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DingleberryJones (4469 D (B))
03 Feb 09 UTC
Unpause Request
http://phpdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=7580
2 replies
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wooooo (926 D)
03 Feb 09 UTC
oldben, dangermouse, and others
When are we planning to start the team variant game we discussed last time?
2 replies
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Bris (100 D)
04 Feb 09 UTC
issues with moves not being complete
This has happened in a few games, but i never really looked into it, it was usually one army that stayed, or moved the wrong way. This time the orders for 3 armies didnt do anything.

3 replies
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Silver Wolf (9388 D)
03 Feb 09 UTC
Can some mod investigate please?
http://phpdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=8468
New player creates account and enter this only game, that was very competitive.
Quite strange that a player chooses a game with only 2 armys...
27 replies
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chelseapip (303 D)
03 Feb 09 UTC
Possibility of a Rule Change
In the game below there is an interesting scenario which I would like to propose as a possible rule/moves change.

http://phpdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=8218
8 replies
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Erev (106 D)
03 Feb 09 UTC
H!
Help! An ad on the site is redirecting me to http://pluraserver.com/?affiliate=a1653b46-efe9-ac95-d977-121844725f45 each time I enter the site, making it impossible for me to continue my current games! Hell, I'm even being forced to copy and paste this as I can't write in the forums. Can someone check out what is up? I get maybe 5-10 seconds before I get shunted out again. HELP!
12 replies
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MajorFopa (1409 D)
03 Feb 09 UTC
Only two opening left in Fight Club-2 game
Join this game quickly. Two spots left with 100 minutes remaining.
http://phpdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=8487
54 point buy-in. PPSC.
Good game for beginners or experienced.
1 reply
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Jaro (0 D X)
03 Feb 09 UTC
Game
This link is for those who wants to join this game:

http://phpdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=8482&join=on&gamepass=5a65ae9a03a2d8128370aec29e6aa3ad
2 replies
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Kompole (706 D)
03 Feb 09 UTC
Game orders: pause, unpause, etc...
How do people pause or unpause games? Are there any other orders too? Can you please list them here? Is there an order to start a game if only 6 players are available? Or an order to quit game immediately?

Thank you all for replies :-)
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Pandarsenic (1485 D)
03 Feb 09 UTC
phpDiplomacy with and without www
I noticed, when I sign into http://phpdiplomacy.net/ I don't also get signed in if I change to http://www.phpdiplomacy.net/ and I was wondering why. I don't think I've noticed this effect anywhere else. For an example:
http://phpdiplomacy.net/index.php?viewthread=357240#357240
http://www.phpdiplomacy.net/index.php?viewthread=357240#357240
11 replies
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lazysummer8484 (336 D)
30 Jan 09 UTC
Turkish PM given hero's welcome - BBC News
check out the video further down in the article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/davos/7859815.stm

The Prime Minister tries to make a point about the people killed in Gaza and the arbitrator cuts him off saying, "We need to go to dinner".
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kaisertimothy (239 D)
03 Feb 09 UTC
can we get an unpause
http://www.phpdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=8318
1 reply
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mac (189 D)
02 Feb 09 UTC
IDEA: "onore delle armi" variant.
An idea for a variant on which I would appreciate feedback, see first comment for the actual post.
14 replies
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Babak (26982 D (B))
02 Feb 09 UTC
A question for EdiBrison about Dip in Philly
could you please send me an email about any Dip contacts you may have in Philly?

thx
11 replies
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Invictus (240 D)
03 Feb 09 UTC
Again, I hate to be this guy...
Same game, http://phpdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=8265&msgCountry=Global, "Tarablus for President," is paused because yet another player was banned. The same honest player hasn't unpaused and is in CD in the other game I'm in with him. Can a mod please unpause? Hopefully this is the last time.
3 replies
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ag7433 (1932 D (S))
02 Feb 09 UTC
USER: cwfilson
Can we get some unpause help due to this user who should be CD? We posted multiple times without help.

http://phpdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=7291
3 replies
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xcurlyxfries (0 D X)
02 Feb 09 UTC
I want to metagame so bad!
But I can't because Danger mouse just joined and would get tickded and ban me for etirnity.


