March 14, 2005

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Lots of fallout from last issue, I wish I had gotten a subszine from Michael Lowrey in time for the issue, but we'll definitely have him in the next two issues, as he's already sent me TWO subszines. David Partridge has a "correction" in this issue. And lots of feedback on the pictures including the note below from Eric Ozog.... I THOUGHT that wasn't him, though I know I recognize the picture. But I can't place it! Can anyone help Doug Beyerlein out and identify who that REALLY is in last issue's picture montage??? Extra special bonus prizes from me to whoever gets it. Included is a bonus blown up Eric and Cathy photo in this issue for selected subbers (I can't afford to do everyone), and then I put a picture that Conrad von Metzke sent me (see his letter below that) on that same insert. If you were not lucky enough to receive the insert and want to see it, I've put it up on the web page with this issue. I remember when Eric and Cathy were just getting together and many of us were matchmaking trying to put them together, but of course they already really were pretty much together and they had to just politely go along with our nattering interference.... or something like that, anyway, here's what Eric had to say to me:

Eric m Ozog (Mar 5, 2006 8:22 PM)
Hi Jim, I received TAP #300 the other day - congratulations on your staying power! Including Doug Beyerlein's early dip hobby photos was a neat idea, and I'd like to see more of that; I'm sure a lot of folks have photos of dip personalities they could share. But alas- Doug's 1984 photo of an alleged "Eric Ozog" is not accurate! The face looks familiar, but I can attest that person is not me. Not elflike at all; hair is too hobbit curly and dark brown, while mine is straight and sandy blond (albeit less of it now). I do recall for a brief time in 1982 I got bored with my straight hair and had my mom curl it that year; so people may have seen me with curly locks at DipCon in Baltimore. I drove to that Dipcon with Dan Stafford, Randy Ellis, and Stuart Lancaster in my green 1978 Mercury Cougar (which I still drive today). I also wore a contact lens at the time- no glasses. I don't believe I attended a major dip-convention in 1984, except perhaps a Madcon or Pudgecon in that year. Cathy Cunning and I met for the first time to go to the 1983 Dipcon in Detroit, where I believe I won second place and best France in the tournament; more importantly, Cathy and I solidified our "love alliance." I was 23 in 1984, the year Cathy moved from Phoenix to live with me in Chicago. Attached is a 1984 photo of the two of us. This may sound corny, but you can see the youthful glow of love in the faces. We married in 1985, and we're still allied after nearly 21 years. I believe the postal diplomacy hobby reached its zenith during the early '80s- it was so full of life. Those were happy times. People had a great time getting together to play the Grand Old Game in person and enjoyed each others' company, and driving and flying long distances to do so wasn't a burden; rather, it was part of the fun (maybe my perception of "The Hobby" during this time was a bit skewed from falling in love). Today, I'm happy to say, there is an active face-to-face hobby in the Pacific Northwest: Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver, B.C., with a new generation of hard-core players who organize tournaments on a regular basis. Once or twice a year I try to make a Northwest con. I don't play very well compared to 20 years ago (I got my butt kicked at Dipcon in Portland), but I still enjoy the game; the cheap thrill of playing face-to-face is still in my blood.
Best, Eric, elferic of

Conrad von Metzke (Wed, 01 Mar 2006 14:30:22 -0800)
Hi, Jim, my fault, you keep sending, I keep reading, but I never let out a peep, do I? Well, now's the time. 300 issues (however you choose to compute the number makes no difference, quite a few of your issues have been big enough to justify five numbers each) is monumental, particularly now when there is so little postal publishing left. And so I toast you, with great admiration and a dash of jealousy here and there, that you made it and I, er, well, didn't. (Officially COSTA closed at 299. I think; 29something, anyway. I did carry on thereafter in a sense; one gunboat game was still going, and I finished it up by e-mail until it finally ended (in game year 1934, won by Eric Brosius). But at one time, after one of my many re-starts after a lapse, Walt Buchanan challenged my numbering system and indicated that, in his opinion, I was running numbers that were half a dozen too high. I have no idea. Nor do I care any longer.) No matter what the details, you did it, I didn't, and I couldn't be prouder.
Which is as good a time as any to say thanks for all the issues, which I honestly don't deserve, but which I do read and will not refuse to accept....
Of course I looked at the photos - I barely remember me! It was pleasant to know that I clearly remember every single one of the names shown, and also the faces of those I met at one time or another (roughly half). I've also read some of the big fat issue so far, and will do the rest tonight; it will not go to waste, believe me!
One last thing for the moment - to update you on personal appearances, I attach - no, I will put into a separate message owing to the download time - a more or less current photo. Taken last July, on board a cruise ship in Alaska. L-R rear, Ross, Conrad and Eric; front, Sara Spafford (Eric's fiancee) and Jean. Second photo, of the other member of the family, who couldn't come on the ship: Xena, Warrior Rhodesian Ridgeback. ((I only included the first picture.))
(In the group photo, of perhaps a bit of interest; the photos on the wall behind us: The smaller one is Scott Carpenter, the astronaut; the larger one is his wife, Patricia, who christened the ship "Mercury" in honor of husband's space mission. And no, the plant on the right is not a Christmas tree, though I'll bet in December it is trimmed to double as one!) ((And because of the way it is cropped, you only can see Patricia Carpenter really well, but squint at the other one, or go look at the version on the web page and blow it up....))
Oh - okay, one more last thing: I'm long gone from Diplomacy now, but am still active in other postal gaming (railroad games); I do a subzine for David Oya in Banbury, UK. (CALAFIA'S ISLAND); I run one game as a `guest' in Jim Reader's VARIABLE PIG; and I have several games of my own going on by e-mail in a sort of unofficial e-szine (to borrow your preferred usage) which used to be called DISORIENTED EXPRESS but then went dormant for a couple of years, and now it's back I can't decide what to name it, if anything, so it just goes on without any designation. But it does go on.
The end. Really.
Be well, sir, Conrad, metzke of
((Thanks, you be well too. You look great in the picture, you've grown more handsome as you've gotten older....))

