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Paddy (1144 D)
05:09 PM UTC
Phase Swap?
In the "Create a New Game" tab, when you select the "custom phase length" option, a new drop-down menu appears: "Time Until Phase Swap." It has options ranging from "No phase switch" to 6 hours. I can't find any documentation on what this does. Does anyone know? Does it make retreats and builds shorter than movement turns? Any help would be appreciated!
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kaner406 (2243 D Mod (B))
Thu 24 Nov UTC
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Artificial Intelligence for Diplomacy has arrived
Check out the author list as well...

https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.ade9097
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The Ambassador (1988 D (B))
02 Sep 16 UTC
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New podcast for online Dip games
Hi everyone

Kaner and I have started a podcast about playing Diplomacy online....
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David E. Cohen (1000 D)
Thu 17 Nov UTC
vDip Discord Server?
Why isn't there one? It seems like every other large or small forum or group has its own Discord server.
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butterhead (1147 D)
21 May 12 UTC
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Advertise your NON-live games here!
In an effort to compromise the pro-ads versus anti-ads for games: Post here for your non-live games to cut down on the number of ads but still advertise games. Post game link, WTA or PPSC, and the bet. Note: this doesn't count for special rules games.
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Qapoleon (1000 D)
Sat 19 Nov UTC
Variant Cataloging
I've been trying to keep track of variants made. Recently Stephen Agar came back on the scene and I am helping him amass variants over the past 20 years or so of his inactivity. I've made a google spreadsheet that contains the ones he's cataloged on his various websites and added a bunch that I knew of. I've also made a form to submit variants to be cataloged.
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Minihugo (897 D)
Sun 20 Nov UTC
Post a variant?
Hey guys! Im wondering is I can suggest a variant to be added to the site? and if so how?
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gman314 (1016 D)
12 Mar 11 UTC
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Winning
Oli won.
On Imperial Civilization's off-topic thread (link inside), there was a brief stint of Second to Last Person to Post Wins. Now that the thread is closed, Oli won.
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David Hood (976 D)
Fri 18 Nov UTC
November 2022 Deadline News is out!
Latest edition of Deadline News is out, from the Diplomacy Broadcast Network. Lots of hobbyist interviews from World Dipcon, a discussion with Ed Sullivan about his experiences arguing a case at the US Supreme Court, and headlines from around the World of Diplomacy.
https://youtu.be/GwbEfZLmGoY
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The Ambassador (1988 D (B))
22 Apr 22 UTC
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Ankara Crescent
London to Bulgaria
Edinburgh to Naples
Liverpool to Ionian
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gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
21 Oct 22 UTC
Provocative Question
If Xi Jinping had been recruited as a long term, deep cover agent by the CIA (perhaps during his visit to Iowa) a la Günter Guillaume, Anthony Blunt or Eleanor Iselin, what would the CIA have him doing differently to sabotage China as a potential competitor of the USA?
kaner406 (2243 D Mod (B))
22 Oct 22 UTC
That's a comforting thought isn't it?
Lord Saviour (1341 D)
22 Oct 22 UTC
Very
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
22 Oct 22 UTC
If you have seen the Hu Jintao video, understand that the international media had just been allowed into a closed portion of the meeting. That bit of theater was designed to be witnessed abroad.
kaner406 (2243 D Mod (B))
22 Oct 22 UTC
Signalling his puppet masters ey?
kaner406 (2243 D Mod (B))
22 Oct 22 UTC
Gives a whole new perspective on the Manchurian candidate I suppose
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
22 Oct 22 UTC
Moment of silence for Angela Lansbury?
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
27 Oct 22 UTC
If Fatih Birol had been recruited as a long term, deep cover agent by Saudi Arabia (perhaps while working in Vienna) a la Günter Guillaume, Anthony Blunt or Eleanor Iselin, what would the Saudis have him doing differently to sabotage western energy production as potential competition of OPEC+?
Scrawdaddy55 (795 D)
31 Oct 22 UTC
I'm sorry this is dumb, Xi is doing more for china than any of our dumb leaders are doing for us in the West.

