Diplomacy Games podcast: Episode 32 shownotes – Interview with Dr Recommended

Venue:  Sorry folks, no pub (interview only)

Drinks of choice:

Kaner – Mercury Hard Cider from Tasmania

Amby – Fleur de Cap shiraz from South Africa and McGuigan Brothers Shiraz from “southern Australia”

Dr Recommended – Hop Henge Deschutes Brewery strong IPA from Oregon


Kaner has too much shit going on to head to the pub… the shame! But we wanted to at least share with you this interview with vDip’s Dr Recommended. Everyone is drinking during the interview and its a bit of fun, especially discussion about the on again/off again relationship between Doc and Amby.

Interview with Dr Recommended

  • Amby asks Doc about where he hangs out in the online Dip world (0 mins 5 secs)
  • Kaner asks how Doc first got into Dip (2 mins 45 secs)
  • Kaner observes how a number of school groups have started playing Dip online and asks Doc’s take on this (6 mins)
  • Everyone discusses what they’re drinking while recording – Doc: Hop Henge Deschutes Brewery strong IPA from Oregon; Kaner: Mercury Hard Cider from Tasmania; Amby: Fleur de Cap shiraz from South Africa and McGuigan Brothers Shiraz from “southern Australia” (7 mins 45 secs)
  • Kaner asks Doc about why he and Amby never seem to get on in a game (10 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby gives his take on his poor gaming relationship with Doc (14 mins)
  • Doc talks about stabbing Amby again (19 mins)
  • Amby asks if his own playing style is too trusting. Doc talks about his general strategy (21 mins)
  • Kaner starts asking a question before Amby interjects and asks how Doc can humanly play 31 games at once (26 mins)
  • Amby asks about what skills from Diplomacy can be applied elsewhere (28 mins 45 secs)
  • Doc explains where his handle came from. Amby and Kaner discuss how they got their handles. They discuss having a thread about what the 406 in kaner406 stands for (30 mins 45 secs)
  • Kaner gets to his planned question, asking about communication and Doc’s decision making on allying vs not allying (33 mins 30 secs)
  • They talk about playing a full press game of Mate Against Mate together (37 mins)
  • Kaner asks about Doc’s performance stats and whether there are any spectacular wins he’s had – Doc discusses a WWIV game on vDip (38 mins)
  • They discuss the Google Translate game they all played together 3 years ago (41 mins 30 secs)
  • Kaner asks about the tournaments Doc is in (45 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby asks how middling players in the Hall of Fame can lift their game. They go on to discuss how the ratings system could be improved (48 mins 15 secs)
  • The guys talk about their “What the Doctor Recommended” segment and the need to give it a refresh. Doc asks for more singing (54 mins 30 secs)
  • Kaner talks about how the Hall of Fame at webDip works really well with recent changes. Doc discusses how he’s catching up with RUFFHAUS in real life with their wives (57 mins)
  • Amby asks relationship advice from Doc and what she thinks of his habit (60 mins)
  • Kaner asks Doc if there are any other form of stats that could be applied beyond win-draw-survive-defeated (1 hr 2 mins 40 secs)
  • Amby notes how Doc has been playing many of the new variants that have come to vDip. He asks which of the new variants really interest him (1 hr 6 mins 30 secs)
  • Doc gives his top 3 favourite variants (1 hr 10 mins 45 secs)
  • Amby reflects on unit expectations and feedback from David E. Cohen on his original plans for his maps to not include transform options. Doc and Kaner talk about playing a 901 Known World game with a gentleman’s agreement on not transforming (1 hr 12 mins)
  • They start wrapping up the interview and ask Doc if he has any further comments (1 hr 16 mins)

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