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See for details on progress on the WORLDMASTERS04, the Round 2 games are close to finished and the semifinalists are about set. As I look at it, semifinals notables include: Egg Ferreira, Buffalo Bartalone, Lee Simpson, Joe Janbu, Sebastian Beer, Jerry Fest, Twerg O'Donnchu, Tim Sweeney, Dave Partridge, Glenn Ledder, Adam Silverman, Toby Harris, and Thomas Franke. This is one of the deepest semifinal fields for this great tournament that I've seen, with representatives from nearly all of the world's hobby communities.
And remember I got called in as a STANDBY for Turkey in game WM04R221!!! This game did end with center counts Andy Bartalone with 15, Glenn Ledder with 12, me with 6, and Dan in Austria with just Greece. In another world I could have challenged Glenn and Andy more, I wish them both luck as they move on to the semis. In particular, I don't know how Andy will fare if he continues to be as busy in his new job as he was during this game. He just didn't pay enough attention. In another world, his clock would have been cleaned.
It is helping now that I've joined the Yahoogroup WM04-Chat where this discussion is happening. You can join too! However, this forum has been very, very quiet, I hope it picks up with semis, maybe I'll have to start some discussion. But most of the talk that there has been has about Yann Clouet and the French Hobby's new "World Palmares Evaluation" of FTF Diplomacy Play. Of course, Yann Clouet comes out #1, further backing up winning the John Koning award, and I am 1442nd (in a tie with Mark Nelson and Tony Dickinson, among others!). This uses lots of tournament results, more than 750 of them, and really is quite comprehensive. See those rankings at:

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Jim O'Kelley (Mon, 27 Feb 2006 17:51:38 -0600)
Hey, Guys.
DipCon was a lot of fun, as usual.
After a brutal first round in which I was on a board that coughed up a solo, and a mediocre second round in which I managed to weasel my five-center England into a four-way draw, I rallied. In the third round Saturday night, I got a nine-center three-way as France.
My best round came Sunday morning in round four. That was the timed round. I played Turkey on a board that featured Andy Bartalone in Austria, Jake Mannix in Italy, and Edi Birsan in Russia. I killed Edi with Austria and Germany, then stabbed Austria. With Italy's help, I killed off Bartalone.
Then, due to miscommunication with my Italian ally, I found myself in the Ionian with an open Naples staring me in the face. I already had 11 centers, so, as I'm wont to do (Don will attest...), I three-dotted him.
I didn't have much of a shot at a solo, but I hoped to cut Italy out of the draw. Sadly, Jake talked his way into the stalemate line, and the game ended in a four-way draw as time expired with me at 16 centers.
A three-way would have given me Best Turkey, but the 16-center four-way was good enough to vault me onto the top board. I finished seventh and have a nice plaque to prove it.
Don, Hohn Cho won the tournament, and Steve Cooley finished second. Edi placed fourth, so the California crowd fared pretty well.
Any chance of getting some of you guys to Dixie Con this year? It's a long shot for me, but I'm going to work on it.
Jim, ajokelley of

