March 26, 2008

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I include the ManorCon announcement (my favorite European Dip Event) as Mark Stretch requested. It is in a new location from when I last attended, but from all accounts last year was great despite poor weather, it should be better this year!!! At the time of ManorCon, this year as usual on the last weekend in July, I plan to be at North American DipCon in Bangor, Maine, we hope details on that will be forthcoming shortly. I think Doug Kent might get some more details for Diplomacy World #101. DipCon is supposed to be starting on the Thursday night and going through Sunday. I was going to get this out a few days earlier, but with "April 15th" coming up I had already intended to take the deadline out an extra week, so we were all set. I've got a host of subszines in here, and I think I'm back on track now. Also, think about writing press for games, whether you're in them or not. Let's show people what postal szines are SUPPOSED to be. Thanks for the born-again press writers, you know who you are, we love you.

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Peter is now back at least sometimes. Rip Gooch is probably permanently missing. Dave Partridge had been picking up the choo-choo game slack. Contact Dave at rebhuhn of for more info on getting into choo-choo games and other sorts of different games. And Andy York and Doug Kent have been my most frequent subszine guests lately!!! Andy has been in every issue, thanks, Andy!!! And Doug Kent has been coming out faster than TAP lately, so many issues have been having multiple Eternal Sunshine's. And Michael Lowrey gets his in every few issues too! So, we have a full set of subszines at the moment.
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Jerry Jones gets added to the list of failures, next up the former editor of Moeshoeshoe, along with Michel Liesnard one of the founders of the Belgian Diplomacy hobby. If you read the forthcoming Diplomacy World #101 you will quickly figure out why I chose Michel Feron to search for next. There are a host of clues on the Internet that I found, so he could be very easy to find. Go for it, you have until Issue #320.
I am running out of people on MY list of who to search for, so I am looking for ideas, who would you like to find? Send me some names. I may go into Jim Meinel's Encyclopedia of North American Diplomacy szines and find some more szine editors to search for, that's what I usually do, but I'd like to find people that some of you will search for or want to find!!! Come on, help me out.

Feel free to spend the time looking for some of the backlog. Let's get Jerry, 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 Jerry Jones or 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.

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. If anyone still needs assistance with this, though, since I'm helping John out, like if you're in a foreign country and need to send dollars for dipping things to someone in the US, I may be able to help you out.

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.
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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):

Chris Babcock (Sat, 29 Mar 2008 13:03:20 -0700)
At the instigation of Dorian Love, I've just set up ZAED - Zuid-Afrika Educational Diplomacy. Dorian and I will co-JK this Diplomacy judge for students, educators, homeschoolers and youth workers. If you are a teacher, homeschooling parent or a leader in a youth association and you would like to enroll children up to 18 years old in the program, please contact me for details. There is infrastructure for intramural and international competition at 3 levels of educational development. The maps will be available on and openings published on the Openings List on, but registrations will need to be pre-approved.
Chris, cbabcock of
((Great idea, Chris (and Dorian). Let us know how it goes, we have a number of subbers here who might be interested in this, so I thought I would publicize it here. Contact me or Chris directly.))

Check out current and back issues of Diplomacy World - Yahoogroup diplomacyworld
and at Doug Kent's new Diplomacy World web site at:

Also, I need any Hobby Award Nominations NOW (!!!) for the :
The 2005 and 2006 and 2007 Don Miller Award for Meritorious Service;
The 2005 and 2006 and 2007 Rod Walker Award for Literature;
The 2005 and 2006 and 2007 John Koning Award for Player Performance;
The 2005 and 2006 and 2007 Fred Hyatt Award for GM Performance;
A 2005 and 2006 and 2007 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 three sets of awards and get caught up for the missed years, that seems to make the most sense. Committee.... you will be hearing from me soon! This also fell apart with my move, but I think I can get it together for next issue when all the games are in Winter.

Diplomacy World Issue Deadline is now:
Deadline Spring 2008, Issue #101: beginning of April
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 for the next issue and it looks good too, but if any of you want to write anything there's always more room, contact Doug! Most every old fart getting this szine sent something in for #100, so if you missed out, send something now for #101!!! We're looking for all sorts of kinds of articles, come talk to us if you want some ideas.
See for some exciting back issue material being posted as well as the new Issues, including the monstrous Issue #100. Highlights of #100 include Walt Buchanan's ex-wife Carol showing us who REALLY was in charge of the hobby back in the Hoosier Archives days, Eric Ozog augmenting the oft-heard, but never get enough of, love story between Eric and Cathy, and the start of the new Diplomacy World Demo Game. In addition to the first two issues, we have every issue back to issue number 53 posted. Eventually they all will be up.
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 Interview Editor
Rick Desper, 5440 Marinelli Road, #204, Rockville, MD 20852, USA; rick_desper of - Demo Games
Jim O'Kelley, 4224 N. Hamlin Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618, jimthegrey1013 of - Club and Tournament Editor
Jack McHugh, 810 School Lane, Folcroft, PA 19032, jwmchughjr of - Variant Editor

OK, and then we have FTF tournaments. See the Pouch FTF tournament page at:
and one that is not there yet is this year's DipCon. DipCon will be held on the campus of the University of Maine at Orono, just outside Bangor, Maine. It is set for the last weekend in July, starting Thursday, July 24th and running through Sunday, July 27th. We hope to have more details soon, but I am planning to go and hope many of you may be coming as well. Talk to me if you're thinking about it. I haven't been to DipCon in a few years now, so this year I'm planning it way in advance. I hope we get this going soon with the publicity so a lot of you come and make it. Jim O'Kelley also has been coordinating a number of Chicago events etc. that are on the web page, go to a FTF tournament near you soon.

We were 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!!! This kind of died, mostly because of me. I don't want to take this last issue getting it back together, but might next issue. Feel free to send along general music comments any time.

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.
WHAT I NEED: 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 still a MESS and I'm getting this issue out and then will catch up next time. I think I'm going to simplify the rules to get it back on track.

