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September 26, 2021

Crab shells & faultlines

The guys catch up for some drinks to discuss their games, with Kaner sharing his Diplomacy theory of crab shells and faultlines. Plus the Middle Earth variant.

Intro & Around the grounds

  • Hellcat MaggieThe guys kickoff and Kaner outlines why he dislikes playing England  (0 mins 10 secs)
  • They discuss the venue and their drinks (3 mins 50 secs)
  • They talk about the lockdown that never happened and a general Australian COVID update (6 mins 15 secs)
  • Amby discusses an Australian MP who has wild theories about COVID. Amby shows his website domain that didn't get reregistered (8 mins 30 secs)
  • Kaner shares a joke or two with Amby and chats about measuring systems (11 mins 30 secs)
  • They grab some more drinks and Amby looks into abandoned games (17 mins 30 secs)
  • Kaner wants to out Amby and himself when in anonymous games (23 mins)
  • Kaner asks Amby about fleet builds on rivers in Divided States games & ideas for better gameplay (25 mins 45 secs)
  • Amby talks about his Spice Islands game and rulebook press (32 mins 45 secs)
  • He goes onto discuss his cloak and dagger game, Screaming Jugular Bloodaxe Gusher (36 mins)
  • Kaner gives some advice around looking at why an ally made a certain set of moves (39 mins)
  • They get into some of Kaner's anonymous Europa Renovatio games (40 mins 30 secs)
  • Kaner talks about the gameplay of a player he's stabbed, only for them to double down fighting their original enemy and let Kaner get up to mischief (43 mins 45 secs)
  • Amby pivots to talk about his classic game on Primacy where he was trying spitefully to create a stalemate line to force the draw as his goal (47 mins)
  • After some more drinks, they discuss gameplay in another one of Kaner's games (52 mins 15 secs)
  • Kaner shares his theory about Diplomacy faultlines, which act as a wedge into a region and how you approach your position as a crab shell (55 mins 30 secs)
  • He then goes onto discuss a "boring game" and his current crab shell (1 hr 1 mins 15 secs)
  • Amby discusses two Primacy games, Legends of Ferranor where he won (pretty much as everyone CDed) but has started playing a Middle Earth variant, inspired by JRR Tolkien (1 hr 9 mins)

Middle Earth variant

  • They discuss skills they learnt at 12 years of age and why Amby has never seen a Lord of the Rings film (1 hr 12 mins)

Venues: Hellcat Maggie, Brisbane

Drinks of choice:

Kaner: Fixation IPA

Amby: St Hallett's Garden of Eden from South Australia

 

Just a reminder you can support the show by giving it 5 stars on iTunes or Stitcher. And don't forget if you want to help improve the audio equipment... or get the guys more drunk, you can also donate at Patreon, plus you get extra podcast episodes!

Lastly, don't forget to subscribe so you get the latest Diplomacy Games episodes straight to your phone.

Thanks as always to Dr Dan aka "The General" for his rockin' intro tune.

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The guys interview Bryan Pravel and Zach Moore from DBN about Diplomacy at the Olympics and where the game is going.

Intro

  • The guys are in pre-lockdown. They expect the government will do a lockdown when they planned to record so catch up on Skype instead.   (0 mins 10 secs)

Interview with Bryan Pravel & Zach Moore from DBN

  • The guys welcome Bryan and Zach to the show, before jumping into the 2032 Olympics and DBN's plan to partner with 2032 Olympics broadcaster NBC (5 mins)
  • Amby asks what steps DBN needs to take to be ready by 2032 (8 mins 20 secs)
  • They discuss how people interested in interning at DBN can apply and what skills they need (10 mins)
  • Amby asks what's going on in the background of a live broadcast game (13 mins)
  • Amby discusses the professional broadcast feel of the show, and asks how that could improve in the future (16 mins 15 secs)
  • Kaner asks Bryan and Zack on how an Olympic Diplomacy competition should be held and which nations are most likely to take gold, silver & bronze  (19 mins)
  • They discuss the need for an International Diplomacy Federation to advocate for the game (24 mins)
  • Amby asks what scoring system lends itself to better television (29 mins)
  • Amby queries how a world record system would work for Diplomacy at the Olympics (33 mins 45 secs)
  • He asks about following the conversations of players in a game and how that could work in a live environment (36 mins)
  • They discuss Ed Sullivan's info about Olympic events not necessarily always being traditional sports. Amby discusses the Wikipedia page that needs updating to raise the awareness of Diplomacy as a potential new event (41 mins 45 secs)
  • They start wrapping up the interview (45 mins)
  • Kaner & Amby give their thoughts on the interview (47 mins)
  • They flag the show has been going now for 5 years (52 mins)

