March 11, 2001

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``You can't imagine something to be scared of; Don't trust myself, don't trust what I see; Can never make sense of what's happening to me.'' From ``Something to Be Scared Of'' off of the Mekons' latest Journey to the End of the Night. There's a NEW regular Diplomacy game start and this song is the game name! See the returns to the hobby of Doug Kent and Jim (James Alan) Tretick plus the rest of a great game lineup!

We had a bit of snow this past week and that plus some busy stuff at work was enough to let this slide a week. But as a bonus, it means I can slip in some NCAA Tournament predictions and commentary. I am sliding most of a whole lot of music discussion that I am preparing to next time. We have Michael Lowrey's new subszine, Houdini Blues as well as the return of David Partridge's Tinamou inside too!


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 is folded and replaced by Houdini Blues as a Southern branch office in TAP. See the first issue of Houdini Blues down below! This will give me better coverage of the Dixie hobby and provide Michael a congenial place from which to publish. Don Williams' sublime publication also will continue to appear here as Gary Coughlan has agreed to take Steve Langley's place as Italy. Keep an eye on us old geezers here.....

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

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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:!! 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.

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Pete is looking for Railway Rivals standbys, but otherwise, he is full with games at the moment. I'm not sure what Pete is up to at the moment, but we'll hear soon.

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

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.

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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.


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WORLDMASTERS00 SECTION (with letters AND a game!!)

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Jon Crocker (Austria)

Lee Simpson (England)

David Malloch (Germany)

Dirk Fischbach (Italy)

Dave Partridge (Russia)

Egbert Ferreira (Turkey)

Note that France has been eliminated and Jon Crocker's Austria is down to a single unit. David Partridge has not been playing his best game in recent seasons and also is in severe trouble. The witches are very strong and the rest may be racing for third place. Keep an eye on this space for further updates. I've realized that the 1912 game ending deadline for this game will unfortunately affect the outcome. There is likely to be ``delaying tactics" popping up soon as players play the system. Still, I think a three way draw looks likely. The blow up over Lee Simpson's pointed comments toward some one or some ones who have been passing E-Mail seems to have blown over for the moment. We all know how easy letter passing is in the E-Mail world and I'm pleased to note that Lee and I share an utter distaste for it. The very latest results seem to indicate that Lee's England has stabbed David's Germany and Germany's long term prognosis is looking increasingly precarious. Go check out the web page for further discussion (I gotta leave you guys hanging so that some of you might actually go look!). The Boasters! game is starting up again too (see below). Remember that the Boasters! game is not actually part of the Worldmasters structure, it just is a game for fun amongst some of the prominent personalities in the Tournament.

M2000 Boasters!, Worldmasters2000 Time Wasters Diplomacy

Spring 1903

AUSTRIA (O'Donnchu): a alb-GRE, a GAL spits at Russian forces (h),

f gre-AEG, a BUD S a gal, a SER S a alb-gre.

ENGLAND (Setzer): f eng-IRI, f NTH S f nwg-nwy, f nwg-NWY, a den-swe (d ann).

FRANCE (Pérez): f bre-ENG, a pic-BEL, f MID S f bre-eng, a gas-BUR,

a bel-RUH.

GERMANY (Mehaffey): a SIL S AUSTRIAN a gal, f KIE S f ska-den, f ska-DEN,

a HOL S FRENCH a bel (otm).

ITALY (Dennehy): f ION S AUSTRIAN f gre-aeg, f TUN S f ion, a APU waves at the passers by (h),

a ven-TUS.

RUSSIA (Harris): a WAR-gal, a MOS-war, a nwy S f swe (d r:fin,stp,otb),

f SWE S GERMAN f ska-den, f sev-BLA, a UKR S a war-gal, a RUM-bud.

TURKEY (Miszti): f CON S a bul, a SMY-gre, a BUL S a smy-gre,

f aeg C a smy-gre (d r:eas,otb).

Summer 1903

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

ENGLAND (Setzer): has f IRI, f NTH, f NWY.

FRANCE (Pérez): has f ENG, a BEL, f MID, a BUR, a RUH.

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

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

RUSSIA (Harris): R a nwy-STP; has a WAR, a MOS, a STP, f SWE, f BLA, a UKR, a RUM.

TURKEY (Miszti): R f aeg-EAS; has f CON, a SMY, a BUL, f EAS.

Summer 1903

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

ENGLAND (Setzer): has f IRI, f NTH, f NWY.

FRANCE (Pérez): has f ENG, a BEL, f MID, a BUR, a RUH.

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

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

RUSSIA (Harris): R a nwy-STP; has a WAR, a MOS, a STP, f SWE, f BLA, a UKR, a RUM.

TURKEY (Miszti): R f aeg-EAS; has f CON, a SMY, a BUL, f EAS.


Fall 1903

AUSTRIA (O'Donnchu): a GRE-bul, a GAL-rum, f AEG-con, a BUD S a gal-rum,

a SER S a gre-bul.

ENGLAND (Setzer): f iri-ENG, f nth-BEL, f nwy-SWE.

FRANCE (Pérez): f eng-LON, a bel-hol (d r:pic,bur,otb), f mid-NAO,

a bur-MUN, a RUH S a bur-mun.

GERMANY (Mehaffey): a SIL-mun, f KIE S a hol, f DEN S ENGLISH f nwy-swe,

a HOL S ENGLISH f nth-bel.

ITALY (Dennehy): f ION C a apu-gre, f tun-TYH, a APU-gre, a TUS h.

RUSSIA (Harris): a WAR S a rum-gal, a MOS S a war, a stp-NWY,

f swe S a stp-nwy (d r:ska,bal,gob,fin,otb), f BLA S TURKISH a bul,

a UKR-rum, a RUM-gal.

TURKEY (Miszti): f CON S a bul, a SMY h, a BUL S RUSSIAN a rum, f EAS-aeg.

Supply Center Chart

AUSTRIA (O'Donnchu): BUD,TRI,VIE,ser,gre (has 5, even)
ENGLAND (Setzer): LVP,EDI,bel,swe (has 3, bld 1)
FRANCE (Pérez): BRE,PAR,MAR,spa,por,lon,mun (has 4 or 5, bld 3(r:otb) or 2)
GERMANY (Mehaffey): BER,KIE,hol,den (has 4, even)
ITALY (Dennehy): ROM,VEN,NAP,tun (has 4, even)
RUSSIA (Harris): MOS,STP,WAR,SEV,rum,nwy (has 6 or 7, even(r:otb) or rem 1)
TURKEY (Miszti): ANK,SMY,CON,bul (has 4, even)
Neutral: none (Total=34)

Addresses of the Players

AUSTRIA: Fearghal O'Donnchu, fearghal.odonnchu of or twerg_85 of

ENGLAND: Ray Setzer, mczet of

FRANCE: Niclas Pérez, perez of

GERMANY: Mike Mehaffey, mehaffey of

ITALY: Brian Dennehy, brian.dennehy of

RUSSIA: Toby Harris, Toby.Harris of

TURKEY: Emeric Miszti, emeric of

Game Notes:

1) (Spring) Neat set of moves, eh? Looks like Meef made some choices that he might regret, accepting and making supports - that is unless Niclas is just touring the munitions plants in the Ruhr.

2) (Fall) The focus of action shifts to the north and west.....


(ITALIAN PRESS): The Italian government, has come to hear of a certain wager between the Czar of all Russia and the ArchDuke of all Austro-Hungary. Apparently the subject of the wager was about the inclination of the general of the first army - general ``Wheretheheckami". Since his compass was lost while setting up camp years ago and his maps seem to have become obsolete - he has wandered from his base in Venice to the Alps, and back to Venice again - seemingly meandering with no real purpose. There are rumours that the early engagement with the German Hun caused Wheretheheckami to lose all his confidence and, in fact, become somewhat yellow bellied.

So the wager came about at a conference between the Czar and the Archduke. The Czar wagered that he could co-erce Wheretheheckami to attempt the Alps for the third time, while the Archduke scoffed at this, claiming that Wheretheheckami is a coward and that he would retreat further into his homeland where he could find solace in some of the fine Tuscan wine. An admirable sum of money was wagered upon the outcome of the first Army's movements.

Both governments attempted to gain favour with the Italian government by making offers of new territory and military aid - along with some economic aid if the general could be persuaded to follow the path which they had chosen.

The exact sum of the wager is not known - but both parties have been quite active and the Italian government reckon that the wager is very very substantial for the offers of aid were substantial.

And so the bet is won and lost - and who has egg upon their face - I wonder.

Or were they all lying ?

Special Representative to the Italian Government

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 -

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.

I will be continuing to resolve the question of the back issue subs. I have money from Doug Kent now. If you were a subber to Diplomacy World and explicitly are sure you DO NOT want your sub filled out or you are sure you DO want your sub filled out, then please contact me NOW. If you aren't sure, I will start contacting you shortly.

Fred C. Davis, Jr. (Feb. 25, 2001)

Dear Jim, I've just received a notice from Hanna Haas, Walter Luc Haas' wife in Switzerland, that he passed away on Jan. 10, 2001. He had been ill with cancer for over a year. Walter was one of the first Postal Dip publishers in Central Europe. His zine, BUMM, was published from the mid-70s to 1986, partly in German and partly in English. Hanna asked me to notify some of his American friends. She only had addresses for me and for Sid Sackson. You may wish to print this in your zine or send notices to other people who may have known him personally or by mail. We met him in Basel in about 1978. If you wish to send a sympathy card, her address is: Hanna Haas, Brunngasse 83, 4153 Riehen, SWITZERLAND.

