THE ABYSSINIAN PRINCE #327

April 22, 2011


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


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


Web Page Address: http://www.diplom.org/DipPouch/Postal/Zines/TAP/index.html


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 being a bit more systematic about that right now. I am going ahead and finishing all the games here, and then we'll see what happens.
We will theoretically have four subszines going forward, from Dave Partridge, Doug Kent, Andy York, and Peter Sullivan. But Dave Partridge is even farther behind than me on finishing Tinamou, Andy York is working on By the WAY, but Peter is back active! Doug of course puts us all to shame otherwise.
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: http://www.diplom.org/mailman/listinfo/tap
You can sign up from there, or send E-Mails to: Tap-request of diplom.org; with the word `help' in the subject or body (don't include the quotes), and you will get back a message with instructions. You must know your password to change your options (including changing the password, itself) or to unsubscribe.


THE ABYSSINIAN PRINCE LETTERS SECTION
((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. My baseball prediction on the Red Sox is encountering difficulties... here is Goz's prediction and a bit of discussion from our baseball correspondents.))


Warren Goesle (Thu, 7 Apr 2011 07:08:19 -0500)
Note to Red Sox Fans: No problem. Nothing to fret over. Don't worry. Be happy. Don't jump. Put that revolver away. Step back from the medicine cabinet. Stop listening to Blues' albums. It'll all be better soon.
DON'T PANIC
Goz, Warren.Goesle of Navistar.com
((It will, we get to go play the Yankees now!!! Who wanted to beat Cleveland anyway, 0-6!!!))


Dave Partridge (Thu, 7 Apr 2011 08:25:07 -0700 (PDT))
Hey, they are on pace for a perfect season!
Dave, rebhuhn@rocketmail.com
((As I write, the 2-10 Red Sox can ONLY beat the Yankees. Never give up, never surrender. Hope springs eternal, the great thing about baseball is... another day, another game, we keep on playing!!! I'm now going backwards to show you Goz's picks.....))


