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michael_b (162 D)
25 Jul 17 UTC
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Sickest Convoys
Anyone have some evidence of sick convoys in real games? Mine is here:
gameID=199536 in Autumn 2014, Spring 2015 is half as cool.
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michael_b (162 D)
01 Aug 17 UTC
WebDiplo Site Veterans! Show Me What You Got!
Trying to get off a new Fall-American map going with a 2000 Pot! Bet is 200 and PM me for the password. I want to see this filled with the BEST of the BEST!
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Hellenic Riot (1524 D Mod (G))
31 Jul 17 UTC
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Mod Team Announcement
See Inside
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fourofswords (358 D)
25 Jul 17 UTC
I can't believe I forgot this, but:
Can armies move from Denmark to Sweden and vice versa? Go ahead laugh, I know I should know.
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IAmKohl (115 D)
30 Jul 17 UTC
Why was my support move blocked here?
http://webdiplomacy.net/map.php?gameID=201965&turn=11&mapType=large
I'm kind of a noob so this might be a dumb question.
I'm playing as France. The relevant bit is the move the army at Kiel support move to Denmark from Heligoland Bight. This fails because of Germany's move to Kiel from Munich, but Munich can't move there since it's being dislodged. Shouldn't my support move work since the Munich army is being attacked?
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steephie22 (182 D (S))
29 Jul 17 UTC
I think I'll go to London from 6-10 August..
.. and perhaps longer if I can find a cheap place to stay or it's too fun to leave. I know that some of my webdip friends (and other webdippers probably) are from London, so if anyone wants to message me to see if we can meet up, exchange tips or even let me stay at your place for a while, please feel free! I'd love to meet some of you in person.
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Jamiet99uk (50 D X)
27 Jul 17 UTC
Trump's bizarre speech at Boy Scouts' jamboree
What do you all make of this? Apparently he doesn't drink or I'd suggest he was drunk. Definitely un-presidential.
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michael_b (162 D)
27 Jul 17 UTC
Private WWI Reanactment
please read desc
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Kotoi (100 D)
27 Jul 17 UTC
Need 1 more
Game: local wangs
Pw: wangitup
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GrandMasterDM (140 D)
27 Jul 17 UTC
Quick Question About Rules That I Can't Seem to Find
Hi all—the title says it all. Just wanted to consult somebody with more knowledge about the rules (message written as a reply below):
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Smokey Gem (143 D)
26 Jul 17 UTC
When Life is So Short why do we get Bored...??
I am bored senseless , unmotivated , and have little to no energy.

I am not monitored at work and can do as I please..which is very little.
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Hannibal76 (288 D (B))
29 Jul 17 UTC
Hello and welcome
Haven't played a game in a while. Join so we can have some fun :)
gameID=203534
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MajorMitchell (999 D)
17 Jul 17 UTC
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Call the Minneapolis Police for help and get shot dead by them
What is going on with Police in the USA ?
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Rapunzeland (100 D)
25 Jul 17 UTC
Build and retreat turns
Should 100% be put together they involve next no strategy and are quite frankly boring. I think the reason that this isn't the case as it could be confusing how ever a bit of graphic design would fix that e.g BUILD in bold and underneath that are build options and under that RETREAT in bold and under that are your retreat options

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michael_b (162 D)
19 Jul 17 UTC
Fall America Map anybody?
See Reply Please
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Quothcraft (100 D)
26 Jul 17 UTC
Delayed unit build
I delayed the construction of an army, but I havent seen any opportunity to create it. Help?
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JamesYanik (135 D)
27 Jul 17 UTC
Joey Altidore Hired by Elon Musk
How could he refuse after this rocket?

https://twitter.com/MLS/status/890401632835567616
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Badspler (155 D)
26 Jul 17 UTC
Question on this movement
I am pretty new to the game. This just occurred in a game I am playing. I can't understand why Vienna couldn't move to Galicia with 2 support.

Here is an image:
http://imgur.com/a/xHN3i
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BlueWombat (100 D)
25 Jul 17 UTC
Posting links to pictures of messages?
Is that allowed in the rules? Ie. in an anonymous game, Italy is betrayed by Russia, so posts a link to an image posting site which shows the chat between the two? It seems like it shouldn't be but I can't see where it's prohibited.
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Claesar (55 D)
25 Jul 17 UTC
Ghost rating question
I read the explanation on the GR website. I get that eliminating players in WTA improves the GR gain.
Do I understand correctly that an effort was made to make the GR score in SoS games based on centre count, but not implemented ultimately? So one should still kill off small powers (at the expense of centres elsewhere) to improve GR gains?
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Dubs Step (90 D)
25 Jul 17 UTC
Paused game issues.
Does anyone know how to contact mods to help unpause games? I have one that's been on pause all month (game id: 199383) and one still on pause since 2014 when I was in high school (game id: 128401). Any way to terminate/resume/draw these games?
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Poolio10 (95 D)
24 Jul 17 UTC
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The voting buttons
I'm not entirely the "cancel" button does. It seems to have no propose to me. But one button I do recommend is a "kick" button for inactive players as they severely slow the game down. Of course, be a minimum time or number of turns before it's an option.
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alexintour (764 D (S))
19 Jul 17 UTC
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Russian hackers are so Russian.
What do you think? Are they really out there hacking even your toaster?
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Crazy Anglican (271 D)
30 Dec 16 UTC
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Word association thread
It has been a while since we did one. Post the first single word that comes to mind when you read the last post in the thread.
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michael_b (162 D)
25 Jul 17 UTC
Post nearly full game?
Hello,

