September 4, 2008

If you see a mark here _____ your subscription expires with this issue.See below for new rates.

Produced by Jim Burgess, 664 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908-4327 USA, (401)351-0287 ††NOTE: While we will be moving in the next few months, continue to use this address until I supply you with a new one.All mail will be forwarded!Accessible through Internet at burgess of (all E-Mail addresses are reported in this format, replace the " of " with "@"; if you bounce try sending to me from another account. Some of you have been getting bounced messages from my ISP's spam protection, if that happens to you, USE my backup E-Mail at jfburgess of!!! Don't complain that my E-Mail keeps bouncing without forwarding the bounced message to that address. Then I can forward it to the ISP help to get it dealt with.


WARNING: My email has been giving me quite a bit of trouble in the last six weeks.So if you send me an email, I would prefer you send it to BOTH email addresses, and just to be on the safe side, send it three times to each.When this issue resolves itself I will let you know.The first (and sometime second) copy of every email I receive seems to vanish.


Web Page Address:

I expect ALL players to be signed up on the E-Mail notification list for the szine, see below. Some of you have been complaining about this, but it is up to you to get on this list, it's easy, come ask me if you have trouble. THIS IS A PROBLEM, sign up now if you're playing!!!


The postal sub price is now $5.00 per issue in the US and Canada, with triple that for other foreign subbers (or $15.00 per issue sent airmail). Players in current games and standbys will no longer get the issues for free, and future game starts (except for Nuclear Yuppie Evil Empire Diplomacy, which is free) cost $75.00 ($70.00 for a life of the game subscription and $5 for the NMR Insurance. Anyone may play in subszines for free and just jack up the issue page count. Since I have to get caught up this issue with all sorts of subszines, I'm going to be fairly limited with other items this issue. See the revised game start announcements below!


As most of you know, I am an economist.So I simply can no longer accept publishing this publication at a loss per published publication.Every issue that I issue causes me to issue more funds from my issue account, and this has become a major issue.So I am raising the rates (see above).Iíve adjusted all sub balances to apply to the new rates.If you see a mark at the top of this page, your subscription has expired, and you need to fund it with more funds.If you want to have fun you canít fudge it, you need to supply me with funds, fungible funds.


Iím trying to get this thing back on track, so please check out the Game Openings section for lots of new openings in games, which are open.I mean the games are open and they have openings.For you.Just open this to the Game Openings section and youíll see the new openings that are now open.And Iím open to adding more openings if you are open to it.


Peter Sullivan's subszine is dead and buried.Just as well, as I am sick of stupid choo choo games.I havenít heard from David Partridge lately, but I expect him to return.Andy York and Doug Kent had been my most frequent subszine guests lately, but donít plan on seeing Doug anytime soon.I have the last two issues of his subzone in hand, but his wife Heather asked that I not publish them.It seems that the Bureau of Prisons and the Department of Justice were rather unhappy with some of the things he said, and he is now back in lock-up.Heather hopes heíll be home my Memorial Day 2009.I know we all send her our best wishes.Andy York is still here, and I am very proud to announce that stepping in to fill the void is Jack McHugh, who will be submitting a subzine every issue or two.To save $$, I am not including Andy or Jackís subzones in this mailing.You can find them online.


I do feel I need to apologize for the extreme lateness of this issue.I could blame it on work, or home life, or a number of other things.But the truth of the matter is, the thing which really delayed me (besides the cost, which I discuss above) was this stupid new X-Files Movie.You see, as many of you now, I am a HUGE X-Files fan.HUGE.I mean, Iíd sleep in Mulder and Scully bed sheets if I could.And every Halloween I dress up as The Smoking Man or one of the Lone Gunmen.So I heard this new film was coming outÖbut it had been SO LONG since Iíd seen any of the original episodes, I decided Iíd need to watch them or else I might not understand what was happening.So most of my free time was taken up watching ever single episode through the first nine seasons.I even watched the ones Mulder wasnít in.You know, the ones with the guy from The Terminator?Only he isnít a Terminator here, heís a human.An FBI agent, who happens to be human.Not a robot.Well, I suppose he could be a robot or an android but they never get into that.But as far as weíre supposed to think, heís a human FBI agent.


