THE ABYSSINIAN PRINCE #241

January 18, 2001

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

Accessible through Internet at burgess of world.std.com; FAX to (401) 277-9904



This issue is dedicated to Gary Coughlan, longtime publisher of the hobby megaszine Europa Express and to the memory of Gary's father.



I think we should be back on track for the new year now!



The postal sub price is now $1.50 per issue in the US and Canada, STILL a bargain at twice the price.... but you can double that for other foreign subbers (or $3.00 per issue sent airmail). Players in current games and standbys will continue to get the issues for free, and future game starts (except for Nuclear Yuppie Evil Empire Diplomacy, which is free) cost $20.00 ($15.00 for a life of the game subscription and $5 for the NMR Insurance). NOTE: See the revised game start announcements below!

Plus, we are preparing to ``take over the US hobby'' by adding significantly to my list of subszines. As Michael Lowrey already has announced, Carolina Command and Commentary will be opening a Southern branch office in TAP. This will give me better coverage of the Dixie hobby and provide Michael a congenial place from which to publish. Don Williams' new subzinny appears below, but he already has had a defection from this stunning collection of retread old farts in that the great and powerful Steve Langley has decided that his karma would be reduced by conducting Diplomacy negotiations. My karma is still much increased by continuing to keep you guys on the mailing list for the szine though!

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

http://diplom.org/DipPouch/

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

http://diplom.org/DipPouch/Postal/Zines/TAP/index.html

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 someday. Also, check out Stephen's more extensive efforts at (note the new address): http://www.diplomacy-archive.com

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

1) David has grabbed and reserved the HIGHLY prized name: www.szine.com!! David Wang's site also allows you to follow (in a MUCH, MUCH improved way!) John Caruso's postal baseball league that I am in. John and Kathy Caruso are now up on E-Mail and if David responded to the pressure from Dickie poo Martin to update the page recently! I'm going to have a tanking rebuilding year myself.

2) For the most recent issue of Pete Sullivan's subszine check out (this address will be changing shortly):

http://www.manorcon.demon.co.uk/octopus/index.html

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

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

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

unsubscribe tap

sent to majordomo of diplom.org 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!!



THE SEARCH FOR MARK BERCH

A number of people have tried to contact Mark, but none have hit paydirt yet. I hope this one will be solved very quickly!!

Or feel free to spend the time looking for some of the backlog. Let's get Gregory, Kevin, Al, and Jerry found too!!! Note that Brenton Ver Ploeg would love to find Leslie Obata, the woman that Jerry Lucas used as his front too. This could be an easy way toward finding Jerry, though as Brenton notes, who is to say she has the same name now. 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 Gregory Stewart or 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.



INTERNATIONAL SUBSCRIPTION EXCHANGE NEWS

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 operamail.com or johnh of fiendishgames.demon.co.uk

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. We have added a European continental representative, most of this traffic likely will occur between Ronald Camstra (in the Netherlands) and John Harrington, but if anyone here in the US wants to get money into guilders or then into other continental currencies, we'll try to help you out. Ronald Camstra can be contacted at siedler of zonnet.nl and his home address is: Wielingenplein 48, 3522 PE Utrecht, the Netherlands. But in Holland it is most common not to send checks but to transfer money by bank. Dutch people can pay directly to Postbankaccount 4652247 of Ronald Camstra in Utrecht. Since he can see the name and address of the sender in his bankreceipt, people only have to mention the name of the zine and the editorial address along with their bank order. Ronald is obviously a huge Settlers of Catan fan. If you're interested in playing that game internationally by mail, I think Ronald can help you out.



WORLDMASTERS00 SECTION (with letters AND a game!!)

Worldmasters 2000 Email Diplomacy Tournament Goes ON!!

The main WWW site for Worldmasters can be found at http://worldmasters00.diplomacy.org.uk

Sign up for the conference board at

http://webforum.cloud-nine.com/~ worldmasters2000

The Conference board is where day to day communications and discussions take place. Yes, and Jack McHugh is playing in there somewhere, go see if you can find him (see his letter below).



Since the 2000 tournament is well underway AND the 1999 Finals (featuring David Partridge) also has started, we have temporarily suspended the Boasters! game. I think this game will benefit from the break. We plan to start it up again early in the new year.

Watch the 1999 Finals game, and my impromptu commentary, at:

http://webforum.cloud-nine.com/~ worldmasters99

CURRENT LINEUP:

Jon Crocker (Austria)

Lee Simpson (England)

David Malloch (Germany)

Dirk Fischbach (Italy)

Dave Partridge (Russia)

Egbert Ferreira (Turkey)

Note that France is now eliminated and Jon Crocker's Austria will not be far behind (says this soothsayer). Mr. Malloch is crying over the delayed RT juggernaut showing its fearful head, but I think the remaining five contenders are remarkably equally matched. Go check it out and see what you think!



M2000 Boasters!, Worldmasters2000 Time Wasters Diplomacy

TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED - STAY TUNED FOR THE RESTART!!!

Post-Winter 1902

AUSTRIA (O'Donnchu): has a ALB, a GAL, f GRE, a BUD, a SER.

ENGLAND (Setzer): has f ENG, f NTH, f NWG, a DEN.

FRANCE (Pérez): PLAYS ONE SHORT; has f BRE, a PIC, f MID, a GAS, a BEL.

GERMANY (Mehaffey): has a SIL, f KIE, f SKA, a HOL.

ITALY (Dennehy): has f ION, f TUN, a APU, a VEN.

RUSSIA (Harris): has a WAR, a MOS, a NWY, f SWE, f SEV, a UKR, a RUM.

TURKEY (Miszti): has f CON, a SMY, a BUL, f AEG.



Supply Center Chart

AUSTRIA (O'Donnchu): BUD,TRI,VIE,ser,gre (has 5)
ENGLAND (Setzer): LON,LVP,EDI,den (has 4)
FRANCE (Pérez): BRE,PAR,MAR,spa,por,bel (has 5, PLAYS ONE SHORT)
GERMANY (Mehaffey): BER,KIE,MUN,hol (has 4)
ITALY (Dennehy): ROM,VEN,NAP,tun (has 4)
RUSSIA (Harris): MOS,STP,WAR,SEV,rum,nwy,swe (has 7)
TURKEY (Miszti): ANK,SMY,CON,bul (has 4)
Neutral: none (Total=34)



Addresses of the Players

AUSTRIA: Fearghal O'Donnchu, fearghal.odonnchu of life.friendsfirst.ie

ENGLAND: Ray Setzer, mczet of acronet.net

FRANCE: Niclas Pérez, perez of astrogator.se

GERMANY: Mike Mehaffey, mehaffey of ape-i.com

ITALY: Brian Dennehy, brian.dennehy of iol.ie

RUSSIA: Toby Harris, Toby.Harris of equifax.com

TURKEY: Emeric Miszti, emeric of cloud-nine.co.uk



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.



Check out the new Diplomacy World - www.diplomacyworld.org

We are still trying to sort out the old subscription information and so I will tell everyone more about that someday..... The New Year issue HAS been released and features a doozy of an interview with Brandon Clarke of New Zealand. Also, the ``Ruffians'' demo game has a write up with an introduction to the full negotiation history on the Diplomatic Pouch's Showcase web site. You can see how our very own Paul Rauterberg was screwed over by former World Champion Chris Martin not once, not twice, but at least THREE times. But Chris didn't win.... not that time. There also are some summaries on all the different ways to play Diplomacy in the World at the present time and some writeups on last year's major British Diplomacy conventions. Kath Collman's write up I found particularly gripping and illuminating reading! If you want to subscribe in paper form at $3 per issue, North American subs should be sent to David Partridge, 15 Woodland Drive, Brookline, NH 03033, USA. Stephen Agar is handling international postal subscriptions and you can write to him at: 47 Preston Drove, Brighton, BN1 6LA, UK. Issues from Stephen will cost you 2 GBP in the UK and 3 GBP for the rest of the world.



Jamie McQuinn (Mon, 15 Jan 2001 10:21:10 -0500)

Jim, I'm not sure if you have in the past, but perhaps in a future issue of TAP you could let people know how to subscribe to this list. That way more can be involved in this interesting conversation....

To subscribe to this group, send an email to:

PostalDip-subscribe of egroups.com

Jamie, ec_jamie of dmcpl.dayton.lib.oh.us

((Most of the recent discussion has been about Larry Peery's idea of holding a Diplomacy theme cruise on a cruise ship. Larry wanted me to announce that here to solicit input. You can E-Mail Larry with comments or to express interest at: peery of ix.netcom.com.))



MUSIC SECTION (WITH COMMENTS ON OTHER ARTS AND SOCIETY)

Comments on the 1999 year in music are now completed. I'm calling for 2000 comments now! Tell me anything you like about the year of 2000 in music. List a top two, a top ten, or a top 100, I don't care, just tell me something!!



