April 1, 2007

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This issue was going to fix up the 23 Tunes game, but it is taking me forever. I totally confused myself with the randomizing of the order of the submissions to keep them secret. I need to make myself a little table, but I've spent a few hours organizing them already and it still isn't close to done. Sorry, but I can't hold up the szine any more. It has a few sets of orders in the games, rebirths Peter Sullivan's Octopus' Garden, and gives the second issue of Doug Kent's subszine, as well as another Andy York production. In that sense, this quick hitter has more to read than you might have expected. I didn't manage to get this out so you all could join Jamie McQuinn's NCAA basketball tournament Challenge group. I am doing this just before the finals, as my two choices for the finals, UCLA and Georgetown lost. I should have gone with my first gut that Florida would win it again. As I write, that's what I expect to happen tomorrow. Ohio State, coming from a weak Big 10 conference, has continued to surprise me though, so maybe I am just totally wrong about them. Billy Donovan is a wonderful coach and played the go-around just right with that talented Florida squad. Other than that, I'm an upset special kinda guy, so I am going to be at the bottom of Jamie's group, as this was the most by the book tournament ever. I think the reason (the only thing different) is the new NBA rule that has all the top freshmen playing in college instead of the NBA. I think it is a good rule, even if it is unfair to the superstars, who make more money if they go straight to the pros and obviously value the choice.
We moved the deadlines back yet again to get me back on track. I really think I should be. As most of you know, I moved one of my offices in February and it was FAR more disruptive to my whole life than I had anticipated. I'm still not recovered, but I think the szine can stay on schedule. The worst part was finding the time to do the mailings, so for the THIRD time on this page, I will remind you, SIGN up for E-Mail alerts and mailings if you're playing here. If you're not on the list, it WILL hurt you.

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Edi Birsan has found Jeff Key! Thanks, Edi, and Edi is donating his $25 to a fund to get New England area players to World DipCon, and I'm adding to it. If you're here in New England and going to World DipCon this summer, apply to me! And since Jeff mentions Eric Just, let's find him too!!

Feel free to spend the time looking for some of the backlog. Let's get Margaret, Derek, Sylvain, Steve, Ed, Tom, Gregory, and ESPECIALLY Kevin found too!!! 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 Margaret Gemignani or Steve Heinowski or Ed Henry or Tom Hurst or Gregory Stewart or Derek Nelson or Sylvain LaRose or John Smythe 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, GO TO A DIPLOMACY CONVENTION 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.

Edi Birsan (Mar 22, 2007 12:03 AM)
Jeff; Hope this gets to you. How is my good friend Mary Ann and her wonderful fried chicken recipe? I am now in the San Francisco Bay area, still married to Carol and a Grandfather twice over. I still play Diplomacy and recently your name come up in a search for the golden oldies... Are you still playing? I know that you got into the Civil War boat era with Ivan Travenchiek but other than that I sort of lost track of you. So what is up?
Edi Birsan, EdiBirsan of

Jeff Key (March 22)
LoL... Mary Ann and I invited Edi down to the Jersey shore from the Big Apple. If I remember correctly that was the first time he had been out of New York City. We met his bus, loaded him in our car and took off for Youngstown, Ohio... he didn't know that we were planning a cross-country trip. "A great time was had by all" and that was the start of Edi's legendary travels.
((Congratulations, Edi, you win $25.))

Edi Birsan (Thursday, March 22, 2007 3:34 PM)
Jim: Use the money to start a Boston travel fund for young people. Jeff was instrumental in getting me to DipCon 2 and helping me to start my traveling Diplomacy career.
((Better than that, for that reason, I'll triple it for $75 and focus it on getting a young New England area dipper to World DipCon this summer. If anyone here wants to apply, let me know!))

Edi Birsan (Mar 22, 2007 6:22 PM)
It was the first time that I left NYC for Diplomacy, but I had been out of NY for other things (mostly family disasters) prior to that.
Edi Birsan, EdiBirsan of

Jeff Key (Mar 22, 2007 7:25 PM)
If YOU say so, Edi, I'll believe you but that's not the way I choose to remember it! :- > I remember you asking what a tree was as well.... :-)

Edi Birsan (Mar 22, 2007 8:47 PM)
Trees were a bit of a shock, but those cow things were rather a disgusting display ... and they move.
((Jeff, so do you remember how long it has been since you played Diplomacy FTF at a gathering? Must be almost 20 years?? You used to play a lot in the NYC crowd, didn't you? And, we still talk about the Key and Key Lepanto openings, they still raise quite a ruckus when they are tried.))