Mike Barno (Thu, 27 Mar 2008 09:57:16 -0500)
Jim, I'm glad you liked the Parlor Cats CD. Almost all of the Brian Swan guitar work you enjoyed is performed on a big-bodied Gretsch with a whammy bar. Most of the more obvious note-bending is done with the whammy bar, but there's some slide on a few songs. I didn't know you had live Eddie Vinson in your background. What other old-time bluesmen have you heard in person? I guess the closest I come are Carey Bell and Muddy Waters' son, but those were at an outdoor festival, which feels different than hearing the same music in a little bar.
Mike Barno
((Sure, I spent a LOT of time in blues bars in the 1980's. Cleanhead Eddie Vinson was only one of many. I saw some of the "popular" blues guys like Robert Cray, but saw and enjoyed Gatemouth Brown the most. Gatemouth was loads of fun and even when he was completely stoned he was fun to talk to wandering through the crowd. The big locals at the time were Duke Robillard, Ken Lyon, and Roomful of Blues. There also were lots of solo blues artists I used to see all the time back then, but I can't even remember some of their names now. They were local guys from the generation older than Duke Robillard and his crowd.))

Rick Desper (Sunday, March 20, 2008 11:03:53 PM)
Did these quickly the other day, and gave them a re-look today and only made one major change. I had originally knocked Carolina out in the Elite Eight, but on reflection, I'm giving them a pass to the Final Four. ((I really thought Tennessee would beat Louisville and then North Carolina, but UNC might go ahead and just win it all, they would be my choice if UCLA falters.))
A lot of my picks are according to seed, so I'll only mention digressions and interesting games.
East: Apparently 10 seed S. Alabama gets to play their sub-regional in Alabama. I'll give them a first-round upset over Butler, but Tennessee will be too much for them. They'll be joined in the Sweet Sixteen by Louisville, Notre Dame, and UNC. My initial pick was for Tennessee to make the championship game, but I've soured on them and now have Louisville in the upset. UNC going to the Final Four. ((I should have rethought this like you did, Butler had a good team.))
Midwest: I watched Clemson look dismal for most of the game against Maryland and then, inexplicably, Maryland collapsed and let them come back from 20 points down. (Probably not a good idea to mention this around Andy Marshall.) So I have Villanova beating them in the first round, and then, for good measure, they take out Vanderbilt to make the Sweet Sixteen along with Kansas, Wisconsin and Georgetown. I have a minor upset in the first round with K-State over USC, but that's just to set up a K-State/Wisconsin match-up for my brother. He got his Ph.D. from Wisconsin and works at K-State these days. ((Still, you did nail that one, K-State didn't give Wisconsin a real battle though.)) In the regional final, the safe thing to do would be to take Kansas over Georgetown, but in close games I'll be a homer and take the Hoyas in a minor upset to make the Final Four. ((Just what I had predicted.... go Davidson...))
South: I'm really boring in this bracket. I don't pick a single upset before the Regional Finals, where I take Texas over Memphis. My bias in favor of large conference play is playing a role here. ((You nearly nailed that precisely, except for Michigan State's upset of Pitt, who left it all on the floor of the BEast Championship game. And of course Texas didn't even come close against Memphis.))
West: I take A&M over BYU in the 8-9 game, but either team is fodder for UCLA. UConn will make it back to the Sweet Sixteen, and if they play at their best they can give UCLA a game, but that should be about it for them. On the other side of the bracket, I have West Virginia taking out Duke in the second round, only to lose to Xavier. ((Good picks!!!)) Picking Duke to lose early is one of my favorite habits, and oddly, it has worked out well for me in recent years. The safe thing would be to pick Duke to at least make the Sweet Sixteen. In any case, I think UCLA is much better than any of the other teams in this regional, and they should cruise to the Final Four.
Final Four: At this point, I'll notice that the games are being played in Texas, and not a neutral site. On a neutral site, I would have UCLA winning. Since it's in Texas, I've got the Longhorns winning. And I pick Georgetown over UNC in the other semi, going again with the conscious bias to pick Georgetown in what should be a close game. Oh, and Texas wins the championship.
I'm a bit concerned that I'm going too far with Georgetown. But they really are a good team as long as they keep Hibbert out of stupid foul trouble like they had against Pitt in the Big East Championship. And in a weird twist, they actually have shooters that can shoot from outside.
Of the teams I knock out before the Final Four, Kansas is the most dangerous, and certainly could win it all. I'm a bit down on the Tennessee teams (Memphis, the Vols, and, FWIW, Vandy) since I think the SEC is weak this year and C-USA is weak every year. I think Memphis could make the Final Four over Texas, but don't really feel the same about Tennessee.
There are a lot of teams that could win it all. I think UCLA should be the biggest favorite, even though UNC is #1, since UNC doesn't seem very deep to me. Also, Roy Williams is notorious for losing games in the tourney that he shouldn't. I don't think he's completely shaken that.
My other concern is that I'm too negative about Duke. But I really don't see a complete team there. Also, aside from UNC, there were not a lot of very good teams in the ACC this season. The deep conferences are the Big 12 and the Big East. THe ACC is still basking in the glow from the '90's, but it's just not that good right now. Miami was their #4 team: in the Big East, they would not have been in the top 8.
Texas is not the best team in the country. Heck, they're not even the best team in the Big 12.
Rick, rick_desper of
((Yeah, boy we could have said almost the same things for most of this. I thought those BEast teams were going to do well, but I think (in the end) they just beat each other up too much. My bracket was wiped out by Georgetown and Pitt. I went for the "Two's plus UCLA", Georgetown, Tennessee, Texas and UCLA and had Pitt beating Memphis. Now we COULD have all four #1 seeds go to the finals, which has NEVER happened. I did especially poorly this season by missing Davidson, even though I even watched a game or two from them this year, just thinking Curry wouldn't be THAT good, and didn't get ANY of the Sweet Sixteen upsets (very poor year for me on that). I got Davidson for their first round upset, along with Siena, Villanova, Arkansas, and Texas A&M, but that's really a pretty pathetic record. Go UCLA!!!))

Rick Desper (Mon, 24 Mar 2008 09:10:55 -0700 (PDT))
Yeah, I was really quite upset with Georgetown since they had a classic choke against Davidson. After proving they could run up a huge lead, they just stopped playing either offense or defense. Guys were standing around with confused looks on their faces. They didn't use their advantage in the low post and Hibbert repeatedly drew stupid fouls. Hibbert is maddening because he does this all the time.
I can still win the PTKS pool if Texas wins it all, but since I had Georgetown going to the championship game I'm likely screwed.
Rick, rick_desper of
((Wow, some people in the PTKS pool must have REALLY nailed some picks since your picks look pretty good except for that Georgetown pick.))

