February 7, 2002

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All of our subszines (Tinamou, Deny Everything, and Houdini Blues) are now accessible via the above web page. Only a Deny Everything appears this issue as Houdini Blues has been reported slightly delayed. I'll try to put the next DE and HB up on the web site before the deadline for #255 if I can. The next Tinamou deadline should be February 18, 2002.

This issue of The Abyssinian Prince is dedicated to Emeric Miszti as we fervently wish Emeric a return to financial and emotional well-being, following a disasterous shutdown of his ISP Cloud Nine. See more on this in the szine below.

``You'll see me one more time if you do good, and you'll see me two more times if you do bad.'' a character only known as ``The Cowboy'' from David Lynch's Mulholland Drive. How about no more times.... which is how many times you actually DO see the Cowboy..... more below. Actually, this was one of the lines I really did LIKE in the movie!!

``Oooooohhhh, ahhhhhhhh, eeeeeeeeeee, ooooooooohhhhh'' from ``Constantinople'' by the brilliant jazz vocalist Patricia Barber off her CD Modern Cool - and so it is. More importantly, Patricia is preparing a new record to come out this year which is getting just incredible pre-release buzz in places where I look for such things. She is on the schedule to appear on the NPR show ``Piano Jazz'' the week of March 5th, listen for it on public radio near you.... unfortunately, my RI station doesn't get it!

I am slowly getting things back together. This issue is the ``final supply center chart'' issue, which has the three games that have recently finished. Get your endgame statements to me now! And those of you players in those games who have been free riding will now face issues of how you will continue to get the szine. Next issue is planned to be the music issue. That likely will become the music issues.

Note below the call for the next Diplomatic Incident in Boston, March 2-3. Since the Patriots won the Super Bowl, Doug Massey will be buying my dinner on March 2 plus the dinner for the longest traveler to the housecon. Right now, that looks like Rick Desper, but if you are farther away from Boston than Gaithersburg, MD, you can win!! Since I don't have to buy my own dinner, I have added an additional dinner prize that I will be providing for the person who comes the farthest but LESS than the distance to Gaithersburg. This is intended to encourage the NY/Philly crowd to show up.

I should say a bit about how I won this bet with Doug Massey, since as you all know I am NOT a football fan. I like the analysis of football OK and some of the personalities, but I hate the rhythm of watching or listening to the games. I much prefer the rhythm of baseball, hockey, or basketball. If I were football god, I would mandate no huddle offenses and that would be fun. It is such a game of hitting and speed but then it just comes to a stop. More importantly, present company excluded, I really don't like football fans, especially Texas football fans. Spending the ``Jim-Bob'' year (the 1982-83 year when I acquired that nickname) in Dallas and watching Cowboys games (until the strike hit) and Southern Methodist U. games, and teaching SMU football players in the classroom just soured me on the whole sport. I've never really gotten interested again.

BUT, I really like the Diplomatic game theory aspects of football, even if I don't like watching games and players. I analyzed THAT in the week before the Super Bowl and concluded (almost totally dispassionately and completely scientifically - I didn't even bother to watch the game, no need ;-) - I was going to go see ``Black Hawk Down'' during the Super Bowl instead, but didn't quite make it to see that until a few days later) that the Patriots had a 79% chance of winning the game, the Rams had a 19% chance of winning the game by MORE than the 14 point spread and a 2% chance of winning the game by less than that spread. I announced this in various places before the game, so I could be held to it. Basically, I saw the game theory of how the game would be played. The Patriots would get fired up by the ``lack of respect'' for their team, so Coach Belichick would put in a ``hitting'' defense that would bang the Rams around one on one. Either the Rams would score quickly by standing up to the hits and running around them, and then they would win big, or they were DEAD, since they would get more and more desperate and start going ``turtle'' - the hockey term for when players back off and lose their aggressiveness in the face of being hit. I've seen a few replays of key plays and one of those desperation plays is exhibited by the Ty Law interception and another by one of the last plays of the first half where they put Marshall Faulk in on the kick return team after the Patriots' second touchdown. Rather than letting the ball go out of bounds and get the ball upfield in position to play for a late field goal (which given the rest of the second half would have changed the nature of the last plays), Faulk fielded the ball, trying to ``overdo it'' and wasted the last possession by being tackled way back. So, this is what I expected, call me nuts, but I expected it.

Anyway, Doug Massey called me on this and made me bet these two dinners to back up what he saw as outrageous statements. I bet on the Patriots vs. the Rams heads up, without a point spread, since I didn't think there was much of any chance the game would end up in that winning range for the Rams less than the 14 point spread. Obviously, I won. It won't make me like football again, but it does make me like again studying the combination of psychological strategy and chesslike tactics that the coaches of football have to use. Again, as a dispassionate observer, I was really impressed with the coaching strategy of Bill Belichick. It was really a lot of fun watching him put together a real team this year step by step. Actually watching the games would have been irrelevant..... mostly kidding, but I still don't have any urge to watch. Let's see if he can do it again, or more importantly can this help to break the Red Sox curse and get THEM to play like a team!!

Mark Kinney is folding his small szine, League of Nations, which had one game in it that I was playing in (as is Warren Goesle and David Partridge). If Don or Michael or Russ would like to pick up the game and run in TAP they would be welcome and could contact Mark Kinney for details at alberich of - I think there is only one player who is not a TAP subber and I would offer one free if it is picked up here.

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!

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

I also have taken over the Postal portion of the Pouch:

and TAP on the web is there at:

where the szine resides in html format. Presently, issues from #190 to the current issue are there, and I will be updating the back issues gradually someday. Also, check out Stephen Agar's more extensive efforts at: and

David has grabbed and reserved the HIGHLY prized name:!! David Wang's site used to be the best place to follow John Caruso's postal baseball league that I am in. BUT, the site has not been updated as well in recent times. THE place to follow the league now is DICKIE-POO Martin's website: where in the ``files'' section, ``baseball'' sub-section, you can see all of the individual and team level stats. You need to sign up as a ``member'' to see all of the files. You, too, can chat with John Caruso there, especially on Saturday and Sunday mornings. My Red Sox team is looking great for next year and so I'm very excited. BUT WE ARE LOOKING FOR A FEW NEW PLAYERS!! Contact John Caruso at commishjohn of or me for more details. We have two teams left open at the moment, but one of those MIGHT be taken. Don't be left out. Exhibition baseball play starts this week and then I'll get a chance to see if I really have put together a contender.

Peter Sullivan's subszine is currently ``in stasis", although all the back issues can be accessed via :

Peter was saying that he would be unlikely to be starting any new games in the Octopus until ``at least the start of 2002." He is now hearby declared to be in official indeterminate stasis. In the meantime, if anyone else fancies running some choo-choo games here in TAP, both Peter and I would be keen for someone else to try their hand. I think we really DO have Rip Gooch as the representative volunteer, more forthcoming on that. Also, see Peter's note below, it looks like that 2002 date is slipping back.

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

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


Bill Quinn was the Boardman Number Custodian in the mid-1980's and won the Don Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Hobby in 1986. More specifically, he was Publisher of Everything during the Don Ditter and Kathy Byrne Caruso Custodianships (issue numbers 53-62) and then took over the Boardman Number Custodianship itself from August 1984 to August 1986. Bill was known for his efforts to organize the BNC records and as a tireless worker at the task, during a period of one of the highest rates of game starts in the history of the position. Naturally, Bill burned out on this eventually and has dropped out of sight. I think it is time to find him again.... you have until next issue, #255!! Action on the search for's has been lagging lately, use the Internet for something, search for people!! The name ``Bill Quinn" only generates 2,630 hits on Google and ``Al Pearson'' only generates 728!! ((Admittedly, a chunk of these hits are generated through mentions in TAP, but hey, whaddya know?)) You'll really kick yourself if the AREA person named Al Pearson is the one that I'm looking for, for example and you can track him down pretty easily. Ask our AREA Diplomacy pal Glenn Petroski, gelp of, if you don't know what AREA is..... I'm not amused that the rate of searching seems to have dropped lately, go find these guys!!! Earn REAL money, this is NOT an Internet scam!!!

Feel free to spend the time looking for some of the backlog. Let's get Mark, 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 Mark Berch, Gregory Stewart or Kevin Tighe or Jerry Lucas or Al Pearson is ``found'' from now on it is worth $25.

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

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


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

E-Mail: fiendish of, John.Harrington of

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

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

We also have reopened a branch office of the International Subscription Exchange in Australia!! Brendan Whyte, the publisher of the excellent szine Damn the Consequences will be doing the honors, taking over in some sense from John Cain, who was the Australian rep for many years. You can contact Brendan to sub to Australian szines from the US or to sub to US szines from Australia, converting Australian dollars into American ones. I think we can maneuver deals to Europe from the other reps as well. You can find Brendan Whyte at b.whyte of (same university where John Cain works!) or by mail to send checks at: Geography Dept., University of Melbourne, Vic 3010, AUSTRALIA. This should help out my Australian subbers!!

WORLDMASTERS00 SECTION (with other Tournament Info)

Worldmasters 2000 Email Diplomacy Tournament Goes ON!!

The second round is now over. This year a large number of players went on to Round 2, before they narrowed to the Semi-Final Round of Seven games to determine who goes to the Finals. Prominent semifinalists include: David Malloch (one of last year's finalists), Paraic ``Fred'' Reddington (tall Irish elfin Diplomat as hard as nails!), Jack Brawner (best known as Dick Martin's childhood pal), Paul Riley (GM extraordinaire who proves he can play too!!), Erlend ``Joe'' Janbu (I'm learning Norwegian so I can talk to him and Frank Johansen in their own language... my first E-Mails to Joe were more or less understandable), Yann Clouet (one of France's greatest exports to the English speaking world), Egbert ``Egg'' Ferreira (extremely, even by Dipping standards, arrogant Brazilian... don't let him bowl you over), Thomas Franke (long acknowledged as the best German player in the world, showing he's not washed up), Stephen Agar (my Diplomacy World co-editor is showing he can play the game with finesse!), Fearghal ``Twerg'' O'Donnchu (the Irish wildman!!), Christian Dreyer (winner of tournaments and demo games, extremely dangerous!), Brian Dennehy (wow, he is just a great player, not second in any book of mine), Jody McCullough (yes, our very own Bay Area whiz!), Frank Johansen (the aforementioned other Norwegian and the President of the Norwegian Diplomacy Association), and Chetan Radia (he of the only 18 center win at this summer's World DipCon). Expect this Tournament not to end for another year, though we are obviously already well into 2001. The next tournament in the series will be WorldMasters 2002, starting sometime next year.

