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steephie22 (182 D (S))
29 Oct 15 UTC
Help me think of a more useful Computer Science end project!
The current plan of the teacher is for 10 16 to 18-year-old students to create and program a machine with lego-stuff that effectively sorts different colours of candy. I'm really annoyed by the prospect of spending many hours on creating something utterly useless.
Better ideas? It needs broadness, with different aspects and groups working together.
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Valis2501 (2349 D (G))
29 Oct 15 UTC
Submissions For Issue 1 of Diplomacy Openings
https://diplomacyopenings.wordpress.com/2015/10/30/submissions-for-issue-1-now-open/
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Chaqa (3938 D Mod (B))
12 Oct 15 UTC
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Mafia XIII Game Thread
Please see below.
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orathaic (1009 D (B))
28 Oct 15 UTC
CISA
http://uk.businessinsider.com/senate-passes-cisa-2015-10

What i like is the common ground between libertarian Rand Paul and liberal Bernie Sanders... Any opinions on this invasion of privacy?
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wjessop (100 D X)
29 Oct 15 UTC
Walking Dead Season 6
Discussion.
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BloodWolf99697 (100 D)
29 Oct 15 UTC
Fast Pace
Starting a live game if anyone wants to join
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diplomat61 (248 D)
28 Oct 15 UTC
Unlearn this hatred
Two more required for gameID=168991

Ancient, WTA, Anon, Hidden, 24hrs, 20 D, high RR
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BaldOldGuy (74 D X)
14 Oct 15 UTC
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No diversity in the Democrat party
Old white people debating who can spend more of your money, make government bigger, eat the rich and take your freedom.
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diplomat61 (248 D)
27 Oct 15 UTC
Power, Corruption & Lies / three more required
Classic, 20 D, WTA, Anon, Hidden votes, 24hr turns, 90% RR

You know you want to … gameID=169019
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Hellenic Riot (1614 D (G))
27 Oct 15 UTC
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Mod Team Announcement
Captainmeme has decided to step back from being a moderator due to other commitments. We'd like to thank him for all his service to the site over the months and years, and wish him luck for the future. I'm sure we'll see him in future mafia games still.

- The Mod Team
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2ndWhiteLine (3375 D (B))
26 Oct 15 UTC
Richard Hucknall the Imposter!
See inside.
2ndWhiteLine (3375 D (B))
26 Oct 15 UTC
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While re-re-re-reading Richard Hucknall's introductory opening strategy series on Diplomacy Archive, I came across this brief mention in his Russia article:

"Although I have won both my games as Russia I still rate is second to Austria on my personal preference list."

Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but does this imply that he's only played Russia twice?! To me, reading the most commonly reference strategy piece for new players and having it being written by a supposed "authority" with only two games as that country under his belt is disingenuous at best and an outright misrepresentation of his qualifications at worst.

Have we really been getting our opening advice from a total novice? Have we been playing Russia incorrectly the entire time?
diplomat61 (248 D)
26 Oct 15 UTC
He may have drawn on other sources.
2ndWhiteLine (3375 D (B))
26 Oct 15 UTC
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Without attribution? That's even worse!
diplomat61 (248 D)
26 Oct 15 UTC
I am not suggesting plagiarism; he could have talked to other players and studied games.
ssorenn (0 D X)
26 Oct 15 UTC
2WL has a legit point. If one is to take stock in a so called expert, 2 runs at a country does not an expert make
2ndWhiteLine (3375 D (B))
26 Oct 15 UTC
If a new player with a handful of games to his account starting posting lengthy strategy articles on the forum here, s/he would get laughed off the site. Why do we accept it from an otherwise authoritative source for Diplomacy strategy?
diplomat61 (248 D)
26 Oct 15 UTC
There is a range of knowledge/experience between expert and novice. Although lacking experience as a player of Russia, as I said before, he may be bringing knowledge acquired elsewhere. From what is written we do not have enough information to judge.

Whether such an article should be published in the Diplomacy Archive is a matter for their editorial team.

