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ubercacher16 (543 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 (420 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 Mod)
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 (122 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 (456 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 (786 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 (456 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 (3672 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 (3672 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 (287 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 (659 D Mod)
11 Nov 17 UTC
spring 1901
Which single move do you think has the most drastic impact on the game in 1901?
Ezio (659 D Mod)
11 Nov 17 UTC
Obviously all moves have a huge impact at this stage in the game, but which ones do you think change the flow of the game the most?

My nomination is A MOS-StP.
Yoyoyozo (211 D Mod)
11 Nov 17 UTC
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Venice to Tyrolia
ishirkmywork (1165 D)
11 Nov 17 UTC
Mos --> Sil
CommanderByron (569 D Mod (S))
11 Nov 17 UTC
That’s really hard. I’d say any of:
Ankara -> Armenia
Moscow -> St.Petersburg
Warsaw -> Silesia
Venice -> Tyrolia
Venice-> Piedmont

Really Russia and Italy can control the flow of a game by a lot. It’s one of the beauties of the IR alliance.
Hellenic Riot (1574 D (G))
11 Nov 17 UTC
Any set of 3 holds
ghug (3739 D Mod (B))
11 Nov 17 UTC
That's three moves
brainbomb (456 D)
11 Nov 17 UTC
Venice. Wherever that bastard goes
Hellenic Riot (1574 D (G))
11 Nov 17 UTC
Hah. Kie-H then.
ItsHosuke (221 D)
11 Nov 17 UTC
Ven-Tri and Austria going for the Balkan Gambit
ghug (3739 D Mod (B))
11 Nov 17 UTC
I feel like Con-H may be worse if you're going that route, as anyone in our last game together will attest.
TrPrado (367 D Mod)
11 Nov 17 UTC
StP-Mos
Hellenic Riot (1574 D (G))
11 Nov 17 UTC
Turkey getting 1 build is average, and still plausible with a CON - H. Even a 0 build Turkey isn't the end of the world as it's very defensible and it might cause some A/I bickering as a result of it.

Germany almost certainly loses a build out of Kie-H and completely changes the dynamic in the West. It doesn't have the defensive benefits of Turkey, so I'd say it's the bigger effect here.
ghug (3739 D Mod (B))
11 Nov 17 UTC
If Germany is still moving its other units, two builds are still possible unless England is opposed and France doesn't feel charitable. A Turk not in Con is at the mercy of both Austria and Russia, who both benefit greatly from making it impossible for him to ever break out into the Balkans. I'm not sure the benefit is as clear-cut for E/F.
Ogion (4940 D)
11 Nov 17 UTC
I'd go with Mos to Stp, or Smyrna to Ankara, because either reshapes all the potential alliances in the south. The closest analogue in the north might be Kiel to Holland or Either London or Brest (but not both) to EC.
ghug (3739 D Mod (B))
11 Nov 17 UTC
I feel like Italy in Tyo/Tri and Russia in Gal are a bigger deal than Smy-Arm or Mos-StP.
Hellenic Riot (1574 D (G))
11 Nov 17 UTC
NMRs are the only "moves" that get games cancelled, so logically they have the biggest effect. You don't see games being cancelled due to gambits after all! I suppose we can think logically by going through them all though, to find which single unit has the most consequences of an NMR.

Firstly you need to rule out any unit which holds in place semi-regularly courtesy of bounces or holds anyway, as in those situations they wouldn't be gaining SCs regardless. So there goes Lon, all 3 French units, Mun, Ven, Tri, Vie, War, Sev, Ank.

Then you can rule out units which can only take SCs via convoy or ridiculous circumstance: Lvp, Rom, Smy.

So that leaves a shortlist of Edi, Kie, Ber, STP, Mos, Bud, Con, Nap.

So then we evaluate how often each of those gains an SC for its country in 01.

Edi: Norway is guaranteed under an Nwg/Nth opening but otherwise can be blocked by Russia, which isn't that unusual. No go.

Kiel: Either Den or Hol is guaranteed no matter what. Only England can border than unit in A01, so even if Germany then NMRs then it takes the SC.