Xi has consistently year over year increased the standard of living for all Chinese in all wealth classes. He has consolidated his power based on results for the Chinese people.
Lord Saviour (1341 D)
31 Oct 22 UTC
I do agree, except in Hong Kong; that should have remained British or, like Singapore (another British colony), should have been made a sovereign country.
Lord Saviour (1341 D)
31 Oct 22 UTC
Then we have the issue of the uyghur muslims. Western leaders are hollow. Rishi is a puppet, Biden a fool, Macron is perhaps one of the only reasonable ones. Although he did not care about immigration across the English Channel and caused the death of many unsuccessful migrants coming from France.
JECE (1534 D)
01 Nov 22 UTC
If gopher27 had been recruited as a long term, deep cover agent by the Skaven, what would the Council of Thirteen have him doing differently to sabotage vDip as a potential competitor of the Under-Empire?
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
01 Nov 22 UTC
ridiculous, ridiculous
slander, slander
yes, yes
gopher has much deeper motivations I expect.
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
03 Nov 22 UTC
Deeper than the Under-Empire? I've said too much.

Gophers are after all much better burrowers than the Thaggoraki.
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
03 Nov 22 UTC
Gopher's thesis of the day for this Forum thread:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5A5Eu0ra3I

I thought I would add a couple of semi-informed comments to offer a bit of context.

Reasons to be skeptical:
* The first thing that jumps out at me is that the underlying paper is from a school of public policy. A general hierarchy of prestige for economists would be an economist in an Economics Department, an economist in a Business School, an economist in a Public Policy School and then an economist in a government agency.
* While the Journal of Political Economy is one of the top five high prestige journals in economics, it is the big journal based at the University of Chicago, and despite everything built into all of the review processes, there are clear biases rooted in interpersonal politics at even the big journals that line up to a degree with whether scholars are based in or aligned with their institutional homes.
* The underlying methodology (cross-country, econometric analyses of time series data) for this kind of macroeconomic analysis had certainly fallen out of favor by the time that I entered grad school because of strong critiques of some of the very inconsistent results produced during the early-to-mid-1990s.

Reasons to not be casually dismissive:
* One of the secondary authors is Xavier Sala-i-Martin, who besides being practically worshiped by my Catalan office mate from my first year of grad school is one of the founding fathers of this methodology.
* I am originally from Texas and worked as a commodities broker before quitting and going to grad school. When I changed life paths, one of my cousins was the corporate counsel for one of the global super-major integrated oil companies. He was the lawyer who attended the official quarterly meetings of their Board of Directors. Back in the 2000s, every time that I talked to him at holiday gatherings, he wanted to almost obsessively talk about electricity generation and consumption in China, because they were clearly following this time series closely and finding its growth to be inconsistent with the official GDP figures. My cousin repeatedly asked me to opine on research being done by their in-house economist and her team and whether I found it convincing (whether I supported my cousin's personal interpretations as a non-"expert"). Obviously, hundred billion dollar, multi-decade investment decisions were being made at the time on the basis of how believable Chinese GDP figures were and to what degree this massive energy company should deflate the official numbers. So breakdowns in expected relationships connecting 2008 nighttime luminescence ==> 2008 electricity consumption ==> 2008 GDP figures was being questioned and commented upon at the time by serious and well-informed people.

(The untimely death of Macrocat is obviously an international tragedy felt around the world.)
Does that mean gopher you're pro or anti Catalan independence?
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
06 Nov 22 UTC
I am in favor of Catalan irredentism and complete subjugation of the Castilians, Basque and Galicians under the banner of a Greater Catalunya, which may or may not extend across the Pyrenees or the Strait of Gibraltar. :oP
Barça is going bankrupt more times than Felipe II before Catalunya will get its indipendence.
JECE (1534 D)
07 Nov 22 UTC
"which may or may not extend across the Pyrenees"

Oo boy is your friend going to give you a lecture!
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
07 Nov 22 UTC
I just work under the presumption that the "true and rightful" boundaries of irredentist, chauvinistic, Greater Nations have a tendency to expand in response to political, diplomatic or military successes.
GOD (1678 D Mod (B))
07 Nov 22 UTC
What the YouTube video fails to take into account though, is that all Chinese leaders since Mao have had children, which is a pretty clear indicator that a nation is growing and rising, turning boring numbers up and down doesn’t really change this fact.
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
Wed 09 Nov UTC
https://twitter.com/simongerman600/status/1590088023064154113

The absence of a negative indicator is not a positive indicator. Germany and much of continental Europe being led exclusively by childless technocrats across multiple generations is a clear sign of decay and decline....an alienation from life. Leaders with children is a neutral sign rather like not having cancer.

Additionally, I believe that you are incorrect GOD. My impression is that both Wang Huning and Li Xi are sans princeling.

Societies that culturally make no place for the future will find that the future makes no place for them. Demographic is destiny. German birthrates relative to French birthrates explains much of the late 19th and early 20th Century.
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
Wed 09 Nov UTC
Checking the interwebs, I was incorrect. Wang Huning has recently had his first child. He is in his late 60s.
GOD (1678 D Mod (B))
Wed 16 Nov UTC
China saved, nice.