Richard Weiss (Thu, 4 Jan 2001 23:59:03 -0800)

Jim; I'm again impressed by the breadth of your knowledge, experience and publishing acumen. Another great issue. Thank you. Soon Saddam will be over and you can finally stop sending me the zine by snail.

I had not realized that Tinamou had come out with an issue, and so missed your comments about Milk and Cookies. My hat is off to someone as venerable as you are who can still think clearly, type, and does not appear to rely upon Depends. Your experience with Snowball Fighting goes nearly to the Big Bang. Yes, we are all star stuff. (I went to the Hayden Planetarium in Central Park the day of the NY Marathon. When I was a wee lad I went, and believed my brothers that the dome retracted, and even though it was daytime when we went in, that they blacked out the sky so that we could see the starts. I don't think I would have had any greater trouble believing them now that I was taken back to the big bang. Anyway, one of the quotes in the presentation is that we are all composed of ``star stuff." Heady.)

So, we shall play snowball fighting again. Reducing the dirigible factor. That's good. No reason why one strategy should take predominance, including being somehow less fun. Sort of as if Diplomacy had been designed with Turkey starting with 4 SC's.

Richard, richardweiss of higherquality.com



Jack McHugh (Tue, 9 Jan 2001 18:16:06 -0500)

Jim Boob, I got TAP #240 last week. Hey Happy Xmas and Merry New Year to you too.

So you got me involved in this World Masters Diplomacy Tournament and you don't even mention my game???!! Geez, after I agree to pick up a stand by position you wouldn't even take, that's gratitude for ya. Us Hobby Phoobahs gets no respect. Is the game in your szine the one you are running in the WMT tourney or what? ((Actually NO, it is NOT in the tourney itself. It is a ``challenge'' game amongst some of the popular low lifes (heh, heh, hee) from past tourney years. I've mentioned you now, happy??))

How come you feel closer to the Brits than the US hobby lately? We don't even feud anymore. I like that title by the way, the ``Amateur PBM Zine Poll." Does that mean there is a ``Professional" poll lurking about somewhere? ((Sort of, this was done, I believe, to keep some of the professional game publishers out of that poll. This was a problem in the 1980's or so for them(?). One of the Brits should feel free to enlighten Jack more definitively.))

I'm not surprised that the AI for a computer diplomacy game isn't very good. Most computer wargames have the same problem. Diplomacy makes it worse because you'd have SIX computer AI instead of just one. The only computer game based on an old AH game that seems to work is the one for 1835. I suspect that has to do with the mathematically basis of a stock game and the lack of any dice or other unforeseen events in the game.

I'm considering going to DipCon XXXIV because of Manus Hand's letter. Anyone that enthusiastic deserves some response, even if I am cynical enough to still be appalled(!) by that enthusiasm. Are you going JimBob? ((No, but don't let me hinder you in any way, GO!!!))

I like Goz's comments, but I have to say I did like where A-Rod ended up. The only team I like in Texas is the Rangers. They remind me of a mid-west version of the Phillies. People talk about the Cubs and Cleveland, but those teams having nothing on the Phillies, a 100 year history and five trips to the World Series, 1915, 1950, 1983, 1993 and one world championship in 1980. That's like a slow decade for the Yankees.

Anyway, I've given up on major league baseball. The games are far too long and there's no strategy left in the game. One or two Earl Weavers is interesting, 28 is a bore. Every game is about waiting for two walks and homerun. Between the body armor that batters wear so they can crowd the plate to the tiny strike zone to the constant expansion of the league (thus watering down the talent pool), it's amazing that pitching is still considered a separate position.

There are two power pitchers left (Martinez and Johnson) the Braves staff that gets a pass from the league umpires (a.k.a. the Umpires Strike Back, coming soon to be in a stadium near you) and then everyone else. The strike zone gets any smaller you'll need a large screen TV just to see it.

The only good thing is around here there are several minor league teams to choose from. Camden, Harrisburg, Reading, Trenton, Wilmington all have minor league franchises. Cheap beer, cheap parking, good baseball..sign me up.

I found your election analysis interesting. As I said in my last letter, neither of these candidates strikes me as particularly worthy of the office so their inability to put the country before their own ambition was about what expected. Having watched these two in action made me wish, oddly enough, for a candidate with Nixon's willingness to put country before politics.

As I'm sure you know he conceded the 1960 election to Kennedy despite knowledge that it was stolen by Mayor Daley in Chicago and LBJ in Texas. Still Nixon refused to fight the results feeling it would damage the country by eroding the President's ability to govern as well as Nixon's own stature. Certainly both candidates have proved Nixon correct on that score.

I still think it matters little which candidate wins. The Congress is deadlocked, which means lots of boondoggle spending for voters back home assuming you're in the right interest groups and neither candidate articulate much of a different vision. The media actually got the election right in the beginning by saying the candidates were virtually identical.

After the conventions when the polls began to come together, i.e. each candidate got a convention bounce and then lost it, the media began to push the idea of ``differences" among the candidates. This of course was a joke that the media used to basically get interest up in a close election. The fact that the candidates couldn't be told apart was, to the media, irrelevant. And all this bogus soul searching by the networks over getting the election wrong, I'm sure they cried all the way to the bank with their huge ratings. I'm sure they usually get tens of millions of people watching network TV on a week night after 1 a.m.

Jack, JMcHugh of genchemcorp.com

((Next up, Rick Desper comments on the resignation of Rick Pitino as Coach and GM of the Boston Celtics.... Ricky P's Travelling Salvation Show heads for the next stop - could it be the bright lights of Las Vegas??))



Rick Desper (Sun, 7 Jan 2001 13:31:22 -0800 (PST))

Now let's hope the C's can undo the damage he's done to the team relatively quickly. Peter May is really down on some of the personnel they have, most notably Kenny Anderson, Vitaly Potapenko, Tony Battie, and Eric Williams. But at least they aren't stuck with Pervis Ellison any longer!

I think Battie is a functional center or forward, but of course they need another player to play ahead of him. The Potapenko trade was Pitino's worse, esp. as Andre Miller has developed into the type of point guard that Kenny A. isn't anymore. Pitino has made countless bad trades. The ex-Celtics (Wesley, Fox, Mercer, Billups) seem to be doing well.

What do the Celtics have? Antoine Walker and Paul Pierce, and not much else. One ESPN writer mused the idea of a three-way trade which would jettison Walker and bring in Vin Baker. This is a horrible idea. The last thing the C's need is Vin Baker and his attitude. Walker at least works hard. The C's need a center (who doesn't?) a strong power forward, a quick young point guard and a bench. They have a great shooting guard, a talented small forward with passing and rebounding skills, a reasonably good backup power forward who starts at center (Battie) and an overrated point guard.

Are they better off than they were when Pitino arrived? Possibly, but only marginally, if that. Walker has not developed a lot under Pitino's tutelage. Pierce was a great acquisition, but everything else Pitino has tried to do has backfired. I'm glad to see him go.

The only good thing is that they have a lot of draft picks. Of course, that was also true a few years ago. But they really are not a playoff team, nor are they even close.

Rick, rick_desper of yahoo.com

((Indeed, though Interim Replacement Jim O'Brien is making good progress with more of a set lineup (two players at Center [including new starter Mark Blount], Antoine playing essentially the whole game at Power Forward [with a couple of blow minutes for first round draft pick Jerome Moiso], three players led by Pierce [and including Eric Williams] rotating at the 2 and the 3, and two players at the point). Unfortunately none of those players are David Wesley or Rick Fox (when ML Carr TOLD Pitino that these were THE two players he should keep at the beginning and Pitino jettisoned to sign.... Travis Knight!!). While you are correct that Pitino could have hung onto the pick that became a very talented Andre Miller, and David Wesley is now playing the off-guard in Carolina, I think keeping Wesley might have kept Bobby Phills alive and been better for Wesley's career in the long run. Wesley could have been a great Pitino player and point guard. And successful point guards are the name of the game in the NBA right now - following an older trend in college.))

((O'Brien is being successful being more of a standard NBA ``let the superstars - Pierce and Walker - run the game" coach. Walker's been pulling off triple doubles and in at least some games the opposing shooting percentages have been down and the Celtics' shooting percentages have been up. O'Brien is even at 3-3, with most of those games on the road.))

((Why couldn't Pitino see it and have the team play better, being such a great college coach, and with previous success with the Knicks??? Pitino's book ``Success is a Choice'' proves that the team couldn't make that choice - this is NOT especially shocking, that rich basketball players might not be willing to make the self sacrifices that lead to winning. The concepts that make any team successful - even a basketball team - are a choice, but not a choice that even a Rick Pitino could make happen. I've studied Rick for some time, since he was a coach at Boston University way back in the early 1980's and especially since he came to Providence College in the mid-1980's, watching his manic transformations. I basically like him, I like him a lot. But he is a Diplomacy player - in all the senses of the word. He is always playing the game at a higher level than those around him. While the Celtics might be able to play .500 and barely make the playoffs under the new loose style under O'Brien, they won't go farther. Pitino was looking to challenge the Knicks, Heat, and the Western Conference powers for the NBA Championship - which generally requires more defense, more discipline, and more attention to the big picture than he was going to get from the team. Walker and Pierce are not good defensive players and they saw that they could do what they are doing now. And why not do that, play .500, and be a star every other night? Indeed, why not? But Pitino wanted to challenge his former Graduate Assistant at Providence College (Jeff Van Gundy, the Knicks coach) and teams like the Knicks to play .600 or .700 basketball. Retread types like Billups and Mercer (who play even less defense than Walker and Pierce) weren't going to accomplish that either, though I agree with you that Fox and Wesley could have helped. With Fox taking Eric Williams' place, Wesley and Brown sharing the point guard position, and the rest of the team as it is now, that could have been a decent playoff team. But ultimately, with the team he actually had, that was too far out of the sphere his players were in and it was better that he get out now, much as I like watching him.))