Warren Goesle (Wed, 30 Mar 2011 12:47:45 -0500)
Creeping up on us like an old pair of Jim-Bob's underwear: IT'S BASEBALL SEASON!!!!!!
From what I gather the weather for y'all is much like it is here: more suitable for football than baseball. No matter. Let's just throw it hard and a little inside and watch the batters try to not hurt themselves making contact. In full disclosure I have to admit that I'm making my predictions this year under the influence of extra Dijon mustard on my ham & swiss sandwich, but it was prescribed by a guy claiming to be Barry Bonds' former trainer. Why he's now making sandwiches in my company cafeteria is an exercise for the alert reader...
((Yeah, right, the breaking news this week, of course, is Barry's conviction on Obstruction of Justice, but mistrial on what he actually might or might not have done. This is highly likely to be thrown out on appeal, or they will have to keep retrying this. As I've long said in this space, to understand what other people interpret as Barry's arrogance, you have to go back to the experience of his dad, Bobby in the 1970's. I find the whole thing very sad, and MOST emphatically think it is patently unfair for Barry to be a poster child for the Steroid era in baseball. Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) are part of the backdrop of professional sports since the 1960's. It is difficult if one wants to have a realistic "if you were there, what would you do?" approach to deal with ideologues on this question. I understand it, but I don't know how to talk to them about it. I suppose the main point is that if I had a vote, I would vote for Barry Bonds for the Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible and I similarly understand why many people will not. There are still PEDs in the game (and I'm not talking about Manny), so more needs to be done to get the rules and practice in line with what the goals of the game are. I wish baseball HAD done that better and WAS doing it better, but it's not. The inequities are what bother me.))
It appears that this year, like most years, the best two teams are again in the AL East. You can all recite my rant from the last 15 years by rote. On with the show...
NL West: Rockies, Giants, Dodgers, Padres, Diamondbacks. I see a drop off here from last year, and this becomes only a 2-team race. Colorado goes 88-74.
NL Central: Goz small-market rule #2: if a small-market team wins a division i t drops at least to third the next year. Cards, Cubs, Reds, Astros, Brewers, Pi rates. Only the Cards break .500, and they only get to 84-78. Cubs go 81-81 an d Reds go 80-82 to make it look like it's a race between competent teams, even t hough it's not. The Pirates bring in Sidney Crosby at the trade deadline so tha t they can get more than 4000 people in the stands in August, even though he's o nly brought in as a right-fielder in the 8th & 9th innings.
NL East: Not *quite* the beast it's been, or at least it's been thought of. I think that Philly should win, but it just seems like they're a little out of wha ck. So I'll go Braves, Phillies (WC), Marlins, Nats, Mets. There is a new laug hingstock in the league.
AL West: As with Philadelphia, something just seems wrong about Texas. While I don't like the prospect of any of the other teams, I'll still say Angels, A's, Rangers, Mariners. Angels go 87-75.
Al Central: I don't believe that Gardenhire is a better manager than Ozzie, so either the Twins have been incredibly lucky the last couple of years or their GM is a genius (Kenny Williams of the White Sox isn't) or both. I'm betting their luck runs out this year: White Sox, Twins, Indians, Tigers, Royals. The Tiger s might finish last. They really don't seem right. Ozzie gets the Sox to 89-73 , 2 games ahead of Minnesota. Cleveland wins 76 games and the fan base feels go od about it after the year they've had.
AL East: I think the Red Sox are so good they may actually get overconfident. Red Sox, Yankees (WC), Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles. Anyone found picking Baltimore for a playoff spot will be forced to watch the 20-hour mini-series: Ëarl Weav er Manages in Spring Training" and be drug tested. Red Sox win 104 games, Yanke es win 99.
Playoffs:
NLDS: Rockies over Phillies 3-2, Braves over Cards 3-1.
ALDS: Yankees over White Sox 3-1, Red Sox over Angels 3-1.
NLCS: Braves over Rockies 4-1.
ALCS: Yankees over Red Sox 4-3. Boston fans riot and burn down Fenway, which o nly adds to its charm.
WS: Braves over Yankees 4-2. The Yankee organization somehow tries to spin it locally that they really were winners this year. 2 months later it will be foun d that Bobby Cox actually was making all the in-game decisions for Atlanta and s ending them via text message.
All right gents, there's your jump-start for the year. Someone wake up Jim-Bob and get your own picks in.
Goz, Warren.Goesle of Navistar.com
((Hey, I had mine done before you!! Next up we have some wet noodle lashing of yours truly by Mike, all well deserved, boy, did I make a bunch of mistakes.... ;-) Or did I? Here's our latest exchange....))


Warren Goesle (Thursday, April 21, 2011 9:01 AM)
Jim-Bob, According to a report on ESPN.com the 1919 Chicago White Sox got the idea to throw that year's World Series from the Cubs, who lost the 1918 World Series to the Red Sox 4-2.
I realize that you were only the Director of Player Development at the time, but did you think there was anything funny going on during that World Series?
Goz, Warren.Goesle of Navistar.com
((Absolutely, this is further evidence that the Cubs curse is entirely of their OWN making. The Red Sox won that one of course and then defeated their own curse for participating by juicing up Manny and Papi. You Chicagoans need to learn how to cheat to win better.))


Warren Goesle (Thursday, April 21, 2011 9:45 AM)
So you're saying we need more than just Sosa shooting up both his body and his bat. Wood and Pryor would have been good candidates in 1997 or so, but it's obviously too late now. The Cubs have a bunch of good, young talent that just needs to mature physically and emotionally to contend for the next 6 or 8 years. It might be good to start them on the sauce mid-this year to get them pointed in the right direction.
Goz, Warren.Goesle of Navistar.com
((No, no, no, the idea is that the Cubs are "bad cheaters", they cheat to lose. The Red Sox cheat to win. That's the difference. I know Sosa was in that group. If you do it again, you'll just lose again. I'm not sure what is the "cleansing" way out. You may be doomed to lose forever, though forever is a long time.))


