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Jeff Kuta (2066 D)
19 Jun 17 UTC
17-yo anti-fa beaten to death in the streets
http://jezebel.com/seventeen-year-old-muslim-girl-captured-and-beaten-to-d-1796213476
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Yoyoyozo (98 D Mod)
19 Jun 17 UTC
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Who are web?
This site uses the pseudonym "webDiplomacy" to run and host Diplomacy games. I was just wondering who web is, and why they should come before diplomacy, considering this is a diplomacy site.
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Ezio (723 D)
19 Jun 17 UTC
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I propose we can all threads proposing ban on topics
All threads proposing ban on topics on the forum always start and end with people insulting everyone on the other side.
If we never propose banning topics, the mods will have to find some other excuse to abuse their power.
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Jacob63831 (160 D)
19 Jun 17 UTC
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I propose we ban the forum
If we stop it completely we don't need to worry about it anymore
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Ogion (3938 D)
19 Jun 17 UTC
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I propose that we ban all cans on the forum
why? Because someone had to
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BurntAlmond (100 D)
19 Jun 17 UTC
Modern
gameID=200739
We just need three more for modern SoS!!!
Come join!
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Hauta (1583 D (S))
19 Jun 17 UTC
What are the odds?
https://gizmodo.com/gop-data-firm-accidentally-leaks-personal-details-of-ne-1796211612

GOP agent responsible for leak of 198 million voters' data. What are the odds that no one like Roger Stone contacted the Russians about where to find the leak?
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kaner406 (366 D)
28 Mar 17 UTC
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Advertise your NON-live games here!
In an effort to combat advertising for games inside otherwise unrelated threads: Post here for your non-live games to cut down on the number of ads that thread readers are subjected to. Post game link, game type and the bet. Note: this doesn't count for special rules games.
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Freido28 (100 D)
19 Jun 17 UTC
Minimum players in classic game
Hi all, my first time creating a game on my own. Is there a way to set the game to only 4 or 5 players for a private game? I didn't see any option and it shows "game will start when all 7 players have joined" now. Thanks for any help!!
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Jacob63831 (160 D)
15 Jun 17 UTC
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Best WWE clip ever!
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jkghtyxZ6rc

Opinion? ;)
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brainbomb (474 D)
17 Jun 17 UTC
Why are we?
Hello guys... Nearly all of us are alive. Why are we?
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CommanderByron (569 D Mod (S))
12 Jun 17 UTC
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Cheating accusation!
See inside for details.
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Spitnaz (350 D)
17 Jun 17 UTC
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Chat history
I really want to review all the messages I sent to someone, but the history logs appear limited. Are they just gone, or is there any way to see the full message logs with a player from a game?
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Javatiger (1561 D)
13 Jun 17 UTC
Question concerning game rules (pms)
Hi there! I need a public and official reply by a MODERATOR.
If you play a match without anonymous players, but even without private chat (only team chat): Is it allowed to write the other players private messages in order to negotiate? In my opinion everbody see the names of the other players and everybody can write to the other players, so it is a fair system. It is a very important part of this game to negotiate, you know.
How are the official rules?
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Wobblyau (894 D)
18 Jun 17 UTC
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New player question
Hi, I looked through the rules but couldn't find it anywhere.
Simple question, can a fleet move from Sevastopol to Moscow?
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jamesturner9000 (100 D)
17 Jun 17 UTC
FtF London Diplomacy!
*** LONDON DIPLOMACY TRAINING & GAMING SESSION HELD ON SUNDAY 25 JUNE 2017 (DETAILS BELOW – ALL WELCOME!!) ***
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Hauta (1583 D (S))
16 Jun 17 UTC
Why did Pence just hire a CRIMINAL defense attorney?
Who's gonna be the fall guy? Not Pence. He's got the best lawyer.
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Commander Thomas (626 D)
16 Jun 17 UTC
WebDiplomacy Website Buy-In/Ownership
Just a question that I have, not too sure if anyone can answer them. I have been pondering how people own the site. I know that you can become part of the Moderator/Admin Team or donate to the site, but how would someone go about purchasing the Web Diplomacy site?
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brainbomb (474 D)
16 Jun 17 UTC
Should I get a haircut?
I am considering cutting my hair. I am starting to get my summer curls again.
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ckroberts (3548 D)
05 Jun 17 UTC
new game(s)
Hello! I am looking to start two new games.
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Hauta (1583 D (S))
14 Jun 17 UTC
Should Capitol Police protection be extended to all members of Congress?
At the Scalise incident this morning, the Capitol police were present only because Scalise was there. Without them, the shooter would have had a clear field until Alexandria police arrived. Shouldn't the Capitol Police protect EVERY large gathering of Congressmen?
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Zmaj (215 D (B))
07 Jun 17 UTC
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Texting for suicide
While I'm waiting for bo_sox to explain his inane threats, I'd love to hear what you think about this: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40181522

