived age knows. If you send me some more info, I might easily get involved. Or maybe not, depending on what is happening in the real world with my lawsuits. Anyway, this was fun.

Brenton, bverploeg of

((Yeah, and Harry even has a plaque for Sara in winning the Hobby's Best Player award a few years back. Brenton went on to do a little research for me which established that Harry Andruschak and Patricia Reichert both lived at the Carson address, and NO evidence of the existence of a ``Sara Reichert''. I've misplaced Brenton's follow up letter, but I may print it next issue. For myself, I will be keeping Sara's listing as playing in the NYEED game until it ends. I'm glad the mystery is now solved for sure. I was worried when we went there that there was a real Sara Reichert as Patricia's daughter that Harry would try to ``fool us'' with. But no. In time, Harry will realize that now was a good time to get caught.))


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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.

Robert Lesco's Marco Poll, the defacto poll of the North American hobby since the Runestone is pretty much officially dead, continues to collect votes. This is an official TAP approved poll. Here are the particulars on the Marco Poll: Vote for your top five in each category and you can't vote (or at least it won't be tabulated) for Robert Lesco or his szine, which I don't see. I will send this to Robert and offer him a trade. The deadline is September 1st and either send your ballot to marcopoll of or mail to Robert Lesco, 49 Parkside Drive, Brampton, Ontario, CANADA L6Y 2H1. For identification purposes, Robert would like you to identify yourself both by name and by affiliation (a game you play in or a szine you sub to). Here are the categories this year (I like some of the new ones!!):

1) Favourite ((Hey, what, he's Canadian, yeah.)) Zine ((What's a zine, shouldn't that be Szine???))

2) All Time Favourite Zine ((Szine))

3) Best Diplomacy Player

4) All Time Best Diplomacy Player

5) Best GM

6) Player Who Writes the Best Letters/E-Mails

7) Folded Zine ((Szine)) You Miss the Most

8) Favourite Variant

Mark Larzelere (Sun, 11 Jun 2000 07:05:44 EDT)

Maybe I missed mention of this in your zine before, but I had no idea that the Marco Poll was still alive. I started it back in 1981. This would be the 20th year of it if it has been held every year. I'm amazed. And all those new categories! Do you know if it still has the same scoring system? I had people vote for their 5 favorite zeens, with 5 points for a first place vote, 4 points for second, etc. I'm not sure I consider it superior to the Runestone poll, even if it has proved to be more popular. The polls didn't measure exactly the same thing. The Marco poll measured popularity, while the Runestone graded quality. It has probably helped the Marco poll to have a simple scoring system that everyone can understand. That makes it easier for people to accept the results. The last I saw of the Runestone poll was in the late 80s, when it had this 40-page statistical analysis (and some fawning over the winner).

Mark, Mlarz of

((Yeah, but it also measures quality and doesn't allow for negative voting, a real strength. I sent out the following message to the TAP E-Mail subbers when the szine was late:))

Jim Burgess (Thursday, June 15, 2000 4:54 AM)

TAP #234 will be late - Agar and Burgess take over DW Editorship

Hello everyone,

As I warned last issue, I am traveling for most of June. I am about to take off again for another week and the szine is NOT done. The deadline for #235 is pushed back at least until July 8th ((Now the 15th.)). I hope to finish it in the next window when I am in town next week, but it could possibly be the week after that. Apologies, just want to let you all know what is going on. Please inform the non-E-Mail players as you communicate with them.

The other big news that I want to get on the table is that Stephen Agar and I have agreed to take over the co-editorship of Diplomacy World. We already have an excellent editorial board that is working on putting articles together but we could use more of both editorial board members and articles for upcoming issues. We currently have a deadline of July 15 for articles for the comeback issue, so we can get an issue out before World DipCon. Stephen will be doing layout, not me, so you can rest assured that it won't be as ugly as TAP ;-) I'll have lots more on this in TAP #234 when it comes out. The delay has NOTHING to do with this decision, but with work commitments (really!). DW will be appearing in PDF format and available for free by E-Mail or downloadable from the Web, as well as having both US and British postal subscriptions.

Have a nice June everyone! Jim Burgess

((If you are interested in being on the E-Mail distribution list for DW, which will be free, hang on and we'll announce something shortly. There will be a mailgroup signup for both US and UK paper sizes. We also will be announcing subscription rates and postal practices at the same time (also available in both formats). What we are more interested in now is getting a good re-start issue together. The PDF format will also encourage and allow photographs and other pictures to be used, so we are looking to create something new. We also could use more help writing articles and for the Editorial Board. Here is how it looks so far:))

New Editorial Board for Diplomacy World

Co-Editors and Publishers: Stephen Agar (UK) and Jim Burgess (US) Web Page Editor: Stephen Agar

Interview Column Editor: Jim Burgess

Variants Editor: Scott Morris

Design and Layout Editors: Stephen Agar and Scott Morris

FTF Convention Editor: Still Vacant and Looking! Probably both a UK and US person here

Demo Game Editor: Jim Burgess (with assistance of Rick Desper)

Internet Editor: To Be Filled

Strategy and Tactics Editor: Also Looking

US Distribution: David Partridge

UK Distribution: Stephen Agar

Other volunteers in these or other categories are welcome. The re-start issue is shaping up nicely.


Comments on the 1999 year in music are still welcome.

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 either find a commercial service or perhaps buy some new equipment to get the copying done. 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. For now, I'm going to stop reprinting all the rest of the header stuff each issue. The way I do things, I was sticking it in my face so I noticed it and kept it on my to-do list, but obviously it was way too repetitive.

Jody McCullough (Wed, 14 Jun 2000 13:39:03 -0500)


My prediction for the basketball series: Lakers in 6. Lakers will win the middle game in Indiana, lose the 5th game, then win the sixth one back at home. Kobe will be in for game 5 but not at 100%. But the 90% will be good enough.

If the Lakers lose game 4 I think they STILL win game 5 at Indiana and still win the series in 6. But that would make things interesting...

I had also predicted they would win the first 2 and lose the 3rd in Indiana, but I didn't share that prediction so you'll just have to take my word for it ;-)

Looking back on the season, people will say that the Lakers/Blazers series was really the key series. The Lakers did not win game 7 of that series: the Blazers lost it. And that was to be expected. I lived in Oregon for 7 years and I've seen the Blazers' futility up close. It's ugly. That team has some sort of complex. They don't think they deserve to win or something. One year they'll get hungry enough (and confident enough), but this year wasn't it.

-Jody- jodymc of

((Thanks, Jody, were you right or just lucky..... I sent the following note to Dick Martin that generated the next letter: Thanks for the printable music and movie comments. I actually made the ``Do The Right Thing" comments hoping other people would weigh in on it vs. American History X. Have you seen that?? You know as an editor you get more comments by making some extreme comments every once in a while instead of always staying white bread ;-) ))

Dick Martin (Thu, 18 May 2000 01:43:37 -0400)

editors make extreme comments just to generate controversy and comments? would that happen in dipdom??? ;)

i haven't seen american history x, though i've read a few reviews on it (how else would i get to be a trivia master?). it sounds...interesting. maybe i'll get it one of these days at the local video emporium.

you ought to run (do not walk) to see `high fidelity' at the first opportunity! i found myself identifying with waaaay too many of their music addict mannerisms. (the best is when john cusack arranges his record collection - not chronologically, not alphabetically, not by genre - autobiographically, remembering when he got each album!) ((Yes, this is perfect. I have a friend who is JUST like the Cusack character. I am only partly like it....))

Dick, phantom2 of

((Then, I dropped a note to Pete Duxon, who had been a regular contributor here, but very absent lately....))

Pete Duxon (Sat, 10 Jun 2000 02:52:23 -0700 (PDT))

Hi Jim,

Do I take it youíve been missing me? ((Quite frankly, yes, precisely so.))