Berlin: Usually takes the other of Hol/Den, but can be stopped by an aggressive England. No go.

STP: Bounced in Sweden quite regularly. No go.

Moscow: No move Moscow makes can guarantee Rumania if AT combine from the off. No go.

Budapest: 99% certain to take Serbia if it wants, as it can only be stopped in the ridiculous scenario of Italy or Turkey supporting the other into Ser with neither Austrian unit tapping Tri after leaving it open for him.

Constantinople: Can be prevented from gaining Bulgaria if AR work together from the start and Russia successfully deceives Turkey (Probably by enticing Turkey to move Ank into the med). No go.

Naples: 100% certain to take Tunis if it wants.

So the only two with 100% guarantees are Naples and Kiel, though you can add Budapest under realistic conditions. As CD Italy in a 6 man game is a commonly played format, and nobody else can take Tunis in 01 even if Italy NMRs, we can rule out Naples. Leaving it as Kiel or Budapest.

Austria being obliterated quickly isn't particularly unusual regardless of the Serbia situation, whereas Germany is usually ok til the midgame at worst. So I think Kiel H affects the overall dynamic more.
ghug (3739 D Mod (B))
11 Nov 17 UTC
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I feel like you're smart enough to know that there's more to Diplomacy than SCs, and even if we allow that very questionable premise, a lot of your logic is questionable. I don't think anyone actually thinks CD Italy is a good solution to the six-player issue. Con can be assured in 1901 (unless X convinces you to move poorly could be said of any guaranteed center). Germany can feasibly still get two centers with Kiel holding. Units that bounce don't necessarily bounce often. Austria getting steamrolled isn't so common as to be assumed.
Valis2501 (3672 D (G))
11 Nov 17 UTC
Warsaw to Silesia gets people talking
ghug (3739 D Mod (B))
11 Nov 17 UTC
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^ and should make any reasonable Germany or Russia want to cancel.
TrPrado (367 D Mod)
11 Nov 17 UTC
Russia moves War-Sil and then wants to cancel?
ghug (3739 D Mod (B))
11 Nov 17 UTC
I would be too busy being admitted to a mental institution to check webDip.
TrPrado (367 D Mod)
11 Nov 17 UTC
That’s a very liberal use of the word “reasonable.”
ghug (3739 D Mod (B))
11 Nov 17 UTC
I'm a very liberal guy.
TheJok3r (765 D)
11 Nov 17 UTC
Warsaw - Silesia is terrible. Yet, somehow not worse than Moscow - Livonia. And I recently witnessed that one.
ishirkmywork (1165 D)
11 Nov 17 UTC
Warsaw to Silesia May be terrible, but I think it satisfies the requirements of the OP
Durga (786 D)
11 Nov 17 UTC
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Guys it's obviously Vienna to Bohemia, do that and the whole board is shook
I'm trying to remember if I've seen Munich to Tyrolia before...
TooCoolSunday (197 D)
11 Nov 17 UTC
Moving glass to mouth and pouring inebriating fluid into system.
brainbomb (456 D)
11 Nov 17 UTC
Vienna to Bohemia

What circumstances could produce that?

Eastern Triple?
brainbomb (456 D)
11 Nov 17 UTC
I typically offer Russia an alliance and ask them to do Warsaw-Sil and I pledge vie-Boh.

It hasnt happemed in the last three times ive offered. But mostly because Germany was decent in press - more than Russia in each instance
brainbomb (456 D)
11 Nov 17 UTC
http://www.webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=200619

In this game I offered Russia a gal dmz and said id move to bohemia
brainbomb (456 D)
11 Nov 17 UTC
http://www.webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=198300#gamePanel

Offered it here as well.

