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Two games end this issue. Now is the time to sign up for openings, whether they are Richard Weiss’ or mine. Any interest in the return of Hypotheticals, Movie Quotes/Photos, or By Popular Demand? If you want to play Kendo, Richard’s subzine is the place to sign up (or Intimate Dip, or many other options).
More importantly, Jim Burgess sent this over Memorial Day weekend: “I won't write about it in full until the next TAP, but the CT Scan came back REALLY positive, so I'm really beating this thing. What additional follow up treatment is desired (might still need a surgery to get some slow growing cells in the main tumor) I'll find out shortly, but I'm doing really great. “ Keep fighting the good fight, Jim-Bob.
RISE AND FALL OF THE
THIRD REICH: A DIFFERENT PEERISPECTIVE
By Larry Peery
Like Paul Milewski I’ve read William L. Shirer’s The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, but I have a different peerispective on it.
Like millions of others I remember when the book was published in 1960. I was 13 years old. It became “the” book to read that year and for several years to come after its first publication. There were two kinds of readers in the early days; those who raced to read the book as quickly as they could so they could brag about how fast they read it (I read it in 3 days or so I claimed.); and those who took forever to get through it (My uncle once told me it took him longer to read the book than he spent in the Navy during WWII.). I remember first reading it in its hard-cover edition; which I borrowed from the San Diego Public Library. When it became available in paperback I went out and bought my own copy just like millions of others. The size of the book, over 1,200 pages and its cost, $1.65 (It was the first mass produced paperback and the first to cost over $1.00), impressed everybody.
In 1960 WWII was still very much with us. Almost everybody in the country had a relative or friend who’d fought in that war. Youngsters, such as me, grew up listening to our folks and their friends tell their war stories, except for those who didn’t. I recall my mom talking about her experiences as one of the millions of women who went to work so the men could go off to war. She always said a high-light of her life was the day she got to meet President Roosevelt when he came to San Diego. My step-dad often told me about his days as a gunner at Battery Ashburn; which consisted of two 16 inch guns that were originally intended for a battleship the Navy never bought. $1.3 million was appropriated in 1941 for the battery but it wasn’t completed until March 1944. It never fired a shot in anger. By 1948 the battery, because of the atomic bomb and missiles, was considered obsolete and it was deactivated until it was reborn years later as the Navy’s artic testing facility where submarine models were tested in a huge tank filled with artificial icebergs to see how they’d do in real artic conditions. But my uncle, who was a real WWII hero and had a Navy Cross to prove it, never talked about his experiences in the Pacific, including the Battle of Iwo Jima. At the time I thought that was strange.
Years later, after reading The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and other WWII history books, I realized that the United States actually fought three very different wars in WWI. The first was in the Atlantic and European theater. The second was in the Pacific and Asian theater. And the last was the war at home. The war in the Atlantic and Europe was considered, and rightly so, to be the most important of the two combat wars; and Shirer told the story so that anyone who read his book to the end would understand what the war was about. Shirer was a journalist in the same studio as Edward R. Morrow and Bill Paley and many of his readers had been his listeners during his radio broadcasts from Europe during the war. They respected him and they believed him.
Shirer had done what few others have: he made the totality of the war against Nazi Germany understandable to the masses. More controversial, at least among academics was Shirer’s theory that it was a flaw in the German character dating back to Martin Luther that was responsible for the rise of Hitler and the Nazi and not the totalitarianism sweeping Europe at the time. Critics claimed he was “anti-German”, and perhaps he was but considering what he saw and reported on that is understandable.
If you’ve never read The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich I suggest you do. It, and Churchill’s history of WWI, is the definitive books on WW!!.
“Heretics” by Jonathan Wright
Reviewed by Paul Milewski
Included below are excerpts from chapter 9, “American Heresy” to give some hint of the reason for separation of church and state.
[Page 241-2] As all American schoolchildren are expected to know, their nation’s religious enterprise began as an escape from persecution. They are invited to summon up images of the Pilgrim Fathers leaving behind an England that refused to countenance their particular interpretation of the Reformation and striking out on their own. And so they did, but regarding this as a breakthrough moment in the history of religious freedom is about as accurate as those painful Thanksgiving mini-plays (with colonists and “Indians” getting on awfully well) that parents make those same schoolchildren enact on a given Thursday in November. The first pilgrims were an inordinately intolerant bunch. Religious freedom, in the modern sense, was the furthest thing from their minds: they simply wanted and found an opportunity to divorce themselves from what they regarded as the corrupt church back in England. Having achieved this, they set about hating and sniping at every other religious alternative available.
