Spring 1997 Retreat Issue
About The Diplomatic Pouch
As if you didn't already know.
The Guest Editor and the Readership:
A selection of messages from readers of The Pouch, including a
challenging Diplomacy puzzle for everyone to try.
Dean A. Gordon:
In Control - The Penultimate Guide
to Being a GM
My pet project down the tubes, because Dean beat me to it. Here's
a guide for aspiring GMs to help get them started with all the GMing
basics. Penultimate, eh? That means second-to-last, so maybe there's
still room for one more GM guide.
Results of the Diplomacy Emotions Survey
From lovestruck to suspicious, here are the results of the
Diplomacy Emotions Survey that was circulated through the PBM and PBEM
Diplomacy communities. Hint: if you've ever been lovestruck while playing
Diplomacy, you're in the minority. Kinda hard to fall in love when there's
a knife in your back (not to mention the dearth of women in the hobby).
Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Diplomat
Holmes is back with another puzzle, and you are left to duplicate his
mental calisthenics. No hints this time -- you're on your own.
Five Down, Five To Go - New Openings for the
Vince brings us the next in his series of articles on the Modern Variant.
Taking a break from discussing openings for the individual powers, this article
examines revised and new openings for various powers and presents comments on
various aspects of the variant.
World DipCon VII Report
More of a diary than your basic convention report, Larry shares with us
his experiences in going to WDC VII, from start to finish.
Diplomacy and Game Theory Part 2:
If you've never thought about Diplomacy in the context of game
theory, here's a good start for you. My only question is: how
can I find some of those rational people to play with?
Another poem from the Diplomatic Bard shows Diplomacy as the
nice family game we all know and love.
Here are another two installments, the fifth and sixth of eight, of
Joseph Wheeler's "On Diplomacy" series, inspired by Clausewitz's
tome On War. The subjects this time are The Engagement
and War Plans.
An Interview with Manus Hand
Diplomacy Legend Manus Hand (I had to say that or he'd fire me) revealed!
Sorry, if you're looking for nudie pix, you're in the wrong place...
we charge for those. But if you've never had the opportunity to get
to know Manus, here's a way for you to begin.
A User's Guide to Payola Diplomacy, Part II:
Tarzan brings us a new article as part of his User's Guide to Payola,
this time touching on the subtleties of the bribe order, complete
with a variety of examples.
The Big Dipper:
A Question of Style
As scholarly as them come, here's Pitt's dissertation that earned him his
recently-awarded Doctorate of Diplomacy. This article focuses on
the differences between PBEM and FTF Diplomacy.
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