Drew James (Sat, 22 Mar 2008 08:59:28 -0400)
So glad that you are back and TAP is still going strong!
My Orange are in the NIT. A lot of folks in Orange Nation are upset that Kentucky got in the NCAAs while we are back in the NIT for a second straight year (the sun did come up Monday morning, but we were very concerned). I agree that Kentucky didn't deserve to make the field, but I don't think that Syracuse deserved it either. We are playing for next year when we will have more than 7 available players. Look for SU to be a top 10 team next year. I see that PC has fired Welsh.
Drew, kjames01 of
((Hey, sorry you ended up losing to UMass AGAIN.... I thought Syracuse would kick some NIT butt. My bro' David was QUITE upset about that loss and how it happened after Syracuse being up by 20 points. Yes, PC did fire Tim Welsh, I was not in favor of this move, but understand how it goes. I now worry that they aren't cranking it up and getting the coach that they need, since if they were going to disrupt everything it seems to me that they should get someone good. Welsh leaves them loaded in relative PC terms, PC should be solidly in the middle of the BEast next year. Watch Brown's coach Craig Robinson, and brother-in-law of Barack Obama. He is really hot, if he stays at Brown it won't be long before Brown nabs the Ivy's NCAA slot. Many people here think PC should hire him....))

Warren Goesle (Tue, 25 Mar 2008 12:48:12 -0500)
Hmmm, apparently it's THAT time of year again. Time to get the ball rolling slowly down the line and see whose 3rd baseman can come up with it. ((The popular curse to be discussing is the one that reaches its 100th anniversary this year. Which 3rd baseman would that be??))
Hopefully the Red Sox fans out there that wanted to could catch the ((It was sorta fun to watch the game over breakfast and listen to it driving in rather than driving home, like I usually do.)) Those of us that cheer mostly for the Cubs will have to wait until the 31st to get our opening day, and until around 2040 to hoist a WS banner. Nevertheless, here are the fearless predictions from the almost-no-longer-snowed-in heartland...
American League: It looks a lot more cut-and-dried here in terms of who challenges for playoff spots this year. I see 6 teams challenging for the 4 spots: EE1, EE2, EE3 and Detroit, Cleveland and Seattle. Toronto is one Scott Rolen injury away from being under .500. The Twins, A's and Rangers are rebuilding. The White Sox are probably better than a lot of people think, but that only gets them to .500. Tampa Bay is improved enough to get to 70 wins and challenge Baltimore for 4th in the AL East, and Kansas City is still Kansas City.
West: A quandary here. The Angles are so beat up in the pitching staff that even their money may not get them enough replacements and depth to out-do the M's. It's a lack of supply, not a lack of resources. I'll take Mariners, Angles, Rangers and A's. Seattle gets to 89 wins.
Central: A second quandary here. Does Detroit have enough pitching to go with their monstrous hitting? I think that some of their young arms come back from last year, but counting on Willis is not going to pan out. I'll go with Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago, Minnesota, and what's-their-names.
East: More monstrous hitting, more questions in the pitching. Can the Red Sox get enough healthy arms to last the season? See Angles above. Can the Yankees recover in their starting rotation? More questions than answers. I'll take New York, Boston, Toronto, Baltimore, Tampa Bay.
WC: It comes down to Detroit and Boston. I'll pick the Red Sox, although there will be an investigation led by former Sen. Mitchell into whether there was a conspiracy by ESPN to let them win it. No one will report on the possible conflict-of-interest.
National League: Considerably cloudier than the AL. Any time I think of the Mets a loud voice screams in my head: "Paper Tiger!!!". I think the Twins knew something dealing Santana. I want to believe in them, but I've never seen Omar Minaya and Gregory Potemkin pictured together. I think the Phillies are down, the Rockies won't roll 7's all September, and the Brewers have no depth or money to get it.
West: A 4-team battle, and maybe even 5 with the Giants no longer carrying Bonds' posse on the payroll. More pitching than hitting in this division, so who does it best? I'll go with Arizona, San Diego, Los Angeles, Colorado and San Francisco. The Rockies are only 10 out at the end of the season in the most competitive division.
Central: The Cubs are spending their way up to EE status. Not that it will be easy for them, or that they'll be a lot over .500, but I think they get the division. Call it Chicago, St. Louis, Milwaukee, Houston, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh. Cubs go 88-74.
East: By contrast, this division seems back to normal, or at least back to looking like it did 10 years ago. Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia, Florida, Washington.
WC: Somehow the Mets find a way to choke, this time with 2 games left, and San Diego gets the Wild Card.
ALDS: Indians over Red Sox; Yankees over Mariners.
ALCS: Indians over Yankees. Note that Cleveland fans would celebrate this more than a revenge ALCS win against Boston.
NLDS: Braves over Padres; Diamondbacks over Cubs.
NLCS: Braves over Diamondbacks.
Politically Incorrect WS: Indians over Braves.
Ok, take your best shots.
Goz, wgoesle of
((I was going to comment through yours, but decided to keep it separate so everyone can see......))
((American League East: I think the Yankees have the greater number of questions and Tampa Bay really could finish third. I'll predict it Boston, New York, Toronto, Tampa Bay, and Baltimore, but remember that Tampa Bay is my "sleeper pick. The Red Sox will be better because guys like J. D. Drew and Julio Lugo are going to be much better offensively this year and Bartolo Colon is going to be NEEDED and turn out to be a steal. The Yankees will have a mess getting a bunch of old guys playing time when they're all healthy and then have holes when their injuries coincide.))
((American League Central: Everyone always forgets the "don't predict this season off last season", each one is different. That's going to be the Indians' problem this year, just as it was Detroit's last year. Detroit wins it this time going away, Chicago and Cleveland battle for second, but with no Wild Card chances. The Twins go straight to the bottom and the Royals, YES, the Royals, are the surprise team. Brian Bannister will be better and Gil Meche is good. Greinke and Bale are better than most teams have in 3/4 slots. And Mark Teahen and Billy Butler will hit more than everyone expected. That's the "out on the limb" prediction this year. Detroit, Chicago, Cleveland, KC, Minnesota.))