Well you have a choice of two very charismatic choices for president! Do you vote for the vice president or for political ``dynasty'' of the Bushís. Looks like 6 months of watching paint dry if you ask me. I try not to pay too much attention to your political process but McCain came across as having something to say and having a personality. This seems to be a no no these days. The government tried very hard to stop Ken Livingstone becoming mayor of London. Not sure I agree with Kenís politics but he is a character.

Have you heard that the film U571 is causing a furor over here with even the Prime Minister condemning it. In case you werenít aware the film depicts the capture of the Germans enigma decoder. The problem? Well the film shows a US crew capturing the machine when the crew was in fact British and the capture took place before the US entered the war. The families of those involved werenít best pleased either. This seems to be a trend in Hollywood. Cameroon had to apologise to the family of an officer of the Titanic when the film falsely depicted him shooting Irish passengers in steerage class. I would have thought America has produced enough heroes without purloining those of other countries. Sad really that we now have a separate Hollywood reality which the great unwashed will treat as gospel. ((Yeah, this story had a lot of play over here too, but basically most Americans ho-hummed it, which says something about American insensitivity too. Have you noticed how much we like to make Brits the ``evil villains'' in movies these days? - uncountable number, virtually every action movie out right now.))

If you ever get the chance read Richard Harrisí Enigma which is, a fictional account, set at Bletchley Park where the Enigma code breakers were based. Channel 4 produced a series of programmes called Station X about the activities of the Code breakers at Bletchley. I found it fascinating. I didnít realise that Alan Turing produced the first working computer. Turing was sadly misused by the British government. He saved thousands of lives and helped keep shipping lanes open. After the war, because he was a homosexual, he was treated as a security risk and persecuted because he because Homosexuality was outlawed, Indeed as late as the Seventies the work of Bletchley was unknown because the Russians had captured German Enigma machines and were using them. It wasnít until the seventies that someone spoke about it. The story is fascinating and there is a book of the series.

I havenít listened to or bought much music lately. I donít seem to have the time at the moment. I could do with a CD player in the car. Actually I canít remember the last new album I bought or concert I went to see! Iím reading a lot of thrillers lately. I enjoyed Joseph Kanonís Los Alamos. Is someone making a movie of this? The topic is fascinating but the drawback from Hollywoodís perspective is that the scientists (certainly the leading ones) werenít American. ((There was a Los Alamos movie out a few years back. I'm not sure if it was based on this book or not. They had a sub-plot going about the radiation leaks and it really was very good, but I forgot the name of the movie. Someone will enlighten us.))

Iíve spent a lot of the last 6 months looking round churches. We have an amazing variety of them from about 950 ad to the present day. They are jammed packed with beautiful objects. Iím not a bit religious but they are inspiring and take you to some beautiful parts of the country, they tend to be in rural locations. Its quite bizarre when you drive into some small village and find a huge church virtually in the middle of nowhere. Did you get the card by the way? ((Yes, indeedy I did. Sorry, forgot to acknowledge it. I had meant to publish the note, but the card didn't get to the right place.))

What do you reckon to Hillaryís chances of getting elected are? Over here the ``big'' political stories are the Chancellor of the Exchequerís condemnation of elitism at Oxford and the Prime Minister becoming a father. With astute political timing the baby arrived in time to dominate the Sunday papers. The media is obsessed by such trivialities. ((The woman who got into Harvard, but not Oxford, made huge news over here too.... mostly not pro-British class system of course. I think that Hillary had a better chance of beating Giuliani than she does of beating Lazio (otherwise known as ``what's his name"). Polls are strongly showing interest in voting for Lazio even by people who can't remember his name - in fact, especially people who can't remember his name. I had the race pegged as both having huge negatives, but when it came down to it the Upstaters would not vote for the Mayor of New York. My parents were and are torn about that way - I like Hillary much better than they do - and they still live in Upstate. Even though Lazio is clearly a downstater, he doesn't appear to have picked up NYC negative coattails yet. The race will be to see if New Yorkers can learn enough about Lazio to not like him too. I, myself, don't get good vibes from him, but this could be because I like Hillary - flawed and pathetic as she can be.))

I write this the day that the European Football championships start in Holland and Belgium. In case you are unaware English football fans have a reputation for being a bunch of thugs so the authorities are expecting trouble. To be fair English fans are no worse than say the Dutch or Germans but their thugs stay at home whilst ours see it as their ``patriotic duty'' to ``defend their honour all over Europe''. A month ago two English fans were murdered in Turkey so we are wondering if some nutcase will be seeking revenge. I expect that if two Turkish fans had been murdered here we would have been banned hey ho. You don't seem to have these problems over in the states do you. There again your nut cases walk in to shops with guns. We are a fun lot us humans donít you think? ((There was NO interest in the Football (Soccer) championships here. Sorry ;-) You know how it is.))

Iím assume you are aware of the problems in Sierra Leone (?). There was a furor in the press when it was revealed that British weapons were in the hands of children supporting the government. A topical news quiz quipped that 20% of all the world's children are in Sierra Leone, the other 80% are safely at school in the United States. Made me laugh. Just one last cheap shot. I happened to see some wrestling on the telly the other night (highly amusing very comical) but everyone seemed to take it SO seriously when it so obviously staged. I commented on this to a colleague whose 8 year old loves it and he replied yeah itís designed for 8 year olds and Americans.

Take care, Pete, pduxon of

((Especially if everyone in the US is 8 until they turn 30. Wrestling is massively popular over here, but doesn't do a thing for me. Mostly, it is destroying football (US kind) as a spectator sport, which I don't mind a bit. The organizer of the WWF is putting together his own Football league which will be wildly successful and further that move. Again, though, I am not paying close attention.))

Richard Weiss (Mon, 12 Jun 2000 10:51:07 -0700)


I have been reading intermittently about a new summer TV show ``Survivor." Apparently its first episode was #1 for the week, beating ``So you want to be a millionaire." I got to thinking about the concept of the show. 16 people on a deserted island. Each week they vote one person off. The last week there are three people on the island, one of whom will win a million dollars for being ``the last." All 16 originals come back and vote who is the winner.

Sounds like the way I'd like to play Diplomacy - there must be a winner. ``Zero Sum" for sure. Maybe the next WorldMasters Dip tournament should play for a huge prize and be televised or web streamed.

However, we used to play a game, I forget the name and who's szines (I'm pretty sure John Schultz ran a game of it, probably Pete Gaughan and others) wherein the players were on a pirate ship or some such, and you got to have 5 (?) votes as to whom to throw overboard (maybe ``Overboard" was the name of the game) and when someone got a set number of votes - off they went. Winner was last onboard. ((Yes, there is still a game of that running from Warren Goesle.))

If we'd only known we could have a hit TV show from it. Dang, we missed millions by limiting our thinking to postal zines only. And then not adapting forward. Probably there are more games like that - how about Evil Empire Nuclear Yuppie? I'm sure you can think of some.

How about it TAP readers? Let's syndicate and pool and become the next IPO millionaires. What games could we adapt to a summer tv show?