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MultiAccounting Concern
http://phpdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=8485
"Speech to the Second Virginia Convention"

More below:
29 replies
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lulzworth (366 D)
02 Feb 09 UTC
Game needs unpausing
http://phpdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=7674
Paused due to long-eliminated player being banned. All orders finalized for this round, but due to 72 hour phases some players only log in every few days. Would be nice if it could be unpaused sooner.
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New Game - 80 Points 25 hours
http://phpdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=8485
"Speech to the Second Virginia Convention"
Come one come all!
0 replies
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vamosrammstein (1409 D (B))
01 Feb 09 UTC
CHAMPION
I don't know if anybody on this site follows professional tennis, but this is to say that Rafael Nadal is the best player in the world, this is not open for discussion, this is a statement of fact:]
14 replies
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Robyrt (113 D)
02 Feb 09 UTC
Quick interface questions
Starting my first game and a couple things weren't really clear...
1. What does a blue dot next to a country's name mean?
2. Am I required to finalize orders, or will the game use the last ones I have currently selected?
6 replies
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fortknox (2059 D)
30 Jan 09 UTC
Jeopardy
I was watching Jeopardy two days ago, and what do I see as a category for the Double Jeopardy round, but "Diplomacy, the Game".
24 replies
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xgongiveit2ya55 (789 D)
02 Feb 09 UTC
CD takeover
In our Gunboat game, we have two CD countries in good shape. They haven't lost too much ground since they border each other (France and Germany).

http://phpdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=8178
0 replies
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qwerty (100 D)
30 Jan 09 UTC
SERIOUS
I LIKE SEX
47 replies
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cteno4 (120 D)
31 Jan 09 UTC
Alternative to balance Italy
Please discuss. I posted this in another thread but that thread seems to have died. The idea requires the Italian map to be slightly redrawn but it may have quite good results.
cteno4 (120 D)
31 Jan 09 UTC
Somebody else just posted a topic on the "Fleet Rome" variant; it was discussed by many as a very problematic arrangement, so why not try something else?

Perhaps a better alternative would be making the Italian home supply centers Venice, Apulia, and Rome-Naples (combined to form one province). With an army in Venice and fleets in both Apulia and Rome-Naples, Italy would have the flexibility to attack Austria in 1901 (F APU-ADR), to fully defend against an Austro-French attack (A VEN-TRI, F APU-ADR, F ROMNAP-ION), or to even set up defensively for a Lepanto-style attack on Turkey (F APU-VEN, A VEN-ROMNAP, F ROMNAP-ION).

That alternative was something I just pulled out of my arse so go ahead and rip it apart if you like :)
Akroma (967 D)
31 Jan 09 UTC
that would literaly fuck turkey 3 ways to sunday
Akroma (967 D)
31 Jan 09 UTC
I guess if you want to balance italy, putting a supply center into the tuscany would be worth a shot
kestasjk (133 D Mod (P))
31 Jan 09 UTC
We could always make a map that's 7 ways symmetrical, but maybe a small amount of imbalance is what gets the diplomacy started. I think Avalon Hill knew what they were doing
maintgallant (100 D)
31 Jan 09 UTC
The board does have a vague symmetry that runs diagonally from England through Turkey with Scandinavia balancing out Italy. My guess is this was the justification for the fourth Russian supply center.

Games that retain symmetry in game design, like chess, checkers, and go and create asymmetry due to the move order are considered close to ideal and have good replay-ability. Topographical asymmetry most often causes severe game imbalance (as with Australia in Risk and the power issues with Axis and Allies). So I'm pretty impressed with how Diplomacy is designed. Stronger players may challenge themselves with Italy and Austria while weaker players may find handicaps with France and Russia. The various hints of asymmetry create character for the various powers. But I think the even game mechanic of Diplomacy forced small asymmetries in the game board so that a stalemate was not necessarily the result of best play.

Could it be better? Sure. Various scenario maps are exciting to try. If it were up to me, I would give France a second fleet rather than an army in Marseilles in order to put a bit more pressure on England, to occupy Italy a bit, and to slow France down some against Germany. this would be in addition to a second fleet for Italy.
Centurian (3224 D)
31 Jan 09 UTC
I don't see why everyone has a problem with Italy. Learn to play better.

