Eternal Sunshine #93

October 2014

By Douglas Kent 911 Irene Drive, Mesquite, TX  75149

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My prison memoir, “It’s Their House; I’m Just a Guest” is now available for Kindle and from Amazon (although you can also order it through any local bookstore).  Diplomacy World’s Nemanja Simic did the cover art, which I thought came out very well.  I don’t know how long either will last, but as of today if you subscribe to KindlePrime you can get it for free, and Amazon pulled 10% off the cover price of the paperback version.  I still hope to continue work on my other two memoirs: the one about my marriage to Mara, and the one about my childhood and my family.  In the meantime I should be trying to find ways to promote this book outside of social media which is the only place I’ve done anything of note.  If you have ideas about print or radio that might be of use, please let me know!  And if you DO read it, whether you liked it or not, a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads is appreciated.  The Amazon link for the book is:





Meet Me In Montauk
The Eternal Sunshine Letter Column


Andy York: Well, not much to comment on. The Express are fading and on Thursday start the last five (or six games, if they play a rain make-up date) of the season. If they aren't out of the running, they are only a mathematical game or two from it. So, no hopes and with the Rangers having a bit of a fire sale (two recent catcher trades for "considerations" while bringing up a player to Arlington who started in Double A to replace them...). Now, I can't knock Telis – he thoroughly impressed the 20 or 30 games he was in Round Rock with

.350+ batting average, good steal catching arm, etc.


[[I was impressed with September.  I have no idea how the team will fare next year but our younger players and farm system seem to be in good shape.]]


Where in the World is Kendo Nagasaki?


Rules in ES #58.  Send in your guesses.  I’ve played this in Brandon Whyte’s Damn the Consequences a few times and it’s fun, takes only a minute or two each turn, and helps you work your brain!  As soon as this one ends, a new one will begin.





Hank Alme:


Joan Rivers in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Tom Howell:


John Cusack in Bangui, Central African Republic


Richard Weiss:


Oliver Cromwell in Asuncion, Paraguay


Kevin Wilson:


Edgar Allen Poe in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico


Andy Lischett:


Terry Thomas in Tarrytown, New York


Jim Burgess:


Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo


John Biehl:


Sir Francis Drake in Utica, NY


Brendan Whyte:


Diana Rigg on Wake Island


Rick Desper:


Chevy Chase in Chevy Chase, Maryland


Marc Ellinger:


Vladimir Putin in Kiev, Ukraine


Jack McHugh:


Plato in Lima, Peru


Mark Firth:


Kim Jong-un  in Torremolinos, Spain


Hint to the Person in the Closest Geographical Guess: You’re alive and I am dead.


Round 2



John Biehl:


Ayatollah Khomeini in Bogota, Columbia


Jack McHugh:


Thomas Hobbes in Bangkok



Brendan Whyte:


Diana Rigg in Ouagadougou


Andy Lischett:


Phil Silvers in Silver Springs, Maryland


Tom Howell:


Abraham Lincoln in Cheremkhovo, Russia


Richard Weiss:


Hillary Clinton in Beijing


Hank Alme:


Charles Dickens in Cairo, Egypt


Marc Ellinger:


Constantine the Great in Istanbul


Rick Desper:


Britney Spears in Nome, Alaska


Mark Firth:


Sir Isaac Newton in Dasoguz, Turkmenistan


Jim Burgess:


Pope Gregory XII in Jerusalem


Kevin Wilson:


Abraham Lincoln in Novosibirsk


Hint to the Person in the Closest Geographical Guess: I was born about 12 centuries after you.




Jim Burgess:


William Shakespeare in Sevastopol


Jack McHugh:


Nicolaus Copernicus in Odessa, Ukraine


Kalvin Miller:


Jimi Hendrix in Belgrade, Serbia


Tom Howell:


Ferdinand Columbus in Helsinki, Finland


Brendan Whyte:


William Shakespeare in Kersch, Ukraine


John Biehl:


Vlad the Impaler in Edirne (Adrianople), Turkey


Hank Alme:


Martin Luther in Worms, Germany


Andy Lischett:


Christopher Columbus in Budapest, Hungary


Richard Weiss:


Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni in Stockholm, Sweden


Rick Desper:


Christopher Columbus in Sofia, Bulgaria


Mark Firth:


Catherine Parr in Yalta


Hint to the Person in the Closest Geographical Guess: Wrong country of birth, but I did spend a large chunk of my life in yours.