Richard, diplomat of

((Yeah! I love the Survivor! show. We have a local RI player, Richard Hatch, who is playing the game JUST like a good Diplomacy player. The other week he started spearing fish for his group and made the three player pact to get to the last three point. I'd bet on those two women and him to make it there. But if anyone stabs on the deal, that won't surprise me either. So far, they have just been dumping the worthless riff-raff and incompetent schemers, as well as those not willing to scheme at all. There are three or four more of those ``obvious'' losers to go before they get down to about the final 8 or so. If I am right then the Tagi Tribe should win the next couple of challenges. Then things should really get GOOD! So far, the players eliminated have been totally incompetent at playing the real game here. This has to be THE game for Diplomacy players, wouldn't we all do pretty well - at least we would know what we SHOULD be doing. For the future of the series, they chickened out on going to Greenland next and also will have the next Survivor! in someplace warm. They announced it, but I can't recall this instant where it is. I think they want people to ``look good'' and not just all be bundled up. The quote at the masthead is OF COURSE Niccolo Machiavelli from Chapter 14 of The Prince. This szine's name is at least a quadruple entendre that I chose quite intentionally. The use of the term ``Prince'' in the title instead of ``Rasselas'' who is the name of the Prince in Samuel Johnson's book about ``Abyssinia'' (well, that's not what it's about, but it's where it's set) is done to call up references to Niccolo. Then, of course, Abyssinia is populated by black people, so there is a black prince connotation. And there are yet two or three more levels of that in there. To me, Diplomacy is all about those levels of intrigue. The Diplomacy level intrigue in Survivor! will increase as future players learn how to play. From what I've seen so far, Richard Hatch is the only one with a complete plan, starting from gaining weight BEFORE going to the island and the way he has formed coalitions and used his homosexuality to his advantage. Now that the Christian member of his team is gone, expect next week those issues to pick up. Big Brother is more voyeuristic, but I like the idea that the PLAYERS vote each other out, as they do on Survivor! as it makes the game more internal. This is stuff to watch!!!))


Don Miller Award (Meritorious Service)

- Stephen Agar (Diplomatic Archives/Postal Section of the Diplomatic Pouch)

- Edi Birsan (Starting the Diplomatic Corps web page & organization)

- Manus Hand (Running the Diplomatic Pouch as Overall Editor)

- Doug Massey (Designing & Running the JDPR Diplomatic Rating System)

- Conrad von Metzke (BNC & Publisher of Costaguana)

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Rod Walker Award (Literature)

- David Cohen (Diplomacy & the Way of the Warrior, A Book of 5 Rings: The Teachings of Miyamoto Shinman Musashi from The Diplomatic Pouch Fall 1999 Movement Issue)

- Eric Grenoux (A Call to Arms from Flat Earth Society Issue #10)

- Brent McKee (Canadian Naval History from Making Love In A Canoe)

- Tom Potocki (Are You Man Enough? The Virtues that Make A True General The Diplomatic Pouch Spring 1999 Movement Issue)

- Paul Windsor (Geography is Destiny: How the Standard Map Dictates Fortunes & Strategies from The Diplomatic Pouch Fall 1999 Retreat Issue)

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John Koning Award (Player Performance)

- Jamie Dreier

- Mark Fassio

- Robert Paquin

- Sara Reichert

- Cal White

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Fred Hyatt Award (GM Performance)

- Michael Lowrey (Carolina Command & Commentary)

- Brent McKee (Making Love in a Canoe)

- Tim Miller (Email GM)

- Tim Richardson (Email GM)

- Conrad von Metzke (Costaguana)

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Again, the Committee is soliciting a $1.00 donation per vote to defray costs of the awards themselves. This is a voluntary donation and does not affect your vote in any way. We plan on continuing to send the winners plaques. The Committee currently consists of myself (Chairperson), Fred Davis (Treasurer), Gary Behnen, Jim Burgess, Paul Kenny, and Robert Lesco. The voting deadline is Sept. 2, 2000. Please send votes, contributions, and comments to:

Melinda Holley, 1823 Enslow Blvd., Huntington WV 25701 (Rebel8954 of Thank you for your participation.


``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, Bob Acheson, Heath Gardner, Phil Reynolds, Paul Kenny, Dan Gorham, and John Schultz stand by for regular Diplomacy.

Phil Reynolds, Chris Trent, 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.

Art Schleinkofer and Harold Reynolds stand by for Colonia. Help, more are needed for this game, maps are provided for free by me.... or by Harold Reynolds just ask.

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


Eric Ozog will be running Air-Sea Diplomacy some time in the future. You can contact Eric at ElfEric of if you are interested in the game. I'll publish the rules closer to a time when Eric wants it to start.

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 stepped out of the sixth spot, so we now need THREE 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 have one person signed up, but I've forgotten just this instant who it is.

Also, I am going to design some postal rules for Devil Take the Hindmost, and Chris Lockheardt is pulling out of that opening too, so I need three players. Eoghan Barry is signed up. Postal rules from me will be forthcoming shortly.

Stephen Agar runs a British Diplomacy mailing list and has a new broader web postal gaming web site too at:

and 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



Spring 1903

AUSTRIA (Gorham): a tri-TYO, a vie-BUD, a VEN S a tri-tyo, f adr-ION,

a war-SIL, a SER S a vie-bud.

ENGLAND (Biehl): f lvp-IRI, f ENG S f lvp-iri, f bre-gas (d ann),

f NTH S a bel, a BEL S GERMAN a ruh-bur.

FRANCE (Davis): a par-BRE, a MAR-bur, f MID S a par-bre, a GAS S a mar-bur.

GERMANY (Shreve): a bur-PAR, a MUN S a ruh-bur, f DEN washes everything down with beer (h),

a PIC S a bur-par, a ruh-BUR.

ITALY (Tallman): a ROM h, a tyo-PIE, a BOH-tyo.

RUSSIA (Tretick): a MOS-sev, f nwy-SWE, a UKR-rum, a GAL-bud.

TURKEY (Ellis): a CON-bul, f smy-AEG, a ARM-sev, a BUL-rum,

f BLA S a arm-sev, a SEV-ukr.

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: Rick Davis, 1130 Hevrin Cr., Soledad, CA. 93960, (831) 678-4470

redavis914 of

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

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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)

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TURKEY: Randy Ellis, 3116 McGee, Apt. 1N, Kansas City, MO 64111, (816) 931-8406 ($10)

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Game Notes:

1) Mostly a continuation of what we've already seen and not much movement, eh??


(TURKEY to RUSSIA): You're not talking over anyone's head, bub, certainly not mine. Oh, and your threat about Turkey ``going down"? Well, that may be the case. However, Russia doesn't exactly look intimidating at the moment. So just who is going to ``bring me down"? You? Bring it on Buddy. I'm looking forward to it.

(ALI SCOTTI to ALI RANDALI ELIZ): May I suggest you use your razor-sharp wit and a screw-driver. From what I've seen in the past, you are very adept with both when your anger is riled.

(LONDON FEB15, 1903): The Prime Minister, John Beale, rose in Parliament and spoke, ``The government of the United Kingdom condemns the bellicose statements aimed at our nation by Sultan El Ahbid Ellis of Turkey. We warn Turkey that Britain will resolutely defend its dependencies against any Ottoman provocations."

(BRATISLAVA FEB21, 1903): An Italian attack towards Galicia? A ski vacation for the troops in Bohemia? Is the king nuts?

(ANKARA to ROME): Terry, are you still alive? Drop me a note sometime.

(ITALY to ALL): Tora! Tora! Tora!

(PRAGUE MAR 15, 1903): The Prague Daily Times has reported unsubstantiated claims of cannibalism this past winter in the Italian Army after their repulse from their attack on Galicia. The newspaper harshly condemned the Italian soldiers for wanton pillaging and the commandeering of food stockpiles.

(RUSSIA (IN EXHILE) to 1998V TURKEY): I'm quite familiar with exactly what ``all the way dead" status is, sir. This really wasn't my death anyway. It was a meager standby position which I managed to hold on to for a couple of game years. I'm doing somewhat better in the game I started myself (Fantastic Voyage). E-mail me sometime. Maybe we can arrange a trip to YStone although with my new job, I don't have any vacation time until late October. Sigh. I don't know about this ``real world" thing.