[Page 249-50] So it was that Anne Hutchinson came to trial in 1637, accused of acting in ways unbecoming to her sex and of being “one of those that have troubled the peace of the commonwealth and the churches here.” The legal process actually went quite well for her at first but, fatally, she suggested that she and her followers received direct revelations from God. This last move was idiotic: hardly anyone in the seventeenth century queried the notion that direct revelation from God had ended in the days of the apostles. A heretic in all but name, Hutchinson was “banished from out of our jurisdiction as being a woman not fit for our society.” Hutchinson had asked the simplest question of her judges: Why have you done this to me? John Wynthrope was blunt: “Say no more, the court knows why and is satisfied.”
[Page 251-2] Williams launched into withering critiques of many of the Bay Colony’s policies. He lambasted the way in which indigenous peoples were being stripped of their lands, he objected to patently ungodly people being allowed to take oaths (what blasphemy was this!), and most provocative of all, he fumed against local secular powers directly interfering in the affairs of God. He wondered what could possibly entitle magistrates to punish breaches of the first four commandments. Coercion had no place in the realm of faith. As Williams memorably put it, forced worship stank in the nostrils of God.
The colony’s General Council (the embodiment of everything Williams detested) endeavored to silence Williams on several occasions, but to no avail and, in July 1635 his “erroneous and very dangerous” ideas were denounced. By October he had been banished from the colony for spreading sedition and heresy.
After spending time on the eastern bank of Seekonk River, Williams and a small band of supporters entered Narragansett territory. On land bought, not seized (Williams was insistent on the point), from the local leaders Miantonomo and Canonicus, the exiles began to establish a new home that would later be known as Providence [Rhode Island]—given the circumstances a very good name for a town.
[Page 256] Peter Stuyvesant became director general of New Netherland in 1647. Two things can be said with certainty about him. First, he adored wielding power, and his regular pompous parades through the streets of New Amsterdam quickly earned him a fitting nickname: the peacock. Second, he was a religiously intolerant a man as the seventeenth century produced. He was a strict Calvinist and he hated anyone who wasn’t. He despised Baptists, which is why William Wickenden was banished for performing adult baptisms on Long Island. He despite Lutherans and took every possible step to prevent their theological poison from infecting his colony—even to the extent of stopping them from holding private ceremonies in their homes. Most of all, however, he hated the Quakers—as we’ve seen, a far from unusual quality in the mid-seventeenth century.
[Page 258-9] Back in the seventeenth century, the Quakers were unfeasibly radical and roundly condemned by all and sundry. They dared to talk about direct divine revelation, they abandoned centuries’ worth of ritualistic rigmarole, and, in to the bargain, they were deemed to be extremely socially disruptive. They refused to take oaths or pay tithes, their pacifism prevented them from offering military service, and their agenda of social equality was breathtaking. There was to be no doffing of hats to social superiors, and everyone was to be addressed with a simple thee or thou, rather than the titles of rank deployed by everyone else. Worse yet—as Mary Dyer’s habit of returning time and time again to an unwelcoming Massachusetts clearly demonstrated—they had tremendous missionary zeal.
Unsurprisingly, such attributes brought a great deal of suffering down on the Quakers’ heads. By 1680 ten thousand Quakers had endured spells in English jails—243 had died there. Perhaps the greatest of the early Quakers, William Penn, also knew the inside of a prison cell. When he questioned the doctrine of the Trinity in his 1668 tract, The Sandy Foundation Shaken, he received eight months in the Tower for his trouble.
[Page 267] In 1771 [James Madison] denounced the flogging of Baptists in Orange County and, in 1774, he became very annoyed when the Anglicans of Culpepper parish secured the arrest of Baptist preachers. In the same year he wrote to his friend William Bradford in Philadelphia, contrasting the state of affairs in their two colonial locales. In Virginia, he complained, the “diabolic hell-conceived principle of persecution rages among some, and to their eternal infamy the clergy can furnish their quota of imps for such business. This vexes me the most of anything whatever. There are at this time in the adjacent county not less than five or six well meaning men in close gaol for publishing their religious sentiments which in the main are very orthodox.”