Around the grounds

  • Amby asks Kaner about how his games are going - both are anonymous Europa Renovatio gunboat games (55 mins)
  • Amby outlines his really stuff ups where he CD'ed in his Divided States game and in Spice Islands (1 hr 8 mins)
  • They do a reminder about the upcoming 100th episode, before returning to the Spice Islands game and how surprisingly complex it is (1 hr 15 mins)
  • Then its a brief overview of Amby's Mongolian game (1 hrs 22 mins)
  • Amby goes into his Primacy app game and discusses his goal of creating a stalemate line for a 4 way draw (1 hr 24 mins 30 secs)
  • Kaner shares a link from the Diplomatic Pouch and discusses position 7 (1 hr 28 mins 30 secs)

Trying to get a stalemate line happening

  • Amby then discusses a Feraror map also on Primacy (1 hr 34 mins)

Primacy's Feranor map

Chaos game

  • The guys wrap up the show (1 hr 47 mins)

Venues: At home: Pre-lockdown, Brisbane

Drinks of choice:

Kaner: Somersby cloudy cider

Amby: Riparosso Italian red wine

Just a reminder you can support the show by giving it 5 stars on iTunes or Stitcher. And don't forget if you want to help improve the audio equipment... or get the guys more drunk, you can also donate at Patreon, plus you get extra podcast episodes!

Lastly, don't forget to subscribe so you get the latest Diplomacy Games episodes straight to your phone.

Thanks as always to Dr Dan aka "The General" for his rockin' intro tune.

 

 

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The guys interview Osbert, a high school student on a younger player's perspective on the game Diplomacy. Plus podcast drinking game ideas, Diplomacy chat & Kaner's games.

X-Cargo, BrisbaneIntro

  • The guys are at X-Cargo. They flag the first half of the show will be PG rated and discuss their drinks  (0 mins 10 secs)
  • They set the stage for today's interview with Osbert, a younger person who plays Diplomacy (3 mins 30 secs)

Interview with Osbert: a young player's perspective on Diplomacy

  • Amby asks Osbert - a high school student - about how he got introduced to Diplomacy (4 mins 30 secs)
  • They explore why Osbert returns to the game (7 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby asks how Osbert have approached things where people don't know his age (9 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby asks about Osbert's approach to communication in the game and what other skills he's got from the game (11 mins 30 secs)
  • They explore what is an ideal game for Osbert (15 mins)
  • They discuss using gunboat to improve tactics (17 mins 15 secs)
  • Amby asks where Osbert learns about improving his gameplay and gives shout outs to DBN, Legendary Tactics and Brother Bored,  (18 mins 45 secs)
  • They discuss getting friends together to play a face to face game (21 mins 30 secs)
  • They talk about Osbert representing the British team for Diplomacy at the 2032 Olympics (26 mins 45 secs)
  • Osbert's mum joins the interview to give a parent's perspective about her son playing the game (27 mins 45 secs)
  • They wrap up the interview (33 mins)
  • The guys give their thoughts on the interview (33 mins 45 secs)

Diplomacy chat

  • The PG bit of the show now ends, and returns to its usual swearing and drinking (37 mins 45 secs)
  • They suggest a Diplomacy Games drinking game that listeners can also play (38 mins 15 secs)
  • The discuss the ownership of the rights to the game (39 mins 15 secs)
  • They discuss the board map. Apologies to Rob Schone - the drinks prevented Amby remembering his name, sorry Rob!  (40 mins 45 secs)
  • Amby discusses the Calhammer estate auction and puts out there whether anyone bought a good amount of Calhammer swag, let us know as we'd be keen for a chat. They also discuss some upcoming interviews planned (44 mins 15 secs)
  • Amby flags this is episode 95 and we're fast approaching ep 100. Let us know your thoughts on what you'd like us to do in our 100th show (48 mins 45 secs)
  • After some more drinks, Amby suggests there may be some phrases or things we do, that if we do it, the listeners need to take a drink (50 mins 45 secs)