((American League West: I don't see why people think Oakland is going to be THAT bad, I think they will be better than everyone expects, my sleeper pick for this division. Of course, that won't get them in the playoffs either, just like KC, but they won't fall out by the All Star Break. Texas is the TRULY bad team here, Kason Gabbard who Boston jettisoned will end up being their top starter after the other injuries, if he isn't injured again himself. Angels, Seattle, Oakland, Texas.))
((The wild card will be between Seattle and New York, possibly with Chicago as a surprise, but won't matter, the Red Sox blow out everyone in the playoffs to go back to the World Series.))
((National League East: Goz beat me to it. I think Atlanta will win this easier than most others believe. The predictions I see show the Mets, Braves and Phillies really, really close. This REALLY means that Atlanta runs away with it as the Mets and Phillies are each deeply flawed, so they are my sleeper, if a team with as much payroll and history as them can sleep through anything. Flip a coin at the bottom. Washington needs Shawn Hill to get healthy, but I think he will. Atlanta, Philly, New York, Washington, Florida.))
((National League Central: There are just TOO many teams in this division, how can Pittsburgh get over .500 when they have so many teams to compete against??? They won't do it again this year. The Cardinals are also a disaster, but won't be as bad as Pittsburgh. Any of the other four COULD win it, especially given this division's history. Sleeper to win it, Cincinnati, really! Like Boston picked up Bartolo Colon, Cinci stole Josh Fogg, he'll be solid, and they have Francisco Cordero for the bullpen. I love Scott Hatteberg as a super sub and pinch hitter, and Griffey Junior will have a great season, I'll bet. I'm not alone in this one, but also Edwin Encarnacion is likely to break out. Sorry, Goz, the Cubs can make the playoffs as the Wild Card, but they won't take the division. Don't they have a new Japanese player, if he turns into Ichiro, maybe. But otherwise, they are short. Cincinnati, Chicago, Milwaukee, Houston, St. Louis, Pittsburgh.))
((National League West: I like Barry Bonds. Really. Someone should pick him up and I think someone will. And he will be a positive offensive force. You all think I'm insane, I don't care. I've said enough, always happy to recount the issues. The rules are the rules, and you have to judge each era on what was done. Just as Steroids were once claimed to be irrelevant in baseball (remember that??), they now are claimed to be the ONLY reason why people succeeded or failed. Both views are 100% wrong, of course, and you ALL know that if you really think about it. The "one reason" issue that our human brains seem to triangulate in on to answer any question remains the most fascinating human behavior to me. Anyway, the only prediction, sorry as I am to make it as Giants fan, I am sure about is that the Giants will finish last. OK, so who is my "sleeper", I've seen some people predict the Dodgers will win, so it's not that much of a sleeper, but Arizona and Colorado were the big winners last year, so LA it is. I am NOT a Dodger fan, and I'm not a Joe Torre fan, but he IS the right manager for this team. Flip a coin for the rest, LA, Colorado, Arizona, San Diego, and SF.))
((The West beats itself up and the Wild Card does not come from there. I think it will be Chicago, but could be Philly. Can the Cubs win it all? Tempting, they will win their first round game against LA. Atlanta will beat Cincinnati. I know how Goz loves Cubs/Atlanta games. Atlanta goes to the World Series and loses to the Red Sox. Another sweep.))
((Lastly, I feel I need to say something about the other basketball issue going on. I finally made the leap from rabbit ears and no cable all the way to Verizon FIOS, this is a switch I've heard that lots of us Luddites have been doing. This is being driven, if you live in a cave, that our new digital broadcast TV system was going to cause people like me problems. We get lots of stations with fuzz and snow. Fuzz and snow in the digital world would have been unwatchable. Anyway, I like sports on the radio, which is why I like basketball, hockey and baseball, but not football. Football is pretty worthless on radio. But I like watching the Celtics on TV and I couldn't before. All of you probably are aware of the historic turn-around, soon the Celtics will set the record as they win about 35 games more than they did a year ago. You're aware of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen. What you are likely not aware of is what a TEAM they have. Celtics fans have been wondering for years why Rick Pitino drafted Chauncey Billups and then gave up on him before he became a top-five in the NBA point guard. Rick convinced ME that he would be that at the time. Ever since the Celtics have struggled at point guard. But Rajon Rondo is the real thing, and eventually he is going to be better than Billups. Maybe as soon as the playoffs this year. The Celtics are amazingly fun to watch, even if you think NBA basketball is boring. You heard it here first if you're not from around here.))
"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.
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!!! 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. Can we get back to these game openings below? We just need a few more people for a couple of these.
I am willing to open another new game of REGULAR Diplomacy if there is enough interest!!! Doug Kent, 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!!!
And since Colonia is over, Harold Reynolds is looking to start something else. Harold has been updating the Diplomacy A to Z, go check it out at:
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! Only two, just TWO more...... come on.

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
Spring 1903
AUSTRIA (Burgess): a vie-GAL, a TRI h, f GRE-aeg, a BUL-con,
a SER-gre, f aeg-EAS.
ENGLAND (James): f ENG-bre, f NAO S f mid, a BEL h, f MID h, f nth-NWY.
FRANCE (Williams): f mar-SPA(SC), a BRE s a pic, f POR-mid,
a PIC s GERMAN f hol-bel (nso), a gas-BUR.
GERMANY (Ellinger): a kie-MUN, a BER S a kie-mun, f HOL h, a den-SWE.
ITALY (Crow): a TYO-mun, f WES S FRENCH f mar-spa(sc), a mun-SIL,
a ven-PIE, f tyh-TUN.
a UKR h, f RUM h, a SEV h, f GOB h.
TURKEY (Wiedemeyer): f CON-aeg, a ank-ARM, a SMY-con.