((Still, Pitino undoubtedly has made some bigger mistakes, that made it impossible for him to be more successful. His impatience hurt him in just the same way that impatience while playing Diplomacy has hurt every single one of us at one time or another. And the nonsense about guaranteeing the playoffs and promising to leave if the team didn't play great defense just became a self-fulfilling prophesy. Yet Rick did turn away from nearly 25 million dollars in resigning his position with the Celtics. He is to be commended for this financial sacrifice (though he really doesn't need the money), but he is to be condemned for HOW he led himself into failure. He did many good things (putting the public blame for losing on himself and thus protecting his players), but many more bad things (like guaranteeing playoff appearances and promising to leave the team if they didn't make the choice to improve - play team defense - that he knew was required). Most people, when offered such a scapegoat, are only too quick to accept it. Pitino, for the first time in his life perhaps, is a complete and total failure, and because his players couldn't make the choice to want to win. In his player personnel moves, he made a wholesale move to players with so-called ``upside potential'' (what we used to call underachievers). The problem was, upside potential too frequently was potential for very good reasons. It's sad, because he is a great personality, fun to listen to, and a great basketball coach in his more humble moments. I watch with great interest to see what will happen next - will he learn from these mistakes that we all make or not?? On the more prescient side, note that I mentioned John Linehan of the current local Providence College team last issue and he went out and led a defeat of UConn and was named Big East Player of the Week! We will have a fun team to root for as the season plays on. Put a bag on the selfish Celtics. Jim O'Brien has made the smart choice to just let Pierce and Walker shoot selfishly and see how many shootouts he can win. But the PC Friars play brilliant team basketball that is infinitely more fun to watch!!! That's what I will be doing for the rest of the basketball season.))



Rip Gooch (Wed, 3 Jan 2001 10:44:07 -0800 (PST))

Jim,

The stunningly-talented and sadly-overlooked Neil Innes wrote The Rutles songs, *in the style of* the Beatles. Listen carefully now! Then seek out The Innes Book Of Records.

((I am a HUGE Neil Innes, Bonzo Dog Band, etc., etc. etc. fan. I did know this, sorry if I wasn't clear enough about that!!))

I trust you will have researched Kirsty MacColl as I suggested. I'll leave it to you to comment.

Salut! Rip, ripgch of yahoo.com

((I didn't really have to research Kirsty MacColl because I was a huge fan of her ex-husband Steve Lillywhite's production work and so although she made almost no US splash I was aware of her singing talents on weird songs like ``There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis'' (from the early 80's album Desperate Characters) and her duet with my favorite singer with the worst teeth known to man - Shane MacGowan - ``Fairytale of New York''. Her other albums have made fair to middlin' impacts, but I have been listening a lot to 2000's Tropical Brainstorm which is going to hit my top music list of this past year somewhere. This stunning Latin-flavored pop album probably was going to launch her into some degree of stardom (if for nothing else than that she was prettier than Ricky Martin), but tragically, she died on December 18th, 2000 while swimming off the coast of Mexico. I've seen and heard a variety of conflicting stories about the accident, including some hints that some kind of ``excess partying'' played a factor. I make no judgment except on the quality of Kirsty's singing and wish condolences and the best to her two sons (who now presumably will be raised by their father Steve Lillywhite). Feel free to add anything I've missed, Rip!))

((I'm sorry to keep up something of a theme, but this last letter of this issue is very special to me, and led to the dedication at the top. I've known Gary Coughlan in the hobby for 20 years now and Gary was the publisher of one of the szines that influenced me the most. I don't live up to Gary's standards in handwriting notes at the end of the szine anywhere near as much as I would like, but the space is there and I try. I know many of you (like Mike Mills and Bruce Linsey) already saw this message, but I asked Gary if he would let me publish it in the szine where more of you could see it and he generously agreed. As I have large proportions of friends outside the hobby who are gay (since my wife works in the theatre), I know many hobby members are gay, and many of the rest of you I know have been involved with PFLAG there are many similar stories I have heard that are not quite so uplifting. And this is true on so many levels of family, politics, and life and death. So, I wanted this one to be heard in a wider forum. Thanks, Gary, and best wishes!))



Gary Coughlan (Tue, 2 Jan 2001 22:45:31 -0600)

Parental Reconciliation and My Father's Passing On December 31, 2000

Hello everyone,

I hope you don't mind being part of a group mailing because I don't want to write the same painful things several times. The fact that you are getting this means that you are someone that I would like to know what has happened in my life during the past few weeks. The whole story is summed up in this email's subject heading if you don't care to read the entire email. All of you know parts of this story but only a very few know it all and I wanted to share this part of my life with you. This is also the reason that I haven't had time to email answers to some of your letters.

Not sure if all of you know but 8 years ago, I told my parents I was gay. This led to a rift between us and we had no contact for 8 years. For the last 6 years I have shared my life with my partner, Tony.

In November 2000, 2 first cousins who are like sisters to me, Donna and Pat, contacted me to let me know that my father was in very poor health. Then my mother's best friend, who I call Mrs. Doris and who has known me since I was 7 years old, called me confirming what Pat and Donna had said. To each I had said I wondered why my mother wasn't calling me about something so serious. The situation was that my father had gone in for a simple test which is usually out patient but the doctors considered him so frail that he was kept in the hospital to do it. While there a random test discovered that he had spots on the lung and liver and it was thought to be cancer.

Then my mother called me on Wednesday, November 29 and we had a long talk about our differences. She said that Tony and I were welcome in their home anytime and she wanted to reestablish our relationship. I let Tony and my mother talk to each other and we decided to go that same afternoon to see them.

We stayed about 2 hours and had a wonderful time. I am excellent at picking up hidden hostility and my parents were very warm and honestly welcoming to us. Tony took the picture of my parents and me that several of you have seen. My father was frail but he was able to walk by himself without a walker or a cane at this time. We made plans to go with them on December 8 to hear the doctors' report on what to do next. We were and are fully reconciled and are a family again and this definitely includes Tony. My mother loves him!

On December 7, I went to the monthly meeting of PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), a wonderful support group (for those of you who don't know about it) for both gays and lesbians and their parents. For several years I had shared my story with them which was mostly about the estrangement with my parents and I wanted to share the good news of our reconciliation with them. (I LOVE PFLAG!!!!!)

On December 8, Tony and I helped Mother take Daddy to the doctors. Unlike Nov. 29, this time he had to use a walker with us helping him get into the car and up to the doctors' office. The news was not optimistic. The cancer was malignant and in the lungs and liver(and Mother said the chart also said in the brain). The doctors' consensus was that no radiation or chemotherapy would be helpful and that the cancer was terminal. What was best was to make Daddy as comfortable as possible and let him stay at home. We would have the help of the Trinity Hospice to help with Daddy 3 times a week and a Trinity nurse who would check in on him twice a week.

I was also able to take advantage of the Family Medical Leave Act (which Bill Clinton and the Democrats finally passed in 1993 after years of obstruction by President Bush and the Republicans) and take leave from work to help my parents. This also deepened the newly reestablished bonds between us. And Tony was the biggest help of all. He showed us how to change my father's bed linens with the least amount of discomfort for Daddy, how to change his bed clothes, took vital signs. We would have been lost without Tony and Mrs. Doris.

As the time went on, it became harder and harder to get Daddy to swallow his daily dose of pills or to eat very much and this was very frustrating to all of us. Tony was the first one to get him to take Ensure and he would also get him to talk more than anyone else.

On Wednesday, December 27, we got an oxygen machine to help with Daddy's breathing and to enable him to be able to cough up the congestion in his chest. It seemed to help at first but he still seemed to be steadily weakening.

I spent the nights of Friday and Saturday(Dec 29-30) and Tony came over and stayed all day Sunday, December 31. Around noon he was still able to tell us his name but by the afternoon Daddy really seemed to be suffering and we felt so helpless. We were able to get a suction machine late that afternoon and Tony and Mother used it to help with Daddy's chest congestion. At one point Tony took his vital signs and his pulse was 64 and his blood pressure was 140 over 60. This was better than we thought but it was very clear that Daddy couldn't go through much more much longer.