Anon: Marc, If Constantine was so Great, couldn't you have called Istanbul by its other name, Constantinople?


Turn 4


Richard Weiss:


Michel Nostradamus in Warsaw, Poland


Tom Howell:


Christopher Columbus in St. Petersburg, Russia


Andy Lischett:


Jimmy Durante in Oslo, Norway


Kalvin Miller:


Ferdinand of Aragon in Bucharest, Romania


Marc Ellinger:


Claude Duval in Donetsk, Ukraine


John Biehl:


Rembrandt in Simferopol, Crimea


Mark Firth:


Tycho Brahe in Brno, Czech Republic


Jim Burgess:


Queen Isabella in Prague, Czech Republic


Hint to the Person in the Closest Geographical Guess: You died before I was born.  I spent many years in the country that financed your work.




Brendan Whyte:


Giotto in Balaclava, Russia


Tom Howell:


John of Austria (1547 - 1578) in Moscow, Russia


Andy Lischett:


Nolan Ryan in Minsk, Belarus


Kalvin Miller:


Ferdinand of Aragon in Krakow, Poland


Marc Ellinger:


Charles the I of Spain (Charles V of the HRE) in Tallinn, Estonia


Richard Weiss:


El Greco in Moscow, Russia


Jim Burgess:


El Greco in Vilnius, Lithuania


Mark Firth:


Anne Frank in Chisinau, Moldova


Hint to the Person in the Closest Geographical Guess: I moved to the nation of your death about 20 years after you passed from this mortal realm.  I have also now been identified, but not by you.




Jim Burgess:


El Greco in Helsinki, Finland


Tom Howell:


Charles I of Spain in Murmansk, Russia


Andy Lischett:


El Greco in Riga, Latvia


Brendan Whyte:


John of Austria in Vitebsk, Belarus


Mark Firth:


El Greco in Rostock, Germany


Marc Ellinger:


El Greco in Pskov, Russia


Kalvin Miller:


John of Austria in St. Petersburg, Russia


Richard Weiss:


El Greco in St. Petersburg Russia



Hint to the Person in the Closest Geographical Guess: You know who I am, you know what country I am hiding in, but you still have not found me.


Deadline for Turn 7 is: October 28th at 7am my time



By Larry Peery


…it reminded me of the sheer joy of reading a real book! I picked it up and started reading. Three hours later I put it down finished. In comparison, I dragged Roger Crowley’s superb “Empires of the Sea” along on my Dip Farewell Tour that began in Paris a year ago in August, then to Silver Spring and finally to Seattle earlier this year; and I was still only a third of the way through it. I’ve been reading Jung Chiang’s “Empress Dowager Cixi” for months and again I’m only about a quarter of the way through it. It just seems that today, with the demands of online media resources and the need to constantly produce reams of Peeriblah that no one will read, it’s hard to find the time to sit down and just read a good book.


Make no doubt about it, “It’s Their House, I’m Just a Guest” is a good book, particularly for a first effort; probably because Doug focused on telling his story and not writing his own version of Les Miz. The story focuses on four subjects: Doug, other people, the federal prison system; and how they interacted over a three year period.


Although I’ve worked with Doug on DW and his various Diplomacy games and publications for s years I’ve never really felt I’d gotten to know him. This book begins to reveal a person much more complex than I had suspected. The other characters were mostly stereotypes we all run into in our daily lives. I’ve never been in a prison or jail except as a visitor and with one exception, the LA County Jail, visiting Alcatraz, the Tower of London a prison ship turned youth hostel in Copenhagen, and the Lubyanka in Moscow were nothing more than interesting stops for a travel writer. However, the LA County Jail was something else. I was inside it once in the 1970s to deliver some legal papers to a lawyer friend who was visiting a client and to this day I can still hear and feel the sound of those massive steel gates banging shut behind me as I entered and the sheer joy of enjoying my freedom as I left a half hour later. Earlier this year I took Amtrak to Paso Robles and we went through Los Angeles. Just after leaving the train station the train slowed almost to a crawl as it made a turn and we passed within touching distance of the tall fence that separates the LA County Jail and the rail tracks. I thought to myself how difficult it must be for those in jail to be able to look out and see or at least hear those trains passing by day and night. And once again I heard the sound of those gates slamming shut.


