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by David E. Cohen
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Convoy conundrum...
Replies: 21
Views: 2378

Re: Convoy conundrum...

On that I can agree. There are numerous convoy paradoxes, set forth in jaw dropping/mind numbing detail in the DATC, which are not handled at all by the rulebook. Fortunately; they come up very, very rarely in actual play.

Ugh. Got another headache thinking about paradoxes.
by David E. Cohen
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Convoy conundrum...
Replies: 21
Views: 2378

Re: Convoy conundrum...

The actual rule from the rulebook is as follows: " A convoyed Army does not cut the support of a unit supporting an attack against one of the Fleets necessary of the Army to convoy. This is a tricky and rare situation, but without this rule (Using Diagram 30 as an example), a paradox may occur." Not...
by David E. Cohen
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Convoy conundrum...
Replies: 21
Views: 2378

Re: Convoy conundrum...

Per the rulebook, there is only one correct adjudication. Since it is dealt with by the rulebook, there is no paradox.
by David E. Cohen
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Convoy conundrum...
Replies: 21
Views: 2378

Re: Convoy conundrum...

Hello Squigs44, I disagree with your definition of the classification of the scenario as a convoy paradox. It lacks cyclicality.

Aaaaaand, now my head is starting to hurt. :eyeroll:
by David E. Cohen
Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Convoy conundrum...
Replies: 21
Views: 2378

Re: Convoy conundrum...

There is no convoy paradox here. I can tell because I have reviewed the orders in the opening post and not gotten a headache. F North Sea is dislodged 1v2.
by David E. Cohen
Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:59 am
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: How to Break a Stalemate (in an ethically questionable way)
Replies: 5
Views: 1608

Re: How to Break a Stalemate (in an ethically questionable way)

A misleading subject line. This isn't "breaking a stalemate". This is a player throwing a game. In and of itself, there is nothing wrong with a player throwing a game.
by David E. Cohen
Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Development
Topic: New Dip AI Article
Replies: 2
Views: 403

New Dip AI Article

by David E. Cohen
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Known World 901
Replies: 5
Views: 352

Re: Known World 901

Oh, KW901, my poor baby! :cry:
by David E. Cohen
Sun Jun 07, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Turkish Strategy against Russia
Replies: 2
Views: 1456

Re: Turkish Strategy against Russia

This is completely dependent on in-game considerations.
by David E. Cohen
Tue May 26, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Lepanto question, stopping it.
Replies: 6
Views: 1752

Re: Lepanto question, stopping it.

Try French units in Pie and WMS. I find that is very wffective in discouraging a Lepanto. :-D
by David E. Cohen
Sat May 09, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Shared wins?
Replies: 29
Views: 2910

Re: Shared wins?

Ugh.

A win is a win. A draw is a draw. While there are differences of opinion as to the relative value of each, it is either disingenuous or nonsensical to conflate the two.
by David E. Cohen
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: New player, quick question...
Replies: 2
Views: 2420

Re: New player, quick question...

Player 1's move succeeds 2v1v1. A plurality, not a majority, will do.
by David E. Cohen
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Backstabbed by at least 2, maybe 3 countries. Any chance at pulling this back?
Replies: 4
Views: 2158

Re: Backstabbed by at least 2, maybe 3 countries. Any chance at pulling this back?

Good suggestions, and there is a chance you could pull it out. That said, things are obviously not looking good. If, ultimately, you go down, my advice is to die well. Do not go gentle into that good night. Throw yourself against whoever pissed you off the most, if it makes you feel better. Make eve...
by David E. Cohen
Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Dawn of the Enlightenment Comments Wanted
Replies: 2
Views: 1794

Re: Dawn of the Enlightenment Comments Wanted

A fairly minor set of further modifications to v2.1. Inner Mongolia and Outer Mongolia are combined in just plain old Mongolia. Ferghana is merged into Mongolia. Taklamakan, a new non SC province, is separated from the southern portions of Dzungaria and the former southern Ferghana, This was done to...
by David E. Cohen
Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Servility Gets You Stabbed
Replies: 9
Views: 2518

Re: Servility Gets You Stabbed

Arrogance gets you stabbed, too. Everything in moderation, in Dip as in life, is often though not always for the best.
by David E. Cohen
Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Dawn of the Enlightenment Comments Wanted
Replies: 2
Views: 1794

Re: Dawn of the Enlightenment Comments Wanted

Dawn of the Enlightenment is now MUCH closer to final form. I will skip noting purely cosmetic stuff (name changes, border adjustments which don’t change adjacency relationships) and just go through the material changes. Here are the changes in no particular order—hopefully I haven’t forgotten anyth...
by David E. Cohen
Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Books on playing Diplomacy
Replies: 8
Views: 2834

Re: Books on playing Diplomacy

Not specifically about the game of Diplomacy, but the military classics can greatly improve strategic, tactical and diplomatic (small 'd') thinking. My suggested reading list (some of which are MUCH easier to find than others), in no particular order: A Book of Five Rings, by Miyamoto Musashi. Book ...
by David E. Cohen
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Books on playing Diplomacy
Replies: 8
Views: 2834

Re: Books on playing Diplomacy

Damn straight. Opening theory has its place, but Dip ain't chess. The personalities of the other players and the in-game situation and relationships are far, FAR more important.
by David E. Cohen
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Books on playing Diplomacy
Replies: 8
Views: 2834

Re: Books on playing Diplomacy

The longest running big 'zines on line are the Pouch and Diplomacy World. Start at the first issue of each and plow through.
by David E. Cohen
Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Honest vs. Lying - Opening
Replies: 11
Views: 3163

Re: Honest vs. Lying - Opening

Specific, in-game considerations trump any general advice, but in general, lie only when the lie is necessary to materially advance your interests. The less you lie, the more surprising, and therefore the more effective your lies are likely to be. And as to the quality of the lies, the communication...