Best regards, Fred, 3210-K Wheaton Way, Ellicott City, MD 21043

((Thanks, Fred, very sorry to hear that. I know there are lots of people on my sub list who knew Walter, so I've printed this for all of them to see.))


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!! Mine will appear next issue, it's almost done.

Warren Goesle (Wed, 14 Feb 2001 19:22:43)

If you're receiving this email it's either because you're a relative, a friend, someone who owes me money, or someone I've identified as having a sense of humor (most of the Dip crowd falls into this part), and thus won't mind too much if I shamelessly promote something near and dear to my heart.

Unlike Napster, where up until recently people buy the tune and then make a copy of it that anyone can download without the Artist's permission, MP3 actually has a site that Artists who don't think they can make it commercially put stuff on, so that people can download it WITH their permission. So I've had a request from such an artist, a group called:

``Bob and the Steves"

Apparently they put up a good deal of their music on the site, and, much to their surprise, had a number of hits, to the point where one of their tunes ``I Got One", actually made it to #34 on the daily playlist of electronic/experimental music (I think that was Sunday the 11th, as of Wednesday the 14th it was #43). As a favor to them, I hereby give you a couple of links to their music, and request that you go there and take a listen. For my money (of which I get none), ``1984" is the best tune, with ``What's Wrong with That Girl" a close second, but I've been proven that I'm not in tune with the listening public before, so I'm only requesting that you go listen to ``I Got One", to see if any of my efforts can get it to the Top 10. It can be found at either:


which might actually be easier. Should you go to the band's part of the website, I recommend that you read the info section to get a better handle on what you're really listening to (and because it's hysterical). Bonus points if you figure out who the band members are.

I will NOT, however, request that you send this email to all your friends. But I'd appreciate it if you did. Thank you for your time and patience.

Goz, gozcorp of

((Goz didn't really expect this to be TAP material, but I think it is useful for it to be printed here. Go to it.... ditto for this next note from Eric, but again, I wanted to publish it.))

Eric Ozog (Fri, 2 Mar 2001 12:28:49 -0800)

The Seattle to Olympia area had a 6.8 magnitude earthquake Wednesday, about 11:00 am Pacific time. The epicenter was between Tacoma and Olympia, under the Nisqually river delta which empties into Puget Sound. Fortunately, the quake was 30 miles deep in the Juan de Fuca plate so damage was much less severe than it otherwise would have been if it were a shallow quake in the upper fault system. The Puget Sound metro region was lucky this time, and the quake is a wake up call to continue with earthquake preparedness and retrofitting of buildings and freeway bridges and overpasses. Still, some people were injured from falling debris and damage occurred to masonry buildings in Pioneer Square in Seattle, structural damage to the Magnolia Street bridge, and the Capitol dome in Olympia was cracked. What is fortunate is the Alaska Way Viaduct, which is an old double deck expressway running along the Seattle waterfront, is still standing although closed for inspection. We watched on the TV news as the traffic on Alaska Way was merrily humming away only one hour after the quake as if nothing had happened! Totally bizarre. The mice just keep on running on that treadmill....

I was at the North Bend Ranger Station for training when the quake occurred, the kids were in school in Granite Falls, and Cathy had gone to Ryan's preschool class. The kids went under their desks as they learned in their drills. In Granite Falls, Cathy said the quake felt like an intense vibration with the windows rattling, as if a truck or construction work was going on outside without stopping (new school construction is going on right there). It knocked merchandise off the shelves at the Red Apple super market. At home, Cathy discovered all the kitchen cabinet doors had been knocked open, but nothing fell out. I need to get those door latches!

In North Bend, the ground rolled as if you were standing in a boat on a lake being rocked by waves. The class participants and I left the conference room, and once outside, we just stood in place swaying back and forth. It's a weird feeling. Then we heard a roar and saw a large landslide coming down the southwest slope of Mt. Si, kicking up a cloud of dust. Mt. Si is a huge landmark outside of North Bend, made familiar to TV viewers of the series Twin Peaks. A section of road I would have driven home between Snoqualmie Falls and Fall City was temporarily blocked by a mudslide, so I had to detour around that via the freeway system, which seemed to be undamaged. Had this been a shallower quake, some freeway overpasses likely would have collapsed and I probably would have been stuck in North Bend, at least for the night. I'm back to North Bend Thursday for the second half on the training. Oh joy.

We were really fortunate this time. And this wasn't even the `big one' which the Pacific Northwest is overdue for and can happen at any time: a giant subduction zone quake in the Juan de Fuca and North American plates, predicted to last 4 minutes, be an 8 to 9 in magnitude, and have 8 feet of vertical movement...........

Eric Ozog, elferic of


Richard Weiss (Mon, 19 Feb 2001 08:45:50 -0800)

Jim; Happy last few days of Epiphany. I was in NOLA and came home with a slew of beads, cups, doubloons, etc. Mardi Gras itself is not until 2/27, but this first weekend of parades is just right for codgers. ((We had a big Mardi Gras party at our house, masks, beads, King Cake, the whole deal..... unfortunately, we didn't eat the whole King Cake on the night of the party so I finally got the baby for breakfast three days later.))

Congratulations on TAP 242. That is one huge number of issues. And you just keep going. ((Not as many as Boardman, I'll never catch him.... I just want to catch up to Pete Birks, I'm only a few issues behind!))

Recent political squawking about Clinton's pardons - what, any of us should be surprised that there is controversy beyond the end - have paired Rich and Jonathan Pollard. About halfway through my brief publishing career I started to name all games after double agents. Pollard was one of the last I identified before I folded. He would have been way harder for the world community and especially Israel to accept than mere money for salvation, eh, pardon, like Rich. ((No, and the Constitution makes it clear that these are the rules. I didn't squawk too much when GHW Bush pardoned Cap Weinberger (and thus himself indirectly) and I don't squawk too much now. I don't want to change the Constitution on this point, so you have to take the good with the bad. It's a lesson to be careful about whom we elect as Presidents - Jimmy Carter is the only one I know of who didn't make questionable last second pardons - well, then again, maybe not ;-) Money, yes, but remember that Clinton was hot and heavy trying to complete a ``crowning achievement peace deal'' between Israel and the Palestinians in those last days. I honestly think that Clinton's move had more to do with trying to bribe Barak than that he himself was being bribed. Think about it..... that ``phone call'' between Barak and Clinton probably was only tangentially about Rich. Why doesn't the press report THAT!?))

Now, talking about money buying salvation; spring training has started and your Bosox have one of the primo hitters joining Nomar. One pitcher and pray for three days of rain but two big time hitters. And will O'Leary stick or Nixon be ``an everyday player" contraire to the manager and GM. ((spring training for the Red Sox so far has been a ``don't talk to me about it'' - I really hope it is a microcosm of everything that NEVER happens during the season. Things will brighten up tomorrow (as I write), Pedro takes the mound for his first Spring Training start. I predict three or four innings, no runs, two strikeouts per inning, and dominance. That is so easy a pick as to be guaranteed.))

There was some discussion last issue about Puckett and the Twins, that there would never be another Twin of greater than three years who made it unto the Hall ballot. Despite the pending work stoppage, I tend to believe that really is going to adjust the major inequities between the franchises and in the middle part of this decade we will see the Twins and other teams be competitive and stay competititve. All because of Bud Selig convincing the owners to share - either equally or with greater return to the small market teams depending upon how you want to label it - all the money they will make from the internet and live streaming every game every day. It is now expected to gross one billion dollars per year in 2005. ((Yes, that is the magic revenue source that can reverse the unbalanced revenue from TV rights. I agree with you and have tried to reason with Goz, but you can't reason with him ;-) he's on a tear. He's on deck and next up to bat.))

Which makes next year the right time to get together a group and some financing to buy a franchise and hold on for the whopping increase in it's value. Do you have any friends with more than loose change in their pockets? I don't. ((And the Red Sox are for sale..... damn!))

Have a happy St. Paddy's Day. I can't wait for my annual ``Kiss me, I'm Irish" blarney.

Richard, diplomat of

((Really? Well, I like Mardi Gras and Carnival, but I am not a St. Patrick's Day fan. I don't want to be a party pooper, so I'll be quiet....))

Warren Goesle (Tue, 20 Feb 2001 18:53:48)

Jim-Bob, I must say that I admire you. I was in the Boston area over the past weekend visiting friends, and it's always refreshing to see the Sports coverage of The Globe, especially around Spring Training. All is well, everyone is 0-0, and all of New England STILL thinks that the Red Sox can beat the Yankees. And they might beat the Yankees of March, or even May. But they won't beat the Yankees of August, when Steinbrenner buys up all the free agents and lets Torre decide which ones to play.

But it's nice to see you still believe. Reminds me of my days as a die-hard Cubs' fan (which haven't yet ended). ((I do, and my wife still laughs hysterically at me. At least she likes baseball. She keeps telling me that my overactive interest in the NCAA basketball tournament is the only thing that keeps me from being perfect. You know what I said to that.....))

Think we can get Series tickets at Wrigley or Fenway? Wood vs Pedro in Game 1? ((Why the heck not??))

Goz, I can't remember if I'm the good twin or the evil one, gozcorp of

Andy York

Hi, Just a quickie note - the US version of Robot Wars is Battlebots on the (get this) Comedy Channel. And, it is OK - not as good as the British version, but better than much of what's on the Comedy Channel.

