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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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Fake Al (1747 D)
Fri 12 AM UTC
South China Sea Variant
I put together a variant based on the South China Sea dispute.
https://vdiplomacy.com/variants.php?variantID=142
The seven players fight over tiny islands that are hard to defend. I think games should be pretty chaotic. Anyone interested in trying it out?
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Nova42_ (1130 D)
Wed 11 PM UTC
diplomacy ranks?
What are all the different ranks and how do you get them?
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Xenon Radon (2141 D)
Fri 12 AM UTC
How does game limit work?
Currently I can't join public games. It said, "Due to game limits you cannot join games."
However, when I click into "game limits" to check the details, it told me "=> No game limits apply".
Yet I still can't join games. I wonder how does this limit actually work, or is it a bug?
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somebody909 (1024 D)
Thu 26 Jan UTC
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Shhh Secret Variants
This is a story about finding the variant with the fewest games played and it lead to a deep dive into the secret variants that aren't on the variants table...
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Lord Saviour (1410 D)
03 Oct 22 UTC
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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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butterhead (1133 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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The Ambassador (1984 D (B))
Wed 25 Jan UTC
Happy Australia Day!
For all the Aussies here, have a good one! (or commemorate accordingly if you call the day something else)
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kaner406 (2243 D Mod (B))
Wed 25 Jan UTC
Anyone interested?
See below
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gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
13 Dec 22 UTC
Thing I learned today
Just a space for people to either share with others some interesting fact they learned today or else publicly expose how embarrassingly ignorant they are.
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han-shahanshah (967 D)
Sun 22 Jan UTC
Advertising: a public press ER game
gameID=54632, 30 spots left!
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Anon (?? D)
Mon 16 Jan UTC
Classic - With a custom start, No messaging, Anon, PPSC
https://www.vdiplomacy.com/board.php?gameID=54674

Three spots left!
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David Hood (976 D)
Thu 19 Jan UTC
January 2023 Deadline News from DBN
Latest episode of Deadline News from DBN was just released - featuring an interview with new NADF President Zachary Moore, a panel discussion about what is hot or not in the Diplomacy hobby, and headlines from around the World of Diplomacy. Panelists include Floridaman (Douglas Rintoul), Christopher Ward, and Tommy "Tombstone" Anderson.
https://youtu.be/2U46kBR4fBk
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Qapoleon (1000 D)
19 Nov 22 UTC
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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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gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
29 Nov 22 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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Lord Saviour (1410 D)
27 Dec 22 UTC
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Who is your favourite LOTR character and why?
For LOTR fans.
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
27 Dec 22 UTC
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Someone once did a thread on here comparing individual community members to what he asserted were appropriate characters from A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones). I believe that Amby was Renly. Such an exercise with Lord of the Rings might be fun.

Also Lord of the Rings is a pretty heavily didactive narrative, which handicaps the crafting of genuinely good characters within fiction.

"A novel is never anything but a philosophy put into images. And in a good novel, the whole of the philosophy has passed into the images. But if once the philosophy overflows the characters and action, and therefore looks like a label stuck on the work, the plot loses its authenticity and the novel its life. Nevertheless, a work that is to last cannot dispense with profound ideas. And this secret fusion between experiences and ideas, between life and reflection on the meaning of life, is what makes the great novelist." --Camus
GOD (1727 D Mod (B))
27 Dec 22 UTC
Faramir seems like a pretty chill dude despite his fahther.
GOD (1727 D Mod (B))
27 Dec 22 UTC
Also you can’t really blame a novel for being too influential @gopher?
GOD (1727 D Mod (B))
27 Dec 22 UTC
Or did you mean to say that it’s extensive descriptions make it’s characters worse?
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
27 Dec 22 UTC
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I picked didactic over ideological, but neither quite hits what I meant. Tolkien was a brilliant world builder whose plots were deeply instructive and bordering on propagandistic in a manner that makes the crafting of good characters more difficult. Sam's reaction to Gollum and Frodo's reaction to Sam's reaction to Gollum is the only character interaction in Lord of the Rings that I found genuinely engaging. And I am still not sure that it is there as opposed to me projecting complexity onto the characters that may not actually be present.
JohnyD (1692 D)
27 Dec 22 UTC
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I will probably have to say Treebeard. His dedication to his ways and his beliefs that nothing really changes are gruesomely challenged by his former closest ally and he changes despite his desire to stay neutral. He becomes Revenge. He becomes Passion. From ice to fire in a second, once he sees his closest are getting hurt. I both hate and love that attitude in him.

Outside of that:
Tom Bombadil and Aragorn. I'm a basic b****, I know.
JECE (1534 D)
27 Dec 22 UTC
I haven't given much thought to who my favorite character might be, but (at least from the movies) Théoden and the Rohirrim in general appeal to me.
GOD (1727 D Mod (B))
27 Dec 22 UTC
@gopher, the same might be said about Dracula or the count of Monte Christo, still those, together with LOTR, arguably still have a deep impact on todays culture, literature, arts. Both good entertainment and thought impulses can originate not only from „deep“ characters, but simply by being dran into a story through the writer’s writing craft.