Around the grounds

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  • Amby has some deja vu (1 hr 18 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby is holding off on committing to new games until he has the time to play (1 hr 20 mins)
  • They grab another drink before starting to wrap things up to record the Patreon episode (1 hr 21 mins)

Venues: X-Cargo, Brisbane

Drinks of choice:

Kaner: 150 Lashes pale ale

Amby: Sister's Run shiraz from Brisbane

 

Just a reminder you can support the show by giving it 5 stars on iTunes or Stitcher. And don't forget if you want to help improve the audio equipment... or get the guys more drunk, you can also donate at Patreon, plus you get extra podcast episodes!

Lastly, don't forget to subscribe so you get the latest Diplomacy Games episodes straight to your phone.

Thanks as always to Dr Dan aka "The General" for his rockin' intro tune.

 

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The guys interview Matt and David, creators of the Primacy app which is playable on Apple and Android platforms. Plus 2032 Olympics talk, around the grounds and Amby's Summer Classic experience.

Diplomacy Games at the Guilty Rogue, BrisbaneIntro and Diplomacy news

  • The guys are at the Guilty Rogue and discuss Brisbane officially hosting the 2032 Olympics. So its time to make Diplomacy an Olympic sport (0 mins 10 secs)
  • Amby asks if Diplomacy was an Olympic sport right now, who'd be representing their players and which countries would have a team (2 mins)
  • They talk specialist players for each country and what would be the scoring system for Diplomacy at the Olympics (5 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby talks about the need for an International Diplomacy Federation to advocate for the game to be in the Olympics (8 mins)

Interview with Matt and David from the Primacy App

  • Kaner & Amby start setting up the interview (10 mins 30 secs)
  • The interview starts. NOTE for listeners, Amby had some recording troubles so his audio isn't as good as normal (11 mins 15 secs)
  • Amby asks David about the Primacy App and why they created it (12 mins)
  • They discuss how the App is available on Apple and Google Play stores (14 mins 45 secs)
  • Kaner asks about variants and Realpolitik (17 mins 45 secs)
  • Amby asks about copyright (19 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby asks about the forward program of work for the app (22 mins 45 secs)
  • They talk about what you get when you sign up and the premium version of the app (26 mins)
  • They discuss rule sets, number of players and feedback (29 mins)
  • Kaner asks about creating variants and the app (32 mins 15 secs)
  • Amby asks about whether Matt and David have created apps before (37 mins)
  • Amby asks what success would look like for the app (40 mins 15 secs)
  • Kaner asks Matt and David about how they got into Diplomacy (43 mins)
  • Amby asks about how to counter new players who NMR/civil disorder. They talk about mobile notifications (44 mins 30 secs)
  • During the interview Kaner downloads the app and signs up for a game and discusses his experience (50 mins 30 secs)
  • They talk about using their Discord server as a way for players to communicate in a forum style (52 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby talks about the game he's currently in at Primacy (53 mins 45 secs)
  • They discuss visual design of maps (55 mins 30 secs)
  • The guys wrap up the interview before returning to give their thoughts on the discussion (57 mins 15 secs)
  • Kaner talks about some of his Realpolitik experience. He gives an update on his variant creation work with David E Cohen (59 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby discusses his observations on getting the word out about Primacy and suggestions for improvements (1 hr 3 mins 15 secs)

Around the grounds

  • Kaner starts talking about when he created a variant that simulated the Black Death during the time of the Mongolian Empire. He talks a little about this Mongolian Empire variant (1 hr 8 mins)
  • After some more drinks, they talk about Amby in the Cloak and Dagger series game that has started using the Mongolian Empire. But Amby first gives a quick recap of his three way draw in the just competed Cloak and Dagger game using the Who Controls America map: Dystopian Post-Truth Knockdown-Dragout (1 hr 12 mins)
  • The new game is called Screaming Jugular Bloodaxe Gusher. They give an overview of the variant. For more info about the variant have a listen to our chat about it back in Episode 63 (1 hr 14 mins)
  • They have a chat about having a Bourse game. Kaner gives a quick rundown of what a bourse game is if you're not familiar with it (1 hr 22 mins 40 secs)
  • They talk about a couple of other games including Amby's Undivided States game (1 hr 30 mins 30 secs)
  • David E. Cohen has got in touch with some more info about pronunciation of the word "Arkansas" (1 hr 33 mins 20 secs)
  • Amby gives an update of which states are still in the game (1 hr 36 mins)
  • They start talking virtual games, turning to the Summer Classic. Kaner said he was going to play but didn't. Amby played in two rounds (although the first game he handed over midway to Jamal Blakkarly). Here's Amby's game 1 as England  and his second game as Germany (1 hr 38 mins)
  • The guys then wrap up the show (1 hr 45 mins 40 secs)

