Diplomacy Games podcast: Episode 98 – Interview with R. Jamie Langa, Diplomacy novelist

Venues: Pig & Whistle Eagle Pier, Brisbane

Drinks of choice:

Kaner: Something Haze something black lager that isn’t black

Amby: Something Eden something shiraz Barossa something

Kaner & Amby catch up with Diplomacy novelist R. Jamie Langa, talk about the new recorder & lots of Diplomacy stuff.


  • New audio recorder: Zoom H6The guys introduce the show and discuss the new audio recorder they’ve had to buy thanks to our Patreon supporters (0 mins 15 secs)
  • You can provide a one-off contribution of $5 towards buying the new recorder at our Diplomacy Games Patreon feed (5 mins)
  • Amby talks about how he’s gotten into Aussie Peppa Pig
    ** language warning! ** (6 mins)

Interview with R. Jamie Langa, Diplomacy novelist

  • The guys start introducing this show’s interview guest R. Jamie Langa, author of Diplomacy novel “Art of the Stab.” (8 mins 30 secs)
  • The interview starts with Amby asking why Jamie decided to write a novel based around the game (10 mins 30 secs)
  • They discuss why Diplomacy isn’t more a part of popular culture (14 mins)
  • Amby asks what drew Jamie to writing the book. He outlines what he was trying to achieve in the story (22 mins)
  • Kaner asks about Jamie’s process for writing the book (27 mins 45 secs)
  • Kaner discusses his own thought processes when playing a game and asks Jamie who’s his favourite country. They also talk about role playing their country (34 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby asks what Jamie did to test whether someone who doesn’t know the game, could comprehend the book (45 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby asks how Jamie approached things differently in writing Art of the Stab compared to his first novel (48 mins 45 secs)
  • Amby asks about the self publishing experience (53 mins 30 secs)
  • You can buy the book at Amazon and Barnes & Noble (57 mins 45 secs)
  • They guys return and are still geeking out on the new recorder (1 hr)
  • Amby asks Kaner what he thought about the interview. Again, you can order the book from Amazon (1 hr 1 mins 30 secs)
  • Kaner asks Amby what is his favorite country to play (1 hr 6 mins 15 secs)

Diplomacy chat

  • The guys have received a suggestion from Siegmar Bruggen on how to address our anonymous games: editing together various segments of the show where we danced around who we were and how the game turned out (1 hr 10 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby also discusses Brian McKay’s email about playing a face to face game now that he’s returned to Brisbane. Amby flags having a game early-mid December (1 hr 14 mins)
  • After ordering some more drinks they discuss an email from David E. Cohen about playing his Dawn of the Enlightenment variant (1 hr 18 mins 30 secs)
  • They talk again about the High Seas territory approach (1 hr 24 mins)

Around the grounds

  • Kaner starts discussing two of his anonymous Europa Renovatio games (1 hr 29 mins 45 secs)
  • Kaner asks Amby why he’s in so many games. Amby starts giving a run down on his various games. He touches on being elimitaed in the Spice Islands game before quickly moving to an anonymous Divided States game he bought into (1 hr 40 mins)
  • Amby goes onto discuss an anonymous Europa Renovatio game he bought into (1 hr 46 mins 45 secs)
  • He’s getting smashed in an anonymous 1885 Colonial game (1 hr 50 mins)
  • Kaner asks about Amby’s cloak and dagger Mongolian game (1 hr 53 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby briefly discusses his Primacy app games, discussing a Middle Earth game and a World War IV game (1 hr 56 mins 30 secs)
  • The guys start wrapping up the show (2 hrs 3 mins 30 secs)

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

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