15 May 2017 (To: Russia, from you) - Spring, 1901: Desired opening
: Warsaw-Sil
: Vienna - Boh
Moscow- Ukr
Bud - Serbia

(I support you to Rum you support me to Munich.)
(In 02 I get you Berlin you get me Bulgaria)

And we basically keep gaining on our enemies and dmz-ing interior lands like gal-bud-Rum-Sil-Boh

15 May 2017 (To: You, from Germany) - Spring, 1901: Yes I feel like that would work out unfortunately with you

15 May 2017 (To: Germany, from you) - Spring, 1901: Of course. I once banzai charged Germany as Austria. Was the dumbest opening in history lol

15 May 2017 (To: You, from Germany) - Spring, 1901: Good And you? I wish to establish peace with you my friend =). I have no qualm

15 May 2017 (To: Italy, from you) - Spring, 1901: I love Key Leponto as I/A and find it inrruiging. Any thoughts?

15 May 2017 (To: Turkey, from you) - Spring, 1901: A/T alliances are dynamic and always clining to the razors edge of stabs that also are mutually orchestrated. Are you up for a fluid ever changing ally?

15 May 2017 (To: Russia, from you) - Spring, 1901: I like R/A partnerships as they force unique situations.

15 May 2017 (To: England, from you) - Spring, 1901: Im making a crazy offer to some peeps. France will possibly be stretched thin if you ally with Germany
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15 May 2017 (To: Germany, from you) - Spring, 1901: How are you sir?
15 May 2017 (To: France, from you) - Spring, 1901: :)
15 May 2017 (To: France, from you) - Spring, 1901: Marseilles to Piedmomt I will offer you Venice

15 May 2017 (To: Italy, from you) - Spring, 1901: I offer you entry to Trieste and the Key to Leponto. Should you accept it shall be ordered

Moscow - St Pete.
TrPrado (367 D Mod)
11 Nov 17 UTC
Sev - Mos
TrPrado (367 D Mod)
11 Nov 17 UTC
It really changes the game in ways nobody here is thinking about.


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dargorygel (315 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 (277 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 (665 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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Smokey Gem (210 D)
09 Nov 17 UTC
Is it possible that human kind will ever live in peace. ?
We all want it that incredible vast majority. o why do we do what we do . How can we be so benovolent and violent at thesame time?
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CommanderByron (569 D Mod (S))
08 Nov 17 UTC
Curiosity: Coloreds
Why are the countries colored differently than the original board? anyone with insight, not complaining just curious.
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swordsman3003 (9797 D Mod (G))
10 Nov 17 UTC
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hypothetical changes to classic map
Ideas I have had that I thought might improve balancing. Not saying that I would advocate for all of these; they're just ideas I think about sometimes.
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damian (675 D Mod)
08 Nov 17 UTC
48 Hour Full Press. GR 250+
Does anyone want to play a game?
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brainbomb (456 D)
08 Nov 17 UTC
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After how many times Jurassic Park has failed why is there still investors?
How many times has this place failed or expeditions to it have failed? Seems like the liability lawsuits alone wouldve ensured that park wouldnt have ever been remade.
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Randomizer (80 D)
07 Nov 17 UTC
It's easier to get a gun, than ….
http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/16/health/getting-gun-ease-trnd/index.html

In the wake of the last two mass shootings, I didn't know that I would have a harder time buying a puppy than a gun. There are even more restrictions to join Diplomacy.
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LeonWalras (665 D)
30 Oct 17 UTC
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Daily MARX
In celebration of recent forum breakthroughs, I thought we'd bring back the daily Marx thread. Post your Marx quotes here.
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damo666 (175 D)
09 Nov 17 UTC
Players Ranks
How are these determined? Compare these two: a) Played 25 Defeated 7 (28%) Won 2 (8%) Drawn 11 (44%) Survived 5 (20%) Rank EXPERIENCED b) Played 21 Defeated 6 (29%) Won 4 (19%) Drawn 4 (19%) Survived 7 (33%) Rank POLITICAL PUPPET. Just wondering.....
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HBbuc (113 D)
30 Oct 17 UTC
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Hypothetical scenario
Hypothetical scenario: Get rid of Gender pronouns and call everyone and everyone and everything "it" and other variations of that.

Your thoughts?
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Thaneofwhiterun (1266 D)
07 Nov 17 UTC
Where did everybody go?
I feel so lonely, I can't even start up a 1v1 game...
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