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Online Diplomacy Championship 2019 Journal

#1 Post by swordsman3003 » Sat May 04, 2019 11:38 pm

Hello friends! I have now published the journal I kept while playing in my first game of the first round of the 2019 Online Diplomacy Championship. The first round is still ongoing, but the match covered by my journal is finished. There are more than 100 competitors in the tournament, including players from many different websites!

The entries include the press I exchanged with my rivals and my (extensive) commentary. Word count: approx. 138,000

Here's the link: https://brotherbored.com/online-diploma ... roduction/

Like nearly all the Diplomacy content I write for my blog, I created this journal for teaching purposes. I think this journal will be a valuable resource because
  • I am an experienced player;
  • I kept a complete real-time record of my thoughts; and
  • I understand my Diplomacy writing to be (relatively) easy to follow. Thus, my journal affords readers the very rare opportunity to peer into the thoughts of another person's Diplomacy match.
Thank you friends!
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Re: Online Diplomacy Championship 2019 Journal

#2 Post by Your Humble Narrator » Sun May 05, 2019 10:37 pm

This is excellent!

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Re: Online Diplomacy Championship 2019 Journal

#3 Post by Senlac » Sun May 05, 2019 11:17 pm

“The entries include the press I exchanged with my rivals”

Is that OK? Not giving a judgement here because I’m new to webDip, but where I used to play in game messaging was kept intentionally private, even when a game had finished...
Seems a bit creepy have it subsequently published?
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Re: Online Diplomacy Championship 2019 Journal

#4 Post by Claesar » Mon May 06, 2019 7:22 am

Senlac wrote:
Sun May 05, 2019 11:17 pm
“The entries include the press I exchanged with my rivals”

Is that OK? Not giving a judgement here because I’m new to webDip, but where I used to play in game messaging was kept intentionally private, even when a game had finished...
Seems a bit creepy have it subsequently published?
That's allowed. It may seem creepy at first, but you probably shouldn't be sending nudes to the other players anyhow.
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Re: Online Diplomacy Championship 2019 Journal

#5 Post by teccles » Mon May 06, 2019 7:27 am

Many thanks, this is an exceptional resource. Reading it, I feel my game has already improved.

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#6 Post by Nikola Maric Eto » Mon May 06, 2019 8:36 am

Fine work, Swords...

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Re: Online Diplomacy Championship 2019 Journal

#7 Post by Octavious » Mon May 06, 2019 9:21 am

Senlac wrote:
Sun May 05, 2019 11:17 pm
“The entries include the press I exchanged with my rivals”

Is that OK? Not giving a judgement here because I’m new to webDip, but where I used to play in game messaging was kept intentionally private, even when a game had finished...
Seems a bit creepy have it subsequently published?
It's a fair question. I dare say many people will be uncomfortable with the idea, and I'd certainly be against webDip deciding to make available all the press used in tournament games.

However in this particular case it seems fair enough. When you send a message to a player you effectively surrender control of it. The receiver may forward it on to other players, doctor it as much as he wishes, or even post it on global for the world to see if he believes it will benefit him. The default understanding must be that any message you send is only as private as the person you send it to wants it to be.
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Re: Online Diplomacy Championship 2019 Journal

#8 Post by Senlac » Mon May 06, 2019 9:41 am

Octavious wrote:
Mon May 06, 2019 9:21 am
Senlac wrote:
Sun May 05, 2019 11:17 pm
“The entries include the press I exchanged with my rivals”

Is that OK? Not giving a judgement here because I’m new to webDip, but where I used to play in game messaging was kept intentionally private, even when a game had finished...
Seems a bit creepy have it subsequently published?
It's a fair question. I dare say many people will be uncomfortable with the idea, and I'd certainly be against webDip deciding to make available all the press used in tournament games.

However in this particular case it seems fair enough. When you send a message to a player you effectively surrender control of it. The receiver may forward it on to other players, doctor it as much as he wishes, or even post it on global for the world to see if he believes it will benefit him. The default understanding must be that any message you send is only as private as the person you send it to wants it to be.
All understood & agreed. It’s just a bit tricky for an anonymous games tournament, when you don’t know who the recipient is other than “England”.
It is what it is.
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Re: Online Diplomacy Championship 2019 Journal

#9 Post by Octavious » Mon May 06, 2019 10:37 am

Fair play to swordsman for doing this. It's always fascinating to get into the mind of another player, and opening a window like this takes some guts. One thing I've always found, when comparing notes with other players in the past, is how wildly different perceptions of the game can be. Reading swordsman's book highlights how wildly different diplomacy styles can be. I disagree with swordsman on... pretty much everything, truth be told. But there is no doubt from his results that his particular style is a viable route to success.
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Re: Online Diplomacy Championship 2019 Journal

#10 Post by DipPlayer88 » Tue Oct 29, 2019 5:31 pm

This is amazing. It must take a lot of work to do this. Thanks so much Swordsman.
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Re: Online Diplomacy Championship 2019 Journal

#11 Post by Restitution » Tue Oct 29, 2019 6:46 pm

Thanks swordsman.

I have noticed that my skill at this game increases measurably every few thousand words I read by you. The amount of effort you put into this is absolutely intense.
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Re: Online Diplomacy Championship 2019 Journal

#12 Post by DipPlayer88 » Mon Dec 02, 2019 10:07 pm

Are we going to be seeing the much-awaited ODC Round 2 of this? ;)
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Re: Online Diplomacy Championship 2019 Journal

#13 Post by swordsman3003 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 1:20 am

As much as I would have loved to do that, the demands of keeping yet another journal are just too intense. The world will be lucky if I do this once every 2 years...

Also, Round 2 was much more complex (as one would expect), and also my life got waaaaaaaaay busier since the tournament started. I feel fortunate to have even had the energy to compete at the level needed to prevail in the ODC. I don’t think I could have completed a journal if I had started one.

You’ll have to satisfy your interest with ex-post-facto explanations in my upcoming blog posts. I certainly learned a lot from playing that I will write about for a long time. Seriously—I could use the matches from this tournament as case examples for years to come.
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Re: Online Diplomacy Championship 2019 Journal

#14 Post by DipPlayer88 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:27 pm

Well, the world is lucky to have had the two journals you've already published and your many other posts. So I shall not be too disappointed. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.
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Re: Online Diplomacy Championship 2019 Journal

#15 Post by DipPlayer88 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:22 pm

Maybe I need to rephrase "I shall not be too disappointed." What I mean is I enjoyed reading your journal and delighted to be able to read your ongoing posts.

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