We all said our goodbyes and Mother, Tony and I were all in the room when Daddy passed about 9:30PM and Mother hugged Tony and told him how much it meant to have had him with us. I was so grateful to have these last precious weeks with my father and to have my whole family together and I'm very happy he is at peace now and no longer in pain. Tony took charge of preparing my father before the funeral home people arrived. At his direction, we cleaned him up, put new clothes on him and put lotion on his face Then we ate a late supper that Tony had prepared for us.

Those of you who are in Memphis know how awful the weather was on that Sunday, December 31....heavy snow, icy roads, bitter cold. When the funeral home people took Daddy out on the trolley exactly at midnight, the door was open with the cold wind chilling us and fireworks were sounding off everywhere. It is a New Year's Eve I won't soon forget.

My father's name was Leonard T. Coughlan and he was 78 years old. The funeral will be Thursday, January 4, at Forest Hill East Funeral Home on Whitten Road. Traditionally the flowers that go on the casket are from the family and have the family members' names on it and my mother has told me that Tony's name was going to be on it with hers and mine. This sweet gesture has touched me so much and it means so much. I know this has been a long email but I did want to let you know what has been going on. Thanks for letting me share what has happened with my family with you.

Til later.........Gary, bamboopnuts of email.msn.com





LAWYERS: THE AMATEUR DIVISION - 2000G - GUEST GM: RUSS RUSNAK

2000G Lawyers Banned game, Summer 1902

Austria Bob Osuch ROsuch4082 of aol.com Has F Albania, F Bulgaria SC, A Galicia, A Serbia, A Budapest

England Rick Davis redavis914 of aol.com Has F Belgium, F North Sea, A Wales

France Scott Munson samunson71 of hotmail.com Has F Channel, F Irish Sea, A Gascony, A Spain, F Marseilles

Germany Mike Barno mpbarno of lightlink.com Retreat A Belgium - Ruhr Has A Ruhr, F Holland, F Denmark, A Munich, A Kiel

Italy Jim Burgess burgess of world.std.com Has A North Africa, F Naples, F Tyrrhenian Sea, A Piedmont

Russia Randy Ellis Bukowski1964 of aol.com Has A Constantinople, F Sweden, A Rumania, A Norway, A Warsaw, F Black Sea

Turkey Kent Pollard awargamer7 of hotmail.com Has A Armenia, F Eastern Meditterranean, F Aegean

Fall 1902 due date is Wednesday, January 24


Supply Center Chart

Austria Vienna, Trieste, Budapest, Greece, Serbia 5

England Liverpool, Edinburgh, London 3

France Brest, Paris, Marseiles, Spain, Portugal 5

Germany Kiel, Munich, Berlin, Belgium, Denmark 5

Italy Rome, Naples, Venice, Tunis 4

Russia St. Pete, Moscow, Warsaw, Sevastopol, Sweden, Rumania 6

Turkey Constantinople, Ankara, Smyrna, Bulgaria 4

neutrals Holland, Norway 2


Russ Rusnak 1551 High Ridge Parkway Westchester, Il 60154 GM 708 409-0718 RRRRRUSNAK of AOL.com

Bob Osuch 19137 Midland Ave. Mokena, Il. 60448 AUSTRIA 708 478-3885 ROsuch4082 of aol.com

Rick Davis POB 1753 Santa Ynez, Ca. 93460 ENGLAND 831 678-4470 redavis914 of aol.com

Scott Munson PO Box 1042 Gardiner, Mt. 59030 FRANCE 800 828-9080 samunson71 of hotmail.com

Mike Barno 634 Dawson Hill Road Spencer, NY 14883 GERMANY 607 589-4906 mpbarno of lightlink.com

Jim Burgess 664 Smith Street Providence, RI 02908 ITALY 401 351-0287 burgess of world.std.com

Randy Ellis 3116 McGee, Apt 1N Kansas City, Mo. 64111 RUSSIA 816 931-8406 Bukowski1964 of aol.com

Kent Pollard PO Box 5726 Fresno, Ca. 93755-5726 TURKEY 559 243-0897 awargamer7 of hotmail.com

THE ABYSSINIAN PRINCE GAMES SECTION

``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 world.std.com''. 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:

Bruce Linsey, 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.



GAME OPENING INFORMATION

LAWYERS GAME: Steve Koehler, Stephen Agar and Steve Emmert already have signed up. We're searching for lawyers, contact me if you have any leads! We've invited Thomas Libby and Edwin Turnage. Plus I'm still looking for a current address for Mark Franceschini. Official standby for the game is David Hood.

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

REGULAR DIPLOMACY GAME OPENING: Why not? I find them cake to run, let's open another regular game too..... I especially encourage foreigners to join and others with E-Mail. Matt Sundstrom, James Alan Tretick and Don Williams are signed up. The other Diplomacy oriented opening left that I am GMing in this szine is an opening for a game of Star Trek Diplomacy! See Stephen Agar's rules on his web page at (new location, and including that little typo on ``start trek''):

http://www.diplomacy-archive.com/resources/variants/rules/start_trek.htm

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. Jack McHugh claims the Federation, 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. The other races in the game are the Klingons, Cardassians, Species 8472, and the Vulcans. We ONLY need two more, let's get this one going.

John Harrington is offering to guest GM a game of Office Politics. Any interest in that?? Let me or John know!

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, on my never ending to-do list. I will get them in SOON!

I also am taking names for the new NYEED and Breaking Away games. I am going BACK to the designer rules for Breaking Away that allow cards of greater than 15 to be replenished. I printed the original postal rules in Issue #239, if you need a copy and don't have that issue, just ask. Breaking Away has Jim Tretick signed up thus far.

Stephen Agar runs a British Diplomacy mailing list and has a new broader web postal gaming web site too at: http://www.postalgames.org.uk

and if you are interested, contact Stephen Agar at stephen of meurglys.com 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): http://www.diplomacy-archive.com/about_this_site.htm



FANTASTIC VOYAGE: 1999K, Regular Diplomacy

THE DUE DATE FOR WINTER 1904 IS FEBRUARY 3RD, 2001

THE DUE DATE FOR SPRING 1905 IS FEBRUARY 24TH, 2001

Fall 1904

AUSTRIA (Rauterberg): a GAL-sil, a boh-TYO, a BUD-gal, a VEN-rom,

f TYH S a apu-nap, a SIL-pru, a apu-NAP.

ENGLAND (Biehl): f iri-MID, f NAF-tun, f mid-WES, a BEL-bur.

FRANCE (Davis): a bre-par (d ann), a MAR-bur, f spa(sc)-GOL, a GAS S a bre-par.

GERMANY (Shreve): a MUN-ber, a PAR S a bur-gas, a BER-pru, f ENG S a pic-bre,

a pic-BRE, a BUR-gas.

ITALY (Tallman): a nap-rom (d ann), a pie-TUS.

RUSSIA (Tretick): a LVN S a war, a MOS S a war, f nwg-NAT, a WAR S a mos.

TURKEY (Ellis): a bul-GRE, f ION-tun, a arm-SEV, a RUM S a sev-ukr,

f BLA S a arm-sev, a sev-UKR.



Supply Center Chart

AUSTRIA (Rauterberg): BUD,TRI,VIE,ser,ven,tun, (has 7, even)
nap
ENGLAND (Biehl): LON,LVP,EDI,bel (has 4, even)
FRANCE (Davis): MAR,spa,por (has 3, even)
GERMANY (Shreve): BER,KIE,MUN,den,hol,par, (has 6, bld 1)
bre
ITALY (Tallman): ROM (has 1, even)
RUSSIA (Tretick): MOS,STP,WAR,nwy,swe (has 4, bld 1)
TURKEY (Ellis): ANK,SMY,CON,bul,rum,sev, (has 6, bld 1)
gre
Neutral: none (Total=34)



Addresses of the Participants

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

trauterberg of wi.rr.com

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

(604) 589-9124 ($10); jeen of telus.net

FRANCE: Rick Davis, 1130 Hevrin Cr., Soledad, CA 93960.

(831) 678-4470

redavis914 of aol.com

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

dwayneshreve of yahoo.com

ITALY: Terry Tallman, 3805 SW Lake Flora Road, Port Orchard, WA 98367, (360) 874-0384 ($2)

terryt of sinclair.net

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

bernietretick of earthlink.net

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

bukowski1964 of yahoo.com



Game Notes:

1) Lots of action, eh??



Press:

(RUSSIA): Happy New Year to you and your'n, Jim Bob Boy!

'Twas the night before Christmas, and everyone was making Merry! So, Mary got up and left.

My older sister was named Mary. If that was her, she would have stayed.

(GERMANY): Happy New Year, Jim! We had our New Year celebration here in Maryland, but we used Rio de Janeiro time so as not to have to stay up so late.

(ANKARA to BERLIN): Have mucho cervazas for me Senor. You live a most interesting life it would seem...

(POPE to THE WORLD): Deny me Rome and you shall all burn in gravy you hell sucking pigs or something like that.

(MAR(relocated French Capitol) - WORLD): This will be interesting.