1 more player is required for this game. Can't wait to get started.
gameID=202983#
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michael_b (162 D)
25 Jul 17 UTC
SumScoring Modern map with 320 Pool Anon
RR 50%!
http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=203204
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iimusashii (90 D)
24 Jul 17 UTC
Army Por convoy
Anyone know why my A in Portugal cannot convoy to Mar even though I have a fleet in Spain SC?
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orathaic (1009 D (B))
18 Jul 17 UTC
Dr Who and Gender recognition
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2017/07/17/doctor-who-we-regret-to-inform-you-that-you-are-still-legally-a-man/
I know this is mostly meant to be fun (and a serious look at gender recognition laws in the uk) but i make me question one thing.

Is the spousal veto a necessary thing? From a purely contractual perspective. Can't you go 'well if your spouse isn't happy with your new gender, then they will have to apply for divorce.' ??? Thoughts?
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cspieker (8637 D)
12 Jul 17 UTC
What to do as Italy in gunboat?
option A: plow into Austria
option B: ally with Austria and go after Turkey.
option C: attack France.
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Yoyoyozo (654 D)
15 Jul 17 UTC
I have a pretty good rep sheet as Austria from the past year. My philosophy is to wholehearted trust Italy unless it really looks like they're gonna stab you. If they stab you, play defensive on the east, and offensive on the west and don't stop until they're no longer a threat.

If it looks like they are setting up for stab, play defensive on the west and offensive in the east and look for cues from Turkey wanting to ally with you.

If Italy is all good, just throw all your units west.
Yoyoyozo (654 D)
15 Jul 17 UTC
Just throw all your units east* lol
Bladerunners (1196 D)
16 Jul 17 UTC
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the best strategy is to play real diplomacy - and negotiate / talk / berate / plead / ..... and ask the site to get rid of gunboat as a horrific variant ;-)
Gunboat is not a variant, its a different method of the game. If you are only good in FP and suck in GB, thats a bit weak. :)))
MajorMitchell (999 D)
16 Jul 17 UTC
Imho, gunboat is not a variant, it's an unnatural mutation. Diplomacy is called Diplomacy for good reasons, and negotiating & communicating are essential parts of the game.
Nikola Maric Eto (13056 D)
16 Jul 17 UTC
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Ninja turtles are also unnatural mutations.
And, if you know what you are doing, there is a plenty of communication in gunboat.
Bladerunners (1196 D)
18 Jul 17 UTC
Ninja turtles and gunboat have a lot in commin :-).
Claesar (55 D)
20 Jul 17 UTC
Xorxes displayed Swordsman's strategy on me here:
gameID=200527

Even though the stab was obvious, it still worked.
michael_b (162 D)
21 Jul 17 UTC
Chose Option A. Wanted to ally with germany but ended up being ganged up on by Tukey and Italy (game still in progress) gameID=199417
michael_b (162 D)
21 Jul 17 UTC
Turkey and Germany*
Claesar (55 D)
21 Jul 17 UTC
Please do not post about ongoing anonymous games.
A_Tin_Can (1525 D)
21 Jul 17 UTC
^ that's not a forum rule. You can only not post about limited press games.
Claesar (55 D)
21 Jul 17 UTC
Right. It's also Gunboat, so I retain my position.

I also find the lack of that rule strange. He just indicated he's Italy in an anonymous game. Isn't the point of an anonymous game that no one knows who you are?
michael_b (162 D)
22 Jul 17 UTC
True, Cleasar has a point. My bad
Kubrick (1058 D)
23 Jul 17 UTC
I think the owners of diplomacy should permit Italy to choose whether Venice is a fleet or an army before the first move. It would compensate modestly for Italy's relatively weak position.
peterwiggin (14454 D Mod (S))
24 Jul 17 UTC
Do not post about ongoing gunboat games on the forum.

