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kahudd2000 (157 D)
18 Aug 15 UTC
Where it went wrong
I thought I remember a proposed series called "Where it went wrong" or something like that.

Did no one have a game they wanted dissected? Because I wouldn't mind submitting some of my gunboat play to criticism.
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A_Tin_Can (2249 D)
19 Aug 15 UTC
Live game this Friday?
see inside!
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Hamilton Brian (717 D (B))
19 Aug 15 UTC
Sources of Tension
An exploration of those positionings that test an alliance. Feel free to add your thoughts, views, observations, etc. If you shit though, clean up after yourself.
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Ogion (4378 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
Welcome back party!
Friends,

I've been away for the last six months, and I thought I'd throw myself a little welcome back bash.
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ckroberts (3548 D)
05 Aug 15 UTC
The Mountain Game 4 rules discussion/sign up thread
The Mountain Game 4 will commence soon.
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Rodgersd09 (100 D)
17 Aug 15 UTC
"A good games" was cancelled - Do any players know why?
Damn - I was enjoying it as well!
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Constitutional Rights for Embryonic Americans?
In the GOP debate last Thursday, unsurprisingly, abortion was a point of discussion amongst candidates. Obviously they were all pro-life to some extent or another, but Mike Huckabee went so far as to say that abortion was already illegal, because unborn children have the rights to equal protection under the law and due process. Right from conception, they have constitutional rights, he argues.

Regardless of your position on abortion, is this a valid argument?
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Jamiet99uk (202 D)
12 Aug 15 UTC
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Mafia
I'm getting sick of muting Mafia threads. Can someone launch a separate site for them or something?
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ssorenn (3173 D (G))
14 Aug 15 UTC
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Changes to site policy--
With this gunboat tourney going on, I think there should be a change to a site policy. ----see inside---
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orathaic (1009 D (B))
15 Aug 15 UTC
sex slavery in IS
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/middle-east/sex-slavery-adopted-and-codified-by-islamic-state-1.2317309
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2ndWhiteLine (3375 D (B))
12 Aug 15 UTC
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2015 Gunboat Tournament
See inside.
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DeathLlama8 (524 D)
15 Aug 15 UTC
What do people use to adjudicate F2F games without a board?
Fairly self-explanatory, really. Backstabbr doesn't really work for me.
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Eadan (454 D)
15 Aug 15 UTC
We need someone to step in as Egypt
http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=164461#votebar
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King Mischief (108 D)
15 Aug 15 UTC
world take over-4
come join world take over-4. I'm some what new to the game so, it could be easy $$$.
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Stubie (1817 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
Cutting Convoys
Is it possible to stop a supported convoy (where the fleet convoying is supported) with a supported attack of equal support, thus not dislodging the convoying fleet?
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Lebosfc17 (20 D X)
14 Aug 15 UTC
To The Mods
Does anybody remember DC35?
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Fluminator (496 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
I need help with a research paper!
It's due tomorrow night and I have to do a 12-15 page paper on how the internet of things and the third industrial revolution will affect society and more importantly the work force and employment.

I'm up to around 10 pages and I have no idea what to write for the last 2.
And no, increasing the font size of each period isn't allowed.
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4-8-15-16-23-42 (339 D)
14 Aug 15 UTC
Question- Help
See below.
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general (100 D)
13 Aug 15 UTC
Quick live game
Join my quick live game: http://webdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=165983.

Haven't played in years and want to get back into it :)
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orathaic (1009 D (B))
13 Aug 15 UTC
Messed up, two 13 year olds tired as adults
m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7979942?cps=gravity_5540_1138476008340655834

So teenagers brains are different from adult brains; that is a reason why we don't let them drink or drive... The frontal lobe which controls will-power and executive function ( ie decision making ) continues developing until about 25.
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orathaic (1009 D (B))
11 Aug 15 UTC
Risk taking
http://youtu.be/vBX-KulgJ1o
Great video, but the first thing i think of is relationships, (and given that i was recently dumped, this is no surprise) Naturally you could also apply this to diplomacy; but the probabilities get a little messed up, and in Dip not taking a bet means taking a different course, which may also be risky.
orathaic (1009 D (B))
11 Aug 15 UTC
So how do you judge risk in diplomacy, and does this reflect on your behaviour in real life??
Smokey Gem (184 D)
11 Aug 15 UTC
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No I play a much riskier game than I play IRL.

A safe IRL makes me able to game more..I think there are 3 types of players ..complete newbs , gamers and players. gamers play for the fun , players are more serious.
Jamiet99uk (202 D)
11 Aug 15 UTC
(b) the two are hardly related, for me.
Octavious (1707 D)
11 Aug 15 UTC
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There is no risk in diplomacy. If you stab and it works you get to enjoy a fight for a potential solo. If you stab and it fails you get to enjoy the art of trying to worm your way out of it, and if that fails you get to enjoy fighting a rearguard action. There is no fear of failure as the failure of any specific action simply offers you a different reward.