There are no major cities in Apulia so that doesn't really make sense. The only viable Italy change was to make Tuscany Milan to remove the Venice-Trieste thing. But I like it and I think any possible Diplomacy imbalances are balanced out by the players perceiving them.
Noirin (2827 D)
31 Jan 09 UTC
There actually is a major city in Apulia (Bari, 9th italian city in population), but nonetheless I believe Italy isn't really damaged by the current map. It is true that Italy has less room to expand, but it is also out of the two major conflict areas, and can thus wait and see what happens without being in any conflict.
Savlian (100 D)
31 Jan 09 UTC
Honestly, I think Italy is very fun to play just as it is, and should be left alone.
Pulsout (653 D)
31 Jan 09 UTC
Diplomacy should not be balanced, the whole fun of it is that you have to use ur disadvantages to diplomacize with other people.
Chrispminis (916 D)
31 Jan 09 UTC
Imbalances are much less pronounced in Diplomacy than in Risk because of diplomacy! If everyone knows that Italy has the lowest win ranking and Turkey has the highest, it's just one more reason to leave Italy alone and take out that Turk before he's painted Europe yellow. It makes variants much more robust because less attention has to be payed to board balance because once the balances are recognized they are naturally counteracted by players negotiating.
Invictus (240 D)
31 Jan 09 UTC
Turkey has the highest wins? I always thought it was Russia.

Risk. All you have to do is finagle Australia or maybe South America early on and the game's yours. Not really a fun game, just fun with people.
Savlian (100 D)
31 Jan 09 UTC
Risk. My strategy is always North America, and South America as a secondary goal. People always see it as too hard to take, and thus not worth reinforcing in the first rounds. Then launch an assault into South America.
Captain Dave (113 D)
31 Jan 09 UTC
Savlian, I agree with you... although I only realised this the last time I played. I took N America really easily and then South America fell... everything just fell into place from there!

Regarding Italy, I always feel you need to ally with Russia (and hope they haven't allied with Turkey) to stand any real chance. Oh, and having an Anglo-German alliance helps your cause, too.
The biggest problem with Italy (and also, therefore, with Austria-Hungary) is that you have a home SC that can be lost in Spring 1901, so you're instantly on the back foot.
maintgallant (100 D)
31 Jan 09 UTC
Australia has the largest win percentage in tournament Risk games. Something like 70%. Eventually the countries just don't matter much, and the cards are everything, which is where Australia really excels.

As far as Italy goes, I love playing it because of its difficulty and its ability to expand once it really gets moving.
EdiBirsan (1469 D (B))
31 Jan 09 UTC
The most common complaint about Italy and Austria is their adjacent supply centers. The oldest variant approach was to place a province between Venice and Trieste called Perrijavo (after Larry Peery who ran a few of these games postally).

Personally I am not a big fan of altering the map, but this was an approach way back when.
airborne (154 D)
31 Jan 09 UTC
There are plenty of articles in the DP pouch and the Diplomay Archives that have great plans for Italy to win.
airborne (154 D)
31 Jan 09 UTC
http://www.diplom.org/Zine/F1997M/Bergman/Italy.html
http://www.diplom.org/Zine/F2000M/Ray/italy.html
kaner406 (351 D)
02 Feb 09 UTC
thank-you airborne, the DP pouch has the best articles on such matters.
personally I think the best variant is a SC-free zone in BTW Venice and Trieste. call it Milan if you have to.


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Gobbledydook (100 D (B))
02 Feb 09 UTC
Unpause please:
http://www.phpdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=7659

We have an inactive, 0-SC Russia who won't pause.
Unpause please, mods...
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TURIEL (215 D)
02 Feb 09 UTC
INTERESTING CHARACTERS NEEDED!!! :)
The non-verbal sort need not apply. Need 6 players for a new game with 24 hour phases. Game Name: INTO THE GARDEN OF DEATH.
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LitleTortilaBoy (100 D)
31 Jan 09 UTC
I ended up in a strange position as Turkey in this game.
http://www.phpdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=7629

He couldn't do anything to me, and I can maybe get a few SC's now.
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Unpause please
http://phpdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=7659

Would be appreciated if a mod unpaused this game
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