Diplomacy Games podcast: Episode 60 – Interview with Umbletheheep from the Diplomacy Briefing

Venue: Proud Henry, Brisbane

Drinks of choice:

Kaner – Archer IPA from no idea

Amby – Trescothic grenache from the Barossa Valley, Australia


Kaner and Amby interview Umbletheheep, publisher of the weekly email newsletter the Diplomacy Briefing, and discuss people in the Dip community giving something back.


  • Proud Henry, BrisbaneThe guys introduce the 60th show, their drinks and the venue (0 mins 15 secs)
  • Kaner talks about being tempted to make a cheeky stab and they both discuss paranoia (3 mins 20 secs)

Interview with Umbletheheep from the Diplomacy Briefing

  • Kaner starts introducing this episode’s interview with Umbletheheep who publishes the weekly email newsletter “Diplomacy Briefing” (5 mins 45 secs)
  • The interview begins with Amby welcoming Umble to the show and asking why he created it (7 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby asks about the format of the newsletter (9 mins 50 secs)
  • Umble discusses how long it takes to curate the information (12 mins 20 secs)
  • Amby asks about what feedback and suggestions Umble gets from his readership (14 mins 30 secs)
  • Umble discusses prioritizing new content into the newsletter, checking out old Diplomacy magazine articles and planning ahead with an outline (19 mins)
  • Amby asks about current trends for how players approach the game vs using an old strategy and approach players have forgotten (22 mins 10 secs)
  • Kaner asks where the handle “Umbletheheep” came from (26 mins)
  • Amby asks how much his persona’s appraoch is similar to his own (28 mins 50 secs)
  • Amby asks about whether Umble plays much face-to-face and attending tournaments (32 mins 15 secs)
  • They explore Umble’s plans for improving his own personal gameplay (38 mins 10 secs)
  • Amby asks about the audience of the newsletter (43 mins 10 secs)
  • Kaner discusses his thoughts on the newsletter and asks why Umble ended up at Nexus when he re-engaged in the online game (45 mins)
  • Amby asks Umble where he sees the game going geographically (48 mins)
  • Umble discusses scratching a creative Diplomacy itch (53 mins)
  • The interview starts wrapping up (56 mins)
  • The guys return and discuss their thoughts on the interview and playing postal Diplomacy (57 mins 30 secs)
  • Kaner asks Amby about what else he got out of the interview (1 hr 1 min 20 secs)
  • Kaner says he’d love to read the old article mentioned about Diplomacy widows (1 hr 3 mins)
  • The guys start wrapping up the show (1 hr 4 mins)


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

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