Toby Harris (Fri, 10 Mar 2006 18:59:28)
Hi Jim,
Hope all is well at your end.
So you'd like more reading material in Dip Zines huh? Okey dokey.
Your Worldmasters Update may be a little out-dated; I'm sure you can glean the top 49 going through to the semis for next issue. Most games are either finished or near the end now. As this is (as far as I know) the world's biggest email tournament it's surely worth a few words. ((Yup, I think I updated it now, and I'm printing most of this as well. I think what I'm not printing will go in Diplomacy World.))
And other news is that the European Championships for 2006 took place last weekend. My write-up follows.
Take care Jim, Toby, toby of
p.s. if you didn't already have it this is my email address. THMC re-branded to Responsiva last November.
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Greetings one and all. I hope you all had a great time this year. It was certainly great to see you all again. So, a little round-up on the EDC;
The Venue
The surroundings were unusual but comfortable for most; some players were not overly happy with the low tables around the edge of the room, but these were designed so that the likes of Ronald Lokers wouldn't bump his head on the lower part of the ceiling. Needless to say, Vic & Demis had no such misfortune. In general, the dorms and playing area were described as comfortable and the refreshments reasonably priced.
Our Sponsors
Mindscape / Paradox very kindly paid the balance on the room hire and donated three Diplomacy games for the winners, which was very much appreciated. I hope that the material around the room (place cards and posters) were noted and that some or all of you will now go and buy the game and tell your friends what you think of it. It does play well in so much that you can diplome with your neighbours etc (this hasn't been achieved before in a computer game) and if you play it for this reason you'll enjoy it. The AI is not as strong as an experienced player (I think this is a tough nut to crack) but I have certainly enjoyed playing a few rounds and would say it's worth trying out.
Next Year's EDC
The bid for EDC 2007 in Marseilles (hosted by Gwen Maggi & Cyrille Sevin) beat off all rivals and so we'll be playing on the beach, surrounded by bronzed Mediterranean sunbathers. It almost makes missing the final round sound like a good idea. Hopefully Gwen will lead the way and we'll all jump into the sea for a little splash.
WDC 2006 will be in Berlin during the first weekend of August, and this is a real must for all Diplomacy players with a lust for increasing their silverware collection.
The "Team" Round
The whole purpose of what we did this year was to make 100% certain that three of the awards went home to three different countries, and so we had a nationality tournament with all players secretly representing their home country. Needless to say the last thing I wanted was a repeat of WDC 2004 so the event was announced after it had taken place, with all players scores summed (and divided by "n+1") for the country they represented. This gave us three `National Heroes' for the players representing the top three countries.
For Germany we have Bogislaw "Joe 90" Schoenf; For France Guillaume Marliot; And for the UK Simon Bouton.
Needless to say, our Scottish visitor John Jamieson was a most welcome addition to the Dutch team ;-)
The Scoring System
Ah yes, that element of a DipCon which always gets moaned about! I wanted a system which did two things:
1. Simple to add up
2. A system which HURTS players who come second
So how do we achieve this?
a. Use simple numbers (1's and 10's)
b. REWARD players for EVERYTHING (survival, topping the board etc) EXCEPT those who come second!
Subtle, huh? Indeed, players could see the value of survival; as TD I kept a few players in the game in my first round - so please don't think that a 13-centre Turkey is where it would have ended had I played "normally" ;-). The real irony of all this is that it took a while for the penny to drop - elimination in 1908 wasn't worth so much less than a one centre survival! And of course the table-toppers get a bonus. Not a "silly" bonus - it's crazy to lose 24 C-Diplo points just because of a final turn misorder or unpleasant "gift" to another player. But hey, every system is different and this one was designed to give a little something for every style of play - except perhaps my own style of preferring a "centres squared" system which rewards the players who really push for the 18 every time they play. Whatever - the tournament was not let down by the scoring system and most who commented on it liked its raw subtleties.
The Top Table
This was an interesting one, generating lots of feedback and comments, so I'd like to set the record straight on a few things. The first point of note is that there were four French and three English players, and the alliances did tend towards "French vs English". However this is little more than coincidence because the alliances tended to swing according to personal opportunity and individual desire to do well in the game, rather than any international conflict. And that's how it should be. I watched the game unfold and adjudicated every turn - and all seven players did their best to win. But for a breakdown of my personal view on each performance;
Austria (Vic Hall) Vic started by covering Trieste and sending his fleet south, letting Russia (Simon Bouton) into Galicia. It looked bad until Simon supported Gal-Rum in the fall. From this point until the mid game it appeared Vic played the perfect game; covering Albania at the right moments (I've always maintained the value of Albania when playing Austria) and keeping Turkey bottled up at home. Vic's downfall came more through bad luck in so much that Italy (Guillaume Marliot) could guarantee no worse than second place in the tournament by ensuring he topped Vic on this final board. Eventually, with Russia going down to the northern alliance and Turkey & Italy after some gains towards the end-game, Vic never grew to 7 and by the end was knocked down by the I/T alliance. I don't think there was anything Vic could have done at any point in the game to improve his end result and for this reason I felt more disappointed for him than any other player.
England (Cyrille Sevin) Cyrille was quick to spot that his best chance in this game was to ally with Germany (Gwen Maggi) and played it well. By the mid-game France (Chetan) was contained on five and he & Gwen had gotten through to War, Stp & Mos. After Spring 1904 had been adjudicated the opportunity was there for Cyrille to stab his German ally for the fall and guarantee 1st place. Russia's northern game was over and France was not in position to stop England taking virtually everything east of Holland (which he already owned). However, Germany turned on Cyrille through (what I understand to be) some powerful persuasion by Chetan, and suddenly the game was alive once more. Cyrille looked like a probable winner for the next few years because (in 1904) Turkey was still struggling on three centres. I felt Cyrille was perhaps a tad soft on his German ally - had he gone in for the kill maybe the end result would have been different.
France (Chetan Radia) It looked quite good for Chetan up to the mid-game; Italy stayed East and with his units well-positioned Chetan appeared to always have a threatening position against England. But many turns were wasted - continuous agreed 1 x 1 bounces over the Channel, later being replaced with 2 x 2 bounces. Why, I wondered, didn't Chetan go for Bre-MAO, MAO-NAO and cover Brest with an army whilst convoying to Clyde? It could have made a difference. But Chetan did save the game in 1904 and persuaded Gwen to take Holland from Cyrille, which was a superb feat in itself. Had he not stolen Belgium from Germany the following year, maybe Gwen would have continued to work with him and this could have given Chetan the edge. Who knows whether this might have had a better result for him in the end.
Germany (Gwen Maggi) Gwen took three builds in 1901 and stood Russia (Simon Bouton) out of Sweden. The Sweden bounce was probably justified because Simon had gotten into Galicia and looked strong from the off. But Gwen made some mistakes in this game - probably more than anyone else in fact. The worst of these was a fleet move from BAL-Lvn in an attempt to cut Simon's support for Warsaw (Gwen had moved to Sil & Pru in Spring 1902). Simon saw this coming and made sure he vacated Livonia, leaving Gwen with a very badly placed fleet in Livonia. On a top board I think this was probably the weakest move of the game. However, Gwen did realize the threat from Cyrille and stabbed him when it mattered, therefore ensuring it wasn't all over in 1904. Although Gwen had a high sc count until (and through) the mid game, his nearest rivals leading into the mid game were A/F/E - which is not a good omen for the end game supply centre grab!
Italy (Guillaume Marliot) Guillaume appeared obsessed with taking Vic down from 1902 onwards, presumably because Vic entered the final game as the only player ahead of him. There were no attempts throughout the game to attack either F or T, so this meant Austria would always feel the pressure of his Italian neighbour. Guillaume spent most of the game on four centres but towards the final two years his break came and Trieste fell. At one stage it was clear Guillaume had a very real chance of topping the board - spoilt only by Vic deciding it wasn't to be and denying his game-long aggressor the chance to win. Guillaume didn't play 'badly', but he did appear focused on moving his pieces in just the one direction (i.e., against Austria). Perhaps had he considered ION-EAS at some point (with a follow-up convoy to Syria) maybe his game would have ended differently. The motto here is that if you focus on guaranteeing 2nd place in the tournament you will lose sight of first place.
Russia (Simon Bouton) Simon started with a successful move to Galicia, making himself look so strong in the first year that any doubt over Sweden was sealed immediately. Maybe it was already sealed, but this would have tipped the balance for me. Simon did make some great moves in the game - I liked the vacation of Livonia to welcome the German fleet into a useless province. I was also impressed with his Diplomacy; England and Germany were both attacking him and threatened Mos & War between them. When England (Cyrille) asked for a chat, Simon's response was "is that so you can ensure you get your centre and your ally doesn't?" I guess you had to be there to find it funny. Anyways, once the E/G had formed there was little Simon could do. Despite being assaulted from three sides, Simon did get a build in the mid-game though and this was where I felt Simon could have played it better; no home centres available! Better to have foregone the bounce with Turkey in BLA and moved to Rum or Arm instead - give up on the north, build another fleet in Sev and go for a southern game. It was possible he might have eliminated Turkey from this and history would have been changed.
Turkey (Benjamin Pouilles) Benjamin faced a lot of early game pressure from the A/R alliance, losing Bulgaria early on and continuously being bounced out of BLA & AEG. Eventually the break came and Ben slowly grew to top the table on ten centres. His diplomacy appeared first class (from what I heard) and his moves solid. He stayed friendly throughout and just got on with it, waiting for his time to come and seizing the moment. There isn't a lot you can do to praise a player who plays Turkey - it's a basic & boring country to play. But everyone knows the dangers of Turkey and if you don't take it out early, chances are it will come back and bite you on the arse at the end. And that's just what Ben did. Very well played and on balance I'd say Ben was the player who made the least mistakes, stayed the friendliest, kept discussions going and deserved the win.
All in all I'd say it was a good and fair top table with the best guy on the day winning. Well done Benjamin - a very worthy winner.
The Results
Ironic that when unpacking the little 7th place trophy I thought of Demis. He missed out on the top table by one point thanks to a centre he felt he didn't need in the third round - serves you right Demis; I hope you'll never do this again! But a Best Country glass plaque and a `trophette' for 7th will have sugared the pill.
Robin Walters just missed out on the top board too, but a solid fourth round result won him a couple of prizes to take home. Great stuff.
The top five slots went to players on the final table, supporting the new scoring system further in that top table players shouldn't necessarily sacrifice their chance of a trophy by playing on the tougher, final board. Similarly, virtually every player in the top half of the scoreboard entering the final round would have made the top three with an outright win in the final round.
As for my not playing in the final round, my role was to GM the final. But, for the record, had I played and been eliminated in 1907 . that makes a total of 94. He he, just how `worthy' can you get ;-) But this aside, when you play Diplomacy with the opening line "don't worry about me - my scores won't count" it did lead to an unfair advantage - so the exclusion of my scores was the right thing to do. What perhaps wasn't right were those lovely allies who believed it, and won't ally with me again at WDC!!! Bah, what a wasted opportunity - maybe I should have sought council from Xavier on what to do as TD ;-)
Ok, official results from Dave follow and final thanks to both Dave and Shaun in making all this happen.
See you next time, Toby

