July 25, 2015

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. We also are being reproduced in Eternal Sunshine.

Web Page Address:

We continue with the NEW Kendo Nagasaki game, join ANY time, just send me a guess!!!
Not much of a health update this time. I'm nearing the end of the treatment line, so I'm really, really looking forward to that. I'm trying not to complain, but treatment side effects continue to be pretty annoying, most recently much more fatigue. But I think I must be counted as one of the incredibly fortunate that just this chemotherapy seems to have knocked this out. The oncologist was sure I would need surgery when we started, but now? Nothing to do surgery on. Wishing all the rest of you who are struggling with health issues similar good news!
This issue continues the szine/subszine inversion. As most of you know, this thing began as a "subszine" to Terry Tallman's North Sealth, West George, then became its own szine with a host of subszines. The subszines remaining will appear as sub-subszines to our flipflopped home in Doug Kent's Eternal Sunshine. Doug's incessant nagging is not keeping us on schedule, but will make it so we keep going. I'd like to keep writing and doing some game GMing (note that has been expanding). I'm set on the GMing, and I'm starting to write a bit, hope there might be more. Doug may or may not be winding down, I may have to flip that back around again and be the centerpiece for all the subszines, we'll see. My intent right now is to do that. Feel free to communicate with me about how you want to do that, or if anyone else wants TAP subszine status.
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 subszine (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.
The site has moved. Chris Babcock and Mario Huys are now in charge. It all went pretty well, all things considered, and most of you probably didn't even notice it was happening. But if you find you cannot access the website with the PDFs and HTMLs of all the past issues... well, please let me know and we'll fix it. If you looked before, I was having some problems with updating, but I've corrected them, so you should be able to see everything there. The address is still:
There are currently 75 members of the official TAP subscriber list, but that's down because in the move, there were some addresses dropped. is the new list website. YOU need to make sure you're on this list. There you can check your subscribing options and whether you're registered. Register if you want to get TAP E-Mailed regularly. Some people have had trouble with the attachments, so I'm going to switch to sending the link in the announcements, we'll see if that helps.

((For upcoming cons around the world:, but note that some of the Americans have stopped posting the tournaments there. Shame, shame, shame... with the move of the site, I hope this will be reinvigorated. With a little nudging from me, that is changing, the Philly Massacre North American DipCon is now posted, remember it has moved from its traditional Fourth of July time to August 7-9th. I need to get the next tournament in the Nor'Easter four tournament sequence after that, the Boroughs, into the site. In the meantime, contact Alan Levin here: Also, the Facebook page for European Tournament Diplomacy,, Diplomacy in Europe, has been really active and the place to be in the hobby these days. If you're on Facebook, hook up there!))

((If anyone from TAP or ES has ideas for more things to talk about here let me know. I do have five or six ideas lined up here already that I just have to write. Up soon is the local Maine Bluegrass festival coming up again this next weekend, but that will be NEXT issue. It is supposed to be raining, and we'll see how much time I spend there slogging around.
So, what I will talk about is my continuing fascination with Jonathan Richman. If you're reading this in the Eternal Sunshine subszine location, you can see more from me in Doug's letters section. Jonathan tours a lot, but presently seems to be taking a break after a recent swing through the US West. He is coming to Pittsburgh next on November 4th, which kind of a long break for him. He last was in Providence a couple of years ago, and I've seen him many, many times over the years. He tours with his drummer Tommy Larkins and they basically just do cool stuff. While I love sailing down New England roads with "Roadrunner" blasting from the car stereo, that really isn't him any longer. In the last two decades or so, every time I've seen him it is more like a conversation than a concert, he really is feeling and interacting with the audience, and it sometimes feels like he's writing new songs as he plays. He doesn't play some idea of "greatest hits", though with Jonathan who knows what those might be (perhaps the songs he happens to sing in the movie "Something About Mary"???). I recently saw an interview where he actually says this, that he actually is making up songs as he goes, finding a riff and then talking/singing over it. Most of his songs sound like they were composed that way, actually. Jonathan also is a big proponent of the new shift back into vinyl. He has a few new records, all on vinyl. This is great, since I still have about 2000 vinyl recordings and I've also started playing them again, starting with my old Genesis albums. My grand-niece, Willow, also is at the forefront of this trend, and I've given her a few things and when she visited our house, she was the one who got me to drag out the old Genesis records. I also have five or six old Jonathan Richman or Modern Lovers records on vinyl. If you were going to think about where Jonathan Richman would play in Pittsburgh, you of course would guess it would be at the Andy Warhol museum, right? Of course. Since you all know that Jonathan is supposed to have often hung out with the Warhol crowd and slept on his couch. So anyway, I was hoping in this piece to tell you where to go see Jonathan some time soon, but I think the Pittsburgh show already is nearly sold out, as it will be "an event". But go get some vinyl as I am about to do of some of his most recent records. It's actually pretty hard to find them, as I've just been searching, so we'll see, I'll report back later. If anyone goes to the Pittsburgh show, I'd be REALLY interested in a report!))