Lolita for example is still being read in big parts due to it’s linguistic beauty (I think).
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
27 Dec 22 UTC
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I do not think that I said anything about entertainment or thought impulses. My point was about willingly suspending disbelief in the humanity of characters when they are cardboard cut outs acting out a passion play.

Plus the central lesson of Dracula (namely that only Texans are tough enough to kill vampires) is drawn with sufficient subtlety that many people fail to appreciate that they are being taught eternal truths about life.

The low number of people I have crossed paths with who can remember Lolita's name makes me think that people have read it for other reasons. But I would actually say that it rather supports my point. Lolita does not hold a great moralizing lesson that I am oppressively aware of, but all three of the central characters are deeply memorable and believable as human beings.
Dejan0707 (1986 D)
28 Dec 22 UTC
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Faramir as he handled his stuff nicely and Meriadoc as he is so cool interesting.
Lord Saviour (1410 D)
28 Dec 22 UTC
Tom Bombadil is an interesting choice Johnny.

I think though I'll have to agree with JECE, Théoden is definitely a favourite. Although I do have a soft spot for Gollum.
Lord Saviour (1410 D)
28 Dec 22 UTC
Can anyone tell me where was gondor when the westfold fell?
JECE (1534 D)
28 Dec 22 UTC
Due south.
Lord Saviour (1410 D)
28 Dec 22 UTC
Much appreciated.
JECE (1534 D)
28 Dec 22 UTC
You're welcome, my lord.
Lord Saviour (1410 D)
29 Dec 22 UTC
Your reward will be a riddle. Answer it correctly and you will have my respect.

What do I have in my pocket?
JECE (1534 D)
29 Dec 22 UTC
The one ring to rule them all, and in the darkness bind them.

Give in, Théoden. Can you not taste the power already?
Lord Saviour (1410 D)
29 Dec 22 UTC
Correct!
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
30 Dec 22 UTC
Where is the tunnel and the burrower?
Where is the gopher that was winning?
They have passed like rain on the url,
Like wind in the Mosaic.
The days have gone down on the Web,
Behind the http...into Shadows.
bluecthulhu (1838 D)
30 Dec 22 UTC
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I know that it isnt true to the novels but I always liked Haldir, the elf who died at Helms Deep in the films.
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
05 Jan 23 UTC
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GOD (1747 D Mod (B))
Tue 27 Dec
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Silence user
@gopher, the same might be said about Dracula or the count of Monte Christo, still those, together with LOTR, arguably still have a deep impact on todays culture, literature, arts. Both good entertainment and thought impulses can originate not only from „deep“ characters, but simply by being dran into a story through the writer’s writing craft.

Lolita for example is still being read in big parts due to it’s linguistic beauty (I think).

@GOD....I just discovered that they have made a modern retelling of Dracula from the perspective of Renfield.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTP36WDJ5FM

This could be hysterically funny and awesomely good. Or it could be awesomely terrible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdA9_mtXYME
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqDX6wF3BLc

Nicholas Cage truly is the Coppola Winery of film acting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu2C7AeIqac
GOD (1727 D Mod (B))
05 Jan 23 UTC
This does look cool, although very far from the Original, since Renfield in the original is already in the Asylum when Dracula arrives in Albion and never leaves it throughout the story.
GOD (1727 D Mod (B))
05 Jan 23 UTC
Als Haldir is a good example of a well written added character in a movie @bluecthulhu!
gopher27 (1606 D Mod)
05 Jan 23 UTC
Given that Texans are the death of him, Dracula relocating to Louisiana would seem likely to end badly for him. Of course, I am waiting for the story's feminist re-imagining from the perspective of unnamed blood skank #3.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3Ta2KtjiNA
(or unnamed Britta #1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cd5wrvZyyS0


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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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JECE (1534 D)
12 Dec 22 UTC
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New Diplomacy tactic?
"North Korean cyber spies deploy new tactic: tricking foreign experts into writing research for them"
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/north-korean-cyber-spies-deploy-new-tactic-tricking-foreign-experts-into-writing-2022-12-12/
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David Hood (976 D)
09 Dec 22 UTC
December 2022 Deadline News is out!
Deadline Episode for December just released on the Diplomacy Broadcast Network - this month we interview NADF President Siobhan Nolen, talk to Meta team member Noam Brown about their Cicero bot (which plays Diplomacy well enough to have won Blitzcon !), and report on all the other headlines from around the World of Diplomacy.
https://youtu.be/gUTBJRbZvTM
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Minihugo (864 D)
20 Nov 22 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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Tulkas (2043 D)
02 Dec 22 UTC
African gunboat without Canaries
Join this African variant: Game ID:54319
If you join this game, please, accept this rule:
Canary Islands territory is IMPASSABLE.
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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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Paddy (1144 D)
28 Nov 22 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))
24 Nov 22 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 (1984 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)
17 Nov 22 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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David Hood (976 D)
18 Nov 22 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 (1984 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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