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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.
GOD (1678 D Mod (B))
Thu 17 Nov UTC
Set one up then? I am not very active on discord, but might give it a try
kaner406 (2243 D Mod (B))
Thu 17 Nov UTC
Ugh. Isn't creating a vDip discord server just a recipe for metagaming? What can be said there that can't be said on the forum here?
kaner406 (2243 D Mod (B))
Thu 17 Nov UTC
(and yes I do recognise that you can post images on Discord)
David E. Cohen (1000 D)
Thu 17 Nov UTC
I am a lurker here, my main reason for hanging around is discussing variants generally, and encouraging the playof mine in particular. Someone more involved would be a better choice.

As far as why, in addition to this board, while I am no particular fan of Discord, it does have various functions that this board lacks, and not just being able to post pictures. It is also a way to attract new players.
drano019 (2716 D Mod)
Thu 17 Nov UTC
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One thing I don't particularly like about Discord is if you have a fairly active chat, it can be hard to follow unless you're on there watching it as it happens. If you're away a day or two on an active chat, there could be hundreds of short messages about somewhat varying topics (depending on if it's a "general" chat or a more specific chat) that you have to scroll back through in order to understand what's going on. This is significantly harder than a forum style board where messages tend to be longer and more broken down by topic.

If there was interest in it, we could explore the topic, but there'd have to be heavy restrictions such as absolutely zero discussion of any ongoing games on Discord so that we could monitor for metagaming and cheating in the same manner that we are now with the Mod tools. There'd have to be interest and someone willing to take up the task of monitoring and curating the Discord server.
GOD (1678 D Mod (B))
Thu 17 Nov UTC
Well having a lot of messages is kind of the point, from my understanding, you would just have to find access to the conversation without having read all of it.

No discussion of ongoing games is a obvious rule that by far most of our players will easily comply with.
drano019 (2716 D Mod)
Thu 17 Nov UTC
Well sure, lots of discuss is the point of course. It becomes a question of if the chat becomes more of a random chat dominated by friend groups or if it has some semblance of structure to the discussion.

I've seen both and the "stream of consciousness" style discussions among friends are very hard to get involved in.
Lord Saviour (1341 D)
Thu 17 Nov UTC
I think it is a good idea. As Drano says, there would have to be restrictions on what could be said. I know my way around Discord, as nerdy as that sounds, and can make the server if enough people are interested. Just let me know as I’ll only really be able to do it on the weekend. I can make sub-forums within the main server for different subjects, it is all dependant on what people want. But I do generally agree that it would bring more interest into the site.
Qapoleon (1000 D)
Sat 19 Nov UTC
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discord does have a newer forum function where you can essentially recreate this forum here. Yes you can get a lot of fluff. But you can set slowdown settings if that is not desired. it would be a bit redundant with this forum, but would have some additional avenues of involment as Cohen mentioned. As for metagaming, I don't think it would be an issue. I've seen people post in discord servers about current games and it pretty quickly gets mentioned that somebody else is in that same game and to stop talking about it. I actually think since the servers are so public, it might actually decrease metagaming if it is visible to many people. Just some thoughts.
JECE (1534 D)
Sat 19 Nov UTC
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With the Forum here already so quiet, why divide the community? It seems risky. I'm not familiar with exactly how Discord works, but why would finding a dead Discord server with barely any activity get people excited about joining vDip?
Mitomon (1681 D)
Fri 25 Nov UTC
did someone make a server or no


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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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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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