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. Since I'm not postal mailing the szine any more, I've dropped back to just reporting the disguised E-Mail addresses. As someone notes, if you need some more contact information, go back to past issues or ask me.
Standby lists:
Brad Wilson, Jack McHugh, Paul Rauterberg, Doug Kent, Paul Kenny, and Hugh Polley stand by for regular Diplomacy. I've pared down the standby list again. If I removed you and you want to be added back, just say so. Otherwise, just 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 what? Anything else people want me to offer? I'd love to do another game of Spy Diplomacy, but it requires commitment that seems in short supply these days, but let me know if you want me to reprint the rules.
REGULAR DIPLOMACY: need seven for another game start.
BREAKING AWAY: New game, want six! Andy York, Rick Desper, and Hank Alme are in.

THE DON WILLIAMS 57 MEMORIAL: 2014A, Regular Diplomacy
Summer 1903
AUSTRIA (Ozog): has a VIE, a TRI, a RUM, a BUD, f GRE.
ENGLAND (Wiedemeyer): has f ENG, f IRI, a WAL.
FRANCE (Ellinger): has f SPA(SC), f BRE, a PIC, f NAO, a GAS, a LON.
GERMANY (Abbott): has f SKA, f DEN, f NTH, a HOL, a KIE.
ITALY (Holley): has f NAP, f ION, a GAL, a VEN.
RUSSIA (Rauterberg): R a rum-SEV; has f STP(NC), a MOS, f NWY, f SWE, f AEG, a SIL, a SEV.
TURKEY (Burgess): has f SMY, f EAS, a UKR, a BUL.

E-Mail Addresses of the Participants
AUSTRIA: Eric Ozog, elferic of
ENGLAND: Fred Wiedemeyer, wiedem of
FRANCE: Marc Ellinger, mellinger of
GERMANY: Will Abbott, wjja9 of
ITALY: Melinda Holley, genea5613 of
RUSSIA: Paul Rauterberg, paul.rauterberg of
TURKEY: David Burgess, burgesscd of or dburgess of

Game Notes:
1) We have our retreat, and move to Fall orders, PLEASE get them in on time this month!

(MOSCOW): Outplayed on every move. I can't remember when that has happened to me before (in cases where I held a "healthy" position, i.e., not down to 1 or 2 dots). I'm sure that my mind just blocked out the trauma.

THE PHIL REYNOLDS MEMORIAL: 2006B, Regular Diplomacy
Summer 1913
AUSTRIA (Burgess): has a BUD, a VIE, a TRI, a UKR, f ANK, a GAL, a TYO, a SER.
ENGLAND (James): has a LON, a PIC, f NTH, f ENG, f IRI, a BUR, f BEL, a LVN, f MID,
a BER, a WAR, a MOS, f BRE, f AEG, f BAL, a MUN, f HEL.
FRANCE (Holley): has f SMY, f TYH, a SPA, a GAS, f ADR, f WES, a VEN.
ITALY (Crow): has a ALB.
RUSSIA (Kent): has a SEV.

E-Mail Addresses of the Participants
AUSTRIA: David Burgess, burgesscd of or dburgess of
ENGLAND: Drew James, kjames01 of or karelanddrew of
FRANCE: Melinda Holley, genea5613 of
GERMANY: Marc Ellinger, mellinger of
ITALY: John Crow, johnny.crow of
RUSSIA: Doug Kent, dougray30 of
TURKEY: Fred Wiedemeyer, wiedem of

Game Notes:
1) The re-proposal for the EFA draw fails again, it was not re-proposed. I also did not get Fall orders from everyone, so we wait. But get those orders together and in on time this month.

(JIM-BOB to THE GAME): So, not over yet, but maybe getting closer?