Jeff Key (Mar 23, 2007 10:33 AM)
Jim, Actually, I think I only played one face-to-face Diplomacy game in NYC. I remember meeting John Boardman there (weren't you there as well, Edi?). Most of my face-to-face was in Oklahoma City and at various DipCons around the country... Youngstown, Lake Geneva, Chicago, Dallas (I actually won that one), etc... The last face-to-face game that comes to mind would have been in Oklahoma City about 1985.
Eric Just once published that the strongest weapon I had was my reputation for honesty... that I could be counted on to keep the letter of any agreement I made. I always felt that reputation was what enabled me to play the Lepanto Opening so many times so successfully. I always got a kick out of the expression on the Turkish player's face when he/she realized what was happening. That said, I still feel that Austria-Hungary was my favorite position to play because I always felt that it was the most difficult. I cannot remember ever letting an Italian player try a Lepanto Opening with me as A-H!
Regards, Jeff

Edi Birsan (Mar 23, 2007 10:46 AM)
Yes, the game you played in NYC was with Boardman as I recall. In fact I think it was at Boardman's place in Brooklyn.
Edi Birsan, EdiBirsan of

Jeff Key (Mar 23, 2007, at 8:49 AM)
Good morning Edi, you are up early. Thanks, that verifies my memory as well. And you were there, correct? That is where and when we met.
Regards, Jeff

Edi Birsan (Mar 23, 2007 11:01 AM)
Sounds right...

Jeff Key (Mar 27, 2007 10:49 AM)
Jim, My introduction to Diplomacy was, in fact, an accident. In one scene of the movie "The Mouse that Roared," all the diplomats were sitting around outside the borders of Grand Fenwick waiting to get in and playing a board game called "Diplomacy." That looked interesting so when I saw the game that summer of 1959 at Foley's in Houston I immediately purchased it. I was initially disappointed to find that it was a different game and required seven players. Flash forward a bit. I was at Oklahoma City University and was able to introduce a group of my friends to the game. We became regular players. By 1967 that group had scattered to the four winds and I was in the Army. Eric Just, one of the original members of the group, came up with the original idea (for us) of playing Diplomacy by mail... after all, there was no form of luck such as a die roll involved. We ended up with several games in progress before we eventually made contact with mainstream postal Diplomacy. The rest is history.
Regards, Jeff, Sieffre of, 3505 Elgenwood Trail, Arlington, TX 76015
((Thanks, Jeff, great. It inspired me to seek out Eric Just (famous for Just's Right Hand Rule) next. You get a free lifetime sub from me for being found.))

John Harrington and I have agreed to close the ISE. In this age of PayPal, the traffic on the ISE had fallen almost to zero, and what was left almost entirely was me facilitating orders of Breaking Away and John's other Fiendish Games. So, I'm still going to help John out with that, but there will be no ISE.

See for details on progress on the WORLDMASTERS04, the Semifinals have now begun. Some semifinal notables include: Egg Ferreira, Buffalo Bartalone, Lee Simpson, Joe Janbu, Sebastian Beer, Doug Moore, 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. Actually, the Semifinal games began in October. I was wondering why I hadn't seen anything on progress in these games, and that's why. More on that next issue!!! Thomas Franke and David Partridge are in a game together that seems on first glance to be the weakest in the rest of the players. So my first thought is that one of those two will have a slot in the finals. I am getting raked over the coals for it, but I just ended a game in a three way draw between me, Thomas, and Ray Setzer that I might have had a chance in ekeing out a win mostly because Thomas asked for it to end so he could focus on this semi-final. Sorry, David, but I had to do it..... Of course, after saying that, David Partridge is in England getting beaten on by Guy Thomas in France, who is allied with Thomas Franke in Italy. But Italy has a Juggernaut bearing down on him from Mike Tombu and Julio Cardoza. And Toby Harris just got crunched in his game where he is Turkey, but I don't count him out yet, he has more lives than a cat!! But never mind, I don't know how ANY of this will turn out!!! Doug Moore is doing pretty well as Russia in his game so far, but Russia can always be crunched after doing well early. Buffalo is doing pretty well in his game as France taking down Germany and now attacking Adam Silverman's England, I think, that part is still developing.
I've joined the Yahoogroup WM04-Chat where some of 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. I had to go the main Worldmasters site at to find some of these results. The new Tournament rankings for FTF also are out there that supercede the ones that were on 18centres. Go check out:
It ranks 4792 FTF players and is the most complete known compilation of FTF play ever in the hobby. You really want to check it out. Poor Eve Smith ends up 4791st, having been in 33 tournaments in the last ten years, an achievement in itself! And of course Don Del Grande is down near the bottom at 4787th, off of 13 tournaments, two of them in Australia. For having the Don Challenge Cup named after him, he didn't do THAT badly in his tournaments Down Under, better than I'd been led to believe at 54/78 and 34/57 And Frank Johansen is a well deserved #1. And I'm amazingly in the top quarter with a ranking of 1154, accurately reflecting the nine tournaments that I know I've been to (i.e. I don't see any missing). Yann Clouet (if I counted right) has been to 95 tournaments, I'd be surprised if someone surpasses him in number, and he ranks 11th. Guaranteed to be a fun browse....

