Diplomacy Games podcast: Episode 62 – Interview with Doug Kent from Diplomacy World

Venue: Empire Hotel, Brisbane

Drinks of choice:

Kaner – Young Henry’s pale ale from Sydney

Amby – Maxwell Silver Hammer shiraz from the Barossa


The guys interview Doug Kent, Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly publication Diplomacy World. Plus they talk trust for newbies and their current games.


  • The guys introduce the show, their drinks and the venue (0 mins 10 secs)

Empire Hotel, BrisbaneInterview with Doug Kent from Diplomacy World

  • They begin to introduce the interview (5 mins 25 secs)
  • Amby asks about how Doug got into Diplomacy (7 mins)
  • Amby asks about Doug’s collection of old Diplomacy zines and whether he plans to bring any of them online (11 mins)
  • Kaner asks if he has a favorite zine or collection (12 mins 45 secs)
  • Amby asks what came next for Doug after playing postal (14 mins 45 secs)
  • Kaner asks about Diplomacy World and how Doug became the lead editor (16 mins 40 secs)
  • Amby asks Doug how he feels the hobby has changed (24 mins 20 secs)
  • Kaner asks what’s the most rewarding part of publishing Diplomacy World (29 mins 45 secs)
  • Amby asks if Doug plays much now (35 mins 5 secs)
  • Amby asks about Doug’s future plans for championing Diplomacy (40 mins)
  • Amby asks if there was an article in Diplomacy World about a hypothetical game between the top players in the past 20-30 years, who would those players be (44 mins)
  • Amby asks for Doug’s take for contributors publishing under their online game name, rather than their real name. They also discuss what goes into Diplomacy World and what doesn’t  (52 mins 40 secs)
  • They discuss how people can contribute and support Diplomacy World (58 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby asks about any plans to scan older editions with optical character recognition so they’re searchable (1 hr 8 mins 40 secs)
  • Kaner asks about Doug about preferred variants (1 hr 15 mins)
  • The interview wraps up (1 hr 23 mins)
  • The guys discuss their thoughts on the interview. Kaner commits to writing an article for Diplomacy World on sea lanes (1 hr 23 mins 30 secs)
  • They talk about the Colonia variant and Kaner gives a history lesson. They discuss future interview planning. Kaner rules out WDC 2020 for him (1 hr 30 mins)
  • They guys give their views on the Balkan Wars variant and Kaner explains Deviant Diplomacy to Amby (1 hr 34 mins)

Diplomacy news

  •  The guys discuss their drinks in the context of Diplomacy (1 hr 36 mins)
  •  They give an update on their tournament plans for March in Melbourne and the Canetoad Classic for May (1 hr 38 mins)

Newbie guide: Who can you trust?

  • The guys kick off the segment and why trust is important (1 hr 40 mins 30 secs)
  • Kaner explains his experience with being able to trust players, and describes the differences between face to face and online (1 hr 42 mins)
  • Amby pauses the recording for a moment so Kaner can tell himself something off tape (1 hr 43 mins 45 secs)
  • Amby discusses when a player is talking options with you, you start feeling trust developing. Kaner gives his counter-perspective (1 hr 45 mins)
  • Kaner walks through an example about the English Channel and building trust (1 hr 46 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby talks about gut feelings and players who hedge their bets (1 hr 52 mins)
  • Kaner suggests the next Newbie segment should be Strategic considerations in discussions before Stabbing (1 hr 55 mins)
  • Amby asks what you need to do to regain trust (1 hr 57 mins 45 secs)
  • Amby asks how you can trust in gunboat (2 hrs 1 min 30 secs)
  • Amby discusses how heavy joint military build ups on borders that are coordinated and create a stalemate line can also build trust sometimes (2 hrs 5 mins)

Around the grounds

  • The guys grab another drink and discuss a gunboat fog of war game Kaner is still in (2 hrs 7 mins 55 secs)
  • They talk about the solo win by Agnaar on the Europa Renovatio map, taking the number one spot on vDip  (2 hrs 11 mins 30 secs)
  • Kaner touches on an anonymous Europa Renovatio game he’s in (2 hrs 14 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby discusses his Cry God for Harry! game and how well the Golden Horde and Marmluks are doing (2 hrs 16 mins 45 secs)

Cry God for Harry


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

2 thoughts on “Diplomacy Games podcast: Episode 62 – Interview with Doug Kent from Diplomacy World”

  1. Very much enjoyed the podcast, even if Dearest Doug was interviewed by the world’s most reserved aussies! I suppose the time difference means you can’t always break out the barossa. Good job, about to listen to the next one!

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