Venues: Guilty Rogue, Brisbane

Drinks of choice:

Kaner: Green Beacon Windjammer IPA from Brisbane
Amby: Green Beacon Windjammer IPA from Brisbane

Just a reminder you can support the show by giving it 5 stars on iTunes or Stitcher. And don't forget if you want to help improve the audio equipment... or get the guys more drunk, you can also donate at Patreon, plus you get extra podcast episodes!

Lastly, don't forget to subscribe so you get the latest Diplomacy Games episodes straight to your phone.

Thanks as always to Dr Dan aka "The General" for his rockin' intro tune.

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The guys unpack Amby's draw in Media Wars 2 and get the take of the board topping Ed Sullivan/GoHornsGo and Village Idiot/Ewok in an interview. Plus much more.

Bar Brutus, BrisbaneIntro and Diplomacy news

  • The guys begin at Bar Brutus and do a mea culpa (0 mins 10 secs)
  • With some clever editing we've removed all the fucking train noises. They talk about their recent holidays that have partly delayed episodes (2 mins 10 secs)
  • Kaner talks about a board game he bought: Imperial Struggle (5 mins 50 secs)
  • Amby asks how a Diplomacy game would work if you couldn't eliminate a player in the first 3 game years (7 mins 50 secs)
  • Amby flags the upcoming decision on the hosting of the 2032 Olympics on 21 July 2021, where the guys are trying to make Diplomacy an Olympic sport (10 mins 50 secs)
  • He then goes to talk about a new Diplomacy app - Primacy. It is on iPhone and Android, but Kaner couldn't find it in the Google Play store. You can find Primacy in GooglePlay and Primacy on iPhone (12 mins 20 secs)

Media Wars 2 interview with Ed Sullivan/GoHornsGo and Village Idiot/Ewok

  • They start introducing the interview with Ed Sullivan/GoHornsGo from The Diplomats and Village Idiot/Ewok who both topped the board in Media Wars 2 (13 mins 45 secs)
  • The interview starts with some audio issues at the start for Amby, sorry folks we're aiming to upgrade some of our tech soon to improve things (16 mins)
  • Village Idiot/Ewok discusses his subbing in (18 mins 50 secs)
  • Amby asks about the coms when Village Idiot (Russia) started taking SCs from Ed (Germany)  (20 mins)
  • Amby tries to understand how Ed worked with Ezio (France) in 1901 (22 mins 30 secs)
  • Ed talks about player pressure points (25 mins)
  • They discuss Amby's 1901 moves (26 mins)
  • Amby asks about their gameplay, building trust and reputation (27 mins 50 secs)
  • Ed reflects on Legendary Tactics approach (Austria) at the time (34 mins 15 secs)
  • Amby discusses the transition from Lady Razor to Village Idiot before they discuss the north-south split (36 mins 30 secs)
  • They discuss the Commowealth vs Non-Commonwealth (40 mins 50 secs)
  • They discuss the fallout between Germany (Ed) and France (Ezio) over Belgium and France going quiet (43 mins 20 secs)
  • Amby discusses the southern alliance's plans to encourage Ed's growth and why his spidey senses told him to draw (45 mins 40 secs)
  • Amby asks them both about their positive takeaways from the game and what they'd like to do again in the future (51 mins)
  • He then asks about what they learnt from the game (52 mins 20 secs)
  • Amby gets greedy and asks for their advice about is gameplay (54 mins 55 secs)
  • They discuss Media Wars 3 (57 mins 20 secs)
  • They guys return and discuss their thoughts on the interview and Kaner playing for the podcast next time (58 mins 30 mins)

