Diplomacy Games podcast: Episode 28 shownotes – Drinking, Diplomacy & sh*t cake

Inside the Port Office HotelVenue: Euro Restaurant and then the Port Office Hotel, Brisbane.

Drinks of choice:

Kaner – Estrella lager from Barcelona, Spain and Little Creature’s Roger’s amber ale from Western Australia

Amby – Marcelo Pelleriti Sol fa Soul malbec from Mendoza, Argentina and SC Parnell tempranillo from the Adelaide Hills

The guys keep the drinking going and Diplomacy chats rolling on Bourse, variant testing and a Conspiracy app update. Plus the odd history lesson from Amby and discussion on shit cake.


  • Kaner discusses how CaptainMeme and a few webDip folks recently hosted a live vidcast of an online Dip game (0 mins 30 secs)
  • They get around to introducing the Euro restaurant and their drinks. Amby gets a bit carried away with his wine and shares a story about his brother-in-law’s bad drinking habits and how Mrs Amby’s sister put in place a system to stop him drinking the expensive stuff (5 mins)

Diplomacy Chat

  • They start discussing the upcoming Bourse game. Amby gives his thoughts on Sealanes games and why he’s shit at them (13 mins)
  • Amby shares another story, this time about shit cake (18 mins 45 secs)
  • Then its back to Kaner’s learnings from the last Bourse and how he’s going to correct that for the new Bourse game (20 mins 45 secs)
  • Amby discusses YCHTT’s suggestion of a proper market driven by supply and demand for the Bourse and why he loves the idea (26 mins)
  • The guys pop upstairs to the Laneway Bar to find no-one there. Instead they’ve walked a block further to the Port Office Hotel (33 mins 30 secs)
  • Former Queensland colonial naval yard across the riverAmby describes how on the way to the Port Office Hotel, he managed to give Kaner a history lesson about the former Queensland colonial naval dockyards (see photo.) Amby explains why he knows a heap of irrelevant shit due to an attempt to write an alternative history novel, and how the never completed novel was the inspiration for the Mate Against Mate variant (34 mins)
  • A small impromptu “this week in Australian politics” segment (39 mins)
  • The guys give a drinks update (41 mins 20 secs)
  • Kaner asks about Amby’s involvement in some test games at the Diplomail Lab including another Austrian Succession game. Amby describes how he adopted a different strategy which is working well (42 mins)
  • Then its onto the test game of the Mongolian Empire variant – created by Kaner but being advanced by other developers now. They discuss the impact of the bubonic plague on the game where a rapid die-off of units happens at the end of the first game year’s build phase. They talk about other historical aspects of the variant and really interesting elements of the game including city states, rivers/bridges, trade winds and silk roads, Himalayan passes and the Great Wall of China (49 mins 30 secs)
  • After Kaner gets a tech support call from Mrs Kaner, the guys return to the Conspiracy app. Kaner talks about his first full press game ending up in a 4 way draw as Austria. He talks about side chat rooms and how they operate really easily. That said communicating can take a while with the amount of texting required. They discuss again getting the French app developers on the show (1 hr 2 mins)
  • The guys start wrapping things up. They discuss whether people interested in donating to the show with Patreon would prefer better audio or more drunkedness (1 hr 8 mins 45 secs)

And thanks as always to Dan Philip for his rockin’ intro to the Diplomacy Games podcast.

Don’t forget you can now donate to the show (for better audio or drunker episodes) by going to our Patreon page.

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