-Andy, wandrew of

((Thanks, but I don't get cable, and I don't think I'd like the American version. Give me British babes like presenter and interviewer Phillipa Forrester (she is supposedly wild about wildlife and spends her spare time at the local wildlife hospital helping out) any day of the week and Craig Charles and that accent and style, wow! The web site at is hilarious too. We're now getting the 45 minute Series III (or is it Series IV) on our local PBS station, but it is scheduled a bit sporadically.))

Steve Langley (Sat, 3 Mar 2001 21:39:22 EST)

3000 Miles to Graceland

I have got to start some sort of rating system. How else can I tell you that a movie is pretty good with lots of parts that could be better without writing a sentence like this one?

We have a caper. I like capers. This caper isn't exactly the focus of the movie the way most capers are. It's just the kickoff for a convoluted plot that takes an unlikely bunch of casino robbers from Las Vegas to just north of Seattle. They have all of the cops in the west, led by a couple of U.S Marshals who have some of the worst ``man to man" dialogue that I have ever winced away from chasing them. They leave a trail of dead bodies (well, one of them does) along the way, but there is never any sign that they are going to be caught.

There are lots of coincidences. In fact, Murphy, (Kevin Costner) even notices. Still, despite some really stupid stuff, like Ice-T swinging hanging from a chain hoist by his feet with two machine guns blazing, it was a fun movie. The story was well plotted. The direction sucked. Costner played a really bad man very well. Kurt Russell play a not quite so bad man almost as well. Courtney Cox was great as a not quite so bad woman. Her kid, played by David Kaye, was a six year old pickpocket and thief. He was pretty good as a bad person, too. There were no good guys. Unless you count the cops, who were there to lose in gun battles.

Jon Lovits played the part of a fence who realized that he was in the wrong line of business after it was too late to start a new career. Howie Long even had a small role as the getaway pilot and all around helper. Like ``Hamlet" most of the cast ended up dead.

It was a lot of fun. Too bad it wasn't better.

Steve, Steflan of

Steve Langley (Sun, 4 Mar 2001 21:27:31 EST)

The Mexican in question is a cursed gun. It is old and quite beautiful, and apparently worth a whole lot of money. Gary, pronounced Jerry, (Brad Pitt) is working off some indentured time for a big time crook who is in prison because Gary ran a red light. Fair being fair and all, Gary is indentured to work for the big time crook until said crook gets back out of prison. There are various schools of thought as to what will happen to Gary when said event occurs.

The event is on the horizon, and for one last job Gary is being sent to Mexico to bring back the gun and the kid who has found the gun. The kid turns out to be grandson of the big time crook. Gary only learns this after the kid is killed in a freak bullet related accident.

At the same time Sam (Julia Roberts) wants Gary to quit working for the big time crook and come with her to Las Vegas where she will get a job as a croupier and they will live happily ever after.

Gary and Sam are supposed to be deeply and truly in love, although they act like a couple which has been married for far too long. Leroy is set to keep tabs on Sam to give Gary motivation. In the meantime, a second Leroy is sent to keep tabs on Sam and kill the first Leroy. The scond Leroy (James Gandolfini) has the most interesting character in the movie. The relationship that forms between him and Roberts nearly makes up for the lack of same between Pitt and Roberts.

The story is quite convoluted, and for all the bad things that happen to the various people who try to take ownership of the gun you'd have to go along with the curse idea. Pretty well directed. Too bad Pitt and Roberts never really clicked.

Steve, Steflan of

Steve Langley (Sun, 11 Mar 2001 19:09:15 EST)

15 Minutes

Interesting story. Well directed, wondefully acted. I have to say I enjoyed every bit of it.

Now that's a short review. Maybe a little bit more just to let you know what it is about.

Emil and Oleg come to America to collect a debt. A very dear friend of theirs made off with the loot from a bank robbery while they did time. Oleg is a big Frank Capra fan. He just loves the idea of making movies. So when he sees a really super video camera in a storefront he just has to have it. While Oleg goes to get his new camera Emil calls a cab so they will have a getaway car. The two are a team.

Their friend is in hiding, but he sent his sister in Prague a letter saying that he was doing well, and put his return address on it. This indicates the level of intelligence of all three of these guys. Robert Dinero plays Eddie Flemming, the top media darling on the NYPD. Edward Burns plays Jordy Warshaw, a fire marshall and arson investigator. They come together because Emil kills people and likes to set fire to them. This is what happened to his dear old friend after telling Emil that the money was already spent.

While Eddie and Jordy work out working together, Emil and Oleg watch television and come to the conclusion that the way to make it in America is to film yourself killing someone famous, get yourself declared insane, then sell the rights to your movie.

Twisted idea. Brilliantly told.

Steve, Steflan of


For once, because of the delay, the release of an issue of TAP coincides precisely with the start of the NCAA College Basketball tournament. I know the non-Americans just don't understand our fascination with this tournament, but basically it is the quintessential American experience. It is an event where Duke and Stanford, as well as Holy Cross and Princeton, get to compete together. Plus, the ``one and done'' format helps to allow upsets to anyone who can't win six straight games. 64 teams don't do it, and only one does.

Let's comment region by region and then have some admittedly fanciful comments on where I might see the Final Four..... focusing as usual on potential upsets, you know how I hate to miss an upset!

The East: Arguably the top four seeds are the hardest in the country, plus teams like Ohio State, Iowa, and Georgia that I see as legitimate shots to make the Sweet Sixteen. Here are the key games/upset possibilities as I see it: Georgia really could upset Duke, Iowa and Creighton should be a great first rounder, and Holy Cross will at least put a scare in Kentucky. Georgia even making it into the tournament signals that the NCAA is REALLY serious about non-conference schedule. Georgia had a killer schedule and finished just above .500, but they got in over Big East teams like Connecticut (who played patsies) and Villanova. They even seeded Georgia higher than Providence and Georgetown, two other teams that did not play difficult non-conference (Georgia should beat Missouri easily by the way, especially if Kareem Rush doesn't play, watch that injury line). But Duke, Kentucky, Boston College, and UCLA are all going to be tough to keep out of the Sweet Sixteen. I see there being very few early upsets, lots of great games and a set of killer matchups for Philadelphia next week. Finally, I say that Ohio State upsetting UCLA is the only one that actually happens (Ohio State had six road games in their final eight games and went 7-1 to finish strong enough to get in here - they faltered in the Big Ten Tournament, but that will only be the ``catching of the breath") and so you have 1,2,3,5 advancing.

Duke and Ohio State will not be close, but Boston College will beat Kentucky (Tubby's boys have been playing really well, but they can't shoot from outside and BC can defend like maniacs inside, this guy Agbai or something is a monster) but Boston College still can't beat Duke, so Duke makes another trip to the Final Four. Boston College got killed by Duke for one of its losses at 97-75 on January 16th. Well, it will be closer, but Boston College just doesn't have the athletes. You may say, what upsets? Well, keep reading, this is the only region I think plays out this way.

The West: Some weak and beatable high seeds here. I think someone will upset Stanford, someone who is athletic and quick. Iowa State did not finish all that well and definitely will have trouble with whichever of Arkansas and Georgetown come out of that first round game. Georgetown was seeded down for the weak non-conference schedule, but they are a very, very tough 10. Maryland and Wisconsin will be a killer matchup and Indiana COULD get beaten by Kent State (Trevor Huffman is one of those point guards that can make upsets). Now for the hunches, the winner of Georgia Tech.(who has guards who shoot the 3) and St. Joe's will beat Stanford and the first big, big upset of the tournament...... and I'd put my money on St. Joe's(watch out for Jameer Nelson, who could be an All American before he is done, and scorer Marvin O'Connor). I think Indiana survives the scare by Kent State and goes to the Sweet Sixteen since I don't really respect Cincinnati, but that choice may come back to haunt me. I'll pick Arkansas to defeat Georgetown in a war (turnovers, turnovers, turnovers, the Razorbacks force 23 a game!) and then Iowa State, there are a lot of battle tested athletes on that Arkansas team. Not to pick TOO many upsets, Maryland will beat Wisconsin and make it to Disneyland town (battle between the Terps' Juan Dixon and the Badgers' Mike Kelly - remember the NCAA Tournament is always about the guards!). So, for this region, that's a 3,4,7,9 in the Sweet Sixteen and there could be even more upsets than this.

Indiana (that lack of a point guard HAS to stop them sometime!!) and Maryland stop their marches here. St. Joseph's and Arkansas (respectively) see to that. I'm picking Arkansas to make the surprise run to the Final Four.