Jody McCullough had the dubious distinction of being the first semi-final player eliminated, after being jumped by Frank Johansen and Yann Clouet. Watch out for Frank and Yann now!!! They are jousting with each other as the Semifinal rounds work into their pressure packed C-Diplo driven supply center count based ends. Can Frank (who is leading) get into the Finals???

The main WWW site for Worldmasters used to be found at

And you could have signed up for the conference board at worldmasters2000

But a disaster has struck Cloud Nine and its estimable CEO Emeric Miszti. You can read details of this at which is the ISP that Emeric sold out Cloud Nine Communications Ltd.'s contracts to. In a nutshell, what happened was that someone or someones blasted with various kinds of Denial of Service attacks. They ended up being so serious that they collapsed Emeric's whole system and his company. I can't even imagine what a nightmare this has been to Emeric.

Right now, many of you should be able to access Ray Setzer's newsgroup at:

news:// which had been mirroring the Cloud Nine site. You also may find results at this place for the Road to Rio: Kill Egg game that I have been playing in with the always interesting Egbert Ferreira.

Dan Mathias (Mon, 14 Jan 2002 23:08:01 -0500)

PrezCon info

Stay on site at the Double Tree Hotel. Special rates are available for PrezCon Attendees: $79 for a single,double,triple,or quad hotel room. Call the DoubleTree Hotel at (804) 973-2121 to make room reservations, and mention you are attending the PrezCon. Charlottesville is a three hour drive from the Baltimore Metropolitan area.

Prezcon - 2002 - February 20th-24th, 2002

Double Tree Hotel, Charlottesville, VA.

PrezCon2002: The Winter Nationals

PrezCon, Inc. is proud to host its 9th annual event that has become the premier winter boardgaming convention. Over the years PrezCon has grown from a small, regional convention to the big event it now is, drawing attendees from all over the country and Canada as well. Once again we'll be increasing the events we're running this year. The increased events will be some of your old favorites as well as some of the classic war games. With the gaming facilities centralized in one location at the Double Tree Hotel, we expect even greater things this coming year.

The Iron Man Contest and the popular Team Tournament will be under way, so you can expect some of the best competition to be found at any con! We are introducing a Classic Iron man Championship. What does that mean? Well as we told you above we are adding Classic Family and War games. We want you to try those new games so we are offering a Plaque to the person who scores the best in those events.

PrezCon delivers a lot of bang for your gaming buck! With 24 hour gaming and our traditional philosophy of no event fees you can play all weekend for a very little. While other cons charge sixty or more dollars plus individual event fees, PrezCon is only $40 for all the gaming you can cram into the long weekend. We're starting on Wednesday, so you can arrive at the con and start playing right away. New for this year is Randolph's! A location that will be open Wednesday night thru Sunday as a location where those of you who enjoy a Smoke or Drink can play games your way. We are dedicated to letting you enjoy your weekend your way will out offending those around you. There will be staggered starting times and preliminary heats, so you can count on being in the thick of things for many events!

Highlights featured for 2002.

1. We are for the first time ever offering those who sign-up early a color t-shirt or hat.

2. The Con is for the first time ever offering you a location ``Georgio's" to enjoy a smoke and to enjoy alcohol. It will be a monitored location for adults only. We feel that letting you play your games the way you want is the right thing!

3. Our Dealers Room is SOLD OUT! We have The Game Place, Columbia Games, Clash of Arms Games, The Dragons Hoard, A Weapons Dealer, GMT Games, and Multi-Man Publishing! The Best Line-up ever!

4. We are offering you the Game Masters, a free Polo Shirt in Color!

5. For the first time ever we are offering over 65 tournaments and over 30 Demos!

6. Laser engraved Plaques for our Champions! As well as Color Championship t-shirts.

7. We offer Prize Certificates for 1st thru as many as 8 places based on how many people play in your tournament.

8. We are hosting our 9th annual Auction! So bring your games to sell and by a few at the auction. You can down load bid-slips off our website.

9. A booklet that will be given out at the con that has a schedule and much much more.

10. We are offering you a first class hotel in the Doubletree Hotel of Charlottesville. A $79 rate for up to 4 people is a great rate. All enclosed, with a excellent restaurant and heated pool. A great location for you and your family.

11. 24 Hour Gaming!!!

12. A Team Championship, Iron man and Classic Iron man Championship will keep your competitive juices rolling all weekend.

13. A Secure location, were you can feel free to enjoy yourself without worrying about the outside world.

14. Food sold right there at the con so you don't have to go far to enjoy lunch or dinner. We are also planning late night food as well. We ask you to not bring outside food in during hours that the concession is up and running.

15. Pepsi machines in the game location so you can always get something cold to drink.

16. Last but not least we are planning on running a Demo on the hour every hour that we have scheduled events!!! For More information log onto: Or contact Prezcon at:

kingmaker96 of

Dan, dcmathias of

((This is also now the first leg of the new event called the ``Eastern Swing", see below for the other events in the series. Thanks, Dan, in addition, Dan is now the new Miller Number Custodian. See my Colonial Diplomacy game finish in this very issue, Dan! Also, correcting some misspellings out there (yes, Tom Howell, this means you, you reprinted the error), that is Dan Mathias and his address is 509 Bayview Drive, Lusby, MD 20657.))

David Hood (Mon, 14 Jan 2002 08:48:11 -0500)

Newsletter #2 - Dixiecon 16

Memorial Day Weekend 2002

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

David Hood, 1969 12th St Pl NE, Hickory NC 28601; David_Hood of


The Carolina Amateur Diplomats again will host the 2002 Dipcon, in conjunction with Dixiecon 16. Dixiecon is the longest-running Diplomacy tournament site in North America, and has a proven track record for attracting the top players on this continent and beyond. Here are other highlights of the Dipcon at Dixiecon experience, in summary fashion: Diplomacy games at Dixiecon do not have a time limit (except for the last round), and are played until there is a win, stalemate demonstrable to the GM, or unanimously voted result.

The costs of the Dixiecon event are relatively low, at an estimated $18 per night to share a double room, and $18 registration fee. At Dixiecon, Diplomacy is the focus of most of what goes on, which leads to a very special and meaningful event designed to lead to the formation of lasting real-life alliances (i.e. friendships.) The success of this approach can be seen in the relationships forged amongst the Dixiecon faithful over 15 prior events, including the hosting of the 1990 and 1998 Dipcon/World Dipcon events and the 1994 Dipcon.


Chairman and Tournament Director David Hood

Scorer and Assistant GM Michael Lowrey

Website Promotion Mike Barno

Assistant GM and Logistical Support Steve Nicewarner

Northeast Promotion Jim Burgess ((Mostly means that I print these promo thingies.))

Midatlantic Promotion Andy Marshall

Rocky Mtn Promotion Manus Hand

West Coast Promotion Edi Birsan

Northwest Promotion Jeff Dwornicki

International Promotion Chris Martin

North American Promotion Buz Eddy

Seminar Organization Tom Kobrin

Asst Gm/Iron Man Tournament Dan Mathias


Most of the folks in the preceding list will be attending Dipcon at Dixiecon 16. Many others have already expressed interest. There will be a more complete list in the next Newsletter. Among the highlights is the fact that most of the winners of past Dixiecons will be in attendance - Morgan Gurley (1987), Mark Stegeman (1988 and 1991), Dave McCrumb (1989), Mark Franceschini (1992), Jim Yerkey (1993), Bruce Allen (1996), Chris Martin (1998 and 1999), Tom Kobrin (2000) and Roy Rink (2001). We are still working on the others - Jason Bergmann (1990), Bruce Reiff (1994 and 1997) and Marc Peters (1995). Even without these last three, such a field would be a tremendous collection of Diplomacy talent and years of experience all by themselves. Three of these past masters, Gurley/Stegeman/McCrumb, were some of the top players of their day but have not been in circulation in the wider Diplomacy circuit for about 10 years. When combined with the Young Turks of today, this will be quite a lineup. Some of the above winners were also Dipcon champions, and we also expect past Dipcon Champs Dan Sellers (1988), Edi Birsan (1989) and even the 1987 and 2001 winner David Hood might be seen poking around Chapel Hill over the weekend... Whoever wins this Dipcon will surely have a feather in his or her cap.


Dixiecon is the second leg of the inaugural year for the Eastern Swing, a four-event combination award which will honor those who travel and do well at the four established east coast tournaments. These include Prezcon in Charlottesville VA (Feb), Dixiecon (May), and both WBC (Aug) and Tempest(Oct) in Maryland. Andy Marshall will be scoring this competition, and will be bestowing the Eastern Swing Honors at the anchor leg, Tempest. The system will reward consistent and excellent play at these events, so a player must not only attend but also place well in order to have a chance for the Honors.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS - May 24 through 26, 2002

Diplomacy Round One Friday 6:00pm

Diplomacy Round Two Saturday 9:30am

Team Tournament (3-man teams) Saturday Round Two

Barbeque Dinner Saturday 5:00pm

Diplomacy Seminars Saturday During meal

Diplomacy Round Three Saturday 6:00pm

Diplomacy Variant Event Saturday 6:00pm

Dipcon Society Meeting Sunday 8:30am

Diplomacy Round Four Sunday 9:30am

Iron Man Competition Friday-Sunday Whenever

Awards Ceremony Sunday Rd 4 conclusion

Informal Supper Sunday After Awards

Open Gaming Thursday pm through Monday am Whenever


Chances are there will be someone you know in the Hobby who has participated in a past Dixiecon. Ask for their opinions. In addition, future newsletters will contain information on registration, housing, and other details. We hope to have the opportunity to put on the type of event we found highly successful for the Dipcons in 1990, 1994 and 1998. Come down south and enjoy our college-town atmosphere and high-level competition at the 2002 Dipcon. We predict you will not be disappointed. Email David Hood to be put on the info list - David_Hood of or dhood of

