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A podcast about playing online the game Diplomacy and its variants. Kaner and Amby discuss the latest developments and game news at WebDiplomacy, vDiplomacy, PlayDiplomacy, backstabbr and more.

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A podcast about playing online the game Diplomacy and its variants. Kaner and Amby discuss the latest developments and game news at WebDiplomacy, vDiplomacy, PlayDiplomacy, backstabbr and more.

    Interview with Erik van Mechelen

    Interview with Erik van Mechelen

    The guys interview Erik van Mechelen from the Minnesota Diplomacy Club & host of the Diplomacy Podcast. Plus lots of around the grounds, drinking & openings for newbies.
    Intro

    The guys introduce the show, their drinks and the venue (0 mins 10 secs)
    Amby talks wine and getting fat (2 mins 50 secs)
    Interview with Erik van Mechelen from the MN Diplomacy Club and the Diplomacy Podcast
    Kaner starts introducing this episode's interview with Erik van Mechelen from the Minnesota Diplomacy Club, creates the Diplomacy Podcast and writes books on Diplomacy (4 mins 35 secs)
    The interview starts with Erik, how he got into the game (6 mins 40 secs)
    They talk about getting involved in the local Minnesota Diplomacy scene (9 mins)
    Kaner asks about the migration of the Diplomacy culture from Chicago to Minnesota. Erik talks about scoring systems (14 mins 45 secs)
    They talk about giving back to the Diplomacy community (17 mins 50 secs)
    Kaner discusses the dynamics of the game of Diplomacy (19 mins 50 secs)
    Amby asks about why new players turn up to a face to face game, and how do you retain players (20 mins 30 secs)
    They discuss getting a player base and creating a tournament (26 mins 45 secs)
    Kaner discusses his Thai experience getting players involved before asking about the Janus scoring system (27 mins 30 secs)
    Kaner asks about using the game of Diplomacy in an educational setting (32 mins)
    Kaner asks about why Erik created his own Diplomacy podcast (35 mins 30 secs)
    Amby asks about Erik's work writing a Diplomacy book. Erik reflects on Andrew's Goff's writing style in the Italian Renaissance in Diplomacy World. Erik talks about his Diplomacy: Conversations with Barbosa and How to Win at Diplomacy (37 mins 50 secs)
    Kaner asks if Erik has ever played any Diplomacy variants (42 mins)
    Kaner asks about favorite country to play (45 mins 40 secs)
    Amby reflects on planned fun openings that quickly become default openings once negotiations start (46 mins 40 secs)
    Kaner asks about the logistics of games in Minnesota. Erik talks about his upcoming tournaments (52 mins 10 secs)
    Amby asks Erik how to get involved in Minnesota and where to listen to Diplomacy Podcast before wrapping it up (54 mins 10 secs)
    The guys return and give their thoughts on the interview (56 mins 15 secs)
    Diplomacy chat
    They talk about going to Melbourne for their upcoming tournament (1 hr 0 mins)
    Kaner asks about using Meetup to promote the game in Brisbane (1 hr 1 mins 20 secs)
    They return to post-interview chat (1 hr 3 mins)
    The guys get their creative juices going about the Europa Renovatio variant (1 hr 6 mins)
    Amby talks about the Kill Lithuania and also Scotland game dominated by Denmark (1 hr 8 mins)

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Kaner grabs some more drinks (1 hr 13 mins)
    Around the grounds
    Kaner talks about one of his Renovatio Europa games, Silent Europe and Tiemcen's raiding behind Scottish lines. Kaner discusses the nature of aiming for clusters of SCs (1 hr 15 mins)
    Amby discusses trying to work out what's going on a board he's on and paranoia caused by a single player (1 hr 24 mins)
    Amby discusses listening to the History of Byzantium podcast and whether the Renovatio Europa map needs to be altered so Constantinople doesn't fall so easily to better reflect reality (1 hr 28 mins 20 secs)
    Amby talks about his DMOL shirt and hot weather before Kaner talks about a variant idea (1 hr 34 mins 20 secs)
    Kaner talks about his fog of war Classic game where he killed off Amby (1 hr 37 mins)
    Amby complains about being defeated in game after game after game, most recently as Ukraine in A Modern Pickle (1 hr 42 mins)
    He's even getting shafted in the 1812 Overture game on Discord GM'ed by nopunin10did (1 hr 45 mins)
    Newbie Openings
    The guys return after ordering drinks and a snack. Amby reflects on an American Gridiron game on TV and how cold it