(MAR - LON): Hope this doesn't disappoint you to much.

(TUR to RUS): You DO have an interesting style of play, I'll say that for you...

(LONDON (OCT 1, 1904)): Prime Minister John Beale condemned, in Parliament, the unholy alliance between the Austro-Hungarian and the Ottoman Empires. ``With the ascension of the Emperor Paul, the Christian Powers in Europe hoped for, in fact, encouraged a change in the foreign policy of the Emperor's government. Alas, the Austro-hungarian government appears determined to subject Europe to a reckless and adventurist war. The Emperor is blind to the growing might of Sultan behind him. This preposterous policy does nothing for Austria-Hungary and everthing for the heathen Ottoman Empire. It is not the Sultan who is the `sickman' of Europe. The sickman is the Hapsburg Emperor. He must surely be insane!" His majesty's leader of the opposition replied, ``I do not believe the head of his majesty's government, the Prime Minister, should be declaring anyone sick or insane. Is he now a psychiatrist? He, himself, is insane for insulting a foreign head of state."



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

THE DUE DATE FOR SPRING 1756 IS FEBRUARY 3RD, 2001

Winter 1755

AUSTRIA (Prosnitz): bld f tahiti, f naples, a vienna, a trieste; has f TAHITI,

f NAPLES, a VIENNA, a TRIESTE, a MATTO GROSSO, a VENICE, f CORAL SEA, f BAHIA,

f IONIAN, a BOLIVIA, a TOULON, a BULGARIA, f SAMOA, a RHINE, f GREECE, a AMAZON,

f NEW ZEALAND, a SAVOY, a SWISSE, a VENEZUELA, f LIGURIAN SEA, f ECUADOR.

CHINA (Acheson): R a burma-LAOS; bld f amoy; has f AMOY, f EAST CHINA SEA,

f SOUTH CHINA SEA, a KASHMIR, a TIBET, f SEA OF JAPAN, a SZECHUAN, f JAPAN,

a WUHAN, a LAOS, a NEPAL, a MANCHURIA, f SEA OF OKHOTSK.

ENGLAND (Power): R a paraguay-ARGENTINA; bld a nigeria, f edinburgh, f malaya; has a NIGERIA,

f EDINBURGH, f MALAYA, f GULF OF GUINEA, a BURMA, f EAST ATLANTIC OCEAN,

f HUDSON BAY, f ANDAMAN SEA, a ASHANTI, a FLANDERS, a FEZAN, a ARGENTINA,

f BAY OF BENGAL, f QUEBEC, f CENTRAL ATLANTIC OCEAN, f ENGLISH CHANNEL,

f SW ATLANTIC OCEAN, a ANGOLA, a CHILE, a GHANA, f CEYLON, f HAGUE, f SURINAM.

FRANCE (Alme): R f vancouver otb, a ohio-MASSACHUSETTS; has a ONTARIO, a VOLTA,

a BURGUNDY, f BRITTANY, a MASSACHUSETTS, a SAHARA, a MANITOBA, a PARIS.

NETHERLANDS (O'Donnell): rem f arafura sea; has f TASMAN SEA.

OTTOMAN (Johnson): R f bulgaria(ec)-ISTANBUL; rem f vladivostok; has f GULF OF ADEN,

a ARMENIA, a EGYPT, f ARABIAN SEA, f BLACK SEA, a PUNJAB, a SUDAN,

f RED SEA, f ISTANBUL, a PERSIA, a URAL, f WAKE.

PORTUGAL (Stimmel): R f goa-NIZAM; rem a paraguay, a brazil, has f CANARIES, f NIZAM,

a MAHRATTA, f MID-ATLANTIC OCEAN, f AZORES, a VANCOUVER, a OREGON,

a BHUTAN, f IFNI.

RUSSIA (Rauterberg): bld a moscow, f cape colony; has a MOSCOW, f CAPE COLONY, f NATAL,

f WEST PACIFIC OCEAN, a ST.PETERSBURG, a CRIMEA, a PRUSSIA, f WEST INDIAN OCEAN,

f HAWAII, f GOA, f NORWAY, a KIEV, a CAUCASUS, a ROMANIA, a HANOVER, a BENGAL,

a MOZAMBIQUE, f BARENTS SEA.

SPAIN (Partridge): bld a mexico, a florida, f valencia, a madrid, f manila; has a MEXICO,

a FLORIDA, f VALENCIA, a MADRID, f MANILA, f SARGASSO SEA, f SUBIC BAY,

f SOMALI SEA, a LEON, a ARAGON, f SOMALIA, f SOLOMON SEA, a TAUREG, f CALIFORNIA,

a NUBIA, f GUAM, f EAST PACIFIC OCEAN, a LISBON, f MOROCCO, f PHILIPPINE SEA,

a ETHIOPIA, a OHIO, a TIMBUKTU, a TUNIS, a VIRGINIA, a LIBYA,

f WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN, f TARAWA.



Supply Center Chart

AUSTRIA (Prosnitz): BUD,VIE,TRI,TAH,ven,bav,bel, (has 22)
NAP,vza,col,nwz,pps,fij,sav,ecu,peru,gre,sam,bah,bol,tou,bul
CHINA (Acheson): PEK,WUH,XIA,AMO,tib,tai,NAN, (has 13)
sin,jap,manch,mon,kor,nep
ENGLAND (Power): NIG,MLA,EDI,LON,kam,sia,ire, (has 19 or 20, bld 4(r:otb) or 3)
jav,gab,sum,con,hag,fez,ant,uga,arg,bur,cey,togo,sur,que,gha,ang
FRANCE (Alme): PAR,DAK,BDX,mas,ont,ala, (has 8)
vol,manit
NETHERLANDS (O'Donnell): MEL (has 1)
OTTOMAN (Johnson): IZM,JER,BAG,IST,persia,egy, (has 12)
afg,yem,wak,oms,vla,sud
PORTUGAL (Stimmel): BRA,mah,azo,kha,ric,ore,ifn, (has 9)
van,niz
RUSSIA (Rauterberg): MOS,KIE,CAP,STP,CRI,pol,moz, (has 18, PLAYS ONE SHORT)
swe,mal,zam,den,rom,han,die,nwy,haw,goa,nat,ben
SPAIN (Partridge): MAD,MEX,SOM,VAL,MAN,cal, (has 28)
tun,rab,bor,eth,hon,tex,nwg,cam,ken,lis,lag,FLO,
lou,iwo,num,mor,tau,ohi,vir,gua,tar,tim
Neutral: cub (Total=136)



Addresses of the Participants

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

ProsnitzE of aol.com

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

racheson of magma.ca

ENGLAND: John Power, 18 Tilton Court, Baltimore, MD 21236, (410) 933-8827 ($4)

natjohn2 of home.com or jrpower of bechtel.com

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

almehj of swcp.com

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

sean_o_donnell of hotmail.com, seanside of snap.com

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)

trauterberg of wi.rr.com

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

rebhuhn of rocketmail.com



Game Notes:

1) Note John Power's new address.



Press:

(NETHERLANDS-THE WORLD): Mind if I be a pain in the butt?



SECRETS: 1999D, Regular Diplomacy

THE DUE DATE FOR SUMMER 1906 IS FEBRUARY 3RD, 2001

THE DUE DATE FOR FALL 1906 IS FEBRUARY 24TH, 2001

Spring 1906

ENGLAND (Sayers): f lon-NTH, f NWG S f lon-nth, f nth-HEL, f BRE h,

f ska-den (d ann), f SPA(SC) h.

FRANCE (Sasseville): f wes-GOL, a PAR-bre, a MAR h and dream of his lost Italian Vacation.

GERMANY (Johnson): a BER S a kie-mun, a kie-MUN, f hol-KIE, a BUR S a bel-pic, a bel-PIC.

ITALY (Schultz): f rom-NAP, a ven-PIE, f TUN S f tyh-wes, f tyh-WES,

a tri-ven (d r:tyo,bud,otb).

RUSSIA (Trent): a STP S f nwy, f NWY S f den-ska, a war-PRU, a SIL S a war-pru,

f den-SKA, a SWE S f nwy, a sev-MOS.

TURKEY (Munson): a con-BUL, f ion-APU, f ADR-ven, f gre-ION,

a ALB S a ser-tri, f AEG S f gre-ion, a bud-VIE, a ser-TRI.



Addresses of the Participants

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

100233.513 of compuserve.com

FRANCE: Roland Sasseville, Jr., 38 Bucklin Street, Pawtucket, RI 02861, (401) 481-4280 ($2)

roland6 of home.com and ICQ: 40565030

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

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

RUSSIA: Chris Trent, 3536 Watt Avenue, #B205, Sacramento, CA 95821, (916) 489-6138 ($5)

chrisimaus98 of hotmail.com

TURKEY: Scott Munson, P.O. Box 1042, Gardiner, MT 59030, (406) 848-2102 ($5)

samunson71 of hotmail.com



Game Notes:

1) Wow, Russia and Turkey really do look like a Juggernaut now, don't they? Or is it England taking over?? Or what about Germany?? Roland is being..... well, Roland.