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.
Stephen Agar has matched the Hasbro rule lists and more with some of the even older rulebooks. Check these out if you like:
Nice of them to make BOTH of these available. And all seven different US rulebooks for Diplomacy can now be found here courtesy of Stephen Agar (relatively new address for this):

Check out current and back issues of Diplomacy World - Yahoogroup diplomacyworld
Also, I need any Hobby Award Nominations NOW (!!!) for the :
The 2005 and 2006 Don Miller Award for Meritorious Service;
The 2005 and 2006 Rod Walker Award for Literature;
The 2005 and 2006 John Koning Award for Player Performance;
The 2005 and 2006 Fred Hyatt Award for GM Performance;
A 2005 and 2006 Kathy Byrne Caruso Award for Lifetime Achievement (if warranted).
The Hobby Awards Committee is Jim Burgess (Chair and Treasurer), Fred Davis, Jr., Melinda Holley, Gary Behnen, Jamie Dreier, Paul Kenny, Mark Stretch, and Robert Lesco. I was going to publish the award ballot for this year in this issue, but I realized that I really just had to get this out first and then do that.... and then, well, REAL SOON NOW!!! And when I do, I'm going to give out two sets of awards and get caught up for the missed year, that seems to make the most sense. Committee.... you will be hearing from me soon! This also fell apart with my move, but I will get this out next issue come hell or high water.

Diplomacy World Issue Deadline is now:
Deadline Spring 2007, Issue #97: May 1, 2007
I'm really pleased that former editor Doug Kent has agreed to come back and get this back on track and get us to #100. Thanks, Doug! We're putting things together, but if any of you want to write anything, contact Doug!
Editorial Board for Diplomacy World:
Doug Kent, NEW Lead Executive Editor!, 11111 Woodmeadow Pkwy #2327, Dallas, TX 75228, dougray30 of
Tim Haffey, 810 53rd Ave., Oakland, CA 94601 USA; trhaffey of - Ex-Lead Editor and Archives Editor
Jim Burgess, 664 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908-4327, USA; burgess of - Co-Editor and Publisher
Rick Desper, 5440 Marinelli Road, #204, Rockville, MD 20852, USA; rick_desper of - Demo Games
Dave Partridge, 15 Woodland Drive, Brookline, NH 03033, USA; rebhuhn of - US Postal

We're running a "23 tunes" contest here (stolen blatantly from Mark Wightman and the late lamented The Sprouts of Wrath. If anyone would like to send me a tape or CD of their 23 (which was the original point) that would be great, but I don't intend to require that. I will be playing in the sense that I'll be putting 23 tunes in, and you have to guess me, but I obviously won't score points. Send commentary with your choices, and we'll see if people can guess who you are!!! And already there is a LOT of diversity in defining tunes and styles, so BE CREATIVE!!!

23 Tunes Game
Here are the rules for 23 TUNES. You send me three tunes for the first turn, and then two tunes in each of the last ten turns for a total of 23. If you missed the first turn, you can still catch up by sending five tunes next issue, and guess on submitters to this issue. I am also submitting my tunes. After we're done, I'd like to exchange CD's/Tapes for as many of the tunes players as possible, but this is not required. I'll be sending the winner both my LAST 23 tune list and my NEW 23 tune list. The winner is determined by having you guess each issue who submitted what list (I will tell you who the submitters are). For each list you get right, you get a point, you also can win bonus points from me for really cool tune selections. That's it, not complicated. I hope by starting this up, we'll get more to join, five songs required to enter late. Playing this issue (guess who is whom by number, scores are in parentheses) is, in alphabetical order, Jim-Bob Burgess, Rick Desper (1), Dick Martin, Richard Smith (3), Joakim Spangberg, and Brad Wilson (4). The linking theme thing didn't seem to go over too well. No one really figured out the true linking theme. Rick Desper was using Underground tube stops and songs with that as the title, they were things like that. I'll let you guys talk a bit to each other on that with your guesses. I have added some kind of comment on each tune.
WHAT I NEED: two more tunes (seven if you're joining up new, four if you NTRed (NO TUNES Quite a number of you SAID you would join but haven't yet, so we'll get started and put the pressure on you. This part is a MESS and I'm getting this issue out and then will catch up next time.

