Diplomacy Games podcast: Episode 119 – Interview about WDC Bangkok 2023 with Andrew Goff and Lei Saarlainen

Venue: Babylon, Brisbane

Drinks of choice:

Kaner: 150 Lashes pale ale
Amby: Kaesler shiraz from the Barossa Valley


With just a month until the first World Diplomacy Championship in Asia we catchup with organisers Andrew Goff and Lei Saarlainen about WDC Bangkok 2023, plus lots more.


  • View from Babylon, BrisbaneThe guys introduce their drinks and tonight’s venue (0 mins 10 secs)
  • They discuss why Italy doesn’t open more often to the west and some crazy openings (5 mins 35 secs)

Interview about WDC Bangkok with Andrew Goff and Lei Saarlainen

  • They introduce the interview today with Lei Saarlainen and Andrew Goff about WDC 2023 in Bangkok (14 mins)
  • We discuss what’s planned (16 mins 40 sec)
  • They discuss how language is approached at the tournament (20 mins)
  • Andrew and Lei discusses what makes this WDC different to previous tournaments (25 mins 10 secs)
  • Kaner asks about what Bangkok is like for visitors flying in and what to do. Andrew gives some tricks to remember for visitors (29 mins 45 secs)
  • Lei also mentions there is a side tournament being held a week later in Siem Reap in Cambodia including visits to the Angkor Wat temple complex. Andrew also gives context for scheduling during the tournament and a WhatsApp group (33 mins 50 secs)
  • They discuss time limit plans for the games (38 mins 20 secs)
  • Kaner asks about the tournament scoring system (41 mins 20 secs)
  • Amby goes onto discuss which official version of the rules will be used – the new board or rules played for many years (44 mins 10 secs)
  • Amby asks about the cultural style of the tournament gameplay (48 mins 20 secs)
  • He goes onto ask about the local climate and how should people be packing (52 mins 30 secs)
  • They discuss some of the challenges maintaining momentum for the tournament during the pandemic (56 mins)
  • They begin wrapping up the interview (1 hr 1 min)
  • They goes give their thoughts on the interview (1 hr 2 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby incorrectly says the Siem Reap tournament will be in a temple – he misheard Lei – ignore this bit folks! (1 hr 7 mins)

Diplomacy chat

  • Kaner asks about getting a face to face game in Brisbane (1 hr 13 mins)
  • Amby discusses the Curious Western Triple  (1 hr 14 mins)
  • The guys talk houses and the Kaner & Amby Gardening Show (1 hr 28 mins) 

Around the grounds

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

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