Fall 1999 Retreat Issue
About The Diplomatic Pouch
Take a quick look at the latest happenings around The Pouch and the hobby.
Some of you already know about the DPjudge. Everyone else is about to
find out. (Being the publisher, I get to do things like put articles that I
write myself at the top of the table of contents.)
Geography Is Destiny
Paul takes us with him on a revealing study of the geography of the Diplomacy
map. Exactly what advantages and disadvantages does the map deal to each power?
How do these affect the relative success rates of the powers? Most
significantly, how can you take lessons from this study to better
your own performance as each power?
The Newly Redesigned Millennium Edition Western Triple Alliance
It's a mouthful, isn't it? A new take on the Western Triple Alliance. Not bad... unless you're on the receiving end.
Machiavelli -- What Every Young Tyrant Should Know
Bruce continues his article series on the Machiavelli variant. This time,
he provides alliance advice for the eight powers.
Announcing The Diplomatic Corps
Edi Birsan, a hobby fixture, introduces The Diplomatic Corps, a worldwide
organization of players and organizations.
How to Run a Diplomacy Tournament
Since your humble publisher's own regional organization
(The ARMADA) is about to hold
its first tournament, I sent out some mail asking for advice from those who
had run tournaments before. To my surprise and delight, Brandon responded
in article form.
World DipCon IX at Namur, Belgium
Speaking of conventions, Larry provides us his photo retrospective --
oops, I mean Peerispective -- from the 1999 World Championships.
Edi provides another answer for the age-old question, "what if we don't
have exactly seven players?"
Szykman and Hand:
Eliminating the Paradox in Diplomacy
Simon and Manus go toe-to-toe discussing what should happen when a convoying
army attacks a fleet whose support is crucial to keeping the convoying fleet
afloat. Confused? Come see what we mean, and let us know what you think!
Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Diplomat
Need some help with Holmes' latest case as presented in the last issue?
Watson provides a few clues.
What I've Learned in Three Months as a Diplomacy Player
You may remember José, who asked the readership in the last Pouch
issue whether playing Diplomacy was worth paying a perceived emotional toll.
Having been convinced by our words (after all, that's our job) to enter the
hobby with both barrels blazing, he's back now to answer his own question.
Avoiding Stabs 101
Tired of pulling new daggers out of your
back before the previous wounds have had a chance to heal? Here's some
advice directed at the repeat stab victim on how to start changing
your track record.
The Bismarck Opening
Looking for a fresh way to open as Germany? Theo has an idea. Try a
Sealion without involving the Frenchman!
Another Analysis of the "Risk-Taking" Experiment
Marc takes a fresh look at the data generated by Simon Szykman's tricky
"Risk-Taking" experiment of a few issues back. In that experiment, Simon
tried to determine what effect, if any, the positioning of a piece on the
board -- positioning within a space; be it "facing" either towards or away
from another part of the board -- had any effect on player perception of
An Application of the "Risk-Taking" Experiment
Brahm regales us with the story of a game in which he put
Simon's observation about the effect of piece positioning in face-to-face play
(which Simon had first noticed at the 1998 World Championships)
into conscious practice.
The Editor and the Readership:
Check out one of the larger collections of Deposits ever. (Or maybe it just
took me longer than usual to edit the collection; I honestly don't know which.
Good reading, regardless.)
On Convoy Path Specification
Internet players are used to specifying (in an army's order) the location of
all fleets to be used during a convoy.
What does the inventor of Diplomacy think of this practice? Find out!
Tempest In a Teapot
Pit Kisser Tim checks in with his report on the first annual U.S.
capital region tournament. Find out who came out on top in the festival
of Diplomatic fellowship and revelry.
Out Of My Depth
Richard is one of the many players in the 1999 World E-Mail Masters Tournament.
Here he offers a tournament novice's insight on the event.
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