(SOMEWHERE IN THE `TREES' OF BOHEMIA APR1, 1903): Surprisingly, the Italian army had survived the winter by foraging and by eating their nuts [not those nuts! - nuts in the forest - which, come to think of it were the Italians themselves]. The General was still cursing about those Turkish compasses, the needles of which continued to spin round and round. The Colonel suggested, ``Sir, perhaps, if we observe the transit of the sun we may determine which way is south and then head back." [This might have worked but the sky had been continuously overcast ever since the Italian army had arrived in Bohemia. One might even think that an omen of some kind but not our intrepid General]. ``Nonsense Colonel", replied the General, ``the King expects results and results we are going to get even if we have to stay right here." [How that would get results is anyone's guess]

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



Spring 1754

AUSTRIA (Prosnitz): f TAHITI S f fiji-south pacific, f SURINAM-west indies,

f NAPLES S OTTOMAN f greece-ionian, a amazon-PERU, a BAVARIA-rhine, a galicia-BOSNIA,

f fiji-SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN, a SILESIA-bavaria, f adriatic sea-GREECE, a MANAUS-amazon,

f new zealand-BISMARCK SEA, a SAVOY S f papal states(wc), a SWISSE S a savoy,

a colombia-VENEZUELA, f PAPAL STATES(WC) S a savoy, f ECUADOR S a amazon-peru.

CHINA (Acheson): f peking-YELLOW SEA, a SINKIANG-kashmir, a TIBET S a bhutan, f east china

sea-KOREA, a jehol-PEKING, f MANCHURIA S f east china sea-korea, a GOBI DESERT S f

manchuria, a SZECHUAN-burma, a BHUTAN S a szechuan-burma, a MONGOLIA-siberia,

f JAPAN-sea of japan.

ENGLAND (Power): f malaya-MALAY SEA, a nigeria-TOGO, a london-ANTWERP, a kameron-FEZAN,

a peru-ecuador (d r:chile,otb), f ANDAMAN SEA-burma, f WEST ATLANTIC OCEAN-west indies,

f ENGLISH CHANNEL C a london-antwerp, f NORTH SEA-helgoland, f antarctic ocean-SOUTH

PACIFIC OCEAN, a CONGO-uganda, a BOLIVIA S PORTUGUESE a matto grosso-amazon,

a GABON-angola, f EAST INDIAN OCEAN-ceylon, f HAGUE S a london-antwerp,

f east atlantic ocean-CENTRAL ATLANTIC OCEAN.

FRANCE (Alme): a FLANDERS S a burgundy-rhine, a BURGUNDY-rhine, f hudson bay-ALASKA,

f BRITTANY S a flanders, f LIGURIAN SEA S a toulon, a massachusetts-VIRGINIA,

f GHANA-dakar, a TOULON S a paris-burgundy, a SAHARA-dakar, a alaska-YUKON,

a PARIS-burgundy.

NETHERLANDS (O'Donnell): f CORAL SEA-tarawa, a KATANGA S a uganda,

f TASMAN SEA-coral sea, a antwerp h (d ann), a UGANDA h, f SAMOA h.

OTTOMAN (Johnson): f baghdad-ARABIA(EC), f HAWAII-north pacific ocean, a izmir-ARMENIA,

a SUEZ h, f PERSIAN GULF-arabian sea, f BLACK SEA S a izmir-armenia, f SIBERIA-vladivostok,

a uzbek-AFGHANISTAN, a EGYPT S a sudan, f RED SEA S a sudan, f BULGARIA(EC)-romania,

f TARAWA-solomon sea, a KAZAKSTAN-ural, a SUDAN h, a OMSK S a kazakstan-ural,

f greece-IONIAN SEA, f solomon sea-philippine sea (d r:wpo,iwo,poly,guam,cpo,new guinea,otb).

PORTUGAL (Stimmel): f CANARIES S f mid-atlantic ocean-ifni, a matto grosso-AMAZON,

f BAY OF BENGAL-ceylon, a mahratta-KASHMIR, f ricefe-MID-ATLANTIC OCEAN, f AZORES S f

ricefe-mid-atlantic ocean, a VANCOUVER S a missouri-oregon, a missouri-OREGON, a BENGAL S

ENGLISH f andaman sea-burma, a ARGENTINA h, f mid-atlantic ocean-IFNI.

RUSSIA (Rauterberg): f cape colony-NATAL, f VLADIVOSTOK S f sea of japan-sea of okhotsk,

a ST.PETERSBURG S a ural, a CRIMEA S a romania, a lithuania-POLAND, f angola-SE ATLANTIC

OCEAN, f sea of japan-SEA OF OKHOTSK, f WEST INDIAN OCEAN-arabian sea,

f poland-BALTIC SEA, f korea-sea of japan (d ann), a URAL h, a CAUCASUS-armenia,


a mahratta-kashmir, a ZAMBIA-angola, f DENMARK-helgoland.

SPAIN (Partridge): f somalia-GULF OF ADEN, f manila-PHILIPPINE SEA, a valencia-TUNIS,

f mexico(wc)-GULF OF CALIFORNIA, a KENYA-ethiopia, f philippine sea-SOLOMON SEA,

f CALIFORNIA-north pacific ocean, a LISBON h, f GIBRALTAR C a lagos-morocco,

f cambodia-GULF OF SIAM, a ETHIOPIA-sudan, a TEXAS S a florida-louisiana,

a LIBYA S a ethiopia-sudan, a lagos-MOROCCO, a florida-LOUISIANA, a NUBIA S a ethiopia-sudan,

f WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN C a valencia-tunis, f RABOUL S f philippine sea-solomon sea.

Supply Center Chart

AUSTRIA (Prosnitz): BUD,VIE,SUR,TRI,TAH,ven,bav, (has 16)
CHINA (Acheson): PEK,WUH,XIA,AMO,tib,tai, (has 11)
ENGLAND (Power): NIG,MLA,EDI,LON,kam,peru, (has 16)
FRANCE (Alme): PAR,DAK,TOU,QUE,BDX,tau,ohi, (has 11)
NETHERLANDS (O'Donnell): ANT,MEL,lou,vir,uga,sam (has 5)
OTTOMAN (Johnson): IZM,JER,BAG,IST,HAW,persia, (has 17)
PORTUGAL (Stimmel): GOA,BRA,manit,mah,arg,azo, (has 11)
RUSSIA (Rauterberg): MOS,KIE,CAP,STP,VLA,CRI, (has 16)
SPAIN (Partridge): MAD,MEX,SOM,VAL,MAN,cal, (has 18)
Neutral: bur,cey,cub,die,ifn,mor,nat, (Total=136)

Addresses of the Participants

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

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CHINA: Bob Acheson, 807-556 Laurier Ave., Ottawa, ONTARIO K1R 7X2, CANADA ($5)

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

nat-john of

FRANCE: Hank Alme, 506 Paige Loop, Los Alamos, NM 87544

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NETHERLANDS: Sean O'Donnell, 2219 Grafton Road, Grafton, OH 44044

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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)

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

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Game Notes:

1) I like the new map better, so I am going to use it for awhile. There are a few small errors in it, so players are reminded that this is NOT the official game map. Please confirm your orders against the regular one. Dave Partridge is trying to help me edit the map, but does anyone have Harold's E-Mail? I'd like to see if I can get him to assist us. Even though they are hard to read, having the place names on the map helps immensely. You guys will let me know if you see mapping errors....


SECRETS: 1999D, Regular Diplomacy


Summer 1904

AUSTRIA (Zarr): R a ser-GRE; has a GRE.

ENGLAND (Sayers): has f NTH, f MID, f SKA, f POR.

FRANCE (Sasseville): has f GOL, f TYH, a PAR, a MAR.

GERMANY (Johnson): has f DEN, a SIL, a MUN, f HOL, a BUR, a BEL.