More often than not life is very much the same. Very few people would have found the love of their lives, for example, if they hadn't been fortunate enough to fail abysmally in their earlier romantic efforts.
Well, there's the risk of elimination, where you get to watch the other players have fun while you're kicked out of the group because nobody likes you.
Octavious (1707 D)
11 Aug 15 UTC
Nobody likes you when you win, either :p. Victory and elimination are very similar in many ways. The game ends, and those people you have spent the past couple of months trying to get to know and understand suddenly vanish off the face of the earth. Like getting to the end of a good book, the emotional response generated by whether it was a happy or sad ending is less significant than the fundamental disappointment that it has ended.
steephie22 (182 D (S))
11 Aug 15 UTC
In financial situations and alike, I will always take good bets. In many other cases it's hard to estimate, but I try to.

Worth mentioning is that you need to be pretty confident about your odds. If someone just tells you something, that's hardly the case.

Most people I know get good insurance, all-risk is hardly uncommon, but I think I will keep such things to a minimum, since insurance tends to be a 'bad bet'. On average you'll lose, otherwise the insurance company would've been out of business. There are certain risks which might be good to take on paper, but you simply can't really afford to take because your life is ruined if you 'lose the bet'. That's certainly something to take into account since you'll lose much more than the money value if you end up losing, so there is in fact more at stake.

When it's about relatively small costs and you tend not to break stuff, though..
orathaic (1009 D (B))
12 Aug 15 UTC
"There are certain risks which might be good to take on paper, but you simply can't really afford to take because your life is ruined if you 'lose the bet'. " *cough* global warming *cough*

But regardless of the 'diplomacy is fun, win or lose' - you do take a risk with supply centers each time you send your troops away from them... But nobody sits back and says there are happy with the centers they have so lets not risk them!

What is the deal?
steephie22 (182 D (S))
12 Aug 15 UTC
Global warming is a bad example because we don't have a clue how large or small the risk we take is. I was more thinking about gambling your entire pension because there's a 50% chance you win and you can win 3 times your pension. You will make a great profit on average, but if you lose, you have no pension.
steephie22 (182 D (S))
12 Aug 15 UTC
Also, we don't experience game risks as relevant so we're not necessarily risk-averse there. Although it seems like that isn't always true.
Octavious (1707 D)
12 Aug 15 UTC
"you do take a risk with supply centers each time you send your troops away from them... But nobody sits back and says there are happy with the centers they have so lets not risk them!

What is the deal?"

That's obvious, surely? Do nothing and you have 100% chance of failure. Move away from your centres and you have a chance of keeping them. Your confusing cowardice with taking the low risk approach.

Imagine you are in a house that is on fire. You can either take action by escaping through the window or running through the fire, or you can hide in your bed. Understanding that hiding under your blankets is a poor strategy is one of the basic things you learn on the transition from child to adult.
orathaic (1009 D (B))
12 Aug 15 UTC
Ok, so what about the risk of betraying an ally to stop a solo. Or similarily to earn yourself a solo?

Do people avoid throwing away alliances because that is something they already have??
Octavious (1707 D)
12 Aug 15 UTC
To my knowledge I have never betrayed an ally to stop a solo. In terms of betraying an ally to earn myself a solo, it is extremely rare that the betrayal will result in anything other than the desired solo or a draw.

Sorry, I'm not trying to be awkward here. I genuinely don't see much risk in Diplomacy. I guess I tend to see less risk in life than many people.
orathaic (1009 D (B))
14 Aug 15 UTC
I would also self-report as not seeing risks in real life. But i feel there are circumstances where diplomacy mimics real life interactions.

Whether that is risky or not may depend on your perspective in life.


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orathaic (1009 D (B))
10 Aug 15 UTC
Snowden Interview
Recent interview with German tv, apparently not shown in the US and not available on youtube?? m.liveleak.com/view?i=f93_1390833151

He makes some interesting points...
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fulhamish (4134 D)
12 Aug 15 UTC
Climate change - another feedback loop
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/08/150805140254.htm

Time to recalibrate those models..........................again
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Jamiet99uk (202 D)
13 Aug 15 UTC
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The death of the republic
http://diprepublic.net/?reqp=1&reqr=

Oh no. How sad.
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Tru Ninja (1016 D (S))
05 Aug 15 UTC
ESPN Fantasy Football Signups
For those that will play only ESPN league, post interest here. List your preferred draft day (I prefer late preseason Saturday or Sunday around 1 p.m. Central Time

1. Tru Ninja (Sat Aug 29th or Sun Aug 30th)
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Thucydides (869 D (B))
04 Aug 15 UTC
GRE scores
What's a good score? Share your score too, if you feel comfortable. I just took the test this morning
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alulahello (0 D X)
12 Aug 15 UTC
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halloween costumes 2015
I know, 3 months early blahblah. But I'm bored and I want to talk about Halloween.
Some people are into crazy Costumes and go all out to make them. Brainstrom ideas for costumes and how to make/obtain them. What are you thinking of going as?
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goldfinger0303 (3200 D)
11 Aug 15 UTC
Opposite Gender Friends leads to Lower Academic Performance
Interesting paper I'm reading right now. Not completely done with it, but its methodology seems sound.

http://pubs.aeaweb.org/doi/pdfplus/10.1257/app.20140030
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ssorenn (3173 D (G))
12 Aug 15 UTC
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this is interesting--watch the video
http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/08/10/everyone-fails-to-ride-this-bike-you-would-too-this-is-what-it-tells-us-about-the-brain/
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P13ANATOR (100 D)
12 Aug 15 UTC
Hi I am new, quick question
I am starting a game with some friends, can you play with less than 7 people? If so, is anything different compared to a full game? Thanks :-)
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