August 25, 2010

Jim Burgess, 664 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908-4327 USA, (401)351-0287, jfburgess of

E-MAIL/WEB ONLY ISSUE! PDF will be available on the website incorporating all subszines.

Web Page Address:

I'm still delaying one of the games for Medical reasons, but the others are going. I can get this out before Doug, so this issue actually will NOT have an Eternal Sunshine (two issues before he can get another one out!!!). Doug still makes legitimate comments about who should be subszine to whom. He is my subszine toady though.... back, back, stay in line. Write me a letter.... and voila, we have a letter from Doug below too.

Some of you are still not on the E-Mail list for this szine, I keep trying to sign you up, please accept the offer! I am going ahead and finishing all the games here, and then we'll see what happens.
We will have four subszines going forward, from Dave Partridge, Doug Kent, Andy York, and Peter Sullivan. Dave Partridge still is trying to finish Tinamou, Andy York is working on By the WAY, and Peter is getting Railway Rivals started! Doug of course puts us all to shame otherwise. This issue only has an Octopus' Garden from Peter with a game start. Dave and Andy are working on getting back in the swing.
For production, in addition to the HTML's of each separate product on the web page, I will also have a PDF that you can print of the entire szine (including my famous handdrawn maps!). You can just print the maps if you like, but remember maps are for pikers anyway, you don't need no steenkin' maps, keep them up in your head where they belong. I don't think there are very many people I owe money, but if you think I owe you money, just ask and I will pay. ONE GROUP that is definitely owed money is the players with NMR insurance. NMR insurance still continues, I will still call you for it, and when your game ends, I will refund the money.
I have now tried to sign up all the players, some multiple times, but please check. THIS IS A PROBLEM, sign up now if you're playing so you get proper notification!!! General information about the mailing list is at:
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((I want to go back to encouraging more letters again, right now I'm going to focus on just pumping issues out, but I hope to start writing more again too as the year progresses.))

Mike Barno (Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 11:31 AM)
Hi, Jim. I grinned at reading your remarks about the string music festival in Maine, because I recently heard Crooked Still at the Grey Fox festival, and they were my favorite new-to-me band there. Grey Fox also had a lot of events for teaching kids to pick bluegrass, so it makes me more optimistic for the future of the genre. I might try to make it to your Maine event next year. Can you point me to information about next year's dates and details yet?
- Mike, mpbarno of
((You can watch the website at, but it should be at the end of July from what they said at the festival.))

Doug Kent (Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 1:43 PM)
I can't comment on most of the musical acts you fellas discussed this issue (or this year... same difference). But as long as we're discussing music, I'll throw out my favorite newish CD's I bought in the past year. Some are not recent releases; they may be a year or two old... and these are off the top of my head, so I may forget some. Haven’t seen a live show all year though. In no particular order:
Bird Song by Heather Masse –- As soon as I heard the opening track -– I Don’t Wanna Wake Up Today –- I knew I’d love this CD. I may actually prefer this solo release to her other work.
Get Wasted by Palmdale -– Kay Hanley rarely disappoints me, so this little collection of her typical style of pop is as pleasing as Babydoll or Weaponize or anything else she’s done recently.
Golden Apples of the Sun by Caroline Herring -– She has such a great voice, and the arrangements are so simple. Wonderful music.
The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer by Antje Duvekot –- Without question, the best CD I have bought all year. After listening to this about 100 times, I had to get a few more of her CD’s. They’re all good, but this one is hands down the best. Not a miss anywhere.
One Cell in the Sea by A Fine Frenzy –- I was a bit late to the party on this one, and to be honest the bits I’ve heard of her more recent releases do nothing for me. But the near-perfect blend of her voice, the songs, and the arrangements make this another home run.
Honorable Mention: Come Up Full by Meg Hutchinson; Laws of Illusion by Sarah McLachlin; See You on the Moon by Tift Merrit; Songs for a Hurricane by Kris Delmhorst; Too Much Living by Danny Balis; Who Do You Think You Are by Dala.
Doug, dougray30 of
((You had a little Facebook contest that I intentionally didn't pick up until 8PM tonight, just before sending this issue out. Any of the rest of you can answer this on Facebook or here.
Originating with Douglas Kent: The rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen albums you've heard that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag fifteen friends, including me, because I'm interested in seeing what albums my friends choose. This person is already tagged in this note. To do this, go to your Profile page, then to your Notes tab, paste rules in a new note, list your fifteen picks below, and tag people in the note - upper right hand side.) Name the 15 albums that have had the biggest effect on you in no particular order...
Fear and Whiskey by the Mekons (the best rock album in history);
Les Bains Douches, live album from Paris 1979, by Joy Division (the live version and intensity of Ian Curtis while he was still alive);
Shoot Out the Lights by Richard and Linda Thompson (all great but this is the gem);
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Stephen Sondheim, the original highlights recording with Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury (the intricate harmonies and everything, stupendous);
On Christmas Night by the King's College Cambridge with Simon Preston and Sir David Willcocks (these are the versions that are all in my head every Christmas);
The Goldberg Variations by Johann Sebastian Bach, both recorded versions by Glenn Gould (I still love studying every one of these, both versions);
The Messiah by Georg Friedrich Handel, the John Eliot Gardiner version (just the best choral music ever from that period);
Mars Audiac Quintet by Stereolab (the sound, the sound, "Transona Five", RIP Mary Hanson);
Who's Landing in My Hangar by Human Switchboard (you've never heard of this, but it is stuck in my head);
Sing Ye Heavens: Hymns for All Time by The Cambridge Singers led by John Rutter (tender versions of some of the best hymns ever);
Gloria: The Sacred Music of John Rutter (the best of the best of Rutter);
Boy by U2 (U2's first tour, first album, one of their first US shows, it all is as vivid as yesterday);
Thru the Ears by Nektar (Doug asked memorable, this was one of my very first "adult rock" purchases);
When I Was Born for the 7th Time by Cornershop (have to have Indian influence);
Remember by the Schemers (and that's just the most memorable 80's music).))
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, Jeff O'Donnell, 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 given the new policies.