Drew James (Thu, 29 Mar 2007 20:39:23 -0400)
Jim, Syracuse was completely hosed by the NCAA committee. It made absolutely no sense to take Arkansas, Illinois, or Stanford over SU. I think we clearly got a glimpse at how politics works on the committee. It wouldn't have bothered me as much if the last spots were taken up by mid majors rather than average teams from power conferences who had representation on the committee, while the Big East had none. I'm hoping that Georgetown wins the championship and SU becomes the last team to have beaten them - and handily at that. To make matters worse, SU only received a 2 seed in the NIT and in the South Region at that - West Virginia got a #1 seed over SU!
((Well, to be fair, they did end up winning. I think that was deserved, Beilein is turning into one of the game's great coaches for that type of team.))
Clearly the NIT was figuring that Arkansas would be the #2 seed in the South and then just dropped SU into their spot.
((Good point, I think you're precisely right. I guess the two committees don't coordinate.))
On the bright side I was able to go to 2 additional home games that were incredibly entertaining. What a difference it makes when the fans in the best seats are the most rabid fans - the ones willing to get on line early - rather than the wealthiest fans. A lot of fans called into radio shows and said how they or their kids were able to see a game up close for the first time ever from the first level of the Dome. I enjoyed the fact that the NIT games weren't commercialized. Everything at the Carrier Dome is always pre-programmed. The same events - be it promotions, the dance team, or whatever - happen at the same time outs in every game. There was a lot of negative publicity in Syracuse after the Notre Dame game (SU was totally blown out) because the fans even booed the cheerleaders. I hate it when fans boo period, but a major contributing cause was that the cheerleaders went on the floor to lead a cheer at a totally inappropriate time because that was the pre-planned slot for that cheer. The NIT games had no sponsors or promotions and only cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids so lead one to remember what college basketball was like before ESPN. So, yes, I enjoy the NIT games but I hope it is a long time before I have the chance to go again.
Drew, kjames01 of