Warren Goesle (Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 10:52 AM)
So if cheating won't work we'll have to figure another angle. Still, there's lots of possibilities. The Cubs could go so clean they'd squeak, and become a role model for kids nationwide. They'd get immortalized in Norman Rockwell paintings. Or they could all cop an attitude and sell lots of "bad boy" posters. Pluses and minuses for both. I'll check with marketing.
Goz, Warren.Goesle of Navistar.com


Rick Desper (Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 1:09 PM)
a) Dusty Baker killed the arms of Mark Prior and Kerry Wood. Better management would have built a World Series run around those two.
b) While Manny's late career PED usage is well documented, I'm not convinced he was using while with the Sox. At least not during the World Series years. MLB actually has had good testing procedures in place in 2003. It's plausible in my mind that he started using PEDs late in his career to fight the natural decline (the same pattern is evident in Barry Bonds' career).
As for Ortiz, there's really no credible evidence that he did use PEDs, other than an anonymous leak claiming that his name was on a list. There's no actual test to point to. Since he's tested clean for 8 years, I'd give him the benefit of the doubt that there may have been a false positive. I think that, before we convict the guy, we ought to have at least a minimal standard of evidence. Anonymous hearsay is pretty flimsy.
Rick, rick_desper of yahoo.com
((Hi Rick, you are correct of course. I really was intentionally using hyperbole to make the point about how up the creek the Cubs were in outlandish terms. My actual REAL position on PEDs actually mirrors the much maligned Bud Selig's statement this week. The records of what is are what is. Barry Bonds IS the MLB recordholder both single season and career. Whatever the testing model is and whatever it catches under the rules are the rules. I do not believe any testing model captures everyone using PEDs, I do not even believe that the dividing line between PED and legal nutritional supplement is clear. I salute and invite baseball to get better at the testing model, but it never will be perfect and that won't stop me from enjoying baseball. I also don't believe in curses, but they're fun to talk about.))


Mike Barno (Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 5:24 PM)
Greetings, Jim. (No, I don't use "Dear So-and-So" on either business or personal letters, so when this opening is attributed to me, it's a sign that the editor has changed the content I produced and OMG VIOLATED MY COPYRIGHT, you'll be hearing from my legal team ...) The way you interspersed almost-unrelated comments through my music article was fine for us, but made it so confusing that it was almost a waste to send my musician friends a link to TAP 325. Even the szine's longtime readers couldn't be expected to grasp the piece's organization and development. Of course that's my fault, as I made you transcribe a bunch of pages from hardcopy. I should be happy there are so few omissions and typos. If I hoped to use these music articles to get a real writing assignment, I'd be up the creek anyway. You might as well remove the "loyal music correspondent" bit from the lettercol boilerplate, as I'll probably be writing only the annual wrap-up.
((Ah, ha, maybe, but you did write this note and I am publishing it too...))
On the Monkeys Typing album, the only credit for Weinberger's sax solo was in the "Thanks to ..." liner notes. Here's an article from the Binghamton paper with some of the other projects Rob does:
http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20110324/ENT/103240319/Nexus-perform-classic-jazz-tonight
Many musicians are skillful on one or two instruments playing one or two types of music. Rob genuinely kicks ass in more genres using more instruments than anyone else I've ever heard.
This has already been the best first quarter I've ever had for live music, with CD release parties and bar shows all the time. It's also been my best winter for snowshoeing. I'm adding mountain biking and (probably) kayaking to my activities, mainly for recreation with fitness as a side-effect. Who says I have to grow old gracefully? Casual local gaming has also been strong, but it's been two years since I attended any conventions either for Diplomacy tournaments or for general strategy gaming. Maybe I'll fit some cons in between music festivals.
- Mike
((sic, really... he wrote "- Mike" and I printed it. And them's the facts. He did not in fact sign his article and now that I don't lose hundreds of dollars an issue mailing this thingie postally, I have enough money to defend myself in court, should I need to ;-).))
THE ABYSSINIAN PRINCE GAMES SECTION
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, 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.


