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HAL9OOO (319 D (B))
01 Dec 17 UTC
Is this game getting less popular?
I remember using this site years ago and I felt I could always find games to join, or if I made a game it would fill up in a couple of days at most.

Is there another site that people are using to play? It still seems like this one is the best at least from my quick google.
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President Eden (2427 D)
30 Nov 17 UTC
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Dems/progs, are y'all really running Zuckerborg in 2020?
I know I know, insert "lul ReTHUGlicans nominated DONALD TUCKING DRUMPH xDDD" memes here.
Why is Zuckerborg on the short list of nominations right now though?
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MamaLama (212 D)
30 Nov 17 UTC
Mafia Style DImplomacy
What if we had a game type where everyone was completely anonymous such that no one knew what country anyone else was and it was global chat only
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Smokey Gem (184 D)
29 Nov 17 UTC
Australian Icons we have stolen.
What can you think of?


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VashtaNeurotic (2394 D)
24 Nov 17 UTC
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Must See Movie Reccomendations
So I like movies a lot and one of my goals in life is to watch every movie that is worth watching. I've seen most of AFIs top 100 and I have a to-watch list that is 168 films and counting. As such, I was curious if anyone here has some must-see movies that I may not know about.
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WyattS14 (100 D (B))
29 Nov 17 UTC
Music major?
I've considered pursuing a music major.. is the outcome worth the cost? It seems like the stereotype for music majors is that there's no real future.
What ARE the possibilities?
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Durga (2658 D)
23 Nov 17 UTC
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Where do you get your news from?
I'm curious as to where you guys are getting your information from, and what you read on the regular
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Claesar (4030 D Mod)
27 Nov 17 UTC
High-bet full-anon full-press game
Peace has come at last to the great Bunny Kingdom! Lead your clan of rabbits to glory by gathering resources and building new cities across the land!

gameID=211221
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brainbomb (474 D)
28 Nov 17 UTC
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The Arab Spring was a horrible failure
Can you name any countries that benefitted from the Arab Spring? Libya is literally a slave-state, Egyptians overthrew one leader only to overthrow the next, Iranian arab spring failed, Syria is a bloodbath. Is there a single positive that came from this movement?
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Durga (2658 D)
29 Nov 17 UTC
Liberal tops Conservative Game Board
gameID=206622 facts only or fake news
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Literary Pugilist (291 D)
24 Nov 17 UTC
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Why no love for Sum of Squares scoring?
Personally, I'm not a big fan of Draw Size scoring, because it rewards the power that hung on with one dot the same as the 17 SC power that was a hair away from the solo.

What I've noticed is that almost every new game is Draw Size Scoring. Is that just because it's the default option or are players here just not fond of it.
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TrPrado (441 D Mod)
29 Nov 17 UTC
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ATC about to reach for a beer from the fridge
Anyone else excited?
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LeonWalras (419 D)
29 Nov 17 UTC
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The Paris Uprising of 1832 was a horrible failure
Can you name any characters that benefited from the Paris Uprising of 1832? Éponine is literally and figuratively heartbroken, Jean Valjean overcame Javert only to die of old age in the next bloody act. Is there a single positive that came from this musical?
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WyattS14 (100 D (B))
29 Nov 17 UTC
What's ATC?
As soon as I saw it I thought American Trans Club, but I was a little confused as to why they were reaching for a beer in the fridge..?
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CAPT Brad (40 D X)
29 Nov 17 UTC
Who Are The Real Dinosaurs In Congress?
Republicans do a better job of promoting younger members, in part because they limit, to six years, the length of time a member can be chairman or chairwoman of a committee. Democrats do not impose term limits on committee leaders or so-called ranking members, the top slot for lawmakers who are in the minority.
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zultar (4170 D Mod (P))
24 Nov 17 UTC
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KansasBoyd has been banned.
For those interested.
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Smokey Gem (184 D)
25 Nov 17 UTC
The Time between the darnkess.
There is darkness before and darkness after.