ITALY (Schultz): has f NAP, a VEN, f WES, a VIE, f TUN, a TRI, a BUD.

RUSSIA (Trent): has f NWY, a UKR, a BER, f BAL, a SWE, a SEV.

TURKEY (Munson): has f AEG, f ALB, a SER, f BLA, a RUM, a BUL.

Addresses of the Participants

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

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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

GERMANY: Standby is Randy Ellis, 3116 McGee, Apt. 1N, Kansas City, MO 64111, (816) 931-8406

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ITALY: John Schultz, PO Box 1322, Valparaiso, IN 46384, (219) 462-0474

RUSSIA: Chris Trent, 3536 Watt Avenue, #B205, Sacramento, CA 95821, (916) 685-7772 ($5)

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

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Game Notes:

1) Thanks to Randy Ellis for submitting unneeded standby orders. Stan is still with us!


(ITALY-TURKEY): But, Scott.... I thought we were buds. Let's work this out before things get carried away.

(RUSSIA-TURKEY): I hope all is going well for you in the Balkans!

(TURKEY to RUSSIANS MOVING SOUTH): You wouldn't be thinking of, ahem... moving any FURTHER SOUTH, would you? I did give you back SEV after a not so smart start. Does that count for anything? Could we talk this out?

(BOOB to TURKEY AND RUSSIA): Sure, sure, sure....

(RUSSIA-GERMANY(WHOEVER YOU ARE)): Write to me and we'll discuss our situation... ((Stan is back, safe and sound.... at least until you decide how to deal with your ``situation''.))

(GERMANY-WORLD): Sorry about that!

(ITALY-RUSSIA): Would you like to live in Rumania?

(RUSSIA-EUROPE): I am proposing a demilitarization of Galicia. That land and its peoples are peaceful and well-meaning. They do not deserve to face the ravages of a military occupation.

(GERMANY-RUSSIA): Oh, you naughty boy!

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


Winter 1905

AUSTRIA (Weiss): has a VIE, f TRI, a BUD; and five nukes.

ENGLAND (Reichert): has f LON, f EDI, a LVP; and five nukes.

FRANCE (Schultz): has f BRE, a PAR, a MAR; and five nukes.

GERMANY (Gardner): has a BER, a MUN, f KIE; and five nukes.

ITALY (Barno): has a ROM, a VEN, f NAP; and five nukes.

RUSSIA (S. Kenny): has f STP(SC), f SEV, a WAR, a MOS; and four nukes.

TURKEY (McCullough): has f ANK, a CON, a SMY; and five nukes.

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

rcw23 of or diplomat of

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

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John Schultz, PO Box 1322, Valparaiso, IN 46384, (219) 462-0474

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  1 13
JODY MCCULLOUGH  3  1  6  1  3 14
RICHARD WEISS  4  1  0  5  5 15
SARA REICHERT  1  2  2  4  1 10
JOHN SCHULTZ  0  6  2  2  4 14
HEATH GARDNER  5  0  3  0  0  8
MIKE BARNO  0  5  4  3  3 15
Black Holed 15 15 16 11 16 73
Neutral  2  1  1  3  1  8

Total 34 34 34 34 34 170

Times GM Nuked  1  1  3  5  1 11
Ind. Prison Off.  0  0  1  1  1  3
Greenland  1  0  0  0  0  1
Iceland  1  0  0  0  0  1
Kurt Ozog  0  1  0  0  0  1
Beale St., SF  0  1  0  0  0  1

Game Notes:

1) We're nearing the home stretch, this set of nukes for Spring should set up the final maneuvering for the win. Everyone, except possibly Heath, is still in the running!

2) Though Sara is revealed to be Harry Andruschak in real life, I will keep this game as a ``Sara'' game. It is an all-for-fun game anyway, so who cares WHAT you call yourself?


(SARA-ALL): For those of you who are curious as to how I am doing in games outside TAP, I should mention that I have just finished a game in Mike Lowrey's (s)zine The Carolina Command And Commentary, or CCC for short. If our esteemed GM doesn't mind, I should mention that subscriptions are 75 cents per issue, sent to 6903 Kentucky Derby Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215 mlowrey of and (704) 569-4269. The winner was Frank Easton, playing Austria, with 20 SCs. Pat Conlon (England) was second at 6 SCs, I (Germany) was third at 5 SCs, and Doug Hooper (Italy, and Austria's gullible toady) finished fourth and last with 3 SCs. Austria had stabbed Italy from 10 SCs to 3 SCs in the final two game years. If you are interested in reading my endgame statement, just e-mail or write requesting a copy.

(FLORENCE - BIG SKIP): You seem to have more press items and lines credited to you than anyone else in the entire TAP, plus in this Black Hole game. So how come I ain't never seen ya. If you're so big? Are you bigger than big Vinnie? Bigger than my big brudder? Bigger than a breadbox?

(CALCUTTA-SARA): I can afford all the lawyers I need. Copyright law is fairly simple, given lawyers created it. Precedence is 99% of possession. There were not even the words ``astronomers" or ``physicists" when Calcutta first used and copyrighted the term ``Black Hole." Thanks to the English, who are a country of laws and torts, as compared to the French who are a country of tarts and haws, the copyright is from setting sun to rising sun. And, just as on your Russian black hole where the sun never shines, the sun never sets on our copyright.

(RICHARD-SARA): Only 4 nukes this time. Please try to restrain yourself. As an airplane flier I read USA Today which keeps me coming across interesting tidbits (other than the tidbits they serve as food). Most recently they had a list of the winners of each Nuclear Yuppie Evil Empire Game ever run in the world. Not a single country who was leading going into the final round won. There were many jumps from 4th and 5th to first, and one from 4 SCs out. Too bad for Heath. But, you, as the Wicked Witch of the West would say, but you my pretty, are another story. You are in the most likely position to end up the winner. Congratulations on your clever machinations to date.

(JOHN to MIKE): I don't have that national parks book anymore. I do have your Hustler's and Penthouse Letters. Did you want them mailed back? Remember, besides black holes, black press is allowed. Maybe even black Harleys. Want to go see the kids and grandkids first, however.

(GamesMonger-SARA): Your ``hard" copy will continue to come your way, since you are simply irresistable.

(BOOB to GamesMonger): Really, now.....

(JODY-MIKE): Looks like you are quite the target this time. If you had only replied to my private emails.

(JOHN-MIKE): Yep! Still have the parts guide you sent me - and looking forward to using it, too. Of course, I need to get my bike running first. BTW - you're still in the lead.

(HEATH to RICHARD): Your big mouth has gotten you in the lead. Now it's time to blast your trap shut.

(JOHN-SARA): Thanks for the kind welcome home greetings.

(SARA-WORLD): Those of you who want to learn the truth about cats should visit

(BOOB-WORLD): This is actually a reasonably amusing web site.... for a few minutes anyway... and I didn't see any evidence of cats at your house. Don't tell me THAT was made up too?? Now THAT I could get upset about.

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


Autumn and Winter 1905

AUSTRIA (Pollard): has a WAR, a UKR, a SER, a BUD, f BUL(SC), a LVN, a RUM.

ENGLAND (Tallman): has f HEL, f SWE, f NWY.

FRANCE (Morris): R a mun-SIL; bld a mar; has a MAR, f ENG, a SIL,

f LON, a BEL, f HOL, a BUR, a PIC.

GERMANY (Sayers): R a hol-KIE; rem f nth; has a RUH, a MUN, a KIE.

ITALY (Munson): bld a rom; has a ROM, f EAS, f AEG, f EDI, f CLY, a VEN, a BOH.

RUSSIA (Reynolds): R f edi otb; has a MOS, a STP.

