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by David E. Cohen
Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: How Do We Feel About Not Even Trying to Win?
Replies: 139
Views: 19453

Re: How Do We Feel About Not Even Trying to Win?

One caveat. This assumes in each case all neutrals have been captured.
by David E. Cohen
Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: How Do We Feel About Not Even Trying to Win?
Replies: 139
Views: 19453

Re: How Do We Feel About Not Even Trying to Win?

Yes, as to no two way draws.

With a prime number of dots, there is no possibility of the participants in a draw all finishing with the same number of dots.
by David E. Cohen
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:07 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: How Do We Feel About Not Even Trying to Win?
Replies: 139
Views: 19453

Re: How Do We Feel About Not Even Trying to Win?

This sort of thing is why the variants I design pretty much all have an odd number of dots and most have a prime number of dots.
by David E. Cohen
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:54 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: How Do We Feel About Not Even Trying to Win?
Replies: 139
Views: 19453

Re: How Do We Feel About Not Even Trying to Win?

That is if he's recognised as the strongest and the others see to his elimination. But one mediocre or weak player may dream of the solo but the realistic approach is that he cannot get it so he has for the moment to settle with less. In order to avoid losing he has to play in alliance and that's w...
by David E. Cohen
Mon Aug 31, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: How Do We Feel About Not Even Trying to Win?
Replies: 139
Views: 19453

Re: How Do We Feel About Not Even Trying to Win?

PRINCE WILLIAM wrote:
Mon Aug 31, 2020 10:27 am
Ιf a player is not a strong one he cannot aspire to a solo he has to go with a draw.
This is utterly, completely wrong. The game is Diplomacy, not chess. The strongest Dip players in the world can and do lose to average, or even below average players.
by David E. Cohen
Mon Aug 24, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: How Do We Feel About Not Even Trying to Win?
Replies: 139
Views: 19453

Re: How Do We Feel About Not Even Trying to Win?

We feel very badly about it! :x
by David E. Cohen
Thu Aug 13, 2020 1:40 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: The guy I'm about to kill is reciting Poetry to me. What would you do next?
Replies: 11
Views: 4689

Re: The guy I'm about to kill is reciting Poetry to me. What would you do next?

My analysis would be simple: Which course of action results in a better chance at a solo? :-D

Either way, no reason you can't join in the poetical fun. I sometimes do so myself, though normally it would be in public press or an EOG statement, rather than in private communications.
by David E. Cohen
Wed Jul 29, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Help plz
Replies: 5
Views: 4466

Re: Help plz

Nikola Maric Eto wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 3:48 pm
Achievement unlocked! :-)
Post of the week! :lol:
by David E. Cohen
Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:17 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Theory/strategy books?
Replies: 4
Views: 4030

Re: Theory/strategy books?

You may also want to read some of the military classics. I have previously recommended the following elsewhere on this site: A Book of Five Rings, by Miyamoto Musashi, Book of Family Traditions on the Art of War, by Munenori Yagyu, On War, by Clausewitz, Strategy, by Liddell-Hart, The Prince, by Mac...
by David E. Cohen
Sun Jul 12, 2020 8:27 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Rules Resolution Question
Replies: 9
Views: 4446

Re: Rules Resolution Question

Not necessarily. You don't know what the rest of the rules say, especially if they state specifically that a convoy would be an exception to the quoted rule.
by David E. Cohen
Tue Jun 30, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Convoy conundrum...
Replies: 21
Views: 5988

Re: Convoy conundrum...

I object to the initial poster objecting to the hijacking of his thread.
by David E. Cohen
Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Convoy conundrum...
Replies: 21
Views: 5988

Re: Convoy conundrum...

On that I can agree. There are numerous convoy paradoxes, set forth in jaw dropping/mind numbing detail in the DATC, which are not handled at all by the rulebook. Fortunately; they come up very, very rarely in actual play.

Ugh. Got another headache thinking about paradoxes.
by David E. Cohen
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:27 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Convoy conundrum...
Replies: 21
Views: 5988

Re: Convoy conundrum...

The actual rule from the rulebook is as follows: " A convoyed Army does not cut the support of a unit supporting an attack against one of the Fleets necessary of the Army to convoy. This is a tricky and rare situation, but without this rule (Using Diagram 30 as an example), a paradox may occur." Not...
by David E. Cohen
Sun Jun 28, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Convoy conundrum...
Replies: 21
Views: 5988

Re: Convoy conundrum...

Per the rulebook, there is only one correct adjudication. Since it is dealt with by the rulebook, there is no paradox.
by David E. Cohen
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Convoy conundrum...
Replies: 21
Views: 5988

Re: Convoy conundrum...

Hello Squigs44, I disagree with your definition of the classification of the scenario as a convoy paradox. It lacks cyclicality.

Aaaaaand, now my head is starting to hurt. :eyeroll:
by David E. Cohen
Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Convoy conundrum...
Replies: 21
Views: 5988

Re: Convoy conundrum...

There is no convoy paradox here. I can tell because I have reviewed the orders in the opening post and not gotten a headache. F North Sea is dislodged 1v2.
by David E. Cohen
Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:59 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: How to Break a Stalemate (in an ethically questionable way)
Replies: 5
Views: 4302

Re: How to Break a Stalemate (in an ethically questionable way)

A misleading subject line. This isn't "breaking a stalemate". This is a player throwing a game. In and of itself, there is nothing wrong with a player throwing a game.
by David E. Cohen
Wed Jun 10, 2020 8:41 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: New Dip AI Article
Replies: 2
Views: 1222

New Dip AI Article

by David E. Cohen
Tue Jun 09, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Known World 901
Replies: 5
Views: 708

Re: Known World 901

Oh, KW901, my poor baby! :cry: