By Diplomacy Games.com - Kaner and Amby
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A podcast about playing online the game Diplomacy and its variants. Kaner and Amby discuss the latest developments and game news at WebDiplomacy, vDiplomacy, PlayDiplomacy, backstabbr and more.
||CleanSabotage!||The guys get together for a good old fashioned Diplomacy chat, but things very much take a recurring theme of the name of the bar: Sabotage! They talk sitters, tournament rule "changes" (depending on your perspective) and alcohol sabotaging Amby's brain||9/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with a Newbie: The General talks about learning Diplomacy the hard way||What is the experience of learning Diplomacy like for a newbie? The guys interview The General about his trials and tribulations in the steep learning curve of getting your head around the game of Diplomacy. Intro This is the first ever three way face t||8/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with Chris Martin about 2018 WorldDipCon||Our first arse-end episode! Aired the wrong way around deliberately, Amby interviews face-to-face player Chris Martin about World Dip Con 2018 in Washington DC before they discuss their current games. Intro The guys explain this episode is recorded arse||7/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMud throwing Dip style||After a while between drinking sessions Kaner and Amby hook up again in a loud American bar for Independence Day before heading down to the Riverbar to throw Dip mud in each others' face. Intro Kaner and Amby celebrate Independence Day by starting off i||7/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with Dr Recommended||Kaner has too much s**t going on to head to the pub... the shame! But we wanted to at least share with you this interview with vDip's Dr Recommended. Everyone is drinking during the interview and its a bit of fun, especially discussion about the on agai||6/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBetter late than never||Amby f****d up. This was recorded over a month ago but with too much real life s**t it's only going up now. Consider it a point in time episode as half the games discussed finished. But we guess its better to get it out anyway and try to get better. Goo||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with Kestas, the "Godfather" of online Diplomacy||Today we're going back, way back. 2004 and Kestas' creation of the code based that got WebDip, vDip, PlayDip and many more up and running. Plus a discussion on Bourse progress and the odd tangent or two. Intro The guys discuss Anzac Day in Australia and||5/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanToo many games||So many variants, so many games and too little time. Intro The guys planned to keep the “S**t Cake” theme going from last episode by going to a cake shop bar called “Cakes and S**t”, but it wasn’t that good. Instead they’re recording from th||4/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrinking, Diplomacy & sh*t cake||The guys keep the drinking going and Diplomacy chats rolling on Bourse, variant testing and a Conspiracy app update. Plus the odd history lesson from Amby and discussion on s**t cake. Intro Kaner discusses how CaptainMeme and a few webDip folks recently||3/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with Technostar about "Divided States"||The guys interview Technostar, creator of the "Divided States" variant and discuss their in-game experience with it so far. Intro The guys introduce the Buffalo Bar and how Australia doesn't do American bars or pretending to be America in movies very we||3/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSummer Diplomacy||The guys discuss the cool Android app "Conspiracy", recent Diplomacy variants being tested and talk shop. Intro The guys introduce the NEXT Hotel Pool Terrace and Bar, discuss the weather, Kaner's take on the book about the Trump administration in "F||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Very Diplomacy Christmas||It's Christmas time! The guys exchange Diplomacy related presents, talk variants in development, the Kaner & Amby Book Club and the Colonial 1885 variant. Intro The guys introduce the Osbourne Hotel in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley and their drinks (0 m||12/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDiplomacy Chats & Boozy Rants||The guys get into some serious Diplomacy chats and boozy rants covering new variants, Dip news on the web, current games (including a special guest!) & mouth off about a range of Dip topics. Intro The guys introduce Riverland - a bar based around shippi||12/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWild Ride Diplomacy talk||The guys go to another fancy pants drinking joint and jump from one Dip topic to another. Get ready for a wild ride talking rule changes to the Pirates variant and other variant development, around the grounds, the Viking variant and surrendering.