I'm going to start the game opening list over. Under the new regime, who wants to play? First off, another regular Diplomacy game is open. Doug Kent, Fred Wiedemeyer, Brad Wilson, and Shaun Thompson were interested, but they have to let me know they're still interested (with reserved slots if they do).

THE PHIL REYNOLDS MEMORIAL: 2006B, Regular Diplomacy
Corrected Fall, plus Autumn and Winter 1904
AUSTRIA (Burgess): a ven-ROM; bld f tri, a bud; has f TRI, a BUD, a TYO, a VIE, a ROM, f NAP,
a SMY, a ALB, f ION.
ENGLAND (James): has f ENG, f NAO, a BEL, f IRI, f NWY.
FRANCE (Williams): has f MID, a BRE, f SPA(NC), a PIC, a MUN.
GERMANY (Ellinger): has a KIE, a RUH, a BER, f HOL, a FIN.
ITALY (Crow): R a tyo otb; rem f naf; has f WES, a SIL, a BUR.
RUSSIA (Barno): bld a war, a mos; has a WAR, a MOS, f ANK, a LVN, f CON, a ARM, f STP(SC).

Revised Supply Center Chart (rom/ven switch, two R builds)
AUSTRIA (Burgess): TRI,VIE,BUD,ser,gre,bul,smy,nap, (has 7, bld 2)
ENGLAND (James): EDI,LVP,LON,nwy,bel (has 5, even)
FRANCE (Williams): PAR,BRE,spa,por,mun (has 5, even)
GERMANY (Ellinger): KIE,BER,den,hol,swe (has 5, even)
ITALY (Crow): VEN,tun,mar (has 4 or 5, rem 1(r:otb) or 2)
RUSSIA (Barno): WAR,STP,SEV,MOS,rum,con,ank (has 5, bld 2)
TURKEY (Wiedemeyer): none (out!)
Neutral: none (Total=34)

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
mellinger of
ITALY: John Crow, 946 S. Medalist Circle Plano, TX 75023-2851,
(214) 532-1418, johnny.crow of
RUSSIA: Mike Barno, 717 Dawson Hill Road, Spencer, NY 14883, (607) 481-4526
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) Mike Barno of course built two units, I identified his centers correctly but not his options in the Supply Center Chart. Also, Dave had sent me an order change for A Venice that I had missed. I have corrected that which results in a flip flop of VEN/ROM ownership, so Italy has Venice and Austria has Rome. I am reprinting the SC chart as a result.

(RUSSIA to E/G): Oh, so you're giving up attacking my north? That's nice.

SPIRALS OF PARANOIA: 2005A, Regular Diplomacy
Pre-Fall 1908
AUSTRIA (Rauterberg): has a NAP, f WES.
ENGLAND (Wiedemeyer): has f POR.
FRANCE (Tretick): has a BRE, f SPA(SC), a GAS, f GOL, f MID, a MAR, f IRI.
GERMANY (Ozog for Tallman): has a MUN, a PIE, a BUD, a VIE,
a TYO, a ROM, f SKA, a TUS, a BEL, f NAO.
ITALY (Kent): has a APU, a SER, a GRE.
RUSSIA (Sundstrom): has f RUM, a UKR, a BUL, a SYR, a SEV.
TURKEY (Biehl): has a ANK, f SMY, f BLA, f TYH.