The South: Wow. All the surprise teams that I like (well, almost all of them) are here in this bracket, especially the local PC Friars. Once they decided to weight the non-conference schedules as much as they did, PC had no chance of getting the seven seed that I kind of thought they deserved. But, if you aren't going to get a seven, getting a ten is in some sense just as good (depth, shooting and defense - the Friars only problem is not having a go-to scorers who can drive and create when those inevitable shooting dry spells hit). Penn. St. will be very hard to beat, but if they do, they face a fading North Carolina team with an overrated Joseph Forte outside and Brendan Haywood inside. Penn State will run a zone against the Friars and I predict it will fail. John Linehan will harass North Carolina and can beat them as a surprise. As always, I'd like to like Princeton, but realistically they just will soften up the Tar Heels. I'll pick PC for the Sweet Sixteen just because I have made a career in forecasting this tournament of underestimating North Carolina. Why stop now?? What about Texas (gritty defense, defense, defense), Temple (Greer and Wadley play defense, defense, defense), and Florida (hey, I just like them) in the next bracket up? Wowsy, dowsy! And even Western Kentucky (7 foot center Marcus and three point shooter McPherson) will give Florida a tussle, but not enough to win. I choose Temple to come out of here in a close battle. Moving up one more quarter bracket, you have FOUR teams that have close to equal chances of getting to the Sweet Sixteen from these eyes: Virginia, Gonzaga, Oklahoma, and Indiana State. Virginia can beat anyone big and lose to anyone big, so this is the type of team that does NOT make it to the Sweet Sixteen. Gonzaga still has a neat little team (still has Casey Calvary inside though), so it could be the one who does it, but betting on a Cinderella two years in a row is so risky. Oklahoma is good (hey, but their point J.R. Raymond is suspended!), and Indiana State has some good players (point Michael Menser has a deadly three point shooting eye and Kante is a shot blocking center) so let's go with Indiana State to be the big surprise team - a 13 to the Sweet Sixteen. Finally, California (I've heard about Sean Lampley and hope to get to see him this weekend!) and Fresno State! Double WOW!! Still, after they beat each other up (Fri. late), I'll predict Michigan State will get to the Sweet Sixteen over the winner (let's say Fresno State) so we have just one favorite making the Sweet Sixteen. So, that's a 1,10,11,13 run.

Temple and PC would be a really interesting game, but why not ride the local horse one more round to the Elite Eight? Michigan State kills Indiana State's Cinderella hopes pretty easily as they are dashed in Atlanta in a weird rematch of the Magic Johnson/Larry Bird teams in, what was it? 1978?? Can't resist the sweetness of it all. PC can't beat Michigan State though, so we get a second one into the Final Four.

The Midwest: Butler is a hot Cinderella pick in this bracket, but they go up against a Wake Forest team in Round 1 that is seeded a bit lower than I would have expected (the Demon Deacons beat EVERYONE outside of the ACC and couldn't beat the Duke, UNC, Maryland, Virginia crowd - is this that big a fault???). And Arizona..... well, I thought they might be a Final Four team as I thought about it before seeing the matchups. So, can I pick against Arizona now? No, but if Butler beats Wake Forest then WATCH OUT Arizona!! Wake Forest gets the prize for the biggest sucky draw. Xavier might have been the last at-large team into the Tournament, but that does not bode well for a first round win. Jeff Ruland's Iona CAN beat Ole Miss, but will they? I'm going to pick Notre Dame because I think the Big East as a whole was underseeded (but for good reason, not enough good non-conference schedules) and I think some teams will go on a run. Next we have Syracuse's bracket and a key here is Preston Shumpert's physical health. If he plays, and plays well, they can get to the Sweet Sixteen, if not Hawaii or Cal.State Northridge (they won AT UCLA this year!) will be a Cinderella. I'll bet on Hawaii (center Troy Ostler is back in form after an injury), since I don't think Shumpert will be 100%. Charlotte/Tennessee will be another great 8-9 game and either of them could beat Illinois (yes, Frank Williams is a great guard, but..... no, I just have to go with the hunch). Hmmm, on that hunch let's go with Tennessee (possibly THE most athletic team in the tournament, and somehow avoided the Seton Hall psychological split - if I'm wrong it is because they lose in Round 1 though) into the Sweet Sixteen. That makes it seeds of 2,6,8,12.

Arizona and Notre Dame is not a good matchup for the Fighting Irish, plus St. Patrick's Day will have been LAST week, so bye, bye Irish. Hawaii and Tennessee won't be close. The Southeastern Conference really is a killer, so Tennessee is really, really battle tested. Hmmm, my hunch says Tennessee will be one of the major surprises of the tournament, so let's knock Arizona out here. This also will drive all the basketball purists crazy since there are a whole host of ``I''s in the Team from Tennessee. Somehow Tony Harris keeps them all together when he is on the court.

Sweet Sixteen Seeds Overall: I've predicted a pretty good balance overall. Two ones, two twos, two threes, a four, a five, a six, a seven, an eight, a nine, a ten, an eleven, a twelve, and a thirteen! Perfect and that was without even trying!!

The Final Four: Duke easily will beat whomever comes out of the West, I'm picking Arkansas, but it could be any of a number of mid-level seeds, to get to the Championship Game. Tennessee and Michigan State? Yes, Tennessee would win this, but can't beat Duke. Picking Duke is the easy way out, but picking Arkansas or Tennessee seems foolhardy in the extreme. Can't be faulted for picking Duke..... looks like it should be a great tournament!!! Hope you all enjoyed my forecasts.

The Women's Tournament: Yes, I think UConn still can win with both Svet Abrosimova and Shea Ralph on the sidelines. Watch Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi rise to the challenge. And remember that Tennessee has lost Tamika Catchings too. Georgia is the only team that can give UConn a challenge in the East Regional and Tennessee should be able to get past second best in the region Purdue in the Mideast. And yes, Notre Dame will get out of the Midwest. But, the West Region is a crapshoot. I think it is interesting that Rutgers is in the West Region and gets to play their first round games at home in Piscataway! In fact, NONE of the top seeds in the West actually are there, so the other games are in Gainesville, Durham, and Norman. I've always liked Stanford, but they just can't seem to play as a team and Washington isn't that good either - nothing happening out West in Women's College Basketball. Anyway, I'll root for Rutgers all the way to join the Big Three in the Final Four. Women's College Basketball is becoming centered on the same power conferences and power teams as the Men's Tournament. Looking at the whole field there are only a handful of teams that would look out of place in a men's draw (like S.F. Austin). I don't know how the Final Four matches up, but my money is still on UConn, with Sue Bird winning MVP of the finals.

Rick Desper (Tue, 13 Mar 2001 11:07:45 -0500 (EST))

East: you are much more gung ho about Georgia than I am. I see a team which was beaten badly by Wake Forest and has 14 losses. I don't see why ``strength of schedule" should count for so much if they lose all these tough games. Duke will clobber them, if Georgia somehow manages to get past Missouri (and I pick Missouri in that game.) (Kareem Rush is supposed to play - I would agree with your pick if he was out.)

You criticize UConn for ``playing patsies". This isn't completely fair - they did BEAT Arizona, after all, and also played in some Hawaii classic and also played Texas. Part of the problem is that they lost to Dayton in the first round of that Hawaii thing, which sent them into the losers' bracket. But a bigger problem is that they had both UMass and URI on their schedule, and those two programs, which were both strong just a few years ago, have both fallen apart. I think UConn, with wins over Arizona, BC, and Notre Dame, had a more impressive resume than Georgia, who only beat Tennessee(overrated), Villanova, and Ga. Tech. ((Ah, but I rate Tennessee higher than you do..... ;-) We shall see, the proof is in the pudding.))

But Duke, Kentucky, Boston College, and UCLA will be tough to keep out of the Sweet Sixteen. ((Yeah, I really like Sean Connally (former PC) on Ohio State, but that pick could be wrong too and the favorites easily could sweep here.))

I picked Iowa over Kentucky, but only because I think it's necessary to pick at least one upset. I think Iowa can do it. I also pick Duke over BC in the regional final. BC could be a Final Four team, if it were not in the same regional as the best team in the country. Coach K is excellent at preventing Duke from overlooking anybody or choking.

West: First, let me say that it's outrageous that Georgetown should get a 10 seed. This was clearly done to set up an Arkansas-Georgetown game. The NCAA has done this in the past. They also set up UMD/George Mason in the same sub-regional, as well as sending Lefty Driesell's Georgia State to face Wisconsin. They would have sent the entire DC area to Idaho, but they are prevented from sending UVA and UMD to the same sub-regional. Hmm...I didn't pick any upsets in this subregional, except Georgetown over Arkansas (which isn't really an upset.)

On the other side, I'll jump on the ``Cincinnati is overrated and Huggins is a terrible tourney coach" bandwagon and pick BYU over Cincinnati in the first round. The rest plays according to form, and then Maryland wins the whole region, beating Iowa State and Stanford.

You picked St. Joe's over Stanford? Let's just say I disagree. ((Heh, heh, heh, I'm out on the limb, but I've gotta hunch about this one!))

South: Here I go nuts and pick Princeton over UNC. We all know that this will be a close game, and I see John Thompson gaining a measure of revenge for 1982 as his son, also John, runs the Tar Heels out of town! I wish I could pick both PC and PSU to win the first round, as I think either could wreak havoc in this regional. I pick Penn State, and have them going to the regional final. And to liven things up, I have John Chaney's Temple Owls doing their typical tourney performance: big upsets when they have a low seed (the flip side is they always tank when they are seeded high.) I pick them to beat Texas and Florida. In the next quarter bracket, I have Gonzaga beating UVA (this is probably everybody's upset pick, I might change back) and then beating OU to reach the Sweet Sixteen. With the Zags back for a third time, I think the label ``Cinderella" doesn't fit anymore.

But I pick Michigan State to roll through the bracket. This is an extremely strong, efficient, and well-coached team. They beat Penn State in an all-Big Ten regional final.

