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Limni (505 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
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Abusive PMs
Is it possible to block someone from sending you messages? There's a user who is sending abusive PMs to a few players who played a game with him a few weeks ago.

Not that I'm exactly getting upset about being called a colossal berk, but it's annoying when you think it might be a legitimate message each time
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Hauta (1618 D (S))
16 Mar 17 UTC
Tom Cotton (AR) to replace Paul Ryan?
Looks like Bannon is setting up Tom Cotton to replace Paul Ryan as speaker of the house. At least getting rid of Ryan is one part of #MAGA that I can get behind.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/cotton-ryan-obamacare-repeal-replace-236102
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orathaic (1009 D (B))
12 Mar 17 UTC
Sovereign rights?
I know lots of Americans talk the talk when it cones to states rights. But how do you feel about treaties signed with Indian Tribes guarenteeing their sovereignty? (What rights should they have? Where do you draw the line? - when this is happening: http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_58c20238e4b0d1078ca597af )
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JamesYanik (548 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
Rachel Maddow has Trump's Tax Returns
I'm guessing an IRS leak? still, it's 9pm E.T. when America shall know
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stranger (603 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
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The new 1v1 games are ruining the game stats
Couldn't there be a possibility to make games even more unranked - meaning that the result wouldn't even appear on your game stats?
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orathaic (1009 D (B))
15 Mar 17 UTC
John Snow born on this day!
Maybe more sig ifigant than the Ide of March: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v495/n7440/full/495169a.html?WT.mc_id=TWT_NatureNews
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Hellfire Missile (100 D)
16 Mar 17 UTC
Fall of American Empire
Can a boat move from W coast to Los A?

Also for turns is it Spring, Aut, builds?
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WyattS14 (100 D (B))
13 Mar 17 UTC
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Income inequality in the US
How could one argue that income inequality is a bad thing, without saying that the rich are too rich, or proposing a redistribution of wealth?
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bo_sox48 (4829 D Mod (G))
16 Mar 17 UTC
webDip Bracket
Anyone want to fill out a bracket? Picking Duke isn't allowed.
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brainbomb (469 D)
16 Mar 17 UTC
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The incredible return of Boaty McBoatface
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/03/13/519976028/boaty-mcboatface-prepares-for-first-antarctic-mission
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MajorMitchell (1033 D)
11 Mar 17 UTC
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Western Australia votes, big win for "lefties" & Conservatives smashed
Massive defeat for Liberal Party and National Party, and far right Hanson Party slumps to 4.7% from 14%.
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CommanderByron (877 D (S))
13 Mar 17 UTC
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Let's play a game
I have in my possession 3 small animals. I have preselected a rule for each (I.E if last post before getting locked is on first page then X dies) of course there is a way no animals have to die. Their fate is in your hands webdip.
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WyattS14 (100 D (B))
15 Mar 17 UTC
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Chili and Rice
That is all
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SuperMario0727 (204 D)
14 Mar 17 UTC
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Concerning Turkish Strategy: The Ottoman Empire
Concerning Turkish strategy and tactics, the historical endeavours of the Ottoman Empire during the Great War can be considered. Like the other Great Powers, Turkey has many fronts to consider—the Caucasus, Balkan, and Mediterranean fronts. Each front must be considered and analyzed before pursuing a campaign . . .
SuperMario0727 (204 D)
14 Mar 17 UTC
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The Caucasus Front concerns Russia—Ankara, Armenia, Black Sea, Rumania, and Sevastopol—and is the most aggressive front, since it asserts an early attack, making intentions clear to other Great Powers from the start. However, it is the most successful Turkish opening, offering the best chance of winning. The opening is as follows: F(Ank)-Bla, A(Con)-Bul, and A(Smy)-Arm. The Balkan Front must remain benevolently neutral, and Italy must be convinced to attack Austria-Hungary. (In offering Greece as a prize to either, Austria-Hungary and Italy can be separated.)

The Balkan Front concerns Austria-Hungary—Aegean Sea, Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, and Serbia—and is the most natural front to pursue. Being the most passive front, it encourages steady, slow, and sound progress, which often compliments Turkish strategy and tactics. It involves F(Ank)-Bla, A(Con)-Bul, and A(Smy)-Con. The Caucasus Front should remain vacant and forgotten both by Russia and Turkey, and Italy must be persuaded to attack Austria-Hungary—for Italy often serves an instrumental role in many Turkish strategies. Therefore, it is most beneficial to pursue this front given benevolent neutrality with Russia and cooperation from Italy.