Rick Desper (Mon, 2 Apr 2007 14:01:07 -0400 (EDT))
OK, it's time for the annual ritual where Jim, Dave and I all pick the Red Sox to do spectacularly well this season, while Goz laughs at our deluded optimism. But hey, we've been right at least once in the past thirty years, which isn't so bad, is it?
So, let's look at this division by division:
AL East: Yankees have monstruous hitting, even though ARod and Jeter are having a spat, and bringing Pettitte back should help the pitching somewhat. OTOH, they've lost Randy Johnson and Wang won't be as lucky this season as he was last year. (His stats were horrible for a 19-game winner.) The question with the Yankees in recent years has been their age. They are pretty much using the same cast of characters that they did in 2000 (excepting Giambi and ARod), but most of them aren't as good any more. ARod has been exposed as a postseason liability, and Giambi is only really scary when he's on the juice. And Sheffield is gone.
((I agree with all this and think they will hugely miss Sheffield for the balance he offers.))
Meanwhile, the Red Sox have picked up the hottest young pitcher in baseball in Dice-K. I'm thinking that, at the end of the day, Matsuzaka will be a legitimate ace at the Santana/old Pedro level. In addition they'll have Schilling and Beckett, and we can hope both pitch better this season than last. At least with Beckett that seems like a reasonable proposition.
((Dice-K has an Ace mentality, which is half the battle. No starter on the Yankees now has that mentality, the Blue Jays have more of that now than they do - Halladay. I think Beckett is going to have a monster season too. And I think Julian Tavares will surprise people by being the best fifth starter in the league.))
Rather than try to predict the finish, I'll put both of them in the playoffs.
The Blue Jays have one tremendous starter in Halladay, a good starter in Burnett who gets injured too much, and a good deal of hitting, but I'm still not scared of them. (Except they seem to have a habit of knocking Red Sox pitching around.) The Os and Devil Rays will be also-rans.
((I think the Yankees will take the big third place fall this year. Boston, Toronto, New York, Baltimore, Tampa Bay. This is not wishful thinking, I really think their pitching will be another order of magnitude worse this year, and it is even possible that they'll burn out Mariano Rivera and that would be certain death.))
AL Central: Word is that this is the loaded division. I'm still going to take a Show-Me attitude towards the Indians, though. Writers have loved them in the past two offseasons, but they haven't done much. The White Sox are a bit concerned because Jose Contreras and Freddy Garcia regressed a bit in the direction of their historical levels of mediocrity, after being lights-out pitchers in 2005. The Twins have the best pitcher in baseball and a great closer, and a good deal of hitting, but I'm going to go with the young arms of the Tigers here. Let's pencil them in for the playoffs.
((I think Detroit will be helped immensely by Sheffield as the Yankees suffer from losing him. Most of the rest of this I agree with, Detroit, Minnesota, Chicago, Cleveland, and poor Kansas City. I don't think the second place team here makes the playoffs, I think the other team will come from the West.))
AL West: Going to ride with the Angels again. I'll look great until the As make their annual September run.
((I think Texas will be in there too. But I see the Angels and A's both making the playoffs, probably Angels first, then Texas and Seattle. It will take a while to get adjusted, but Piazza will be a steal, and the A's STILL have the best rotation in the division.))
NL East: Mets, Mets, Mets. They were the only team in the NL to win more than 90 games last year, and they won 97. I'll just pick them out of inertia, presupposing they won't fall off very much. Sure Pedro's a year older, but Glavine is still pitching decently and they have a ton of hitting.
((Pedro will not do much this year, but might in the playoffs. The Mets are a bit of the leader by default, I don't think they have that good a team, but there aren't any stunning teams in the NL.))
Curiously, the Braves seem to have stopped their run of success completely. I don't quite get what the ownership's plan is, but they are not stacking up the talent like they used to. Phillies are a popular Wildcard pick, but I'll defer that question for the moment.
((Mets first, but I disagree with you, Atlanta will finish second and capture the Wild Card. I think the Phillies, Washington, and Florida will be bring up the rear in any order, probably the Phillies third, but not sure.))
NL Central: I'll go with the Cardinals. They had a weird season last year, as a number of their starters completely fell apart in midseason. But when they replaced them for the postseason, the talent showed. I'll pick them to win the division again, and with more wins than last season.
((Cardinals for sure, lots of questions after that, very close, no one except Pittsburgh is way out of it. This "large division" is so hard to pick the exact finish.))
NL West: I'll go with the Dodgers again.
((Dodgers will win, Giants will be second, Padres third, Diamondbacks fourth, and Colorado fifth.))
Well, that's a bit lame, having picked all the NL division winners of last season to repeat. I guess that means I'll have to pick the Padres to miss the playoffs. Well, I don't want to pick the Phillies because they've been predictable in recent years in underperforming. So I'll take the Marlins and their young Red Sox cast-offs to be the Wild Card.
((I agree that the Marlins might be good, but I really think Atlanta will surprise.))
Red Sox over Angels ((Sure))
Tigers over Yankees ((Tigers over Toronto))
Marlins over Cardinals ((Atlanta over Cardinals))
Mets over Dodgers ((Sure))
Red Sox over Tigers ((Yes!))
Marlins over Mets ((Mets over Marlins))
Red Sox over Marlins ((Red Sox avenging 1986.))
Wow, I have to say I'm as surprised as anybody else that I picked the Red Sox to win the World Series. But keep this in mind: last year I picked the Cardinals at this point, and I was right!
But it'll really suck if Hanley Ramirez is the World Series MVP.
Rick, rick_desper of
((Could happen, even the disaster of Hanley Ramirez....))
"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.
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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!!! Contact Rip Gooch directly at xyropedes of and try to entice him to return. Rip has been a bit missing in action lately, but I am assured that he SHALL return.
Breaking Away starts in this issue!!!
I am willing to open another new game of REGULAR Diplomacy if there is enough interest!!! Fred Wiedemeyer, Brad Wilson, and Shaun Thompson start the list, who would like to join them???
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 on the list, let's get seven!! It's FREE!!! I may drop this one shortly if we still have no interest.
I also am starting a game of the variant I designed, Spy Diplomacy. Signups for that are now open. Bruce Edwards and Eric Ozog are signed up. The rules were published recently, ask to see them if you missed them!!!
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? I think I'm going to drop this one as having no interest.
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, Steve Koehler, Art Schleinkofer, Bob Holt, Rick Desper, Alexander Woo, and Dave Partridge are signed up for that. I will start it when I get a full complement of players, we only need TWO more!

Last chance for anyone who was a subber to Ishkibibble to join any new game for free, but this is a ONE TIME only offer, get your request in now. It is going to expire VERY shortly. Marc Ellinger and Fred Wiedemeyer already have taken us up on this request. Come on, let me call by name who qualifies for this deal..... Karl Schmit, John Power, Tim Snyder, Dave Partridge, Graham Wilson, and Kevin Wilson. I especially would like to fill the Modern Diplomacy game that Dave Partridge already is in. As soon as one more game fills (I'm not counting the new Breaking Away game), I'm going to pull this offer.

THE PHIL REYNOLDS MEMORIAL: 2006B, Regular Diplomacy
Pre-Spring 1902
AUSTRIA (Burgess): has a VIE, f TRI, a SER, a BUD, f GRE.
ENGLAND (James): has f LON, f LVP, a BRE, f ENG, f NWY.
FRANCE (Williams): has a PAR, f POR, a BUR, a SPA.
GERMANY (Ellinger): has a KIE, a BER, f BEL, a DEN.
ITALY (Crow): has a VEN, f NAP, a MUN, a TUN, f ION.
RUSSIA (O'Donnell): has f SEV, a WAR, a UKR, f BUL(EC), a MOS, f SWE.
TURKEY (Wiedemeyer): has f BLA, a CON, a ARM.