It was a close call. I almost had to take some time off of work to finish, but I managed to do it.Then I went and saw the movie, which was AMAZING.It was the best film Iíve seen all year, besides Mad Money which is now in my top five of all time.If you missed Mad Money, go buy it on DVD.Donít rent it, BUY it, because youíll want to watch it over and over again.


The thing that really pissed me off, pardon my French, is that after I saw the new X-Files movie I was walking in Wal-Mart to buy some cat food and bread to make sandwiches, and they had a stupid DVD which was supposed to give you all the information you needed to watch the movie.I could have saved ALL THAT TIME!Oh well, then I wouldnít have enjoyed the episode where the freak pig-boy gets to go to the Cher concert at the end.I mean, we donít see that it is Cher, but they tell us it is, and it sounds like her.It might have been a stand-in.Thatís my favorite episode.This kid idolizes Cher because she was nice to that Mask kid in Mask.Not the Jim Carrey movie.The other one.The one where the kid looks like he is wearing a mask.But he isnít, itís his real face.I mean, yes, it IS a mask, but thatís only because the actor who is PORTRAYING the kid Ė Rocky Dennis was his name Ė had to wear a mask to look like the kid.And I donít mean Rocky Dennis is the actorís name; that was the characters name.The actor was that guy who was in Some Kind of Wonderful.I forget his name.And Pulp Fiction.But not Bruce Willis or John Travolta.The one who was stuck the needle into the girlís heart to help her when she was O-Ding on heroin.You know which girl I mean?The one from The Truth About Cats and Dogs.But not Janeane Garafolo.The other one.Uma.Yeah.Her.


So thatís why this issue is so late.


In other personal news, weíve got a busy household, as we are selling this house.Yes, I simply could not take this long, cold New England winters anymore.So we are moving south to New Shoreham, Rhode Island.It should be a lot warmer there.We have bids in for two houses, so as soon as I know which one we are moving to Iíll give you the new address.



Michel Feron gets added to the list of failures, next up the former editor of Costaguana. Iím told he may be somewhere on the west coast these days, but my own attempts to locate him have been met with no responses.So take a look yourself, and win the $500 prize!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, Michel, 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 $250 prize for finding some previous target who went unfound in the original $500 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 or Michel Feron is "found" from now on it is worth $250.

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.


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.


I need any Hobby Award Nominations NOW (!!!) for the :

The 2005 and 2006 and 2007 and 2008 Don Miller Award for Meritorious Service;

The 2005 and 2006 and 2007 and 2008 Rod Walker Award for Literature;

The 2005 and 2006 and 2007 and 2008 John Koning Award for Player Performance;

The 2005 and 2006 and 2007 and 2008 Fred Hyatt Award for GM Performance;


A 2005 and 2006 and 2007 and 2008 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, Sigmund the Sea Monster, Jamie Dreier, Paul Kenny, Mark Stretch, David Webster, Nathan Barnes, Red Fraggle, Bobby Brady, 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.

Diplomacy World Issue Deadline is now:

Deadline Fall 2008, Issue #103: beginning of October

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, Lead Executive Editor!, 11111 Woodmeadow Pkwy #2327, Dallas, TX 75228, dougray30 of


Nobody else matters, but Iíll list them anyway:


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

If I wasnít soooooooooooooooooooooooo far behind I would give you all the details of my trip to Bangor, Maine for DipCon this year.But that story will have to wait until next issue.Suffice to say I had a wonderful time, and despite the whiners and complainers and sore losers, the event was a weekend to remember.Some people, like Edi Birsan for instance, take this hobby way too seriously.We canít win all the time, and only an immature, stubborn, poor sport, sore loser, titbag baby baby stick your head in gravy wash it out with bubbglegum and send it to the navy would complain about losing.I mean, there can only be one winner.And Edi, guess what?It wasnít you.Do you know why?Well, because you lostÖso if youíre not a winner, you must be a LOSER!Loser!Loser!Whatcha gonna do?Cry?Come on baby boy, cry.One, two, three, cry. I am the Great Santini!



We were running a "123 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 123 songs (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 123 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.