Addresses of the Participants
AUSTRIA: David Burgess, 101 Laurel Lane, Queensbury, NY 12804
(518) 761-6687, burgesscd of or 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, johnny.crow of
RUSSIA: New Player still Heath Gordon?, 741 E. John Street, Appleton, WI 54911, (757) 710-0808,
angrydogproductions of
RUSSIA: Standby is Mike Barno, 634 Dawson Hill Road, Spencer, NY 14883, (607) 589-4906
mpbarno of
TURKEY: Fred Wiedemeyer, Box 92010-Meadowbrook RPO, Edmonton, ALBERTA
CANADA T6T 1N1, (780) 465-6432, wiedem of or wiedem of

Game Notes:
1) The proposal for an RA two way draw fails, we play on.
2) Well, that didn't work so well. As Jeff O'Donnell had to leave and I had to pull in multiple standbys, I had this E-Mail from this guy Heath Gordon who wanted to join, we exchanged a whole series of E-Mails, but then..... he's gone. Back to the first name on my standby list, I'm calling on Mike. Heath has until the SUMMER deadline to get me draft Fall orders if he actually wants to do this, otherwise Mike Barno will take over. Mike at present is having a problem with his Lightlink E-Mail account, but he expects to have it corrected by the Summer deadline, so he should be good to go, and most of you know Mike, I think? This also will make it a bit of a "New York flavored game as three players will be from there.
3) As a "very last minute note" I heard from Heath (no orders, just heard from him) that he is in Germany on vacation. If you notify me about these things in advance we can do something about them.... in any case, things still stand that Heath has to get draft Fall orders to me by the Summer deadline, or I'll have to replace him. Thanks for understanding, everyone.