Midwest: a big soft region, with the weakest #1 seed and a bunch of other overrated teams (Kansas, Tennessee). Wake might be the second-best team in the region, but they have to play the best team (Arizona) in the second round, and they will lose. Up a quarter bracket, I pick Notre Dame to beat Xavier and Ole Miss. Notre Dame could present matchup problems for a lot of teams, but again, they then meet Arizona in the ``teams which lost to UConn in the supposedly patsie schedule" Sweet Sixteen matchup. The next quarter-bracket isn't impressive at all. Question: when Syracuse meets Kansas in round 2, which tourney curse will trump the other one? Both teams are notorious tourney chokers. Well, Syracuse at least made the Championship game twice, so I'll take them to the Sweet sixteen. And in the last quarter-bracket I'm trying to figure which of Charlotte or Tennessee will beat the totally overrated Illini in round 2. Tennessee is very cold and Charlotte is very hot, so I'll go with Charlotte. Then the regionals play out with Arizona beating Notre Dame and Syracuse.

Sweet Sixteen:

I've got

East: 1,2,3,4

West: 1,2,3,4

South: 1,7,11,12

Midwest: 2,5,6,9

3 1s, 3 2s, 2 3s, 2 4s, and a bunch of spoilers, including an obligatory 12 seed. ((See, you are just about precisely a whole level of upsets down from where I am - which is where I like to be....))

Final Four: you pick Arkansas to win four games? I pick them to win zero. Anyway, Duke easily makes it to the final. On the other side Arizona beats MSU. In the final? You've got the two best teams in the country and either would be a good pick. I think I split my vote here, picking Arizona at Yahoo and Duke at ESPN. If forced to stop sitting on the fence, I will pick Duke, based on the relative strength of the coaches. Coach K is the best basketball coach in the NCAA, and Duke wins #3 for him this year.

Womens tourney: the committee really screwed over UConn, by a) saying that they are the 3rd best #1 seed (why? they split their games with both Notre Dame and Tennessee, who didn't play each other. The committee said it wasn't because of Shea Ralph. Apparently they then mumbled something about Notre Dame being the regular season champ. Right! They didn't play a home-and-home, they played in South Bend? Is winning on the home court that impressive?) Then, after doing that, they put Georgia and NC State on the path to the Final Four. Thanks!

Doesn't matter, UConn will beat them all (at least until the Final Four). I also pick Rutgers and the big Three in the Final Four. (Rutgers actually has an easier draw than UConn. Good job with the seeding, guys!) I get sentimental and pick UConn to win again, even though I think it's really Notre Dame's year. If Ruth Riley doesn't get hurt (a big if, given what's happened to the Svet, Shea, and Tamika Catchings) then Notre Dame simply has the best team. But I still pick UConn. I figure Kelly Schumacher will keep Riley under wraps. The final against Tennessee will be an easier game.

Rick, desper of


2000G No Lawyers game, Spring 1903



Austria Bob Osuch ROsuch4082 of F GREECE support F Bulgaria sc-Aegean Sea, A SILISIA sup A vienna-bohemia , A Budapest-RUMANIA, A TRIESTE-tyrolia F Bulgaria sc - AEGEAN SEA, A GALICIA unordered, A Vienna (no such unit) - Bohemia

England Rick Davis redavis914 of A Yorkshire unordered, F English Channel (no such unit) - London, F north sea (dislodged, Paul insists I add may retreat to Helgoland, Skagerrak, Norwegian Sea, or Edinburgh) support F Channel-London

France Paul Rauterberg trautweberg of F Irish Sea-ENGLISH CHANNEL. F LONDON support German F Holland-North Sea A Brest - GASCONY, A SPAIN - Marseilles, F GULF OF LYON - Marseilles

Germany Mike Barno mpbarno of A BELGIUM hold, F Holland - NORTH SEA, A Kiel-BERLIN , F Berlin-BALTIC A MUNICH support A Kiel - Berlin, F DENMARK support F Berlin - Baltic,

Italy Jim Burgess burgess of A North Africa - TUNIS, F WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN - Tyrrhenian Sea, A PIEDMONT-tyrolia, F TYRRHENIAN SEA - Ionian Sea,

Russia Randy Ellis Bukowski1964 of A Constantinople - SMYRNA, A Rumania - UKRAINE, F SWEDEN-baltic, A PRUSSIA - berlin, A NORWAY-sweden, A Moscow- ST PETE F Ankara - CONSTANTINOPLE, F St Petersburg sc - BOTHNIA A WARSAW support Austrian A SILISIA,

Turkey Kent Pollard awargamer7 of NMR F Ionian Sea

Turkish Standby Warren Goesle gozcorp of

Summer 1903 due date is Wednesday, February 28

Fall 1903 due date is Wednesday, March 21


GERMANY to AUS-HUN: Look, if you attack me and give Randy a free ride to a win, maybe I'll bury you in a ton of ants while Don Williams reads his press out loud.

Tzar to Kaiser: Nice offer. I understand that the Archduke also received a nice offer. Hopefully the Archduke's response to your offer was much like my response to your offer. i.e. Get Dead.

Stuttgart: The Kaiser and the Imperial High Council are honored to welcome the internationally renowned adventurer Paul Roberge to the post of Pretendre Royale du Gaulle. The new leader has been extended an invitation to enjoy a yard of our finest Doppelbock (in a village far from our factories, banks, and intelligence posts) and a toast of the Junkers' finest schnapps to commemorate his ascension and the coming Golden Age.

Dachau: No reporter noticed as a still-drunk Frenchman tumbled off a small pier and face-down into the muck. Nobody heard the bubbles and gasps of his final attempts to breathe. And no one would believe that such a fate could befall a King, denying his last panicky wish for exile and survival. An Afghani laborer carrying a barrel of pork rinds hocked and spat, not noticing the splatter of his expectoration upon a bloated buttock arcing up from the mire and offal.

Russia to France: Welcome to the game, Paul. This one should prove interesting...

Sev to Bud: Rumania is yours, as promised. Now we have to concentrate on a center in a more central location. Meet me for a vodka martini in Berlin perhaps?

Randy to Kent 's rogue fleet: You have been officially assimilated now. Where, pray tell, will your fleet gain its sustenance for next year?

France: What is it with all these people abandoning their home dots?

2000G No Lawyers game, Summer 1903

Austria Bob Osuch ROsuch4082 of Has F Greece, A Silisia, A Rumania, A Trieste, F Aegean Sea, A Galicia

England Rick Davis redavis914 of Retreat F North Sea - Norwegian Sea Has A Yorkshire, F Norwegian Sea

France Paul Rauterberg trautweberg of Has F English Channel, F London, A Gascony, A Spain, F Gulf of Lyon

Germany Mike Barno mpbarno of Has A Belgium, F North Sea, A Berlin, F Baltic Sea, A Munich, F Denmark

Italy Jim Burgess burgess of Has A Tunis, F Western Mediterranean, A Piedmont, F Tyrrhenian

Russia Randy Ellis Bukowski6 of Has A Smyrna, A Ukraine, F Sweden, A Prussia, A Norway, A St Petersburg, F Constantinople, F Bothnia, A Warsaw

Turkey Kent Pollard awargamer7 of standby Turk Warren Goesle gozcorp of Has F Ionian Sea


Russ, Effective tomorrow (March 1) my new e-mail address will be: Bukowski6 of Unfortunately my monitor is no more and I'm not in a position at the moment to immediately replace it. I'll have to check my e-mail at the public library once or twice a week.... Randy

retreat F Nth - Nwg S with curses re: moves I ordered last turn. -Rick

Standby Turkey to All: I wish to thank everyone for their warm welcome to this game, especially the German, though I want a bit of a clarification as to how he's going to support my fleet into Moscow...

Fall 1903 due date is Wednesday, March 21

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

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

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

Paul Rauterberg 3116 W. Amer. Dr. Greenfield, WI 53221 FRANCE 414-691-4264 trauterberg of

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

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

Randy Ellis 3116 McGee, Apt 1N Kansas City, Mo. 64111 RUSSIA 816 931-8406 Bukowski6 of

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


``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:

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.

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.


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 if you are interested in the game. I'll publish the rules closer to a time when Eric wants it to start.

The primary 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''):

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! Jody McCullough is now interested, anyone else?

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, Rick Desper, and Eric Brosius signed up thus far. We need six players.

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 or join the Brit hobby mailing list at (aw, you guessed it, another new address):

SOMETHING TO BE SCARED OF: 2001??, Regular Diplomacy


Pre-Winter 1900

AUSTRIA (Kent): has a BUD, a VIE, f TRI.

ENGLAND (Sundstrom): has a LVP, f EDI, f LON.

FRANCE (Tretick): has a MAR, f BRE, a PAR.

GERMANY (Williams): has f KIE, a MUN, a BER.

ITALY (McCullough): has a VEN, a ROM, f NAP.

RUSSIA (Pollard): has f STP(SC), a WAR, a MOS, f SEV.

TURKEY (Goesle): has a SMY, f ANK, a CON.

Addresses of the Participants

AUSTRIA: Doug Kent, PO Box 783, Palmer, TX 75152

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ENGLAND: Matt Sundstrom, 1948 West Byron, Chicago, IL 60613 ($5)

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FRANCE: James Alan (Jim) Tretick, 12925 Circle Drive, Rockville, MD 20850 ($5)

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

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

jodymc of

RUSSIA: Kent Pollard, PO Box 5726, Fresno, CA 93755-5726

Agamer7 of

TURKEY: Warren Goesle, 3907 Cedar Ridge, #1B, Indianapolis, IN 46235

gozcorp of

Game Notes:

1) Like all regular Dip games lately, this is named after a Mekons song, in particular from their latest and greatest, Journey to the End of the Night.

2) Mr. von Metzke, may we please have a Boardman Number??

