The Editor and the Readership
It's been so long, that I'm afraid our mailbox contains a lot of cobwebs!
However, we have received a few actual messages, too...
Dear DP Council,
Hello from a small corner of the internet known as List Magazine.
I'm pleased to share we've just published a list of "10 Debonair Openings from the Board Game Diplomacy," by Racan Souiedan.
Each of the entries links to your database at the Diplomatic Pouch, and you are credited with a link in the footnote. I'm sure these moves are all well known to you, but our list may raise a few eyebrows among those who have not heard of Diplomacy and attract a few new players to the game.
I thought you might like to see this, and perhaps would like to share with friends and followers.
I am the webmaset of the www.stabbeurfou.org web site dedicated to playing Diplomacy (automated in French and in English). Have you heard about it?
I have implemented EXACTLY the "A Player Rating System for Diplomacy from the article in the DipPouch.
I have duplicated the article on the stabberfou site without changing a comma, here:
I do not find exactly the same results as in your example, but I will soon make more detailed tests to find out why, and try to get closer This allow me to have a list of what I call " the most skilled players".
If you have a revised version or any comments I will take them.
Thanks a lot for the work, it helps the community, it helps the stabbeurfou players, it helped me.
Editor's Response: Merci beaucoup, Jérémie! Je suis très content. I'm glad you've implemented the rating system, and that you're happy with the results. And I do know about your site - it's certainly the premier French language site in our hobby. Thanks for writing!
I went to the page:
Expecting to be able to find a detailed black and white map that I could print out. I didn't find one, but I did find a scan of a conference map on an abandoned forum:
Is this something you could add to your page?
Editor's Note: In response, Nicholas Fitzpatrick was kind enough to offer a link to this other example of a black and white map: http://www.sentex.ca/~nfitz/Maps/standard.pdf.
I just wanted to say that your article on the balance of Sail Ho! was truly well-done! As someone who has played the variant, I have often thought that South has an advantage, but never stopped to analyze it deeper, especially because, well, I've played South more often than not.
I truly enjoyed your article, and would be very interested if you would follow it — either as another article or in a continuation of this correspondence — with any suggestions you might have concerning changes to the variant that might shift the balance.
Stab you soon,