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G-Man (2227 D)
17 Mar 18 UTC
Policy For Site Unavailability/Glitch
What do you mods think about having some kind of policy posted to address when the site goes down or is not functional in the future? You have chosen to cancel the 1st game of Divided States over this, but the last time I was involved in a game that had this happen, the last phase was replayed. So currently, the response isn't consistent.
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WWII Tournament REPLACEMENT NEEDED
^^^

Go to the WWII Tournament thread for details. First come, first served.
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JECE (1184 D)
04 Mar 18 UTC
Join Team Iberia in the 2018 webDiplomacy World Cup
Iberia came 3rd in 2010, 2nd in 2012 and was absent from the 2016 edition. We're late to the party, but hopefully we can pull together quickly enough to register our team before sign-ups close. Are you ready?
The tournament is getting organized now:
http://webdiplomacy.net/contrib/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=298
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Enriador (1491 D (B))
03 Mar 18 UTC
[Poll] Balkan Gambit
If you are playing Austria and doing a Balkan Gambit, what orders do you give to Army Vienna?

https://strawpoll.com/redwyz6b
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Grahamso1 (1561 D)
01 Mar 18 UTC
“Resigning” from a game
I would never want to do this but what does it mean when I see a player “resigned” from a game
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tobi1 (1927 D Mod (S) (B))
03 Feb 18 UTC
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Improvement suggestions?
I am looking to give some love to my main coding contributions to vdip, namely the interactive map and the TSR in Colonial Diplomacy. Do you have any wishes, improvement suggestions, issues or bug reports with these implementations?
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Enriador (1491 D (B))
25 Feb 18 UTC
[Classic] Tuscan Opening
Hello guys! I wrote an article on webDiplomacy.net Forum about a "Tuscan Opening" that I will transcribe here for those who aren't members of webDip. I hope you enjoy it!
Enriador (1491 D (B))
25 Feb 18 UTC
"I would like to present you with an Italian opening that I thought of recently: the Tuscan Opening, also accurately described as the Tuscan Variation of the Lepanto Opening.

It all started with a simple question: what is Tuscany's purpose? Okay, it's the gateway between Italy and France in the battle for the Mediterranean during the mid/late game. But what about its early game use, especially in 1901? Can it be used for any other purpose than screaming "I'LL KILL YOU FRANCE!1!1!" in a French Attack (A VEN-PIE, A ROM-TUS, F NAP-TYN) where Army Rome Hold has identical use?

Let's go through some other moves to unusual spaces first:

Army Liverpool-Clyde is a shady opening, but it guarantees that Fleet NRG alone can convoy the army. It ensures that England will either convoy to Norway or waste both fleets convoying it elsewhere, which in any case will make Germany (and to a lesser extent France) more certain about English (lack of) influence over the Low Countries.

Army Moscow/Warsaw-Livonia can be convoyed to Sweden, which enables a supported attack on Denmark in 1902 (while disabling many other options).

Army Vienna-Bohemia can, under rare circumstances, be a key part in an even rarer Austro-Italian opening where Austria moves for Serbia and Greece while Italy convoys to Tunis, with A Venice being supported by A Vienna into Munich - an almost assured 2-center grab for each power.

Army Smyrna-Syria in Fall 1901 is not just an effective anti-Lepanto move, but enables flexibility in the case of a pro-Russian Pastiche Opening (A CON-BUL, F ANK-BLA, A SMY H) where Fleet ANK goes to CON in Fall. It allows maximum flexibility as Turkey sends Army SMY-SYR away and waits Russia's move: if the Tsar treacherously moved to BLA, ANK will be open for the fleet build; if Russia kept its word then Fleet SMY can be built normally.

Army Berlin-Prussia is part of the legendary Centrifuge Opening (A MUN-KIE, F KIE-BAL) where the army is convoyed to Denmark in Fall.

But what about Tuscany? Can a move there in 1901 make sense somehow? Well, turns out it can!