Media Wars 2 wrap-up

  • Following the interview Kaner asks Amby about his take on the game as Italy. Amby starts by discussing his spring 1901 move of Venice to Tyrolia (1 hr 2 mins)
  • Amby discusses goals and Ed's goals at the start of the Diplomats (1 hr 4 mins)
  • They discuss building relationships, putting yourselves in the shoes of others and knowing how people have previously played the game (1 hr 10 mins)
  • Amby talks about rebuilding trust with players, particularly Legendary Tactics as Austria. Kaner asks about Amby's relationship with Oliver Lugg as Turkey (1 hr 15 mins 20 secs)
  • Kaner asks why France (Ezio) kept attacking Amby (1 hr 18 mins)
  • They talk the end game (1 hr 20 mins)
  • They discuss Kaner's thoughts on playing in Media Wars 3 (1 hr 23 mins)

Around the grounds

  • Kaner talks about how he went in You Ratty Bastard where he was part of a three way draw in Italy. This was a 1898 game so you start with one unit only and its played under fog of war conditions (1 hr 24 mins 20 secs)
  • They discuss the interfaces to view previous maps from earlier turns (1 hr 27 mins)
  • Amby talks about his game as England, establishing his homeland in Scandinavia (1 hr 31 mins)
  • They return to Kaner's game (1 hr 32 mins 30 secs)
  • Kaner talks about being surprised when Austria starts sending fleets into the Med, after building fleets in Rumania! (1 hr 37 mins 30 secs)
  • They do a points update (1 hr 41 mins)
  • Amby discusses his Who Controls America variant that he's playing in G-Man's Cloak and Dagger series. The game is called Dystopian Post-Truth Knockdown-Dragout. Kaner talks about the players and the SC and territory names (1 hr 41 mins 50 secs)
  • Amby touches on his anonymous Divided States game (1 hr 47 mins)
  • Kaner discusses spectating other people's games (1 hr 48 mins 30 secs)

Other stuff/wrapup

  • They discuss the Summer Classic game (1 hr 51 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby does a shout out to Mad Monarch for an Apple Podcast review. You can rate and review the show on Apple Podcasts (1 hr 52 mins)
  • Amby does a quick correction about Primacy, which we have since found out was wrong too. You can find Primacy in GooglePlay and Primacy on iPhone (1 hr 53 mins 40 secs)
  • The guys conclude the show (1 hr 56 mins 30 secs)

Venues: Bar Brutus, Saccharomyces and Maeve Wine Bar, Brisbane

Drinks of choice:

Kaner: Balter Lager

Amby: Balter Lager

Just a reminder you can support the show by giving it 5 stars on iTunes or Stitcher. And don't forget if you want to help improve the audio equipment... or get the guys more drunk, you can also donate at Patreon, plus you get extra podcast episodes!

Lastly, don't forget to subscribe so you get the latest Diplomacy Games episodes straight to your phone.

Thanks as always to Dr Dan aka "The General" for his rockin' intro tune.

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The guys interview Isabella Vladoiu from US Institute of Diplomacy and Human Rights about how the game relates to real life Diplomacy. Plus they discuss their games and a public service announcement from all Mods.

empire hotel may 21Intro and Diplomacy news

  • The guys are still at the Empire Hotel.  Amby disses Google.  They do a drinks update (0 mins 10 secs)
  • They give a Diplomacy face to face update and ideas to get more people into the game (3 mins 30 secs)

Interview with Isabelle Vladoiu from US Institute of Diplomacy and Human Rights

  • The guys set the scene for their interview with Isabelle Vladoiu, founder of US Institute of Diplomacy and Human Rights, a not for profit organization (6 mins 30 secs)
  • Kaner and Amby welcome Isabelle to the show. Kaner asks about the sort of work she does (7 mins 30 secs)
  • Kaner reflects on reputation and asks how a diplomatic negotiation takes place (12 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby asks about soft skills in breaking through an impasse and re-establishing trust (17 mins)
  • Amby asks Isabelle about her understanding of the game Diplomacy (19 mins 30 secs)
  • Kaner touches on Isabelle's point about linguistic barriers, and throws to Amby to discuss his previous experience with Google Translate Diplomacy (24 mins 45 secs)
  • Kaner asks about backdoor diplomacy, they go onto discuss deliberate false statements (30 mins)
  • They start wrapping up the interview reflecting on the role of etiquette and where listeners can learn more about US Institute of Diplomacy and Human Rights (38 mins)
  • The guys reflect back on the interview and their thoughts on its application to the game Diplomacy (40 mins 45 secs)