Whether you follow his advice or not is up to you. After all, he is very explicit about his experience playing Russia.
2ndWhiteLine (3375 D (B))
26 Oct 15 UTC
He is indeed explicit about his experience playing Russia. That's the problem! He's posing as an authority on the subject while acknowledging a lack of experience.
diplomat61 (248 D)
26 Oct 15 UTC
… but he is isn't posing as an authority. He is telling you how limited his experience is;, that is hardly the behaviour of an imposter.

Now, he has had the audacity to write an article on the subject, which suggests a certain opinion of himself, but it is the editors of the Archive who have chosen to publish it. In effect they have bestowed a mantle of authority on him by doing so.
Jamiet99uk (437 D)
26 Oct 15 UTC
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This is a very serious issue of significant public interest. In the interests of transparency I feel The Diplomatic Archive should declare how much Richard Hucknall was paid for the article in question, what actions the Archive took to verify Dr. Hucknall's credentials before agreeing to commission such an article from him, and whether any conflict of interest exists between Dr. Hucknall and any of the members of the Diplomatic Archive's editorial board.

I DEMAND JUSTICE
BaldOldGuy (74 D X)
26 Oct 15 UTC
"I DEMAND JUSTICE"

You get refunded 100 times all the money you paid to read that pedestrian piece of drivel. There was nothing interesting or new in that piece. As with all his other pieces.

The internet is full of wonderful and very bad stuff. I am amazed the Archive published this waste of bandwidth.
Chumbles (984 D (S))
26 Oct 15 UTC
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You're all utterly barmy.... *cuckoo*

1. Richard H wrote his stuff at a time when the game was predominately run PBM, i.e, slooowly. Playing each country twice with the usual PBM career of 3-4 games (taking 12-36 months each) at any one time prohibited playing each country more than a handful of times. Most guys in that era, myself included, discounted FTF games, because the circumstances are so different. I'm guessing but I played about 30 PBM games but over 80 FTF games. Also, Richard H GMed a lot more than that in his zine. But anything in there is certainly less authoritative than Abgemacht's and Valis et al's UBend stuff.
2. Stephen Agar started pulling the Archive together in the late 80s, early 90s as a labour of love. None of us in that archive got paid for anything in it and in some cases Agar even republished variants subbing his own name in and the co-designer's name out. Something that still makes me bloody angry as he did that with three of mine, the bastard, but I forgave him because the work he did on the Archive was colossal.
3. Finally, anyone that goes to the internet for advice on a game which they ought to have enough native wit to be able to play reasonably well from first principles is either intellectually challenged or in need of a kick up the bum!
Chumbles (984 D (S))
26 Oct 15 UTC
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Oh... and 4. A lot of these articles got written and published because we published offset litho A5 booklets that need a number of pages divisible by 4. A good half of my own stuff was written to fill those awkward spaces! (The sight and feel of your own magazine just back from the printers, loved it!) And of course we posed as experts, because in those days, by comparison we were. I have had more discussions and arguments fuelled by beer at any number of housecons, cons and meets across the UK. On a side note, Richard Sharp's stuff, especially his later stuff was founded on the collated stats from hundreds of PBM games a vast labour for which this technophobe learned programming and entered up all the game moves, season by season, for many years in the UK.

And to reiterate: it was a different time and game format; using snail mail, telephone, drinking sessions allowed for tactics you don't see now... the wrong envelope trick, the masquerade, the deliver 'agent', the publisher's 'friend'. But thank god (I hope) nothing quite as severe as the player who blackmailed another about exposing his infidelity in return for slavishly following his orders! You must remember that in UK PBM games, the Autumn orders had conditional retreats and builds with them, Spring conditional retreats so it was a 2 season year. The USA had a 3 season year with builds taken out because the poor dears couldn't cope with that degree of conditionality! So the way the game was played had structural differences.
2ndWhiteLine (3375 D (B))
26 Oct 15 UTC
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"But anything in there is certainly less authoritative than Abgemacht's and Valis et al's UBend stuff."