I suspect being in prison is like any other institutionalized experience that most of us have been through at one time or another. For me it wasn’t a prison; it was cruise ship, a six star hotel, Area 51 or any one of many hospitals. Like Doug’s prisons these institutions took me as a “guest” or temporary visitor but being in them, even if willingly, I was still giving up some of my freedom and privacy. Doug writes about his prison uniforms; and I recall the frustrations of dealing with a much too small hospital gown that that didn’t cover the essential spots. Doug writes about the food he was given; and I remember 11 course dinners with 6 different wines consumed while knowing that street people were going through the hotel’s dumpsters looking for something to eat. He tells about the beds he slept in, the lack of heating, etc. and I remember almost drowning in one of those super-soft, super-deep pillow mattresses that are all the rage now. It’s a reach, no doubt, but the fact is that both Doug and I were giving up our freedom, our privacy and our desire to be somewhere else with someone else. The difference, of course, is that Doug did it unwillingly and I did it by choice.


So, I can empathize with Doug even though I haven’t shared his exact experience. And I can certainly say he got a much warmer welcome home from Tigger than I ever did from Esmeralda or Farinelli.


Quote: Not a must read, but a thoughtful read.  --- Larry Peery

Excerpts from “How Jesus Became God”

by Paul Milewski


     All page citations are to How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee by Bart D. Ehrman (ISBN 978-0-06-177818-6).  As in other of his book’s, Ehrman gives a fairly condensed but understandable explanation of how what was at one time the orthodox (“right”) view became heresy (the “wrong” view).  In this book in particular, he presents a particularly good discussion of the history of the Nicene Creed.


We do, of course, have ancient sources, but they are not as ancient as we would like.  Our very first Christian author is the Apostle Paul, who was writing twenty to thirty years after Jesus’s death.  A number of Paul’s letters are included in the New Testament.  Other Christian authors may have been writing earlier than Paul, but none of their works survive.  The problem with Paul is that he didn’t actually know Jesus personally and that he doesn’t tell us very much about Jesus’s teachings, activities, or experiences.  I sometimes give my students an assignment to read through all of Paul’s writing and list everything Paul indicates Jesus said and did.  My students are surprised to find that they don’t even need a three-by-five card to list them.  (Paul, by the way, never says that Jesus declared himself to be divine.)  [Page 89]


On how the Gospels disagree on nearly every detail in their resurrection narratives:


These narratives are found in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and John 20-21.  Read through the accounts and ask yourself some basic questions:  Who was the first person to go the tomb?  Was it Mary Magdalene by herself (John)? or Mary along with another Mary (Matthew)? or Mary along with another Mary and Salome (Mark)? or Mary, Mary, Joanna, and a number of other women (Luke)?  Was the stone already rolled away when they arrived at the tomb (Mark, Luke, and John), or explicitly not (Matthew)?  Whom did they see there?  An angel (Matthew), a man (Mark), or two men (Luke)?  Did they immediately go and tell some of the disciples what they had seen (John), or not (Matthew, Mark, and Luke)?  What did the person or people at the tomb tell the women to do?  To tell the disciples that Jesus would meet them in Galilee (Matthew and Mark)?  Or to remember what Jesus had told them earlier when he had been in Galilee (Luke)?  Did the women then go tell the disciples what they were told to tell them (Matthew and Luke), or not (Mark)?  Did the disciples see Jesus (Matthew, Luke, and John), or not (Mark)?  Where did they see him?—only in Galilee (Matthew), or only in Jerusalem (Luke)?  [Page 134]