Ar-Kansas chat

  • Amby gives Kaner an update on the pronunciation of Arkansas (45 mins 30 secs)

Around the grounds

  • Kaner asks Amby about how he's going in their joint game "Ratty Bastards 2" (49 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby reflects on the fog of war nature of the game (52 mins 15 secs)
  • Amby talks about his other anonymous game, "DSA" a Divided States game (56 mins 15 secs)

Public service announcement

  • As a Mod at vDip, Kaner gives an example of what NOT to do when dealing with mods at webDip, playDip, Backstabbr etc (1 hr 0 mins)
  • The guys wrap up the show (1 hr 8 mins)

Venues: Empire Hotel, Brisbane

Drinks of choice:

Kaner: Mahogany American Brown Ale by Brendale Brewing Company

Amby: Maxwell's Silver Hammer shiraz from the McLaren Vale

Just a reminder you can support the show by giving it 5 stars on iTunes or Stitcher. And don't forget if you want to help improve the audio equipment... or get the guys more drunk, you can also donate at Patreon, plus you get extra podcast episodes!

Lastly, don't forget to subscribe so you get the latest Diplomacy Games episodes straight to your phone.

Thanks as always to Dr Dan aka "The General" for his rockin' intro tune.

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May 29, 2021

Kaner vs Brother Bored

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Kaner takes on Brother Bored in a live France vs Austria game and learns a few lessons. Amby is also "learning lessons" in his Media Wars 2 game.

Intro and Diplomacy news

  • The guys discuss the venue, drinks and set the scene for today's episode (0 mins 10 secs)
  • Kaner discusses the Summer Classic virtual tournament being held 23-25 July (2 mins 35 secs)
  • They discuss work and life commitments have been getting in the way of their Diplomacy interests (5 mins 20 secs)

Kaner vs Brother Bored live game: France vs Austria

France vs Austria: Kaner vs Brother Bored spring 1901

 

  • Amby goes through the Fall 1901 orders (11 mins)

France vs Austria: Kaner vs Brother Bored fall 1901

  • Brother Bored gives a fun fact about Trieste (11 mins 30 secs)
  • Next up is the builds (12 mins 15 secs)
  • Spring 1902 moves are then discussed (14 mins 30 secs)

France vs Austria: Kaner vs Brother Bored spring 1902

  • Brother Bored explains some of his thinking as they enter Fall 1902 moves (16 mins 20 secs)

France vs Austria: Kaner vs Brother Bored fall 1902

  • After builds they start on their spring 1903 moves (18 mins 20 secs)

France vs Austria: Kaner vs Brother Bored spring 1903

  • After reviewing spring 1903 moves they move on. Amby gives his thoughts on the likely outcome (21 mins 20 secs)

France vs Austria: Kaner vs Brother Bored fall 1903

  • They discuss the fall 1903 outcome. Brother Bored gives his views on Kaner's moves. The guys then do builds and prepare their spring 1904 moves (25 mins 30 secs)

France vs Austria: Kaner vs Brother Bored spring 1904

  • The orders are in for spring 1904. The guys dissect it all before clicking away for fall 1904 moves (31 mins 30 secs)

France vs Austria: Kaner vs Brother Bored fall 1904

  • The fall outcome is in! After builds and discussion they start preparing for spring 1905 (36 mins 15 secs)

France vs Austria: Kaner vs Brother Bored spring 1905

  • Spring 1905 blossoms throughout Brother Bored's side of the board with all those vacant neutrals. They dissect where the game is at and start clicking away for fall 1905's moves. Brother Bored gives some perspectives on playing as Austria compared to France (42 mins 30 secs)

France vs Austria: Kaner vs Brother Bored fall 1905

  • The game is done with Brother Bored proudly at the winner's podium! They discuss creating content in this format. They talk about doing this again in the future and decide on the highly balanced 843: Treaty of Verdun variant (48 mins)
  • Kaner and Amby are back and discuss their thoughts on the game with Brother Bored. Don't forget you can also watch this in Brother Bored's Youtube channel (56 mins 40 secs)
  • After discussing Treaty of Verdun again, they discuss deliberately balanced variants and find their not as balanced as you think (1 hr 2 min 45 secs)