Press:

(ITALY-TURKEY): Unless you're allied with England, I'll buy my value in the Med and Southern France if you leave me be.

(RUSSIA-GERMANY): Englandís using you as a human shield! Please, help me keep him from running away with this game!

(JOHN BOY - BOOB): I'm now an OTR driver for Swift Trucking. Getting my mail is a pain in the butt, but I'll have a cell-phone within the week and E-Mail in my truck within the month. Pass the word to my other games, would you please? And I hope everyone will bear with me. ((Wow, you've been moving through decades of technological progress at lightning speed!!! Neat. Give us an update, ASAP.))



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

JODY MCCULLOUGH JUST EDGES OUT MIKE BARNO TO WIN!!!

Fall 1907

AUSTRIA (McCullough): f alb-GRE, a SER S f alb-gre; and nuked CON, ANK(2),

GOB, DEN(2), GM(2); owns tri, ser, gre (3) - WINS ON TIEBREAKER.

ENGLAND (Weiss): f NWG-swe, f ENG S ITALIAN a tyo-bel,

a WAL-664 Smith St, Providence, RI (imp); and nuked NAP(2), ROM(2),

POR, BRE, STP(2); owns edi, lvp (2) - FIFTH.

FRANCE (Reichert): f MID S a spa, a GAS S a spa, a SPA burns the GM in effigy (h);

and nuked EDI, LVP, LON(2), ROM(2), NAP(2); owns mar, spa (2) - SIXTH.

GERMANY (Schultz): a PRU-bel, a RUH S a pru-bel, f HEL-swe;

and nuked STP(2), MOS(2), WAR, SEV(2), NWY; owns none (0) - THIRD.

ITALY (Gardner): f ion-TUN, a tus-VEN, a TYO-bel; and nuked

LON(2), PAR, BER(2), ANK(2), VIE; owns ven, tun (2) - SEVENTH.

RUSSIA (Barno): f FIN-swe, f RUM S f fin-swe; and nuked GM(2),

BUD, HOL, DEN(2); owns rum (1) - SECOND ON TIE BREAKER!

TURKEY (S. Kenny): f BLA-rum, a BUL-gre, a ARM S a bul-gre (imp); and

nuked MOS(2), SEV(2), MUN, BER(2), KIE; owns smy, bul (2) - FOURTH.



Addresses of the Participants

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

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

jodymc of home.com

Richard Weiss, 2246 Gateway Oaks Dr. #307, Sacramento, CA 95833, (916) 924-7966

diplomat of higherquality.com

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

sarareichert of aol.com

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

Soon to be adding E-Mail and a Cell Phone Number!!!

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

hgardner of prodigy.net or TankYouVeddyMuch of aol.com

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

mpbarno of lightlink.com



Current Standings

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 TOTAL

SANDY KENNY  4  3  0  5  1  3  2 18
JODY MCCULLOUGH  3  1  6  1  3  3  3 20
RICHARD WEISS  4  1  0  5  5  0  2 17
SARA REICHERT  1  2  2  4  1  4  2 16
JOHN SCHULTZ  0  6  2  2  4  5  0 19
HEATH GARDNER  5  0  3  0  0  3  2 13
MIKE BARNO  0  5  4  3  3  4  1 20
Black Holed 15 15 16 11 16 11 20 104
Neutral  2  1  1  3  1  1  2 11

Total 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 238

Times GM Nuked  1  1  3  5  1  1  2 14
Ind. Prison Off.  0  0  1  1  1  0  0  3
Greenland  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  1
Iceland  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  1
Kurt Ozog  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1
Beale St., SF  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1





Game Notes:

1) Unless superceded below, all rules are as in regular Diplomacy.

2) The game lasts seven game years (measured Winter to Winter, 1901 to 1907), with each player rotating through the powers in alphabetical order (AEFGIRT), playing each power for one game year. At the end of each game year, the game board and positions are fully reset to the initial positions.

3) Initial Positions: All units and supply center ownership are as in regular Diplomacy, except that each player has five nuclear weapons (except for Russia which has only four nuclear weapons).

4) Firing Nuclear Weapons: Each nuclear weapon (nuke) is fired at a specific province (land or sea) according to orders submitted by their owners immediately FOLLOWING the Spring moves (nuke orders are submitted with those moves and cannot be made conditional on any outcomes or moves in the Spring turn). Nuclear weapon strikes destroy the supply center in the targeted province, if any, as well as any units in that province following the Spring turn.

5) Effects of Nuclear Weapons (Black Hole Variant): The effects of the nuclear weapon strike are equivalent to those in the Black Hole variant designed by Conrad von Metzke (Conrad is the unofficial ombudsman for adjudication of paradoxes caused by this rule). Any provinces adjacent to a nuke strike province are now themselves adjacent. The effect of nuke strikes on adjacent provinces creates a cumulative effect such that all provinces adjacent to an a contiguous string of nuke strike provinces are all simultaneously adjacent. This effect applies to moves, supports, retreats, and convoys. Coastal provinces that are nuked transmit their coastal status to all adjacent provinces, which also is cumulative in effect. These coastal status changes do not interfere with any army supports, retreats, or moves between two land provinces separated by a contiguous string of nuke strike provinces.

6) Victory Conditions: The game ends at the end of the seventh winter adjustment season. Victory points are garnered by cumulatively adding supply centers owned at the end of each of the seven game years. The player with the most victory points at the end of the game wins. Ties are broken by sequentially comparing victory points owned in 1907 followed by each preceding year. Players earning precisely the same number of victory points in each of the seven game years remain tied.

7) Note that Jody wins the game by the victory criterion since he had more centers in 1907 (coming from behind counts for more). Everyone else lined up very nicely (perhaps with a bit of plotting??) with no tie breaks needed.

8) I am taking reservations for the Edward Teller game, which will be the next NYEED 7x7 game in this series. Since it was asked, I'll remind everyone that we will again be playing the Black Hole Variant. Join THE most fun game in all Dipdom. Karl Muller, Harry Andruschak, and Sandy Kenny are on board.



Press:

(ANDRUSCHAK-GM): Apologies for not responding sooner. I have had a hectic time since returning from my European vacation on 12 November. I had three weeks worth of mail to catch up on that included quite a few Dip zines - er - szines. Before I could do much about it, I was hit with the flu and out of things for three weeks during which I NMRed way too many zines.

Now, normally I would have had a flu shot before going on vacation, but this year the vaccine was in short supply, and at my age and with all my health problems it was serious indeed. By the time it was all over, my physician diagnosed me with the onset of gynecomastia. I'll let our resident quack, Dr. Weiss, explain what that is. Perhaps gynecomastia is God's way of punishing me for the Sara Reichert hoax. And on top of all that we have had the usual Christmas crunch at the Post Office and the annual effort to help newcomers to AA through their first Christmas holiday sober. I really could have done without the last two months.

(GM-ANDY): You have to admit the gynecomastia is at least a little amusing!!

(ANDY-GM): For an older adult, it can have its moments. For a teenager, it can be a living hell. Kids can be cruel, teenagers even crueler. You know the statistics of teenagers committing suicide, and some of those are sufferers of gynecomastia who couldn't take it any more. The social problems of trying to hide the breasts, or wearing a bra, can cause a crippled life to those in their 20s and 30s. Many opt for surgery, but the results can range from OK to hideous, and few medical insurance programs will pay for it. Even for older adults, being caught wearing a bra opens you to being attacked by queer-bashers. Not to mention the social problems. Having said all that, I suppose a 56 year old curmudgeon like me who does not suffer fools gladly may have an easier time of it. In any case, I have only grown from size AAA to AA, and we may be able to find the cause before things get too bad. At the moment, my main problem is the tenderness and pain.

(RUSSIA): Arf!

(ENGLAND-TIES ARE LIKE KISSING YOUR SISTERS): Cackle, cackle, heh-heh. If I can't win, I can keep others from winning. Scheming is so much fun. Thanks all for the great fun. Congrats to those kissing their sisters. Thank you Jim-Bob for the fun time. And my last Dip Variant ends. Ciao to the ``Hobby" for now.

(SANDY to GM): Thanks for giving me the opportunity to play in this game. It was a lot of fun despite not winning. Even though I'll be busy with the new baby in May (our third!!), I would still like to get involved in another Nuclear Yuppie game. Let me know if there are any openings!!

(BOOB to MOM WITH THE REAL THINGS): Way to go! Congratulations on approaching number three!! Good to speak with you briefly too. You're in on the new game.



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

THE DUE DATE FOR WINTER 1907 IS FEBRUARY 3RD, 2001

THE DUE DATE FOR SPRING 1908 IS FEBRUARY 24TH, 2001

Fall 1907

AUSTRIA (Pollard): f ADR-ven, a war-GAL, a MOS S a ukr-sev, a SER S f bul(sc)-gre,

a ukr-SEV, f bul(sc)-GRE, a lvn-WAR, a bud S a war-gal (d ann).