Or take a second example—one that is even more glaring.  Matthew is explicit when he says that the disciples are told to go to Galilee, since that is where they will meet Jesus (28:7).  They do so (28:17-20).  This is both clear-cut and completely at odds with what happens in Luke.  There, the disciples are not told to go to Galilee.  The women are informed at the empty tomb, by the two men, that when Jesus had earlier been in Galilee, he had announced that he would be raised.  Since the disciples are not told to go to Galilee, the do not do so.  They stay in Jerusalem, in the land of Judea.  And it is there that Jesus meets them “that very day” (24:13).  Jesus speaks with them and emphatically instructs them not to leave the city until they receive the power of the Spirit, which happens more than forty days later, according to Acts 1-2 (that is, they are not to go to Galilee; 24:49).  He leads them right outside Jerusalem, to nearby Bethany, and gives them his last instructions and departs from them (24:50-51).  And we learn they did as he commanded: they stayed in the city, worshiping in the temple (24:53).  In the book of Acts, written by the same author as the book of Luke, we find out that they stayed in Jerusalem for more than a month, until the day of Pentecost (Acts 1-2).  [Page 135]

     Speaking of the emperor Constantine and anti-Semitism in particular:

Constantine himself passed a law that forbade Jews from owning Christian slaves.  This may seem like a humane measure in our day and age, when slavery of all kinds is viewed with disgust and contempt.  But Constantine did not ban slavery and was not opposed to it.  On the contrary, the Roman world continued to work as a slave economy.  Without slaves one could not run any serious manufacturing or agricultural business.  But if the pop0ulation became increasingly Christian, and Jews could have only Jewish and pagan slaves, then any chance for Jews to compete economically with Christians was curtailed.

Eventually it became illegal for a Christian to convert to Judaism.  Under the emperor Theodotius I, near the end of the fourth century, it became illegal for a Christian to marry a Jew.  Doing so was considered an act of adultery.  Jews came to be excluded from serving in public office.  In 423 CE a law was passed that made it illegal for Jews to build or even repair a synagogue.  Accompanying all these forms of legislation were acts of violence against Jews that, even if not sponsored by the emperor or other state authorities, were tacitly condoned.  Synagogues were burned, lands were confiscated, Jews were persecuted and even murdered—and the authorities turned a blind eye.  Why not?  These were the people who had killed God.

A key example illustrates the situation.  In 388 CE the bishop of a town called Callinicum incited his Christian parishioners to assault the local Jewish synagogue.  They did so, leveling it to the ground.  When the Jewish population in town protested to the emperor Theodosius, he ordered the bishop to have the synagogue rebuilt with church money.  At that point, a powerful Christian leader interposed to try to reverse the emperor’s judgment.  One of the most influential bishops at the time as Ambrose, the bishop of Milan.  When word of the emperor’s intervention and demand for reparation reached Milan, Ambrose wrote a harsh letter in protest, arguing that the emperor was in danger of offending his own religious duty by this intervention and insisting that the bishop should by no means be required to restore the synagogue.

Here we have a remarkable situation.  Less than a century earlier, Christian leaders were being hunted down and persecuted by the ruling authorities.  Now Christian leaders were reprimanding the emperor in writing and expecting that they would be obeyed.  How the tables have turned!

Theodosius decided to ignore Ambrose’s protest, but as it happens, he made a trip to Milan and attended a worship service in the cathedral there.  Ambrose claims, in his own account of the affair, that he preached a sermon directed to the emperor’s “misbehavior” and afterward, in the middle of the service, walked down from the altar to confront the emperor face-to-face, publicly demanding that the emperor back down.  In this very public arena, the emperor felt he had no choice.  He acceded to the bishop’s demand, the Christian mob in Callinicum went unpunished, and the synagogue remained in ruins (see Ambrose, Letters 40 and 41).  [Pages 363-364]

     When reading Ehrman, keep in mind that he is writing as a historian and is just writing about the history of Christianity, a topic about which, in my opinion, many self-described Christians are woefully ignorant. 


September 22, 2014

Jim Burgess, 664 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908-4327 USA, (401)351-0287, jfburgess of

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We continue with Kendo Nagasaki, join ANY time, just send me a guess!!!

This issue continues the szine/subszine inversion. As most of you know, this thing began as a ßubszine" to Terry Tallman's North Sealth, West George, then became its own szine with a host of subszines. The subszines remaining will appear as sub-subszines to our new flipflopped home in Doug Kent's Eternal Sunshine. Doug's incessant nagging is not keeping us on schedule, but will make it so we keep going. I'd like to keep writing and doing some game GMing (note that has been expanding). I'm set on the GMing, and I'm starting to write a bit, hope there might be more. Let's get the new Diplomacy game going. Since Doug may be winding down, I may have to flip that back around again and be the centerpiece for all the subszines, we'll see.