- webDiplomacy Admin

Personal comment: Given the choice, Italy should always choose the army in Venice over the fleet to start. Having the army there gives him the choice of attacking France, Austria, or Germany in 1901. Sticking a fleet there takes away all of those options.
A_Tin_Can (1525 D)
24 Jul 17 UTC
Kubrick: Italy does not have a weak position. Note that the winning country at the World Diplomacy Championship has been Italy for the last two years.

I personally believe that the reason Italy does less well in games with new players is that there are very few good articles about how to play Italy well.
michael_b (162 D)
24 Jul 17 UTC
So...

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Option A:
Plow into Austria screwing both of you and allowing France or, more commonly, Turkey to clean up the mess.

Opening A: (The "Threat" Approach): Venice->Tyrolia | Rome->Venice | Naples-IonionSea
Opening B: (The "All In" Approach): Venice->Trieste | Rome->Venice | Naples-IonionSea

Best Case: All of Austria becomes yours and you are able to threaten Munich and the Balkans whilst maintaining naval dominance in the Mediterranean as the result of careful balancing of Armies and Fleets.

Worst Case: Your attack on Austria fails and you are stuck with 4 centers for the next few years until Greece+Romania become Turkish territories and the Turk builds a fleet in Smyrna. You realize that once Turkey starts trying to force the Ionian Sea, France has decided to also indulge in the tasty failure hanging off southern Europe. You'd be lucky if Turkey lets you survive in Tunis but even that's unlikely.

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Option B:
Ally with Austria and go after Turkey. Forcing yourself to be situated in an awkward and hardly defendable crescent-like shape around the balkans until Austria has enough of you and ultimately steamrolls you.

Opening A: (The "Lepanto" Approach): Venice H | Rome->Apulia | Naples-IonionSea
Opening B: (The "Trieste Bounce"): Venice->Trieste | Rome->Apulia | Naples-IonionSea

Best Case: You take Smyrna, Ankara is you're lucky, and even Greece if Austria is generous. You take Marseilles and then Iberia before Plowing into an unsuspecting Austria.

Worst Case: Austria takes most of Turkey and ALL of the balkans and focuses on Russia. After Russia, he moves to Tyrolia and and attacks you+Germany at the same time and you die. France is there to clean up and take Tunis+Naples too.

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Option C:
Attack France...

Opening A: (Friendless Approach): Venice->Piedmont | Rome->Venice | Naples->Ionian
Opening B: (ProAustria Approach): Venice->Piedmont | Rome->Venice | Naples-TyrrSea

Best Case: You take Iberia and march to Paris. You then control the Atlantic and can now threaten English home centers. Austria is making good work of Turkey and your threats are now Austria, Germany and Russia

Worst Case: Your attack on France fails and you now have a shit ton of enemy fleets in the Mediterranean. Turkey's fleets that you ignore wreck Austria and Russia. England or Germany sweeps France and will probably solo.


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Option D:
Attack Germany?

Opening A: (Sneak Approach): Venice->Tyrolia | Rome H | Naples->Ionian
Opening B: (Safer Approach): Venice->Tyrolia | Rome->Tuscany | Naples->Ionian

Best Case: You ally with Austria and make a deal with France where he forces Burgundy and then supports you into Munich. France only builds fleets in the north and you control the Mediterranean while staying out of France's way. You then stab France with English help and head for Turkey/Austria (whoever is still alive).

Worst Case: Your attack on Munich was not supported by France and you bounce. France gets 3 builds for not supporting you and taking Belgium and builds F Marseilles. Austria also stabs you and takes Venice. You have 3 troops and die before anything really happens.
A_Tin_Can (1525 D)
24 Jul 17 UTC
Option E: Make a standard opening and see what everyone else does. For example:

* Should you attack Austria in gunboat? Probably not if it looks like R/T are going to work together
* Should you go after france? Probably not if it looks like Turkey is going to get strong while you do
* Should you work with turkey? Probably not in 1901- it doesn't change your moves until 1903-ish.
etc etc

Italy's big advantages are that no one is going to attack you until 1903, and that you control the speed of the game. So, to play Italy well, you need to know what the others are going to do, to determine which side of the board you want to speed up or slow down. And to play Italy well in gunboat, you. We'd to know what the current gunboat fashions are.
A_Tin_Can (1525 D)
24 Jul 17 UTC
*you'll need to know
michael_b (162 D)
24 Jul 17 UTC
Everyone: CORRECTION:

I forgot this was about Gunboat :(
swordsman3003 (2756 D (G))
24 Jul 17 UTC
I still insist there is a "sneak attack Austria" plan.
jengamaster (988 D)
24 Jul 17 UTC
Spring ven-> tri, rom->ven, nap->water
Fall tri-hold, ven->tyr, water->tunis

All in.


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brainbomb (99 D)
23 Jul 17 UTC
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Breaking the seal
Forum posts: 20249. I have officially left a mark on this place. Thanks all for laughing along all these years
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