Lets not go crazy here.
Valis2501 (2349 D (G))
26 Oct 15 UTC
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No, no, I'm OK with this.
JamesYanik (548 D)
27 Oct 15 UTC
Why not just hail me as god? I've played as Russia quite a few times so yeah. I'm god. love me
Tantrum (4185 D (B))
27 Oct 15 UTC
He won both his games as Russia. 100%. Did you do the same? If so, you are god.


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diplomat61 (248 D)
26 Oct 15 UTC
Roll up, roll up
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Ancient, anon, PPSC, hidden votes, 24 hr turns, 20 D, 90% RR.
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Frost_Faze (102 D)
26 Oct 15 UTC
Need an English player, brand new game.
gameID=169009

Need an english player, first one didn't enter orders. Its not to far behind, only one or two round.
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diplomat61 (248 D)
26 Oct 15 UTC
I'm not really from Guildford
One more required for gameID=168966

20 D, WTA, Anon, Hidden votes, 24hr turns, 90%RR
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noobi (23 D X)
26 Oct 15 UTC
game with frends-and you!
if you want to play with friends play here! the password is in the name. here's the ID#:
gameID=169060
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noobi (23 D X)
26 Oct 15 UTC
game with frends-and you!
if you want to play with friends play here! the password is in the name. here's the URL:
http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=169060
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Middelfart (1196 D)
26 Oct 15 UTC
New France needed ASAP
http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=169039&msgCountryID=0&rand=28875#chatboxanchor
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diplomat61 (248 D)
25 Oct 15 UTC
Only two more required ….
Classic, Anonymous players, Winner-takes-all, Hidden votes, 24 hour turns, 20 D bet.

gameID=168966
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Ogion (4208 D)
25 Oct 15 UTC
North coast south coast resolution bug?
So I may have found a bug or a gap in my knowledge

North coast Spain to MAO
mAO to south coast Spain ought to succeed? No?
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peterwiggin (14941 D Mod (S))
21 Oct 15 UTC
New Italy needed
gameID=168341
No NMRs.
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KingCyrus (516 D)
22 Oct 15 UTC
Terrorist Attack in Sweden
A guy with a sword killed two and injured two in a school. (Who the heck uses a sword???)

Thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.
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twinsnation (638 D (B))
24 Oct 15 UTC
password help
Boldness be my friend; arm me, Audacity!" password help pease
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Skulduggery57 (100 D X)
24 Oct 15 UTC
Which Provinces Are Occupied The Least/Most?
I was thinking about this the other day. Which province, spends, on average, the highest percentage of its time being occupied by a unit. Or being empty? Empty, I think we can all agree would be North Africa (?) although I'm open to suggestion. But what about second most empty?
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diplomat61 (248 D)
24 Oct 15 UTC
Something for everyone
Looking for a new game?
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twinsnation (638 D (B))
24 Oct 15 UTC
pass word
sned me pass word for game that starts in one hour
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Al Swearengen (0 D X)
09 Oct 15 UTC
Gameplay Analysis Requested
I would please like to request that people review my gameplay in my last game, in my opinion this is my strongest play to date.
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orathaic (1009 D (B))
23 Oct 15 UTC
Debate tactics?
Dear American voters:
What do you think of the following, awesome idea or waste of tine?

http://www.clearerthinking.org/#!the-2016-presidential-debates--subtitled/wt7g0
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kasimax (243 D)
21 Oct 15 UTC
kasimax gunboat series
i'm not good, play with me.

3 games, 10 point buy-in each, anonymous, hdv, no in-game messaging, 48 hour phases, rr 95 or higher.
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Eadan (454 D)
23 Oct 15 UTC
Double Post Workaround
What is the workaround to bypass the double (or triple) posting of the same message when sending private messages?
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ali2542 (752 D (B))
17 Oct 15 UTC
Where the hell do i donate?!
Why is it so hard to find the donation button?! I want to pay my dues!
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