David Norman (07 March 2006 21:38)
EuroDipCon Results
((Toby: numbers are 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th round scores and then a total))
Overall Results
1 Benjamin Pouilles 30 14 19 30 93
2 Guillaume Marliot 27 30 18 15 90
3 Vick Hall 30 30 17 12 89
TD Toby Harris 33 18 36 - 87
4 Cyrille Sevin 15 19 27 19 80
5 Chetan Radia 32 17 14 16 79
6 Robin Walters 15 17 23 23 78
7 Demis Hassabis 17 11 32 18 78
8 Gwen Maggi 15 20 31 12 78
9 Andre Ilievics 24 12 12 23 71
10 Druk Dzongkha 20 14 23 14 71
11 Simon Bouton 16 31 16 8 71
12 Frank Oschmiansky 19 13 6 30 68
13 Yann Clouet 17 15 15 21 68
14 Simen Fure Jorgensen 17 18 16 17 68
15 Bogislaw von Schoenf 7 30 14 15 66
16 Julian Ziesing 14 20 16 15 65
17 Luca Pazzaglia 13 20 11 19 63
18 James Arney 24 8 14 17 63
19 Frederic Coste 17 14 8 21 60
20 Simon Magnusson 18 14 13 14 59
21 Leonardo Quirini 11 13 17 16 57
22 Niclas Perez 8 7 13 28 56
23 Rene Van Rooijen 12 18 15 11 56
24 Emmanuel du Pontavic 16 13 5 21 55
25 Dennis Andersson 2 6 30 17 55
26 Doug Massie 11 31 12 - 54
27 Tage Bengtsson 12 14 12 15 53
28 Alexandre Fondu 18 7 15 12 52
29 Mike Ward 12 15 14 11 52
30 Ronald Lokers 15 14 15 8 52
31 Millis Miller 16 15 17 - 48
32 Gihan Bandaranaike 15 19 14 - 48
33 Joao Carvalho 11 19 11 5 46
34 Carlo Selvetti 8 13 16 6 43
35 Arne Senftleben 16 4 5 16 41
36 John Jamieson 5 12 12 8 37
37 Dan Lester 11 6 20 - 37
38 Andrew Greco 11 11 12 - 34
39 Timm Urschinger - 12 5 11 28
40 Rui Rodrigues - 12 12 3 27
41 Shaun Derrick 4 15 7 - 26
42 David Norman 14 - - - 14
43 Markus Welbourne 4 - - - 4
David, david of

Tell me anything you like about the recent past in music. List a top two, a top ten, or a top 100, I don't care, just tell me something!! I've got my abbreviated best of 2005 below along with MANY other tidbits. Also, I have an all-time movie list from Fred Davis that REALLY will make it next issue.... sorry, Fred, for the delay!