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c0dyz (100 D)
27 Nov 17 UTC
New game
Lookin to get a game goin. 1.5 day phases, full press, draw size scoring.
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WyattS14 (100 D (B))
27 Nov 17 UTC
Wood USB drive boxes?
Does anyone know where I can find some wood USB drive boxes or pull door handles made specifically in China?
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yavuzovic (255 D)
27 Nov 17 UTC
Are there any reader Josh Malerman?
I read Birdbox and Black Mad Wheel and I loved them.
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Ethanol (1780 D)
22 Nov 17 UTC
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Check boxes for Variant at Search function
Hi,

i would be happy if the search function gives the ability of picking a number of different variants due to check box.
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Stressedlines (1429 D)
08 Oct 17 UTC
Anyone here make their own beer/wine?
I have been doing this for many years, and was curious if anyone else did such. It is easily my only hobby I have that I care about..lol
jmo1121109 (3802 D Mod)
08 Oct 17 UTC
I've made a couple of batches of wine with a friends, both kit and fresh fruit recipes. It's an oddly enjoyable hobby.
Stressedlines (1429 D)
08 Oct 17 UTC
ah, very nice jmo I make a lot more wine than beer, because I find i dont drink enough to keep good beer on the shelves, and because I do all-grain brewing, I tend to make 10 gallon batches at a time if I have a recipe i like.

wine however, I make a lot of wine. generally 1 gallon batches, but have made 4-6 gallons also, but that tends to be table variety stuff.

It has made my other hobby, woodworking become more useful as I keep building new wineracks...lol
jmo1121109 (3802 D Mod)
08 Oct 17 UTC
Yeah 1 gallon batches are the way I generally go. Then if you experiment and it turns out badly it's not too much wasted, but if it's good you still have around 5 bottles to enjoy.

Ha, being able to build your own racks would be pretty useful!
Stressedlines (1429 D)
08 Oct 17 UTC
Ya. 5 bottles isn't a bad test batch
ishirkmywork (1397 D)
08 Oct 17 UTC
yes. my brother and i make about 15 gallons a month of wine/beer. keg it and keep it in a dedicated fridge in the basement. wine gets bottled.

actually pressing apples today from my orchard for hard cider. we have a home made press, and we throw in maple syrup and other fruit for added sugar...usually finishes around 9.5% abv.
Stressedlines (1429 D)
08 Oct 17 UTC
Ya. 5 bottles is a good test batch. Problem with wine is you gotta wait so long to see if ya kikeit.lo
Stressedlines (1429 D)
08 Oct 17 UTC
9.5 is a good cider. Never tried it and I live in an area with the sweetest apples in america.....should try
Stressedlines (1429 D)
08 Oct 17 UTC
Ishirk, what is the fermentation process on cider? Is there a cook phase, like with beer, or similar to wine?

I find wine far more difficult, cuz you have to micro manage it more, beer just has one long day of cooking, and then maybe racking to a 2nd bucket/carboy later (not always)

Wine, I have to take readings often, especially in the beginning, and stir it a lot in the beginning. Lot of steps in the process with wine, unlike with beer Beer is just that one day of 6 hours, and you got 10 gallons of beer about 4-5 weeks later...lol
Hamilton Brian (717 D (B))
08 Oct 17 UTC
Even brewing almost 30 years. Recently got into competitions and have 5 medals to my name. One is a gold from last summer and my recipe will be a pro-am collar with a local brewery. Just dropped my Imperial Brown ale into the secondary to dry-hop with Willamette and Fuggles. That’s my entry in to our local home brew group’s Advent exchange. 5 kegs are in constant rotation in the keezer.
Hamilton Brian (717 D (B))
08 Oct 17 UTC
Stupid autocorrect. Supposed to be collab not collar.
Stressedlines (1429 D)
08 Oct 17 UTC
Ah very nice. Been to a few competitions to spectator but never entered. Love brown ales a lt. Not a big ipa fan st all thoigh
Stressedlines (1429 D)
08 Oct 17 UTC
How big are the kegs? 5 gallons?
Stressedlines (1429 D)
08 Oct 17 UTC
Hamilton, you AG it I assume? I do both, all grain and kits depends what Im doing, and how much time I have. I usually keep about 3 kits on hand from Midwest or NB, and have a good stockpile of 2 row and pick up what i need form the local HBS when I have the hankering to do AG

I have 3 friends who also homebrew, so we tend to buy bulk grains, and split them up between us.
Hamilton Brian (717 D (B))
08 Oct 17 UTC
@stressedlines, The kegs are 5 gallons each. I haven’t used a kit for about 15 or so years. Everything has been all grain since then. As my salary increased, the equipment gradually became better and better. Our group does bulk grain buys, so I can get a 55 pound bag of two row for about $24 Canadian. Minus the cost of the hops and the yeast, the propane, and my time that is about 12 cases of beer for about two dollars each. Some kegs will be gone in as little as a month, where as my gold medal winning stout was in the keg from November until the beginning of June. Coming in at 7.5% alcohol, it wasn’t one that I got to sample as frequently as my other beers.
Stressedlines (1429 D)
08 Oct 17 UTC
oh, nice price on the two row...damn, I am jealous now

7.5 is a bit more than I like to put to mine, I like low 6s give or take .5

I use the kits on occasion, If i want a 10 gallon batch, I go AG, if I want a 1 gallon batch tester, I go AG, but for the 5 gallon batches, especially the smooth brown ale from Midwestern, I will use the kits.