And the Mediterranean Front concerns Italy—Aegean Sea, Eastern Mediterranean, Greece, Ionian Sea, Smyrna, Syria, and Tunis—and is the most dangerous front to pursue. It is the only defensive Turkish front and involves an early attack from the Italian—who is often aided and abetted by the Austro-Hungarian to pursue such matters—in the form of a Lepanto Opening. Therefore, an alliance with Russia is necessary, forming the Juggernaut Alliance. The best counter involves F(Ank)-Con, A(Con)-Bul, and A(Smy)-Ank, allowing early entry into Aegean Sea. Smyrna can be fortified by building a fleet there, which discourages any further attacks by Italy.
LeonWalras (419 D)
14 Mar 17 UTC
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Real Turkeys open to Syria.
Matticus13 (2947 D)
14 Mar 17 UTC
My least favorite empire to control. So meh.
jason4747 (100 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
Good analysis
SuperMario0727 (204 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
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@jason4747
I appreciate the feedback. I have already posted an article on German strategy and tactics which can be found in the forums. I plan on posting an article for each Great Power.
Ogion (4263 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
Indeed. Turkey is always a struggle. I have to say that for me the Mediterranean front is a huge defensive concern because of the lepanto. I like that opening except that it invites attack from Russia.
Ogion (4263 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
One other benefit of the Armenia opening is that it instantly frees Italy to attack either Austria or France
Matticus13 (2947 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
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^Or invites them in ;)
Zmaj (215 D (B))
15 Mar 17 UTC
In gunboats, Turkey is the best power by far. I guess it's because of the lack of coordination in gunboats that prevents Lepantos and such, combined with its sheltered position. Whatever the cause, once Turkey has 8 or 9 SCs in a gunboat game, which happens very often, it's usually time for everyone else to work together to prevent a solo. I'd love to see gunboat statistics, but I'd be surprised if Turkey wasn't first.
Matticus13 (2947 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
http://vdiplomacy.net/stats.php?variantID=1

This is just stats spread across all types of press; Turkey has the greatest share of solos. I'm sure that the frequency of solos continue to increase in GB, as you have suggested, Zmaj.
Matticus13 (2947 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
Here's some raw GB data from playdip, based on 100 games surveyed in 2015:

Solo Wins / Draws / Total Wins & Draws
England 8 / 14 / 22
France 14 / 14 / 28
Italy 12 / 13 / 25
Germany 9 / 14 / 23
Austria 4 / 9 / 13
Turkey 20 / 22 / 42
Russia 4 / 12 / 16
Durga (2658 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
Turkey way too op
cspieker (18223 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
Fun Turkish opening:
Con-Bul
Smy-Arm
Ank-Con
"Turkish Hedgehog"

Gives you a lot of options. Can be done with or without Russia's knowledge. With Russia's knowledge you can bounce in Armenia and get a Jugg start. Without Russia's knowledge you have a lot of options. You can convince Russia to leave the Black Sea (otherwise you will just build second fleet and take it by force) and work with you, or can also do some shenanigans vs Russia in concert with Austria with your pressure on Sevastopol. Anyway, try it some time. It is fun.
Zmaj (215 D (B))
15 Mar 17 UTC
Thanks, Matticus. The advantage of Turkey in those 100 games is insane. I guess it's time for a GB handicap.
Ogion (4263 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
Boy, I should play more Turkey in GB to bring those stats down... ;)
Matticus13 (2947 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
Italian players should take note. Turkey is the enemy to worry about, not Austria​.
cspieker (18223 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
I have been noticing an awful lot of Austrias just CDing right out of the gate in low-stakes GB games lately. I guess people just think it's not worth the trouble? That can certainly add to the Turkish advantage. Though if Italy is on top of it and sees the double !! for Austria before the first move, they can take Trieste in '01 and give Turkey a reasonable run for their money.

Another reason for Turkish strength in GB games is the weakness of Russia. For this reason I think Germany should just about always cede Sweden to Russia to give Russia a little bit of a fighting chance.
cspieker (18223 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
... and what can Italy conceivably do in a GB except attack Austria? Where are they building? Lepanto in GB is a total crapshoot, and likely means getting Venice swiped by Austria. Attacking France is awfully rough too.
Matticus13 (2947 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
All you're doing is making it obvious that a Jug should form. You are hastening your own demise as Italy.
Matticus13 (2947 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
You can still attack Austria. I'd give it a year to at least see how R/T play it.
SuperMario0727 (204 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
@cspieker
I agree that Germany should give Russia Sweden if Turkey is causing trouble. I never mentioned this in the article, but whenever I write about various fronts and openings, I always assume that there is balance of power. In other words, if Turkey and Russia team up against Austria-Hungary, then Italy will team up with Austria-Hungary to maintain balance.
SuperMario0727 (204 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
@Matticus13
Having played as Russia a few times in Gunboat games, I will say that Turkey often attacks from the start. The Turkish attack on Russia is very successful in Gunboat games, mainly because it is difficult for others to coordinate a counter attack.
Matticus13 (2947 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
It does happen, but I'd like to make sure that it does happen before I go crashing into Tri A01.
Matticus13 (2947 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
If you move in S01, and it doesn't happen, Austria should just throw SCs to Turkey/Russia and burn you down in the process.
SuperMario0727 (204 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
@Zmaj
I agree. I think part of the balance in Diplomacy comes from diplomacy itself. It is pretty clear that not all Great Powers were created equally.