||10/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe new Dip variant Renaissance||A new Diplomacy variant Renaissance dawns! The guys talk about all the new variants coming down the pipeline at vDip, "Balkans 1860", wrap up the recent massive Bourse game and talk Online Dip Pet Peeves about metagaming. The new Dip variant Renaissance||9/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow to develop a variant, interview with Captainmeme & Rat Wars||The guys discuss how to develop a variant, introduce the new segment: online Diplomacy pet peeves and talk NMR's, interview Captainmeme: a player across vDip, webDip and PlayDip and talk about the Rat Wars variant. Phew! What a bumper episode! Intro T||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGame of Thrones/Dip interview with RUFFHAUS8||Kaner and Amby talk about recent Dip changes across various sites, current games and Game of Thrones/Diplomacy interview with RUFFHAUS8. Intro and recent changes across Dip sites The guys celebrate their 20th episode! (5 secs) Jason4747 suggested that||8/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVariant talk & interview with Alex Ronke / nopunin10did from PlayDip||The guys keep the drinking going and the Dip talk rolling with variant ideas and interview Alex Ronke/nopunin10did from Play Dip, creator of the 1812 Overture and Dissolution variants and talk exciting development news. Intro The penny drops for Amby af||8/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with zultar from webDiplomacy & the Ancient Mediterranean variant||In this episode we take a deep dive into webDiplomacy and also one of its variants, the Ancient Med. The guys celebrate the conclusion of the Diplomacy World Cup with a webDip player - Demon Overlord - coming in 3rd (30 secs) Kaner discusses how one of||7/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLong while between drinks & PlayDip's "Dissolution" forum variant||After a full month and a half between episodes Kaner and Amby catch up on their games, with a deep dive into PlayDip's forum game "Dissolution" - a variant about the breakup of the Soviet Union. The guys kick things off by acknowledging YouCan'tHandleTh||6/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLive games, Colonial Diplomacy & metagaming a******s||Kaner and Amby get talking about playing metagaming arseholes, live Diplomacy games online, the variant Colonial Diplomacy, possible variant ideas and get more entertaining after many more drinks This episode is a back-to-back recording again at the Bre||4/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPlayDiplomacy (part 2), interview with Super_Dipsy & Morg and the Calhamer estate auction||Kaner and Amby discuss the Calhamer estate auction of original Diplomacy paraphernalia, other news and game updates before interviewing Super_Dipsy and Morg from PlayDiplomacy before Amby gives his final thoughts on PlayDip after his exposure during his||4/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen the boss bans Dip, new Lab, interview with Flame & Periscope||The guys live stream with Periscope and hit many Diplomacy topics: when your employer blocks Dip, the new Lab & variants being tested and interview with Flame. Plus we talk Dip etiquette on readying up orders, Victory Points farming in Bourse and how th||3/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDiplomacy Dilemmas, Sengoku (Japanese variant) & the Russian Dip site||In this episode the guys discuss late news, introduce the new Diplomacy Dilemmas segment, review the Japanese medieval variant Sengoku and do bad Russian pronunciations while examining Diplomail, the Russian Diplomacy site. Late news and game updates Fl||2/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview with Carebear, Online Diplomacy Championship & PlayDiplomacy (part 1)||In this episode the guys discuss the cross-site Online Diplomacy Championship happening over at PlayDiplomacy and interview the tournament director Carebear. Fast news First up a quick update on the 1 vs 1 WebDiplomacy tournament and the shock news of||2/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1 vs 1 (Part 2), directions for Diplomacy sites & "Africa" variant||The guys pick up discussion on 1 vs 1 games following last episode's technical difficulties and look at the Cold War and Duo games they're playing against each other. Then its an unexpected journey down the rabbit hole of recent events at webDiplomacy b||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1 vs 1 (Part 1) & interview with Devonian||This episode sees the boys tackle 1 vs 1 games while hitting many a technology glitch. From a bad Skype connection for Kaner during our interview with Devonian, to multiple times the recording dropping out during the episode. So apologies in advance. Bu||1/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDiplomacy etiquette, Christmas & the variants Atlantic Colonies & Mate Against Mate||Time to open the Diplomacy Christmas crackers! The guys discuss game etiquette and look at the variants "Atlantic Colonies" and the Australian "Mate Against Mate". Enjoy! Kaner starts by discussing his drinking Christmas tradition (1 min 30 secs) Amby t||12/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEliminations & the USA variant||The