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brainbomb (474 D)
15 Nov 17 UTC
Cards Against Humanity Heroes
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cards-against-humanity-buys-a-piece-of-the-us-border/
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Smokey Gem (209 D)
16 Nov 17 UTC
The best way to mange your press and play when you are definatley going to lose.
What is the best way . Roll ovr , influence the winner. spitefull delay ??
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MajorMitchell (984 D)
14 Nov 17 UTC
Trump blunders around Asia, returns home to more scandal
Trump blunders around Asia offending allies. Meanwhile Jeff Sessions "cannot remember" what went on at important meetings when "giving evidence". Further evidence of the inadequacy of gun controls in the USA with her another tragic shooting at a School.
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Smokey Gem (209 D)
13 Nov 17 UTC
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The rest of the World Apreciation Thread.
MAKE ROTW Greater Again .
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Matthewew (157 D)
16 Nov 17 UTC
How do I talk to players?
Am I just missing something. How do I talk to the other players in my game?
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JECE (1322 D)
11 Nov 17 UTC
Who wants to play 1600?
http://vdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=32997
PPSC with perfectly divisible pot if we don't draw.
Rulebook press, rulebook civil disorder and hidden draw votes
42-hour phases, so that you won't CD if you check the game once a day
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Thaneofwhiterun (1266 D)
15 Nov 17 UTC
Strangest/ Least probable alliances?
What do y'all think are the least likely alliances between countries in the long term?
Red-Lion (382 D)
15 Nov 17 UTC
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North Korea and South Korea. Russia and the United States. Indonesia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
captainmeme (849 D Mod)
15 Nov 17 UTC
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AT is probably the natural response to this question, although people will say that it's better than it's given credit for (which is true, but it's still difficult to keep together without a stab due to positioning).

AI is also likely to fall apart relatively soon after they're done with Turkey, if either player is planning to go for a solo.

In the north, I'd say E/R or G/R. Russia's win condition is usually having some form of fleet presence in the north, so that's the main aim of a Russian northern alliance - and both Germany and England suffer from letting the Russian keep fleets on the board.
ubercacher16 (443 D)
15 Nov 17 UTC
T/I, most likely.
Durga (680 D)
15 Nov 17 UTC
I love AT. It is fantastic as Turkey. My top choice alliance unless I can't stand the Austria.
Although, given the right circumstances I think there's no such thing as bad alliance, there are a few candidates. Both IT and ER suffer from wanting the same supply centers as each other, but I'd go with GR.

They really don't have a lot to split up between them (Norway?) and there most logical victim England isn't very close to Russia.
ghug (4049 D Mod (B))
15 Nov 17 UTC
AT is only fantastic for Turkey if they stab a couple years in.

I feel like AG deserves a mention.
Durga (680 D)
15 Nov 17 UTC
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ER might truly be the worst sensible alliance in the game.
KingCyrus (512 D)
15 Nov 17 UTC
Better yet, all these need names...
Hellenic Riot (1574 D (G))
15 Nov 17 UTC
FI
Ezio (723 D)
15 Nov 17 UTC
What's the problem with ER?
Condescension (10 D X)
15 Nov 17 UTC
@ghug are you srs? AG is the most reliable alliance in the game.
Hellenic Riot (1574 D (G))
15 Nov 17 UTC
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Triggered.
chluke (6135 D (G))
15 Nov 17 UTC
I love ER. Stuck with ER all the way until the final solo stab in World Cup gameID=183878, and am always open to and interested in ER when playing as Russia, if England is willing.
ghug (4049 D Mod (B))
15 Nov 17 UTC
AG sucks. How are either of you supposed to solo? Shit alliance.