Brendan Whyte (Thu, 09 Mar 2006 14:53:45)
Eeeww... colour photos of Larry Peery shaved... I feel all dirty... Actually, doesn't he look like Stan Wrobel? Maybe they were separated at birth...
I enjoyed Larry's Beshara tribute, even though I had never heard of Beshara before. . Most interesting coincidences. I should also say I have a Combustible Edison album, bought after seeing the video for their theme to "Four Rooms" on tv in LA in 1994. I later got the "Four Rooms" video out to watch. It was ok, nothing great, but it had a few moments. Jim Jarmusch's "Mystery Train" was a similar concept and heaps better. But the Combustible Edison album is great. Is their other stuff in a similar vein, or completely different?
Another favourite album is Joe Jackson's "Jumping Jive", which is completely different to the rest of his oeuvre. I was so disappointed when I bought more Joe Jackson albums....
Brendan Whyte, bwhyte of
((Well, Joe is quite eclectic and he gets annoyed by fans on all sides who like one or another part of what he's done and wants him to be more consistent. I've been able to follow and enjoy to one extent or another most of what he's done, but there really are hardly any two albums alike in the oeuvre. If you like "Jumping Jive", the first one I would recommend is "Body and Soul" with a lot of Joe on sax and lots of other horns and saxes. That was 1984, the album before that in 1982 ("Night and Day") was generally panned for being extremely uneven, it started a push where Joe consciously tried to mix genres and styles, almost to drag his audience along after him where he wanted to go. But "Body and Soul" stayed pretty consistent and is one of his best albums in my view. I'm not sure what else you bought, but you probably began to think the guy was schizophrenic. And perhaps he is. All of Combustible Edison's work is in the similar vein. I think they have three albums. The same people made some other records in their "Christmas" incarnation, but those are decidedly different in character. As you describe yourself, you wouldn't like them.))

I am actually getting this out the door (typing this last) after the first two rounds of games. So, what I'm going to report in each regional is my original picks, some comments, and then some revised thinking. But the summary is still this. I think Florida can get to the Final Four, beat UConn, and then beat West Virginia or UCLA or even (ugh) Duke who get to the final to oppose them. Billy Donovan's Florida Gators to win it all, you might have heard it here first.
Washington Regional: As my big upset here, I was picking Winthrop to knock off Tennessee, and they ALMOST did it! But this didn't hurt my bracket very much, because I was sure that the Wichita State surprise would easily overwhelm Seton Hall and get into the Sweet Sixteen. I nailed that one! I had them opposing North Carolina, who I thought would make a run, but NO, another of those teams, George Mason made it by Michigan State (which I did not have) and by UNC. Wow. It shouldn't matter, as UConn now has an even easier trip to the Final Four than I thought they would have, their ALMOST collapses in the first two games nonwithstanding. As I said above, it will only be Florida in the Final Four that can knock them off. I thought Calhoun saying that beating Albany in the first round was his hardest coaching job of his career was laughable except that I think it was true. I had Illinois opposing UConn in the Sweet Sixteen, which won't happen. Hands down, UConn has the best talent in the country, NO ONE has players of the caliber of Anderson, Boone, Gay, and Williams, but that doesn't mean they are going to play the best. After the first weekend, Calhoun already is having a heart attack!!! Imagine what happens next??? Sometime they won't be able to just turn it on.
Minneapolis Regional: Here, my big teams going to the Sweet Sixteen as somewhat surprising were Nevada (who couldn't even get past Montana) and Wisconsin (who couldn't even get past Arizona). The game between Arizona and Villanova to get into the Sweet Sixteen was a REAL classic! Wow, what a game..... and I thought that BC had had their run getting to the ACC Tournament Final. But Villanova and BC should be a great matchup. I'm still predicting that the winner won't matter because Florida is destined for the Final Four. It was only 20 years ago that Billy Donovan made it there as a player with Providence!!! I nailed the lower half of that bracket (not that it was that hard), but now I think that Florida prevails easily over Ohio State (which I had) and probably Villanova, so their trip to the Final Four will be more difficult. The Gators have the same background as West Virginia, played well early and then coasted waiting for the tournament, Taurean Green is a GREAT set-up man and those two forwards Noah and Horford crashing the boards will knock out Villanova's small team without getting distracted by their quickness.
Atlanta Regional: We all hate Duke, right? I still couldn't keep Duke out of the Elite Eight, where I have them falling to West Virginia. West Virginia had a bad last couple of weeks, but clearly they were gearing up to what was really important.... THIS! I had Iowa and then West Virginia getting past Iowa, and of course their path was a bit easier than that against Northwestern St. I had them beating Texas in the Sweet Sixteen, and still have that. I totally screwed up the upper part of that bracket, except for knowing that Syracuse was one and done after their great run through the Big East Tournament (that was amazing, and really special!!!). West Virginia is one of the few teams with a serious inside center who also can go outside in Kevin Pittsnogle. He is the kind of player, with his experience last year, that gets to the Final Four. Yes, the rest of the team doesn't always play good D, but they don't miss Free Throws and Mike Gansey also is the kind of "do-everything" player that you gotta love. Joe Herber runs the offense with efficiency.
Oakland Regional: My big problem here as thinking that four seed Kansas would be the team making the run through this Regional. HOW wrong could I be??? They couldn't even get past Bradley!!! Bradley is such an easy team to like, why didn't I like them..... damn, I hate missing the underdogs! Otherwise, I had this upper part of that bracket OK. I am rooting for Bradley now to keep going!!! In the bottom part, I thought that Indiana could beat Gonzaga, but I still think that UCLA can beat Gonzaga. If Bradley can't make the Final Four as a REAL underdog, I hope that UCLA can. Boy do I HATE Memphis, hate Memphis..... we grew to hate John Calipari when he was up here in Mass. as a poor man's Rick Pitino type (and yes, I still love Ricky P.). But Rodney Carney and Joey Dorsey are just ugly, ugly players. Yuck.... I wanna watch basketball, not a street fight.
So, another good tournament, still one of the best sporting events of the year. We haven't had any really huge upsets yet, but I think we're about to get some Top Seeds knocked off. And while the number two seeds are not impressive, teams like Florida at number three are. And those are JUST the kinds of teams that win this thing if one of the favorites doesn't. Join me in rooting against Memphis and Duke.....
"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 if you let me know in advance to be sure the fax machine is set up.
I am continuing to note cut or failed support orders with a small "s" instead of a capital "S". This will make it easier on the E-Mailed version of the szine to see what happened, since the italics don't show there. The italics DO show on the web page just fine.
Standby lists:
Mike Barno, Dick Martin, Brad Wilson, Jack McHugh, Glenn Petroski, Steve Emmert, Mark Kinney, Vince Lutterbie, Eric Brosius, Paul Rauterberg, Bob Osuch, Doug Kent, Sean O'Donnell, Vern Parker, Heath Gardner, Paul Kenny, and Jeff O'Donnell stand by for regular Diplomacy.
Let me know if you want on or off these lists, especially OFF. Standbies get the szine for free and receive my personal thanks.