Addresses of the Participants
AUSTRIA: David Burgess, 101 Laurel Lane, Queensbury, NY 12804
(518) 761-6687, dburgess of
ENGLAND: Drew James, 3644 Whispering Woods Terrace, Baldwinsville, NY 13027
(315) 652-1956, kjames01 of
FRANCE: Don Williams, 27505 Artine Drive, Saugus, CA 91350, (661) 297-3947,
wllmsfmly of or dwilliams of ($5)
GERMANY: Marc Ellinger, 751 Turnberry Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109
ellingermc of
ITALY: John Crow, 824 Kinwest Parkway #101, Irving, TX 75063, (214) 532-1418
RUSSIA: Jeff O'Donnell, 1345 Simpson Drive, Hurst, TX 76053
(440) 322-2920 or (440) 225-9203 (cell, as late as midnight Eastern), unclestaush of
TURKEY: Fred Wiedemeyer, Box 92010-Meadowbrook RPO, Edmonton, ALBERTA
CANADA T6T 1N1, (780) 465-6432, wiedem of

Game Notes:
1) Spring 1902's deadline is delayed to April 21st to be sure everyone is on board. We have one anonymous press item to fill the time. I actually had all the sets of orders but one (you should know who you are!!!), but at least one of the sets I had was questioning time to deadline, so I held it.
2) Note that Jeff O'Donnell now has an E-Mail address.

(RED KINGS): Damn, this is tedious, I looked at the page I was on. "What good is a szine without risque stories, dubious plot themes, and full frontal nudity?" I was trying to remember what szine I was in, what the continuity was, or if I had paid this month's rent. Way too many details, and I have always found that details can be; let's say "emulsified" with a little brandy. But the Cheater's was out, so it was time to head downstairs to McGillicutty's and freshen up. "Okay, moving the theme forward can wait, at least long enough to grab a cold shower and a hot beer", so McGillicutty's it was. Simone was still out so I headed toward the door.
There was a rattling banging knock on the office door. I immediately knew that it was not a client. Ah, the deductive mind. Often there is the tentative tap, of someone who is embarrassed to hire a private eye, or the imbroglio pound of a fist on the door of someone who is angry that they have to hire a private eye... or that their wife had. Even the ambivalent knock of someone who is passing the pizza menus from the local pie shop and doesn't really care if you get one or not. But no, this was Burgess's rattle, snap, knuckle that denoted that the rent was late and he had had enough. I debated with ignoring the knock, but quite frankly that would leave us with half a page of knocking, escalating to pounding and me either cowering under the desk (not likely) or gazing out the window (boring). Either way, you "gentle reader" would be subjected to uninspired space-filling narrative. I flung the door wide, "Burgess, my goodness I've missed you. Where have you been keeping yourself?"
"I'll have none of that," said the short, squat landlord, "You're late. You're incredibly late. Oh, Hell your deadline is past. It's come and gone. Long past. Much, much too late. I lease you a good eight paragraphs (excluding dialogue), I keep the margins crisp and the font clean. I expect you to pay your rent on time!" He pulled a folded over calendar from his waistcoat and waved it in front of my eyes. I could see where the months had been "exed" out. I could see where he had erased his deadlines and written in newer, later ones, but nevertheless it was still clear I was behind.
"Well, one of my questions is answered…" he looked perplexed... "I haven't paid my rent."
"You're two issues behind!" he blurted.
"Not to worry."
"Not to worry!!??"
"No, I have a case!"
"You have a case?" he echoed.
"Are you going to repeat everything I say?"
"Dialog is not included in the rent... I'm helping you stretch it out."
"I appreciate the contribution; but seriously, don't help me."
"You said you had a case..."
I didn't have a case, but I could hardly see being evicted over a small technicality such as that, so I decided to "embellish". "'s a missing persons case." I said, pulling a cigar from my pocket.
"Wow, a missing persons case!" (There's a reason he doesn't charge for dialog.)
"Yeah, yeah that's the ticket! A well to do family, a young girl asleep by a stream, a secluded location for a picnic, and "poof" she disappears... yeah, that's it."
"A young girl, or a young lad?"
"Whatever, I'm not into questioning lifestyles... I just know the family is concerned, and I have been retained. The rent cannot be far away," I lit the cigar, pulling to get the ember going. I knew I had him.
"Well, it sounds most urgent. I won't stand in your way. I assume I can count on your rent."
"Oh, certainly. You'll have it by Issue 310, I promise. 311 at the latest, or my name isn't...