Imagine the following context before Spring 1901 (when your only source is what other powers say!):

1) Italy is willing to help Austria stop a rising Juggernaut

2) Austria is paranoid about its defense

So nothing uncommon right? Obviously, if Italy does not care about Austria's doom or if Austria does not mind moving east in force while an Italian army looms in the horizon, more traditional openings will certainly give the Pope more options. The Tuscan Opening attempts to give Italy a reasonable start when both points above are true (which they usually are), by making a move towards Turkey - the traditional Lepanto - while also reassuring Austria that its home centers will be safe - unshackling the Archduke to use the powerful Balkan Gambit Opening, Galician Variation. To achieve both objectives, here is the opening:

*A VEN-TUS

*A ROM-APU

*F NAP-ION

Image: https://i.imgur.com/VSlSFZy.png

For this article we shall refer to the opening above (the Venetian Variation), but there's an alternative set of moves (the Roman Variation) that has the same result:

*A VEN-APU

*A ROM-TUS

*F NAP-ION

Image: https://i.imgur.com/CNRs8HV.png

By moving to Tuscany from the start (alongside a Lepanto Opening), Italy makes it impossible to stab Austria at Trieste in Fall 1901, giving the Archduke much-needed freedom to halt Russo-Turkish ambitions in the Balkans with all their three units. An initial dosage of trust is needed from both sides, but if things go well by Spring then full-blown cooperation by Fall will be a great reward in their anti-Juggernaut crusade.

The opening does give Italy less leverage over Austria, and may actually be considered more to Austria's advantage than Italy's, but it's up to the Pope to balance whether keeping a shadow over Trieste is worth it when a Juggernaut is on the move and Austria has to constantly watch over its back - potentially wasting a precious unit to do garrison duty or rush back to Trieste due to some nasty rumour (probably from France's President or England's Prime Minister working in junction with the Juggernaut).

If Austria breaks their word and moves Fleet TRI-VEN, your units at Tuscany and Apulia can easily retake the center and still grab Tunis with the fleet; if Austria attempts a flamboyant opening like the Blue Water (F TRI-ADR, A VIE-TYR/TRI) you can assure both a bounce in Venice and the build. In any case, Italy hasn't much to lose by trying the Tuscan Opening while the gains (bounce in Galicia and possibly Rumania or two units on Bulgaria by the year's end with a Italian sea invasion on its way) can be quite numerous indeed.

Perhaps you're wondering: if the problem is staying with the army in Venice, why move specifically to Tuscany, and not anywhere else? Well, the problem is that:

Tyrolia sucks even more than staying in Venice - it borders Vienna on top of Trieste, and adds Munich and thus an angry Kaiser into the mix. Not exactly the most helpeful behavior when stopping a Juggernaut is the goal.

Piedmont may be used to balance the West sometimes, but most often it'll cause a nasty build of Fleet Marseilles that will do your march to Syria no good at all. Why meddle in the West when a larger shadow rises in the East?

Apulia is out of question - it forces Army Rome to do a "Lesspanto" towards Naples, and in the case that Austria does move its fleet to Venice you cannot be assured of retaking it.

Rome adresses many of the problems stated above, however it has two drawbacks: first, it blocks a home supply center from builds, and no matter how marginal Rome can be in the early game, it's important to keep the option of Fleet ROM open if and when the wind changes course. Second, and there's where it loses to Tuscany: Rome lacks vital leverage over Piedmont, which means less of a say in western affairs should anti-French policy become a priority. From Tuscany, and army can reach Marseilles within a year - not an option to be underestimated.

Be warned that there are contexts where using the Tuscan Opening may not be to Italy's (and Austria's) advantage. Notably, when a Juggernaut is not so certain: too friendly behavior risks throwing Tsar and Sultan into each other's arms a bit sooner than needed. There may also be a case for Army VEN-TYR then TYR-BOH, enabling Italy to help with Galicia in 1902, or for Italy to interfere in a Western Triangle resolving too quickly by sliding into Piedmont or Tyrolia. Finally, using an unusual opening may raise eyebrows across the board regarding your skill or experience, which can serve as a liability or a key advantage in your race to 18.

In conclusion, the Tuscan Opening is Italy's answer to the question: "how can I send Austria spinning madly at Russia/Turkey without the guy freaking out about Trieste?" It's a minor sacrifice of Italian early power in order to boost Austria's own initial capacity to strike at a feared enemy, and may constitute the foundations of a happy and well-built alliance that will open many windows - and supply centers for the green units.

When the stab on Austria comes in your victorious end, may you have sweet memories of opening to Tuscany in an equally sweet Spring."


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Oli (977 D Mod (P))
13 Feb 18 UTC
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New mega-variant: Divided states....
Here comes our largest variant ever: Divided States.
A variant for 50 players!! With 693 territories (270 land, 236 coast, and 187 sea territories).
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Anon (?? D)
15 Feb 18 UTC
Western World 901 Bug?
I am in a gunboat and when I try to see the past orders it tells me there is a bug.

http://vdiplomacy.com/board.php?gameID=33658
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Argentinean Empire (1243 D)
23 Jan 18 UTC
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Prove your historical knowledge!
Since some discrepancies arose from the Winning thread, (what else is new?) here we go. We start with a question, and the person that correctly answers it posts a question of their own, and it continues.
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michael_b (952 D)
12 Aug 17 UTC
Question: Adding Variant(s)
Please see reply.
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Halt (1276 D)
10 Feb 18 UTC
Can't send press during build phase?
Hi, during one of my games, I seem to not be able to send press during build phase? I have been away from the site for a few years, so is this a new feature/rule I'm unaware of or is there something wrong with the game I'm in?

gameID=33649
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nopunin10did (1041 D)
22 Jan 18 UTC
Email notifications?
Does vDiplomacy not have an option to send email notifications upon important game events?