We've got lots of openings in the subszines, check them out!!! Especially, contact Rip Gooch for Railway Rivals, see Rip's subszine elsewhere in most issues of TAP. Come on, help me out!!! Contact Rip Gooch directly at xyropedes of Rip has been a bit missing in action lately, but I am assured that he SHALL return.
I'm ready to start a new Breaking Away game, who's interested??? Challenge David Partridge again as he is in, so are Brendan Whyte and Alexander Woo. I also am giving a free spot to Eric Martin. Anyone else? Rick Desper is in too.
I am willing to open another new game of REGULAR Diplomacy if there is enough interest!!! We have Marc Ellinger (pd), Don Williams, and John Crow signed up, only four more to go!!!
Also, is there any interest in another game of Nuclear Yuppie Evil Empire 7x7 Dip? I know it may be getting tired, but I really like it. We have Karl Schmit and Sean O'Donnell on the list, let's get seven!! It's FREE!!!
I also am starting a game of the variant I designed, Spy Diplomacy. Signups for that are now open. I'll publish the rules shortly or you can look at them at Bruce Edwards and Eric Ozog are signed up. I'll try to remember to punch in the rules in the next issue.
John Harrington is offering to guest GM a game of Office Politics. Any interest in that?? Let me or John know! Jody McCullough and Bruce Edwards are interested, anyone else?
And since Colonia is over, Harold Reynolds is looking to start something else.
Also, I am going to design some postal rules for Devil Take the Hindmost, and we have an opening here: Bruce Edwards, Mike Barno, and Eoghan Barry are signed up. Postal rules from me will be forthcoming shortly, on my never ending to-do list. I will get them in SOON! I'm more likely to get these things started if I see some interest..... I've GOT to do this now, Eoghan is getting tired of waiting....
Right now, the other thing going is the Modern Diplomacy game with Wings. Sean O'Donnell, Jeff O'Donnell, Bob Holt, Rick Desper, Alexander Woo, Dave Partridge, and Eric Ozog are signed up for that. I will start it when I get a full complement of players, we only need THREE more!

Last chance is gone here, these games never really got going all that far in the first place. And I really couldn't get back more than one player in each game and it seemed silly to get that many standbys. Take note Mr. BNC Tom Howell. Let's start another new Diplomacy game instead. Who's interested?? Any of you old Ishkibibbleites want to play?? Or should I just drop the free subs I've been giving you all?? Your choice. Anyone who was a subber to Ishkibibble may join the new regular Diplomacy game for free, but this is a ONE TIME only offer, get your request in now. Marc Ellinger already has taken us up on this request.

Marc Ellinger (Sat, 11 Mar 2006 21:38:05 EST)
I'm still happy to continue playing, but I would suggest we restart the games, so that we can re-dip. It's been so long that there is no continuity to the games. I'll send you some money for a subscription this week and to help defray the cost of restarting the games.
On the other hand, if we're going to play them out from where they're at, let me know and I'll try to remember what was going on before.
((See above, I think we're done, and you're in for the new game. You didn't have to pay me, but I see that you have.))

SPIRALS OF PARANOIA: 2005A, Regular Diplomacy
Spring 1903
AUSTRIA (Rauterberg): a VIE S a bud-gal, a tri-SER, a RUM h, a ser-BUL,
a BUD-gal, f bul(sc)-AEG.
ENGLAND (Wiedemeyer): f LVP-nat, a WAL-lvp, a SWE h, f ENG-mid, f nwy-NWG.
FRANCE (Tretick): f MID C a bre-cly, f NAT C a bre-cly, a bre-CLY, f IRI-wal, a spa-GAS.
GERMANY (Ozog for Tallman): a ber-SIL, a mun-TYO, f bal-GOB, a bur-MAR, a pic-BRE, f DEN h.
ITALY (O'Donnell): f nap-TYH, a tus-PIE, a GRE S AUSTRIAN a ser-bul, a NAF h,
f ION S AUSTRIAN f bul(sc)-aeg.
RUSSIA (Sundstrom): a GAL s a ukr, a arm-SEV, a UKR S a gal, a stp-LVN.
TURKEY (Biehl): f CON-aeg, f ANK h, f SMY-aeg.