Tim Richardson (Thu, 07 Feb 2002 11:08:07 -0500)

DIPLOMACY: FTF Events World Wide


9-10 2nd Ostelen Trophy; 3 round tournament with Top Table. Saturday 10h15 - 14h, 15h - 18h45 (1907 game); Sunday 11h15 - 15h30 (including Top Board, 1908 game); played depending of the number of players with C-Diplo or DIRS (C-Diplo variation with country iteration). Paris 11, Ostelen, 12 avenue Jean Aicart; registration is 5 euros (3 euros for beginners, free for foreigners). More info : Yann Clouet (yann.clouet of

15-17 Denver, Colorado, USA; ARMADA; Contact: Manus Hand - manus of

15-17 Oxford, UK; OxCon at Keble College; Friday Evening: Laser Quest; Saturday: Diplomacy Tournament (starting 11AM) 15 to 1 (starting after the Dip); Sunday: Settlers Tournament (Starting 11 AM) Lost Cities (starting after Settlers); Website :; Contact : james.pinnion of

20-24 Charlottesville, Virginia, USA; PrezCon; First Leg of North American EASTERN SWING; Contact: or Dan Mathias dcmathias of

22-24 MasterCon; Hind Hotel in Wellingborough; Website:; Contact (postal): Keith and Eve Smith MASTERCON, 71 Cross Street, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN16 9DJ; Contact (e-mail): David Norman david of

23-24 Waikato Diplomacy Open; Club Newstead, Hamilton, New Zealand; Format: 3 games over two days; Cost: NZ$35 (NZ$10 for a single game), lunch and dinner included; Accommodation: NZ$25 per night-cabin and breakfast; Contact: Craig Purcell (cpurcell of

MARCH 2002

2-3 Diplomatic Incident XV; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Longest running housecon in Boston; Contact: Dave Partridge (rebhuhn of

3 March Ile de France Championship; (Circuit event) This will be a 6 tournament event, each first Sunday of the odd month in Ostelen Paris. Each tournament in the competition will be a 2-round tournament played with C-Diplo until 1907. Points will be awarded for the first 10 of each tournament (from 20 to 1). Registration : 7,50 euros or 5 euros if done after July. Priority given at each round for foreigners and pre-registered. More info : Joseph Chevrot (chevrot_joseph of


Web site: Contact: Rob Stephenson Rob Stephenson at:

RSTEPHENSON of; Europe Contact: David Norman david of; North American Contact: Edi Birsan Edi of

Late March: Eureka, Missouri, USA; Missouri Compromise as part of Name that Con 15; Contact Mike French: md_french of

APRIL 2002

4-5 Second Israel Diplomacy Tournament; Ramat-Efal, ISRAEL; Website:; Contact: Shlomi Yaakobovich shlomiya of

5-7 FinDipCon IV; Tampere, FINLAND; Finnish Diplomacy Championship, open to all players, not just Finns. Four rounds, starting on Friday evening. This year FinDipCon IV is also a part of the European Grand Prix. For general info contact: Ari Mononen (kissa of or telephone (+358 50 376 0238). For info and to register in the Championship, contact: Mikko Saari (msaari of or telephone (+358 41 469 0914); Webpage:

6-7 CoBraDip II, Brazilian Championship; Campinas, BRAZIL; Contact: Cristiano Corte Restitutti restitutti of; mfrest/cobradip.htm

26-28 San Marino (inside ITALY); San Marino Con '02; Contact: Giancarlo Ceccoli at

gceccoli of

26-28 Portland, Oregon, USA; Piggyback Championship; Contact: Jeff Dwornicki jsanb of;

Late April: Gothenburg, SWEDEN; GothCon Swedish Championship; Contact: Simon Danielsson zlimester of

MAY 2002

Early May: Brisbane, Queensland, AUSTRALIA; Queensland Championship; Contact: DAANZ at

Mid May: Helsinki OR Turku, FINLAND; Finland Championship; Contact Vesa Virri vesvir of

24-26 Oakland Memorial Day Dip Tournament; For info email Harold Jenkins (jenks12 of

24-26 Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; DixieCon XVI/DipCon XXXV; Second Leg of North American EASTERN SWING; Four rounds, plus variant and Team event. Participants include nearly all of the prior DipCon Champions. Registration fee: $18 Accomodations: $18 (estimated) per night to share a room Contact: David Hood David_Hood of or dhood of

24-26 Oakland, California, USA; KublaCon; Contact: Edi Birsan Edi of

25-26 NordCon; Hamburg, Germany; Contact: Michael Goetze mgoetze5 of

JUNE 2002

8-10 NSW Diplomacy Championships; Format: Three rounds over three days. Registration at 9:30 am each day. Location: Coogee/Randwick RSL, Coogee, Sydney. Cost: $25 for the three days ($15 for overseas players), or $9 per round. Pay at the door. For more information contact: Craig Sedgwick, phone: (02)93449561 or 0414 613926 or email: craigsed of

Paris - Open Telecom (probably early June); 4 round tournament played in 2 days, with a top table Paris 13, Telecom Paris School; More info : William Attia (wattia of

21-23 ARCON 18; NORWAY, Oslo; Norwegian NDC at ARCON 18:; Norwegian Diplomacy Association:; E-mail: ndf of

JULY 2002

4-7 Columbus, Ohio, USA; Origins; Contact: Dan Mathias (dcmathias of

Mid July Auckland, NEW ZEALAND; Auckland Championship; Contact: DAANZ at:

19-22 ManorCon; Birmingham, UK; Website:; Contact: Kath Collman or Steve Jones: manorcon of

30-August 4 Baltimore, Maryland, USA; WBC at Hunts Valley; Third Leg of North American EASTERN SWING; Contact: Jim Yerkey JimdOzz of


8-11 Milwaukee, Wisconsin; GenCon; Contact: GenConDip of

23-25 Seattle, Washington, USA; Dragonflight; Contact: Buz Eddy BuzEddy of

Late August: London UK; Mind Sports (runs 17-26 and will be one of the weekends); Contact: Mark Stretch mark of


Early Sept: Palo Alto, California, USA; Conquest (south of San Francisco); Contact: Edi Birsan Edi of

Early Sept: Denver, Colorado, USA; TactiCon; Contact: Manus Hand manus of

End Sept. Canberra, AUSTRALIA; ACT Championship; Contact: DAANZ at:


11-13 Laurel, Maryland, USA; Tempest in a Teapot IV; Final Leg of North American EASTERN SWING; Contact: Andy Marshall (landruajm of;

Mid Oct: DAYTON, OHIO, USA; Rubicon Games; Contact: Jamie McQuinn jamie of

Mid Oct. RegnCon X; NORWAY, Bergen; RegnCon X:; Norwegian Diplomacy Association:; E-mail: ndf of

End Oct Auckland, NEW ZEALAND; New Zealand, Championship; Contact: DAANZ at:

November 2002

Date TBA MidCon UK Championships; Birmingham, UK; Thistle Hotel, Birmingham. Contact: SFCP - midcon of

Early Nov HexCon 2002; NORWAY, Trondheim; HexCon 2002:; Norwegian Diplomacy Association:; E-mail: Erlend ``Joe'' Janbu at janbu of & ndf of

XVIIth French Championship, Jeux en Fêtes; 4 round tournament played in 2 days with C-Diplo or DIRS until 1907 and with Top Table. Town Hall of Boulogne Billancourt; The biggest NDC, and the ending event of the Grand Prix Circuit, generally more than 100 players. Registration : free for foreigners, 8 euros for others. Accomodation possibilities upon request. More info : Yann CLOUET (yann.clouet of


Early Dec Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTALIA; The Don Challenge Cup; Contact: DAANZ at:

-Tim, natlfop of

((Amazingly, I have now met most of these organizers, including James Pinnion, Manus Hand, Dan Mathias, Yann Clouet, Keith and Eve Smith, Kath Collman, Steve Jones, Jim Yerkey, Mark Stretch, Dave Partridge, Edi Birsan, Vesa Virri, William Attia, Erlend Janbu, Buz Eddy, Michael Goetze, David Hood, David Norman, Shlomi Yaakobovich, and of course Tim Richardson. I also have met Don Del Grande, after whom the Don Challenge Cup is named...... time to plan YOUR events for the year.))

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.

In what I believe is a RECENT change, Hasbro also has been putting the rules to Diplomacy up on their web page along with rules for most of their other games. Not only that, but they have the ``current'' as well as an older version of the rules there. Check these out if you like:

Nice of them to make BOTH of these available.

Check out the new Diplomacy World -

The Winter issue is still being assembled as Stephen Agar had ANOTHER disc crash (he must be doing SOMETHING to anger the computer ghods!!!) but I think we're almost back on track. Check with me or Stephen if you submitted an article just to be sure we have it. I'm still looking for WRITERS!!! Please!!! You don't want me to turn into Larry Peery, do you?? But thanks to Larry for an article that will be appearing in this issue, we have that one, Larry! The next issue should be out VERY, VERY soon.

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.

David Partridge


Diplomatic Incident XV will be held in Boston, MA on March 2nd and 3rd, 2002. You are welcome to drop in unannounced, but it does help with the planning if you let me know you might be coming.

Diplomatic Incident is a house con, lots of good Diplomacy and gaming, no set rounds or scoring. For more details, go to

Taylor Hayward (a regular at recent DIs and a driving force in the local Boston FTF scene) joins us this time as co-host (letting Jack's wife and new son enjoy the weekend in peace!). The setting will be Taylor's Apartment at 1033 Beacon Street, Boston MA. Gaming will start Saturday at 11AM, with the door opening at 10AM. Crash space is available for those who need it, bringing your own sleeping bag is recommended. Please let me know ahead of time if you need space. If you can provide space in the Boston area please let me know as well.


Via the T: Take the Green C line to St. Mary's T stop. 1033 Beacon Street is five doors down.

Via car: Drive to Kenmore Sq. (Citgo sign, Fenway, etc.). Take Beacon Street out of Kenmore away from Boston. Go through a set of lights and find the nearest parking space. Sorry, no garages. 1033 Beacon Street is right near by.