I do the wine more anyways, and my friend does mead also I never developed the taste for mead, bit sweet for my taste, and since my taste in wines tends more to the dry side it makes sense to me
ishirkmywork (1397 D)
08 Oct 17 UTC
@stressed --
cider is surprisingly easy. we just heat it slowly to about 160 F to kill off as much bacteria and wild yeast that we can, then cool it down to fermenting temp. add yeast and ferment for a week, and another week for conditioning. can carbonate in the bottle, but if it gets kegged we just use CO2 so its quicker.
you can mess around with the flavor and ABV by adding sugar or spices.... seriously though it is the easiest thing in the world. you can do it with purchase cider just make sure it doesn't have preservatives or it will kill your yeast.
Stressedlines (1429 D)
08 Oct 17 UTC
Hmmm. The Apple farms here sell bulk #2 apples for canning and such. Maybe I can use a press to make my own?
ishirkmywork (1397 D)
08 Oct 17 UTC
You can....we get 2 gallons of juice per bushel of apples. A bit of work, but satisfying. Our press is 4 x4s a bucket and a car jack.
ishirkmywork (1397 D)
08 Oct 17 UTC
easiest way to try it though is to just buy preservative free cider and experiment. pressing is fun but a whole day of work usually. 10 bushels for our standard double batch. not bad work though, since we are usually drinking during.
Valis2501 (2057 D (G))
11 Oct 17 UTC
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I'm kinda tired and don't want to risk alienating anyone by being a little too eager to talk about my niche hobby (on a Diplomacy board game website forum, *clearly*), but I'll just say that I didn't know a single thing about homebrewing or mead 10 months ago and currently am on my 95th gallon. You can find my logbook here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cAcORYDGBK3aH_GfibiLvZgGNAnfY-yaIa1oXUkBSaI/edit?usp=sharing and lordy I'm happy to answer any questions :) Just sent some bottles out for my first ever competition, the Knickerbocker Battle of the Brews and the Northeastern Regional Home Brew Competition (both of them had local pickup at my Local Home Brew Store so I didn't have to pay shipping). If anyone is interested in mead making speak up and I'll send you the learning resources and answer any questions you have. (I don't make beer or wine, they're icky)
Valis2501 (2057 D (G))
14 Oct 17 UTC
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Anyone here near Guelph, ON, Canada? Escarpment Laboratories Inc has some strains I'd be interested in getting...
joshuavoskamp (485 D)
14 Oct 17 UTC
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What would you need exactly? (I'm in Waterloo ON, so ~20 minute drive away)
Valis2501 (2057 D (G))
14 Oct 17 UTC
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Ideally one of each of their Brettanomyces / Bacteria / Sour Blends shipped to MA, USA.
Valis2501 (2057 D (G))
14 Oct 17 UTC
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http://www.escarpmentlabs.com/strains
Hamilton Brian (717 D (B))
14 Oct 17 UTC
Valis, I'm just about outside of Guelph. Our local brewing group has been talking up Escarpment for quite a while. I think, or I'm inferring, that one of our members works there.
Valis2501 (2057 D (G))
22 Oct 17 UTC
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Cold brew coffee Mead won 2nd in Mead category at 21st Knickerbocker Battle of the Brews! Using Stumptown's Hair Bender beans.
Valis2501 (2057 D (G))
22 Oct 17 UTC
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At the 12th annual New England Regional Homebrew Competition Cold Brew Mead got 1st place in Spiced Mead and 4th place Best In Show for Mead!
teacon7 (306 D)
22 Oct 17 UTC
I've brewed a little bit here and there - beer and mead. I'm hardly good at it, but I'm still learning. All-grain is the way to go. I'm a fan of rich and complex dark beers, which makes this an expensive hobby and I generally can't yet brew what I like to drink.

@Hamilton - where do you buy malt from?


@Valis - that spreadsheet reflects a hobby to be proud of, and I'd love to hear more about it. What is Avacado honey? Why was Pumpkin mead ever a good idea? :P How did the dragon fruit turn out? What are the "Black Swan" sections - infused with wood flavo(u)rs? Congrats on the Cofffeevee. I've only brewed mead twice, and it was before I really got into brewing beer. Do you have a recipe that'd be good for a beer brewer?
Valis2501 (2057 D (G))
23 Oct 17 UTC
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Avocodo honey is honey made from avocado blossoms, which just like other more popular fruits have flowers that the bees can utilize pollen from. It's known for being *extremely* dark, very sweet, with some buttery/vegetal undertones.

