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Spring 1998 Movement Issue

Your Publisher: About The Diplomatic Pouch
I don't know if people usually skip this column, but this time, you really shouldn't. Honest, a whole lot has happened recently to The Pouch, and if you haven't been keeping up with it, here's your chance to get all caught up in one fell swoop. Read it from top to bottom. Really, do.

Simon Szykman: Maintaining the Status Quo
Our experiment with a new logo came and went with many people having missed it, thanks to a resounding wave of bleahs from most of the people who sent us feedback. Here's a a bit of an explanation for those people who missed the logo, or saw the logo but missed the significance of the logo.

Vince Mous: The Spanish Armada
Vince continues his always eagerly-awaited series on his Modern variant, this time covering the openings and strategies for Spain.

Blast From The Past: The Lepanto Opening
Over a quarter-century ago, with perhaps the most famous six paragraphs in the history of the hobby, Edi introduced to the world the Lepanto. And suddenly, Italy was never the same again. Imagine the world without the Lepanto (if you can) and then read how Edi unveiled it.

Bobby Somebody: Diversification
Turks in Silesia? French in Greece? And all this in 1903? Sound interesting? Bobby agrees, and he says we should play that way more often!

Ackland and Rehbold: Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Diplomat
Watson lays the solution to the Case of the Suwati Refugee before the mystified readership.

Szykman, Hand and Kennedy: Puzzle Solutions
Here are the solutions to the cryptic puzzle and the two DipStick puzzles which appeared in the last issue of The Diplomatic Pouch.

Tony Nichols: Diplomacy Cryptic II
One of our readers liked the Cyptic in the last issue so much he went and made one of his own. This one's a bit more challenging, so you'd better do some stretching to warm up.

M. J. Yatchman: Some Thoughts on No Press Opening Theory
For all you no press Diplomacy players out there, here's an article on opening theory for the various powers specifically geared towards games without press.

The Editor and the Readership: Pouch Deposits
It's an all new and improved edition of the mail column. Well, okay, it's not improved at all, but it's guaranteed all new. Worth a look, then, eh?

Michael Lease: Cheating Yourself
God forbid that you, gentle reader, are among those who sully the game by winning the easy way: by cheating. If you are (or if you are thinking about becoming one), let Mike admonish and upbraid you as you deserve, and if not, share his sentiments with him.

Tony Swinnerton: Ruling Scandinavia As Germany
Looking for an opening a little out of the ordinary? How about heading straight north as Germany? Tony says you can surprise the board and yourself with the success of this tactic.

Simon Szykman: Conspiracy Theory
How a group of Diplomacy players united in order to defraud, deceive and subvert (what other reason could there be?). And if you were an investor or observer in the old dippouch bourse game which used to run with each issue of The Diplomatic Pouch Zine, you definitely won't want to miss this one.

"The Scribe": A Statistical Look at 1901
Afraid that having all the numbers at his fingertips will make you afraid of him, someone who therefore elected to remain anonymous has decided to share the wealth. Learn all there is to know about what has happened in the 1901's for 600 games, and from this, get a better idea of what's about to happen in yours.

Dugal Ure: The Australian Diplomacy Championchip [sic]
Brandon Clarke brings us a report from Dugal Ure of the Australian Diplomacy Championship, as well as the tournament results.

Graeme Ackland: Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Diplomat
Watson brings another of Holmes' quandaries, this one under the heading, "The Great Disarmament Conundrum." Another toughie from Ackland, er, I mean, Conan Doyle.

Ron Artigues: The Sealion at Rest
A couple of issues ago, an intrepid diplomat played his first Sealion opening and wrote about it in these pages. He took us through the first three years of the opening while the game was still in progress, but could go no farther until the game played out. Now we all find out how it went, and how well the Sealion Opening served him.

Tim Miller: Press
This is the first in a new series of articles about press in Diplomacy. Actually, it's just the introduction to the series, but hopefully it will whet your appetite for what is to come.

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