Hope to see you there! Dave, rebhuhn of

((I will be there too, so COME ON OUT, y'hear? See the head of the szine for the challenges that will win you free dinners if you travel to this stellar event! We are expecting three boards of players for this one, the most ever. Stephen Agar has put all of the different rulebooks for Diplomacy up on his web site. Check 'em out!))

Stephen Agar (Sat, 26 Jan 2002 17:43:05)

All seven different US rulebooks for Diplomacy can now be found here:

I think that's the lot - please let me know if you think different.

Regards - Stephen Agar, Brighton, UK, stephen of,

Peter Sullivan (Tue, 5 Feb 2002 21:49:10)

Octopus' Garden status

Whilst checking various other things on the web, I came across my own home page, and decided that I had better do something about the claim that Octopus' Garden would be back ``later in 2001, or by the start of 2002 at the latest."

I have therefore updated the Octopus's Garden index page at: to make it clear that the subzeen is now in official indeterminate stasis, as opposed to ostensible determinate statis. I *think* that last sentence even means what I think it's meant to.

``Remember, old subzeens never die, they just go into official indeterminate stasis..."

- Peter Sullivan, peter of

((Hahahah, I love that! That's the status of Dead Poets Society, too.... in official indeterminate stasis. Pete Gaughan please note.))


Tell me anything you like about the year of 2000 or 2001 in music. List a top two, a top ten, or a top 100, I don't care, just tell me something!! Mine will appear ``REAL SOON NOW'' - yes, in issue #255 or something!!! And it will be a joint 2000 and 2001 issue.

I was looking at some of Goz's Turkish press in (in particular, the last item and while he is of course kidding it touches that....well it is....) Something to Be Scared Of (see below) and said..... Not funny..... not funny at all. See Goz's comeback.....

Warren Goesle (Wed, 30 Jan 2002 20:23:12)


Ya want ``not funny"? There have been 3 teams who have won more than 1 World Series since 1986 (without looking ahead, can you name more than 1 of them?). They're planning on ``contracting" one of them in '03. How would you like to be the guy in charge of season ticket sales for the Twins in '02?

Goz, gozcorp of

((No thanks. I instantly knew the answer to this.... one of the others is Canadian.... but not the one that is going to be contracted. And the third is the obvious one.... I like the idea of contraction, myself. Sorry, Minnesota (no sympathy for Montreal required), but them's the breaks. I wouldn't want to spend your short summer in a dome either, and you have a fun young team, but you haven't supported it. You want things ``fixed'' but this is the only way the Commish is going to get the leverage to fix anything.))

John Biehl (Mon, 4 Feb 2002 13:27:22 -0800)

The Fellowship of the Ring Movie

Jim, Here is my take on this movie which I have seen twice now (and which I will probably see again in a theatre).

This movie draws you in and transfixes you to the screen so real time seems to be suspended. The movie is very fast paced with little time to reflect on what has gone before. I really enjoyed the depiction of the Isildur/Sauron battle, the hill of Weathertop and the confinement/escape of Gandalf from Isengard. In a way, the movie depicts these sequences of events more clearly than does the book itself.

Although visually impressive some of the background sets have too much detail. A term for this type of art is its being ``too busy" which means there is too much detail and this distracts the eye to the detriment of the art itself. This weakness is evident in this movie. ((My wife is a costume designer, and I know that ``overdesign'' bothered her especially.))

My main criticism of the background sets was the ``Escher-like" stairways to nowhere in the mines of Moria and which inexplicably were built partially of brick! (this inside a mountain where Dwarves worked solid stone) Bah - mortar & pestle!

Without doubt, this movie can never (could never) satisfy all the myriad fans of LotR. I have several additional criticisms.

1) The very unbelievable escape of the Hobbits from the Nazgul at the Brandywine Ferry plus the omission of the visit with Farmer Maggot

2) The omission of Old Man Willow, the Barrow-wight and Tom Bombadil and Goldberry. To have excluded these characters in a three hour movie was a gross error.

3) Was one reference to ``A great cave-troll, I think, ..." (The fellowship of the Ring, Chp V, The Bridge of Kazad-dum, Pg 342 of the Harper Collins 1991 edition) reason to include a fight sequence with said troll (while being an impressive fight, it was stupidly made comical) that does not exist in the book? I say NO! This criticism relates to my major criticism of this movie which is...

4) The utterly ridiculous depiction of the Orcs in this movie by adhering to the current mindless Hollywood obsession with ``grossing the viewer out by trying to have the ugliest monster possible" (and which is guaranteed to frighten young children). Admittedly, Orcs probably don't look very nice but `poster paint' running down their heads like there is a leaking water tap? - Gimme a break! The Orcs were a race of beings like the others, they would have had females and young like any other race and, consequently, would have had a primitive `human-type' society. Plus, the movie ignores some of the dialogue the Orcs were given in the book. My point is the Orcs were not the `Halloween caricatures' nor the `insect wall climbers' that the movie depicts them as.

((You will recall that I mentioned (4) specifically, and was thinking of (1) and (3) - (2) bothered ME not a whit.))

In conclusion, one might think I didn't like the movie. However, I did. The director got enough right and got the pacing right to make the movie entertaining. It is a good movie bordering on greatness. A three out of five stars (maybe a four, if you are generous and ignore its faults).

WARNING: Read the book first lest your own vision be tainted by the Hollywood Evil herein.

John, jeen of

((Thanks, John, I'm really enjoying our talk about movies, and would welcome more from the various peanut galleries. Next, Steve Langley responds to my comments last time and then we have a few more of his reviews.))

Steve Langley (Mon, 21 Jan 2002 17:49:43 EST)

Re: Tenenbaums

I have to agree with you except for the ``Zoolander" part. It was fun and quite clever in part, but not up to the other two. A third film that I really liked was ``The Gift". It didn't make much of a splash. Then too, it was early 2001 and this is early 2002.

Steve, Steflan of

((Uh, huh. In a search for finding really good movies of 2001, I also went to see Mulholland Drive - the latest David Lynch movie. Up front, I need to note that I really hated Lost Highway. Perhaps I should have been expecting a lot less.... but I'd heard a variety of good reviews from both respected (Roger Ebert) and non-respected (my local Providence Journal critic) critics by me. I should have known, though, critics always like movies about the movies. This really is an extremely damning attack on the soft dark underbelly of the movie business in Hollywood, but The Player said the same thing in a lot more funny ways. Oh, and Naomi Watts is a brilliant actress, showcased only before that I recall in 1998's brilliant Dangerous Beauty that mostly featured Oliver Platt and Catherine McCormack duelling verbally with each other. I really loved that movie - go rent it if you've never seen it!!! But going to see Mulholland Drive just to see Naomi Watts? Well, sure, do it, but don't expect to really like the movie or be all that interested in figuring out David Lynch's latest weirdness when you walk out. I did think that the scene with the Cowboy (quoted at the top) was hilarious though!))

Steve Langley (Sun, 27 Jan 2002 18:51:52 EST)

``Kung Pow: Enter the Fist" - a movie

Steve Oedelerk has a weird sense of humor and an obvious love of martial arts movies. He wrote, produced, and starred as ``The Chosen One" in ``Kung Pow". There were no chicken jokes.

The movie was filmed over existing martial arts flics using the blue screen technique that made ``Forrest Gump" famous. It was then dubbed mismatching mouth movements with sound. The general effect was pretty funny.

Still, you can afford to wait for it to come out on HBO.

Steve, Steflan of

Steve Langley (Sat, 26 Jan 2002 19:34:47 EST)

``Le Pacte des Loups" AKA ``Brotherhood of the Wolves" - a movie

This is a French film with English subtitles. The cast are all French or Italian except for Mark Dacascos who is Hawaiian. He plays ``Mani" an American Indian Shaman Martial Artists.

The story is complex. It starts out to be a simple hunt for a monstrous beast that has been terrorizing the Gevaudan Province in France. The period is the time of the American Revolution. The characters in the movie refer to our land as ``New France."

The King of France sends a naturalist and world traveler, Le Chevalier de Fronsac to investigate the beast, and to return with it to Paris once it has been captured. Fronsac travels with Mani who has a mysterious affinity with the beasts of the forest.

Fronsac and Mani arrive just in time to save a healer and his daughter from being beaten by ruffians. Fronsac demonstrates some remarkable martial arts skills of his own. The ruffians turn out to be members of the force that is hunting the beast. A great hunt for the beast manages to kill a lot of wolves, and gives Mani a chance to demonstrate his martial arts skills.

Actually, the above is sort of the prelude. The real story starts after the hunt. Fronsac continues to investigate and discovers clue by clue that the beast is neither natural nor supernatural. There are many characters and they all seem to have secret agendas.

And what French story would exist without some old fashioned revenge. It's all here.

Along with the complex story there is some really excellent cinematography. The special effects are the weakest part of the movie. Computer generated effects have pretty much ruined me for the older technology.

Steve, Steflan of

((Thanks, Steve, this review really gets me to want to see this movie, I wasn't sure if I would catch it. I hope I can get Charlotte past her distaste for subtitles. I don't mind them, but she does. The other night I tried to get her to go see this, but she chose the next movie instead.))

Steve Langley (Mon, 21 Jan 2002 02:09:21 EST)

``Black Hawk Down" - a movie

The men and boys who go to war have an agreement that whether spoken or unspoken is a large part of what keeps them doing what they do. The agreement is, ``No man gets left behind."

That's what ``Black Hawk Down" is about. In 1993 there was supposed to be a `surgical strike' into the enemy held part of Mogadishu to capture some of the rebel leadership. A surface force backed up by Black Hawk Helicopters went in, took their objective, and started back out. Then a lucky shot with a rocket propelled grenade brought one of the choppers down.

The surface convoy was redirected to the crash site to try to rescue any survivors. What followed was utter and complete chaos with most of the Americans having little idea other than that they were being shot at from all sides what was going on.

Ridley Scott did a fine job of showing that chaos. He also did a fine job of personalizing it by picking out a few individuals to follow. Some made it. Some died. Many were wounded. The Somali's were poorly armed in comparison to the Americans, but there were thousands of them.

This may not be a great movie, but it comes awfully close.