I really like the Machiavellian approach to the game, however. Basically, alliances form in such a way so as to always maintain balance. For example, if Turkey is gaining too much strength from attacking Russia, then Austria-Hungary or Italy should ally with Russia to help him.
cspieker (18223 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
GB handicap: Austria gets to see everyone's moves before inputting their own in Spring 1901!
cspieker (18223 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
GB handicap: Russia's northern fleet starts in Finland.
Matticus13 (2947 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
I like #1. #2 screws England hardcore...
SuperMario0727 (204 D)
15 Mar 17 UTC
@cspieker
I am not much of a fan of altering the default version of the game. However, it might be possible to introduce a variant of the game that imposes the alterations that you suggested. It would be interesting to see how they affect the game.

My guess is that Russia would be less likely to get Rumania.


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Hauta (1618 D (S))
13 Mar 17 UTC
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Trumpcare - costs will be lower for everyone
MSM keeps failing to note that Trumpcare lowers the cost of healthcare for everyone by lowering PREMIUMS while reducing BENEFITS. If nothing is covered, then Republicans can lower premiums drastically, but that doesn't really solve the problem of healthcare does it?
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Deinodon (255 D (B))
15 Mar 17 UTC
Diplomacy is the official game of the Ides of March.
Et tu, Brute?
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Tom Bombadil (4196 D (G))
13 Mar 17 UTC
Vacation
So I'm taking a week off at the end of summer and am going on my first solo vacation. I've gone on several vacations with my family, but I like the idea of going somewhere alone where I can do whatever I want for a week. Looking for suggestions on destinations for a week (not a resort - something more adventurous)
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Hauta (1618 D (S))
14 Mar 17 UTC
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Trumpcare predictions?
I predict that Ryan's bill will fail and that Trump will continue to sabotage Obamacare by excusing penalty payments until Obamacare fails. Once Obamacare fails, there's no need to repeal it. Trump will just blame the Democrats for "failed Obamacare" and for failing to work with him on a plan to save it.
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Matticus13 (2947 D)
07 Mar 17 UTC
Top 150 GR Full Press Game
48 hour phases. Can have a top 150 GR in either overall or full press rating. Who's game?

1. Matticus13
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JamesYanik (548 D)
13 Mar 17 UTC
Someone kill me now
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/445719/high-school-kids-usa-themed-attire-basketball-game
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The Ambassador (159 D)
08 Mar 17 UTC
Live video feed podcast?
Hi folks - Kaner and I are getting together this time next week for another boozy Dip chat.
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jmo1121109 (3802 D Mod)
12 Mar 17 UTC
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WebDip Dev Announcement
The mod team let me know today that they are sick of me interfering with them (which is apparently what making a thread of support for jamiet is) and after several hours of getting yelled at on gchat I'm done and leaving the site.
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Hauta (1618 D (S))
13 Mar 17 UTC
Should Trump's EPA be allowed to override state's clean air rules?
Looks like Scott Pruitt wants to gut California's clean emission standards. I'm confused, weren't the states supposed to know for themselves what was best? Why is fed government getting involved in a state's right to set its own standard?

https://www.wired.com/2017/03/want-gut-emission-rules-prepare-war-california/
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Matticus13 (2947 D)
28 Feb 17 UTC
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Useless Fact Thread
Post your favorite here.
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brainbomb (469 D)
12 Mar 17 UTC
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY VALIS
You old biotch! This thread plz dont lock. Happy Birthday bro
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Deeply_Dippy (388 D)
13 Mar 17 UTC
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Please reconsider your re-considerations.
Considering your considerable considered service to this site, please consider re-considering your considerations considerably.
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Ogion (4263 D)
11 Mar 17 UTC
What news sources do you read?
In this political era, I'm wondering what news sources you read
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brainbomb (469 D)
13 Mar 17 UTC
Bi, i'm larping
Hey guys, I'm wondering if anyone knows where I can get some high quality depression meds; or a larping experience which also incorporates back rubs.
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Hauta (1618 D (S))
12 Mar 17 UTC
What is the best way to reduce the amount of disinformation?
Call it fake news or whatever you want, but the dissemination of factually incorrect statements is a disservice to the electorate. We all like the first amendment and free speech, but once you have enough viewers/followers etc, should you be held to a higher standard of accuracy?
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Chaqa (3633 D (B))
13 Mar 17 UTC
Reply to "Hi, I'm Staying"
Please reconsider. You've been an active member for 2 years (in 4 weeks from now) and it'd be a shame to see you stay.
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