Diplomacy Games podcast: Episode 96 – Interview with Bryan Pravel & Zach Moore about Diplomacy at the Olympics

Venues: At home: Pre-lockdown, Brisbane

Drinks of choice:

Kaner: Somersby cloudy cider

Amby: Riparosso Italian red wine

The guys interview Bryan Pravel and Zach Moore from DBN about Diplomacy at the Olympics and where the game is going.


  • The guys are in pre-lockdown. They expect the government will do a lockdown when they planned to record so catch up on Skype instead.   (0 mins 10 secs)

Interview with Bryan Pravel & Zach Moore from DBN

  • The guys welcome Bryan and Zach to the show, before jumping into the 2032 Olympics and DBN’s plan to partner with 2032 Olympics broadcaster NBC (5 mins)
  • Amby asks what steps DBN needs to take to be ready by 2032 (8 mins 20 secs)
  • They discuss how people interested in interning at DBN can apply and what skills they need (10 mins)
  • Amby asks what’s going on in the background of a live broadcast game (13 mins)
  • Amby discusses the professional broadcast feel of the show, and asks how that could improve in the future (16 mins 15 secs)
  • Kaner asks Bryan and Zack on how an Olympic Diplomacy competition should be held and which nations are most likely to take gold, silver & bronze  (19 mins)
  • They discuss the need for an International Diplomacy Federation to advocate for the game (24 mins)
  • Amby asks what scoring system lends itself to better television (29 mins)
  • Amby queries how a world record system would work for Diplomacy at the Olympics (33 mins 45 secs)
  • He asks about following the conversations of players in a game and how that could work in a live environment (36 mins)
  • They discuss Ed Sullivan’s info about Olympic events not necessarily always being traditional sports. Amby discusses the Wikipedia page that needs updating to raise the awareness of Diplomacy as a potential new event (41 mins 45 secs)
  • They start wrapping up the interview (45 mins)
  • Kaner & Amby give their thoughts on the interview (47 mins)
  • They flag the show has been going now for 5 years (52 mins)

Around the grounds

  • Amby asks Kaner about how his games are going – both are anonymous Europa Renovatio gunboat games (55 mins)
  • Amby outlines his really stuff ups where he CD’ed in his Divided States game and in Spice Islands (1 hr 8 mins)
  • They do a reminder about the upcoming 100th episode, before returning to the Spice Islands game and how surprisingly complex it is (1 hr 15 mins)
  • Then its a brief overview of Amby’s Mongolian game (1 hrs 22 mins)
  • Amby goes into his Primacy app game and discusses his goal of creating a stalemate line for a 4 way draw (1 hr 24 mins 30 secs)
  • Kaner shares a link from the Diplomatic Pouch and discusses position 7 (1 hr 28 mins 30 secs)

Trying to get a stalemate line happening

  • Amby then discusses a Feraror map also on Primacy (1 hr 34 mins)

Primacy's Feranor map

Chaos game

  • The guys wrap up the show (1 hr 47 mins)

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Thanks as always to Dr Dan aka “The General” for his rockin’ intro tune.

1 thought on “Diplomacy Games podcast: Episode 96 – Interview with Bryan Pravel & Zach Moore about Diplomacy at the Olympics”

  1. You want comments? Ok. LOL

    First, thank you for the Spice Islands plug. It is indeed one of the more fleet oriented variants out there, certainly my most fleet oriented variant. But enough shameless self promotion.

    I look forward to each new episode of Diplomacy Games. It is a lot of fun, especially hearing those funny Australian accents, to listen to experienced players talk Dip generally and variants in particular, with a variety of interesting guests. You guys really make a nice contribution to the Hobby. A toast to you! I raise a glass of Newtown Pippin hard cider, by Original Sin.

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