GAME OPENING INFORMATION
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
THE NEW DUE DATE FOR WINTER 1905 IS MAY 14TH, 2011
THE DUE DATE FOR SPRING 1906 IS JUNE 4TH, 2011
Fall 1905
AUSTRIA (Burgess): f adr-ION, a BUD S a vie, a PIE S a tri-tyo, a VIE S RUSSIAN a sil-boh,
a tus-VEN, f tyh-GOL, a con-BUL, a tri-TYO, f ion-TYH.
ENGLAND (James): f eng-MID, f nao-NWG, a BEL h, f mid-WES, f nwy-SWE.
FRANCE (Williams): f NAF S f tun, a GAS S f por-spa(sc), f por-SPA(SC), a BUR S a ruh-mun,
a boh s a mun-sil (d ann).
GERMANY (Ellinger): a mun-SIL, a ruh-MUN, a BER S a mun-sil, f hel-NTH, a FIN-swe.
ITALY (Crow): f TUN h, a GAL h, a MAR h.
RUSSIA (Barno): a sil-BOH, a mos-STP, f ank-BLA, a LVN S a mos-stp, f aeg-GRE,
a sev-RUM, f GOB S ENGLISH f nwy-swe.


Supply Center Chart
AUSTRIA (Burgess): TRI,VIE,BUD,ser,bul,smy,nap, (has 9, even)
rom,ven
ENGLAND (James): EDI,LVP,LON,nwy,bel,swe (has 5, bld 1)
FRANCE (Williams): PAR,BRE,spa,por (has 4, even)
GERMANY (Ellinger): KIE,BER,den,hol,MUN (has 5, even)
ITALY (Crow): tun,mar (has 3, rem 1)
RUSSIA (Barno): WAR,STP,SEV,MOS,rum,con,ank, (has 7, bld 1)
gre
Neutral: none (Total=34)


Addresses of the Participants
AUSTRIA: David Burgess, 101 Laurel Lane, Queensbury, NY 12804
(518) 761-6687, burgesscd of roadrunner.com or dburgess of glensfallshosp.org
ENGLAND: Drew James, 3644 Whispering Woods Terrace, Baldwinsville, NY 13027
(315) 652-1956, kjames01 of twcny.rr.com
FRANCE: Don Williams, 27505 Artine Drive, Saugus, CA 91350, (661) 297-3947,
wllmsfmly of earthlink.net or dwilliams of fontana.org ($5)
GERMANY: Marc Ellinger, 751 Turnberry Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65109
mellinger of blitzbardgett.com
ITALY: John Crow, 946 S. Medalist Circle Plano, TX 75023-2851,
(214) 532-1418, johnny.crow of hotmail.com
RUSSIA: Mike Barno, 1071 Warren Road Apt 8 Ithaca, NY 14850, (607) 481-4526
mpbarno of gmail.com
TURKEY: Fred Wiedemeyer, Box 92010-Meadowbrook RPO, Edmonton, ALBERTA
CANADA T6T 1N1, (780) 465-6432, wiedem of telus.net or wiedem of shaw.ca


Game Notes:
1) Note that Mike Barno's postal address has changed.
2) I think it is really cool that the press has taken off. Please, please keep it up. Sorry for the delay, I did want (and get) orders from all of you.


Press:
(LITTLE BURGESS): I hope Phil is looking down on us and smiling... I played in a game with him at World Dipcon in Baltimore in the early 90s. He was a really nice guy.
(OLDER BURGESS to LITTLE BURGESS): That was 2000, you weren't at the 1995 DipCon that Phil also was at, unless you were going pseudonymously!!! That you are about the nice guy part, though, that was the only time (2000) that I think I met him, since I wasn't at the 1995 DipCon either.
(WILLIAMS to RIP VAN BURGESS): So help me, Boob, donít screw this up again.
(RIP to DUCK): If I recall correctly, you WERE at the 1995 DipCon. I screw nothing up.
(FRANCE to DAVID): I made a pledge to you a long time ago about... well, something... I donít exactly remember any more. Just know that I now intend to keep it.
(RUSSIA to FRANCE): You were right, you know, Don. If you had bothered to write once in the real-time year I've been in this game, you might have gotten my alliance. I was again open to persuasion this turn, when Austria-Hungary gave up the entire midboard for a lame hope of getting Marseilles if the West failed to organize a defense. If you had written half as much substantial negotiation as you wrote fluffpress, you might have changed the game's flow.
(PARIS - MOSCOW): Your email was correct and on point. So where do we all go from there?
(MRS. POTTS to THE BEAST): I'm a little teapot short and stout, here is my handle, here is my spout!
(F to I): Honest, Crow, it usually is more fun than this, Really.
(SMOKEY THE BEAR to ITALY - It's time to "stop, drop and roll".
(PARIS to LONDON, BERLIN, ROME): Once more into the breach for God, Country and King.
(RUSSIA to E/F/G/I): And the rest of you worked as hard to get my cooperation as if you were all Fred Wiedermeyer. I guess Dave has a Russian ally until stalemate forces a big draw. At least I can give you credit for finally getting your strategic act together. One more turn of fiddling and you would have been in a desperate scramble.