The pumpkin mead was a bad idea because it wasn't sweet. Pumpkin without sweetness is literally just gourd pulp.

Black Swan products are woods that one might make a barrel out of, but in 1-5 inch honey-combed pieces. http://www.blackswanbarrels.com/honey-comb-barrel-alternative/

Mead is logistically / equipment wise 10 times easier than beer making. The only thing you might not have is the yeast nutrient, which is extremely important, but your local homebrewing store should have a Fermaid K / Fermaid O / genericYeastNutrient packs.

in a 2 gallon bucket:
3-4 pounds honey (dry to sweet)
1 gallon spring water
Whisk the fuck out of it to dissolve honey and add oxygen. Take SG reading.
Optional: Add fruit
1 gram of Fermaid O
Rehydrate 71B according to packet instructions and add.
24, 48, 72 hours in add 1 gram of Fermaid O and gently stir to degas.
From now until forever oxygen exposure should be limited as much as possible.
Let sit for 1 more week.
Autosiphon to a 1 gallon carboy with 1 camden tablet.
Take SG reading. Optional: Add fruit/spices.
Let sit for 2-12 months.
RRushtn (143 D)
23 Oct 17 UTC
I made a crazy beer 2 years ago. Do not recommend doing the following if you are inexperienced or reckless.

2 gallon brew bucket (sterilised)
Wooden spoon (sterilised)
900 Grams of raw honey
1 Jar of malt
1 Sachet of pilsner yeast
120 grams Dried henbane flowers
1 gallon of water

Dissolve honey in 1 litre of water pour in bucket
Light boil henbane in 1 litre of water. At to bucket.
Pour in malt.
Stir.
Add rest of water.
pour in yeast.

Leave for 2-3 weeks. Bottle. Add one spoonful of sugar to each bottle before the alcohol. Leave 2-4 weeks. Drink (exceptionally) responsibly.

Do no exceed more than 2 beers Henbane has some very strange properties and can be v.dangerous/toxic/fatal in high amounts. At low dose expect a giggly, weed/mushroom like high mixed with beer & a tranquilizer. At higher doses expect blackout drunk/psychosis.
RRushtn (143 D)
23 Oct 17 UTC
Please note that is supposed to say 5 Gallon bucket and 4 Gallons of water. For the love of god do not brew that much henbane into 8 pints ;)
kaner406 (381 D)
23 Oct 17 UTC
For God's sake use METRIC. every other country in the world does.

I also brew beer. My main problem is not drinking the fuckers before they are ready to share *hic*
teacon7 (306 D)
23 Oct 17 UTC
@valis - Thanks for the thoughts! I'll have to try the recipe out. :)

Do you do anything to the fruit before adding it? does it need a special washing or something, or just cut it open and throw it in?
Valis2501 (2057 D (G))
23 Oct 17 UTC
If it's citrus remove the pith, berries just need a good wash and light crushing/blending, stone fruits such as peaches should have skins and pit removed. I recommend mango or berries for easiest time.
teacon7 (306 D)
23 Oct 17 UTC
Thanks!

We have some raspberries out back, so I may start there.hmmmm
grumbledook (452 D (S))
23 Oct 17 UTC
I also brew beer at home - have been for 20 years or so. My brother and I are the fourth generation of family who have made some sort of alcohol at home. I'm not a sciencey kind of homebrewer. Nothing wrong with it if you are, I just don't have the patience to be precise all the time. I'm much more slapdash punk rock throw everything together and let's see what we get. It's worked so far.

I also make krupnik and homemade infused liquors (blackberry brandy right now). Since the cold Wisconsin winter is coming the krupnik will come in handy. Cordials are stupid easy to do and unless you have a still you get to cheat a little bit by buying store bought spirits.
Valis2501 (2057 D (G))
23 Oct 17 UTC
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I'm jealous, I'm sure you get legit fruit in Wisconsin, I used to do Raspberry and Strawberry picking there every year
Valis2501 (2057 D (G))
23 Oct 17 UTC
Henbane sounds fucking metal
grumbledook (452 D (S))
23 Oct 17 UTC
Thompson Strawberry Farm is near my hometown. I didn't get there this year but I have a great strawberry liquor I like to make.

I got some fantastic apples at an orchard this weekend. Some year I'll make homemade cider. I need to invest in a good press first. Another expensive toy to get...
Valis2501 (2057 D (G))
23 Oct 17 UTC
My local homebrew shop does cider runs where you drop off your 5 gallon bucket and 30 bucks and then the next day it comes back from the farm outside the city full of 5 gallons of fresh pressed raw cider.
Valis2501 (2057 D (G))
08 Nov 17 UTC
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Going to visit Moonlight Meadery (have already gone once) in New Hampshire this weekend to spend my $25 gift card :D

Also going to work out with my co-conspirator exactly what we want to brew for next month. Gotta plan your mead a bit in advance.