SPIRALS OF PARANOIA: 2005A, Regular Diplomacy
Winter 1905
AUSTRIA (Rauterberg): has a RUM, a SER, a ROM, a TRI, f NAP.
ENGLAND (Wiedemeyer): R f spa(sc)-POR; has f por.
FRANCE (Tretick): bld f bre; has f BRE, a GAS, f MID, f LON, a SPA, f IRI.
GERMANY (Ozog for Tallman): has a MUN, a SIL, a BOH,
a RUH, a TYO, f SKA, a PIE, a MAR, f ENG.
ITALY (O'Donnell): rem a ven; has a VIE, f APU.
RUSSIA (Sundstrom): bld a war; has a WAR, a SEV, a ARM, a BUD, a MOS.
TURKEY (Biehl): bld a ank, f smy; has a ANK, f SMY, f BUL(EC), f ION, f GRE, f TUN.

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, 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, 1345 Simpson Drive, Hurst, TX 76053
(440) 322-2920 or (440) 225-9203 (cell, as late as midnight Eastern), unclestaush of
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) 816-0460 (cell) ($7); jrb of

Game Notes:
1) Terry is still having some medical problems, Eric Ozog is continuing to negotiate and submit orders for Terry. 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) Note that Jeff O'Donnell now has an E-Mail address.

(CONSTANTINOPLE (DEC 31, 1905)): Sultan Hatas I surveyed the latest military reports then mumbled out loud, "The Czar is a madman - what can he possibly gain by this perfidy?"
(BOOB to STAR TREK FANS): In a MAJOR boon to me getting this issue out, Star Trek Press is now submitted on line, rather than postally, so I don't have to type it in. In the translation, the Federation computer seems to have lost its capital key. No problem. We'll just Mark Lew/Dick Martinize it with lower case all the way....
(STAR TREK PRESS, 7 OF 9'S LOG): down but not out! "i thought it was over so much so that i had made calculations to escape to my last reality with captain kirk. things are still pretty bleak here. earth and mars are occupied by the cardassians and vulcan is under siege. on top of that i've been forced to decommission a troop transport. on the other hand thru my diplomatic effort i have received help from of all people the grand negus (good thing he is not holding a grudge) and the andorians. together we managed to blow up a cardassian transport with the loss of all hands (die cardassian scum...) , defend vulcan (barley) and as a result of the battle one of our transports occupies a cardassian world called thesness 3. in addition, the andorians are occupieing cardassia prime. i don't know what makes gul dukat more nauseating, the fact that he can't be trusted or his bumbling incompetence. of course i can't talk after i ran the federation in this universe into the dirt but i can at least try to take down the cardassians with me, 7 out".......

FLIP FLOP: 2003G, Regular Diplomacy
Pre-Spring 1909
AUSTRIA (Wiedemeyer): has f VEN, a BUD, a WAR, a UKR, a MOS, a TRI.
ENGLAND (Schmit): has a BEL, a HOL, a RUH, f NTH, f NWG, f HEL.
FRANCE (Jeff O'Donnell): has a BUR, a PIC, f SPA(SC), a GAS.
GERMANY (Sundstrom): CORRECTED bld f ber; has f BER, a KIE, f SWE, a DEN,
a NWY, a MUN, f SKA.
TURKEY (Levinson): has f SMY, a SEV, f ION, a BUL, f APU, f NAP, a ALB,
f ADR, f BLA, a RUM, 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 ($3)
FRANCE: Jeff O'Donnell, 1345 Simpson Drive, Hurst, TX 76053
(440) 322-2920 or (440) 225-9203 (cell, as late as midnight Eastern), unclestaush of
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, Beeklaan 504, 2562BP Den Haag THE NETHERLANDS, don't need phone,
levinson7 of ($5)

Game Notes:
1) We're pushing off to April 21 for spring deadline. Also, I looked at Matt's order of FLEET Berlin and wrote ARMY Berlin. Sorry about that, this is corrected here. Then I had saved the file as Sundstrom.309 instead of sundstrom.309 and that made it initially difficult to re-find. Sorry, Matt!!!
2) Note that Jeff O'Donnell now has an E-Mail address.

(BOOB to WORLD): See item above on other Star Trek press....
(STAR TREK PRESS): "breathing room", a conversation: kirk K, spock S, and lt. uhura U, spock on the bridge looking at his sensor monitor not believing his eyes...
S captain,this is curious, i can't pick up any sign of the romulans in the neutral zone.
K is it possible that our tachion scans are no longer effective at detecting a cloaked ship?
S i don't think so. we can still detect 3 birds of prey in the andorian neutral zone although we have no idea as to there exact location or destination. they are there. also they have abandoned deep space 2.
K what do you make of it?
S it can mean only one thing captain. our gorn allies have put up a briiliant fight but they are losing badly to the tomarians. also the tomarians have 2 galaxy class starships 3 light years from mars and deep space one. they are no longer needed to defeat the gorn. the romulans are either very stupid or they have made a deal with the tomarians and as you know captain the romulans are many things but stupid isn't one of them. they have fought us too hard to just quit (suddenly lt. uhura's station starts beeping, kirk and spock look at the lieutenant)
U captain i'm getting a message from commander worf from his hiding place in exile on the planet grafton. he's sending us data for a new and improved communications array and tactical suggestions as how to deal best with the romulan/tomarian threat.
S fascinating, apparently mr. worf has been monitoring our situation to kill time during his exile.
K any chance the data will help?
S the array will probably help us to communicate more efficiently with everyone and may even help us talk to Q.
K why would we want to?
S good point.
((Maybe Kirk and Spock don't want to, but ***I*** might want them to, so says Q.))
K maybe his tactical ideas will help.
S they better because as it stands right now the tomarians are projected to take over this universe and if what's left of the gorn are forced to join them then...
K we better learn to speak tomarian!!!
S considering that their language is not comprehendable by the universal translator i'd say that's not likely. (as the bad trek music starts playing kirk and spock just sit there contemplating)

