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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 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

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    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)

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    Slightly slurry Diplomacy

    Slightly slurry Diplomacy

    The guys start the show sober but by the end... oh dear. Part 2 of our newbie series, lots of post face-to-face game analysis and Amby learns about blocks up and blocks down.
    Intro
    The guys introduce the show before their 3rd face to face game in Brisbane. Amby mentions he caught up with "The General" during the week for a Diplomacy crash course reminder (0 mins 5 secs)
    They are recording at the Croft House and introduce their drinks (1 min 45 secs)
    They bring up the tournament being held in Canberra this weekend (3 mins 30 secs)
    Around the grounds
    Kaner talks about trialing tactics if you're behind in the board. Amby brings up his War in the Americas game "Rivers of Bruhs: David's Conquest" at PlayDip once he got boxed in (4 mins)

    They digress onto Australian movies before Amby explains his off the wall tactic and how it worked out. Recommended Australian films are Bad Boy Bubby (Kaner) and The Castle (Amby) (8 mins)
    Kaner gives an update on his Europa Renovatio games, starting with "Cry God for Harry!" (13 mins 30 secs)

    Amby asks Kaner about what bits of his strategy are working well and what's not (15 mins 25 secs)
    Kaner touches on his other Europa games, but as they're gunboats he's pretty vague (18 mins 30 secs)
    Kaner brings up a text message from Amby where he listened to a different song when playing his Divided States game, testing his superstitious hoodoo. Amby goes onto discuss the latest update on player positions (19 mins 20 secs)

    Advice for Newbies (part 2): Making Moves
    The guys discuss the five types of moves and the nature of cutting support, choosing which unit to move if you suspect support will be cut and convoy subtleties (23 mins 15 secs)
    Sample moves:
    Hold: A War (hold), A Sil -> War (attack) fails

    Move: A Con -> Bul, or F Ank -> BLA (both succeed)

    Move: resulting in a "bounce"/stand off.  A Par -> Bur A Mun -> Bur

    Support move: Par -> Bur, Mar support Par -> Bur. Mun -> Bur. Paris succeeds in taking Burgundy.

    Support move: failed due to a double bounce - Par -> Bur, Mar support Par -> Bur. Mun -> Bur, A Bel support Mun - >Bur

    Cutting support Par -> Bur, Mar support Par -> Bur. Mun -> Bur. Pied -> Mars (cuts support); Results in effectively Mun/Par bouncing again as Mar can't help now

    When deciding which unit to move and if you expect someone to break your support, look at alternatives
    eg instead of Paris attacking Burgundy, could Marseilles attack if another unit moved into Marseilles?
    Mar -> Bur, Par support Mar -> Bur, Spa -> Mar. Mun -> Bur. Pied -> Mars - results in France successfully taking Burgundy and preventing Italy moving Piedmont into Marseilles

    More units are needed to dislodge a support held unit eg A Bur, Par support hold Bur; Germany would need to hammer Burgundy with Bel, Ruhr and Munich. Here we have A Ruhr -> Bur, A Bel support Ruhr -> Bur, A Mun support Ruhr -> Bur

    Convoy: A Edi -> Norway; NTS convoy Edi - > Norway; you need to put in both. If you just move the army but don't mention the NTS fleet it is an illegal move.
    Note, we're using the Backstabbr sandbox to show the moves here. They show convoys different visually with little waves for the naval unit doing the convoying.

    Kaner explains how a double convoy works: Edi -> Norway, NTS convoy Edi - Nor NWS convoy Edi - Nor; if Den-NTS supported by Holland, convoy still succeeds

    Multiple convoy: A Nor -> Brest; F NTS convoy Nor -> Bre, F EC convoy NTS to Brest; Belgium taps NTS, convoy still succeeds- Can only convoy through sea territories, not coastal territories/canals- Can only convoy one unit at a time

    The guys wrap up the first segment of the show before heading down to their face to face game (38 mins 30 secs)
    Post game analysis
    The guys report back in after playing 5 hours of face to face Diplomacy (38 mins 45 secs)

    They go through the players and which country they drew before the guys discuss their lack of p