Addresses of the Participants
AUSTRIA: Paul Rauterberg, 3116 W. American Dr., Greenfield, WI 53221,
(414) 281-2339 (E-Mail) trauterberg of
ENGLAND: Fred Wiedemeyer, Box 92010-Meadowbrook RPO, Edmonton, ALBERTA CANADA T6T 1N1,
(780) 465-6432, wiedem of
FRANCE: Buddy Tretick, 9607 Conaty Circle Spotsylvania, VA 22553-1953
United Parcel Service ONLY: 5023 Sewell's Pointe Way, Fredericksburg, VA 22407, (540) 898-3386
cell (540) 226-5571 (E-Mail) berniebuddy32 of
GERMANY: Terry Tallman, PO Box 782, Clinton, WA 98236, (360) 331-5698 ($2)
terryt of
GERMANY: Temporary Standby is Eric Ozog, PO Box 1138, Granite Falls, WA 98252-1138,
(360) 691-4264, ElfEric of
ITALY: Jeff O'Donnell, 402 Middle Ave., Elyria, OH 44035-5728,
(440) 322-2920 or (440) 225-9203 (cell, as late as midnight Eastern)
RUSSIA: Matt Sundstrom, 1760 Robincrest Lane South, Glenview, IL 60025, (847) 729-1882,
Matt.Sundstrom of or mattandzoe of
TURKEY: John Biehl, #8 - 11530 84th Avenue, Delta, BRITISH COLUMBIA, V4C 2M1 CANADA,
(604) 591-1832(???) ($7); jrb of

Game Notes:
1) Terry is still having some medical problems, but rather than hold up the game anymore, Eric Ozog has agreed to pay attention to the game and negotiate and submit orders for Terry. We all hope this will be a brief interlude. Eric originally brought Terry into the Diplomacy hobby all those many years ago, and so I'm glad he's agreed to do this.
2) John Biehl's phone number, listed above, has been disconnected. John, do you have a current number to list??? He's the one person I think we're still not sure about.

(PIKE'S LOG): I am sending a troop transport and the Starship W Bush to investigate the Children of Tomari situation. We will help them if we can, or scrounge some of their leftover resources and rescue survivors if they fall and they are going to fall. I'm also helping the Cardassians in their war with the Breen. I'm stretching us a little thin, but I trust the Cardassian leader. ((You mean the Cardassian Gul....)) Only time will tell if that's wise. Pike out.
(RUSSIAN DELINQUENTS-WORLD): Playing defense now. Will work for dots obo.

FLIP FLOP: 2003G, Regular Diplomacy
Autumn and Winter 1906
AUSTRIA (Wiedemeyer): R a ser-BUD; bld f tri; has f TRI, a BUD, a RUM, a NAP, a ROM,
a UKR, a MOS, a ALB.
ENGLAND (Schmit): bld a lon; has a LON, a HOL, f ENG, f POR, a BUR, f BRE,
f NWY, f NTH, a STP.
FRANCE (Jeff O'Donnell): rem f wes, a mar; has a PAR, f SPA(SC), a GAS.
GERMANY (Sundstrom): has f HEL, f SWE, a DEN, a LVN, a MUN, f SKA.
TURKEY (Levinson): has a BUL, f ION, f TYH, a GRE,
f TUN, f BLA, a SEV, a SER.

Addresses of the Participants
AUSTRIA: Fred Wiedemeyer, Box 92010-Meadowbrook RPO, Edmonton, ALBERTA CANADA T6T 1N1,
(780) 465-6432, wiedem of
ENGLAND: Karl Schmit, 1509 O'Keefe Road, DePere, WI 54115, (920) 338-8402,
diplomacy of ($4)
FRANCE: Jeff O'Donnell, 402 Middle Ave., Elyria, OH 44035-5728,
(440) 322-2920 or (440) 225-9203 (cell, as late as midnight Eastern)
GERMANY: Matt Sundstrom, 1760 Robincrest Lane South, Glenview, IL 60025, (847) 729-1882,
Matt.Sundstrom of or mattandzoe of
ITALY: Don Williams, 27505 Artine Drive, Saugus, CA 91350, (661) 297-3947,
wllmsfmly of or dwilliams of
RUSSIA: Sean O'Donnell, 1044 Wellfleet Drive, Grafton, OH 44044, (440) 926-0230,
sean_o_donnell of
TURKEY: Alexandre Levinson, 1, allee des Marniquets, 78430 Louveciennes FRANCE, don't need phone,
levinson7 of ($5)

Game Notes:
1) As I noted to one player, the Spring deadline is RIGHT here, you should have been negotiating about it already.

(CAPTAIN'S LOG): The end is near. The Romulans have captured and reunified Vulcan. They have a troop transport orbiting Earth and starship menacing Deep Space 9. To make matters worse, the Children of Tomari have taken Deep Space 6 (that's right, Deep Space 6 has been deep-sixed!). Our Ferengi allies are holding their own as are our Breen allies. This is, of course, no help to us. I have to decommission a starship and a troop transport for spare parts. We will continue to fight, although I'm not sure why....
(JEFF to ALEX LEVINSON): Just for that, you can have your stupid statue back!!!
(JEFF to ALEX LEVINSON II): Just kidding! By the way, nice move into Tunis. Although if you had taken Naples, Austria (your front line) would not be building. My guess is that Mr. Schmit talked you into the move to make his life easier. Good luck ever advancing past the Mid-Atlantic....
(JEFF to JIM): Go ahead and put me in the Modern game that Sean has gotten into. Let me know if you need another player. I have a couple of people to call who might be interested. ((Since Modern has 10 spots, I actually need THREE more players, so go right ahead.))
(JEFF PS ON MODERN GAME): Ever thought about modifying the map a little? ((Not really, I wouldn't do it actually, I'd let the designer, Vince Mous do it if anyone were to do it. I don't see any really serious problems except for the difficulties Poland has establishing a strong position. Nevertheless, I'm surprised, but the statistics show that Modern is very, very balanced, even more balanced than regular Diplomacy. It is one of the most balanced variants ever designed by those stats, compiled on the Judges.))
(JEFF to WORLD): England wins unless alliances change. Just thought I'd mention it!
(CAPTAIN KIRK to LT. UHURA): Lt., please issue a Federation wide distress signal on all frequencies. (If she starts to sing, I'll kill her!)
(JEFF to SEAN): Russia still sucks!

