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by swordsman3003
Tue Apr 14, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Backstabbed for Loose Lips
Replies: 8
Views: 4788

Re: Backstabbed for Loose Lips

If you are sharing your moves with your rivals, and you want to be stabbed less often, you can reduce the amount you are being stabbed by reducing the amount that you are sharing. There are strategic reasons for sharing (as I explained in my article), but you should have that reasoning in mind when ...
by swordsman3003
Sun Apr 12, 2020 2:56 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Backstabbed for Loose Lips
Replies: 8
Views: 4788

Backstabbed for Loose Lips

Hello again friends. It's been a while since I contributed via my blog. Life got busy and difficult...but on the other hand, it is invigorating to contribute to a community that I enjoy so much. Sometimes I should remember that I feel better after I finish writing than before I started! The Top 5 Re...
by swordsman3003
Sun Apr 05, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Mini-Mafia Signup
Replies: 74
Views: 9135

Re: Mini-Mafia Signup

Because I was asked: My face-to-face mafia games have been 100% serious and competitive, and are among the most intense games I have ever played—period. No special powers or whatever. Just the original (Russian?) rules. My group has reached a point where it is common for the mafia to be voted out co...
by swordsman3003
Sun Apr 05, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Mini-Mafia Signup
Replies: 74
Views: 9135

Re: Mini-Mafia Signup

I had a misunderstanding of the rules, sorry but I want to withdraw from this game!
by swordsman3003
Sun Apr 05, 2020 5:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Mini-Mafia Signup
Replies: 74
Views: 9135

Re: Mini-Mafia Signup

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by swordsman3003
Sun Apr 05, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: BrotherBored's Diplomacy Dojo
Replies: 0
Views: 4595

BrotherBored's Diplomacy Dojo

I will be hosting a weekly 1-hour online meetup with the goal of improving at Diplomacy. For now, we will be meeting on Saturdays, 3pm-4pm EDT on Google Hangouts. The time and conferencing software might be changed in the future, but for now they are set. If you are interested in an invitation, PM m...
by swordsman3003
Tue Feb 18, 2020 3:14 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Servility Gets You Stabbed
Replies: 9
Views: 3665

Servility Gets You Stabbed

Hello friends. It's been a while since I've posted something. I've been quite busy with my personal life. But that's under control now, and so, here is another article for your reading delight: The Top 5 Reasons You Get Backstabbed, #3: Servility To play as a "servile ally" is to overlook the threat...
by swordsman3003
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Tournaments
Topic: 2019 ODC Finals (retrospective)
Replies: 15
Views: 7413

Re: 2019 ODC Finals (retrospective)

I think you may be mixing this up with the Masters. For this one you’re only assured not to get assigned the same country in a given round. Yes, I got mixed up somehow. Thank you for correcting me; I have updated my post. If someone can direct me to the correct scoring data for the Preliminary Roun...
by swordsman3003
Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:10 pm
Forum: Tournaments
Topic: 2019 ODC Finals (retrospective)
Replies: 15
Views: 7413

Re: 2019 ODC Finals (retrospective)

Shoot, I must admit I did not appreciate the scoring problem. Is there a list somewhere that shows the true scores? I will happily amend the article with the correct data.

And please, go ahead Belgian.
by swordsman3003
Mon Jan 20, 2020 11:49 pm
Forum: Tournaments
Topic: 2019 ODC Finals (retrospective)
Replies: 15
Views: 7413

2019 ODC Finals (retrospective)

I am guessing that this should be its own thread, so apologies if that is not the case. I wrote a post about what led me to the finals, and my thoughts on getting there. I hope everyone can enjoy. https://brotherbored.com/2019-online-diplomacy-championship-finals/ I wish I could go into more detail ...
by swordsman3003
Mon Jan 20, 2020 3:52 am
Forum: Tournaments
Topic: ODC 2019 Tournament Start
Replies: 399
Views: 74187

Re: ODC 2019 Tournament Start

You all know me well enough by now to know that I’ll write about my perspective on the match one way or the other—perhaps for years to come, if I find that hindsight continues to grant me insight into long-finished games. I am more than happy to publish whatever the players write up (be that contemp...
by swordsman3003
Sat Jan 18, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Tournaments
Topic: ODC 2019 Tournament Start
Replies: 399
Views: 74187

Re: ODC 2019 Tournament Start

I show my father the Round 2 results and explain that there will be a final round.

He responds: “Vegas has Belgian at 4-1 and [swordsman] at 7-1.”
by swordsman3003
Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Tournaments
Topic: ODC 2019 Tournament Start
Replies: 399
Views: 74187

Re: ODC 2019 Tournament Start

Whatever happens after this, I want to say that playing in the finals is a great honor. I know what it took for me to get there, and so I can infer what kind of effort it took for everyone else. Thank you in advance for sharing some part of your life with me. I am looking forward to playing together...
by swordsman3003
Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:42 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Two Tier Scoring
Replies: 62
Views: 13725

Two Tier Scoring

A proposal for a new zero-sum scoring system.

Not written by me, but I am hosting this proposal as a guest post.

I am however really interested in this idea.
by swordsman3003
Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Honest vs. Lying - Opening
Replies: 11
Views: 3665

Re: Honest vs. Lying - Opening

At the start of the match (let's say, Spring 1901 to Winter 1902) err on the side of honesty . I think this advice holds for any player, but is especially true if you are still learning the ropes. As I've written about recently on my blog, being an unlikeable player is a great way to get your @$$ ki...
by swordsman3003
Tue Dec 17, 2019 3:40 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Backstab...or Trojan Horse?
Replies: 12
Views: 5016

Re: Backstab...or Trojan Horse?

It's no "Trojan Horse" to backstab a genuine ally who has outlived their usefulness. Let's say you're following this strategy and you stab Germany in the midgame. The German player would be left to wonder why they've been stabbed, and the reason would be, you're following a strategy that called for ...
by swordsman3003
Tue Dec 17, 2019 4:49 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Mercy in a Draw-Size Scoring game
Replies: 5
Views: 3760

Re: Mercy in a Draw-Size Scoring game

There are players who will absolutely keep around rivals who are not necessary to the draw. It's common. I guess you could call this "mercy." I hate it. But, when it is my ass on the line, I will do everything I can to manipulate players into keeping me around. And there are players like me who will...
by swordsman3003
Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:32 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Backstab...or Trojan Horse?
Replies: 12
Views: 5016

Re: Backstab...or Trojan Horse?

Okay my last post is seriously confused and mixed up. I apologize for that. what I said about a sealion was true. Mea culpa on the rest.
by swordsman3003
Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Play smart, or less so?
Replies: 3
Views: 2709

Re: Play smart, or less so?

It is usually to your advantage to act attentive, engaged, friendly (towards your allies at least), and interested in the match. (Not 100% of the time, but the exceptions are unusual.) And you probably want to demonstrate a certain basic level of competence to get another player interested in allyin...