Diplomacy Games podcast: Episode 81 – Interview with David Hood

Venue: The Prince Consort, Brisbane

Drinks of choice:

Kaner:  Young Henry’s pale ale from Sydney, Australia

Amby: Balter XPA from the Gold Coast, Australia and D’Arenberg Lovegrass shiraz


The guys catchup with David Hood and talk about his role in DBN’s Deadline News and much more. Plus a bumper amount of Diplomacy news and an Around the grounds. Enjoy!

The Prince Consort, Brisbane Intro

  • The guys discuss their drinks and venue… which apparently they’ve drunk at before. They discuss their rule on not recording in the same venue twice and whether it counts if the bar has changed hands/changed names (0 mins 10 secs)
  • They quickly jump into the interview with David Hood (3 mins 15 secs)

Interview with David Hood

  • They guys welcome David to the show  before Amby asks about how he got into the game (3 mins 20 secs)
  • Kaner asks about how David got involved in the Diplomacy Broadcast Network. David acknowledges the great work being done by Brandon Fogel, Zach Moore and Bryan Pravel and that he’s just the recruited “talent” before he discusses his thoughts on the DBN (5 mins)
  • Kaner asks how a typical Deadline News broadcast comes together (8 mins)
  • Amby asks about David’s suited up style on Deadline News before asking about the feedback on the show (10 mins 15 secs)
  • David tells a story about getting the word out about the game (13 mins)
  • He goes onto give his thoughts on the Virtual Diplomacy League post-Covid and why the separation between face-to-face and online players went on so long (14 mins 40 secs)
  • Amby asks what keeps David’s level of interest in Diplomacy so high for so long (19 mins 40 secs)
  • He asks how people’s approaches to the hobby has changed over the years (20 mins 50 secs)
  • Amby asks what elements have had the greatest impact in the way the quality of players have stepped up (23 mins 45 secs)
  • David discusses how the forward plan for DBN’s Broadcast News comes together (26 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby flags they’re planning their first post-Covid face to face game hopefully in December. David talks about how DBN may have to approach coverage when face to face starts up again (29 mins 15 secs)
  • Kaner asks about the editing done by DBN before asking why David became the news anchor (33 mins 40 secs)
  • Amby asks why there’s a lot of lawyers playing Diplomacy (35 mins 40 secs)
  • Kaner asks David about playing online. He goes onto discuss how he’s enjoying a few variants on vDiplomacy and what he likes to see in variants to make it a good, playable game (37 mins)
  • Kaner goes onto ask about whether David has a favorite broadcasting moment so far. David discusses the “openings” discussion in October’s Deadline News and its impact (46 mins 40 secs)
  • They start wrapping up the show (49 mins)
  • The guys give their thoughts on the interview (49 mins 30 secs)

Latest news

  • Kaner starts talking about eCarnage and gives shout outs to Bill Hackenbracht and the other top players in the tournament (52 mins)
  • He discusses the Bourse and how it was run on the top board at eCarnage with market game rules (55 mins)
  • Kaner goes onto discuss how he’s keen to run and play in another Bourse game and how he’s thinking of running it (59 mins)
  • They discuss the 2021 World Cup over at webDip about being part of a local Queensland team and including Peter McNamara as a player seeing he’s from Queensland (1 hr 3  mins 20 secs)
  • Kaner talks about the ghost rating system being introduced at webDip (1 hr 8 mins)
  • He discusses his love of the Politics thread at webDip. Amby gives an update about the American presidential result. Kaner says he’s pretty happy with how he performed in the write in candidate front (1 hr 10 mins 30 secs)

Around the grounds

  • The guys get some new drinks before Kaner asks Amby about his Winning is for Losers game. He discusses his thoughts on when a player doesn’t respond to your messages and how it can feed your suspicions (1 hr 17 mins)
  • Amby discusses his Cloak and Dagger A Modern Europe game he’s still in (which has since drawn with Amby as a 1 SC Germany) (1 hr 25 mins)
  • Kaner then asks about Amby’s Machiavelli game where he was also part of the draw as Austria (1 hr 26 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby goes onto discuss CD’ing in an Imperial Diplomacy game due to being away camping and being outragously drunk 1 29 30
  • Next is a North Sea Wars game (which he has since been defeated in) before discussing a Europa Renovatio game he bought into a vacant position, where all of a sudden he’s getting his arse kicked (1 hr 30 mins 30 secs)
  • Kaner asks about Amby’s last game, a Declaration of War variant played on the Fall of the American Empire map (1 hr 33 mins)
  • The guys flick over to Kaner’s games, starting with a Europa Renovatio game (1 hr 35 mins 40 secs)
  • Kaner plays a Hundred Years game with Amby (not to be confused with the Diplomacy game Hundred) testing Amby’s historical knowledge (1 hr 36 mins 20 secs)

More Diplomacy news

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

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