3) Check your addresses, phone numbers, and E-Mail addresses. If there is something missing or wrong, please let me know ASAP. In particular, Mr. Pollard's E-Mail address does not appear to be working. Please advise, thanks.

FANTASTIC VOYAGE: 1999K, Regular Diplomacy



Spring 1905

AUSTRIA (Rauterberg): a GAL S a sil-war, a TYO-pie, a BUD h, a VEN-pie,

f tyh-ROM, a SIL-war, a NAP S f tyh-rom.

ENGLAND (Biehl): f mid-WES, f NAF-tun, f wes-TYH, a bel-RUH.

FRANCE (Davis): a MAR-pie, f GOL S ENGLISH f wes-tyh, a GAS-mar.

GERMANY (Shreve): a KIE-mun, a MUN-sil, a PAR S a bur, a ber-PRU,

f eng-MID, a BRE h, a BUR S a kie-mun.

ITALY (Tallman): a TUS-rom.

RUSSIA (Tretick): a STP-mos, a LVN S a war, a MOS-ukr, f NAT S GERMAN f eng-mid,

a WAR S a mos-ukr.

TURKEY (Ellis): f smy-AEG, a GRE-tun, f ION C a gre-tun, a SEV-mos,

a RUM S a ukr, f BLA S a rum, a UKR S AUSTRIAN a sil-war.

Addresses of the Participants

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

trauterberg of

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)

dwayneshreve of

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

terryt of

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

bernietretick of

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

bukowski1964 of

Game Notes:

1) Doesn't look like there are any retreats, but there still is a Summer press season.


(DATELINE BERLIN): The kaiser wishes to report that a special messenger has been dispatched to bring succor and cheer to the Games Master during these trying times of a beer famine in Rhode Island.

(CON to WESTERN POWERS): Please desist with the overwhelming amount of correspondence.

(BUDAPEST): A Western full-scale panic attack ALREADY? Looks like Buddy's been stirring up the pot....

(ANKARA): Sultan Abdul Ahmid Ellis III, in a speech before 100,000 or more of the Faithful, swore that the Infidels and Imperialists in Northern and Western Europe would feel Allah's wrath. ``In particular", the Sultan avered, ``we feel that the government of Great Britain has been most inappropriate in their threats and accusations". An English Union Jack was hoisted up a a flagpole and then lit for all to see as the Islamic faithful raised a tremendous cry of ``Down with the Imperialists! Down with the Infidel Dogs!"

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


Summer 1756
















OTTOMAN (Johnson): R f gulf of aden-YEMEN, a ural-OMSK; has f YEMEN, a ARMENIA,



PORTUGAL (Stimmel): R f nizam-KHANDESH, a mahratta-circars (ann), f mid-atlantic ocean-SE



RUSSIA (Rauterberg): R a bengal-circars (ann); has a MOSCOW, f SOUTH INDIAN OCEAN, f NATAL,









Supply Center Chart

AUSTRIA (Prosnitz): BUD,VIE,TRI,TAH,ven,bav,bel, (has 22)
CHINA (Acheson): PEK,WUH,XIA,AMO,tib,tai,NAN, (has 13)
ENGLAND (Power): NIG,MLA,EDI,LON,kam,sia,ire, (has 23)
FRANCE (Alme): PAR,DAK,BDX,mas,ont,ala, (has 7)
NETHERLANDS (O'Donnell): MEL (has 1)
OTTOMAN (Johnson): IZM,JER,BAG,IST,persia,egy, (has 12)
PORTUGAL (Stimmel): BRA,mah,azo,kha,ric,ore,ifn, (has 8)
RUSSIA (Rauterberg): MOS,KIE,CAP,STP,CRI,pol,moz, (has 17)
SPAIN (Partridge): MAD,MEX,SOM,VAL,MAN,cal, (has 28)
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

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

racheson of

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

natjohn2 of or jrpower of

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

almehj of

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

sean_o_donnell of, seanside of

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

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

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

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

trauterberg of

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

rebhuhn of

Game Notes:

1) It's possible that I might need a standby VERY soon in this game. Are there any volunteers?


(SPAIN to CHINA): Occupying Cambodia was an obvious way to encourage me to be non-aggressive!

(NETHERLANDS-RUSSIA): Well, at least I'm going to go out with a bang.

(NETHERLANDS-AUSTRIA): That's right, pick on the new guy.

(NETHERLANDS-BOARD): Netherlands Status doomed.

(NETHERLANDS-GM): We gonna die man, we are all gonna die. They're going to come here and they're going to kill us man!

SECRETS: 1999D, Regular Diplomacy



Fall 1906

ENGLAND (Sayers): f nth-BEL, f nwg-NTH, f HEL-hol, f BRE-pic,

f spa(sc) h (d r:por,wes,otb).

FRANCE (Sasseville): f gol-SPA(SC), a PAR-bre, a MAR S f gol-spa(sc).

GERMANY (Johnson): a BER S a mun, a MUN S a ber, f KIE-hol,

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

ITALY (Schultz): f nap-tyh (d r:rom,otb), a PIE S a tyo-ven, f TUN-tyh,

f wes-MID, a TYO-ven.


a PRU h, a SIL h, f SKA h, a SWE h, a MOS h.

TURKEY (Linsey): a BUL h, f APU S f ion-nap, f ADR S a tri-ven, f ion-NAP,

a ALB-tri, f aeg-ION, a VIE S a alb-tri, a TRI-ven.

Supply Center Chart

ENGLAND (Sayers): lon,lvp,edi,bre,por,bel (has 4 or 5, bld 2(r:otb) or 1)
FRANCE (Sasseville): par,mar,spa (has 3, even)
GERMANY (Johnson): ber,kie,mun,hol (has 5, rem 1)
ITALY (Schultz): rom,ven,tun (has 4 or 5, rem 1(r:otb) or rem 2)
RUSSIA (Trent): mos,stp,war,sev,nwy,swe,den (has 7, even)
TURKEY (Linsey): ank,smy,con,gre,rum,bul,ser, (has 8, bld 3)
Neutral: none (Total=34)

Addresses of the Participants

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

100233.513 of

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

roland6 of 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) 614-1406

probo of

RUSSIA: Chris Trent, 3536 Watt Avenue, #B205, Sacramento, CA 95821, (916) 489-6138 ($4)

chrisimaus98 of

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

preyno of

TURKEY: Bruce Linsey, PO Box 234, Kinderhook, NY 12106

GonzoHQ of

Game Notes:

1) I thought I had orders from Chris, but they turned out to be orders for a previous season. NMR insurance failed, so I have to call Phil as a standby. A reminder, according to my house rules, if Chris wants to keep the position, he needs to have draft Spring orders to me by the WINTER deadline. Otherwise, Phil will take over at that point.


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


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 (note that is new)

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

diplomat of

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

sarareichert of

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 or TankYouVeddyMuch of

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

mpbarno of

Final 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) 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.

2) I'll keep the game in here until the Endgame statements or press die out, but probably this is it.


(ANDRUSCHAK-GM): I was on vacation in Egypt from 17 February to 2 March. I picked up two weeks of mail on the 3rd, and found TAP #242 on the 4th. I am not sure if this will make the deadline for TAP #243. If not, it can go into TAP #244, along with my NYEED Endgame Statement.

The vacation was quite wonderful at times, marred by the constant hassle of dealing with those Egyptians selling junk to tourists at every pyramid, temple, mosque, or church. I need to reassure TAP readers about the safety of the trip. Yes, there have been attacks on tourists, the worst being the massacre of 58 at The Temple of Hatshepsut near Luxor in November of 1997. In response, there has been a massive increase in security. Alas, this means the Nile is closed to cruise ships from Cairo to Luxor. In its place our group sailed 7 nights from Luxor to Aswan and back. We always had two soldiers on board with assault rifles ready. Our buses had armed escorts following us at all times. Metal detectors were in use everywhere, and I had to stop wearing my MedicAlert bracelet and underwire bra. And none of this prevented me from contracting dysentery towards the end of the trip.

And none of this detracted from the sights and sites themselves. You can read all you want to about the pyramids, look at all the pictures, see them on TV and IMAX screen, and none of this will prepare you for standing at the foot of them and looking up at the vast piles of precisely laid stones. It is one thing to read and enjoy Shelley's poem ``Ozymandias" and quite another to visit, in person, the Ramesseum of Ramses II that inspired the poem. Ramses II had better luck with his temple at Abu Simbel, which we also visited. We also visited Coptic Churches, Mosques, and Greek and Roman ruins. All in all, we packed a lot into those two weeks. Of course, we also missed a lot. Even two months would not be enough to see all there is to see, and I do hope to return to Egypt after I retire in 14 years at age 70. Hopefully, by that time the Nile will again be open to cruise ships that can sail all the way from Cairo to Aswan. Perhaps I can also visit the western oasis towns.

Any questions about my trip? Just ask.

(ANDRUSCHAK-DR. WEISS): O yes, the obvious dangers and causes such as breast cancer have been eliminated, leaving my 5 prescription drugs as the most likely culprits. But it could also have been the TAGAMET I was taking, which causes gynecomastia in over 3% of its users. So I have stopped taking it and will wait and see if the condition stops growing.

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



Spring 1908

AUSTRIA (Pollard): a GAL S a ser-rum, a MOS S a sev,

a ser-rum (d r:bul,gre,alb,otb), a SEV S a ser-rum, a WAR S a gal.

ENGLAND (Tallman): f GOB S RUSSIAN a stp, f NWY h.

