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Thucydides (869 D (B))
08 Apr 12 UTC
Help me craft a style
So I'm rebooting my diplomacy. It's been on autopilot for like a year and half and I'm going nowhere fast... let's talk comprehensive strategies, shall we?
abgemacht (990 D (G))
08 Apr 12 UTC
Anon or non-anon?
Gobbledydook (100 D (B))
08 Apr 12 UTC
Semi-anon.
abgemacht (990 D (G))
08 Apr 12 UTC
If you're playing anon games, I'm a fan of the "helpless fool". Just act confused and scared the whole time and people will often leave you alone or even help you out of pity. When the time is right, you can stab them and go for the gold.

This, of course, doesn't work too well in non-anon games.
Thucydides (869 D (B))
08 Apr 12 UTC
First I'll try to draft different play styles that are good combinations of characteristics and then choose one for myself to model on.

There's the really terse guy who's all business and doesn't do a lot lying, deceit, manipulation, and his moves are pretty much straightforward. Think of him as the guy who usually plays gunboat but he's in a regular press this time.

Then there's the talkative guy who's bubbly and fun and tries to be everyone's friends, avoids lying as much as he can, and profits from strong alliances and good relations with enemies.

Then there's the guy who talks a lot and is thusly respected and such but doesn't try to add that touchy-feely vibe - he means business too. This guy is definitely a manipulator. Think Babak. He specializes in offering you deals that seem to be totally reasonable and mutually beneficial and then using it as a trap and taking you down, sometimes. A good ally, a terrifying enemy.

Then there's mysterious kind, the unpredictable one. This guy's play style is a lack of a consistent play style. He takes risky moves, but not always, he talks a lot, sometimes. He might pull a chainsaw out. He might sweet talk. You never know what he's up to. In some ways he is the master of deception - he is behind a smokescreen so thick you can't begin to guess his plans.

Any others?
ghug (2625 D Mod (B))
08 Apr 12 UTC
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Ha Thucy, I KNEW you were a multi. You forgot to log out of Gobbledydook and back into Thucydides. Try playing one account, it gives you more focus.

In all seriousness, what's the problem exactly?
Thucydides (869 D (B))
08 Apr 12 UTC
I guess I was thinking both. Good question.
Gobbledydook (100 D (B))
08 Apr 12 UTC
oops you caught me
Thucydides (869 D (B))
08 Apr 12 UTC
I mean. The problem is that I have no, like, approach. I don't have an M.O., a playbook. I just have random techniques but I don't have a comprehensive method.
Thucydides (869 D (B))
08 Apr 12 UTC
I guess I should try to play to my strengths.

My strengths are:

1) guessing right on the opponent's moves
2) tactical innovation/surprise
3) re-building trust
abgemacht (990 D (G))
08 Apr 12 UTC
That's because you're the Wild Card, Thucy.

Honestly, it's better, imho. If you're know for things, people can counter you better.
Gobbledydook (100 D (B))
08 Apr 12 UTC
My strengths are tactical play, but I am lacking on alliance-maintaining.
Thucydides (869 D (B))
08 Apr 12 UTC
What's better?

Being the Wild Card?

How am I the Wild Card btw I don't actually understand the moniker.

Yeah my weakness is that people don't like me after a bit. I have trouble fostering loyalty.
abgemacht (990 D (G))
08 Apr 12 UTC
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@Thucy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvIImCLhzPE
zultar (3830 D Mod (P))
09 Apr 12 UTC
I don't want to derail Thucy's thread, but I wonder how I am perceived as a player, not as a forum poster. Anyone wants to chime in? Strengths and weaknesses, either here or in PM.
I reckon you are who you are (or as Ke$ha says, we R who we R). You can try to play dumb for a while, or you can try to be effusive bubbly, but eventually either you'll slip or people will see through it, or whatever. That doesn't mean you can't try to improve yourself. If you are weak at tactics, try to study other games, use a simulator, etc. If people don't like you, try being friendlier, work on developing bonds, don't call other players pathetic morons and fucktards in global, etc. I think all that only goes so far, though. Fundamentally, you are who you are as a player and I don't think it really changes that much.


