Diplomacy Games podcast: Episode 56 – Make Diplomacy Great Again #MDGA

Frankie & George, BrisbaneVenue: Frankie and George, Brisbane

Drinks of choice:

Kaner – Mexican Hot Chocolate stout and later a Witching Hour raspberry sour, Ballistic Brewery IPA in Brisbane

Amby – Hacienda Lopez de Haro Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain


The guys talk what makes a good Diplomacy neighbor, a new upcoming variant, bonus stuff for our Patreons and their 2020 Presidential/VP bid to Make Diplomacy Great Again #MDGA.


  • The guys introduce the show before Kaner taunts Amby on maths (0 mins 15 secs)
  • They discuss their drinks and the venue for tonight, Frankie and George. They provide a tease about a recording for our Patreons  (1 min)
  • They talk about the recent fires in Queensland and New South Wales (3 mins)

Newbie Chat (part 3): Neighbors for Newbies

  • Kaner's Mexican Hot Chocolate beerThe guys introduce their 3rd segment for newbie players, this time talking about what makes a good neighbor for each player on the Diplomacy board. But first there’s some 80’s Australian TV trivia (3 mins 45)
  • We begin with Germany and talk about who would make a good neighbor to Germany (6 mins 45 secs)
  • Amby suggests a ballsy move for a German opening. Kaner explains his reverse experience. They argue about what “lucking out” means (12 mins 30 secs)
  • Austria is next (15 mins 30 secs)
  • They move onto Turkey. Kaner questions Amby’s suggested good neighbor for Turkey (17 mins 45 secs)
  • Amby gives his tasting notes of Kaner’s beer (22 mins 45 secs)
  • Next the guys talk Italy (24 mins 45 secs)
  • When talking Italy they touch on the Lepanto opening (27 mins)
  • The guys give a shout out the now defunct DiplomacyCast podcast, especially for face to face advice (30 mins 15 secs)
  • France is next (31 mins)
  • England’s good neighbors (33 mins)
  • The guys then wrap up with Russia (35 mins)

New podcast: the Diplomacy Podcast

  • Amby stumbles through explaining how he found the Diplomacy Podcast from Erik van Mechelen in Minnesota (37 mins 20 secs)
  • Its a much shorter digestible chunk format than our show (40 mins 30 secs)

Make Diplomacy Great Again - Kaner & Amby for President/VP in 2020

Kaner and Amby announce their potential Presidential election bid for 2020

  • After some rambling they declare their potential bid for President and VP for next year’s American election (41 mins 30 secs)
  • They discuss the need for a lawyer to justify their non-American birth still qualifying them (44 mins)
  • Kaner announces his first policy plank – compulsory voting (45 mins 15 secs)
  • The guys are keen for listeners advice and support for our bid (47 mins)

Next face to face game in Brisbane: 1 December

  • At the next match 3 out of the 7 confirmed players are female players, which is great to get that balance and participation in the game (48 mins)
  • Kaner changes beers and talks about the bartenders’ recommendations (49 mins 45 secs)
  • If you want to play sign up (52 mins 15 secs)

Upcoming new variant – A Modern Europe

  • Kaner discusses the upcoming new variant which is a Europa Renovatio meets Modern map made by Kurt. Its not live yet and while Kaner can see it (with his vDip mod powers), Amby can’t. So sorry you’ll need to wait a little longer to see this 20 player map (53 mins 45 secs)
  • Kaner discusses Sealanes and Amby’s original poo-pooing of them (59 mins 15 secs)
  • Amby is reminded by Kaner that he created the Sealanes concept (1 hr 1 min 30 secs)

Around the grounds

  • They briefly chat Silent Europe (1 hr 6 mins 15 secs)
  • Then they move quickly onto Amby’s Divided States game with Montana now down to 1 SC (1 hr 6 mins 50 secs)
  • Divided States game updateThey talk about changes along the real life US/Canadian border; changes along the New York/Kentucky border (real life Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky); and changes down Florida way (1 hr 8 mins)
  • Kaner gives his second policy plank – solid black borders along rivers and pan handle reform (1 hr 12 mins 20 secs)

WW2 Global Boogooloo update

  • Amby gives an update to his WW2 Global Boogaloo game (which is now up to spring 1972), with Thailand now eliminated and Japan on the ropes (1 hr 14 mins 40 secs)
  • Amby has lost the fun in his Funboat game where one of his allies stabbed him for 2 SCs (1 hr 16 mins 45 secs)

What the Dr Recommended

  • The guys give an update in the Top 100 at vDip covering active players in positions 45-75 (1 hr 20 mins 30 secs)

Bonus for Patreons

  • You can support the show to donate to the alcohol tab and better audio equipment AND NOW YOU WILL GET BONUS EXTRA CONTENT! (1 hr 23  mins 45 secs)
  • The guys ask for feedback on what to include in the bonus shows for Patreon supporters (1 hr 25 mins 45 secs)
  • You can sign up at https://www.patreon.com/DiplomacyGames. They guys then start wrapping up (1 hr 27 mins)

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

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