I CAN'T FIND MY MONEY!: 2001F, Regular Diplomacy
Fall 1912
AUSTRIA (Parker): f ION C a rom-smy, f TYH C a rom-smy, a GAL h, a WAR h, f EAS S a rom-smy,
a PIE h, a BUL-con, a tri-VIE, a VEN h, a SEV-arm, a rom-SMY, a SER-bul,
a STP h, f AEG C a rom-smy.
FRANCE (Kent): f BRE S f pic-eng, a PAR-bur, a spa-mar (d r:por,otb), a WAL h,
f pic-ENG, f TUN h.
GERMANY (Wilson): f hol-NTH, f bel-PIC, a MUN S a ruh-bur, f edi-CLY, a gas-SPA,
f eng-MID, a LON h, a NWY h, a MAR S a gas-spa, f cly-NAO, a ruh-BUR.
TURKEY (Miller): f smy s a con (d r:syr,otb), a ARM h a CON s f smy.

Supply Center Chart
AUSTRIA (Parker): TRI,BUD,VIE,ser,rum,nap, (has 14, bld 1)
FRANCE (Kent): PAR,por,BRE,tun,lvp (has 5 or 6, even(r:otb) or rem 1)
GERMANY (Wilson): KIE,BER,hol,den,bel,MUN,swe, (has 11, bld 1)
TURKEY (Miller): ANK,CON (has 2 or 3, even(r:otb) or rem 1)
Neutral: none (Total=34)

Addresses of the Participants
AUSTRIA: Vern Parker, 337 Winter Hill Place, Powell, OH 43065, (614) 402-5139
VernDip of is preferred
ENGLAND: Mark Kinney, 4830 Westport Road, Apt D, Louisville KY 40222
alberich of
FRANCE: Doug Kent, 11111 Woodmeadow Pkwy., #2327, Dallas, TX 75228
dougray30 of
GERMANY: Kevin Wilson, 18623 Santa Maria Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70809, 225-751-3857,
ckevinw1 of
ITALY: Formerly was Heath Gardner, 1510 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27403-1207
metaphorman of
ITALY: Mike Barno, 634 Dawson Hill Road, Spencer, NY 14883
mpbarno of
RUSSIA: Rick Desper, 5440 Marinelli Road, #204, Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 977-7691, rick_desper of
TURKEY: Tim Miller, 258 New Mark Esplanade, Rockville, MD 20850,
tim of
GM: Jim-Bob Burgess, 664 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908-4327, +1 401-351-0287
burgess of

Game Notes:
1) We have a GA-GA Anschluss draw proposal in hand. Please vote with your Winter orders. If you fail to vote, the game goes on.


SECRETS: 1999D, Regular Diplomacy
Fall 1920
ENGLAND (Kent): f lon-WAL, a GAS S FRENCH f mar, f NAO-mid, a KIE s RUSSIAN a ber (otm),
f MID-wes, f ENG S f nao-mid, f HOL S a kie, f POR S FRENCH f spa(sc).
FRANCE (Sasseville): f MAR S f spa(sc), f SPA(SC) S f mar, a RUH-mun, a BUR S a bur-mun.
GERMANY (Barno): a CON h.
RUSSIA (Parker): a mos-WAR, a stp-NWY, a BER-kie, f DEN S a ber-kie, a nwy-SWE, a war-PRU.
TURKEY (Linsey): a arm-SEV, a ukr-GAL, a SIL S a mun, f WES-mid, a sev-UKR,
f GOL S f pie-mar, a MUN s RUSSIAN a ber-kie, a gal-VIE, f NAF S f wes-mid, f AEG-con,
a TYO S a mun, f PIE-mar, a BOH S a mun.

Supply Center Chart
ENGLAND (Kent): LON,LVP,EDI,bre,por,bel,kie,hol (has 8, even)
FRANCE (Sasseville): PAR,MAR,spa (has 4, rem 1)
GERMANY (Barno): con (has 1)
RUSSIA (Parker): MOS,STP,nwy,swe,den,ber,WAR (has 6, bld 1)
TURKEY (Linsey): ANK,SMY,rum,bul,gre, (has 13, bld 2)
Neutral: none (Total=34)

Addresses of the Participants
ENGLAND: Doug Kent, 11111 Woodmeadow Pkwy., #2327, Dallas, TX 75228
dougray30 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, (607) 589-4906
mpbarno of
RUSSIA: Vern Parker, 337 Winter Hill Place, Powell, OH 43065, (614) 402-5139
VernDip of is preferred
TURKEY: Bruce Linsey, PO Box 234, Kinderhook, NY 12106
GonzoHQ of

Game Notes:
1) The FREGT draw is rejected, there are no new proposals. We're off the draw clock, as seems clear at this point.


FINDING THE COMMUNITY: Breaking Away, Designer's Rules

Game Notes:
1) The rules are on the TAP website in the Tinamou section. Ask if you have any questions. New game start in this, who wants to play again (or for the first time)??? We have five signed up so far, see the list in the game opening section. I want to start this up soon, so sign up!!! Can I twist arms on just ONE more of you to join???


Personal Note to You:

File translated from TEX by TTH, version 3.30.
On 21 Mar 2006, 20:18.