Steve, Steflan of

((I was going to go watch this movie while the Super Bowl was on (see above) but I didn't quite get there. I did a few days later. Charlotte had her usual reaction of just wanting to obliterate the useless Somali's from the face of the earth. It does make you realize how difficult this sort of thing can be to manage. But I think a very important part of the movie was a part where Somalis NOT loyal to Aidid were cheering a group of Rangers jogging away from Aidid's troops. There IS a reason for doing this. And we want to help rebuild these countries, not send them further into the Stone Age. That is STILL my opinion about Afghanistan - an opportunity that we appear to be squandering. Don't build more planes, smart bombs and fancy electronic war machines. Rebuild these places that have been falling apart socially and psychologically. Next up, finishing off this letter section is a voice from the past that I like to keep up with. Eric Klien singlehandedly organized and kept operating a large chunk of the Internet E-Mail Diplomacy hobby in the late 1980's. The debt to him in making the hobby the diverse International hobby that it is today is huge. It also is true that Eric is one of the most ``out there'' libertarians that you would ever want to meet. His first HUGE venture, trying to establish a floating country in the Caribbean (Oceania or the Atlantis Project) failed, but he believes that outer space might be a better lure... let him tell you about it and go check out his web page if you like. I provide the two versions of his note for historical completeness and general interest.... see if you can spot the differences....))

Eric Klien (Sun, 9 Dec 2001 22:59:21 -0800)

The Lifeboat Foundation - lifeboat of

Hi, This is Eric Klien from The Atlantis Project. I last e-mailed you in 1995 and am now e-mailing you yet again. (You subscribed to my The Atlantis Project/Oceania mailing list.)

In retrospect, the biggest problem The Atlantis Project had was a lack of interest. Upon further research, the biggest reason for a lack of interest is that there aren't a lot of Libertarians out there and few of those have much money. The poor performance of Libertarian candidates throughout the nation is reflective of this lack of support.

So basically what I am saying is that Libertarian candidates shouldn't expect to raise much money, and Libertarian causes should expect the same. I still give money to Libertarian causes, but you need to be realistic about what you hope to achieve. There just aren't many of us Libertarians...

I put a huge amount of effort into The Atlantis Project and wish it had worked. I learned many lessons from that project and used them to run a fairly large web hosting company for the past six years. But I couldn't make The Atlantis Project work even if I used the knowledge I have gained since I tried to run it the first time.

On the positive side, I have found an idea that research shows is backed by more than just Libertarians. I have already procured considerable funding for it and will launch this idea, which is a save the human race project, in the first quarter of 2002. You can read about it at and you can follow the links on that web site to subscribe to our free newsletter. Since the idea has not been launched you can neither contribute money to it nor buy products from it at this time.

I have made an appointment in 2002 to speak with Sir Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Airlines, about my idea. Wish me luck!

Eric, lifeboat of

P.S. I kept in touch with many of my The Atlantis Project supporters so I could call on them for a possible restarting of the project. For example, my main billing guy for my web hosting company used to be the general manager of The Atlantis Project. Well, guess who will be involved with The Lifeboat Foundation...

Eric Klien (Mon, 28 Jan 2002 22:07:53 -0800)

The Lifeboat Foundation - lifeboat of

Oceania Update

Hi, This is Eric Klien from The Atlantis Project. You subscribed to The Atlantis Project/Oceania mailing list in 1996 and this is your first and probably only message you will get from having joined that list.

In retrospect, the biggest problem The Atlantis Project had was a lack of interest. Upon further research, the biggest reason for a lack of interest is that there aren't a lot of Libertarians out there and few of those have much money. The poor performance of Libertarian candidates throughout the nation is reflective of this lack of support.

So basically what I am saying is that Libertarian candidates shouldn't expect to raise much money, and Libertarian causes should expect the same. I still give money to Libertarian causes, but you need to be realistic about what you hope to achieve. There just aren't many of us Libertarians...

I put a huge amount of effort into The Atlantis Project and wish it had worked. I learned many lessons from that project and used them to run a fairly large web hosting company for the past six years. But I couldn't make The Atlantis Project work even if I used the knowledge I have gained since I tried to run it the first time.

On the positive side, I have found an idea that research shows is backed by more than just Libertarians. I have already procured considerable funding for it and will launch this idea, which is a save the human race project, in early 2002. You can read about it at and you can follow the links on that web site to subscribe to our free newsletter. Since the idea has not been launched you can neither contribute money to it nor buy products from it at this time.

I have made an appointment in 2002 to speak with Sir Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Airlines, about my idea. Wish me luck!

Eric, lifeboat of

P.S. I kept in touch with many of my The Atlantis Project supporters so I could call on them for a possible restarting of the project. For example, my main billing guy for my web hosting company used to be the general manager of The Atlantis Project. Well, guess who will be the general manager of The Lifeboat Foundation...

((Tee, hee, hee, we'll see if that makes people really read it. I wish Eric good luck, as I do on all of his projects. I really, honestly do. If you want to see how outer space becomes a lifeboat in detail though, you will have to visit the site.))


2000G, Lawyers not wanted, Spring 1909

Austria Bob Osuch ROsuch4082 of A BOHEMIA - Silisia, A ukraine (dislodged) - sevastopol, F TRIESTE-Adriatic A RUMANIA sup A Ukraine - Sevasopol, A TYROLIA support A Albania - Trieste A Smyrna - ARMENIA, A Budapest - SERBIA A ALBANIA - Trieste, A GREECE hold, F Aegean Sea - EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

France Paul Rauterberg trauterberg of F Holland - KIEL, A RUHR support F Holland - Kiel, F Brest - ENGLISH CHAN A PIEDMONT support A Venice, F MID ATLANTIC - north atlantic, F north sea (dislodged) - denmark, A MUNICH - Berlin

Italy Jim Burgess burgess of F Western Mediterranean Sea - TYRRHENIAN SEA, F IONIAN SEA - Adriatic, A VENICE support F Naples - Apulia, F TUNIS - Ionian Sea, A PORTUGAL hold F Naples - APULIA

Russia Brendan Mooney bkmooney of Not sure which addr. he wants BrendanM of F Edinburgh - NORTH SEA, F kiel (dislodged) - Denmark, A PRUSSIA - Silisia, A WARSAW support A Sevastopol - Ukraine, A Sevastopol - UKRAINE A MOSCOW support A Sevestopol - Ukraine, A St Petersburg - NORWAY F NORWEGIAN SEA support F Edinburgh - North Sea, F NORTH ATLANTIC hold, A LIVONIA - Prussia, A BERLIN support A Prussia - Silisia,

Summer 1909 retreats are due on, Thursday, January 31st 2002

2000G, Lawyers not wanted, Summer 1909

Austria Bob Osuch ROsuch4082 of Retreat A Ukraine - Galicia Has A Bohemia, F Trieste, A Rumania, A Tyrolia, A Armenia, A Serbia, A Albania, A Greece, F Eastern Mediterranean, A Galicia

France Paul Rauterberg trauterberg of Retreat F North Sea - Belgium Has F Kiel, A Ruhr, F English Channel, A Piedmont, F Mid Atlantic Ocean, A Munich, F Belgium

Italy Jim Burgess burgess of Has F Tyrrhenian Sea, F Ionian Sea, A Venice, F Tunis, A Portugal, F Apulia

Russia Brendan Mooney bkmooney of Not sure which addr. he wants BrendanM of Retreat F Kiel - Baltic Sea Has F North Sea, A Prussia, A Warsaw, A Ukraine, A Moscow, A Norway F Norwegian sea, F North Atlantic, A Livonia, A Berlin, F Baltic Sea

Fall 1909 orders are due on Wednesday, February 20th, 2002

Winter 1908 Supply Center Chart

Austria 10 Smrna, Contantinople, Vienna, Budapest, Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria, Ankara, Trieste, Rumania

France 7 Brest, Paris, London, Belgium, Marseilles, Holland, Munich

Italy 6 Rome, Naples, Venice, Tunis, Spain, Portugal

Russia 11 Berlin, St. Petersburg, Sevastopol, Sweden, Kiel, Denmark, Warsaw, Norway, Liverpool, Moscow, Edinburgh

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

Bruce Linsey PO Box 234 Kinderhook, NY 12106 ENGLAND GonzoHQ 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

Brendan Mooney bkmooney of BrendanM of RUSSIA


``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.

Thanks to a suggestion by Mike Barno, from now on I will be noting cut or failed support orders with a small ``s'' instead of a capital ``S''. This will make it easier on the web page version of the szine to see what happened, since the italics don't show there. I may forget every once in a while, but I will TRY to remember. I should also get an updated copy of my translation program for TeX to html, perhaps that has been fixed.

Standby lists:

Bruce Linsey, Mike Barno, Dick Martin, Brad Wilson, Jack McHugh, Glenn Petroski, Steve Emmert, Mark Kinney, Vince Lutterbie, Eric Brosius, Paul Rauterberg, 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.

Harold Reynolds stands 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 but they have turned us down. Plus I'm still looking for a current address for Mark Franceschini. Official standby for the game is David Hood. HELP!!! Will this ever begin?? You lawyers are going to have to scour the depths of the sewers.... i.e. the courtrooms and law offices of the world... and find me some lawyers to play this game, before the NO lawyers game finishes!

Eric Ozog has cancelled the Air-Sea Diplomacy opening, at least for now. It is possible that Buddy Tretick will locate another guest GM for this, if you're interested, please contact Buddy. Or if you don't do that, Buddy might organize a ``sample game'' - see below. I do have a copy of the rules as well.

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

Right now, the other thing I am contemplating getting going is the Modern Diplomacy game with Wings. Rick Desper is the only one signed up for that.

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):

I CAN'T FIND MY MONEY!: 2001F, Regular Diplomacy


Summer 1901

AUSTRIA (Lockheardt): has a SER, a VIE, f ALB.

ENGLAND (Heikkinen): has f NTH, f NWG, a EDI.

FRANCE (Mitchell): has f MID, a SPA, a BUR.

GERMANY (Sayers): has f DEN, a KIE, a RUH.

ITALY (Méhkeri): has f ION, a TYO, a APU.

RUSSIA (Phillips): has f GOB, a UKR, a WAR, f SEV.

TURKEY (Miller): has f ANK, a BUL, a SMY.

