Diplomacy Games podcast: Episode 92 – Interview with Isabelle Vladoiu

Venues: Empire Hotel, Brisbane

Drinks of choice:

Kaner: Mahogany American Brown Ale by Brendale Brewing Company

Amby: Maxwell’s Silver Hammer shiraz from the McLaren Vale

The guys interview Isabella Vladoiu from US Institute of Diplomacy and Human Rights about how the game relates to real life Diplomacy. Plus they discuss their games and a public service announcement from all Mods.

empire hotel may 21Intro and Diplomacy news

  • The guys are still at the Empire Hotel.  Amby disses Google.  They do a drinks update (0 mins 10 secs)
  • They give a Diplomacy face to face update and ideas to get more people into the game (3 mins 30 secs)

Interview with Isabelle Vladoiu from US Institute of Diplomacy and Human Rights

  • The guys set the scene for their interview with Isabelle Vladoiu, founder of US Institute of Diplomacy and Human Rights, a not for profit organization (6 mins 30 secs)
  • Kaner and Amby welcome Isabelle to the show. Kaner asks about the sort of work she does (7 mins 30 secs)
  • Kaner reflects on reputation and asks how a diplomatic negotiation takes place (12 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby asks about soft skills in breaking through an impasse and re-establishing trust (17 mins)
  • Amby asks Isabelle about her understanding of the game Diplomacy (19 mins 30 secs)
  • Kaner touches on Isabelle’s point about linguistic barriers, and throws to Amby to discuss his previous experience with Google Translate Diplomacy (24 mins 45 secs)
  • Kaner asks about backdoor diplomacy, they go onto discuss deliberate false statements (30 mins)
  • They start wrapping up the interview reflecting on the role of etiquette and where listeners can learn more about US Institute of Diplomacy and Human Rights (38 mins)
  • The guys reflect back on the interview and their thoughts on its application to the game Diplomacy (40 mins 45 secs)

Ar-Kansas chat

  • Amby gives Kaner an update on the pronunciation of Arkansas (45 mins 30 secs)

Around the grounds

  • Kaner asks Amby about how he’s going in their joint game “Ratty Bastards 2” (49 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby reflects on the fog of war nature of the game (52 mins 15 secs)
  • Amby talks about his other anonymous game, “DSA” a Divided States game (56 mins 15 secs)

Public service announcement

  • As a Mod at vDip, Kaner gives an example of what NOT to do when dealing with mods at webDip, playDip, Backstabbr etc (1 hr 0 mins)
  • The guys wrap up the show (1 hr 8 mins)


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

1 thought on “Diplomacy Games podcast: Episode 92 – Interview with Isabelle Vladoiu”

  1. A bit more on your Arkansas story. While the name of the U.S. State is pretty universally pronounced AR-kan-saw, there is a river of the same name which flows through the like-named state and several others. The name of the river is pronounced ar-KAN-sas by a fair percentage of the people by which the river passes, though not by the people living within the State of Arkansas.

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