[Page 268-9] A decade later [Madison] was the driving force behind bringing his friend’s Jefferson’s statute for religious freedom to the Virginian statute book. The debates were hard fought in 1786. There was a broad consensus that the old model—whereby a single religious establishment (Anglicanism [in the case of Virginia]) was paid for through everyone’s taxes, regardless of their personal beliefs—should be abandoned. Some politicians (with Patrick Henry leading the charge) only wanted to tinker, however. They floated the idea of multiple establishments: every person would be allowed to direct his tax dollars to a denomination of his choice. For Madison, this did not go nearly far enough. It still involved the entanglement of church and state.
ZERO SUM3 Subzine to Eternal Sunshine, Issue 3 May 24, 2015
Published by Richard Weiss. email@example.com.
GM Musings: March in Oregon is logged (that’s a punny). April in Oregon is bye bye. May in Oregon will be over soon as well – maybe over like the mass data collections of the NSA and the other retired sections of the Patriot’s Act. No, I’m not a prisoner counting my days until release, just aware of the passing of time so as to maximize some of my adventures and to be active in pursuing what job next. Current end date of my contract is Saturday 5 September 2015.
Patriot’s Act and data collections remain at the top of the political news. Neither the Senate nor the House had open hearings on any version of the bill. Various investigations and reviews have determined that no information gathered by the mass data collection led to any meaningful preventive act nor to any conviction. And yet, the invasion of privacy without benefit and without apparent justification hangs in the balance of an extension. I believe that privacy as a concept is a human right; which our government is eroding. Tell it to Chancellor Merkel, too.
We the people through our government assassinate people around the world, some in person and some by drone. We invade sovereign countries. We spy on our friends. We disrupt computer networks. We provide all sorts of motivation for anti-American sentiment. We have the highest per capita rate of prisoners, by far, of any country in the world. More than 100X the rate of incarceration than many other “developed” countries. Our drug policies have caused terrible havoc in many countries around the world, including our southern neighbor. And yet, tomorrow, I will remember all the good and all those that helped perpetuate our good.
A great two-person variant. This game has been around for quite a while, even had a FTF tournament. I’ve been playing in Geoff Kemp’s subzine Tween, in Variable Pig. The rules are printed in Issue 1 and Issue 2. I am waiting for his son to send me the app he runs it on. If anyone else wants to send me an app that allows me to show the maps and the adjudication for Dip, I’ll give you a free game start.
I think Intimate Dip will become the new “WITKIN” and start being played in a lot of zines. Get in on the roller coaster ride early and sign up here.
Takes two. Will run multiple games.
Signed up: Geoff Kemp
The Zero Sum Wrinkle of WITWIKN (ZSWWITWIKN) is the location is not a metropolitan location but a “famous” landmark (Building, Geographic Feature, National Park, World Famous Beach, Mountain, Wonder of the World, etc.). While guessing, one may guess a metropolitan area for convenience (my convenience also). I use http://www.distancefromto.net/ as my mileage distance determination.
Can take any number. Minimum of six before the game starts.
Signed up: Doug Kent, who will be a guest in KN’s house. Maybe we should call this, Where in the World is Doug Kent in Kendo Nagasaki’s House?
Signed up: Kevin Wilson
I think this will be called the Cathy and Pete Gaughan Memorial Snowball Fighting Game. I first played at their apartment on what I thought was the original field and the original algorithm to determine the odds of success in throwing. How that relates to the founding of the game and playing by mail has slipped into a slight fog in my memory.
For those who have played, this is a frivolous game of runny around the yard throwing various types of snowballs at whomever, sometimes running into the house to have hot chocolate with Mommy, and sometimes making all the snow and icicles on the roof fall down on an unsuspecting kiddo.
However, I need the map, rules, etc. to be sent to me. So, if someone has run this game and wants to play, please send me the app.
Can take any number. Need 6 to start.
Signed up: Jim Burgess;
JimBob did send me the rules to Nuclear Yuppie Evil Empire Diplomacy (NYEED), as well as the Black Hole variant combining Senior von Metzke’s variant. However, the rules sent were not what I remember playing, so likely the game morphed into something different than I remember from the original variants or else, my brain was still in the sixties at the end of the last millenium. Therefore, I am offering (NAGSFCD), a shorter variant.