I just recently set up a game, then came back to check on it a couple days later only to find that I'd NMR'd it without even knowing. I couldn't find anything in my email, even in Spam or Trash.
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Enriador (1491 D (B))
07 Feb 18 UTC
WTA vs Draw-Disvaluated Scoring
What about adding Draw-Disvaluated Scoring to vDip?

It's a mix of Calhamer Scoring (aka Winner-Takes-All) with Draw-Zero Scoring, and has the fortunate effect of pushing players towards a solo unless a draw is absolutely necessary. Solos work like in WTA, but draws are different.
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Grahamso1 (1561 D)
05 Feb 18 UTC
PPSC vs SoS
I couldn’t find the answer in Help.
I know PPSC means in a solo the points are allocated based on supply centre count while in a draw it reverts to an equal split of points like DSS/WTA
For SoS over on WebDip, in a draw the points are allocated on a sum of Squares principle. But Help section doesn’t say what happens in a solo. Same method or reverts to winner takes all? I’m assuming SoS whether draw or solo but checking
Thanks
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Technostar (1393 D (B))
03 Sep 17 UTC
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"Divided States" - New variant in progress
"Divided States" is a variant where every US state is a country. I am looking for advice about it. See reply for details.
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Greatdjenkins (977 D)
30 Jan 18 UTC
you hippies whats in da hood
come at me bro, when people see u they be like FATYYYYYYYY
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Just a heads up...
I'm headed to our cabin for a week tomorrow. I'll still get internet on the phone when we head into town for dinner each night, but my communication may be lacking in game on any press games.
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GOD (1664 D Mod (B))
27 Jan 18 UTC
Looking for Callifornians
I'm currently travelling through California for a good month and wondered if there's any players out here who'd like to meet or maybe even host me?
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Greatdjenkins (977 D)
22 Jan 18 UTC
Ambassidor is a crybaby
ambassidor, and argentinaian empire looooooooooove fluttershy and dora, although i think argentianian empire might like boots ( doras pet monkey, hes a boy )
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Brenden (928 D)
25 Jan 18 UTC
call me
hey girl
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kaner406 (1375 D Mod (B) (B))
19 Jan 18 UTC
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Mod announcement
Please join us in welcoming gopher to our mod-team. We promise not to let him use his newfound powers to win the "winning" thread.
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Temasek22 (975 D)
18 Jan 18 UTC
Help
I can’t login for the next few days. Would appreciate if anyone can help step in
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SKIZM (969 D)
14 Jan 18 UTC
A noob question about R###
Hey Guys, new to the site (and fairly new to diplomacy).
Next to players names are their diplomacy points, I get all that, but next to that is an R### number, I may be missing it, but I cant see this in the rules. (ie name is NAME(1000/R92). What does this number mean?
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karajandiem (1098 D)
14 Jan 18 UTC
Ancient Mediterranean
Looking for more players for a chill Ancient Med game! http://vdiplomacy.com/board.php?gameID=33453
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Flame (1062 D (B))
11 Jan 18 UTC
C. Kostick. The Art of Correspondence in the Game of Diplomacy
Stabbeurfou.org informs:
New book about game Diplomacy is avalible on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Art-Correspondence-Game-Diplomacy-ebook/dp/B015XAJFM0/
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Greatdjenkins (977 D)
22 Dec 17 UTC
New game
if i made a new game with 36 people would anyone be interested, its a ww2 map
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kaner406 (1375 D Mod (B) (B))
07 Jan 18 UTC
Mod recruitment.
Hello all. We are currently looking for a new moderator to help out around the site.
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Captainmeme (1400 D Mod (B))
08 Jan 18 UTC
WebDiplomacy 2018 GvI and FvA Showdowns - Signups now open!
More info (and signup form) here: http://webdiplomacy.net/contrib/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=84
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BenjaminHester (1035 D)
03 Jan 18 UTC
Global Admin Message for Players of Siege of the Ishiyama Honganji
Bug reported regarding last season results. Please pause.
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