Media Wars 2

  • Kaner asks Amby how his Media Wars 2 game is going. The game is up to spring 1908 with only England (Floridaman) eliminated (1 hr 5 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby gives an update on what's been happening with hat tips to Oliver Lugg and Ed Sullivan (GoHornsGo)  (1 hr 6 mins 50 secs)

Media Wars 2 game update

Venues: Empire Hotel, Brisbane

Drinks of choice:

Kaner: Mahogany American Brown Ale by Brendale Brewing Company

Amby: High Country Hops Hazy Harvest Fresh Hop IPA

 

Just a reminder you can support the show by giving it 5 stars on iTunes or Stitcher. And don't forget if you want to help improve the audio equipment... or get the guys more drunk, you can also donate at Patreon, plus you get extra podcast episodes!

Lastly, don't forget to subscribe so you get the latest Diplomacy Games episodes straight to your phone.

Thanks as always to Dr Dan aka "The General" for his rockin' intro tune.

 

  • The guys start wrapping up the show with a bit of a tease about the next episode (1 hr 15 mins)
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The guys have had a small break and come back re-energised for the game. They discuss an upcoming face to face game, Media Wars 2 and test unbreakable alliances.

Intro and Diplomacy news

  • The guys discuss the venue and throwing stones (0 mins 10 secs)
  • They discuss they're out of lockdown and Kaner explains how he'd taken a break from the game for a little while. He talks about his decision making process for choosing a game to join (2 mins 50 secs)
  • Amby's had a lot going on in real life too and has reduced the number of his games (4 mins 55 secs)
  • Amby discusses the volume of Diplomacy content coming from the DBN and Legendary Tactics (7 mins)
  • Kaner asks what is Amby's worst country to play (7 mins 55 secs)
  • Amby discusses some of the recent Diplomacy Briefing releases (11 mins 20 secs)
  • The guys discuss the u/trampolinebears Diplomacy map and what Kaner did to create his board, as asked by Dan Bahler (12 mins)
  • They've also got an email from Daniel McNamara about playing a face to face game in Brisbane. The guys land on Saturday 29 May as a tentative date (15 mins 50 secs)
  • Amby discusses getting the timing right to also get a game happening at one of the local university's board games club (19 mins)
  • The guys give a shout out to the Minnesota Diplomacy Club for their recent COVID safe face to face game (20 mins 40 secs)
  • Kaner and Amby move downstairs to the La Costa bar. ** Audio quality warning ** We have no idea what happened but this part of the show sounds like it was recorded inside a tin can. Sorry folks! (21 mins 40 secs)
  • They discuss their drinks (22 mins 20 secs)

Around the grounds

  • While Kaner isn't in any games, Amby gives an update on his online Diplomacy games (23 mins 15 secs)
  • Amby's Europa Renovatio team game has ended in a draw, despite Amby feeling the game should've played out a lot longer. They talk about proposed future team games, before Amby outlines his team members: Naples, Livonian Order and Morocco (Amby was Austria) (23 mins 45 secs)
  • He's also in an anonymous gunboat Divided States game and is doing reasonable at the moment (31 mins 45 secs)
  • Kaner asks about how Amby is going in the Media Wars 2 game. Amby gives an update and his thinking on recent moves (33 mins 45 secs)

Podcast survey

  • Amby flags they're going to be running a survey soon to help improve the podcast. Hopefully this will be ready by the next episode (41 mins 30 secs)

Unbreakable alliances: the German-Austrian Anschluss

  • The guys set the scene about their original moves in 1901 and where they were up to (44 mins 15 secs)
  • They discuss what Kaner should be building (47 mins)
  • The guys get peckish and order some chips (fries) that creates all sorts of confusion in the kitchen... you'll understand why soon (51 mins 20 secs)
  • They start their planning for spring 1902's moves (52 mins)
  • Then there's more confusion with the orders not being processed (56 mins 15 secs)
  • They try another game where their alliance is France-Germany and start planning a Sealion (1 hr 0 mins)
  • Their spring 1901 game orders went through only for Amby to misorder. They decide to cancel the game  (1 hr 2 mins 45 secs)
  • So NEXT, they start an unbreakable alliance as Italy and Turkey (1 hr 4 mins)
  • They plan Fall 1901's moves and discuss getting an AI update from the folks at webDip. BUT they can't adjudicate orders again. They check the forums and find out its broken at webDip (1 hr 7 mins 30 secs)
  • The guys wrap up the show (1 hr 10 mins)

Venues: Cielo Rooftop bar and La Costa bar, Brisbane

Drinks of choice:

Kaner: Young Henry's Pale Ale

Amby: Alpha Box and Dice grenache from South Australia

 

 Just a reminder you can support the show by giving it 5 stars on iTunes or Stitcher. And don't forget if you want to help improve the audio equipment... or get the guys more drunk, you can also donate at Patreon, plus you get extra podcast episodes!