Anyone else got homebrewing plans this weekend?
brainbomb (474 D)
08 Nov 17 UTC
Love homebrews
grumbledook (452 D (S))
08 Nov 17 UTC
I wanted to make some homebrew for Christmas so I'm probably getting the ingredients this coming weekend.
ishirkmywork (1397 D)
08 Nov 17 UTC
just cracked open this season's hard cider (apples grown and pressed right here on the farm). 7.9% -- brewed with straight cider and molassas and brown sugar to bump the % a bit. delicious. try to drink it slow enough to make it last through New Year's.
Saison yeasts make the best cider, I've discovered. Wine yeasts make it too clean.
brainbomb (474 D)
08 Nov 17 UTC
Im looking to start doing this. Making my own brews.
Valis2501 (2057 D (G))
08 Nov 17 UTC
@ishirk What was the starting gravity and final gravity? Do you carbonate?
ishirkmywork (1397 D)
08 Nov 17 UTC
@Valis starting grav 1.054 -- finished out at .998 i think. We do carbonate and keg it up, although we put some in 22 oz bottles for aging.
grumbledook (452 D (S))
08 Nov 17 UTC
@ishirk - Sounds delicious.

@brain - It's not terribly complicated. My recommendation is to start simple. Most homebrew shops are really helpful. Mine offers classes and even has preassembled kits with everything one would need. It's as easy as following a recipe and it's a great way to learn the process. I got a friend into homebrewing that way. There is an initial cost for the equipment but after that it's just buying ingredients. Keep your equipment clean, pay attention to the wort temperature when adding the yeast, and don't ferment in a place that's too cold. Everything else will sort itself out.
ishirkmywork (1397 D)
08 Nov 17 UTC
@brain,
as grumbledook alluded to, as long as your keep your equipment sanitized, it is really difficult to mess up. Even if the recipe doesn't turn out like you imagined, you will still have drinkable beer.
Valis2501 (2057 D (G))
27 Nov 17 UTC
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https://imgur.com/gallery/yTryy

I just started 11 batches of ciders each with a different microbe(s); here's some pictures 11 days in

Just taking some pretty pictures to show off the differences in color and krausen.

Logbook here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jVkYBmx-jf3q6UMkkcpGeMMGem7DTFGurWb_PyGZlxo/edit?usp=sharing


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Tom Bombadil (4196 D (G))
01 Nov 17 UTC
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Mafia XXXII:Mountainous Cannibals and Friends
This thread is for Mafia XXXII Participants only
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Yoyoyozo (187 D)
23 Nov 17 UTC
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Happy Nondenominational Autumn Festival That Isnt About Killing Indiginous People
Happy NAFTI AKIP everyone
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ishirkmywork (1397 D)
25 Nov 17 UTC
My least favorite time of year.
http://buffalonews.com/2017/11/24/husband-of-hunting-accident-victim-her-life-was-cut-way-too-short/
http://buffalonews.com/2017/11/24/authorities-pick-up-shot-after-hunter-allegedly-mistakes-it-for-deer/
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Fluminator (496 D)
24 Nov 17 UTC
Epic story: 3rd and final part of the trilogy.
Brainbomb
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zultar (4170 D Mod (P))
23 Nov 17 UTC
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New mobile website coming and happy Thanksgiving to those in the US
We are hoping to push a mobile website for webDip next week. If you want to check it out, it has been implemented on Vdip. We are very much looking forward to this change as it has been requested for multiple times and it looks pretty good. Let us know what you think.
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Heywood Jablowme (0 D)
26 Nov 17 UTC
Ranking?
How do I get a ranking in this game? I am sick of being a political puppet.
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MajorMitchell (1033 D)
24 Nov 17 UTC
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Old Masters, New player names with fake IDs, Liniments & Tonics, etc,
Cheap nuclear weapons & perpetual motion machinery from wizzbang North Korean suppliers, do it yourself dentistry & surgical procedures kits for spouses, kids & let's. All available & More at the Sketchy, Dodgy & Fly~by~Night Warehouse Emporium.
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Yoyoyozo (187 D)
19 Nov 17 UTC
"Biggest Game of All Time" EOG
This thread is reserved for discussion of the gunboat game "Biggest Game of All Time" in which the some of the best gunboat players on the site slogged it out to see who would reign victorious
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