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

Addresses of the Participants

AUSTRIA: Kent Pollard, PO Box 5726, Fresno, CA 93755-5726 ($4)

ENGLAND: Terry Tallman, 3805 SW Lake Flora Road, Port Orchard, WA 98367, (360) 874-0384 ($3)

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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, P.O. Box 1042, Gardiner, MT 59030 ($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) A concession to Austria is proposed. Please vote with your Spring orders, failure to vote does ensure that it cannot pass.


(ITALY to GM): So, is there anything like a timely resonse to email, orders or builds? Or does that fall under ``untimely deadlines for TAP." ``get to them when you can," or ``I just don't give a shit anymore, I set my timeline by the postal service, which means you might get a reply by June of next year in the back of your copy of TAP, but good luck reading it because I wrote it on the train."

(BOOB to ITALY): AH, insulting the GM to get some points to go after other players, eh?? Well, go ahead, but couldn't you talk about something lighter first???

(ITALY P.S.): Boy! Could I have jinked the Penguins any worse?!?!? They completely fell apart in the the end of their series. As far as the finals go, I could really care less. I don't like New Jersey and Dallas never should have gotten a team in the first place. The US has ben robbing Canada of her teams because of her weak economy, and I don't think it's right. Granted, Dallas got its team from Minnesota, but it doesn't change the fact that the North has been getting robbed blind by bigger markets south. You said you were rooting for Colorado this playoffs, and I really feel Colorado shouldn't have gotten the Quebec club. (that is if memory serves me correctly. I'm pretty drunk at the moment, and could have the wrong club. But I coulda swore it was Quebec that went to Colorado. IN any case, it was a Canadian Club.) ((Hey, lay off that whiskey!!)) Canadian teams were the root of this whole sport, and I really like watching those older clubs have it out with their rivals. It's almost like baseball. I was really sorry to see Detroit leave their old park. One of the great things about baseball is all the history involved in it. And the same holds true with hockey. What happens when the ``green monster" gets abandoned for more seating and more dollars? ((I dunno, they want to keep it in the new Boston park, but the politics are not going well. Now, we have some players who aren't feeling well.....))

(ITALY to FARCE/FRANCE): OK buddy, here's the low-down. You try to say we are allies, and yet you insist on trying to force me to take centers that are, as you so nicely put in your last letter, ``completely undefendable." And you wonder why I don't trust you? Equal growth my ass... In my book, if you can't hold it, it doesn't count. So what is your plan exactly? Set me up as a fucking cash cow so you can solo in the end? To Hell with that one, my friend. I like you as a person, but a nice little war is in the wings...

(F to G): Jim are you for real?? PUH-leeeeze. I hate it when Diplomacy players whine like a stuck pig about being lied to. You prostituted yourself to that god in the first year as I recall. Don't get religion on me yet big boy. You can still walk the streets for a few more nights. Now get out there and get paid. Beeeeeeeee ach.

(F to T): Why are you always right? Why oh lord why???

(F to A): SEEEEEvo, mu lar, BI teeee von ZU, SACKS MON reeexe.

(SCOTT to BARNO): Nicely done Barno, you bastard.... I always knew there was I reason I liked you.... LOL!!

(On the border between Moscow and Warsaw): ``Damn! Why do we always get stuck with this kind of duty? Because it is our duty...'' ``Our duty? I have been serving the Czar for 5 yrs. now and all I have to show for it is this scar on my cheek." Both men had seen a lot. The Russian army had been pushed back early in the war where it had taken up a defensive position against the Austrians. The two of them were trained in various skills and at present they were engaged in observing the enemy based in Warsaw. ``Ah, it is the 15th Lancers.'' ``The 15th. Lancers?'' ``Yes my friend. They have moved into that great city that should be ours. What do you think the pigs will do? I do-not you here that? Yes...Ah!..I't is that damn song..." Through the quiet of the evening a familiar tune drifted over to the men shivering in the snow. It grew louder...``Sit on my face if you really love me and tell me ...." ``Where did it originate from,why do they sing it in such earnest?'' ``It comes from the British. I think that their new commander Mr.Flashman taught it to them and now they embrace it like a cheep whore...`` ``Oh...I think we had better report this back to Moscow and then take a train to China.'' ``China?..'' ``Yes. It will be safe there..."

(IN ROME): Speedicut was pissed. The 20 year old port he was sipping at helped calm him somewhat, but even that fine concoction, proof that there is a God and that he loves us, could not remove the edge that anger put on his mind. The 20 year old vixen he had been galloping with earlier (a parting gift from Flashman) didn't help much either.

The French people, in general, couldn't care less for their southern neighbors, and their most beloved Ambassador Morris was holding true to French ways.

``What a fucking prick..." Speedicut summoned his swiftest carriers, and sent out the the WORD. This was going to be the hardest decision he would ever have to make. The lives of the young people of Italy were riding on the WORD he was sending far and wide. Hesitantly, Speedicut made his Royal mark on the letters and sent them.

More Port flowed and more women were summoned, but he couldn't quite shake that sad feeling deep inside.

The world was about to become a much meaner place. ((Some would say that it already has..... remember everyone the House Rules that you MUST insult the GM at least as much as you insult any other player. I demand to join in the fun at least as much as any of you.))

SO GOOD IT HURTS: 1998 P, Regular Diplomacy



Spring 1906

AUSTRIA (K. Ozog): f tri-ALB, a SER S a rum, a BUD S a vie-gal, a RUM S a vie-gal,

a vie-GAL, f bul(sc)-AEG, a rom S GERMAN a ven-tus (d r:apu,otb), a GRE h.

ENGLAND (James): a BRE-par, f mid-ENG, f wes-MID, f stp(nc)-NWY,

f TYH S ITALIAN a nap-rom (nso), f nwy-SKA, a SPA-mar.

FRANCE (Kinney): f MAR h, a GAS-par.

GERMANY (Goesle): f kie-HOL, f ber-BAL, a tyo-VEN, a mun-BUR, a ven-TUS,

f bal-DEN, f NTH C a bel-edi, a bel-EDI, a bur-BEL.

ITALY (Rauterberg): f tus-ROM, a NAP S f tus-rom.

RUSSIA (Rusnak): a war-MOS, a SMY S a ank-con, a ukr-SEV, f sev-BLA, a ank-CON.

TURKEY (Emmert): f aeg-ION.

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) Gee, lots of action in this game. Still not clear how it all will shake out..... and note Drew James' new E-Mail address.


(ENGLAND to WORLD): Pretty clear that there is no way to stop A/G unless we all work together. Yes, yes, I know I wasn't exactly your best friend two seasons ago, but that was then and this is now.

(FRANCE to ENGLAND): No, I'm not laughing. And I have the perspective to know I may be outlasted by the Brit... but I do know I intend to have some fun after squeaking out of that little Iberian trap.

(ENGLAND to AUSTRIA): Seems to me that you will be fighting hard for every dot you have to pull out of I/R/T, while your new friend will be ripping through my home islands. Might want to watch your back and think about the long term. There is clear evidence that the German is willing to stab his friends.

(GERMANY to ENGLAND): Hey, we went nearly 5 years! In Diplomacy, or even in diplomacy, that IS forever! ((Indeed.... I could NEVER have held out THAT long....))

(GERMANY to TURKEY): Yeah, it's probably too late to redeem the coupons. Had we actually been serious about saving you we'd have stopped picking on France long ago and done it. Hopefully that won't dampen your enthusiasm for submitting press here. We need your baseball and hockey insights.

(GOZ to BOOB): Ok, I have now heard your predictions. Let's pull it all out in October and see what happened. ((Other than Bonds having another monster season, I don't seem to have picked the Giants right.... I'm comfortable with all of them at this point though. I'm actually even comfortable with the Giants pick, but it is certainly uncertain ;-) right now.)) I have one more for you: the first manager to be fired for non-performance will be Houston's. Philadelphia's will be a close second. ((You mean that you think Bobby Valentine makes it to the end of the season??? I actually think Dierker won't be fired. Top management dealt him this hand, so if they do fire him they should fire themselves first.))