SPIRALS OF PARANOIA: 2005A, Regular Diplomacy
THE NEW DUE DATE FOR SPRING 1909 IS MAY 14TH, 2011
Winter 1908
FRANCE (Tretick): bld f bre; has f BRE, a POR, f SPA(SC), a GAS, f GOL, f MID, a MAR, f IRI.
GERMANY (Ozog for Tallman): bld a ber, f kie; a BER, f KIE, a MUN, a PIE, a BUD, a VIE,
a TYO, a NAP, f SKA, a ROM, a BEL, f NAO.
ITALY (Kent): bld f ven; has f VEN, a APU, a SER, a GRE.
RUSSIA (Sundstrom): bld f sev, a mos; has f SEV, a MOS, f RUM, a UKR, a CON, a SYR, a ARM.
TURKEY (Biehl): NMR, VINCE LUTTERBIE CALLED AS STANDBY; rem f tyh; has a ANK, f SMY, f BLA.


Addresses of the Participants
AUSTRIA: Paul Rauterberg, 3116 W. American Dr., Greenfield, WI 53221,
(414) 281-2339 (E-Mail) paul.rauterberg of att.net
ENGLAND: Fred Wiedemeyer, Box 92010-Meadowbrook RPO, Edmonton, ALBERTA CANADA T6T 1N1,
(780) 465-6432, wiedem of telus.net or wiedem of shaw.ca
FRANCE: Buddy Tretick, 5023 Sewell's Pointe Way, Fredericksburg, VA 22407,
cell (540) 226-5571 (E-Mail) berniebuddy33 of aol.com
GERMANY: Terry Tallman, PO Box 782, Clinton, WA 98236, (360) 331-5698 ($2)
terryt of whidbey.net
GERMANY: Temporary Standby is Eric Ozog, PO Box 1138, Granite Falls, WA 98252-1138,
(360) 691-4264, ElfEric of Juno.com
ITALY: Doug Kent, 911 Irene Drive, Mesquite, TX 75149
dougray30 of yahoo.com
RUSSIA: Matt Sundstrom, 1760 Robincrest Lane South, Glenview, IL 60025, (847) 729-1882,
Matt.Sundstrom of bbdoch.com or mattandzoe of earthlink.net
TURKEY: John Biehl, #8 - 11530 84th Avenue, Delta, BRITISH COLUMBIA, V4C 2M1 CANADA,
None, disconnected (cell) ($0); jerbil of shaw.ca
TURKEY: Standby is Vince Lutterbie, 1021 Stonehaven Ave Marshall, MO 65340-2837,
(660) 886-7354, melvin4852 of sbcglobal.net


Game Notes:
1) The FGR draw proposal is rejected.
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. I did have a good discussion with him while talking about this build. He doesn't seem to be getting to E-Mail very much.
3) Despite sending notes to John Biehl's new E-mail address, I have not received a removal and must NMR him, removing the unit farthest from his home centers. I am calling Vince Lutterbie as a standby. See his contact information above. Please welcome him to the game and let's continue! He has verified to me he will be playing.