Addresses of the Participants

AUSTRIA: Chris Lockheardt, 47 Acton Street, Maynard, MA 01754, +1 978-897-1547

clockheardt of

ENGLAND: Allan Heikkinen, P.O. Box 372, Killara, N.S.W. 2071, AUSTRALIA

aheikkin of

FRANCE: Adam Mitchell, 19 Hollin Park Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS8 2NS, GREAT BRITAIN,

044 113 2650752 or + 01144 from US, heather.taylor of (yes, that's really his)

GERMANY: Jim Sayers, 15 Holdsworth Street, Woollahra 2025, AUSTRALIA

jimp of

ITALY: Dan Méhkeri, 24 DeQuincy Blvd, North York, Ontario, M3H 1Y5, CANADA, +1 416-631-0492

fool of

RUSSIA: CW Phillips, 27 George St., Dudley MA 01571, +1 508-949-3424

pahtzerwannabe of

TURKEY: Tim Miller, 5454 South Shore Drive, Apt. 222, Chicago, IL 60615, +1 773-834-4597

btmiller of

GM: Jim-Bob Burgess, 664 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908-4327, +1 401-351-0287

burgess of

Game Notes:

1) Pretty quiet, you can submit Summer press even if no moves are due, you know.


SOMETHING TO BE SCARED OF: 2001D, Regular Diplomacy


Summer 1903

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

ENGLAND (Sundstrom): has f ENG, f NTH, a BEL, f SKA, f MID.

FRANCE (Tretick): has f MAR, a MUN, a POR, f SPA(SC), a GAS.

GERMANY (Williams): R a bel-HOL; has a KIE, f BAL, a SIL, f DEN, a RUH, a HOL.

ITALY (McCullough): has f TYH, f ION, a VEN, f WES.

RUSSIA (McHugh): has a MOS, f SWE, a RUM, a WAR, f SEV.

TURKEY (Goesle): has a GRE, a BUL, f AEG, a SER, f BLA, a ALB.

Addresses of the Participants

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

dipworld of

ENGLAND: Matt Sundstrom, 1760 Robincrest Lane South, Glenview, IL 60025, (847) 729-1882 ($5)

Matt.Sundstrom of

FRANCE: James Alan (Jim) Tretick, 13267 Coppermill Drive, Herndon, VA 20171, (703) 713-1328 ($4)

JTretickGames of

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

wllmsfmly of

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

jodymc of

RUSSIA: Jack McHugh, P.O. Box 427, Claymont, DE 19703, (302) 792-8659

ckent7479 of or JMcHugh of

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

gozcorp of

Game Notes:

1) See, Goz has the idea about Summer press!


(TURKEY to ENGLAND): Where did you find him? Toadies 'R Us? Were there any others left in the bin?

(TURKEY to FRANCE): I'm certain that you have a plan that involves England being in the Channel and Mid-Atlantic, and has him owning Brest. Write me sometime and tell me what it is.

(TURKEY to GERMANY): Is a Balrog anything like a Ballboy? I don't think a Dungeons & Dragons mentality is gonna make it in a Doom world.

(TURKEY to RUSSIA): If you don't respond, not only will I *email* you at work, I'll drop in and tell your boss about the pictures you keep on the server (you know: the ones that have the strange maps of Europe from around 1900...).

FANTASTIC VOYAGE: 1999K, Regular Diplomacy


Pre-Winter 1907

AUSTRIA (Rauterberg): has a TRI, a VEN, a TYO, a TUS, f ROM, a VIE.

ENGLAND (Biehl): has f ENG, f GOL, f TUN, f TYH, a BEL.

GERMANY (Shreve): has a SIL, a MUN, a UKR, a BOH, a PIE, a PRU, f MID, a SPA, a BUR.

ITALY (Tallman): has a POR.

RUSSIA (Tretick): has a STP, a LVN, a MOS, f WES, a WAR.

TURKEY (Acheson): bld 2; has f ION, a APU, f NAP, a SEV,

a RUM, f AEG.

Supply Center Chart

AUSTRIA (Rauterberg): BUD,TRI,VIE,ser, (has 6, even)
ENGLAND (Biehl): LON,LVP,EDI,bel,tun (has 5, even)
FRANCE (Davis): none (out)
GERMANY (Shreve): BER,KIE,MUN,den,hol,par, (has 9, even)
ITALY (Tallman): por (has 1, even)
RUSSIA (Tretick): MOS,STP,WAR,nwy,swe (has 5, even)
TURKEY (Acheson): ANK,SMY,CON,bul,rum,sev, (has 6, bld 2)
Neutral: none (Total=34)

Addresses of the Participants

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

trauterberg of

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

(604) 589-9124 ($8); jeen of

FRANCE: Rick Davis, 2420 West Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95407, (707) 544-5201,

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: New Player might be Bob Acheson, 807-556 Laurier Av., Ottawa, ONTARIO K1R 7X2, CANADA

racheson of

Game Notes:

1) The GATE draw, which would have closed the gate on this game, is rejected. But, even GREATer than that was the GREAT draw, which also was proposed. But that didn't help it, it fails too.

2) I still have not heard from Bob Acheson about taking this position. Thus, I am delaying the game to see if I can reach him. If I can't reach Bob by next deadline, I will have to appoint another replacement. But as Randy readily admitted to me, he didn't pay attention to the last season he played and NMRing the two builds would seem to unbalance the continuation of the game. So, we wait. Sorry about that, guys! To entertain you all, I will still print the Winter press. Please feel VERY free to submit some more and note Bernie's proposal at the bottom.


(EL' STAB'O PRESS, MOSCOW): Well, there, Frenchman! Do you see that the Austria has grow tired of your participation, or lack of participation. After all, did you really fall for them supporting you into Piedmont? Not to worry. The new Turk, El Bob Himselflessness, now has to attack Austria in a grand stab, not being able to trust the Austrian Hen, surely not after seeing Austria stab a long ally. Should have stayed with us, Rick. You can see we do not stab. Now, then, Austria, care to make an alliance with us against Turkey? As you can see, we can take Austria out of the game, and can not take out Turkey. Why, then, does Turkey need Austria?

(VIENNA to BERLIN): What did I do to YOU to deserve such bitter declarations as ``No draws including A"? You attacked me, not vice versa....

(BERNIE TRETICK): Why not run a dummy game of Air-Sea. I would be happy to send in the moves. And, you would encourage other players to monitor the game. That should stir interest. ((What say ye peanut gallery??))

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


Autumn and Winter 1758

AUSTRIA (Prosnitz): R a colombia-ECUADOR, f south pacific ocean-TAHITI;

rem a matto grosso, a ecuador; has a SWISSE, f BISMARCK SEA, f NAPLES,




CHINA (Acheson): bld f peking, f amoy; has f PEKING, f AMOY, f YELLOW SEA,




ENGLAND (Power): R a matto grosso-RICEFE, a flanders otb; bld a brazil;







OTTOMAN (Schleinkofer): rem a siberia, f black sea, a suez; has a BAGHDAD,


RUSSIA (Rauterberg): bld f goa, a cape colony, a angola; has f GOA,






SPAIN (Partridge): R f east china sea-KOREA; bld f manila, f mexico(wc), f somalia,








Supply Center Chart

AUSTRIA (Prosnitz): BUD,VIE,TRI,TAH,pps, (has 19)
CHINA (Acheson): PEK,WUH,XIA,AMO,tib,NAN, (has 19)
ENGLAND (Power): NIG,EDI,LON,kam,ire,gab, (has 27)
OTTOMAN (Schleinkofer): IZM,BAG,oms,jer,persia (has 5)
RUSSIA (Rauterberg): MOS,KIE,CAP,STP,CRI,pol,moz, (has 28)
SPAIN (Partridge): MAD,MEX,SOM,VAL,MANILA, (has 37)
Neutral: none (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

OTTOMAN: Art Schleinkofer, 3120 Holly Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154-1708

Krolart of

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) Now we should be cooking with gas again....five large powers (in three tiers) and one rather smallish one left.


(DAVE - HANK AND ROBERT): Thanks guys!

(SPAIN to BOOB): The Spanish Armada learned its lesson, no attack on England this time!

(BOOB to SPAIN): But you haven't learned yet that Korea can be a minefield.... esp. in Winter!

SECRETS: 1999D, Regular Diplomacy


Summer 1909

ENGLAND (Sayers): has a BEL, f NAO, a KIE, f MID, f ENG, f HEL, f POR.

FRANCE (Sasseville): has f MAR, f SPA(SC), a MUN, a BUR.

GERMANY (Barno): has a TYO.

RUSSIA (Reynolds): has a MOS, a WAR, a BER, f BAL, a STP, a PRU.

TURKEY (Linsey): has f AEG, a RUM, a UKR, f TUN, a SEV, f TYH, f BLA, a SIL, a TRI,

f NAF, f ION, f TUS, a PIE, f GOL, a GAL, a VEN.

Addresses of the Participants

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

jimp of

FRANCE: Roland Sasseville, Jr., 38 Bucklin Street, Pawtucket, RI 02861, (401) 481-4280 ($0)

roland6 of and ICQ: 40565030

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

mpbarno of or mbarno of

ITALY: John Schultz, 120 Pine Drive, Unit H, Porter, IN 46304, (219) 614-1406

probo of

RUSSIA: 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) Thanks to Steve Emmert for unneeded standby orders. I have Roland's orders for Fall in hand. Roland also has a new E-Mail address.


(BOOB to PLAYERS): You guys had better start writing some press and filling up this space, especially if it is going to bog down into a stalemate battle.

