Diplomacy Games podcast: Episode 63 – The Mongolian Empire

Venue: Doo-Bop Bar, Brisbane

Drinks of choice:

Kaner – Young Henry’s cloudy cider from Sydney

Amby – Kalleske Moppa shiraz from the Barossa Valley


The guys talk Corona Virus, Primaries, the new Mongolian Empire variant, current games & much more.

Intro and news

  • Doo-Bop Bar, BrisbaneThe guys introduce the show and quickly get into discussions around what’s going on in the world (0 mins 10 secs)
  • Amby explains why Hitler had a funny mustache (1 mins 45 secs)
  • They discuss the Super Tuesday primaries and how their presidential campaign is going. Amby explains why they’ve got such a good chance of winning the election (2 mins 25 secs)
  • They belatedly intro the bar and drinks, before Amby explains his vote winning strategy (4 mins 20 secs)
  • The guys give a hat tip to our latest Patreon – Zachery Moore from the Minnesota Diplomacy Club – who’ll be our Secretary of Convoy Operations when we’re elected. If you want to contribute and become a Cabinet Secretary when we’re elected and get our exclusive extra Patreon episodes visit https://www.patreon.com/DiplomacyGames (9 mins 10 secs)
  • Amby delivers a shit sandwich, advising the Canetoad Classic tournament in Brisbane is being postponed a year (12 mins)

The Mongolian Empire variant

  • Kaner tries reducing road noise with drinks menusA variant created by Kaner many years ago has at last come to life on vDip! After extra work by ninjanrd and coding by Flame from the Russian Diplomacy site, it can now be played (14 mins 20 secs)

The Mongolian Empire


  • Amby congratulates Kaner and creates a similarly with Dan Carlin’s incredible  Wrath of the Khans series (16 mins)
  • Kaner outlines the 11 powers in the game (17 mins 20 secs)
  • Kaner explains why the map is orientated east-west instead of north-south (20 mins)
  • He goes onto discuss the affect of the Black Death on units/SCs (21 mins 35 secs)
  • Kaner comes up with a clever plan to reduce the amount of noise coming from the tow truck (24 mins 25 secs)
  • He then discusses the role of the Silk Roads and Trade Winds (25 mins 40 secs)
  • They talk dogs in impoundment yards. Amby diverges for a moment and talks about the kids TV show “Bluey” that is created a stone’s throw from many of the pubs they’ve recorded at in Fortitude Valley (30 mins)

  • Amby then has a flash back to the 70’s Australian police show also called “Bluey” that was then parodied in the early 90’s by Australia’s The Late Show, as “Bargearse” – a fat cop whose always farting, solving crimes by accident (31 mins 20 secs)

  • Kaner goes back to Mongolian Empire and talks about geographic complexities from rivers, bridges, mountains, the Great Wall of China and city states with standing neutral armies (32 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby asks Kaner what it feels like to see something he’s created now being played by people (38 mins)
  • The guys return with new drinks and new batteries in the recorder (39 mins 20 secs)

Around the grounds

1812 Overture game update



  • They discuss whether they should be playing more classic games online to improve their face to face gameplay and strategies (48 mins)
  • The guys talk about Kaner’s Europa Renovatio games (52 mins)
  • Kaner talks about his Silent Europe game (54 mins)

Kaner's Silent Europe game

  • Amby reflects that Kaner’s ranking may soon be getting an uptick with how he’s currently going in multiple game (58 mins 55 secs)
  • Amby talks about his Europa Renovatio game and briefly his Undivided States game (1 hr 2 mins 30 secs)
  • Next up is Amby’s involvement in G-Man’s Cloak and Dagger series in the World Diplomacy X game Fake NewsLeak Interference Democalypse (1 hr 4 mins)
  • They start wrapping up the show so they can record a bonus Patreon episode. Amby reminds Americans to write-in “Kaner” in their primary voting. Amby asks Kaner if he minds also running for Lord Mayor of Brisbane (1 hr 8 mins)

World Diplomacy X "Cloak and Dagger"game

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

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