Press:


FLIP FLOP: 2003G, Regular Diplomacy
THE NEW DUE DATE FOR SPRING 1913 IS MAY 14TH, 2011
Autumn and Winter 1912
AUSTRIA (Wilson): R a gal otb, a vie otb; has a WAR.
ENGLAND (Kent): bld a edi; has a EDI, f NAO, f MID, f NWY, a DEN, a BER,
f ENG, f SWE, f BAL.
FRANCE (McHugh): R f mid otb, bld a par; has a PAR, f NAF, f MAR, a MUN,
a BUR, f SPA(SC), a GAL.
GERMANY (Sundstrom): rem f gob; has a STP.
TURKEY (Levinson): bld a con, a ank, a smy; has a CON, a ANK, a SMY, f ION, a MOS, a VEN,
f TYH, a UKR, f WES, a TYO, f APU, f GOL, a VIE, f PIE, a GAL, a BUD.


Addresses of the Participants
AUSTRIA: Brad Wilson, 713 Tasker St. #1, Philadelphia, PA 19148-1237
bwdolphin146 of yahoo.com
ENGLAND: Doug Kent, 911 Irene Drive, Mesquite, TX 75149
dougray30 of yahoo.com
FRANCE: Jack McHugh, 810 School Lane, Folcroft, PA 19032, (856) 456-5984,
jwmchughjr of gmail.com
GERMANY: Matt Sundstrom, 1760 Robincrest Lane South, Glenview, IL 60025, (847) 729-1882,
Matt.Sundstrom of bbdoch.com or mattandzoe of earthlink.net
ITALY: Don Williams, 27505 Artine Drive, Saugus, CA 91350, (661) 297-3947,
wllmsfmly of earthlink.net or dwilliams of fontana.org
RUSSIA: Sean O'Donnell, 1044 Wellfleet Drive, Grafton, OH 44044, (440) 926-0230,
sean_o_donnell of hotmail.com
TURKEY: Alexandre Levinson, Beeklaan 504, 2562BP Den Haag THE NETHERLANDS, don't need phone,
al of tolkin.nl ($5)


Game Notes:
1) The host of draw proposals: FET, FATE, and FAE; all are rejected.
Press:
(ENGLAND - TURKEY): You can't win, so just give up.
(TURKEY to ENGLAND): "Stop me!"


SECRETS: 1999D, Regular Diplomacy
TURKEY WINS WITHOUT HOLDING ANY HOME CENTERS


Supply Center Chart
FRANCE (Sasseville): smy (has 1)
GERMANY (Barno): con (has 1)
RUSSIA (Osuch): MOS,STP,nwy,swe,den,ber,WAR, (has 14)
kie,edi,hol,lvp,lon,bel,ank
TURKEY (Linsey): rum,gre,ser,bud, (has 18, WINS)
nap,ven,rom,tri,vie,mun,bre,mar,por,
par,spa,tun,bul,sev
Neutral: none (Total=34)


Addresses of the Participants
ENGLAND: Doug Kent, 911 Irene Drive, Mesquite, TX 75149
dougray30 of yahoo.com
FRANCE: Roland Sasseville, Jr., 38 Bucklin Street, Pawtucket, RI 02861, (401) 481-4280 ($0)
rolands6 of verizon.net
GERMANY: Mike Barno, 1071 Warren Road Apt 8 Ithaca, NY 14850, (607) 481-4526
mpbarno of gmail.com
RUSSIA: Bob Osuch, 19137 Midland Avenue, Mokena, IL 60448, (708) 478-3885
ROsuch4082 of aol.com
TURKEY: Bruce Linsey, PO Box 234, Kinderhook, NY 12106
GonzoHQ of aol.com


Game Notes:
1) Now, we would like to see some endgame statements if we could, I've printed the full game SC chart and would like to print the endgame statements in the next issue. I think Bruce also is going to say that he is retiring from Diplomacy with this game (I hope he doesn't).
2) This was a bit of a troubled game, one player passed away during the game, another did very soon after he was eliminated. I would hope, though, that we could get some comments, especially from Roland who lasted all the way through!