Addresses of the Participants
AUSTRIA: Paul Rauterberg, 3116 W. American Dr., Greenfield, WI 53221,
(414) 281-2339 (E-Mail) paul.rauterberg 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,
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) The FGR draw proposal is rejected and reproposed. Please vote with the new revised Fall set of orders. If you fail to vote, the draw proposal is vetoed.
2) Hi all, as most of you know, Buddy's been having a tough time medically, but he really wants to stay in the game, so I'd like to try to help him. If you need to call Buddy about the game, mid-afternoon seems to be the best time. Buddy and I talked and we decided to delay this game one issue again and see if he can continue. I've printed the press since it seems sort of Pre-Fall relevant. I hope no one will be upset about that.

(ITALY - BOOB): I think Northern Flame games finish faster than yours do now.
(BOOB - ITALY): And that is a bad idea why? Long games are good games, right??
(MUNICH): So many German armies with nothing to do. If any of you NMR or if you don't do what you're supposed to do, then they will be sent to your country to "assist."

FLIP FLOP: 2003G, Regular Diplomacy
Spring 1912
AUSTRIA (Wilson): a bud S a war-gal (d ann), a war-GAL, a mos-ukr (d r:war,lvn,otb),
a VIE S a bud.
ENGLAND (Kent): f edi-NWG, f IRI S f bre-mid, f NWY-stp(nc), a DEN S f hel-kie,
a kie-BER, f ENG S f bre-mid, f SWE-bal, f hel-KIE.
FRANCE (McHugh): f bre-MID, f mid-NAF, f MAR S f spa(sc), a MUN S a kie-ber, a BUR S f mar,
f SPA(SC) s f mar, a GAS S f mar.
GERMANY (Sundstrom): f BAL-ber, a STP-nwy.
TURKEY (Levinson): f smy-AEG, a sev-MOS, a VEN S a pie-tyo, f ion-TYH, a UKR S a sev-mos,
f WES S f gol-spa(sc), a pie-TYO, f ADR S a tri, f GOL-spa(sc), a TRI S a ser-bud,
f TUS-gol, a RUM S a ser-bud, a ser-BUD.

Addresses of the Participants
AUSTRIA: Brad Wilson, 713 Tasker St. #1, Philadelphia, PA 19148-1237
bwdolphin146 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,
al of ($5)

Game Notes:
1) The AEF draw proposal fails. Bobo FET draw is proposed (that really is just France, England, and Turkey), please vote with your next set of orders. If you fail to vote, the draw proposal is vetoed.

SECRETS: 1999D, Regular Diplomacy
Winter CORRECTION plus Spring 1926
FRANCE (Sasseville): f SPA(NC) S TURKISH f mid, f EAS h.
GERMANY (Barno): a BUL h.
RUSSIA (Osuch): CORRECTION also builds a mos (I did have this from February); a mos-SEV, a STP h,
f bal-DEN, a WAR h, f NAO h, a LON h, f WAL S f nao, f IRI S f nao, a sev-ARM,
a KIE S TURKISH a mun, a BEL S a hol, f ENG S a bel, a HOL S a bel, a BER S TURKISH a mun.
TURKEY (Linsey): a arm-RUM, f BLA C a arm-rum, a rum-UKR, a GAL S a rum-ukr, f tyh-ION,
a SER S a arm-rum, a par-BUR, a SIL S a mun, f MID h, a MUN S a sil, f WES S f mid,
a BRE S a pic, a TYO S a mun, f GAS S f mid, a MAR S a par-bur, f POR S f mid, a PIC h.

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)
rolands6 of
GERMANY: Mike Barno, 717 Dawson Hill Road, Spencer, NY 14883-9712, (607) 481-4526
mpbarno of
RUSSIA: 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 currently are no game ending proposals. If you want to play ahead to Fall at the Summer deadline, you just have to all get your orders in.

CAST NO SHADOWS: Breaking Away, Designer's Rules
Rules at:
Turn 12
86 (replenish with a 3) Rincewind
85 (no replenishment) Empty
84 (replenish with a 3) Zorro (6 points)
83 (no replenishment) Empty
82 (replenish with a 3) Gloria (8 points), Mideast (5 points)
81 (replenish with a 5) Kyrie (4 points)
-S-P-R-I-N-T- -F-I-N-I-S-H- -L-I-N-E-
80 (replenish with a 6) Water, Agnus
79 (replenish with a 8) Drugs, Crockett
78 (replenish with a 10) Sanctus, Xavier, Kyoto
77 (replenish with a 13) Bonham
76 (replenish with a 14) Bowie
75 (replenish with a 15) Granny, Wally
74 (replenish with a 17) Krstajic, Dragutinovic
73 (replenish with a 19) Vidic,
72 (replenish with a 20) Travis
71 (replenish with a 21) Carrot
70 (no replenishment) Empty
69 (replenish with a 3) Gavrancic
68 (no replenishment) Empty
67 (no replenishment) Empty
66 (no replenishment) Empty
65 (no replenishment) Empty
64 (replenish with a 3) Yorick, Death