For production, in addition to the HTML's of each separate product on the web page, I will also have a PDF that you can print of the entire subszine (including my famous handdrawn maps!). You can just print the maps if you like, but remember maps are for pikers anyway, you don't need no steenkin' maps, keep them up in your head where they belong.

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((For upcoming cons around the world:, but note that some of the Americans have stopped posting the tournaments there. Shame, shame, shame... We know that Carnage in Vermont will end off the Nor'Easter sequence of events the first weekend in November, the rest of the year in the Northeast is clarifying slowly. Carnage talk is all about, if you're interested in going, now is the time to make arrangements. Rob Premus hasn't said anything about his tournament though. But expect updates in this space... Tempest will be coming up on Columbus Day weekend as usual too. I think most of you have seen it, but David Hill's article on being smoked at World DipCon (see: has been generating lots of commentary, along with the appearance on This American Life, which you also can listen to on the web from the This American Life web site: At: you also can listen to the DiplomacyCast interview of David Hill. Also, I will be running TempleCon again, February 6-8, 2015, here in Providence.))



((If anyone from TAP or ES has ideas for more things to talk about here let me know. I do have five or six ideas lined up here already that I just have to write.

So, you will recall that I wrote these words a few issues ago about my nephew-in law Mark Abraham's band Enter the Haggis: "pondering this question about whether they want to keep being a rock and roll band or a roots band." I hadn't talked to Mark about this, but when I did a few months ago, he admitted that they'd been pondering it and that they decided to change their name to release their new record. This would cement their move to being a rock band. I didn't say anything about it last issue since I didn't want to be a leak source, but a few weeks ago they broke the news on their facebook page that they are now Jubilee Riots. It is a fascinating problem, you start a band, play Irish/Scottish tinged music with bagpipes, and name your band something very specific. But you grow and change, and when you really become a rock band, the name holds you back. I think they made the right decision to change the name, you can see their web site or facebook page. This article I also liked: The big issue though is all those people who tattooed ETH on their bodies... oh well, just another reason why tattooing is so interesting, and so risky. The more things change... the more they change. I'll review the new record and say a bit more in a few issues. Up next issue, Ghod is touring the US with his new acoustic album, see where Richard Thompson is appearing near you and go!))



This is the latest incarnation of this team based tournament. I am helping to lead the Nor'Easter team for people in the Northeast part of the United States. is the Facebook page for the event.

And you can sign up for the Tournament at: Other US regional teams are the ones in the Pacific, Dixie, and Chicago. Its unique aspect, that continues to be distorting, but in interesting ways, is its "solo only" feature. You advance from the preliminaries to the finals only by soloing, and then need solos in the finals against the other soloists. Though this started last January, it probably will be going on for at least another year, and there is PLENTY of time to jump in. As usual, for those who know me well, I screwed up my first game and allowed a solo to someone from team US. And then I could have soloed the second game, but well, I can't exactly say how I did it, but the Canadian player soloed there, with help from me. I still don't have a solo in over three decades, and now I'm waiting for my next game to start, you can join and get more games going!!! You can easily throw games, and in this format you can do it. I wonder why people like to drop the levels of the game in this way. It fascinates me. But in the finals of this tournament, it shouldn't happen, should it? The rules for the finals have been tweaked and the finals SHOULD start soon, everyone has been queried. But you also still can join the qualifiers, openings are there now!!! Word is we may cancel them, I think the finals should reignite interest.



I am continuing to note cut or failed support orders with a small "s" instead of a capital "S". This will make it easier on the E-Mailed version of the szine to see what happened, since the italics don't show there. The italics DO show on the web page just fine. Since I'm not postal mailing the szine any more, I've dropped back to just reporting the disguised E-Mail addresses. As someone notes, if you need some more contact information, go back to past issues or ask me.

Standby lists:

Dick Martin, Brad Wilson, Jack McHugh, Steve Emmert, Vince Lutterbie, Paul Rauterberg, Doug Kent, Heath Gardner, Paul Kenny, and Hugh Polley stand by for regular Diplomacy. I've pared down the standby list according to who I'm actually in touch with. If I removed you and you want to be added back, just say so. Otherwise, just let me know if you want on or off these lists, especially OFF given the new policies.