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

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, metaphorman of
ITALY: Mike Barno, 634 Dawson Hill Road, Spencer, NY 14883
mpbarno of
RUSSIA: Rick Desper,
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) I have some comments in hand from Kevin Wilson that he wrote three or four months ago which I will use next issue. Thanks to everyone who played!


SECRETS: 1999D, Regular Diplomacy
Winter 1922
ENGLAND (Kent): rem f nth; has f ENG, a GAS, a BEL, f MID, f POR.
FRANCE (Sasseville): has f MAR, f SPA(SC), a BUR.
GERMANY (Barno): has a SER.
RUSSIA (Parker): bld f stp(nc), a mos; has f STP(NC), a MOS, f NWY, f EDI, a WAR,
a DEN, a KIE, f HEL, a HOL, a LVN.
TURKEY (Linsey): bld a ank; has a ANK, a CON, f ION, a BUL, a BOH,
a SIL, f WES, a GAL, f GOL, a RUH, a TRI, f NAF, a TYO, f PIE, a MUN.

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
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 RT draw and REFT draw fail.


CAST NO SHADOWS: Breaking Away, Designer's Rules
Rules are at:
Note the special rules for replenishments on the first turn, and double check everyone's math below. I checked, but someone might still have requested too much card.
Turn 0

Addresses of the Participants - Their Team and Their Cards
TEAM 1 (Rick Desper): rick_desper of (0 points)
Team Name: The Turtle Moves; Captained by Cut-My-Own-Throat Dibbler
A: Rincewind the Wizzard 14 12 3 1
B: Granny Weatherwax 12 11 2
C: Captain Carrot 15 3 2
D: Death 13 2 1
(note, Rincewind is accompanied by the Luggage, Granny is on Her Broom, Carrot is of the City Watch, and Death is just DEATH!)
Total Replenishments: 0 = 0
TEAM 2 (Tom Howell): off-the-shelf of (0 points)
Team Name: Never Ending Worry Source; Manager: Rumour; Team Captain: Ye Olde Manager
A: Water 15 11 3 1
B: Kyoto 14 7 4
C: Mideast 11 6 3
D: Drugs 9 5 2
Total Replenishments: 0 = 0
TEAM 3 ((David Partridge): rebhuhn of (0 points)
Team Name: Famous Four
A: Krstajic 1 6 8 15
B: Vidic 4 8 13
C: Gavrancic 3 8 9
D: Dragutinovic 2 6 8
Total Replenishments: 0 = 0
TEAM 4 (Brendan Whyte): obiwonfive of (0 points)
Team Name: The Reverse Alphabeticists
A: Zorro 3 10 17
B: Yorrick 3 10 12
C: Xavier 3 7 10
D: Wally 3 3 10
Total Replenishments: 0 = 0
TEAM 5 (Alexander Woo): aswoo of (0 points)
Team Name: Just Ordinary; Manager: Credo
A: Agnus 15 12 2 1
B: Sanctus 13 8 4
C: Kyrie 10 7 3
D: Gloria 12 3 1
Total Replenishments: 0 = 0
TEAM 6 (Andy York): wandrew of (0 points)
Team Name: Alamo
A: Crockett 20 7 3
B: Travis 15 7 3
C: Bowie 10 7 3
D: Bonham 10 3 3
Total Replenishments: 0 = 0

Game Notes:
1) The rules are on the TAP website in the Tinamou section. Ask if you have any questions.

(JUST ORDINARY): Sorry for the delay. Oops - we're starting during Lent? ((We are, I'm finishing this up on Palm Sunday after church and singing "The Palms"; so let me lay the palms in front of you and have the pelaton strike out!))
(JIM-BOB to THE END OF THE ALPHABET TEAM): Did you mean that to be spelled "Yorick", as from Hamlet??? I'm not sure who "Yorrick" is, but you may mean it as someone else.

Personal Note to You:

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On 03 Apr 2007, 19:10.