FRANCE (Morris): f bre-MID, a par-BUR, a MAR S a par-bur, f lon-NTH,

a sil-BOH, f DEN S f lon-nth, a KIE S a bur-ruh, f HOL S a kie, a bur-RUH, a wal-LVP.

GERMANY (Sayers): a MUN S a ber, a BER h.

ITALY (Emmert): a ven-TRI, a rom-APU, f nap-ION, f ion-AEG,

a tri-SER, a pie-VEN, f con-ANK, f bul(sc)-CON, f EDI S FRENCH f lon-nth, f WES h,

a VIE-gal, a BUD S a tri-ser.

RUSSIA (Reynolds): a STP h.

TURKEY (Barno): f BLA-sev, a RUM S f bla-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)

terryt of

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

Scottm221 of

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

100233.513 of

ITALY: Steve Emmert, 1752 Grey Friars Chase, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-5436,

(757) 471-1842; steve.emmert of

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

preyno of

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

mpbarno of

Game Notes:

1) Lots of blood coming up in the fall for this one, methinks!


(VIRGINIA BEACH to PROVIDENCE): Sorry, I can't help you with interpreting the Austrian press releases. Never was any good at deciphering German-language diatribes.

(GENERAL MUNCHOUSEN to THE WORLD): Now we will see if I can save the 2nd.Army group and bring Glory to regiment. The Battle begins, and Death awaits if I fail.

(A RUM S F BLA-SEV): Just hopin' for an NMR, Kent... No reason...

(AMBASSADOR POLLARD to THE SULTAN): Your eminence. Za High Command has concluded zat inorder for za Austrian 2nd, army group to survive total annihilation,it must make a calculated risk. Za results should come quickly,and hopefully painlessly to za both of us. Perhaps vee can come to some sort of mutual cease fire? Vee vill vait until za smoke settles...

(ITALY to BOARD): Go easy on me now, boys. I'm a novice at this stuff. ((Oh yeah, RIIIIIGGGGGHHHHHTTTT!!!!))

(BARNO to MUNSON IF YOU EVENTUALLY LOOK AT THIS ONLINE): Boy this would have been a lot easier with you as my buddy to get revenge on the Austrian madman for starting his crusade. But now I have a LAWYER in your spot. Should I promise him a percentage of any dots he helps me recover? It was so much easier when we had face-to-face drinking (etc) rowdiness history as a motivation.

(FRANCE): What the hell?!?! Munson stabs everyone on the planet, lies to me every year and then bails?? SHEEEESSSHH. And then we get Emmert as a replacement. Jim-Bob you have the soul of a grave digger. MY GOD MAN! ((Hee, hyork, hyork, hyork....))

(VIRGINIA BEACH to PROVIDENCE): Well, the Spiders just might get into the Big Dance after all; they won 10 out of their last 11 to finish 21-6, and they're done until the tournament - even if it's the NIT. If most of the mid-major tournaments go as forecast (i.e., no upsets producing surprise entrants in addition to the regular-season champs), then they have a shot. I also saw one projection the other day that had SEVEN teams each from the SEC and the Big East. Isn't this thing getting a little topheavy?

(BOOB to LAWYER): See above, they were judged to be ``just out". Their strength of schedule was just TOO low to make it in, even if they were 23-4 or so - was it only 21-6?? But in many ways, it was THE disappointment of the day, it just wasn't fair because they weren't totally at fault for being cast out of conference and no one would play them. I hope they go on to win the NIT!

SO GOOD IT HURTS: 1998 P, Regular Diplomacy


Summer 1908

AUSTRIA (K. Ozog): has a VIE, f NAP, a VEN, a BOH, f ION, a ROM, a TYO.

ENGLAND (James): has f MID, f TUN, a SPA.

FRANCE (Kinney): has a BRE.

GERMANY (Goesle): has a BER, f BAL, a SIL, f ENG, f NWY, a GAL, a PAR, a MAR,

f NTH, f NAO, a LVP, a BUR.

ITALY (Rauterberg): R a rom-TUS; has a TUS.

RUSSIA (Rusnak): R a gal-BUD; has a WAR, f BLA, a BUD, a STP, a CON, a MOS,

f AEG, a RUM.

TURKEY (Emmert): R f tun-TYH; has f TYH.

Addresses of the Participants

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

heyday6 of

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

kjames01 of

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

alberich of

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

gozcorp of

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

trauterberg of

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


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

steve.emmert of

Game Notes:

1) The RAG draw is reproposed. Please vote on it with your Fall orders. No vote received is still an automatic no.


(EMMERT to JAMES): ``Sorry buddy"? ``SORRY BUDDY"? You knife me in the ((Expletive deleted)) back AGAIN, and all I get is a lousy ``Sorry buddy"? Hey, Jim-Bob, I'd like to sign up for any game Drew is in. If there's a standby call for anything he's playing in, I'll pay you double the usual bribe to get me in, preferably right behind him. ((Right-o, as soon as you get me some lawyers to fill the lawyers game. Until then, and after that OTHER standby position, YOU owe ME!))

(I/T to BOARD): We who are about to die salute you.

(GERMANY to ENGLAND): While I appreciate the offer to toady, you might take note that I already have one, and he's really not doing very well. Sure about that?

(TURKISH CORPSE-TO-BE; MEMO TO SELF): Do not go gentle into that good night; old age should burn and rage at close of day; rage, rage against the dying of the light. Besides, if Rauterberg dies at the same time, you can settle down over a beer and cuss at each other.

Not that this will be of much interest in So Good circles, but for your own sake, I should let you know that I'll be moving in about a month. Starting about March 30, the new mailing address will be 3317 Hershridge Road, VB 23452. Don't have a new phone number yet, but the of home e-mail address will stay the same.

(GOZ to BOOB): This just in, another MLB player is holding out for more money. ((Grrrrrr....))


Turn 16 and Finish - No Replenishments noted, only five scorers

129 (Finishes!): Darrell C(8)

124 (Finishes!): Mark(4)
123 (Finishes!): Mad Hatter(6)
122 (Finishes!): Alfred the Great(10), Darrell A(2)

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

Addresses of the Participants - Their Team

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

(1 point) sarareichert of

Team Leader: Thanatos
A: War
B: Pollution
C: Pestilence
D: Famine

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

(32 points) 72060.1540 of CompuServe.COM

A: Matthew
B: Mark
C: Luke
D: John

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

(29 points) johnh of, fiendish of

A: Alfred the Great
B: Sir Isaac Newton
C: Will Shakespeare
D: John Logie-Baird

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

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

A: White Rabbit
B: March Hare
C: Mad Hatter
D: Mock Turtle

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

(17 points) rebhuhn of

A: Darrell A
B: Darrell B
C: Darrell C
D: Buhrt 3 pints of lager

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

(5 points)

A: Broke Leg Meg
B: Shane the Chain
C: Barkin' Larkin'
D: Chasin' Jason

Game Notes:

1) I always keep forgetting the Rider Position (A/B/C/D) is the first tie-breaker! ALICE sets me straight..... and finishes first; followed by The Evangelists, the Brit Pack, The Mainiacs, The Flat Wheel Society, and the Wrecking Crew bringing up the rear. End game statements if any next time. The new game start is listed up top.


(ALICE): Shouldn't that be: Alfred (10), DC (8), Hatter (6), Mark (4), & DA(2)? ((Yes, see above....))

(MATTHEW to LUKE): If you don't get moving we're going to have to rearrange the New Testament!

(ALICE - GOD SQUAD): Thanks! We owe it all to hard work, fancy pedaling, and sweat!

(TOM-JIM): Tell him how much we sweated... This game is hard work! ((Hey, I'm the one who sweats adjudicating it! Thus, I gave up this time....))

(ALICE): Where's that Turtle? We're gonna have to wax his shell!

(ALICE - HORN BLOWERS): From here, it looks like you slipped them MORE than they could handle.

(ALICE - FIELD): WPPF die? Nice thought!

(ALICE - BRITS): Hey, John! Thanks for the game! I really like it!

FEAR AND WHISKEY: 1998Ers31, Modern Diplomacy


Winter 2004

BRITAIN (Schultz): bld f lon, a liv; has f LON, a LIV, f NOR, f NWG, a DEN,

f EDI, f SWE, f ENG, f NTH.

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

GERMANY (Rauterberg): rem a auv, a ruh; has f BAL, a SIL, f HEL, f FIN, f PIC, a AUS,

a BOR, f BEL, a GDA, a CZE, a WAR, a SWI, f HOL, a LYO.

ITALY (Ozog): rem f lbs; has f TYS, f MAL, a HUN, a CRO, f LIG,

a MIL, a MAR, a APU, f IST.

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

UKRAINE (Partridge): bld f sev, f ode, a kie, a kha; has f SEV, f ODE, a KIE, a KHA,

a POD, a BIE, f AEG, a IZM, a ANA, a IRN, a KRA, a SLO, a LAT, f RUM, a MOS, a LIT,

f GRE, a ADA, a SER.