ENGLAND (Tallman): f YOR-edi, f GOB S RUSSIAN unit in St. Pete to hold on

for dear life, f nwg-NWY.

FRANCE (Morris): a MAR-tyo (imp), f eng-LON, a SIL-ber, f nth-DEN,

a ruh-KIE, f HOL S a ruh-kie, a BUR-mun, a WAL h, a pie-mun (nsu).

GERMANY (Sayers): a MUN-kie, a BER S a mun-kie.

ITALY (Munson): f ION-gre, a TRI S a vie-bud, a PIE-ven, f aeg-CON, f con-BUL(SC),

f EDI h (anyone want to support me?) ((not necessary....yet)), f mid-WES,

a tyo-VIE, a vie-BUD.

RUSSIA (Reynolds): a STP h.

TURKEY (Barno): f BLA S a rum, a RUM S ITALIAN f con-bul(sc).



Supply Center Chart

AUSTRIA (Pollard): ser,war,mos,sev,gre (has 7, rem 2)
ENGLAND (Tallman): swe,nwy (has 3, rem 1)
FRANCE (Morris): bre,par,mar,spa,por,bel,lon, (has 8, bld 2)
hol,den,kie
GERMANY (Sayers): ber,mun (has 2, even)
ITALY (Munson): rom,ven,nap,tun,lvp,edi, (has 9, bld 3)
smy,con,vie,bud,tri,bul
RUSSIA (Reynolds): stp (has 1, even)
TURKEY (Barno): ank,rum (has 2, even)
Neutral: none (Total=34)



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)

terryt of sinclair.net

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

Scottm221 of aol.com

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

100233.513 of compuserve.com

ITALY: Scott Munson, P.O. Box 1042, Gardiner, MT 59030, (406) 848-2102 ($5)

samunson71 of hotmail.com

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

preyno of yahoo.com

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

mpbarno of lightlink.com



Game Notes:

1) Wow, lots more action!!!



Press:

(A LAST STATEMENT FROM FIELD MARSHAL JON RHODEHAMEL): ``Let the Cannonade Begin..."

(G-E/I): It looks like Napoleon Morris is licking us with one hand tied behind his back. I dips me spiky, pointy Prussian helmet to him.

(AMBASSADOR KENT POLLARD to THE WORLD): My Nation cannot tolerate zis overt aggression from the forces of za Vatican! Our armies and Navy are preparing for an all out War!!! I ask for all za Powers of Europe to stop zheir conflicts and join into za fray!!! Europe shall now be thrown into a period of such turmoil zat it has never experienced before!!! Za Pope has gone too far!!!(You may contact me at za Embassy)

(ENGLAND to THE WORLD): Burn in gravy you hell sucking pigs.

(F to WORLD): YO! Been a wild year so far. Tons to report but little time to do it. The only constant in this life is that Barno is on Pluto!!

(TURKEY): Enroute to a gaming con, no time for silly press. Perhaps the Austro-Hungarian leadership will fill this gap. ((Have fun on Pluto..... wouldn't have thought that Bruce had moved there, but you never know....))



SO GOOD IT HURTS: 1998 P, Regular Diplomacy

THE DUE DATE FOR SPRING 1908 IS FEBRUARY 3RD, 2001

Winter 1907

AUSTRIA (K. Ozog): bld a bud; has a BUD, f NAP, a VEN, a VIE, f ION, a APU, a TRI.

ENGLAND (James): rem f eng, a bre; has f MID, f WES, a SPA.

FRANCE (Kinney): rem f mar; has a GAS.

GERMANY (Goesle): R a ven-PIE; bld a ber; has a BER, f BAL, a SIL, f LON, f NWY, a BOH,

a PAR, a PIE, f NTH, f CLY, a WAL, a BEL.

ITALY (Rauterberg): rem f tus; has a ROM.

RUSSIA (Rusnak): bld a war, f sev; has a WAR, f SEV, a GAL, a STP, a SMY,

a UKR, f CON, a BUL.

TURKEY (Emmert): has f TUN.



Addresses of the Participants

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

heyday6 of yahoo.com

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

kjames01 of twcny.rr.com

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

alberich of iglou.com

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

gozcorp of iquest.net

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

trauterberg of wi.rr.com

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

RRRRRUSNAK of aol.com

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

steve.emmert of home.com



Game Notes:

1) Note Paul Rauterberg's new E-Mail address.

2) Does this game wanna go on the RAG? If so, then vote for that three way draw. If no one votes for it then someone's gonna RAG on you!!!

3) I think it's kind of amazing that all seven powers are still on the board. Admittedly THREE of you only have a single solitary unit, but you're there, and who knows what can happen then?



Press:

(GOZ to JIM-BOB): As I understand it, the premise was to get a game of Professional Liars going. Why are you excluding Marketeers and Used Car Dealers?

(BOOB to GOZ): That's a damned good idea! Especially since we can't seem to find any damned lawyers who want to play!! Any thoughts from the organizer???

(GERMANY to ENGLAND): What is a man who has conquered the world but lost his home? Or something like that...

(RUSSIA - TURKEY): I sense some bitterness here. I don't understand, all I did was make a last minute change, you're the one that taught me how to do that (twice in this game alone).

(GOZ to STEVE): Hey, my Blackhawks are actually making a run! Look for them to get the 8th seed in the West and then get swept!

(AUSTRIA - ITALY): Sorry again, but I could not resist. I assure you that I will take good care of your wine stocks when in Rome (hic!).

(AUSTRIA - TURK-IN-EXILE): No reason. I'm just being a dork.

(GOZ to JIM-BOB II): I missed a couple of days' worth of news...did Bud ``Puppet" Selig actually make the suggestion that I thought I heard? The bottom 8 teams get to draft a player off the roster of the top 8? But the top 8 get to protect 25 of their top 40? So the bottom 8 don't really get much, and if they do they can't pay them anyway, so have to trade them for a prospect that will go elsewhere in 3 years if he's good. Is that about right?

(BOOB to GOZ): You got it about right, and I think it will be totally cosmetic. Crap!



RACE FOR MILLENNIAL APOCALYPSE: Breaking Away, V2.3

THE DUE DATE FOR TURN 15 IS FEBRUARY 3RD, 2001



Turn 14

121 (Finishes!): March Hare(20)

-F-I-N-A-L- -F-I-N-I-S-H- -L-I-N-E-

120 (replenish with a 4): White Rabbit
119 (replenish with a 5): Matthew
118 (no replenishment): None
117 (no replenishment): None
116 (no replenishment): None
115 (no replenishment): None
114 (no replenishment): None
113 (replenish with a 3): Alfred the Great
112 (no replenishment): None
111 (no replenishment): None
110 (no replenishment): None
109 (no replenishment): None
108 (replenish with a 3): Broke Leg Meg
107 (no replenishment): None
106 (no replenishment): None
105 (no replenishment): None
104 (replenish with a 3): War, Darrell C, Darrell A
103 (replenish with a 6): Barkin' Larkin', Darrell B, Will Shakespeare, Mad Hatter
102 (replenish with a 10): John, Sir Isaac Newton, Pollution, Mock Turtle, Shane the Chain
101 (replenish with a 15): John Logie-Baird, Mark, Pestilence
100 (no replenishment): None
99 (no replenishment): None
98 (replenish with a 3): Luke



81 (replenish with a 3): Chasin' Jason

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

80 (no replenishment): None
79 (replenish with a 3): Famine



68 (replenish with a 3): Buhrt



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

(1 point) sarareichert of aol.com

Team Leader: Thanatos
A: War 3 3 3 (14)
B: Pollution 6 3 10 (9)
C: Pestilence 3 4 15 (7)
D: Famine 3 3 3 (3)

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

(18 points) 72060.1540 of CompuServe.COM

A: Matthew 3 6 4 5 (12)
B: Mark 8 3 15 (6)
C: Luke 15 4 3 (4)
D: John 12 4 10 (8)

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

(19 points) johnh of fiendishgames.demon.co.uk, fiendish of operamail.com

A: Alfred the Great 3 6 3 3 (9)
B: Sir Isaac Newton 9 4 10 (8)
C: Will Shakespeare 3 3 6 (12)
D: John Logie-Baird 4 3 15 (4)

TEAM 4 (Amateur League Inciting Cycle Exchange): Tom Howell, 365 Storm King Road,

(48 points) Port Angeles, WA 98363; off-the-shelf of olympus.net

A: White Rabbit 3 3 3 4 (12)
B: March Hare Finished! (8)
C: Mad Hatter 14 4 6 (12)
D: Mock Turtle 10 3 10 (10)

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

(7 points) rebhuhn of rocketmail.com

A: Darrell A 3 8 10 3 (15)
B: Darrell B 10 4 6 (9)
C: Darrell C 15 10 3 (15)
D: Buhrt 3 3 3 (3)

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

(5 points)

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



Game Notes:

1) When I add your replenishment card from now on, it always will be the LAST card in your list.