EDWARD TELLER: 2002?rn42, Nuclear Yuppie Evil Empire Diplomacy - Black Hole Variant



Winter 1900

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Current Standings

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 TOTAL

JOHN SCHULTZ                     
PAUL RAUTERBERG                     
KARL MULLER                     
HARRY ANDRUSCHAK                     
LEE KENDTER, JR.                     
JACK MCHUGH                     
SANDY KENNY                     
Black Holed                     

Total 34 34 34 34 34 34 34 238

Addresses of the Participants

AUSTRIA: John Schultz, 120 Pine Drive, Unit H, Porter, IN 46304, (219) 614-1406

probo of

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

trauterberg of

FRANCE: Karl Muller, 75-17 60 Place, Glendale, NY 11385-6044, (718) 416-1103

karlmuller of or pegandkarl of

GERMANY: Harry Andruschak, 20805 Margaret, Carson, CA 90745-1224, (310) 835-9202

harryandruschak of

ITALY: Lee Kendter, Jr., 1503 Pilgrim Lane, Quakertown, PA 18951

lkendter of

RUSSIA: Jack McHugh, P.O. Box 427, Claymont, DE 19703, (302) 792-8659

ckent7479 of or JMcHugh of

TURKEY: Sandy Kenny, 23 East Coulter Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108-1208 (609) 869-3160

pdkenny of

Game Notes:

1) Last time printing the rules..... get 'em straight, ask me questions or be prepared to go hunt them up on the Web Page. Let me know if any contact information is incorrect or out of date. Phone numbers, where I am missing them?? Unless superceded below, all rules are as in regular Diplomacy.

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

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

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

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

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


(HARRY AT SAT, 26 JAN 2002 21:43:37 EST): TAP-253 arrived today. Please announce that the E-mail address of sarareichert of is as dead as my sex life. Use <harryandruschak of from now on. [[What is it like to be totally impotent and totally without a sex drive after a lifetime of active sex? It does take some getting used to, which is why I am still seeing a counselor/therapist at least once a week. As is the case with many men castrated for control of prostate cancer (or taking Lupron which does almost the same thing chemically), I am bothered by hot flashes. Details on how I am coping with this problem are available on request.]] As regard FARINELLI and countertenors, it has to be noted that there were countertenors in the Baroque era. It was noted by critics in that era that the countertenors did not have the range and power of the true Castrati. There was much more to the Castrati then the cruel pre-pubertal surgery. Thank God these training methods have been lost so that this sort of atrocity cannot happen again. What happened to NYEED? I thought it was supposed to start this issue. Did I miss something? ((You're just blind too.... ;-) It was there, and here it is in more complete form this issue.))

(ANDRUSCHAK-BURGESS): I don't think I would have any problems if the game started before 16 March. I had surgery on 18 January to remove the empty scrotum. (It looked ugly and felt funny.) I have scheduled vacations for 10 - 18 February, 1 - 14 June, and 5 - 18 October. However, I am also reaffirming that NYEED will remain my only PBM commitment, as I have no way of knowing when further medical problems may come up. Right now my biggest annoyance are the hot flashes that come every hour or so. I have bought a couple of plain wooden fans, size large, from which are a real help. Life goes on, even as a eunuch. This includes anthrax scares and hoaxes at the Post Office where I work. And so it goes.

(RICH GORANSON): Comments about Harry no longer having the balls to play Diplomacy will most likely be ignored... (who hopes he gets better soon)

(ANDRUSCHAK to GORANSON): Now that was a cutting remark.

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


Supply Center Chart

AUSTRIA (Kinney): mos (survives)
FRANCE (Morris): bre,par,mar,spa,por,bel,lon, (wins)
ITALY (Emmert): rom,ven,nap,tun,smy,con, (survives)
RUSSIA (Reynolds): none (out)
TURKEY (Barno): sev (survives)
Neutral: none (Total=34)

Addresses of the Participants

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

(502) 412-3079; alberich of

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)

jimp of

ITALY: Steve Emmert, 3317 Hershridge Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

(757) 631-1842; steve.emmert of or lsemmert 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) Here are all the stats and an endgame statement. More are welcomed or perhaps demanded, don't be surprised if Goz will be calling you at work to demand one....

2) Those of you with balances (dollar figures in parentheses above) should let me know what they want done with their NMR insurance left over. Default is that it gets applied to your subscriptions (if you're in another game it will be added to that balance).

FINAL SUPPLY CENTER CHART: 1998 V - Come and Have a Go

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10
AUSTRIA (Kent Pollard)  5  8  6  7  7  8  5  4  2  1
Dropped Spring 1910
(Mark Kinney) Survived Winter 1910
ENGLAND (Terry Tallman)  4  3  3  3  3  3  2  1  0 -
Eliminated Winter 1909
FRANCE (Scott Morris)  4  5  6  7  8  8 10 *14 *16 18
Won Winter 1910
GERMANY (Jim Sayers)  5  5  5  4  3  3  2  1  0 -
Eliminated Winter 1909
ITALY (Scott Munson)  4  5  6  6  7  9 12 12 14 14
Resigned Fall 1907,
(Steve Emmert) Survived Winter 1910
RUSSIA (Luke Dwyer)  4  4  3  3  2  1  1  1  1  0
Removed Fall 1902,
(Phil Reynolds) Eliminated Winter 1910
TURKEY (Mike Barno)  5  4  5  4  4  2  2  1  1  1
Survived Winter 1910

* = Played one short

GM: Jim Burgess, The Abyssinian Prince to completion.



Jim Bob O Roonie,

Here is my EOG in all it's glory. I was probably too modest and nice, but what the hell. :)

First, thanks Jim-Bob for running a great game. A nice place you've got here. I cleaned my plate and fixed my bed. You better check and make sure Barno didn't mess in the hall.


Jim Sayers (Germany) MY GOD MAN!! We had a deal in the beginning of the game to kill England. He did not want me to move to Burgundy. I said, DUDE! you've got to think I'm on crack cocaine to leave Burgundy open. I'm moving there WITH support.

Then at the last second as a gesture of total good will, I opened to Picardy. I wrote Jim saying, ``See, what a great ally I am, no pressure on you bud! Smootch, smootch." Then Jim writes me back and says ``you know what? You're out of position, so you better give me 3 builds or you can kiss my ass" Needless to say I ran, not walked, RAN back to England. Thank God he took me back.

So it went. Scott Munson (Italy) was a dirty rotten rat bastard, but he was MY dirty rotten rat bastard. I think he lied to me every other move, but never really hurt me. When he moved his fleet through MAO to attack England I knew he wasn't all bad.

England and Germany were dying. < sniff, SOB > And the game was going swimmingly. Austria and Italy were killing Russia and Turkey. It looked like a 3 way. Austria was begging Italy to stab me, I was begging Italy to stab Austria. In the end he stabbed Austria. Lucky me.

Of course he then vanished. Good-bye Scott, hello Emmert.

My hand reached for the knife. Truth be told I was setting up this stab for years before Emmert took over. The fact he joined the game only made it more enjoyable......umm......errr... ... harder to write the orders. I met Emmert at one of those Dip Con's. Ive seen his kind before, with a foot on the back of grandma, taking her few coins while he fondles her chickens. < sniff > I admire that in a man.

In the end, they SHOULD have stopped me. All Kinney had to do was order Moscow to Warsaw supported by Galicia and I would have been stopped COLD at 17. Why did Kinnney instead support me into St.Pete? WHO THE HELL KNOWS!! He never wrote me back. Maybe he'll tell us, maybe he won't.

Despite this fact I take full fucking credit for the solo. Sweet, sweet victory. Ahhh, the beer tastes colder, the women are free and easy. I do, however, feel gratitude, NO, that's too strong a word, let's say appreciation, NO WAIT! That's not it either, wait a second, it's coming to me, YES, I feel pity for the little people that helped me to this grand place. I will honor your rotting, filthy corpse every year on my birthday when I bone a maiden from your country.

A shout out goes to Barno for his final move. We thought Emmert would cut his heart out. (see above) but he didn't. OOOPS.

SCREW YOU GUYS, I'm going home. (reference to South Park Cartman)

And if any of you guys ever want to visit my vast empire. Feel free to come by and hear my watchman say,

``Sorry, folks, park's closed. Moose out front shoulda told ya."

((Mega thanks for a brilliant stream of consciousness style EOG! Your bro' Goz will be on everyone's case to add to our enjoyment with their contributions. Scott Munson may be a rotten rat bastard, but he was OUR rotten rat bastard, and I really miss him. Anyone heard from him lately? He has to write an endgame statement too!!))

SO GOOD IT HURTS: 1998 P, Regular Diplomacy


Addresses of the Participants

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

heyday6 of

ENGLAND: Drew James, 3644 Whispering Woods Terr., Baldwinsville, NY 13027, (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, 3317 Hershridge Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23452, ($4)

steve.emmert of

Game Notes:

1) Be careful, Goz has gone damned militant on us. He be demanding endgame statements from ALL of you, even Doug Essinger-Hileman, who disappeared before the game even started!! Get 'em in now!!! Naw, I don't really expect to hear from Doug Essinger-Hileman, but I do expect to hear from the rest of you!

2) Those of you with balances (dollar figures in parentheses above) should let me know what they want done with their NMR insurance left over. Default is that it gets applied to your subscriptions (if you're in another game it will be added to that balance).


01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09
AUSTRIA (Doug Essinger-Hileman)  4  4  5  7  8  6 *8  8  8
Dropped before Spring 1901,
(Kurt Ozog) Drew Winter 1909
ENGLAND (Drew James)  5  6  7  8  7  5  3  3  1
Survived Winter 1909
FRANCE (Luke Dwyer)  3  3  2  2  2  2  1  1  1
Dropped Spring 1903,
(Mark Kinney) Survived Winter 1909
GERMANY (Warren Goesle)  6 *7  7  7  9 11 12 13 *14
Drew Winter 1909
ITALY (Paul Rauterberg)  5  4  5  4  2  2  1  0 -
Eliminated Winter 1908
RUSSIA (Russ Rusnak)  6  5  5  4  5 *7  8  9 10
Drew Winter 1909
TURKEY (Steve Emmert)  4  5  3  2  1  1  1  0 -
Eliminated Winter 1908

* = Played one short

GM: Jim Burgess, The Abyssinian Prince to completion.