Freedom of speech or involuntary manslaughter?
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Jeff Kuta (2066 D)
16 Jun 17 UTC
Mike Pence Lawyers Up
From the pinko, greeno, commies at Mother Jones.

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/06/vice-president-pence-lawyers-up/
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orathaic (1009 D (B))
15 Jun 17 UTC
American healthcare?
Is this a scam?
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/why-i-wont-get-a-psa-test-for-prostate-cancer/?wt.mc=SA_Twitter-Share
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Lamish (0 D X)
15 Jun 17 UTC
Cancelling a game
I've never cancelled a game before, but i'm wondering, if you cancel a game, will you get your starting coins back? Say you bid 10, will you get 10 back when you cancel? Also, what about if you take over a civil disorder?
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brainbomb (474 D)
15 Jun 17 UTC
Should Capital Letters be Protected for all members of webdip?
At the WebdIP this morning, the Capitol letters were present only because Hauta was there. Without them, the forum would have had a clear field until draconian mod police arrived. Shouldn't the Capitol Letters Protect EVERY large gathering of WEBDIPPIA
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ND (712 D)
13 Jun 17 UTC
Otto Warmbier freed
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/06/13/north-korea-releases-jailed-us-student-otto-warmbier.html
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Hippopankake (80 D)
10 Jun 17 UTC
The watchmen
If any of you have ever seen the movie or read the graphic novel
Which do you prefer and why?
Zmaj (215 D (B))
10 Jun 17 UTC
"Watchmen" the graphic novel is an acquired taste. It is too static, too wordy, sacrificing some of the essential advantages of the medium. To make things worse, the drawing style of Gibbons is boring.

What gives "Watchmen" a place in history is Moore's relentless script. One of the images that keep appearing in the comic is clockwork. It's the perfect image of the story: a perfect clockwork, a machine where every part works together to reach the inexorable conclusion. The term "graphic novel" was redeemed by Moore: he actually tried to write a novel.

Of course he didn't succeed. Novels are different animals. His achievements are firmly in the domain of comic books: an incredible anti-hero (Rorschach), a magnificent villain (though Grant Morrison wouldn't agree with me), and a couple of wonderful plot twists.

Finally, while "Watchmen" are a tour de force, they are not as enjoyable as some other works by Moore. "Miracleman" is more passionate and groundbreaking, "Swamp Thing" is more poetic, and "V for Vendetta" is more perverse.

Still, the most impressive thing about "Watchmen" is the sheer amount of love, energy and thought invested by a very smart man into a medium that was, and still is, considered shallow.
bobarctor1977 (255 D)
12 Jun 17 UTC
Definitely the book for me. I didn't like the ending of the movie nearly as much, especially as it wasn't as carefully nor cleverly foreshadowed like the book's ending was. At first, the book's ending seems strange and bizarre and nonsensical, but as you think about it and re-read it, you see how carefully it was hinted at, how you can see it coming the whole time if you're paying close attention...