I'm going to start the game opening list over. Under the new regime, who wants to play what?

SPY DIPLOMACY: Heath Gardner (not sure if that is still active), need at least six more.

REGULAR DIPLOMACY: need seven for another game start, the new one starts this issue.


THE DON WILLIAMS 57 MEMORIAL: 2014A, Regular Diplomacy


Winter 1900

AUSTRIA (Ozog): has a BUD, a VIE, f TRI.

ENGLAND (Wiedemeyer): has f LON, f EDI, a LVP.

FRANCE (Ellinger): has f BRE, a MAR, a PAR.

GERMANY (Abbott): has f KIE, a BER, a MUN.

ITALY (Holley): has f NAP, a VEN, a ROM.

RUSSIA (Rauterberg): has f STP(NC), f SEV, a MOS, a WAR.

TURKEY (Burgess): has f ANK, a SMY, a CON.

E-Mail Addresses of the Participants

AUSTRIA: Eric Ozog, elferic of

ENGLAND: Fred Wiedemeyer, wiedem of

FRANCE: Marc Ellinger, mellinger of

GERMANY: Will Abbott, wjja9 of>

ITALY: Melinda Holley, genea5613 of

RUSSIA: Paul Rauterberg, paul.rauterberg of

TURKEY: David Burgess, burgesscd of or dburgess of

Game Notes:

1) We have a game start. The players have been notified, Tom Howell (the BNC) has given us a number (the first of the year), and we even have some Winter 1900 press.

2) The game is a memorial for the late Don Williams. The 57 comes from our shared ages, I turn 57 next week and Don would have turned 57 precisely a month earlier on August 29. I expect press will take the 57 number in all sorts of directions. I'd like this to be a good press game, let's see if we can keep up the good Winter 1900 start. Reminder, press around here is black, let me know if any other house rules need explaining. Most of this press was in "E-Mail to all".


(WILL ABBOTT, GERMANY) I never had the honor of playing with Don Williams. I have not appeared often in the pages of TAP. Nonetheless, I avidly read TAP when it comes out, even the game reports. The games with Don were usually the ones with the most entertaining press. Even in the items he did not write, he was often a leading character, and he seemed to bring out creativity in others. I can only hope to write press as entertaining as that which I read in his games. I also encourage my fellow players to strive for this level.

I strongly believe that Diplomacy can be a spectator game. I have been around the championship game at Gencon several times, and it always attracts not only other players from the tournament, but wandering gamers who may not have played for years, or ever. I find the showcase games in Diplomacy World, with their commentary, extremely interesting and entertaining. In a game like this, without the commentators, the best way to make it a spectator game is through press. The readers can't see our negotiations, but we can make it a fun game for them by entertaining them in the public press.

(FRED): Is Heinz 57 sponsoring this game? A year's worth of the red stuff? Seriously, bless Don - was in a number of games with him.

(PAUL to FRED): We could use Heinz 57 to simulate "blood" if you want to....

(KOBLENZ, GERMANY) The town is draped in black. The anarchist organization, the Black Spleen, successfully assassinated every living Hohenzollern. The resilience of the German Empire, though tested, was not broken: the Imperial Guard rounded up the entire organization. Most are no longer among the living. The remainder envy the dead.

Yet what is an empire without an emperor? Various relatives of the late Kaiser Wilhelm II remained among the royal houses of Europe, especially in Britain and Russia. Yet the princes of the various German states, while they might consent to the rule of another German, were more likely to choose independence over rule by a foreign house. The unity of the empire demanded a German on the throne.

But which German? Prussia would never accept one of the princes of the southern German states, let alone a pretender to a throne they extinguished before 1870. And so the Imperial Government was looking everywhere for someone to put on the throne. A pedigree was not necessary; papers showing an appropriate lineage could be easily forged.

And so, three agents of the office of the Imperial Chamberlain are standing on a doorstep in a small city of the West Prussian Rhineland. The name above the door says, "Fedewa". They knock.

"Gruess dich. Wie kann ich Sie helfen?" Greetings. How can I help you?

"Ist Wilhelm hier?" Is Wilhelm here?

"Ja, Ich bin." Yes, that's I.

