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by Octavious
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Travel Destinations
Replies: 116
Views: 12080

Re: Travel Destinations

Best place in the world for the sheer awe factor has to be Egypt, specifically the temples in the Luxor region. The pyramids are soso, and the tombs are a bit shit (a hole in the ground is a hole in the ground), but the temples are stunning. On a scale of 1 to 10, with Stonehenge at a 3, Knossos at ...
by Octavious
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:09 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: I have health insurance now!
Replies: 22
Views: 2156

Re: I have health insurance now!

What's a tide pod?
by Octavious
Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:57 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Travel Destinations
Replies: 116
Views: 12080

Re: Travel Destinations

Morocco is ok. I wouldn't rate it as bucket list material though. And I'm extremely curious about what was great about Casablanca :P. The Atlas mountains are pretty great, as it's nice to go somewhere green and wet with a bit of snow after being in Marrakech for a few days. Marrakech itself is an ex...
by Octavious
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:16 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: A brief overview of viable openings in GvI
Replies: 8
Views: 1426

Re: A brief overview of viable openings in GvI

I have and I did. The thing is the enjoyable bit is working out how everything works and what to do. Having a big list of other people's ideas is like baking with a shop bought premade mixture, or making a curry by pouring a jar of sauce over some meat. Where's the fun in that?
by Octavious
Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: A brief overview of viable openings in GvI
Replies: 8
Views: 1426

Re: A brief overview of viable openings in GvI

You're confusing God with the Devil again, Eden.
by Octavious
Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: New Games
Topic: Thinking about a casual, instructional game format
Replies: 13
Views: 1663

Re: Thinking about a casual, instructional game format

There are far too many unranked games these days. We're getting to the stage where ranking will grind to a halt if we're not careful! I think we run the risk of over exaggerating the dangers. It's a game iin the spotlight, and it would be between 7 well thought of players. It's about as low risk ad ...
by Octavious
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Replace me in a game
Replies: 1
Views: 713

Re: Replace me in a game

Yeah, no one in their right mind would touch this with a ten foot barge pole. As much as you should never ever enter civil disorder if you can help it, if I were you I'd enter civil disorder.
by Octavious
Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: US Government Shutdown
Replies: 118
Views: 9186

Re: US Government Shutdown

This is obviously some strange usage of the word "works" that I wasn't previously aware of.
by Octavious
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:29 am
Forum: Politics
Topic: Trump calls for "pathway to citizenship" in exchange for a wall.
Replies: 67
Views: 4849

Re: Trump calls for "pathway to citizenship" in exchange for a wall.

Oh, it's a flood defence thing? Bloody hell, you Yanks do love your 20th century solutions, don't you? Your coasts really are in trouble if that's the way your instincts point :P
by Octavious
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: New Games
Topic: Thinking about a casual, instructional game format
Replies: 13
Views: 1663

Re: Thinking about a casual, instructional game format

Well, I couldn't take part in a gunboat game unless you'd want the followers treated to persistent mild cursing and exclamations of confusion. I could potentially sign up to a full press game, but I'm very much against any public commentary. Perhaps it's worth putting the comments to the followers i...
by Octavious
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:03 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Mod Team Announcement
Replies: 9
Views: 2343

Re: Mod Team Announcement

Maniac wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:38 pm
Thanks for doing a thankless task Ezio and realising that the mod team need new blood. (cough)
That's a nasty sounding cough you have there, Maniac. I've heard that the mod team were considering recruiting you, but probably best to put it on hold for now because of health considerations.
by Octavious
Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Trump calls for "pathway to citizenship" in exchange for a wall.
Replies: 67
Views: 4849

Re: Trump calls for "pathway to citizenship" in exchange for a wall.

Jeff Kuta wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 7:38 pm
We need to start building walls along our borders.

SEA WALLS.
?

Every time I dip into this thread I end up confused :p
by Octavious
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Trump calls for "pathway to citizenship" in exchange for a wall.
Replies: 67
Views: 4849

Re: Trump calls for "pathway to citizenship" in exchange for a wall.

As much as I accept the hypocrisy comment, as anti Trump arguments go it seems pretty weak. Sometimes I think it must be a variation of the dead cat strategy. There are so many avenues to attack Trump that he deliberately invents additional targets that are far less damaging yet his enemies find irr...
by Octavious
Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: New Games
Topic: Thinking about a casual, instructional game format
Replies: 13
Views: 1663

Re: Thinking about a casual, instructional game format

That's dangerous. My diplomacy reputation (as much as I have one) has been manufactured almost entirely by pretending that what actually happened was what I intended all along. Telling an attentive audience what's actually going through my mind in real time will put the kibosh on that good and prope...
by Octavious
Sun Jan 21, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Politics
Topic: Trump calls for "pathway to citizenship" in exchange for a wall.
Replies: 67
Views: 4849

Re: Trump calls for "pathway to citizenship" in exchange for a wall.

Jeff Kuta wrote:
Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:58 pm
Trump is a liar and hypocrite. That’s the golf criticism.
I don't follow...
by Octavious
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: EIDRaS Ratings
Replies: 81
Views: 6987

Re: EIDRaS Ratings

I'd be lying if I claimed to have followed that reasoning :p.

At the end of the day I think that we need a few illustrative examples showing the differences between the systems in various scenarios. Then we can judge what aspects we find acceptable and what doesn't seem to work.
by Octavious
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: EIDRaS Ratings
Replies: 81
Views: 6987

Re: EIDRaS Ratings

Perhaps I didn't make myself clear. Consider the case in which you (and lets assume you're a high ranking player) go up against a player new to the site but high ranking elsewhere, and you lose. The other player gets a significant boost to their webDip ranking under both systems, but the difference ...
by Octavious
Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: EIDRaS Ratings
Replies: 81
Views: 6987

Re: EIDRaS Ratings

My limited understanding of GR was that each player essentially contributed to a point pot, with the size of the contribution determined by their current rating, and who took the points was determined purely by the results. I rather liked the idea of it. This system I understand even less, but I'm n...
by Octavious
Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Idiots Guide to Diplomacy: Anatomy of a Top Ranked Player
Replies: 17
Views: 3785

Re: Idiots Guide to Diplomacy: Anatomy of a Top Ranked Player

For my $.02, the value of gunboat is in sharpening your fundamental tactics. True, you won't be able to figure out multi-party convoys, but they are esoteric, edge cases. Knowing how to take StP from the north, how to take (or hold) Munich or Warsaw or Tunis against equal force - get those things r...
by Octavious
Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Idiots Guide to Diplomacy: Anatomy of a Top Ranked Player
Replies: 17
Views: 3785

Re: Idiots Guide to Diplomacy: Anatomy of a Top Ranked Player

That's an interesting variation of the 1v1 idea. Yeah, I can see value in that. Out of curiosity what's the victory condition on those?