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    Interview with Umbletheheep from the Diplomacy Briefing

    Interview with Umbletheheep from the Diplomacy Briefing

    Kaner and Amby interview Umbletheheep, publisher of the weekly email newsletter the Diplomacy Briefing, and discuss people in the Dip community giving something back.
    Intro
    The guys introduce the 60th show, their drinks and the venue (0 mins 15 secs)
    Kaner talks about being tempted to make a cheeky stab and they both discuss paranoia (3 mins 20 secs)
    Interview with Umbletheheep from the Diplomacy Briefing
    Kaner starts introducing this episode's interview with Umbletheheep who publishes the weekly email newsletter "Diplomacy Briefing" (5 mins 45 secs)
    The interview begins with Amby welcoming Umble to the show and asking why he created it (7 mins 30 secs)
    Amby asks about the format of the newsletter (9 mins 50 secs)
    Umble discusses how long it takes to curate the information (12 mins 20 secs)
    Amby asks about what feedback and suggestions Umble gets from his readership (14 mins 30 secs)
    Umble discusses prioritizing new content into the newsletter, checking out old Diplomacy magazine articles and planning ahead with an outline (19 mins)
    Amby asks about current trends for how players approach the game vs using an old strategy and approach players have forgotten (22 mins 10 secs)
    Kaner asks where the handle "Umbletheheep" came from (26 mins)
    Amby asks how much his persona's approach is similar to his own (28 mins 50 secs)
    Amby asks about whether Umble plays much face-to-face and attending tournaments (32 mins 15 secs)
    They explore Umble's plans for improving his own personal gameplay (38 mins 10 secs)
    Amby asks about the audience of the newsletter (43 mins 10 secs)
    Kaner discusses his thoughts on the newsletter and asks why Umble ended up at Nexus when he re-engaged in the online game (45 mins)
    Amby asks Umble where he sees the game going geographically (48 mins)
    Umble discusses scratching a creative Diplomacy itch (53 mins)
    The interview starts wrapping up (56 mins)
    The guys return and discuss their thoughts on the interview and playing postal Diplomacy (57 mins 30 secs)
    Kaner asks Amby about what else he got out of the interview (1 hr 1 min 20 secs)
    Kaner says he'd love to read the old article mentioned about Diplomacy widows  (1 hr 3 mins)
    The guys start wrapping up the show (1 hr 4 mins)
    Venue: Proud Henry, Brisbane
    Drinks of choice:
    Kaner - Archer IPA from no idea
    Amby - Trescothic grenache from the Barossa Valley, 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
    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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    Interview with Ira Hall on Diplomacy and Christian faith