"Kommen Sie bitte mit uns. Sie sind der neue Kaisar unseres Volk." Come with us, Sire. You are our people's new Caesar.

(WILL): I am honored to be in this game honoring Don Williams, and to be playing against such esteemed players. I only ask that you keep your knives sharp, as that will make your stabs simple and painless. :-) It might be interesting to work the number 57 into any ongoing press storylines. Also it might be interesting to work in references to Don.

(PAUL to WILL): You are asking me to stab you? I have been known to stab people "long distance" (diplomatically) - essentially "playing the board" - but I don't like doing it in a knee-jerk manner. Really! But if you want a knife in the back... well, you can ask.

(MELINDA): *takes a deep breath* *slowly looks at the opposition* *evil smile* "Let the games begin".

(MARK): I am honored to be in a game named after Don, what a great guy! You guys (and lady) on the other hand... are a bunch of scoundrels, cutthroats of the highest order... in other words, my kind (and Don's) of people! Looking forward to this one!

(DAVID to MARK): Scoundrel... Cutthroat... Thanks for the compliment! That's the nicest thing anyone has called me in a while...


THE PHIL REYNOLDS MEMORIAL: 2006B, Regular Diplomacy


Autumn and Winter 1910

AUSTRIA (Burgess): bld a vie; has a VIE, a BUD, f CON, a GAL, a TRI, a SER.

ENGLAND (James): R a pru-SIL; rem f apu; has f NWG, a LVN, f BAR, a FIN,

a SIL, a STP, f NTH, f ION, f GOB, a KIE, f BAL.

FRANCE (Holley): R a mun-BUR; has f TYH, f GOL, a NAP, a BUR,

a VEN, f ADR, a BER, f TUN, a TYO.

ITALY (Crow): has a GRE.

RUSSIA (Kent): has a MOS, a MUN, a WAR, a BOH, f EAS, f PRU.


E-Mail Addresses of the Participants

AUSTRIA: David Burgess, burgesscd of or dburgess of

ENGLAND: Drew James, kjames01 of or karelanddrew of

FRANCE: Melinda Holley, genea5613 of

GERMANY: Marc Ellinger, mellinger of

ITALY: John Crow, johnny.crow of

RUSSIA: Doug Kent, dougray30 of

TURKEY: Fred Wiedemeyer, wiedem of

Game Notes:

1) The DIAS game ending proposal failed. New draw proposals, to vote with your Winter orders are: DIAS, EF, EFR, and concession to E. If more than one proposal passes, the SMALLEST one that passes goes. If you fail to vote, you veto any proposal you do not vote on. Methinks there are changes afoot, but that's up to you all.

2) Still send all good thoughts to Heath Gardner, but he is doing a bit better.


(RUSSIA -– ALL): At least if I was in some forest and I fell a tree would hear me. This is more like starring in this game no one can hear you scream.

(JAMES to WORLD): OK, who didn't vote for the DIAS? Seriously? OK, I guess we are going to keep playing. I'm good with that...

(MOSCOW -– WORLD): Maybe if I just veto every draw and try to screw this game up as long as I can, SOMEONE will reply to my emails. But, I doubt it. Sack McHugh gets more emails in a true Gunboat game than I do here.

(JAMES to JIM): Am I the last of the original 7 in the game? Exactly when did this game start anyways?

(BOOB to JAMES): Not at all, more than half the players are original. My brother David and Johnny Crow each have been in this since the beginning as well, which was September of 2006.


FOR THE MEKONS ET AL.: Breaking Away, Designer's Rules


Turn 9: The Pack Reforms but No One Replenishes Enough to Get to the Sprint Line


86 (replenish with a 3)

Peeta Mellark


85 (replenish with a 4)

Katniss Everdeen


84 (replenish with a 5)

Haymitch Abernathy, Effie Trinket (5)


83 (no replenishment)



82 (no replenishment)



81 (no replenishment)


-S-P-R-I-N-T- -F-I-N-I-S-H- -L-I-N-E-

80 (no replenishment)



79 (replenish with a 3)

Travis, Ernie Davis


78 (replenish with a 5)

Larry Csonka


77 (no replenishment)



76 (no replenishment)



75 (no replenishment)



74 (replenish with a 3)

Moist von Lipwig


73 (no replenishment)