Game requires seven players. Send in requests for home countries. Algorithm decides per GM whim. Rules per regular Dip except as below. Spring 01 orders are submitted for units and also orders for the nukes each country has. Each country has 5 nukes, except Russia has 4. Thus, 34 SCs and 34 nukes.
Spring 01 is adjudicated as moves first and then nukes.
Nukes are ordered to provinces. If there is a unit in the province nuked after the moves, the unit is annihilated and the province becomes impassable for 224,666+ years. If the province has an SC, the SC is annihilated.
If a nuke is not ordered to another province, it is effectively decommissioned and does not remain available. Send it or lose it. There is no requirement to send nukes.
For Fall 01, players submit orders for their units remaining. Provinces that are impassable are impassable.
Winter 01, is per regular Dip with the addition that each home SC remaining in control of the original country is given another Nuke.
For Spring 02, players with units and/or home SCs submit orders for the units and any nukes gained in Winter 01. Moves first, then the nukes. Then Fall 02 and continues until all annihilated, one victor, or no more home SCs and units stuck without viable moves. A single victor or survivors draw or all lose.
I’d play on a map of the middle east to make this more realistic, but, heck, who wants to play a realistic and scary game.
Signed up: Jim Burgess
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Democratic Party Presidential Candidates Bourse
1. Joseph Biden, Jr
2. Lincoln Chafee
3. Hillary Clinton
4. Martin O’Malley
5. Bernie Sanders
6. Elizabeth Warren
7. Jim Webb
Republican Party Presidential Candidates Bourse
1. Jeb Bush
2. Chris Christie
3. Ted Cruz
4. Lindsey Graham
5. Mike Huckabee
6. Bobby Jindal
7. Rand Paul
8. Marco Rubio
9. Scott Walker
10. Other, including Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Rick Perry, and Rick Santorum
Each entrant gets 100 shares of stock in each candidate. Each share has a current face value of 100 “dollars.” I’ll call the “money” “ZerosCubed dollars.” You have to sell stock to get money to buy additional shares in someone you think will win. Sales trigger price changes – up with purchase and down with sales. Amount of change depends on the number of players in the bourse or a minimum amount to be determined. Assume each share sold reduces the next month’s share value by 10 cents. Assume each share bought increases the next month’s share value by 10 cents. Players joining the game after start, get shares at then current values.
Each turn you can sell up to 100 shares of stock in each the Democrat and Republic bourses. You can buy as many shares of stock as you can afford and are available. You can get change. You can save your ZerosCubed for another round, as well.
There will be a candidate in each party named, “Other/Not named.” Each person will get shares in Other. When a named candidate emerges from the Other pool, each shareholder will be able to transfer whatever amount of shares he or she has in Other to the named candidate, or not. The newly named candidate’s share value is what Other was trading at before the candidate emerged.
Players get initial shares in the candidates in each party. Each party is separate regarding money and shares. Winner of the Bourse is determined in 2016 after the conventions, most money combined between Republican and Democrat candidates. Only the stock of the winner has any value.
Needs enthusiastic investors. Profit guaranteed. Money invested is tax deferred.
Signed up: Rick Weiss (“Rick” being the most common first name for presidential candidates, I’m assuming that as my first name). (How will it work that I’m playing and might cheat… I’ll put my orders for the next month in the issue the month before. Therefore, I’ll be selling 100 shares of Bernie Sanders (hey, it’s a personal family issue, since we’re both Vermonters). I’ll split my money in half and spend half on Other and half on Hillary. On the Republican side, I’ll sell 100 shares of Lindsey Graham (hey, it’s a personal thing, first person I ever saw talking on his cell phone while he peed in an airport bathroom. Meanwhile, Joe Lieberman is standing next to me and jeering at Lindsey. Lindsey is speaking very condescendingly to someone. By tone of voice, I guessed granddaughter.) I’ll split my money and spend 25% on each Walker, Paul, Other, and Bush.
Deadline: Sign up and first putz and calls: Sunday 21 June 2015 (Father’s Day) 9 AM Oregon time
For those with personal stories of interactions with presidential candidates or other high government officials, send in some comments. Let’s get something going in the way of letters and press.
Diplomacy (Black Press): Signed up: None, need seven more.
Multiple Openings in Richard Weiss’ subzine – check them out NOW!!