G.M.: Jim Burgess
Date Started: June 1999
Date Completed: April 2011
Thanks to Boardman Number Custodian Tom Howell for compiling the statistics, at least I think he is still compiling the statistics. I think we can read this down below and I think I transcribed everything correctly.
The Players:
AUSTRIA: Harold Zarr (elim F05)
ENGLAND: Jim Sayers (res W13); Eric Brosius (res S20); Doug Kent (elim F25)
FRANCE: Roland Sasseville, Jr. (surv F26)
GERMANY: Richard Pinelli (drop W01); Stan Johnson (res W06); Mike Barno (surv F26)
ITALY: Luke Dwyer (drop F01); John Schultz (elim W08)
RUSSIA: Chris Trent (drop F06); Phil Reynolds (passed away F18); Vern Parker (drop S24);
Bob Osuch (surv F26)
TURKEY: Scott Munson (res S06); Bruce Linsey (wins F26)

SUPPLY CENTERS:
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
AUSTRIA:  5  3  1  0 - - - - - - - - -
ENGLAND:  4  3  4  5  6  6  7  7  7  8  8  8  8
FRANCE:  5  5  4  4  3  3  3  4  4  4  4  4  4
GERMANY:  5  7  6  5  5  4  3  1 *1  1  1 *1  1
ITALY:  5  6  7  6  5  3  1  0 - - - - -
RUSSIA:  4  5  6  7  7  7  6  6  6  6  6  6  6
TURKEY:  5  5  6  7  8 11 14 16 15 15 15 14 15
* = Plays one short
@ = Plays two short
14 15 16 17 18   19 20 21 22  23 24 25 26
AUSTRIA: - - - - -   - - - -  - - - -
ENGLAND:  8  8  8  8  8    8  8  7  5   3  1  0
FRANCE:  4  4  4  4  4    4  3  3  3   3  3  2  1
GERMANY:  1  1 *1 *1 @1    1  1 *1  1   1  1 *1  1
ITALY: - - - - -   - - - -  - - - -
RUSSIA:  6  6  6  6  6    6  7  8 10 *10 12 13 14
TURKEY: 15 15 14 14 13 @13 15 14 15  16 17 17 18
NOTE: Phil Reynolds unfortunately passed away in the middle of this game, March 13, 2005.


CAST NO SHADOWS: Breaking Away, Designer's Rules
Rules at: http://diplom.org/DipPouch/Postal/Zines/TAP/Tinamou/rules/BreakingAway.htm
DUE DATE FOR TURN 16 IS MAY 14TH, 2011
Turn 15
-F-I-N-A-L- -F-I-N-I-S-H- -L-I-N-E-
120 (no replenishment) Empty
119 (replenish with a 3) Carrot
118 (no replenishment) Empty
117 (no replenishment) Empty
116 (no replenishment) Empty
115 (no replenishment) Empty
114 (replenish with a 3) Granny
113 (no replenishment) Empty
112 (no replenishment) Empty
111 (no replenishment) Empty
110 (no replenishment) Empty
109 (no replenishment) Empty
108 (no replenishment) Empty
107 (replenish with a 3) Gloria, Kyrie, Water
106 (replenish with a 6) Rincewind
105 (replenish with a 7) Agnus, Mideast
104 (replenish with a 9) Drugs
103 (no replenishment) Empty
102 (replenish with a 3) Kyoto
101 (replenish with a 4) Sanctus, Krstajic, Dragutinovic, Crockett
100 (replenish with a 8) Vidic
99 (no replenishment) Empty
98 (replenish with a 3) Wally, Xavier, Zorro, Travis, Bowie, Bonham
97 (no replenishment) Empty
96 (no replenishment) Empty
95 (no replenishment) Empty
94 (no replenishment) Empty
93 (no replenishment) Empty
92 (no replenishment) Empty
91 (no replenishment) Empty
90 (no replenishment) Empty
89 (no replenishment) Empty
88 (no replenishment) Empty
87 (no replenishment) Empty
86 (no replenishment) Empty
85 (no replenishment) Empty
84 (no replenishment) Empty
83 (no replenishment) Empty
82 (no replenishment) Empty
81 (no replenishment) Empty
-S-P-R-I-N-T- -F-I-N-I-S-H- -L-I-N-E-
80 (no replenishment) Empty
79 (no replenishment) Empty
78 (replenish with a 3) Gavrancic
77 (no replenishment) Empty
76 (no replenishment) Empty
75 (no replenishment) Empty
74 (no replenishment) Empty
73 (replenish with a 3) Yorick, Death


