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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?
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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?
Lord Saviour (1341 D)
03 Nov 22 UTC
England here. It is really warm for Autumn. We had a massive storm the night before last and have had a lot of rain the past few weeks. Other than that it has been weirdly hot for November and October. I was fine walking down the road in a T-shirt and shorts.
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
03 Nov 22 UTC
Tonga volcano eruption last winter (Northern Hemisphere) threw a huge amount of water incredibly high into the atmosphere. The density of water vapor in the stratosphere increased by 10%. This should cause greater reflection of solar rays; although, water vapor below the stratosphere has heat trapping qualities. Once water vapor gets up there (well above the weather) it seems to take a very long time to dissipate. I know that through July and August there was an undulating band of water between 30 and 60 degrees Latitude South circling the entire planet that was literally 10-15 degrees Celsius below the seasonal average.

My guess all year has been that the wacky weather all over the world is largely being driven by the Tonga eruption. The people who study this sort of stuff seemed very excited in the early Spring to be able to watch the global impulse response because this was an unprecedented event in the era since we have had instruments to observe it.

The eruption was on the higher end in terms of strength and was positioned almost perfectly under the water to displace water vapor. Had it been just a little bit deeper and the energy would have been displaced to not get water vapor through the stratopause, so water displacement was kind of maximized.

The sulfur ash thrown up by Mt. Pinatubo in the early 1990s lowered global temperatures by almost a full degree Celsius for the better part of a decade. The associated sulfur this time does seem to have remained entirely over the Southern Hemisphere at least through April or May. So there is Australia's super winter a few months back. The temperature deviations in Southern Australia were much less severe than the temperature variations in the waters a few thousand miles further South.
GOD (1678 D Mod (B))
03 Nov 22 UTC
Really warm in Austria too. 20 Celsius in November is like 10 degrees too much.
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
03 Nov 22 UTC
(20 * 9 / 5) + 32
carry the one
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gopher: vDip's resident Celsius to Fahrenheit calculator on demand :D
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
03 Nov 22 UTC
By the way GOD, y'all over in Europe are sucking massive amounts of diesel out of the continental US. Diesel prices are spiraling up in the States to levels that are generating public anxieties, especially in the Mid-Atlantic States and New England. This is with basically every US refinery running at over 95% capacity. One industrial accident or serious maintenance issue is going to send US diesel prices to the moon and force serious political discussion of export restrictions.

So be very thankful you are having an extremely warm winter.

There is a Senate election in New Hampshire that was expected to be a blow out for the incumbent Democrat and now appears inexplicably close. Supposedly, the driver has been the first round of homeowners buying their heating oil (basically diesel) for the winter and having heart attacks over the prices.
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
03 Nov 22 UTC
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godless, commie, Francofied metric temperature to Fahrenheit.
Lord Saviour (1341 D)
03 Nov 22 UTC
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Gopher, your messages are 'interesting' but why do you publish a thesis on every thread? No offence intended but you got 2 posts in and started talking about elections in New Hampshire.
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
03 Nov 22 UTC
It was really a post about historically warm weather in Europe.
Lord Saviour (1341 D)
04 Nov 22 UTC
Ok, I was just confused.
ubercacher16 (1795 D)
04 Nov 22 UTC
Fascinating stuff gopher. Do you have any further reading for interested parties?
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
04 Nov 22 UTC
You could Google Javier Blas, who writes for Bloomberg. He has certainly been covering this stuff extensively. The problem is that much of his work is behind a paywall.
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
04 Nov 22 UTC
And right on cue, there has been a fire at a refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas resulting in a shutdown. Running these sorts of incredibly complex industrial-scale chemical facilities flat out at 95+% capacity for months on end with no down time for basic maintenance kind of inevitably leads to accidents somewhere. Nearly every refinery in America has been running at close to maximum capacity at least since the Russian invasion to make up for gaps left by disruptions to Russian refining capacity. The world has lost around 4% of its refining capacity for various reasons since the pandemic started.

It is only a partial shutdown and hopefully there won't be in real damage, but these facilities take time to turn on and off, plus there will presumably need to be a round of extensive regulatory inspections.
Lord Saviour (1341 D)
04 Nov 22 UTC
Magically, it is cold now.
And downunder too... everything's gone wrong :(
JECE (1534 D)
Wed 09 Nov UTC
I hope that folks aren't confusing the effects of this eruption with climate change. The weird weather is overwhelmingly our fault, not a volcano's. Here's an explainer (in Spanish, but I'm sure that you can translate or find others):
https://www.rtve.es/noticias/20221109/explicamos-posible-efectp-hunga-tonga-cambio-climatico/2408427.shtml

The Tonga eruption happened earlier this year. Yet as announced on Sunday: "The past eight years are on track to be the eight warmest on record, fuelled by ever-rising greenhouse gas concentrations and accumulated heat."
https://public.wmo.int/en/media/press-release/eight-warmest-years-record-witness-upsurge-climate-change-impacts
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
Wed 09 Nov UTC
"Weather" and "climate" are different things. The floods and droughts this year that are 7 and 8 sigma events seem likely to be driven by the eruption much as very large volcanic eruptions have historically caused weird weather. Droughts have occurred this year in places that the climate models generally predict should see wetter weather. Much of the Southern Hemisphere seems exceptionally cool at the moment. Hence the difference between weather in this moment and climate over longer time horizons.
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
Wed 09 Nov UTC
Also, refinery fire this morning in El Segundo, California. Luckily, California regulates to use a bespoke formulation of gasoline, so presumably little of this production leaves the state. Any shutdown may only cause acute local shortages without either reducing exports or sucking in outside supply.


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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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