2) Note that I ***FINALLY*** have updated Tom Howell's address!



Press:

(DARRELL to DARRELL): Howdy Bro.

(ALICE): I see the Brits edging out the Bible writers for second, with the triplets a distant fourth. The four horsemen just ain't what they used to be (must be on the wrong track).

(TRUE BRIT to HIS PACK): Good bunching at the back there boys! I'd have preferred bunching at the front but still ......

(MARCH HARE): Gotcha!

(WHITE RABBIT): Ohhhh...., What will the red queen say?

(MATTY, ME BOYO): Ya beat the designer! Good ride!

(BURHT ((sic)) to GM): It's getting awfully dry back here, you sure that's famine and not drought that I'm following? Where's the beer? ((Damned if I know, you must really be out of it, you can't even spell your own name right!))

(BRIT PACK): Happy new year to you. I presume it is still politically correct to say that without offending the people who worry about offending the Chinese and others who work to a different calendar to (most of) the western world? Most of the Christmas greetings I received from Americans wished me ``Happy holidays" which was very kind of them, but I think of my holiday (vacation) as the long break I take in the summer so it took me a while to realise they were referring (in my case) to Christmas. ((I find the ``happy holidays'' to be happy crap and avoid it whenever possible. This year I was a bit more wishy washy than I am some years though.))



FEAR AND WHISKEY: 1998Ers31, Modern Diplomacy

THE DUE DATE FOR FALL 2004 IS FEBRUARY 3RD, 2001

Summer 2004

BRITAIN (Schultz): has f NOR, f NWG, a SWE, f EDI, f BAL, f LON, f NTH.

EGYPT (J. O'Donnell): has f ALE, f ION, a SYR, a TUN, a IRK, f AEG.

GERMANY (Rauterberg): R a lit-GDA; has f BHM, a SAX, f DEN, f FIN,

f BEL, a AUS, a ALS, a BOR, f HOL, a GDA, a CZE, a WAR, a AUV, a SWI,

f HEL, a LYO, a KRA.

ITALY (Ozog): has f TYS, f MAL, a SER, a VEN, f LIG, a PIE, f LBS,

a MAR, a NAP, f IZM.

SPAIN (S. O'Donnell): has f GOL, f ALG, a LIB, f WME, a NAV, a BAR.

UKRAINE (Partridge): has a POD, a CRP, f IST, a ANK, a ANA, a IRN, a BIE,

a SLO, a LAT, f WBS, a MOS, a LIT, f GRE, a ADA, a BUL, a HUN.



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)

Tapmdfrance of aol.com

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

trauterberg of wi.rr.com

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

ElfEric of Juno.com

POLAND: Roland Sasseville, Jr., 38 Bucklin Street, Pawtucket, RI 02861, (401) 481-4280 ($5)

roland6 of home.com and ICQ: 40565030

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

surfeit of swbell.net

SPAIN: Sean O'Donnell, 2219 Grafton Road, Grafton, OH 44044 ($5)

sean_o_donnell of hotmail.com, seanside of snap.com

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

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

rebhuhn of rocketmail.com



Game Notes:

1) Check out the Modern Dip web page at: http://www.modernhof.webprovider.com/

2) Note Paul Rauterberg's new E-Mail address.



Press:

(THE MEKONS QUOTE OF THE MONTH): ``It looks like an accident, caused by the government.'' From ``Tina'' off one of the year 2000's very best recordings by the greatest rock and roll band extant - The Mekons! Said recording is Journey to the End of the Night.

(JEFF to BOOB): This IS Palm Beach!

(SPAIN-WORLD): We marching ten by ten errah! Errah! We'll marching 9 by 9 errah! errah! we'll marching 8 by 8 errah! errah! we'll marching errah! errah! We'll be marching 7 by 7 errah! errah! We'll be marching 6 by 6 errah! errah! we'll be running 5 by 5 errah! errah! We'll be running 4 by 4 away away far far away errah! Ahhhhh! I know I have a weird sense of humor.

(EGYPT to WORLD): Send help!

(BRITAIN-GERMANY): Guess you didn't trust me either, huh? Oh well, I'm sure Sean wouldn't have appreciated the fleets off his shores.

(EGYPT to UKRAINE): And Germany, wouldn't it just be great if Ukraine took Izm and Serbia and Germany took Croatia and Mil and Mar?

(SPAIN-ITALY): We'll have it thanks for the pepper jack sauce we stole from the Pop though didn't he say it was sinful to eat.

(EGYPT to SPAIN): The ink wasn't even dry on the Spanish National News rejoicing over Mar before Italy retook it. No more rejoicing unless you can hold the center.

(SPANISH TRIBUNE): The loss of Mar is said will not falter the Spanish Egyptian lines drawn around Italy, though the Klingon Strike force was destroyed in the attack on Mar, so the people of Spain says down with the Star Trek press: Mister Few the Proud the Star Trek fanatics. Though I'm an X-Men fan and they met Picard first in the ``Time's Arrow'' and again in ``Planet X''.

(CAPTAIN'S LOG CONFUSED): The Romulans and Cardassians have been involved in a few skirmishes and the Romulans have inexplicably left open their flank for a Cardassian or a Bajoran invasion. The Cardassians have also destroyed the Federation starship ``Calamity'' while they were defending the Klingon front. The Klingons lost a starbase and I may be tactical necessity be forced to give the Klingons another one of our Federation bases. The Cardassians with apparent Bajoran approval have sent a starship toward the Klingons' rear frontier. If the Cardassians continue, the Klingons may fall before we do (not that it matters). I have been able to maintain our front lines by cutting Romulan/Ferengi supply liines. This won't last long. My ``spies'' behind Romulan lines have informed me that the Romulans have tortured Spock and Chekov together by injecting Spock with a hormone to induce Pon Farr, the Vulcan mating ritual. Then they locked them in the same room, hoping that Chekov would talk. As it turns out, Chekov really didn't mind.... (who knew?!). I've also heard that Captain Janeway and her crew escaped in escape pods and are in hiding. I understand Commander Tuvok has been demoted. As often as Voyager had been taken over by hostile aliens, Janeway decided to change his title from Security Officer to Hospitality Officer. Kirk out.

(FEDERATION ``HIGH'' COMMAND to PAUL): Under the terms of the Organian ``Peace'' Treaty, the Romulans can cloak anything, the Klingons can only cloak Scout Class vessels, and the Federation is basically screwed. To make matters worse, the Klingons have broken the treaty more times than the US government ever did to conquer the Indians. Or, more to the point, as David Kirk (Kirk's son) was quoted as saying right before a Klingon cut his yuppie throat, ``there's never an Organian around when you need one!''

(CAPTAIN'S LOG #2 KIRK to STARFLEET): Please send us a trained counselor. I believe the Cardassian Commander may be suffering from multiple personality disorder. We need to find out if any of these personalities could be turned pro-Federation.



SHOW ME THE MONEY: 1997Mea04, Colonial Diplomacy

SHUT IT DOWN, A HOLLAND/JAPAN/RUSSIA DRAW IS DECLARED

BUT CAN JIM-BOB FIND TIME TO SUMMARIZE THE CHART???

Final Supply Center Chart - From Last Season

BRITAIN (York): DEL,HK,SIN,mal,cey,aden,ban,mad (has 8)
FRANCE (Sasseville): TON,may,u.bur,ass,bom, (has 7, PLAYED ONE SHORT)
ben,can,ran
HOLLAND (Desper): BOR,SUM,JAVA,SAR,new,dav, (has 11)
mna,cebu,for,ann,coc
JAPAN (K. Ozog): TOK,KYU,OTA,KYO,vla,fus,sak, (has 12)
p.art,seo,sha,mac,pek
RUSSIA (Williams): MOS,OMSK,ODE,rum,mon,ang,tab, (has 17)
con,chu,shi,egy,per,tas,kag,sik,kar,kam
TURKEY (Tallman): sud,bag (has 2)
Neutral: none (Total=58)



Addresses of the Participants

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

wandrew of compuserve.com

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

ForlornH of aol.com

FRANCE: Roland Sasseville, Jr., 38 Bucklin Street, Pawtucket, RI 02861, (401) 481-4280 ($5)

roland6 of home.com and ICQ: 40565030

HOLLAND: Rick Desper, 703 Monroe Street, Apt #302, Rockville, MD 20850, (301) 545-0143 (E-Mail)

rick_desper of yahoo.com or desper of math.rutgers.edu

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

heyday6 of yahoo.com

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

wllmsfmly of earthlink.net

TURKEY: Terry Tallman, 3805 SW Lake Flora Road, Port Orchard, WA 98367, (360) 874-0384 ($0)

terryt of sinclair.net

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



Game Notes:

1) Hey, we're already late.... SC chart forthcoming sometime. I'm waiting for Don Williams.... ;-)



Press and End Game Comments:

(FRANCE): Best thing that happened to Holland was the change of government in the British Empire. It came just as the 3 way between Russia France and Britain was planning to hit. Congratulations winners.



Personal Note to You:


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