ER is pretty shit too but I enjoyed the one I did. I feel like if you just trade Sweden and Norway and then go your separate ways, it's alright.
brainbomb (474 D)
15 Nov 17 UTC
ER is great for... Russia
I recently tried an ARG and it was totally improbable and fun. gameID=210048
Condescension (10 D X)
15 Nov 17 UTC
Every alliance breaks down when you want to solo, and any alliance works if the map has developed to a state where it makes sense. In 1901S, A and G should be allied, period.
ghug (4049 D Mod (B))
15 Nov 17 UTC
In S 1901 they shouldn't be attacking each other, sure. Any three year old who's read Richard Sharp can tell you that much. That doesn't mean their goals aren't in direct opposition from the outset. They only have one power they can attack together (Russia), and there's really no point in either of them supporting the other into Russian centers, because an attack by either on Russia that doesn't gain at least Warsaw and preferably Moscow is completely pointless.
A_Tin_Can (2258 D)
15 Nov 17 UTC
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I disagree that AT is improbable. I think it’s a reasonable, standard alliance.
A_Tin_Can (2258 D)
15 Nov 17 UTC
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B.B.: if ER is only good for Russia, England is doing it wrong.
Crazy Anglican (172 D)
15 Nov 17 UTC
England - Turkey
Crazy Anglican (172 D)
15 Nov 17 UTC
It is a good alliance, but necesssitates a lot of short term alliances to set up. It is not one I would expect being set up in the early game.
Octavious (1716 D)
15 Nov 17 UTC
There is no such thing as a strange alliance, with the exception of the EFGIRTA
Crazy Anglican (172 D)
15 Nov 17 UTC
Those happen pretty regularly when enough people CD in live games :-)
Crazy Anglican (172 D)
15 Nov 17 UTC
I have only ever done an ER on the England side and it works pretty well. If Russia agrees no fleet builds in the north and you neutralize Germany in Scandinavia, you can dmz a huge part of the north. It is good for Russia in that he doesn't have to worry about England snagging St. Pete/Sweden and it's good for England in that he can focus squarely on taking France out of commission early (usually Germany will help with that) and then dominating the Atlantic coastline.
chluke (6135 D (G))
15 Nov 17 UTC
I agree with Octavias: every/any alliance combination makes sense, unless there is a specific in-game reason to avoid it or change course.

For example, ER is great for E to divide up Germany and then free up northern units to push south, but not if Russia is already also steamrolling Austria with a juggernaut and ready to head towards England. But if Turkey or Austria are giving Russia resistance, then E can benefit nicely.
swordsman3003 (9995 D Mod (G))
15 Nov 17 UTC
I think that the least probable alliance is ER, especially in the long run.

The thread asks us to remark on the probability of the alliance, not the utility of it.
Octavious (1716 D)
15 Nov 17 UTC
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The utility and probability are fundamentally linked, surely?

It does raise the question of what you define an alliance to be, of course, if indeed you define it to be anything. At its most basic, say a mutually beneficial agreement between nations, I'd say it was unusual for me not to ally with everyone. If you take the view that an alliance is a firm commitment to work with another power for the duration of the game, then I've probably never been allied to anyone.

Sometimes I think the term "alliance" is essentially meaningless, and exists only as a comfort blanket for the inexperienced.
JEccles (425 D)
15 Nov 17 UTC
One not mentioned yet is Russia and Italy being allied together. You don't see it often, and you need help from Austria or Turkey in the very beginning of the game, but once Austria or Turkey is handled and Italy and Russia meet up, it's one of the most mutually beneficial ones I can think of.
chluke (6135 D (G))
15 Nov 17 UTC
Octavious, will you be my BFFL ally? If you commit here in the public forum, then I know in my heart that you would never stab me.
Condescension (10 D X)
16 Nov 17 UTC
"Sometimes I think the term "alliance" is essentially meaningless, and exists only as a comfort blanket for the inexperienced."

^ I think I agree with you 100%. There's who I'm attacking (right now), who I'm helping (right now), and who I'm not involved with (right now).