Black Press Gunboat, “Fred Noonan”, 2013Arb32, F 13
France: Ret F Norway - St Petersburg(nc).. F Brest - Mid-Atlantic Ocean, F Gascony - Spain(nc) (*Fails*),
A Marseilles Supports F Gascony - Spain(nc), F North Sea - Norway (*Fails*), A Paris Hold,
F St Petersburg(nc) Supports F North Sea - Norway.
Germany: A Belgium – Holland, A Burgundy – Belgium, A London Hold, A Munich - Kiel (*Bounce*),
Norway Supports F Sweden (*Cut*), F Sweden Supports F Norway,
A Tyrolia - Munich (*Dislodged*,
retreat to Piedmont or Bohemia or OTB), F Wales - English Channel.
Italy: Civil Disorder. No Units.
Russia: A Berlin - Kiel (*Bounce*), A Ukraine - Moscow (*Fails*).
Turkey: F Adriatic Sea - Ionian Sea, A Armenia – Sevastopol, F Black Sea – Constantinople,
A Budapest – Galicia, A Bulgaria – Rumania, F Gulf of Lyon Supports F Spain(sc),
F Mid-Atlantic Ocean – Portugal, A Moscow Supports A Armenia - Sevastopol (*Cut*),
A Prussia - Berlin (*Fails*), F Rumania - Black Sea, A Silesia – Warsaw, F Spain(sc) Hold, A Trieste – Tyrolia,
F Venice Hold, A Vienna Supports A Trieste - Tyrolia.
All Draw Proposals Fail
Deadline for End Game Statements is June 29th at 7am My Time
Supply Center Chart
France: Brest, Edinburgh, Marseilles, Paris, St Petersburg5, Remove 1
Germany: Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Kiel, Liverpool, London, Munich, Norway, Sweden=9, Build 1
Italy: None=0, OUT!
Russia: Berlin=1, Remove 1
Turkey: Ankara, Budapest, Bulgaria, Constantinople, Greece, Moscow, Naples, Portugal, Rome,
Rumania, Serbia, Sevastopol, Smyrna, Spain, Trieste, Tunis, Venice, Vienna,
Turkey to France: Your latest press release does not make any sense to me. Your NMR was decisive. If instead you had given orders to attack me and at the same time offered Germany an alliance in the press, maybe the game would have ended in a two-way draw F/G.
Woolworth II-D “Coney Island” 2013Bcb19, W 10
Concession to Russia Passes!
End Game Report and Statements Next Issue!
Deadline for EOGs is June 29th at 7am my time.
Geoff: "And now, the end is near as so I face the final curtain, My friends, I say it clear, I played my game of which I'm certain. I played a game that failed but let me say, not in a shy way, Oh No, I messed it up, but I did it MY way."
Diplomacy, “Milk and Trash”, 2015A, Spring 1902
Austria (Jack McHugh – jwmchughjr “of” gmail.com): A Budapest – Serbia, A Galicia - Rumania (*Fails*),
F Greece - Aegean Sea (*Bounce*), A Vienna - Trieste.
England (Mark Firth – mark.r.firth “of” capita.co.uk): F English Channel - Irish Sea,
F London - English Channel, F North Sea Supports A Holland - Belgium (*Void*),
A Norway - Sweden (*Bounce*).
France (Paul Milewski – paul.milewski “of” Hotmail.com): F Brest Supports F Portugal –
Mid-Atlantic Ocean, A Gascony Hold, A Picardy Hold, F Portugal - Mid-Atlantic Ocean.
Germany (Jim Burgess – jfburgess “of” gmail.com): F Berlin - Baltic Sea, F Denmark - Sweden (*Bounce*),
A Holland Supports A Ruhr – Belgium, F Kiel - Helgoland Bight, A Ruhr - Belgium.
Italy (John Biehl – jerbil “of” shaw.ca): F Ionian Sea Convoys A Tunis – Albania, F Naples - Tyrrhenian Sea,
A Tunis – Albania, A Tuscany - Venice.
Russia (Kevin Wilson – ckevinw “of” comcast.net): F Baltic Sea Supports F Norway-Sweden (NSU),
F Gulf of Bothnia U, A Moscow – Ukraine, A Rumania Supports A Moscow - Ukraine (*Cut*),
F Sevastopol Supports A Rumania, A Warsaw Supports A Moscow - Ukraine.
