Winter 1995 Adjustment Issue
About The Diplomatic Pouch
- Surprise! An "About the Pouch" article which actually has some news to
report! (Did you notice? The Pouch is a changed beast!)
- Stephen checks in with the first article in a new series about becoming
a good GameMaster. (Hey Stephen, you left out one of the "o"'s in the
word "good" there in that little synopsis, but I fixed it for you.)
- Payola Diplomacy is sweeping the hobby! (Well, at least I like to say
Here is the sweat of my brow -- everything I ever wanted to tell everybody
about the Payola variant but which nobody ever asked.
Lies, Damn Lies, and Diplomacy
- Continuing his ongoing look at and presentation of the statistics which
shape our little world, Matthew Self brings us Nick Fitzpatrick's latest
Diplomacy Hall of Fame.
The Great Diplomacy Poll
- Are you typical? Take a look at the questions Paul asked e-mail players
everywhere and the answers he received and learn just how run-of-the-mill
you really are after all.
Library of Diplomacy Tactics
- Matthew took it upon himself to catalog the various tactics which
make up The Game, and we can all be very glad he did. Filling a void
which has long existed is this tactical library, an essential for
- Take Diplomacy out of the Europe of the 1900's and put it in the Europe
of the 1990's and what do you have? You have the Modern Diplomacy
variant. Learn more about it from its creator.
- Guess what. Yep. No surprises here. Correspondence sent to the Pouch,
with some verbage wrapped around it. Enjoy!
The Diplomacy Programming Project
- Timely as always, Danny checks in with a combinatorical look at the
The Big Dipper looks at Shift Variants
- Pitt's triumphant return to The Pouch is marked by an insightful discussion
of the shift-left and shift-right variants, in which you must fight your
way home while watching your back.
Incoming! Further Reflections of a Newbie
- Stephen keeps playing, and keeps telling us what he thinks of the game.
Follow his latest exploits in this installment of his article series.
The Diplomacy Academy
- Dan dovetails with Jamie Dreier's Endgame series in this, his latest
installment of the popular Diplomacy Academy. Take the Chopin Challenge
to see if you too can discover the forced win which Dan grabbed in
the game chopin.
- Wow! Payola, Modern, Shift, and now Touch. This is the variant issue,
isn't it? Check out Andy's rundown of the Touch Diplomacy variant,
in which you can't speak without being formally introduced.
The Diplomacy Skill Index
- Or maybe it's the rating systems issue. To go along with the article
on the Hall of Fame is this, Conrad's latest issuance of the DSI.
Blast From The Past:
A Study in Non-Orphaned Games
- Following on the statistical articles presented in past issues of
The Zine is this, Mark Nelson's look at games which do not
lose their Master.
- Jamie continues to educate and entertain in this, the latest gathering
of the Master Class.
Bjoern Tore Sund:
For English Native Speakers Only?
- A non-native English speaker takes issue with how some players seem to
answer this question.
Communication in No-Press Diplomacy
- Simon's latest is a treasure trove for current and aspiring players
of games which forbid press. At least the written word. But is
the pen mightier than the sword? Simon shows how to approach making the
Stalemate Lines Again?
- Matthew had too much time on his hands, which is something else we can
be happy about, because he used that time to make the time-honored
collection of stalemate articles known as "Stalemates A to Y" a proud
part of The Diplomatic Pouch's Online Resources section. Here he
discusses this effort and introduces the subject.
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