Lastly, don't forget to subscribe so you get the latest Diplomacy Games episodes straight to your phone.

Thanks as always to Dr Dan aka "The General" for his rockin' intro tune.

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April 18, 2021

Podcast scheduling update

No show due to real life stuff. Back in two weeks.

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The guys interview Jamal Blakkarly, winner of PoppyCon 2021, the first face to face Diplomacy tournament since Covid (excluding that 7 player European championship.) Plus they chat about Media Wars 2 and much, much more.

Lockdown intro and Diplomacy news

  • The guys set the scene about the most recent lockdown in Brisbane and their drinks  (0 mins 10 secs)
  • They're going to do their first live interview on the show. They set the scenes for the interview (4 mins 20 secs)
  • Amby discusses briefly the guys' France v Austria 1 on 1 game on their Patreon feed and give a shout out to our latest Patreon supporter (7 mins)
  • Amby flags that their $3 Patreon supporter level which used to get you a position in Kaner's presidential cabinet if he won (9 mins 15 secs)
  • He goes onto discuss how Brisbane now has the sole negotiating rights with the International Olympics Committee for the 2032 summer olympics. Amby proposes that we need to get Diplomacy as an offcicial olympic sport and set up a lobbying campaign (10 mins 30 secs)
  • Kaner outlines his decision to take a break from playing games at the moment (16 mins 40 secs)

Interview with Jamal Blakkarly

  • Kaner & Amby bring Jamal into the interview. He quickly grabs a beverage (20 mins 30 secs)
  • The guys congratulate Jamal on his win, beating Shane Cubis by one-eighth of an SC. Kaner asks which was the best game/country he played (23 mins 45 secs)
  • Amby asks Jamal what it was like to be at last playing face-to-face tournaments since Covid (23 mins 45 secs)
  • They talk about the vibe of the tournament and the players. Kaner asks about how aware Jamal was about the points (28 mins)
  • Jamal discuses the mistakes he learnt in the tournament (31 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby asks if Jamal's brother Jarni played (34 mins 50 secs)
  • They discuss Jamal's game style and how its developed over time (36 mins 20 secs)
  • They talk stabbing (39 mins)
  • Amby asks about the social aspect of the tournament outside the games (46 mins 45 secs)
  • He asks about what interaction he had with Shane as they headed toward the end of the tournament (49 mins 45 secs)
  • Kaner asks if Jamal has a favorite country to play (51 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby does a couple of shout outs for the other main tournament players (54 mins 40 secs)
  • They start wrapping up the interview (57 mins)
  • Post interview Kaner discusses how he sucks as England (58 mins)

Media Wars 2

  • Amby announces the Media Wars 2 game (a game of Diplomacy content creators) has now started. He gives an outline of the players and the moves at the end of 1901 (59 mins)
  • Kaner asks Amby why he thinks Austria tried moving into Venice (1 hr 6 mins 20 secs)
  • Amby reflects on the number of units in fall 1901 that just held (1 hr 10 mins 50 secs)
  • Amby mentions his plans for why he moved to Tyrolia will be discussed in the Patreon episode before they wrap up (1 hr 15 mins 45 secs)

 

Venues: Locked down at home, Brisbane

Drinks of choice:

Kaner: Somersby cloudy apple cider

Amby: Wynns Coonwarra estate cabinet shiraz merlot

 

Just a reminder you can support the show by giving it 5 stars on iTunes or Stitcher. And don't forget if you want to help improve the audio equipment... or get the guys more drunk, you can also donate at Patreon, plus you get extra podcast episodes!

Lastly, don't forget to subscribe so you get the latest Diplomacy Games episodes straight to your phone.

Thanks as always to Dr Dan aka "The General" for his rockin' intro tune.

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