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JoJoReference (35 D X)
14 Nov 17 UTC
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Advanced theory
Who would win in a fight, Alex Jones with a katana, or Obama with a hatchet & shield? No prep time or outside help allowed
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slypups (1620 D)
15 Nov 17 UTC
Replacement player needed for public, non-anon World Diplomacy game
Game: http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=207427
India has disappeared and we need a replacement player. His position is still pretty good, so lots of potential there. If you are game, we'll try contacting a mod to swap you in so that there isn't another NMR.
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ARNESEN (365 D)
15 Nov 17 UTC
What does Bhm. Sea stand for in the modern map version?
In the modern map, there's a territory named Bhm. Sea. What does that stand for? I always assumed Bohemian Sea though that doesn't exist (and the sea isn't close to Bohemia). Perhaps it is Bornholm Sea (after the Danish island in the Baltic in that area)?
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ubercacher16 (443 D)
13 Nov 17 UTC
Self Interest
Beyond a shadow of a doubt every human being is driven only and fully by their own self interest.
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flash2015 (472 D (G))
13 Nov 17 UTC
When Is The New Forum Going Live?
I had a quick look at the forum a while ago. It looked good to me. Any idea when it may go live? On a completely unrelated note - any chance we may turn SSL on for the site?
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steephie22 (182 D (S))
10 Nov 17 UTC
Identification Methods
For a story I'm writing, I need an adult who has lost his memory to not be easily identifiable. How do I make this feasible?
For instance, I expect the Dutch government to have the fingerprints of Dutch citizens. Do legal immigrants or people with a refugee status have their fingerprints taken as well? Would illegal immigrants or tourists from countries that don't take fingerprints make for a solid storyline? Are there other options?
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damian (675 D)
10 Nov 17 UTC
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Daily Qur'an Thread
In which we discuss passages from the Qur'an each day.
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mmcconkie (100 D)
10 Nov 17 UTC
Known World 901 - Playable?
Sorry if this is a dumb question, but I'm fairly new around here. I'm looking through the variant maps, and I see one that looks like a lot of fun, the Known World 901 map. On the Variants page, it lists it as active, but when I go to create a new game I don't see it as an option to select.
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brainbomb (474 D)
12 Nov 17 UTC
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An open discussion about elaborate ways to restore reliability rating
I was thinking how there are members on this site who ruined their Reliability early and can never restore it to the 90th %tile. What if we did a series of experiments on these people. Hook them up to machines. Or perhaps put them in a room full of rats and see if they survive. The goal being we develop a way that someone could go from a 13% RR to a mighty 78%
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Durga (680 D)
02 Nov 17 UTC
3 more unranked gunboat games
Help me get better at gunboat again
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Fluminator (511 D)
09 Nov 17 UTC
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America appreciation thread.
I love the United States. I wish I lived there. Let's talk about how nice of a place it is.
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Jamiet99uk (100 D)
07 Nov 17 UTC
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I achieved a thing
I got my final results for my Master's degree that I've been doing part-time for the past two years* today.
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brainbomb (474 D)
10 Nov 17 UTC
Democrats are in deep trouble!
LOL! They keep talking about Russia and indictments and the latest wave of wins in virginia. But what about the civil war? What about Jimmy Carter?
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Valis2501 (2187 D (G))
09 Nov 17 UTC
SJ Whipping F2F Diplomacy 2018!
It's finally here everyone, the day you've been waiting for! SJ Whipping 2018 is back for another year!
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Valis2501 (2187 D (G))
09 Nov 17 UTC
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Cascadia Open F2F Diplomacy 2018!
Vancouver baby!
https://www.meetup.com/Pacific-Northwest-Diplomacy/events/242801707/
https://www.facebook.com/events/887382088062452/
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Matalienados (102 D)
07 Nov 17 UTC
Español
Hola amigos, podemos formar un grupo con nuestra lengua materna, para competir
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yavuzovic (289 D)
10 Nov 17 UTC
Why did I cut chatting
I was writing post to Daily Qur'an Thread...
Did you remember my thread about mice in the dormitory?
A mouse run to another bed from under my bed.
Shit, I can't sleep more!
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Ezio (723 D)
11 Nov 17 UTC
spring 1901
Which single move do you think has the most drastic impact on the game in 1901?
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dargorygel (355 D Mod (G))
10 Nov 17 UTC
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Big News (for me) on a slow Forum Friday Morning
Friday mornings seem an inactive time on webDiplomacy. So I can announce that my daughter is in labor. Hooray! (which also means I am officially old. Boo!!)
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Crazy Anglican (172 D)
11 Nov 17 UTC
Happy Armistice Day
Happy Veterans Day in the USA!

99 years ago today this horrific war we like to recreate in bloodless speech ended :-)
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CommanderByron (569 D Mod (S))
11 Nov 17 UTC
#MeToo
There’s enough vile people on here I think this conversation would be fun to watch.
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LeonWalras (288 D)
07 Nov 17 UTC
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We need extensive background checks
before people are allowed to shitpost on the forum.
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JamesYanik (548 D)
10 Nov 17 UTC
Alabama GOP
Please go away.

-Sincerely, Everyone
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