guys lament their recent game eliminations, Amby's poor Bourse game play and discuss the variant USA, a Classic wrap around map including the United States as an 8th player. Enjoy! Exploration variant update Amby and Kaner discuss this game that has||12/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1066, big webDip news & many tangents||The guys go down many Diplomacy rabbit holes and tangents. Our main focus was the 1066 variant but we also discuss current games for Bourse, the Known World tournament, Kaner's WWIV game, new webDip variants, an update on the vDip development server and||11/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanModern Diplomacy and Sopwith||In this episode the guys kick off a pub crawl and dive deep into the variants Modern Diplomacy and Sopwith, while also talking other Diplomacy stuff.Kaner talks about a recent Fog of War game he's finished (Blind War + Less Draw) that he's animated -||11/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2012 WebDiplomacy World Cup Championship interview||The guys after quibbling about what episode this is, start talking about how Kaner’s new hipster beard is a clever ploy based on Diplomacy principles to get his wife to allow him to keep his moustache. For any new listeners, Kaner and Amby get togeth||10/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWorld War IV & Google Translate Diplomacy||This episode was recorded back-to-back with episode 3's discussion of Rinascimento and Bourse. As a result we'd already had a number of drinks. And then we drank some more. So in this episode apologies in advance as the guys get a bit pissy while disc||10/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Italian Renaissance variant Rinascimento & Bourse, a game inside a game||In episode 3 we look at the Italian Renaissance variant Rinascimento. What's great about it, what's bad about it, and how based on recent Forum talk it can be improved. Then its onto a game inside a game (how very enigmatic), with the variant Bourse. Ve||9/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFog of War, Mods and new development talk||In this episode we check out the Fog of War variant of Classic, talk about the role of Mods and what to bring to their attention and conclude with new development server talk that may get variants up and running again for the Dip community! Apologies||9/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIntroducing the Diplomacy Games podcast, hosts and the variant Known World 901||So there's a Diplomacy podcast already, why make one for the online players of Diplomacy? Listen and find out.||8/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Fills the Web & Variant-oriented Diplomacy Niche
The Diplomacy hobby has a few different fan-supported publications that make the rounds: "The Diplomatic Pouch" and "Diplomacy World" are two examples in the online newsletter space, and Chris Martin's Youtube channel covers a good chunk of the face-to-face happenings in the hobby.
What's not quite as well-covered, and what Kaner & Amby provide here, is a window into Diplomacy as it is most frequently played, via web-based interfaces. Though their expertise is primarily from webDiplomacy and vDiplomacy, they've been branching out to other sites as well like PlayDiplomacy.
Where I find the most benefit from "Diplomacy Games" is the focus on variants. Many Diplomacy players (like the aforementioned Chris Martin) are purists; they only really like the original game, and they don't spend a lot of time with variants.
However, there are quite a few of us that see Diplomacy as a sort of family of rules (or platform) with which you can play multiple scenarios. For us, we're always looking for new variants with interesting rules and subject matters. Kaner & Amby cover those in decent detail, and it's fun to hear the gears turning as they discuss a new and interesting map or ruleset.
I have a couple criticisms of the cast, but nothing serious.
1) It's can be a little disorganized.
- Though Amby & Kaner always have a rough outline of what they want to discuss in an episode, the coverage can be a bit more stream-of-consciousness than I care for.
- However, the Full Description of each episode gives useful timestamps on a topic-by-topic breakdown, so it's easy to skip long sections for topics less to my interest.
2) The background noise can be distracting.
- They record their shows inside their favorite Australian bars, so you'll get periodic crowd noise and road noise.
- It definitely gives the cast a bit of charm, so it's not a huge negative.
Best Diplomacy Podcast, Hands Down
Listen in while Amby and Kaner get progressively more inebriated and talk diplomacy. Their games are entertaining, the interviews are interesting, and the drink discussion is always on point.
My only qualm is the background noise can make voices difficult to distinguish. The efforts to keep the ambient volume low are appreciated.
Eagerly anticipating the next installment, keep up the good work! Regarding the episode notes - cjuric is spelled without a "k". Shout out is wonderful nonetheless.
Best of luck with the backstabbing!