Supply Center Chart

BRITAIN (Schultz): EDI,LIV,LON,ire,nor,mur,stp, (has 9)
EGYPT (J. O'Donnell): ALE,ASW,CAI,isr,sau,tun (has 6)
GERMANY (Rauterberg): BER,FRA,HAM,MUN,hol,cze (has 14)
ITALY (Ozog): NAP,ROM,VEN,cro,mon,mil, (has 9)
SPAIN (S. O'Donnell): SVE,MAD,BAR,gib,por,mor,lib (has 7)
UKRAINE (Partridge): KHA,KIE,ODE,SEV,ros,rum,bul, (has 19)
Neutral: none (Total=64)

Addresses of the Participants

BRITAIN: John Schultz, PO Box 1322, Valparaiso, IN 46384, (219) 614-1406

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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) 481-4280 ($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:

1) Check out the Modern Dip web page at:

2) I'm going to start a quiet interest list down here in the next Modern game. I don't want to start it until this game is done or nearly done, but with ten players it may take awhile, so I'll start now. Rick Desper is in to be one of the players.


(THE MEKONS QUOTE OF THE MONTH): You got one at the head of the szine, that will do for this issue! There's PLENTY of press below!!

(SPANISH NEWS): Due to national security the press of national Spanish Tribune we were unable to determine why Spain took Lib a former Egyptian center and no commander of the 6th army group would comment after the holding or attack into Lib.

Though we the people of Spain rejoice in the manufacture of yet another fleet that was recently launched into the port at Sve lead by Admiral Steven Wesker was interviewed this morning after launching the fleet into the port.

In the Interview, reporter Susan B. Anthony asked in what direction would this fleet be headed. Admiral Steven Wesker only said ``We haven't received any orders yet of which way to go with Italy's attempted thrust into Gol a former French water shore which is now a Spanish sea again. Though the attack didn't succeed there are that I know of some doubts in the Spanish people that Italy will stay true to the treaty of The Barconleria Islands that lay in the gol." When Steven Wesker was asked on his predictions of what his orders would be he only said, ``It is anyone's guess."

(SPANISH DAILY TRIBUNE): At 5:00 a.m. fall of 2004 Ukrainian armies atacked Izm and Ser while Italy counter attacked and overrun Hun a Ukrainian staging point into Ser and attacked Ist and received no resistance in former Turkey where Sultan Kent Pollard ruled till 1998. Spanish Ambassador returned to Spain this morning from Berlin in talks with the German Foreign Minister. When asked what were the talks about he only commented, ``The talks were over the British attacks into Swe and Den and is now on top of Hamburg and that Germany forces vowed to hold the forces of Ukraine and Britain off as long as they can."

In the latest news President Sean F. O'Donnell visited Cai to see President Jeff O'Donnell though it was stated there is only a little chance of relativity. The talks are only known to be secret since Italian forces continued aggression in the fall of 2004.

(CAPTAIN'S LOG ``OBEY AND CONFUSED''): I received a communique from the Ferengi requesting a peace treaty with the Federation and the Klingons. I did not feel I could trust the Ferengi ambassador, so I ordered Mr. Sulu and the Starship Excelsior to attack, and hopefully cut the Ferengi supply line in anticipation of a convoy attack on a Klingon starbase. Not only did the Ferengi not attack the Klingon starbase but they attempted to move out of the neutral zone back to Ferengi space as promised. This is the first time that they have ever kept their word. My attack of their supply line stopped their withdrawal and might even damage future Ferengi/Federation relations. To make matters worse, the Romulans have attacked the Ferengi with force and cutting the Ferengi supply line will help the Romulans immensely. The Romulans gained 4 star bases in their conquest of outer Ferengi but committed a severe tactical blunder by not obliterating the Ferengi last starbase and starship at the center of the Romulan wormhole. The Romulans could have exterminated the Ferengi perimeter, but now will have to deal with a Ferengi presence behind their lines. The Ferengi have also signed an alliance with Cardassia against the Romulans. They both lost starships and starbases but they did manage to scuttle one front line Romulan Bird of Prey and retake one starbase to cut their losses.

I got a brief visit from ``Q''. He complained about the Federation's primitive sub-space communication array and questioned my ``intelligence''. I don't think there is anything I can do with current resources to improve communication with an omnipotent all knowing all seeing all powerful (all arrogant) entity. As for my intelligences, after my complete blundering of a potential Ferengi alliance, I can only respond to ``Q'' by saying, ``Touché''.

(SPANISH DAILY BUGLE): Every country is in the grips of WW3. Even though war was inevitable in this day in age there is a major surprise that all the world is at war, but the Borg the race of conguest decided to sit this war out, or perhaps in hopes of finding a weaker country to take star bases from.

(SPAIN-ITALY): Last act of defiance ok, but you would be in better position had you decided to move there instead.

(CAPTAIN'S LOG): Kirk looked at the panel in front of him and every percentage was dropping fast. So he did the only thing he could think of. ``Scottie we need more power!"

``I'm giving her all I got, captain. If I push her any harder she gonna blow.''

(GERMANY-UKRAINE): Don't you have some explaining to do!

(KENT-JEFF): Why are you trying to be me? More to the point, you're an idiot O'Donnell.

(ITALY-EGYPT): Uncle Jeffy I thought you were going to support me into Istanbul and move out of the Ion to let me in.

(BRITAIN-GERMANY): Why, I believe I attacked you. I'm sorry I thought you were Ukraine.

(UKRAINE-GERMANY): Don't worry, our top notch Lawyers and accountants are almost to Berlin.


(SPAIN-BOARD): I'm a moron and everybody knows it. ((That's hardly fair, you're not even giving us a chance....))

(SPAIN-GM): The news was speechless only because I couldn't think of anything worth saying. ((What's all this, then???)) Then again since when didn't anyone think what I said in the press was worth saying anyhow..

(SPAIN-BRITAIN AND GERMANY): Gee I think I got problems and both results in my future elimination.

(GERMANY-SPAIN): We're enemies.

(SPAIN-BOARD): Does anyone want to order a pizza?

(SPANISH NEWS WINTER 2005): Admiral Will St. John of the 3rd fleet was interviewed this morning and was asked several questions such as why did Italy attack the gulf where the fleet is holding.

``The only thought I myself have is that they wanted to try one of two things if they didn't trust the Spanish President to be an ally then they'd make Gol thus obliterating this entire fleet. The second is that they are aligned with Ukraine and was just trying to get into the gol to use as a staging point to remove the Wme the 10th fleet, or they would support Germany into Bar or cut the eastern armies support to enter Nav and then have a major drive possibly straight into Mad the capital which if memory serves me right the French armies held Mad or Bar I forget for sure which."

When asked of the possibility tensions will regain war, Admiral Will St. John guessed, ``Well if Italy continues to make tensions high then there is a slight chance that we would in fact go back to war, but to prevent that then Italy would have to remove the Italian fleet in Lig to ensure that Italy is not threatening the Spanish homelands."

(SPANISH NATIONAL INQUIRER): The start of this World War since tensions mounted first with Britain under Prime Minister Jonas Johnson with President or at the time Commander Sean O'Donnell who originally was going to ally with Britain against President Harry Andruschak, who instead seemed like a better bargain for an ally with Britain being above and under the Spanish homeland. Though while tensions mounted before the war actually got under way Czar Rich Goranson. Talked to the President of Spain to attack Britain. Though at that current time the arrangements were more anti-French in league with Italy, Britain, and Germany, but President Sean O'Donnell saw more danger in Britain then he did in France so he realigned himself with the French President. Meanwhile while tensions was mounting President Sean O'Donnell also talked to Egypt of the Sultan's status with her neighbors and was told that Egypt would align with Turkey and that she would align with Spain if it was warranted.

As well, tensions mounted in Poland under President Roland who worried of an Ukrainian attack into Poland. Though, if memory serves the news right, Poland and Ukraine allied and started swiping into Russia with I believe Britain??

During the late 1990's starting actually in 1995 war erupted all over the world as armies seized provinces and declared war on other countries. By 2000, for sure, France had already been eliminated followed by Poland and then a massive backstab and attack by Italy, Ukraine, and Egypt eliminating Turkey out of the fight and shortly later Russia to the present years from the massive war against Germany then against Ukraine, Italy, and Germany to a more evened number war G/I vs B/U and E/S vs I and to the moment G/I VS B/U leaving Egypt defending his waters from possible Italian and Ukrainian thrusts into Egypt where if Ukraine does it he'll be in the position to win the war practically solo since from there he can possably swipe into Italy and maybe Germany definitely into Germany with British aid which leaves Spain very much in the middle of two vultures and one major war machine in the north while Germany is pinned down after the fall's attacks into Sweden and Denmark.

(SEAN-BOARD): Who else will be eliminated, who else will be on the defensive, who is going to survive, and who is going to live in modern SURVIVOR. (No discounts, no substitutes, and no refunds).

(SEAN-NUKES): Come here, come here. Boom! ``I need a bath I'm all charred black.."

SHOW ME THE MONEY: 1997Mea04, Colonial Diplomacy



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)
HOLLAND (Desper): BOR,SUM,JAVA,SAR,new,dav, (has 11)
JAPAN (K. Ozog): TOK,KYU,OTA,KYO,vla,fus,sak, (has 12),seo,sha,mac,pek
RUSSIA (Williams): MOS,OMSK,ODE,rum,mon,ang,tab, (has 17)
TURKEY (Tallman): sud,bag (has 2)
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) 481-4280 ($5)

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HOLLAND: Rick Desper, 703 Monroe Street, Apt #302, Rockville, MD 20850, (301) 545-0143 (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) Hey, we're already late.... SC chart forthcoming sometime. I'm waiting for Don Williams.... ;-)

Press and End Game Comments:

No more here yet..... they're probably waiting for that spellbinding SC chart.

Personal Note to You:

File translated from TEX by TTH, version 2.70.
On 17 Mar 2001, 12:39.