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gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
Tue 09 PM UTC
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To my German friends on here...
...wasting time on the internet today...and came upon a Uniper announcement about gas-to-oil switching at a power station and saw reference the German Federal Government's policy around "Ersatzkraftwerkebereithaltungsgesetz".
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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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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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Paddy (1144 D)
Mon 05 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?
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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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Lord Saviour (1341 D)
19 Oct 22 UTC
I think rather that the lack of humility was from Gopher. Calling me childish. Nïeve. For him it just turned into an insulting session rather than a debate.
JECE (1534 D)
19 Oct 22 UTC
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"Nïeve."
Second time. I can't help but smile.

"For him it just turned into an insulting session rather than a debate."
Fair enough, but to be fair it wasn't really a debate in the first place.

"If you want to keep talking about it I can copy and paste the dms into here but I think that would be innapropriate."
I don't want to keep talking about it.
Lord Saviour (1341 D)
19 Oct 22 UTC
I am glad.
GOD (1678 D Mod (B))
20 Oct 22 UTC
What is happening in the UK, anyway? Is this the point where they realise that coming back to the EU is actually the best way forward?

I feel like time is moving at four times the usual speed over there.
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
20 Oct 22 UTC
How would joining the EU make anything better? I guess the ECB is currently more able to print money than the BOE, but that would require joining the Euro. Additionally, anyone who thinks that British Pensions are more affected by asset/liability mismatches than Munich Re and Swiss Re are is probably being overly optimistic.

My take is that Brexit signaled the need for a partisan realignment, but since there is no system of primaries, all of the parties are paralyzed by having caucus majorities within their parliamentary parties that are functionally in opposition to their electorates. Then since party leaders are now semi-popularly elected, the major parties have leaders who have to remain somewhat aligned with the majority of their national memberships while the party's MPs are more or less openly rebellious. Boris and Truss are Tory versions of Corbyn.

Both major parties may be at the beginning of Bennite moments. Too much democracy on the one hand and too little on the other.

My personal solution would be to reintroduce the Fixed Term Parliament Act with modifications drawn from Sweden and the US. Have Parliaments sit for fixed five year terms, and once you have fixed date elections, require parties to hold party primaries 6 weeks earlier as a condition of ballot access. Rebalancing ridings could then be fixed to happen either every 5 or 10 years in a standardized manner. Then allow the calling of early elections without resetting the term timer. So if you need to dissolve Parliament, then you can have early elections with Party appointments of candidates, but the result is not a "new" Parliament but rather just finishing the existing terms. But I tend to view the absence of primaries as the root of all of the problems with British politics.
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
20 Oct 22 UTC
BTW, Twitter just delivered this to me:

"Let's briefly sum up some things:

1) Faith in the BoJ gone, JPY staring into the abyss.

2) Germany's PPI at 45.8% YoY, yes you read that right.

3) US 10y yields highest since 2008.

4) Diesel prices: Refiner margin 450% above 20yr average.

5) UK CPI YoY at a 40 year high."
GOD (1678 D Mod (B))
20 Oct 22 UTC
They couldn’t rejoin overnight anyway, that is clear. Long term I’m a proponent of standing together and joining forces rather than everyone fighting on their own.
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
20 Oct 22 UTC
Have you thought to inform your representatives in Berlin of that preference?
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
20 Oct 22 UTC
:oP
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
20 Oct 22 UTC
More from Twitter this morning:

The Ukrainian Grid Operator has stated that Ukrainian energy infrastructure has suffered more Russian attacks in the last 10 days than in the preceding 8 months of the war.

So knocking out the power right before winter seems to be the new strategic approach. Doing so earlier would presumably have allowed time to repair and rebuild.

And just as a random aside...I saw something yesterday that attempted to holistically estimate the economic, strategic and geopolitical gain to various countries of the Nord Stream sabotage. The somewhat unexpected conclusion was that Iran actually benefited the most from Nord Stream being permanently knocked out.

Obviously, "motive" must be viewed hand-in-glove with "means" and "opportunity", but I certainly did not have Iran anywhere on my bingo card.
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
20 Oct 22 UTC
Just to state a fact, Boris Johnson spent 61 days as UK Prime Minister after announcing his resignation. Liz Truss has been UK Prime Minister for 44 days.
Lord Saviour (1341 D)
20 Oct 22 UTC
I think the proper term for uk politics is “utterly fucked” over here it is so messed up.
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
20 Oct 22 UTC
During the early stages of the American Revolution in 1777, the British gathered together the forces that they had in Quebec garrisoning the province, which had relatively recently been conquered from the French, and marched from Montreal along Lake Champlain and eventually down the Hudson River Valley. The plan was to meet up with Howe's army based in New York City and divide New England from the presumably more Loyalist Middle Colonies. The Continental Army relied upon the time consuming nature of besieging various forts in revolutionary hands to confront these forces separately. A third force marching in from Ontario through Western New York was turned back first. Howe's forces were turned back without direct battle; leaving General Burgoyne much more isolated than he had expected. His Native American allies abandoned him after the second American fort was taken at high cost.

At Saratoga, the Continental Army defeated the British Army in a fairly traditional land battle. Over the preceding two years, the Americans had largely found success through guerilla actions while being turned back when they attempted to stand against the British Army in traditional field battles.

The year 1777 is sometimes called the Hangman's Year as the American Revolution was closer to collapse than at any other moment. The Battle of Saratoga saved the American Revolution and the near annihilation of an entire professional British army served to bring France fully into the war and thus led the process of turning near certain defeat into inevitable victory.

I bring this up simply to offer one famous response to the event. Sir John Sinclair (coiner of the word statistics) said to Adam Smith (the father of Economics): "If we go on at this rate, the nation must be ruined." Adam Smith responded, "Be assured, my young friend, that there is a great deal of ruin in a nation."

There is always "a great deal of ruin in a nation". France is passing their national budget by fiat, and a third of their gas stations have no fuel. Things are rarely as extreme as they seem.
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
29 Oct 22 UTC
Latest update?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_crcsKMsfA
I find it amusing that Canada effectively once invaded America. Wonder how that would be taken now XD


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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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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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