(JAMES to GM): I agree with you (or at least what I think you think) about Bobby Knight. He is a disgrace to basketball and I would hate him even if Keith Smart had missed the jump shot in 1987 vs Syracuse. Compare the treatment of Sprewell to Knight. Sprewell lost, what, millions, while Bobby was severely scolded and warned. Given that Bobby is supposed to be an adult in charge of minors, I would venture to say that his offense is much much worse. Why does any high school basketball player go to Indiana? I'll never understand it. I know that Div I college basketball is about winning and little else, but there has to be a line somewhere. The NCAA routinely screws the players for minor offenses (remember Barkley), but allows head cases like Knight to do whatever they want. Something is really wrong here. ((I'm with you on this, but it is worth noting that most of the players who manage to stick with Knight really swear by him (not at him) and seem to appreciate how hard he pushed them.))



Turn 7

57 (replenish with a 3): Chasin' Jason
56 (replenish with a 4): Darrell B
55 (replenish with a 5): Broke Leg Meg
54 (replenish with a 6): Mark, Luke, Darrell C, Shane the Chain, Barkin' Larkin'
Will Shakespeare
53 (replenish with a 12): John, Sir Isaac Newton, Mad Hatter
52 (replenish with a 15): Mock Turtle
51 (replenish with a 15): White Rabbit, Matthew, Darrell A
50 (replenish with a 15): March Hare
49 (no replenishment): None
48 (no replenishment): None
47 (no replenishment): None
46 (no replenishment): None
45 (replenish with a 3): John Logie-Baird, Alfred the Great, War
44 (replenish with a 6): Buhrt
43 (replenish with a 7): Pollution, Pestilence
42 (no replenishment): None
41 (no replenishment): None

-S-P-R-I-N-T- -F-I-N-I-S-H- -L-I-N-E-

40 (no replenishment): None
39 (no replenishment): None
38 (no replenishment): None
37 (replenish with a 3): Famine

Addresses of the Participants - Their Team and Their Cards (x) is played card this turn

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

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Team Leader: Thanatos
A: War 15 15 3 (6)
B: Pollution 9 7 13 (3)
C: Pestilence 7 7 14 (3)
D: Famine 15 3 12 (3)

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

(8 points) 72060.1540 of CompuServe.COM

A: Matthew 15 3 3 6 (3)
B: Mark 6 13 15 (3)
C: Luke 6 4 15 (3)
D: John 11 6 12 (3)

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

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A: Alfred the Great 3 13 11 3 (3)
B: Sir Isaac Newton 12 6 6 (6)
C: Will Shakespeare 6 11 11 (10)
D: John Logie-Baird 13 3 11 (3)

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

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

A: White Rabbit 14 7 15 6 (3)
B: March Hare 15 6 15 (11)
C: Mad Hatter 13 14 12 (6)
D: Mock Turtle 10 15 11 (8)

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

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A: Darrell A 15 6 3 3 (3)
B: Darrell B 4 12 9 (6)
C: Darrell C 3 15 6 (3)
D: Buhrt 3 3 6 (4)

TEAM 6 (The Flat Wheel Society): John Schultz, PO Box 1322, Valparaiso, IN 46384, (219) 462-0474

(0 points)

A: Broke Leg Meg 15 3 10 5 (10)
B: Shane the Chain 15 6 6 (8)
C: Barkin' Larkin' 15 6 3 (8)
D: Chasin' Jason 3 3 3 (15)

Game Notes:

1) The packs reform as riders save up energy for the next Sprint Line....


(FIELD to ALICE): He's a Maniac, not a Mainiac! There's a difference between Maine and New Hampshuh.

(ALICE - BRIT PACK): No, that's a breaking OUT bonus! Way to go John!

(RABBIT - (DOG) PACK): Catch me if you can!

(RABBIT - HARE): Please pass some mushroom up front. The team needs a boost.

(BOOB to RABBIT): I would think that would slow you WAYYYY down!

(TURTLE - RABBIT): Keep your feets to yourselfs.

(HARE - HATTER): You're still giving off bad fumes!

(BUHRT - GM): Well, that should be about it for ole Buhrt. If March Hare and War take it easy then ah'll drag it out a bit, elsewise it's to the pub for this old codger.

(BOOB - BUHRT): Looks like you hang on for at least awhile. Logie-Baird and Alfred seem to have miscalculated and given you a few replenishment points.

(RABBIT - FIELD): Thanks just the same; think I'll catch my breath.

(WHITE RABBIT - DARRELL): You got more wind than your buddy Burt.

(MANIACS to ALICE): Yeah, I'm hanging in there. I'm a solid 4th in points, but I make up for it by being 4th in cards!

(TFWS-ALICE): I've already had my victory - all my losses are victories from now on.

(MOCK TURTLE - DARRELL): You going out with that Mark character?

(MAD HATTER - DARRELL): He means that other Darrell.

(TFWS-SHAKESPEARE): OK - I hit 45 for you - now hit 56 for me.

(BOOB-TFWS): He didn't, but one of those Darrell's did.... must have been the other Darrell.

(SIR ISAAC NEWTON): If Mark does not break away this time I'll eat that apple that just fell on my head.

(MARK to LUKE): This race sure has gotten slower!

(BOOB to MARK): It certainly did!!

(TFWS-BRIT PACK): Like I said, I've already received my Breaking Away bonus. It's called freedom. Never take it for granted - it's a wondrous thing.

FEAR AND WHISKEY: 1998Ers31, Modern Diplomacy



Fall 2002

BRITAIN (Schultz): f NTH-hel, f NOR S f nwg-nth, a MUR S EGYPTIAN a ura-gor (nso),

f NWG-nth, f STP h, f ENG S f mao, f MAO S SPANISH f sve-sao.

EGYPT (J. O'Donnell): f red-CAI, a ada-SYR, a alg-LIB, f GOL-tys, a bos-cro (d ann),

a IRN-ada, f sao h (d r:gib,sog,mor,otb), a URA h, f AEG-eme.

GERMANY (Rauterberg): f bhm-SWE, f HOL S f ham-hel, a mun-SAX, a BEL h, a pic-BRI,

f DEN S f ska, a LIT h, a CZE S a kra, a WAR S a lit, a slo S a kra (d ann),

a PAR S a lyo-auv, a swi-MUN, f ham-HEL, a LYO-auv, f SKA S f bhm-swe, a KRA h.

ITALY (Ozog): f TYS C a rom-tun, f MAL S a rom-tun, a rom-TUN,

a CRO S UKRAINIAN a ser-bos, a AUS h, f LIG S f tys, a MIL S a aus, f ion-LBS, a MON S f mar,

f MAR S GERMAN a lyo-auv, a pie-TUS, f IZM-eme.

SPAIN (S. O'Donnell): f sve-SAO, a BAR S a auv, a POR h, a AUV S a bor, f WME-tun,

a BOR S a auv, a NAV S a bor.

UKRAINE (Partridge): a ank-ADA, a vol-KAZ, a MOS S a bie, a POD S a hun-slo,

a LAT S a bie, f wbs-EBS, a GOR h, a BIE S a pod, f ist-GRE, a geo-ARM,

a ser-BOS, a hun-SLO.