FOR THE MEKONS ET AL.: Breaking Away, Designer's Rules

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

Kendo Nagasaki for me comes from the series in Eternal Sunshine... The full rules for Where in the World is Kendo Nagasaki are in: Send a guess!!!

Brendan Whyte: Tom Howell:
No Guess This Time Julius Gaius Caesar in Lugdunum, Gallia (Lyon, France)

Hank Alme: Marc Ellinger:
Ho Chi Minh in Dallas, TX Benjamin Franklin in Istanbul, Turkey

Conrad von Metzke:
Sultan Sir Muda Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, in the Castro district of San Francisco

HINT to the Person with the Closest Geographic Guess: You died about two centuries before I did.

Brendan Whyte: Tom Howell:
No Guess This Time Ray Atkeson in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Hank Alme: Marc Ellinger:
Pearl Bailey in Sofia, Bulgaria Suetonius in Trieste, Italy

Conrad von Metzke:
Richard Nixon in Jerusalem

HINT to the Person with the Closest Geographic Guess: I was born less than a decade after you.

Brendan Whyte: Tom Howell:
Trayvon Martin in Tyrone, Missouri Janet Hill Gordon in Canton, China

Hank Alme: Marc Ellinger:
Bob Ross in London, England Henry Mancini in Nicosia, Cyprus

Conrad von Metzke: Rick Desper:
No Guess This Time Gronk in Foxboro, Massachusetts

HINT to the Person with the Closest Geographic Guess: Sorry, wrong gender, and no transgenders here...

Brendan Whyte: Tom Howell:
Francis Wallace Cope in New Delhi, India Francis Wallace Cope in Shanghai, China

Hank Alme: Marc Ellinger:
Xi Jinping in Kabul, Afghanistan Jackie Gleason in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Conrad von Metzke: Rick Desper:
Archie Moore in Indianapolis, Indiana Henry Mancini in Singapore

Andy York:
Ben Gurion in Tel Aviv, Israel

HINT to the Person with the Closest Geographic Guess: While you have my lifespan close to right, my profession may or may not be judged as similar.

Brendan Whyte: Tom Howell:
David "Stringbean" Akeman in Kathmandu's rubble Francis Wallace Cope in Imphal, India

Hank Alme: Marc Ellinger:
Glenn Roberts in Chonqing, China Van Johnson in Jakarta, Indonesia

Conrad von Metzke: Rick Desper:
No Guess This Time John Wayne in Sofia, Bulgaria

Andy York:
Mahatma Gandhi in Islamabad, Pakistan

HINT to the Person with the Closest Geographic Guess: I was born just over a year before you, but lived more than a decade longer than you.

Brendan Whyte: Tom Howell:
Red Adair plugging well of George Edward Allen, Jr. in Raipur, India
gross national happiness in Thimphu, Bhutan Note: Ruipur, but I used Raipur/Chhattisgarh

Hank Alme: Marc Ellinger:
George Reeves in Nayipytaw, Myanmar/Burma Orson Welles in Lucknow, India

Conrad von Metzke: Rick Desper:
THE DALAI LAMA in GOA, fmr Portuguese India Joe DiMaggio in Hong Kong

Andy York:
No Guess this Time

HINT to the Person with the Closest Geographic Guess: You are within 100 miles of my location now, but I associate more with this part of the world than who you think I am.

Brendan Whyte: Tom Howell:
Kay Kaiser in Kaiserslautern, Germany Doug Anderson in Cooch Behar, India
(and his college of musical knowledge) (Scottish professional football left back)

Hank Alme: Marc Ellinger:
George Reeves in Lhasa, Tibet Omar Ali Saifuddien III in Bilaspur, India

Conrad von Metzke: Rick Desper:
No Guess This Time Mushtaq Ali in Bilaspur, India

Andy York:
Indira Gandhi in Delhi, India (note: this is Delhi, NOT New Delhi, I use what you say...)

HINT to the Person with the Closest Geographic Guess: I would just repeat my clue from last time, but let me be clearer, I have an association with this part of the world and who you think I am does not.

LAST WORD: It's summer for both games, only one retreat, so no maps, but just go back to last issue's map if you need to. I really would like to figure out "what else to do in the szine", want to volunteer for the regular Dip game, the Breaking Away game, or propose something else?

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On 25 Jul 2015, 13:32.