    Interview with Ira Hall on Diplomacy and Christian faith

    Kaner and Amby interview Ira Hall, a Christian pastor and Diplomacy player. The guys delve into how Christians manage the Bible's strong stance on lying, deceit and deception while still playing Diplomacy. Plus they travel to Kaner's stomping ground of Ipswich and discuss a heap more Diplomacy stuff.
    Intro
    The guys introduce the show, their drinks and the venue (0 mins 15 secs)
    They correct the dates for the Melbourne Open tournament, which is actually 14-15 March (3 mins 45 secs)
    Next up is confirmation of the Canetoad Classic tournament in Brisbane on 2-3 May and talk about gaming pieces. Amby discusses goal setting and his plans to attend two interstate tournaments (5 mins 15 secs)
    Kaner talks about the 4th Nexus tournament coming up and an invitation to an 1812 Overture forum game. Kaner discusses being overly committed in 6 games (10 mins)
    They discuss strategy vs tactics before returning to what's involved in the 1812 variant. Note, we went into more detail about this map in an earlier episode (12 mins 45 secs)
    The guys talk about going to Ipswich at least once a year, before providing an update on their Presidential campaign. They discuss Kaner's latest plank allowing historical smoking in historical Federal buildings (20 mins)
    They discuss jurisdictional responsibility when Cabinet titles are very similar. Kaner answers with a similar chicken analogy. When we're elected if you want to be a Cabinet Secretary it's only $3 a month by becoming a Patreon supporter (23 mins 20 secs)
    Interview with Ira Hall
    The guys provide the background to this interview with Ira Hall before jumping in (26 mins 30 secs)
    Ira starts by discussing how he got into Diplomacy and his recent role as Alman, a playDip moderator (27 mins)
    He discusses what he did as a Cheater Hunter at playDip and his thoughts on why some players cheat (30 mins)
    Kaner asks about common cheating behavior (32 mins 20 secs)
    Amby asks about how Ira felt when busting a cheater (34 mins 10 secs)
    Amby asks about whether Ira's played face-to-face (36 mins 10 secs)
    The guys explore how Ira balances as a pastor the Christian Biblical teachings of not lying or being deceitful against being a Diplomacy player (38 mins 30 secs)
    Ira discusses reputation and trustworthiness (41 mins 15 secs)
    He talks about a number of games at playDip and the choice of language to avoid lying while maintaining a reputation (43 mins 30 secs)
    Amby asks about Christians who have a literal interpretation of the Bible and their views on lying and deceiving, even in a game (48 mins 45 secs)
    Kaner asks Ira about his advice to new, or relatively new players to the game. He discusses the importance of trying different things in your communication to someone who stabs you (56 mins)
    Amby asks Ira about taking the solo win versus a draw (1 hr 0 mins 30 secs)
    Kaner asks about what other variants Ira enjoys (1 hr 3 mins 40 secs)
    Amby asks Ira if there's any other thoughts on the game (1 hr 6 mins 30 secs)
    They wrap up the interview (1 hr 8 mins 30 secs)
    They guys are back and give their thoughts on the interview (1 hr 10 mins)
    Kaner discusses his more "eye for an eye" nature rather than "turning the other cheek" (1 hr 12 mins)
    They discuss the "metagame" element of your reputation preceding you. They talk about blocking players' whose personality clashes with yours (1 hr 16 mins 45 secs)
    They talk about reliability and going into civil disorder (CD'ing) (1 hr 20 mins)
    Kaner suggests checking your block lists and if you can't remember why they pissed you off, think about unblocking them (1 hr 23 mins)
    Around the grounds/variant suggestions
    They come back and discuss the strength of the Golden Horde in the Cry God for Harry game, and discuss how the gameplay is not too different to real life history (1 hr 24 mins)
    Amby suggests again to Technostar (the variant creator of Europa Renovatio) about whether this varia

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    A Very Diplomacy Christmas 2019

    A Very Diplomacy Christmas 2019

    It's Christmas! And the guys get very drunk talking Diplomacy. 'Nuff said!
    Intro and Christmas chat
    The guys introduce the show, their drinks and the venue (0 mins 15 secs)
    They quickly touch on their Presidential election campaign and introduce a new Hawaiian shirt plank and discuss Kaner's new look (3 mins)
    Kaner and Amby are planning to go to the next Melbourne Open tournament on 21-22 March 2020 (5 mins 50 secs)
    They announce an official Queensland tournament, being run by Tony Collins. They discuss possible names for the tournament and land on The Canetoad Classic (6 mins 50 secs)
    They talk about ideas for WDC 2021 and getting the word out about Diplomacy to ex-pats in Thailand. Kaner talks about when he ran a Diplomacy game when he was living in Thailand  (11 mins 30 secs)
    The guys grab another beer and talk home brew (18 mins)
    They exchange Christmas presents. Kaner gives Amby a DMOL - Diplomatic Man of Leisure - t-shirt. Amby gives Kaner a pan with maps of Florida and the contiguous United States stuck to the pan  (21 mins 20 secs)
               
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Around the grounds
    Amby discusses how his American Funboat and Undivided States games are going (30 mins)
    Kaner reflects on the nature of the large map variants and how players can afford to lose units in their rear for much longer periods of time. Kaner uses the example of how Tiemcen has been able to sustain losses in the rear to sneak into Scottish territory  (35 mins 30 secs)