Addresses of the Participants - Their Team and Their Cards
TEAM 1 (Rick Desper): rick_desper of yahoo.com (15 points)
Team Name: The Turtle Moves; Captained by Cut-My-Own-Throat Dibbler
A: Rincewind the Wizzard 8 6 3 6 (9)
B: Granny Weatherwax 11 3 3 (14)
C: Captain Carrot 9 7 3 (12)
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+35+16+15 = 389
TEAM 2 (Tom Howell): off-the-shelf of olympus.net (13 points)
Team Name: Never Ending Worry Source; Manager: Rumour; Team Captain: Ye Olde Manager
A: Water 15 5 12 3 (17)
B: Kyoto 3 7 3 (11)
C: Mideast 10 11 7 (14)
D: Drugs 10 11 9 (13)
Total Replenishments: 12+35+37+44+30+22+16+30+24+23+18+27+43+50+22 = 433
TEAM 3 ((David Partridge): rebhuhn of rocketmail.com (0 points)
Team Name: Famous Four
A: Krstajic 17 4 5 4 (8)
B: Vidic 6 3 8 (3)
C: Gavrancic 3 3 3 (3)
D: Dragutinovic 4 3 4 (7)
Total Replenishments: 12+35+40+28+13+18+16+28+20+29+14+56+14+14+19 = 356
TEAM 4 (Brendan Whyte): obiwonfive of hotmail.com (9 points)
Team Name: The Reverse Alphabeticists
A: Zorro 4 3 11 3 (7)
B: Yorick 3 3 3 (3)
C: Xavier 5 11 3 (7)
D: Wally 3 3 3 (5)
Total Replenishments: 12+26+24+28+28+38+17+18+16+19+15+31+20+30+12 = 334
TEAM 5 (Alexander Woo): aswoo of yahoo.com (24 points)
Team Name: Just Ordinary; Manager: Credo
A: Agnus 7 6 11 7 (14)
B: Sanctus 4 3 4 (9)
C: Kyrie 14 14 3 (17)
D: Gloria 3 14 3 (17)
Total Replenishments: 12+44+22+17+22+42+28+25+27+26+17+24+45+17 = 368
TEAM 6 (Andy York): wandrew88 of gmail.com (17 points)
Team Name: Alamo
A: Crockett 4 3 10 4 (9)
B: Travis 4 3 3 (4)
C: Bowie 3 5 3 (5)
D: Bonham 3 5 3 (5)
Total Replenishments: 12+12+12+60+20+22+21+19+16+38+17+55+18+13 = 335


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) I think it remains WAY cool that Death and Yorick are paired at the back of the pack. Ah, we knew them well. The finish is approaching, can Death and Yorick get over the second sprint line before the race is over? It will be close.


Press:
(FROM SOME UNNAMED PLACE IN THE SPACE-TIME CONTINUUM): Lord Vetinari steps out from behind a curtain and gestures to Dibbler, who scrambles away into the shadows, pushing his sausage cart.
Vetinari greets the assembled crowd at the finish line. "I see that the Captain of the City Watch is leading the pack. Carrot is a good man who has always come through for the City of Ankh-Morpork. And behind him I see the Crone, old Granny Weatherwax on her broom. Not surprised to see her doing so well - that woman continues to amaze."
"The riders of Discworld have claimed the top two places in the race. I expect our representative from the Wizards' Guild shall also make an appearance anon."
"(And by `anon' I mean he'll be hiding under his hat.)"
"We'll hold a feast at the Patrician's Palace. All finishers are invited! Death himself has been known to party festively at times like this!"


LAST WORD: As I write this, all is right on the Boston sports scene, the Bruins have won two straight overtime games, the Celtics are the FIRST team to advance to Round 2 of the NBA playoffs with a sweep of the hapless Knicks, and the Red Sox have clawed back to within one game of .500 and are only a handful of games behind the Yankees, with the continued resurgence of all the pitching, today it was John Lackey with the Dan Wheeler assisted shutout. It also is Easter, I hope all of you who celebrated it had a great one.



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On 01 May 2011, 16:27.