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The Ambassador (1988 D (B))
25 Sep 22 UTC
One bourbon, one scotch and one beer
Thoughts on the topic?
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Flame (1092 D)
05 Nov 22 UTC
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Forum avatars
We have got a new feature on webdiplomacy.ru.
Avatars for users. Please check it out here:
https://webdiplomacy.ru/forum.php
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kaner406 (2243 D Mod (B))
19 Apr 22 UTC
Bourse 2022
Bourse 2022 sign up thread...
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Lord Saviour (1341 D)
03 Oct 22 UTC
We need something to resurrect the forums. Any ideas?
Cars, politics, sports or even Jesus if it comes to it. We need to talk about something. It hurts to see the Winning thread dying. Maybe it is time to replace it with something completely new...
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The Ambassador (1988 D (B))
03 Nov 22 UTC
Weird weather?
It's like less than a month until summer here in Australia and we're going through a cold snap. Those in the northern hemisphere have you got similar whacky stuff happening with warmer than normal (or something else odd) going on?
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kestasjk (0 D)
13 Oct 22 UTC
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webDip merge
Hey all, kestasjk from webDiplomacy.net here.

I have a feeling this is going to get shot down straight away but that's totally fine; just want to lay out a long-term proposal for merging the code bases and see whether it's worth thinking about or if I'm barking up the wrong tree.
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The Ambassador (1988 D (B))
03 Oct 22 UTC
Putin & your Dip spidey senses
As Diplomacy players I think we’re particular attuned to seeing a geopolitical situation get out of control….
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drano019 (2716 D Mod)
25 Oct 22 UTC
VDip Community
See Below
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GOD (1678 D Mod (B))
24 Oct 22 UTC
The least played variant
It’s this, with just four games:

https://www.vdiplomacy.com/variants.php?variantID=54
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gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
20 Oct 22 UTC
Anarchy in the UK
British Politics seems to be taking over the "Putin for Diplomats" thread. Offering such discussions a home.
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Xenon Radon (1920 D)
20 Oct 22 UTC
How does the Rank system work?
I'm curious why everyone else with 1800+ points are "Diplomat" but I am ranked as "Experienced".
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David Hood (976 D)
20 Oct 22 UTC
Oct 2022 edition of Deadline News from the Diplomacy Broadcast Network
Hey there Diplomacy fans, the latest issue of the Diplomacy Broadcast Network's monthly news show has just been released. An interview with the TD of the upcoming World Dipcon in Vermont, a panel discussion about using Dip skills in everyday life, and headlines from around the world of Diplomacy. https://youtu.be/aIhQESKW04g
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Rancher (1383 D)
19 Oct 22 UTC
Favorite Variants?
As mentioned recently, the forum could use a little reboot with some casual but relevant conversation. Naturally, then let me ask all of you to discuss your favorite variants here, and then we can all tell you why you are wrong

Those who know me well will not be surprised that I say Rinascimento and Germany 1648
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Qapoleon (1000 D)
16 Oct 22 UTC
New column in the variants list?
Was browsing statistics and was thinking it would be sweet to see the standard deviation of the performance values listed on the variants list page. That way you could essentially sort the collection by how balanced it is.
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Fake Al (1747 D)
25 Aug 22 UTC
Best map variants ever made
Which maps variants are best designed in your opinion. Not necessarily your favorites. I’m thinking those that give fun and interesting gameplay for all players, but you can use your own criteria.
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Quarantino (1000 D)
16 Sep 22 UTC
1900 New Game Available
Tillers of the Poppy Fields. Someone's gotta do it.
2 days. 20 points. Random country.
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AJManso4 (2095 D)
04 Oct 22 UTC
Question - Brain fart
Say there are 5 provinces in a sealane. C is the center. A, B, C, D, and F are placed like this. All 4 of them can touch the other.
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frostwind (1395 D)
06 Sep 22 UTC
Temporary Replacement in Unranked 50 States
tl;dr will be touching grass and hauling ass, someone plox manage a dozen+ center power in my absence for up to 10 days. willing to negotiate if my replacement wants to keep the power or some other compensation.
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David Hood (976 D)
19 Sep 22 UTC
September 2022 Deadline News is out!
Latest episode of Deadline News was just released by the Diplomacy Broadcast Network. This one includes a panel discussion about endgame strategy, an interview with longtime Dip hobbyist Brad Wilson about both Diplomacy and his sports journalism career, and headlines from around the world of Diplomacy.
https://youtu.be/Ttw4IWaodaA
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