Diplomacy Games podcast: Episode 47 – Interview with Emmanuel du Pontavice about WDC 2019 in Marseilles

Venue: Felon’s Brewery, Brisbane

Drinks of choice:

Amby – Australian Pale Ale, Natural Ale and Raspberry Sour by Felon’s, Brisbane

Kaner – Treehouse Cider by the Granite Belt Cider Company, Warwick

Kaner outside Felon's BreweryThe guys interview Emmanuel du Pontavice about WDC 2019 in Marseilles, before talking about new variants including Technostar’s latest massive map, Europa Renovatio, War in the Americas and 1898. Plus a bit of chatter about their current games.


  • The guys are at Felon’s Brewery and start the show talking about Amby’s clumsiness and glasses (0 mins 10 secs)
  • Amby starts with a Felon’s Australian Pale Ale while Kaner is on a Treehouse Cider from the Granite Belt Cider Company (2 mins 10 secs)

Interview with Emmanuel du Pontavice about WDC 2019 in Marseilles

  • The guys start introducing their interview guest: Emmanuel du Pontavice, who is one of the tournament coordinators for the 2019 World Diplomacy Championship (WDC) in Marseilles, France from 30 August to 1 September (3 mins 30 secs)
  • The interview begins with Amby asking about the details of WDC this year. Emmanuel points potential players to the website which is available in English, French and Italian (4 mins 20 secs)
  • Kaner asks about budget and accommodation options (8 mins 30)
  • Amby asks if there are any non-Diplomacy events planned for players (10 mins 10 secs)
  • They then discuss the format of the tournament (12 mins)
  • Kaner asks about the scoring system for the tournament. Emmanuel mentions the details are on the website (13 mins 35 secs)
  • Amby asks about the language needs of players if they don’t speak French (17 mins 15 secs)
  • Kaner asks about any other plans during the tournament (19 mins 10 secs)
  • Amby asks about how many people have signed up, or are likely to be attending (21 mins)
  • Kaner asks about how Marseilles was awarded to host the WDC (23 mins 20 secs)
  • Amby asks if there’s anything else Emmanuel would like to cover off (26 mins)
  • The guys wrap up the interview (28 mins 20 secs)

Face to face and new ways you can support the show

  • Amby reminds listeners if they are part of a face-to-face community, or are trying to start a community, pop by our Google Map to register their community (36 mins 30 secs)
  • He goes onto discuss plans for a face-to-face game in Brisbane for either July 27th or 28th. People interested can go to our Brisbane Diplomacy page to register. It will be held at Vault Games at 123 Charlotte Street, Brisbane (37 mins 25 secs)
  • Amby discusses an email they received from Brian in Hawaii who is moving back to Brisbane in early 2020 and is looking forward to a game. They discuss the importance of sunscreen in summer downunder (40 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby mentions that listeners have been able to for a while donate to our Patreon account to donate as a patron (usually to get us more drunk) can now by their stuff on Amazon via the Diplomacy Games affiliate account. It doesn’t cost you a cent more, but gives us a little kick back to help improve our audio equipment (42 mins 45 secs)

  • The guys grab some new drinks. Amby has moved onto the Natural Ale. Kaner is still on the Treehouse Cider (47 mins 10 secs)

Around the grounds/new variants

  • Amby reflects on probably the longest game he’s played, now onto its second year. This is Amby’s Divided States game (48 mins 15 secs)
  • They touch on the other Divides States game “American Funboat” which hasn’t started yet (51 mins)
  • Then it’s onto the latest massive variant at vDip: Europa Renovatio recently developed by Technostar (the developer of Divided States). It’s a massive 34 player map in the 15th century Europe (52 mins 20 secs)
  • The guys give their thoughts on its unowned SCs – SCs that appear visually owned by a power but isn’t actually owned when it comes to builds (58 mins)
  • Amby talks trivia and throws in a joke or two (1 hr 3 mins)
  • They get back onto the map and talk about the sea lanes (1 hr 8 mins)
  • The guys talk about their early experiences in their two games and where conflict is less likely vs where shit fights will happen (1 hr 11 mins)
  • The guys get more drinks, with Amby switching to something different: a Raspberry Sour (1 hr 18 mins 30 secs)
  • Amby learns about vaping from Kaner (1 hr 20 mins 20 secs)
  • They move onto the 1898 variant: a Classic map but with just 1 SC and unit. The guys discuss how it’s similar – but a little different – to the Age of Empires rule in PlayDip. Created by Randy Davis but ported across to online Diplomacy by Flame (1 hr 24 mins)
  • Amby brings up a 3rd new variant: War in the Americas, available over at PlayDip. The variant was created by Macario Reyes and moved across to PlayDip by Alex Ronke/nopunin10did. It covers 10 players and features conflict across North and South America. Amby joined the game even though it was in a pre-released test mode. Amby discusses how he’s really enjoying this variant playing as Spain in “USA!!” (1 hr 26 mins 45 secs)
  • Kaner talks about the sea territories and rivers on the map, while Amby tells his stabbing story from the game  (1 hr 32 mins 40 secs)
  • Amby retells Britain’s response to the stabbing. Kaner retells his response when he was stabbed in a WWIV game (1 hr 39 mins 45 secs)
  • The guys wrap up the show (1 hr 43 mins)

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

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