Welcome to the Spring 2013 Movement issue of the Pouch!
I'm afraid the offering of articles in this issue is smaller than it was in the previous Winter 2012 Adjustment Issue — but to be fair, that really was the biggest issue we'd had in a very long time! However, remember that you can always help us make the next issue bigger by submitting your own article to firstname.lastname@example.org for the next issue, the Spring 2013 Retreat issue in May.
It is with sadness that we must note the loss of the creator of the wonderful game of Diplomacy, Mr. Allan Calhamer, who passed away on February 25th of this year. I am sure that the Pouch Zine's readers will agree that he enriched all our lives by creating this wonderful hobby, and we offer our heartfelt condolences to his family.
It would have been fitting if we had been able to make this issue a dedication to Mr Calhamer. Unfortunately, with the limited resources at our disposal and little time, we were not able to turn this current issue into one that I feel would be a suitable tribute to him. I hope we will do a dedicated issue in honor Mr. Calhamer at some point in the future.
However, in a larger sense, this entire Zine — this entire site — is already a tribute to him. The work and thought and effort that he has inspired in all of us through the game of Diplomacy is truly remarkable. There are few commercial games that have enjoyed the fifty-plus-years run of success that Diplomacy has; and I am sure that none of them inspire the same fascination that Diplomacy does.
I hope you will enjoy the articles in the issue, and continue to play this amazing game. While we are saddened at his loss, I am sure we will all continue to enjoy the hobby he created for a long time to come. And perhaps that is the best tribute to Mr Calhamer that we can all offer.
Enjoy the Pouch!
As noted on the front page of the Pouch, any of our readers who wish to honor the memory of Allan B. Calhamer through a donation are asked on behalf of his family to give to the Nature Conservancy charity, of which he was a long-time supporter.
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