    Kaner discusses playing a country where you have no interest... or you don't like the color, before moving onto discuss regional dominance in a game Kaner is in and also Cry God for Harry (50 mins)
    They move onto their classic Fog of War game (56 mins 50 secs)
    Amby talks about a real time Germany v Italy game he played at webDip against Roadhog. Kaner discusses how great players can think 4-5 turns ahead (57 mins 30 secs)
    Amby talks about the pressure of the live game and how tight to the line he took it. He also discusses a misorder that made a big difference (1 hr 1 mins 15 secs)
    Kaner gets more beers and they discuss how some players' language when communicating in games online can come across very weird (1 hr 4 mins)
    Newbie segment
    Kaner discusses The Concise 33 Strategies of War by Robert Green. He suggests discussing the strategies in the book to help newbies. The land on Pick your battles carefully. They discuss avoiding two front wars or unnecessarily provoking players (1 hr 6 mins 15 secs)
    They discuss how in their last face to face battle Sean as Germany didn't pick his battle well. Kaner goes on to read a great passage from the book about penetrating your enemies' minds (1 hr 13 mins)
    Amby tells a joke (1 hr 17 mins)
    They discuss going on a crusade (1 hr 19 mins)
    Election and DMOL update
    The guys put out a reminder you can get bonus show content if you become a Patreon supporter of the show for just $2 a month. But for just a dollar more ($3 a month) we'll let you join our Cabinet when we're elected to the White House. Just let us know when you sign up about your portfolio and how you can relate it to Diplomacy (1 hr 20 mins)
    Kaner lets people know if you want a DMOL (Diplomatic Man of Leisure) shirt to get in touch with him - just use our contact form. Currently $40 Australian, which is probably about $30 US including postage (1 hr 25 mins)
    The guys wrap up the show (1 hr 27 mins)
    Venue: Soapbox Brewery, Brisbane
    Drinks of choice:
    Kaner - Honey Porter by Soapbox, Brisbane
    Amby - "The Rant" IPA by Soapbox, 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 or you can also shop at Amazon using our affiliate link. It costs exactly the same to you, but Amazon give us a small cut and it does

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    Interview with Jon from Backstabbr

    Interview with Jon from Backstabbr

    This episode we have an interview with Jon, one of the developers at Backstabbr. Plus we talk recent news, around the grounds and our latest face-to-face Diplomacy game.
    Intro
    The guys introduce the show, their drinks and plans for their face to face game that day (0 mins 15 secs)
    They discuss what to do if you get 8 players, with Kaner bringing along maps for the USA variant (classic Europe but with the USA and wrap around world) and Celtic Britain. He also brought some other maps including Ancient Mediterranean (5 players) and 1600 (9 players)  (3 mins 15 secs)
    Amby makes a mess (7 mins 15 secs)
    News
    They discuss the news before teasing the interview. Amby talks about the WDC 2021 website in Bangkok, Thailand is now live! They talk a little about the event and how playes should start thinking of putting aside some coin if you're a bit short of cash (8 mins)
    Amby goes onto discuss the new Asia Pacific Diplomacy Association. This is a replacement to the less active Diplomacy Association of Australia and New Zealand (DAANZ) but with Asia now included. Its planned to be similar to the North American and European equivalents. There's plans for a Grand Prix of events across the Asia Pacific (12 mins 45 secs)
    He then discusses how as part of the Grand Prix its planned to have a Brisbane/Queensland tournament (14 mins 30 secs)
    Gary (Phlegmatic at PlayDip) got in touch about the upcoming MaccCon3 in the UK on the 14-15 March 2020. Its going from invitation only event to an open event. Gary also said MidCon was coming back in November 2020 and would act as the UK Championship for that year. Plus they're looking at a larger Tour of Britain with multiple tournaments (16 mins 45 secs)
    Interview with Jon from Backstabbr
    Amby gives the preamble to the interview (20 mins 45 secs) - NOTE: there are some very small glitches in the recording where a word or two drops out due to Skype lag
    The interview starts (Amby only - the tech didn't work for Kaner) (22 mins 15 secs)
    Jon explains his role at Backstabbr and discusses what the site is all about and the difference between it and the other online Diplomacy sites (23 mins)
    He starts outlining the sandbox mode in Backstabbr and what you can do with it with adjudication, showing the orders in a face to face game etc (25 mins 30 secs)
    They discuss the Backstabbr community and use of Discord and sub-Reddit and the developers' intent to focus on the core game (30 mins 40 secs)
    Amby asks how players involved in the Diplomacy Nexus use Backstabbr (32 mins)
    Amby asks about the number of players using Backstabbr - this has a one of those nasty recording dropouts, sorry! (33 mins 40 secs)
    They discuss plans for the future (35 mins)
    Amby asks why there's no "e" in Backstabbr (39 mins 10 secs)
    They discuss whether the site's developers play face to face in the Seattle scene (seeing they're based there) (40 mins 40 secs)
    Jon discusses the games the developers are now playing - while balancing real life commitments (41 mins 30 secs)
    They talk about whether the developers play Diplomacy online (42 mins 15 secs)
    After a rather vague question from Amby about beers, Jon leaves his parting thoughts, particularly about taking Diplomacy into different places (45 mins)
    The interview wraps up before the guys return with their thoughts (48 mins 30 secs)
    They talk about using Backstabbr during tournaments (53 mins 30 secs)
    Around the grounds
    They touch on anonymous games they're both in. The first one is Kicking Butts which is a gunboat fog-of-war Classic game (55 mins)
    Next up is Cry God for Harry! where Amby is still slowly growing while Kaner says things aren't looking promising (58 mins 30 secs)
    Kaner asks for Amby's advice for a game Amby is almost out of (59 mins 30 secs)
    Kaner talks about two Renovatio Europa games he's in and his psyche around detaching himself in a whimsy. Amby seems to be following instead a