EMBRACING THE CONSTRAINTS: Breaking Away, Designer's Rules


Turn 6

59 (replenish with a 3): Rhombus
58 (replenish with a 4): Square, Alice
57 (replenish with a 6): Christie, Prescott
56 (replenish with a 8): Rectangle
55 (no replenishment): None
54 (no replenishment): None
53 (replenish with a 3): I.K. Brunel, Enfield, Dennis the Menace
52 (replenish with a 6): William Shakespeare, Boniface
51 (replenish with a 8): Edi the Emu, Halbert, Alfred the Great, Beaver
50 (no replenishment): None
49 (replenish with a 3): Dave the Tinamou, Greenwich, Charlie Brown
48 (replenish with a 6): Peery the Peacock
47 (replenish with a 7): Brandon the Kiwi
46 (replenish with a 8): Dana, Alfalfa
45 (no replenishment): None
44 (replenish with a 3): Sir Isaac Newton
43 (no replenishment): None
42 (no replenishment): None
41 (no replenishment): None

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

40 (replenish with a 3): Diamond

Addresses of the Participants - Their Team and Their Cards

TEAM 1 (The Quabbin Reservoirs): Eric Brosius, 53 Bird Street, Needham MA 02492

(0 points) 72060.1540 of CompuServe.COM

A: Dana 16 9 14 8 (3)
B: Enfield 18 22 3 (14)
C: Greenwich 15 7 3 (3)
D: Prescott 3 22 6 (18)

TEAM 2 (The Flightless Birds): Rick Desper, 319 West Side Dr., #102 Gaithersburg, MD 20878

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Coached by Petey the Penguin
A: Edi the Emu 3 3 3 8 (3)
B: Dave the Tinamou 5 7 3 (3)
C: Brandon the Kiwi 12 12 7 (3)
D: Peery the Peacock 7 10 6 (3)

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

(19 points) fiendish of, John.Harrington of

A: Alfred the Great 12 3 6 8 (4)
B: William Shakespeare 3 10 6 (7)
C: Sir Isaac Newton 3 17 3 (3)
D: Isambard Kingdom Brunel 5 3 3 (5)

TEAM 4 (The Border Riders): Tom Howell, 365 Storm King Road, Port Angeles, WA 98363

(0 points) off-the-shelf of

Manager: the White Maid
A: Alice of Avenel 14 23 18 4 (17)
B: abbot Boniface 9 14 6 (9)
C: Christie of Clint-hill 15 22 6 (18)
D: Halbert Glendinning 13 22 8 (12)

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

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A: Rhombus 9 5 21 3 (19)
B: Square 17 5 4 (17)
C: Rectangle 3 16 8 (14)
D: Diamond 3 17 3 (3)

TEAM 6 (The Bad Boys): Jim Tretick, 13267 Coppermill Drive, Herndon, VA 20171, (703) 713-1328

(0 points) JTretickGames of

A: Alfalfa: 8 17 8 (5)
B: Beaver: 18 9 8 (3)
C: Charlie Brown: 18 7 3 (3)
D: Dennis the Menace: 13 12 3 (9)

Game Notes:

1) I am going BACK to the designer rules for Breaking Away that allow cards of greater than 15 to be replenished. The Breaking Away bonus is earned only on the FIRST turn that you break away from the pack. I printed the original postal rules in Issue #239, if you need a copy and don't have that issue, just ask.

2) The number in parentheses is what you played, the last card in your list is the one you replenished with.


(DANA - ALICE): I'll bet you play a BIG card this round.

(WHITE MAID to ERIC): Are we both awake now? Shall we go grab some points at 80 km?

(EDI - DANA): And I'll bet I play a little one!

(TOM to BOOB AND ERIC): So, which one of you guys is going to get a film crew on that Sidney bound cruise ship with Peery, et al? ((Not me, see Larry's more detailed account of the last cruise in the forthcoming Diplomacy World, should be out very, very shortly.))

(JOHN): Not got time to give my thoughts on ``Lord of the Rings" except to say number one son (aged 11) saw it twice on successive days so must have been impressed. I thought it was merely OK, not a travesty of the book but nowhere near as rich an experience despite the fantastic scenery. ((We seem to have agreed. See some more discussion on that up above.))

FEAR AND WHISKEY: 1998Ers31, Modern Diplomacy



Fall 2007

BRITAIN (Schultz): f ENG S f nth, a MUR-gor, f DEN S f swe, f SWE S f gob,

a STP S a mur-gor, f BRN-mur, f GOB S a stp, f NTH S f eng.

EGYPT (J. O'Donnell): f esa-LIB, f LBS S f esa-lib, f ION-aeg,

a SYR S a irk, a APU S SPANISH a nap-rom, a IRK h, f IZM-aeg.

GERMANY (Rauterberg): f bal-GDA, f BER-pru, f LIT s f bal (otm),

f bor-BIS, a AUS s a cze-slo, a LYO S SPANISH a auv-mar, f BEL-hol, a war s a sil-kra (d ann),

a CZE-slo, a SIL-kra, a MIL S a aus, f HAM-hol, a SWI S a aus.

ITALY (Ozog): a TUS S a rom, f MON S a mar, a rom s a tus (d ann),

a mar s f mon (d r:pie,otb).

SPAIN (S. O'Donnell): a mad-POR, a NAV h, f MAO S a nav, f LIG S a auv-mar,

f mal-NAP, a nap-ROM, f TYS S a nap-rom, a auv-MAR.

UKRAINE (Partridge): a VOL-gor, a kie-CRP, a POD-kra, a ANK S a ada,

f WBS-ist, f IST-aeg, a RUM-pod, a MOS S a vol-gor, a SLO-cze, a kra-WAR,

f ALB h, a VEN s EGYPTIAN a apu-rom (nso), a ADA S a irn, a sib-URA, a PRU-sil, a HUN-aus,

a BIE S a kra-war, f GRE-aeg, a LAT-lit, f ADR S a ven, a IRN S a ada, a CRO S a ven.

Supply Center Chart

BRITAIN (Schultz): EDI,LIV,LON,ire,nor,mur, (has 8, bld 1)
EGYPT (J. O'Donnell): ALE,ASW,CAI,isr,sau,lib,izm (has 7, even)
GERMANY (Rauterberg): BER,FRA,HAM,MUN,hol,cze (has 12, bld 2(PLAYS TWO SHORT))
ITALY (Ozog): mon (has 2 or 3, rem 1(r:otb) or 2)
SPAIN (S. O'Donnell): SVE,MAD,BAR,gib,por,mor, (has 8, bld 2)
UKRAINE (Partridge): KHA,KIE,ODE,SEV,ros,rum,bul, (has 22, rem 1)
Neutral: none (Total=64)

Addresses of the Participants

BRITAIN: John Schultz, 120 Pine Drive, Unit H, Porter, IN 46304, (219) 614-1406

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

or (440) 225-9203 (cell) ($3)

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 ($3)

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

roland6 of and ICQ: 40565030

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

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SPAIN: Sean O'Donnell, 1044 Wellfleet Drive, 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) The Modern Dip web page at: currently is on hiatus. I'll try to remember to let you know when it returns.

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. Any more??? We are going to do it with ``wings''.....

3) Gosh, I've seldom seen as precipitous a drop in centers as Eric has been experiencing, unless it is the drop that Kent Pollard experienced earlier in this game. Eric survives.... barely.


(THE MEKONS QUOTE OF THE MONTH): ``You all have died, though you're still alive, soon the pirate ships will be in!'' One of the only parts of ``The Song of Dogs'' reasonably appropriate for a family szine, off of the rude and crude Pussy, King of the Pirates, the Mekons' collaboration with Kathy Acker.

(UKRAINE - GERMANY): Round and round and round we go.

(VOICE OF THE GREATER REICH to WHOMSOEVER): What's that about Tribbles? I haven't even THOUGHT about them in decades.... Oh, that Ukr armies are lying everywhere one looks? Yeah, I've noticed THAT.

(UKRAINE - EGYPT): I kept asking Spain for a Rams offense, but seems he must be a Patriots fan. We'll do it his way.

(CAPTAIN KIRK to THE KLINGON HIGH COMMAND): You are about to occupy the Ferengi Holy City, home of the ``divine'' treasury. While the Ferengi lust for money has no real relationship to any rational faith or religion, you must not violate the treasury or its anointed leader. To do so would bring dishonor to the Klingon people and would have a destabilizing effect on future political negotiations with other warring governments. PS: I hear the Ferengi women aren't allowed to wear clothing. Try not to throw up at the sight, Kirk out.

(JOHN SCHULTZ): No time to chit chat. Just bought a house. My life is slowly winding down into normality.

(BOOB to JOHN): All great to hear! Let me know when your address changes!

(UKRAINE - SPAIN): I'm following your lead.

(JEFF to THE WORLD): I hate to admit being this out of touch, but I went to see ``Lord of the Rings'' last week. I was under the mistaken impression that it was the Harry Potter movie. I think all those years I spent in the paint store around oil base paint has fried my brain.

(UKRAINE - GERMANY): Scary, ain't it?

(CAPTAIN KIRK to ROMULAN HIGH COMMAND): For their help in defending the Federation against her enemies, I have negotiated a deal with the Klingons. They get all of Ferengi now. I get Deep Space 7 in the next battle cycle and Deep Space 8 the cycle after that.

SHOW ME THE MONEY: 1997Mea04, Colonial Diplomacy


Final Supply Center Chart - From the 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)

roland6 of and ICQ: 40565030

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) Free rides are over.... you can get me End Game Statements if you like, but this one is finally disappearing from the pages of TAP next issue unless I get at least one. Thanks to everyone for the game and the patience. New Miller Number Custodian Dan Mathias, please take note! Also, apologies for not using the ``official'' game years. I found them too confusing for me, so we started with 1901, like regular Diplomacy.

FINAL SUPPLY CENTER CHART: 1997Mea04 - Show Me the Money

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09
BRITAIN (Jonas Johnson) 11 12 12 *13 13 14 11  8  8
Resigned Winter 1903,
(Andy York) Survived Summer 1910
CHINA (Rich Goranson)  8  6  3  1  0 - - - -
Eliminated Winter 1905
FRANCE (Roland Sasseville, Jr.)  4 *8  9 10 10  9  8 *9 *8
Survived Summer 1910
HOLLAND (Rick Desper)  5  6  7  8  8  8 10 11 11
Drew Summer 1910
JAPAN (Luke Dwyer)  5  6  9 10 10 11 11 11 12
Removed Fall 1905,
(Kurt Ozog) Drew Summer 1910
RUSSIA (Don Williams)  8 *12 *14 14 15 14 16 17 17
Drew Summer 1910
TURKEY (Terry Tallman)  5  5  3  2  2  2  2  2  2
Survived Summer 1910

* = Played one short

GM: Jim Burgess, The Abyssinian Prince to completion.

Personal Note to You:

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