(OLD ENGLAND to NEW RUSSIA): It is hard to work things out without talking. Let's get talking!
(LONDON to BERLIN): Is the Kaiser still on vacation in Florida? I hope he provided orders to the Imperial Army before leaving. It doesn't look good, leaving the country in the middle of a war for survival.
(BOOB to THE BRITS): We got the orders from the Kaiser just fine.... the Czar, not so good. See above.
(BOOB SPEAKS OUT ON CLASSIC PRESS): I know we're seeing some of this in the Eternal Sunshine subszine too. I just want to say how much I'm enjoying this press and want to encourage everyone in the szine (players and non-players) to get more press. This is one of the things that distinguishes the "postal" game from the pure E-Mail game (attempts to add "postal" press to E-Mail games generally have failed). What I seem to be seeing in these recent efforts (both here and in ES) are similarities to press we used to read in Steve Langley's Magus and the various subszines therein. If we could get to that level again, which we probably won't, but I can hope, it would be truly tremendous. I've always felt this pathetic effort never had a hope of holding a candle to Magus. Lastly, as you read below, you will see why I added these few lines of filler....
(Red Kings 6 (Dark Press –- not for attribution)):
Nun too sure of herself
She said it solemnly, with weight. Like it meant something.
"I thought Hierophant reversed was Tnahporeih," I said.
"You'se a moron," the blonde said. She punctuated the remark with the tommy gun. I'm assuming it was meant to be an exclamation point.
"Toots, that is the first thing you've said that I understand." I took off my fedora and spun it onto the hat rack across the room and propped my feet up It looked like we were gonna be awhile.
"So, this case you're working. Whatcha got," asked the blonde.
"The case I got is a case of indigestion," I answered, "and not the garden variety. We're talking a real hobo stew here. Nothing adds up, and there seem to be a lot of players."
"At least seven," nodded the blond. Her full head of hair swayed like an ocean wave as her head moved on her curvaceous neck.
Seven. I'd just learned something else. At this rate I'd be a genius in twenty issues. The trick is not to remember something important in the brain cell that you're gonna drink away that night.
"I was at the Copa to try and shake something loose," I gave her my best half-smile, "looks like it worked."
She hadn't come up with clothes since Chapter 5 so I was able to admire the way the blush worked its way over her alabaster skin.
"I been working dat joint for weeks, since #307. I din't come up with nothing…till you came along. And I ain't dat loose," said the naked woman who had let herself into my home…
"Hey, a guy can only hope; you were definitely working it. Which begs the point, which player are you?"
I picked up the pack of Red Kings, tapped out two and put them both in my mouth. I started to reach into my pocket for my matches, but she raised the barrel of the tommy gun and arched an eyebrow.
"Two fingers."
"Good idea," I muttered around the butts, "I'll take a shot myself."
She smiled those pouty lips of hers and took the hint. She pulled the cork on the bottle of the Cheater's she'd brought, using her pearly whites and poured two stiffs; that brought the count up to three all told. All the while, she kept the tommy gun barrel unwaveringly pointed in my direction. This kitten could multi-task.
I used two fingers to fish out my matches, lit the cigs and then traded her a fag for the boiler.
She raised the shotglass, "Bottoms up." I could only hope.
"May your allies be true and your enemies be few," I toasted back.
"Not in this game," she said, and downed the whiskey.
"So I figure you don't work for Flat." She had the moxie that Flat could use, but he wouldn't had her set me up while he thought I was working on his dime.
"No," she smiled, "someone higher up."
"Higher up?" I glanced at the header of the page -– Red Kings, "you really are the cigarette girl?"
"Damn, you're thick."
"Only in the good places."
"I'm a nun."
I had nothing... I looked back at the proceeding line to see if it was a typo.
"A nun?" See, my reputation for snappy repartee is well deserved. I surveyed the situation from the comfort of my chair; yep, a naked blonde with a machine gun had the drop on me in my own place, she was drinking and smoking... and yep, she was hot.
"A nun?"
"Yes, I really am a nun."
"That's a bad habit."
"Well," she parted her lips with her tongue, "bad habits are hard to break."
"Can you do that." I asked, waving my cigarette vaguely back and forth to indicate... well everything.
"Do what?" she cocked her pretty head to one side cascading the lustrous blonde hair down over one bare breast. Now I wasn't sure how I felt about that.
"Uh, y'know... flirt, be naked... you know the whole nun with a gun thing. I thought you had rules."
"I'm not dat kind of nun," she answered back.
"Nuns got kinds?"
"Yeah, I'm a sister of the Order Magister. A church dat's as old as time, founded by the followers of Archbale All-Man."
"So you don’t have those regular nun type rules..."
She shook her head slowly back and forth.
"I've got a Murphy bed."
"Nice segue, but we're not done. What did you learn at the Copa?"
I gave her my best smart-ass comeback,
"That the Hobby doesn’t have a zoo."
"Well, no... at least, not anymore."
"Damn!" I could practically hear the click as the lightbulb came on, even the little skittering noise the chain makes when you let it go too quick and it bounces around.
"What is it?"
"I'd bet you dollars to donuts it's a clue."
"What’s a clue?"
"The zoo. The zoo is a clue." It was beginning to sound like Dr. Seuss again, I couldn't help but think about gnus... in canoes. But those weren't clues.
"What in the Hobby makes you think that the zoo has anything to do with the Tarot, the Diplonomicon, ancient powers, demons or the Hierophant," she exclaimed, again punctuating with the tommy gun. I hoped that thing had a safety.
"It's the elephant," I answered. She looked at me blankly. "Look, the elephant was mentioned in Chapter 4, "A Shot in the Dark." And the doorman said the Hobby didn't have a zoo. It was mentioned in Chapter 5, "The Lady Ratta-tat-tatted Lace" along with the otters. Now here we are in Chapter 6, "Nun Too Sure of Herself" (I knew I should have paid more attention to that title when I walked by it!) and it turns out that there was, or had been, a zoo in the Hobby. That's significant. You don’t think they put all this stuff in here as filler and drivel, do you?"
"Yes, I do," answered the blonde.
"I'm telling you, it's a clue."
"People pay you for this?"
"Well, not many people..." I had to admit, "you got something against deductive reasoning."
"We're looking for the Hierophant, not the elephant," she exasperated, which is cool to watch on a naked woman, "they just sound alike. That's not deductive reasoning, it's... it's... palindromic reasoning."
"Actually a palindrome is a word that is spelled the same frontwards and backwards... like moron."
She looked at me quizzically. Whatever reply she had was drowned out by the pounding on the door. As you know, I know my knocks, and this wasn't Burgess looking for rent, or even a potential client. This was gun-butt on wood breaking the door in knocking... not my favorite.
She sprayed the door with a sleet of lead from her gat, which brought a unique silence to the situation.
"They're onto us," she said, "you got a back way outta here?"
We moved to the window behind my desk. I grabbed my fedora and trench coat off the hat rack as I passed by. Pushing up the window I looked down into the alley behind the Abyssinian Prince.
"Damn," I cursed, "Burgess hasn't fixed the fire escape. Chintzy landlord."
The naked nun cast a quick glance out the window, still keeping her primary attention on the currently quiet front door.
"We'll have to jump," she surmised.
"Babe, we're at the top of the page. If we jump from here we’re liable to break something. Something we might want to use later." I gave her my best wink and raised eyebrow, but it ricocheted off her worried glance at the front door.
"What are we gonna do?"
"Tell me a story..."
"What. Now?" She looked at me incredulously.
"Now's the best time, seeing as how there might not be a later. Like why did you become a nun?"
"It runs in the family..."
"Your mom was a nun," I asked.
"Actually, yes."
"Your dad was a nun?"
Her response wasn't verbal.
"I'm liking your rules more and more," Nuns have kinds, whoda thunk it?
"My family has been in the Order forever. We've been seeking the Diplonomicon longer than I've been alive."
I was half paying attention to her, keeping one eye on the front door. Thought I heard some movement out there. I was counting on my fingers.
"What are you counting?"
"Lines. We're getting lower. I figure a few more lines and we can jump."
"Can't you just change the font size?"
I chuckled. Amateurs. I've been around the block.
"It doesn't work that way," I replied, "ya never know how the publisher's gonna handle it. You change the font size and he could change it back when he prints, go all Pica on ya'... then splat, you're pizza pie on the patio. Here, you're gonna need this." I gave her the trench coat to put on, apparently we'd formed some sort of ad hoc alliance, as her heater was pointed more at the door than at me.
"So I guess we haven't been properly introduced," I said, "what's your name?"
"Charlene St. Allman. My friends call me Charly," she smiled, "what's yours?"
Suddenly the front door splintered in on its hinges, and three plug uglies piled into the office throwing lead like molten mosquitoes in a summer swamp.
"Jump," I yelled, and grabbed Charly as I plunged through the window. She was a trooper rattling off return fire from the tommy as we went out and down. I hit the ground and tried my best to cushion her fall by banging my head on the asphalt, and bruising my elbows against the dumpster. She was all pillowy softness on top of me... under other circumstances...
I gasped for breath, "keep talking."
"What... why," we could see the gunsels charging the open window. She was trying to untangle the gat and bring it up. I grabbed her head in my hands and brought her lips to mine. At first she tried to pull away, then she felt the passion and plunged into it with fervor. After a few moments we broke apart.
"Look," she said, "they're back at the top of the page."
"Yep, it's all about getting to the next page. Let's vamoose."
So it was me and the nun with the gun on the run. I couldn't wait for Chapter 7.

SPIRALS OF PARANOIA: 2005A, Regular Diplomacy
Spring 1907
AUSTRIA (Rauterberg): a ser-bul (d r:gre,alb,otb), a nap-ROM,
f GOL s TURKISH f wes-spa(sc).
ENGLAND (Wiedemeyer): f POR S TURKISH f wes-spa(sc).
FRANCE (Tretick): a par-BRE, f bre-MID, a GAS S GERMAN f mid-spa(sc),
f MAR-gol, f ENG S f bre-mid, a BUR-mar, f IRI S f bre-mid.
GERMANY (Ozog for Tallman): a boh-TYO, a gal-BUD, a VIE S a gal-bud, a ruh-MUN,
a tyo-VEN, f SKA h, a TUS S a tyo-ven, a pic-BEL,
f mid-spa(sc) (d r:nao,otb).
ITALY (Kent): a ven h (d r:apu,pie,otb), a bud-SER, a TRI S a bud-ser.
RUSSIA (Sundstrom): f SEV-bla, a UKR-rum, a RUM-bul, a ARM-smy, a MOS-sev.
TURKEY (Biehl): a ANK-arm, f SMY h, f BLA-bul(ec), f tun-NAF,
f TYH S AUSTRIAN a nap-rom, f WES-spa(sc).