123 Tunes Game

Here are the rules for 123 TUNES. You send me thirty three tunes for the first turn, and fifteen two tunes in each of the last six turns for a total of 123. If you missed the first turn, you can still catch up by sending 48 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 123 tune list and my NEW 123 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 May 2008 09:57:16 -0500)

Jim, I'm glad you liked the new Britney Spears CD. Almost all of the guitar work you enjoyed is performed by an Apple Macintosh, except for bits which were broomstick-on-a-washdrum. I didn't know you had live Jonas Brothers in your background. What other cool new bands have you heard in person? I guess the closest I come are The New Kids on the Block during this latest reunion tour.

Mike Barno

((The Jonas Brothers concert was amazing, to be certain, but I am even more excited about this High School Musical show coming through town in September.Can you imagine seeing the New Mickey Mouse Club back in the day when Britney and Christina were on it together?Thatís what this feel slike to me.Without question, the entire cast is destined to have long, successful careers, and I will be able to say that I ďsaw them when.Ē))

Rick Desper (Sunday, July 20, 2008 11:03:53 PM)

Are you going to be doing your annual football picks?Here are mine, even though it is still very early. ((Rick then included his list of the NFL teams, what order they would finish, and his propsed playoff results.))

Rick, rick_desper of

((To be honest, I am not really following professional sports anymore.I watched some of the Olympics, but aside from table tennis and badminton I found I had no interest in those either.Every time I sit down to watch a sporting event, I either fall asleep (golf) or find myself switching to QVC to see if theyíre having one of those cookware sales.))

Drew James (Sat, 22 August 2008 08:59:28 -0400)


So glad that you are back and TAP is still going strong! ((remainder of letter deleted)).

Drew, kjames01 of

((Hey, sorry about not publishing the rest of your letter.But as I explained to Rick, sports are just not my thing anymore.I canít rationalize taking up space with them, even at the higher sub rates.))



"To the left, to the left.

Everything you own in a box to the left.

You must not know bout me, you must not know bout me.

I can have another you in a minute,

Matter face heíll be here in a minute,


Identify these lyrics and win a free issue!

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.



All the game openings in the previous issue have been rescinded.I want to get this szine going strong, so Iím going to offer two new openings.First, a 7X7 No-Press Gunboat Tournament.These are very popular and fun to play in, and without all that annoying press.Iíll be naming all seven games after the X-Files seasons.So game one will be X-Files Season One, game two will be X-Files Season Two, and so on.You get the idea.

For those of you with less time, I am offering two individual games of No-Press Gunboat.Iíll call one Mulder and the other Scully.Let me know if youíd like to sign up for any of these, and remember (as I explained on the first page) to send the email three times!

Next issue I may offer an opening of this new game The Settlers of New Canaan, Connecticut.I havenít got the rules for PBM worked out completely yet.The variant rules which include the Red Coach Grill, the Mystic Seaport, and the Baskin Robbins pieces would most likely be used.Iím also designing a special ďtrip to HartfordĒ variant for the game, but that will take a while.


THE PHIL REYNOLDS MEMORIAL: 2006B, Regular Diplomacy

Russia/Austria Two Way Draw Passes by GM Decree!


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: 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:

I decided, after thinking about it, that it would be best to simply accept the RA two way draw, even though it failed.So the game ends in an RA draw.Thanks for understanding, everyone.


Deleted due to lack of interest.In general, press is a bore, and the stuff you guys submitted even moreso.


SPIRALS OF PARANOIA: 2005A, Regular Diplomacy

Draw declared between Bernie Oaklyn and Buddy Tretick


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

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) By majority vote (2 yes, the rest NVR) a draw between Buddy and Bernie is declared.I think we all know the game would have ended up this way anyway.


(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.

(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 1908

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): Thank you for not writing press.Press sucks, and cuts into my profit margin. So do maps, which is why I no longer include them.



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 Doug Kent, 11111 Woodmeadow Pkwy #2327, Dallas, TX 75228

dougray30 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 Doug Kent as a standby. I donít think Doug playing both England and Russia will be a problem for any of you.But if it is, let me know and we can declare this game a concession to Germany.


(JIM-BOOB to THE PLAYERS HERE TOO): Thanks again for no press.....


CAST NO SHADOWS: Breaking Away, Designer's Rules

Rules at:

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