I also felt like the movie glorified the violence, or placed too much emphasis on it. Watchmen isn't a Batman or Avengers-type story, where you go to see the good guys and the bad guys get in exciting, drawn-out fights where they punch each other a million times. It's not an action story. It's about ideas, some really intriguing characters, and the subversion of many comic book tropes/conventions. That was the focus of the book, but it felt like Zach Snyder tried to make it appeal to movie-goers wanting less thought-provocation and more action.
LeonWalras (374 D)
12 Jun 17 UTC
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I liked the saturday morning cartoon version, and of course the straight to DVD spinoff 'Watchmen Babies in V for Vacation'

https://youtu.be/YDDHHrt6l4w
Zmaj (215 D (B))
12 Jun 17 UTC
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Thanks, Leon. I didn't know about the Saturday morning cartoon, it's hilarious. Apparently Moore likes it more than the actual film.
Puddle (500 D)
13 Jun 17 UTC
The book is definitely better. For me its mostly about the characters, Rorschach and Ozymandias are fantastic, and the book spends much more time building all its characters.

@Zmaj, well thought out comment. Would you consider Gaiman to have successfully made a graphic 'novel' with the Sandman compendium?

I think I've only ever seen one version where all 10 compilations are in the same binding, but everyone I know who's read them, has done so more or less back-to-back.
Zmaj (215 D (B))
13 Jun 17 UTC
Puddle, I could never warm up to the Sandman. I make a point of reading comics that are praised by smart people, and the Sandman is held in high esteem, but it never clicked for me. In all honesty, I believe Gaiman tricked people by providing compelling imagery and colorful characters without any real story to go along with them.

Among Gaiman's other work, I remember liking "Mr. Punch" for its effective use of puppet theater.

There's also the delightful film "Coralina," where Gaiman's story and great design resulted in something that Tim Burton never managed to achieve despite all his sub-par efforts.
rojimy1123 (612 D)
13 Jun 17 UTC
I prefer the books for the same reason I preferred The Killing Joke to its animated counterpart. There are so many great images in the book that remain fixed in the mind because of the emotions and thoughts they bring, which are different for every reader. Once you add motion to those images, it becomes less how an individual experiences and more about how the filmmakers interpret them. Worthy efforts, the movies, but the heart got lost in translation.
Puddle (500 D)
14 Jun 17 UTC
@Zmaj, how far into Sandman did you get?

I assume you were accessing the compilation. While I fondly remember reading Preludes and Nocturnes, it has a very different vibe (and connection to the DC universe) than do the rest of the series.

There actually is a broad, overarching story to the Sandman series, but it doesn't really begin to take form until like a third of the way in, but by the last two compilations is speeding right along to a fantastic end.

It definitely is structured overall though as a bunch of largely independent short stories tied together mostly via some connection to the Dream or one of the other Endless.

At this point when I'm re-reading Sandman, I just grab one of the compilations at random and open to a random story and start from there. It's pretty great to be able to do so knowing that I'll reliably find a good quality story, which I can consume in a small chunk of time.
zurn (178 D)
15 Jun 17 UTC
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The movie is a good re-enactment of the comic, but was only ok for me. I enjoyed the comic more, if only because I didn't know the story yet. The Rorschach chapter was the most memorable. I didn't like the pirate allegorical story-within-a-story in either version (extended version of the movie).

I think my favourite part of Sandman was near the end when they're telling tales in a bar, waiting for the storm to pass; it helps that it was very beautifully illustrated for that stretch.

lol @ saturday morning watchmen


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slypups (1620 D)
14 Jun 17 UTC
The Last Known World Game
I just finished up the second to last Known World game, http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=187834, on 36 hour phases, which we probably played a few years further than we might have for that honor. This leaves one 10-day phase game in a still relatively early state, http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=187877
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brainbomb (474 D)
12 Jun 17 UTC
Puerto Rico - 51st US STATE?
http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/12/politics/puerto-rico-question-answers-statehood-trnd/index.html
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