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 or wiedem of
FRANCE: Buddy Tretick, 5023 Sewell's Pointe Way, Fredericksburg, VA 22407, (540) 898-3386
cell (540) 226-5571 (E-Mail) berniebuddy33 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: Doug Kent, 11111 Woodmeadow Pkwy #2327, Dallas, TX 75228
dougray30 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) So, we had I) GIRF draw, II) GT draw, III) FAIRT draw, IV) Recalling Terry Tallman to play Germany. All were rejected. New proposals are as follows. We have I) Concession to Turkey; II) AEIT draw; and III) Expulsion of Ozog/Replacement player for Ger (Reason: Tallman is ambulatory and should have resumed play much earlier). Please vote on each of these proposals with the Summer orders, failure to vote vetoes them all.
3) Note the slight adjustment in Bernie/Buddy's E-Mail address.

(ITALY - TURKEY): Eric tells me you have a tendency to get really cranky in this game. I am waiting to see how true that might be.
(CONSTANTINOPLE APR 1, 1907): Sultan Hatas I announced the cancellation of the projected Berlin - Constantinople Railway. "We cannot, alas, support this German scheme. We Ottomans must defend our realm unlike the cowardly Germans who scourge all weak nations yet have not the courage to oppose the strong."
(BERLIN): The Kaiser Interim scoffs at the proposal to bring the Kaiser Emeritus back. It is merely whining on the part of Austrians and Turks who desire for the previous alliance structure which was more favorable to themselves before I took over the reins of der Fatherland. Heil Germany!
(BOOB RETORTS): Shouldn't that be der ToadFatherland?
(ITALY - WORLD): If you don't care about this game, how can you expect anybody else to?
(BUDDY): Welcome to Doug Kent as the replacement Italian Player. Long live R-G-F-I victory.
(ITALY - GM): Make sure you and all who read this visit for the latest in Toby the Helpful Kitty news, photos, and merchandise!
(BOOB to ITALY): Hey, why should I help you, I lose enough money on this hobby too, why don't you let me share. Oh, then I would have to run ads too.... never mind.

FLIP FLOP: 2003G, Regular Diplomacy
Spring 1910
AUSTRIA (Wiedemeyer): a BUD-tri, a GAL-rum, a MOS-sev, a VIE S a bud-tri.
ENGLAND (Kent): a den-SWE, a ruh-MUN, f nth-ENG, f nwg-BAR, f hel-NTH.
FRANCE (McHugh): f BRE S f eng-mid, f MAR S a spa, a hol-RUH, a bel-BUR,
f eng-MID, a SPA S f mar.
GERMANY (Sundstrom): f ber-BAL, a kie-BER, f swe-GOB,
a nwy-STP, a mun-BOH, f ska-DEN.
TURKEY (Levinson): a CON-sev, a smy-APU, f AEG C a smy-apu, a sev-UKR,
f WES-mid, a BUL S a rum, f ven-ADR, f GOL h, a TRI h, f ION C a smy-apu,
f BLA C a con-sev, a RUM s a sev-ukr, a SER S a tri.

Addresses of the Participants
AUSTRIA: Fred Wiedemeyer, Box 92010-Meadowbrook RPO, Edmonton, ALBERTA CANADA T6T 1N1,
(780) 465-6432, wiedem of or wiedem of
ENGLAND: Doug Kent, 11111 Woodmeadow Pkwy #2327, Dallas, TX 75228
dougray30 of
FRANCE: Jack McHugh, 810 School Lane, Folcroft, PA 19032, (856) 456-5984,
jwmchughjr 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) The proposal for a concession to Turkey fails.

(JIM-BOOB to THE PLAYERS): How about if we start some cool press writing in this game?

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

G.M.: Jim Burgess
Date Started: November 2001
Date Completed: December 2006
Thanks to Boardman Number Custodian Tom Howell for compiling the statistics. I think we can read this down below and I think I transcribed everything correctly. Tom sent me it in UNIX format, finally I figured that out. This is done unless we have any last End-Game statements after seeing the SC Chart.
The Players:
AUSTRIA: Chris Lockheardt (res S07); Vern Parker (2-way Draw)
ENGLAND: Allan Heikkinen (drop F05); Mark Kinney (elim F11)
FRANCE: Adam Mitchell (drop S03); Douglas Kent (surv)
GERMANY: Jim Sayers (res S05); Kevin Wilson (2-way Draw)
ITALY: Dan Mehkeri (drop S05); Heath Gardner (drop F09); Mike Barno (elim F10)
RUSSIA: CW Phillips (drop F01); Rick Desper (elim F08)
TURKEY: Tim Miller (surv)

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
AUSTRIA:  5  8  7  8  8  8 10 10 13 14 14 15 16
ENGLAND:  5  4  4 *5  4  4  3  3  3  1  0
FRANCE:  5  6  6  4  5  5  5  5  5  6  6  5  2
GERMANY:  4  4  4 *5 *7  7  7  8  8 10 11 12 *15
ITALY:  5  5  5  5  4  4  4  4  2  0
RUSSIA:  4  3  4  3  1  1  1  0
TURKEY:  4  4  4  4  5  5  4  4  3  3  3  2  1
* = Plays one short
NOTE: Allan Heikkinen may have been a nom de guerre of Jim Sayers.

SECRETS: 1999D, Regular Diplomacy
Spring 1924
ENGLAND (Kent): a GAS s FRENCH f mar (otm), f MID s FRENCH f spa(sc) (otm),
f POR s FRENCH f spa(sc) (otm).
FRANCE (Sasseville): f mar-gol (d r:spa(sc),otb), f spa(sc)-WES, a bur-PAR.
GERMANY (Barno): a BUL h.
f LVP h, a WAR h, a DEN h, a KIE h, f NTH h, a HOL h, a BER h.
TURKEY (Linsey): f con-AEG, a sev-RUM, a rum-GAL, f TYH S f wes-gol, a ser-GRE,
a mun-BUR, a SIL S a boh-mun, f wes-GOL, a boh-MUN, f gol-MAR, a bel-PIC, a TYO S a boh-mun,
f NAF S FRENCH f spa(sc)-wes, a ven-TUS, f PIE S f gol-mar, a ruh-BEL.