Addresses of the Participants - Their Team and Their Cards
TEAM 1 (Rick Desper): rick_desper of (15 points)
Team Name: The Turtle Moves; Captained by Cut-My-Own-Throat Dibbler
A: Rincewind the Wizzard 8 8 9 3 (3)
B: Granny Weatherwax 11 10 15 (5)
C: Captain Carrot 15 9 21 (5)
D: Death 3 3 3 (3)
(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+33+18+28+19+31+16+42 = 323
TEAM 2 (Tom Howell): off-the-shelf of (9 points)
Team Name: Never Ending Worry Source; Manager: Rumour; Team Captain: Ye Olde Manager
A: Water 15 4 5 6 (7)
B: Kyoto 3 3 10 (3)
C: Mideast 6 10 3 (4)
D: Drugs 13 4 8 (5)
Total Replenishments: 12+35+37+44+30+22+16+30+24+23+18+27 = 318
TEAM 3 ((David Partridge): rebhuhn of (0 points)
Team Name: Famous Four
A: Krstajic 16 3 8 17 (3)
B: Vidic 6 5 19 (3)
C: Gavrancic 3 3 3 (5)
D: Dragutinovic 7 3 17 (6)
Total Replenishments: 12+35+40+28+13+18+16+28+20+29+14+56 = 309
TEAM 4 (Brendan Whyte): obiwonfive of (9 points)
Team Name: The Reverse Alphabeticists
A: Zorro 4 3 4 3 (6)
B: Yorick 3 3 3 (3)
C: Xavier 5 3 10 (7)
D: Wally 3 3 15 (5)
Total Replenishments: 12+26+24+28+28+38+17+18+16+19+15+31 = 272
TEAM 5 (Alexander Woo): aswoo of (22 points)
Team Name: Just Ordinary; Manager: Credo
A: Agnus 7 5 6 6 (3)
B: Sanctus 4 4 10 (4)
C: Kyrie 14 4 5 (7)
D: Gloria 5 3 3 (3)
Total Replenishments: 12+44+22+17+22+42+28+25+27+26+17+24 = 306
TEAM 6 (Andy York): wandrew88 of (17 points)
Team Name: Alamo
A: Crockett 4 5 3 8 (15)
B: Travis 4 4 20 (5)
C: Bowie 3 5 14 (10)
D: Bonham 3 5 13 (14)
Total Replenishments: 12+12+12+60+20+22+21+19+16+38+17+55 = 304

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) Quite a pack has reformed, and three riders have been permanently dropped from the pack. Following szine patterns, we will keep all the riders on the board, even those with hands of all threes who can't catch up. And Dave (our only player with no points) had the largest replenishments this time around, but Andy was only one point behind and Rick wasn't too far behind that. Alex leads the point parade with three more scoring riders set to cross next turn.

(CREDO): Pack reforms. Leave tired old dogmas at home.
(REPLY TO MATHEMATICIAN (1)): Seen on a tee-shirt about town: "5 out of 4 people hate fractions."
(REPLY TO MATHEMATICIAN (2)): I think the replenishment accumulation for each rider should stop once the particular rider crosses the finish line OR eighth place is scored for the finish line non-scorers. At that point the race is over. An "efficient" rider, whatever that is, will most likely have a minimal hand remaining after he/she/it finishes: 12 for most "A" riders, 9 for "B", "C", and "D" riders. The earlier a rider finishes, the more likely this will be true. Behind the leaders, in actual practice, there is often some bunching just before the finish, and one cannot assume that every rider's last three replacements are 3s and unused. Nevertheless, an ëfficiency" score should somehow account for the cards remaining in hand after the race is over. If a rider has "excess" movement in his hand when the race ends (for him), is he more, or less, efficient?
I find it useful to keep track of each rider's "value" (sum of value of cards in hand) each turn during the game. That tells me how I'm situated relative to the other riders/teams. During the game, I want to build that up, towards the end, I want to run it down as low as possible. At the end, it means nothing, as what counts are the points scored at the sprint and finish lines.
(REPLY TO MATHEMATICIAN (3)): The tee-shirt is an under-estimate.

LAST WORD: We've had a gorgeous summer up here in the Northeast, except for the last three days of driving rain. As I write it is getting ready to clear up and then we're back into gorgeous weather looking all the way into Labor Day weekend. I know some of you have really been into an amazingly hot and humid summer, I hope you're all surviving wherever you are. Start planning to come to chilly Providence in February the first weekend in February for TempleCon!!!

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