    • 1h 42 min
    Make Diplomacy Great Again #MDGA

    Make Diplomacy Great Again #MDGA

    The guys talk what makes a good Diplomacy neighbor, a new upcoming variant, bonus stuff for our Patreons and their 2020 Presidential/VP bid to Make Diplomacy Great Again #MDGA.
    Intro
    The guys introduce the show before Kaner taunts Amby on maths (0 mins 15 secs)
    They discuss their drinks and the venue for tonight, Frankie and George. They provide a tease about a recording for our Patreons  (1 min)
    They talk about the recent fires in Queensland and New South Wales (3 mins)
    Newbie Chat (part 3): Neighbors for Newbies
    The guys introduce their 3rd segment for newbie players, this time talking about what makes a good neighbor for each player on the Diplomacy board. But first there's some 80's Australian TV trivia (3 mins 45)
    We begin with Germany and talk about who would make a good neighbor to Germany (6 mins 45 secs)
    Amby suggests a ballsy move for a German opening. Kaner explains his reverse experience. They argue about what "lucking out" means (12 mins 30 secs)
    Austria is next (15 mins 30 secs)
    They move onto Turkey. Kaner questions Amby's suggested good neighbor for Turkey (17 mins 45 secs)
    Amby gives his tasting notes of Kaner's beer (22 mins 45 secs)
    Next the guys talk Italy (24 mins 45 secs)
    When talking Italy they touch on the Lepanto opening (27 mins)
    The guys give a shout out the now defunct DiplomacyCast podcast, especially for face to face advice (30 mins 15 secs)
    France is next (31 mins)
    England's good neighbors (33 mins)
    The guys then wrap up with Russia (35 mins)
    New podcast: the Diplomacy Podcast
    Amby stumbles through explaining how he found the Diplomacy Podcast from Erik van Mechelen in Minnesota (37 mins 20 secs)
    Its a much shorter digestible chunk format than our show (40 mins 30 secs)

    Kaner and Amby announce their potential Presidential election bid for 2020
    After some rambling they declare their potential bid for President and VP for next year's American election (41 mins 30 secs)
    They discuss the need for a lawyer to justify their non-American birth still qualifying them (44 mins)
    Kaner announces his first policy plank - compulsory voting (45 mins 15 secs)
    The guys are keen for listeners advice and support for our bid (47 mins)
    Next face to face game in Brisbane: 1 December
    At the next match 3 out of the 7 confirmed players are female players, which is great to get that balance and participation in the game (48 mins)
    Kaner changes beers and talks about the bartenders' recommendations (49 mins 45 secs)
    If you want to play sign up (52 mins 15 secs)
    Upcoming new variant - A Modern Europe
    Kaner discusses the upcoming new variant which is a Europa Renovatio meets Modern map made by Kurt. Its not live yet and while Kaner can see it (with his vDip mod powers), Amby can't. So sorry you'll need to wait a little longer to see this 20 player map (53 mins 45 secs)
    Kaner discusses Sealanes and Amby's original poo-pooing of them (59 mins 15 secs)
    Amby is reminded by Kaner that he created the Sealanes concept (1 hr 1 min 30 secs)
    Around the grounds
    They briefly chat Silent Europe (1 hr 6 mins 15 secs)
    Then they move quickly onto Amby's Divided States game with Montana now down to 1 SC (1 hr 6 mins 50 secs)
    They talk about changes along the real life US/Canadian border; changes along the New York/Kentucky border (real life Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky); and changes down Florida way (1 hr 8 mins)
    Kaner gives his second policy plank - solid black borders along rivers and pan handle reform (1 hr 12 mins 20 secs)

    Amby gives an update to his WW2 Global Boogaloo game (which is now up to spring 1972), with Thailand now eliminated and Japan on the ropes (1 hr 14 mins 40 secs)
    Amby has lost the fun in his Funboat game where one of his allies stabbed him for 2 SCs (1 hr 16 mins 45 secs)
    What the Dr Recommended
    The guys give an update in the Top 100 at vDip covering active players in positions 45-75 (1 hr 20 mins 30 secs)

    • 1h 27 min

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