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
RUSSIA: Standby is Bob Osuch, 19137 Midland Avenue, Mokena, IL 60448, (708) 478-3885
ROsuch4082 of
TURKEY: Bruce Linsey, PO Box 234, Kinderhook, NY 12106
GonzoHQ of

Game Notes:
1) There are no current proposals.
2) Vern Parker has NMRed, so I'm calling Bob Osuch as a standby. Bob hasn't played Diplomacy in a bit, and he reports he's been playing Computer games lately, but he also says he recently was perusing old Voice of Doom's, so calling him to this position (which I didn't know before asking him) seems appropriate. Vern has to get me draft Fall orders by the Summer deadline to retain the position, if he doesn't then Bob takes over and you'll all know that when you submit Fall orders. As a warning to everyone, Bruce Linsey is on vacation traveling much of this month and will not have access to E-Mail, I don't believe, but he will be back before Fall orders are due.

(JIM-BOOB to THE PLAYERS HERE TOO): It would be cool as this heads to the end if someone thought about writing some press. Think about it....

CAST NO SHADOWS: Breaking Away, Designer's Rules
Rules at:
Turn 5
41 (replenish with a 6) Agnus (BREAKING AWAY!!!)
-S-P-R-I-N-T- -F-I-N-I-S-H- -L-I-N-E-
40 (no replenishment) Empty
39 (no replenishment) Empty
38 (no replenishment) Empty
37 (no replenishment) Empty
36 (no replenishment) Empty
35 (replenish with a 3) Bowie, Travis, Crockett
34 (no replenishment) Empty
33 (replenish with a 3) Death
32 (no replenishment) Empty
31 (replenish with a 3) Vidic, Krstajic
30 (replenish with a 5) Kyoto, Yorick
29 (replenish with a 7) Zorro
28 (replenish with a 8) Xavier, Wally,
27 (no replenishment) Empty
26 (replenish with a 3) Gavrancic
25 (replenish with a 4) Water, Dragutinovic, Sanctus, Kyrie
24 (replenish with a 8) Rincewind, Gloria
23 (replenish with a 10) Mideast
22 (replenish with a 11) Granny, Carrot, Drugs, Bonham

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 16 4 8 (12)
B: Granny Weatherwax 12 11 11 (3)
C: Captain Carrot 15 5 11 (11)
D: Death 13 3 3 (20)
(Rincewind with the Luggage, Granny on Her Broom, Carrot of the City Watch, and Death is just DEATH!)
Total Replenishments: 12+58+18+15+33 = 136
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 16 5 4 (7)
B: Kyoto 14 17 5 (13)
C: Mideast 11 17 10 (6)
D: Drugs 11 13 11 (3)
Total Replenishments: 12+35+37+44+30 = 158
TEAM 3 ((David Partridge): rebhuhn of (0 points)
Team Name: Famous Four
A: Krstajic 15 16 7 3 (13)
B: Vidic 13 7 3 (13)
C: Gavrancic 9 7 3 (8)
D: Dragutinovic 8 11 4 (7)
Total Replenishments: 12+35+40+28+13 = 128
TEAM 4 (Brendan Whyte): obiwonfive of (0 points)
Team Name: The Reverse Alphabeticists
A: Zorro 15 3 7 7 (11)
B: Yorick 10 7 5 (12)
C: Xavier 7 7 8 (10)
D: Wally 3 7 8 (10)
Total Replenishments: 12+26+24+28+28 = 118
TEAM 5 (Alexander Woo): aswoo of (10 points)
Team Name: Just Ordinary; Manager: Credo
A: Agnus 12 7 4 6 (20)
B: Sanctus 8 4 4 (3)
C: Kyrie 10 7 4 (7)
D: Gloria 16 3 8 (5)
Total Replenishments: 12+44+22+17+22 = 127
TEAM 6 (Andy York): wandrew88 of (0 points)
Team Name: Alamo
A: Crockett 15 5 3 3 (19)
B: Travis 15 3 3 (19)
C: Bowie 10 3 3 (19)
D: Bonham 3 3 11 (3)
Total Replenishments: 12+12+12+60+20 = 116

Game Notes:
1) The rules are on the TAP website in the Tinamou section. Ask if you have any questions. Up above in parentheses is the card you played to get to where you are in the field. The replenishment card is the last card in your list. Be careful to note that the card you played (the one in parentheses) is not available for you, for next turn. Just for fun, I'm going to keep track of total replenishment, by turn, which is a rough measure of how the teams are doing. Of course, it is lining up to get across the sprint and final lines in the right places that really counts. We can calculate an "efficiency score" later, which will be the ratio of scoring points per replenishment. If I'm predicting how the future of this will come out, a 10% score will be really tremendous for this measure.
2) Note that Andy York's E-Mail address has been updated.
3) Alex Woo picks up the first points by winning the first Sprint!!! Looks like the Three Alamos could follow close behind.... but they are trailed by Death.... (hey, I thought it was funny!!!!)
4) Dave replaces Rick as the "low man on the replenishment totem pole". I carved out some of your comments into press to keep the masses amused.... I'm sure you don't mind.

(CUT-MY-OWN-THROAT DIBBLER ROLLS): Let's see if I roll snake eyes three times in a row.
(BOOB to DIBBLER): Dave betters your feat for one round, at least.
(THE FAMOUS FOUR DRAFT): Hope being that I either land near the front to score some points this time, or Tom lines up his guys on 32-35 and I draft them.
(BOOB DABBLES): That would be no, and no....
(THE TURTLE GUESSES SOME MORE): I expect some riders to break for the sprint finish line. But the more experienced players like Dave and Tom may hang back. In any case, I have no hope for the first sprint, so I'll assume there will be a mob in the low 20s. And hope that somebody is on 23.
(BOOB DING-DONG DANGLES): Ding, ding, ding, you hit the jackpot, choosing correctly that Tom would play Mideast low.
(GRANNY): Waves from her broom as she slows down, she hopes somebody tucks in between her and Rincewind at 23.
(CAPTAIN CARROT OF THE CITY WATCH) Speeds up to have a chat with Granny, whom he hasn't seen in a while.
(DEATH): Notices that somebody's hourglass is running low on sand, so he dashes forward.
(BOOB CONCLUDES): The Alamos had better watch out, their time is nearly up!

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