Turkey (John David Galt – jdg “of” diogenes.sacramento.ca.us): A Ankara - Constantinople (*Fails*),
A Bulgaria Supports A Rumania - Serbia (*Void*), F Constantinople - Aegean Sea (*Bounce*), A Smyrna Hold.
Now Proposed: Concession to Germany. Please vote. NVR=No.
Deadline for F 02 is June 29th at 7am my time
Naples (Apr 1, 1902): King Giovanni the Excitable was certainly excited. "Yes, your Inestimable Eminence, Neptunian scientific theory suggests that we might train Tuna to attack. We propose to train these fish at
the naval yards in Tunis. We will be able to enlist soldiers from the army there and train them to ride these 'Attack Tuna'." 'Excellent," exclaimed Giovanni, "I knew our glorious Scientists could produce a new wonder weapon!"
Rome ( Apr 13, 1902): King Giovanni announced, "Now is the time for Glorious deeds of Valour! Italia has set in motion our Grand Armies and Fleets to protect the Heartland of Europe."
GERMANY to ENGLAND: Well, you're now talking, but I'm not sure we will get too far from it. Let's see what you do this turn.
Black Press Gunboat, “Noah’s Titanic”, 2015Arb32, S 01
Austria: A Budapest – Serbia, F Trieste – Albania, A Vienna - Trieste.
England: F Edinburgh - North Sea, A Liverpool – Yorkshire, F London - English Channel.
France: F Brest - Mid-Atlantic Ocean, A Marseilles – Spain, A Paris - Gascony.
Germany: A Berlin – Kiel, F Kiel – Denmark, A Munich - Silesia.
Italy: F Naples - Ionian Sea, A Rome – Venice, A Venice - Tyrolia.
Russia: A Moscow – Ukraine, F Sevastopol - Black Sea (*Bounce*), F St Petersburg(sc) - Gulf of Bothnia,
A Warsaw - Galicia.
Turkey: F Ankara - Black Sea (*Bounce*), A Constantinople – Bulgaria, A Smyrna U,
F Smyrna – Aegean Sea (NSU).
Deadline for F 01 will be June 29th at 7am My Time
(Rus - Ger) Friends? Peace?
(Rus - Ita) Co-operation?
(Rus - Eng) No Englishmen need apply for passports - you won't be welcome.
(Rus - Tur) No Turks need apply for passports - you won't be welcome.
(Rus - Fra) Co-operation?
(Rus -Aus) Friends? Peace?
(Ita - Tur) Friends? Peace?
(Eng - Fra) Friends? Peace?
(Ger - Rus) Friends? Peace?
(Fra- Ger) Friends? Peace?
(Ita - Rus) Co-operation?
Chester the Jester says "Friends? Peace?"
Germany to Europe: I extend the offer of peace to all my fellow monarchs in Europe. May we all promote trade and avoid violence in the days ahead.
Berlin-Rome: I'm thinking about a nice vacation in the Med. Where would you recommend?
Rome-Berlin: Actually, this time of the year, our beaches are filled with dreadful folk from north of you. If it were me, I'd take a nice cruise in the Baltic. Oh, and make sure St Petersburg is on the menu . . . um, I mean the itinerary.
Rome-Moscow: And, I certainly don't mean to imply you may not visit us, your Tsarness--but only for a visit, got it?
Rome-Constantinople: Ever think about changing your name? Yes, both the city and the country. Too many puns. Why anyone takes you seriously, I have no idea.
Rome-Marseilles: Is there a reason for you to remain French? If so, I can't figure it out.
Tsar-Pope: It seems to me that we ought to be able to talk. What say you?
Pope-Tsar: Sorry old boy, but that is against the rules. It is, after all, "gunboat."
Tsar-Pope: Really? What an odd thing! Diplomacy without negotiations?
Pope-Tsar: Yeah, normally when I want that, I just play a regular game by email.
Il Duce – Archduke: It’s not what it seems.
Il Duce – Le President: Safely separated, I suggest?
Il Duce - Sultan: Your enlightened proposals are, as ever, sought.
Il Duce – Czar: Czech chess?
Il Duce – Archduke: No, really.
General Deadline for the Next Issue of Eternal Sunshine: June 29th, 2015 at 7:00am my time.
THAT’S A MONDAY!!!!
Hope to See You Then!