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King Atom (100 D)
09 Apr 12 UTC
Heading To the Sex Offender Capital of America...
Guess where that is!
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centurion1 (1478 D)
09 Apr 12 UTC
How Karmic is this?
http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=85569#gamePanel

draw when there is a cd.
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Emac (0 D X)
08 Apr 12 UTC
Search Options
Can the search option be set to find only new games that are public? Why are password protected games even listed on the same page as public games anyway?
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Lando Calrissian (60 D (S))
08 Apr 12 UTC
Masters
Anyone watching?
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Thucydides (869 D (B))
07 Apr 12 UTC
RIP The Hanged Man
for he is hung :(
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dubmdell (556 D)
08 Apr 12 UTC
Gunboat Challenge Game 3 EOG
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rokakoma (18688 D)
08 Apr 12 UTC
Sargmacher's 1000 Point Challenge - EOG
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Lando Calrissian (60 D (S))
08 Apr 12 UTC
board.php?gameID=82998
EOG
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Sargmacher (0 D X)
08 Apr 12 UTC
EOG Sargmacher's 1000 Point Challenge
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Lopt (100 D)
08 Apr 12 UTC
Big Live Game (1400 pot)
Join quickly: gameID=85508!

Do you have the guts to take the glory?!
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Geofram (245 D (B))
04 Apr 12 UTC
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TIL That Mormons hate knock knock jokes.
Just happened as I washed from dinner.
Knock knock.
"Evening sir, have a moment to talk about Jesus?"
"You're supposed to wait until I say 'who's there.'"
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NigeeBaby (476 D (G))
08 Apr 12 UTC
Is Messi better than Pele?
"People always ask me: 'When is the new Pele going to be born?' Never. My father and mother have closed the factory."

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dubmdell (556 D)
06 Apr 12 UTC
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I wrote a song for Ava and the link works!
Inspired by Sarg's comments in this thread:
http://webdiplomacy.net/forum.php?viewthread=851524
I wrote this song for Ava! I used my friend's twelve string for instrumentation. The link works in this thread. Or it did for me.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUdxAQznH9E
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AncientMemories (174 D)
08 Apr 12 UTC
Something while waiting for the next season
I dunno, i think it's interesting anyways. Give it a second or two to load
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap120312.html

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DoctorJingles (212 D)
07 Apr 12 UTC
Not happy with the Mods
I am currently upset with the mods of webdiplomacy. I allowed my younger sister to make an account on webdip with the use of my personal email. Soon after i am recieving emails accusing me of multi accounting when they can clearly see that my account and my sisters share no games what so ever.
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Mujus (692 D (B))
07 Apr 12 UTC
The Story of Lazarus Rising from the Dead
http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=Jhn&c=11&v=1&t=NLT#
2 replies
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hellalt (90 D)
06 Apr 12 UTC
Masters of Masturbation
gameID=82656
just because of my bad manners Russia gave up on an easy solo just so that I don't survive.
44 replies
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Thucydides (869 D (B))
07 Apr 12 UTC
In all seriousness regarding Congolese symphonies
I first heard of the Congolese National Symphony Orchestra here, check it out. Very cool.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8709592.stm
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stranger (734 D)
07 Apr 12 UTC
current live game
Italy, we need to draw that game, England CDing destroyed the game.
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King Atom (100 D)
07 Apr 12 UTC
Can A Moderator Do Something...
...if someone won't leave you alone, even after you've muted them?
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Thucydides (869 D (B))
06 Apr 12 UTC
(+1)
do you guys like algae
this is an algae thread. first topic - algy-based biofuel. you burn algy and use it for fuel. what you think.
24 replies
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redhouse1938 (876 D)
06 Apr 12 UTC
Glad that Tettleton's Chew is not my neighbor
Because I'd probably start a more profitable company than his and vote for the socialist party just to annoy the shit out of him.
4 replies
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President Eden (2803 D)
06 Apr 12 UTC
I've never used the Mute feature, but I'm getting close.
Guess who.
60 replies
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Algy (100 D)
06 Apr 12 UTC
should join the game "fast"
its gonna be a good one
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ffourteen (100 D)
07 Apr 12 UTC
Need two more
Need two more. Starts in 5 minutes. http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=85396
0 replies
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Manas (818 D)
07 Apr 12 UTC
Interesting RPG game
http://e-sim.org/lan.120272/
Amazed at the amount of detail
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krellin (90 D)
06 Apr 12 UTC
Seeking a CHARACTER....
I am in the process of writing a short story....most likely fantasy in nature, and it involves characters I am taking FROM HERE....
19 replies
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dubmdell (556 D)
07 Apr 12 UTC
Celtic and Sandgoose let me in on a secret
abgemacht's real name is "Adam." lol
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King Atom (100 D)
06 Apr 12 UTC
Racist Pizza
Why is there white pizza, but no black pizza? Why is there deep-dish pizza, but no opposite to that? Are there racist and "anti small-vagina" lobbyists in the food industry?
Discuss.
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