Supply Center Chart

BRITAIN (Schultz): EDI,LIV,LON,ire,nor,mur,stp (has 7, even)
EGYPT (J. O'Donnell): ALE,ASW,CAI,isr,sau,lib,mor, (has 7 or 8, bld 2(r:gib,otb) or 1)
GERMANY (Rauterberg): BER,FRA,HAM,MUN,den,hol,cze (has 15, bld 1)
ITALY (Ozog): NAP,ROM,VEN,cro,ser,mon, (has 12, even)
RUSSIA (Ellis): none (out)
SPAIN (S. O'Donnell): SVE,MAD,BAR,gib?,por,bor (has 7, rem 1 or 2(E r:gib))
UKRAINE (Partridge): KHA,KIE,ODE,SEV,ros,rum,bul, (has 12, bld 2)
Neutral: none (Total=64)

Addresses of the Participants

BRITAIN: John Schultz, PO Box 1322, Valparaiso, IN 46384, (219) 462-0474

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, 3116 McGee, Apt. 1N, Kansas City, MO 64111, (816) 931-8406

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SPAIN: Sean O'Donnell, 2219 Grafton Road, Grafton, OH 44044 ($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:

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(THE MEKONS QUOTE OF THE MONTH): ``Lying in the dirt, looking up at the twinkling stars; Struggle in the darkness, with the buttons on my shirt; This is meant to be a painkiller, but it's so good it hurts.'' In some connections that will make sense above and below.... this is from ``Fantastic Voyage'' off of the album So Good It Hurts.

(EGYPT-TURKEY): The betrayer himself becomes betrayed! Enjoy the moment!

(A GHOST FROM THE PAST): Infidels!!! Only now can I haunt you! You have so throughly kicked my Nation's ass that it has taken me this long to climb back up from the lowest level of Hell in order to spit and curse you all!!! May you drown in the dung of a thousand camels who have the runs!!!

(EGYPT to THE FEDERATION COUNCIL): Red alert, we are under attack, warp drive has failed, Impulse is functional, shields are up and holding for now, but without help....

(FEDERATION COUNCIL to EGYPT): Does the Kobyashi Maru scenario mean anything to you?

(UKRAINE - > 1998V TURKEY): We are only happy that we were able to participate in enlightening our departed colleague. We hope that while the process will be a slower one, the Caliph of Egypt can reap the same eventual rewards as we assist him in following the path taken by the revered Sultan. ((Is that with or without the runs....))

(ROME-ALL): The Gooey will cover the world! It is like an amorphous blob which nobody can stop.

(BOOB to ALL): Ah, it's with..... I should have known, with the BlackHearted in the game....

(EGYPT-SPAIN): When Uncle Chip comes to visit, please don't show him the current map. He taught me everything I know, looking at the map might embarrass him.

(BRITAIN-ALL): What to do? What to do??


(EGYPT-ITALY): Your maneuvers in TYS, ION, and MAL have me confused. Are you saying that we are no longer allies?

(ITALY to SPA AND EGY): Lock up your daughters and bring in your garbage cans; I'm southward bound, baby!

(EGYPT-GERMANY): It occurs to me that you are the one player on the board I've not contacted yet. If you decide to make plans to visit the Vatican, I'd be willing to help coordinate your reservations.

(EGYPT-ITALY): I appreciate your integrity in refusing to return my call just to lie to me. I, on the other hand, would be more than willing to call you back to lie to you!

(ERIC-JIM): I have found a new sense of purpose to live in this game. I am a black cat with nine lives who comes back to stab and stab some more. My thirst is insatiable.

(JIM-BOB to ERIC): I'm with you laughing all the way.... drink of the sweet, dark delights!


(JESUS to THE APOSTLE PETER): He who lives by the sword....

SHOW ME THE MONEY: 1997Mea04, Colonial Diplomacy



Fall 1909

BRITAIN (York): a DEL-nag, a MAD h, f ADEN S DUTCH f rs, f ERI-sud,

f HK S DUTCH f scs, f cam-BAN(EC), f ara(nc)-bag (d r:pg,oman,otb), a pun-raj (d r:nep,otb).

FRANCE (Sasseville): a TON S f can, a HYD S a mys-bom, f CAN S a ton, a MAY-u.bur,

a RAN h, a mys-BOM, a U.BUR-ben.

HOLLAND (Desper): a sar-ANN, f SUL.S C a sar-ann, f WIO S BRITISH a mad,

f COC S a sar-ann, f BOB-ben, f FOR S f scs, f RS h, f MP S f for, a ban-CAM,

f GOS C a ban-cam, f SCS C a sar-ann.

JAPAN (K. Ozog): f VLA h, a SHA S a pek, a IRK-mon, f ECS S f nan, f NAN S f ecs,

a PEK S a irk-mon, f UP h, f, f ys-SOJ, a MAC S a irk-mon.

RUSSIA (Williams): a akm-TAS, f bs-MED, a KRA S a mon, a afg-PUN, a KAR-raj,

a MON seethes about 2000 years of Sino-Japanese hegemony (h), a KAM S a afg-pun,

a NAG S a kar-raj, a SIK S a mon, a PER-kar, f EGY S TURKISH f sud,

a mec-ARA, a YUN S FRENCH f can, a shi-TAB, a LAN S a chu, a TIB S a afg-pun, a CHU S a lan.

TURKEY (Tallman): a BAG S RUSSIAN a mec-ara, f SUD S RUSSIAN f egy.

Supply Center Chart

BRITAIN (York): DEL,HK,SIN,mal,cey,aden,ban,mad (has 6 to 8, bld 2(2 r:otb) or bld 1(1 r:otb))
FRANCE (Sasseville): TON,may,u.bur,ass,bom, (has 7, PLAYS ONE SHORT)
HOLLAND (Desper): BOR,SUM,JAVA,SAR,new,dav, (has 11, even)
JAPAN (K. Ozog): TOK,KYU,OTA,KYO,vla,fus,sak, (has 10, bld 1),seo,sha,mac
RUSSIA (Williams): MOS,OMSK,ODE,rum,mon,ang,tab, (has 17, bld 1)
TURKEY (Tallman): sud,bag (has 2, even)
Neutral: none (Total=58)

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) Ah, hum.


(H - T): Door is open.

(RUSSIA to BOARD): We ought to be ashamed of ourselves. If the best thing about the press for this game is this (admittedly entertaining) crap from Southpark, shouldn't we all just shoot ourselves? Lock and load,pals ...

(BOOB to RUSSIA): Yeah, lock and load!!

(WILLIAMS to BURGESS): I shouldn't complain overmuch ... it beats the hell out of your stuff.

(BURGESS to WILLIAMS): Really, let's call in a neutral observer....

(SOCRATES to WILLIAMS): Not to mention yours, pal.

(RUSSIA to TURKEY): No, really, I mean it - we're really working together. Trust me. Seriously. Oh, shit ... never mind.

(TSAR to KURTUGAWA OZOSAN): Okay, you got the freakin' dot you so desperately needed to stab me for. NOW, will you work with the Frog to crack the H/B line? If you opt not to, this game is quickly headed for a five way. (To Himself: Hmm, at least that would END this ghoddamn thing ... let's not rush to judgement here against the five-way ... )

(RUSSIA to BRIT): Your days are numbered. You're gone in three years. Count on it.

(MOSCOW to BORNEO): Take him down, Rick, now's the time!


Red Sox Stayin' tight with the-hated-Yankees.
Pedro Martinez Fuerza, hombre!
Our GM Just 'cause we say so.
Not Writing Ŗ You know who you are ...
Russia Ŗ One of who knows who he is.
WDC in August Be there or be ... ridiculed.
Cartman Ř Watch out for Chef.
Amsterdam Ř Drugs, whores - for this we liberated them?
29 Centers Ŗ GM, is that your final answer?
Gladiator Ř We didn't like the ``kiss yer sister" part.

(TSAR to GM): Can I be excused to go have a life now?

(BOOB to TSAR): NO! You are sentenced to remain here for the remained of your natural life, and perhaps beyond if you are not careful! Seriously, I didn't feel like it would be fair to impose a shorter conclusion. Concessions always are possible.

Personal Note to You:

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