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    Very superstitious

    Very superstitious

    The guys go back to the 1970's with an old school guide to Diplomacy from Kaner while Amby channels his Stevie Wonder "Very Superstitious" habits. They start their Newbie Guide to Diplomacy and do an updated Around the Grounds for their games.
    Intro
    The guys start with plastic glasses at the Wet Deck pool bar at the W Hotel overlooking the Brisbane River. Its already hot in mid-spring (0 mins 5 secs)
    They discuss how long Diplomacy has been played before Kaner brings out a 1978 Gamer's Guide to Diplomacy produced by Avalon Hill. Kaner talks about how he got a hold of it (2 mins 15 secs)
    Amby starts flicking through it and they discuss some of the 1970's cartoons in it. They then start talking about what's also in the guide and some strategies including options if you're down to a small number of SC's. (5 mins) 
    They talk about some of the variants in the guide they've never heard of, including Bid Diplomacy (13 mins 30 secs)
    They've forgotten to introduce their drinks belatedly. With the heat Amby is drinking a 28 Pale Ale from the Gold Coast and Kaner is drinking a Somersby cider (16 mins 30 secs)
    The guys quickly move onto an Around the Grounds digression involving a 1898 game being played by Kaner. While this variant is played on the classic board, how its different to Classic. Kaner provides words of sage advice in the fog of war 1898 game he's in and about to solo (17 mins 15 secs)
    Kaner and Amby's Newbie Guide to Diplomacy - Part 1: The map
    The guys introduce this new segment to help new players to Diplomacy understand the game. If you're a non-newbie feel free to fast forward this bit (25 mins 15 secs)
    After some unplanned argy-bargy about what to cover off, they end up discussing initially the map, SCs, territories and how different units behave on different territory types (26 mins)
    They talk about how some coastal territories have two costs and how that impacts on the game, before discussing canal zones and impassable zones (32 mins 15 secs)
    Diplomacy players' superstitions
    Amby starts discussing a recent habit that has now become a superstition (38 mins)
    He explains how when he sticks with his superstition and plays the same song his moves go well, but when he varied it once, it went terribly (39 mins)
    He talks about his Divided States two songs - the 1812 Overture and the Love Boat theme. He plays Spanish guitar songs in games where he's playing Spain (39 mins 30 secs) 
    He discusses what superstitions other players have expressed when asked on vDip, webDip, playDip and the DiplomacyGames Twitter account (42 mins 30 secs)
    2021 World Diplomacy Championship
    The guys quickly discuss the 2020 tourney at Carnage but move onto the recently announced 2021 WDC in Thailand (49 mins)
    As a former Aussie expat in Thailand, Kaner gives his suggestions on where would be a good hosting location in Thailand (51 mins 30 secs)
    Kaner discusses his idea for a historical 13th century southeast Asian variant (54 mins)
    They briefly touch on a PM from Flame about tweaks to the Mongol Diplomacy variant (56 mins)
    Around the grounds
    Kaner starts the segment by discussing some quality public press in a Europa Renovatio game he's been spectating (57 mins 40 secs) 
    Amby kicks off his game discussion with his WW2 Global Boogooloo game (1 hr 7 mins)

    The Europa Renovatio game Cry God for Harry! has kicked off. Its not a gunboat for once but its anon. The guys give their thoughts on their early moves without giving away who they are (1 hr 9 mins)  
    Amby's never ending Divided States game has taken a few more turns with the game dynamics changing again (1 hr 11 mins)

    They discuss the anon Silent Europe game they're both in and how Amby's superstition isn't working in this game (1 hr 16 mins)
    They then move onto Amby's playDip USA! game as Spain where Chile soloed. Amby gives some constructive - but positive - criticism he doesn't like about t

    • 1 hr 32 min

Customer Reviews

Chave 22 ,

Best Diplomacy Podcast, Hands Down

Listen in while Amby and Kaner get progressively more inebriated and talk diplomacy. Their games are entertaining, the interviews are interesting, and the drink discussion is always on point.

My only qualm is the background noise can make voices difficult to distinguish. The efforts to keep the ambient volume low are appreciated.

Eagerly anticipating the next installment, keep up the good work! Regarding the episode notes - cjuric is spelled without a "k". Shout out is wonderful nonetheless.

Best of luck with the backstabbing!

-cjuric

Hal - NYC ,

Diplomatic Review

Thank you for creating a podcast for the game Diplomacy! Good interviews, information just wish the sound quality was a bit better.

A wandering moose ,

Fills the Web & Variant-oriented Diplomacy Niche

The Diplomacy hobby has a few different fan-supported publications that make the rounds: "The Diplomatic Pouch" and "Diplomacy World" are two examples in the online newsletter space, and Chris Martin's Youtube channel covers a good chunk of the face-to-face happenings in the hobby.
What's not quite as well-covered, and what Kaner & Amby provide here, is a window into Diplomacy as it is most frequently played, via web-based interfaces. Though their expertise is primarily from webDiplomacy and vDiplomacy, they've been branching out to other sites as well like PlayDiplomacy.
Where I find the most benefit from "Diplomacy Games" is the focus on variants. Many Diplomacy players (like the aforementioned Chris Martin) are purists; they only really like the original game, and they don't spend a lot of time with variants.
However, there are quite a few of us that see Diplomacy as a sort of family of rules (or platform) with which you can play multiple scenarios. For us, we're always looking for new variants with interesting rules and subject matters. Kaner & Amby cover those in decent detail, and it's fun to hear the gears turning as they discuss a new and interesting map or ruleset.
I have a couple criticisms of the cast, but nothing serious.
1) It's can be a little disorganized.
- Though Amby & Kaner always have a rough outline of what they want to discuss in an episode, the coverage can be a bit more stream-of-consciousness than I care for.
- However, the Full Description of each episode gives useful timestamps on a topic-by-topic breakdown, so it's easy to skip long sections for topics less to my interest.
2) The background noise can be distracting.
- They record their shows inside their favorite Australian bars, so you'll get periodic crowd noise and road noise.
- It definitely gives the cast a bit of charm, so it's not a huge negative.

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