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by swordsman3003
Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: How to Fix Russia's Gunboat Metagame
Replies: 5
Views: 5341

How to Fix Russia's Gunboat Metagame

A new guest post on the BrotherBored blog! An interesting exploration of the dynamic between England and Russia in Gunboat Diplomacy.

How to Fix Russia's Gunboat Metagame
or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Not Fixate on Norway
by swordsman3003
Sat Jul 04, 2020 1:25 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: The Perverse Fantasy of Heroic Killing
Replies: 5
Views: 3617

The Perverse Fantasy of Heroic Killing

Last night nobody was around to play games with me (sad!), so instead I wrote another essay about serial killers and American action movies. This is not exactly a gruesome essay, but it is serious discussion of murder—real and fictional—in America. You have been warned. The Perverse Fantasy of Heroi...
by swordsman3003
Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:13 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Discord Bot for Notifications
Replies: 10
Views: 4245

Re: Discord Bot for Notifications

Okay I got the bot going today without doing anything different. I'm not sure what changed.

Now I have the problem that it's giving like a notification every 10 minutes for the same game, it's going nuts!! haha
by swordsman3003
Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:05 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Discord Bot for Notifications
Replies: 10
Views: 4245

Re: Discord Bot for Notifications

Man maybe I'm running into the limits of my tech skills, but like what do you mean by "using" d.help? I tried sending "d.help" as a message to the bot after getting the bot to appear on my server, but nothing happens.
by swordsman3003
Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:23 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Discord Bot for Notifications
Replies: 10
Views: 4245

Re: Discord Bot for Notifications

Hey I am trying to get this to work on my Discord server, but I'm unfamiliar with how Bots work. I have the bot on my server. How do I subscribe it to a match?
by swordsman3003
Sat Jun 20, 2020 9:25 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Advanced Maneuvers
Replies: 10
Views: 22111

Advanced Maneuvers

A guest post by VillageIdiot! Discover the hidden treasures of Advanced Diplomacy Maneuvers...
by swordsman3003
Sat Jun 13, 2020 3:53 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Podcast with Swordsman/Brother Bored
Replies: 4
Views: 4949

Re: Podcast with Swordsman/Brother Bored

@Squigs44, I appreciate the enthusiasm but the qualification of "diplomacy" leaves me wondering...do we even have much...competition....?
by swordsman3003
Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Are people with internal monologues crazy and insane?
Replies: 15
Views: 3653

Re: Are people with internal monologues crazy and insane?

I learn a lot from conversations with myself. In fact, I might say I learn as much from that as anything I've learned from someone else. Try it. Self-reflection is a good habit. The ability to converse with yourself is HUGE in being able to understand and predict cryptic players (try impersonating t...
by swordsman3003
Sun May 31, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Winning as Russia in Gunboat
Replies: 38
Views: 11123

Re: Winning as Russia in Gunboat

@AnimalCS Probably >50% of my gunboat training with this student has been about how to form a psychological profile of a given player based on their moves. Once you have an accurate profile, you can often predict nearly all of a player's moves. That's why I keep track of whether I'm guessing a playe...
by swordsman3003
Sun May 31, 2020 2:16 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Winning as Russia in Gunboat
Replies: 38
Views: 11123

Re: Winning as Russia in Gunboat

Please bear in mind that this conversation has been edited down for focus and readability. However, the included statements are copy-pasted from the conversation I had with my student (other than the square bracketed clarifying addition). BrotherBored: "I don’t have my draw vote up Italy always mov...
by swordsman3003
Sat May 30, 2020 2:58 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Winning as Russia in Gunboat
Replies: 38
Views: 11123

Re: Winning as Russia in Gunboat

Okay I finished the second part. I hope you all enjoy!

A Winning Strategy for Russia in Gunboat Diplomacy, Part 2
by swordsman3003
Wed May 27, 2020 4:09 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: The Juggernaut Bogeyman?
Replies: 14
Views: 5486

Re: The Juggernaut Bogeyman?

I don't think R/T is even the most powerful Russian+Neighbor alliance. I think A/R is stronger.

In the scheme of all possible 2-power alliances I'm not sure I'd even put Juggernaut in my top 5.
by swordsman3003
Fri May 22, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Winning as Russia in Gunboat
Replies: 38
Views: 11123

Re: Winning as Russia in Gunboat

I think it is extremely rare that both countries thrive in a gunboat game. Maybe you have a very different experience as this is just what I have observed. What’s confusing here is not your point that Austria and Turkey rarely both do very well in a gunboat game. That is 100% a fact for (in my opin...
by swordsman3003
Wed May 20, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Winning as Russia in Gunboat
Replies: 38
Views: 11123

Winning as Russia in Gunboat

My friends, I've published a new article today. It is part 1 of a two-part series. In these articles, I discuss how I was able to get a solo win as Russia in a high level gunboat match. This is maybe 30% my musings on Russian strategy in gunboat, and 70% After Action Report. Not as thorough as my jo...
by swordsman3003
Sun May 10, 2020 5:09 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: 5 Influential Diplomacy Tips
Replies: 1
Views: 5258

5 Influential Diplomacy Tips

This week I've written a shorter, more basic kind of article. I think newer players would find these tips helpful!

https://brotherbored.com/5-influential-diplomacy-tips/
by swordsman3003
Sat May 02, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Diplomacy Fatigue
Replies: 9
Views: 6074

Diplomacy Fatigue

In my new piece, I answer a write-in question about how I deal with feelings of fatigue that come from playing Diplomacy for long stretches of time. What would make me want to take a break from Diplomacy? Things like that. This is a personal topic, not a strategy article. I consider this to be "Dipl...
by swordsman3003
Tue Apr 14, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Backstabbed for Loose Lips
Replies: 8
Views: 5370

Re: Backstabbed for Loose Lips

If you are sharing your moves with your rivals, and you want to be stabbed less often, you can reduce the amount you are being stabbed by reducing the amount that you are sharing. There are strategic reasons for sharing (as I explained in my article), but you should have that reasoning in mind when ...
by swordsman3003
Sun Apr 12, 2020 2:56 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Backstabbed for Loose Lips
Replies: 8
Views: 5370

Backstabbed for Loose Lips

Hello again friends. It's been a while since I contributed via my blog. Life got busy and difficult...but on the other hand, it is invigorating to contribute to a community that I enjoy so much. Sometimes I should remember that I feel better after I finish writing than before I started! The Top 5 Re...
by swordsman3003
Sun Apr 05, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Mini-Mafia Signup
Replies: 74
Views: 11023

Re: Mini-Mafia Signup

Because I was asked: My face-to-face mafia games have been 100% serious and competitive, and are among the most intense games I have ever played—period. No special powers or whatever. Just the original (Russian?) rules. My group has reached a point where it is common for the mafia to be voted out co...
by swordsman3003
Sun Apr 05, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Mini-Mafia Signup
Replies: 74
Views: 11023

Re: Mini-Mafia Signup

I had a misunderstanding of the rules, sorry but I want to withdraw from this game!