72 (no replenishment)



71 (replenish with a 3)

Bowie, Mustrum Ridcully


70 (replenish with a 5)



69 (replenish with a 6)

Arciszewski, Jim Brown


68 (replenish with a 8)

Ryan Leaf, Floyd Little


67 (replenish with a 10)

Sam Vimes, Sylvester Carmouche


66 (replenish with a 12)

CMOT Dibbler, Houston


65 (replenish with a 14)

Jean Van de Velde, Roberto Rojas


64 (no replenishment)



63 (no replenishment)



62 (no replenishment)



61 (replenish with a 3)



60 (no replenishment)



59 (no replenishment)



58 (no replenishment)



57 (no replenishment)



56 (no replenishment)



55 (no replenishment)



54 (no replenishment)



53 (replenish with a 3)



52 (no replenishment)



51 (no replenishment)



50 (no replenishment)



49 (no replenishment)



48 (replenish with a 3)



Addresses of the Participants - Their Team and Their Cards

TEAM 1 (Hank Alme): cobblers of (0 points)

Team Name: Vetinari's Terriers; TEAM CAPTAIN: Sam Vimes

A: Moist von Lipwig

(7) 3, 4, 3


B: Mustrum Ridcully

(3) 3, 3, 3


C: Sam Vimes

(6) 6, 3, 10


D: CMOT Dibbler

(4) 3, 3, 12

Total Replenishments: 47 + 32 + 30 + 42 + 16 + 19 + 12 + 17 + 28 = 243

TEAM 2 (Andy Bate): andydbate of (0 points)

Team Name: Racing Froggy; TEAM CAPTAIN: Jean Van de Velde

A: Jean Van de Velde

(3) 14, 4, 14


B: Roberto Rojas

(5) 7, 8, 14


C: Sylvester Carmouche

(6) 8, 5, 10


D: Ryan Leaf

(7) 12, 3, 8

Total Replenishments: 18 + 29 + 42 + 52 + 21 + 29 + 17 + 27 + 46 = 281

TEAM 3 (David Burgess): burgesscd of or dburgess of (19 points)

Team Name: Syracuse Orangemen

A: Ernie Davis

(5) 3, 3, 3, 3


B: Jim Brown

(11) 12, 3, 6


C: Floyd Little

(9) 16, 3, 8


D: Larry Csonka

(3) 4, 4, 5

Total Replenishments: 79 + 55 + 19 + 29 + 17 + 14 + 12 + 29 + 22 = 276

TEAM 4 (Rick Desper): rick_desper of (48 points)

Team Name: District 12

A: Katniss Everdeen

(3) 7, 5, 4, 4


B: Haymitch Abernathy

(3) 3, 5, 5


C: Peeta Mellark

(3) 3, 3, 3


D: Effie Trinket

(6) 3, 3, 5

Total Replenishments: 92 + 90 + 16 + 12 + 16 + 28 + 15 + 15 + 17 = 301

TEAM 5 (Brendan Whyte): BWHYTE of (1 point)

Team Name: The Reverse Polish Notationists (a.k.a. The Unpronounceables)

A: Arciszewski

(12) 9, 6, 3, 3


B: Barszczewski

(3) 3, 3, 3


C: Cwierczakiewiczowa

(6) 4, 3, 3


D: Dziewulski

(5) 3, 3, 5

Total Replenishments: 50 + 46 + 14 + 14 + 15 + 17 + 17 + 21 + 14 = 208

TEAM 6 (Andy York): (0 points)

Team Name: Team Alamo

A: Travis

(3) 9, 4, 3, 3


B: Crockett

(3) 3, 3, 3


C: Bowie

(4) 6, 4, 3


D: Houston

(3) 3, 7, 12

Total Replenishments: 44 + 65 + 20 + 31 + 15 + 19 + 13 + 13 + 21 = 241

Game Notes:

1) The rules are on the TAP website in the Tinamou section. Ask if you have any questions. Rules at:

Up above in parentheses is the card you played to get to where you are in the field. The replenishment card is the last card in your list. Be careful to note that the card you played (the one in parentheses) is not available for you, for next turn. Just for fun, I keep track of total replenishment, by turn, which is a rough measure of how the teams are doing. Of course, it is lining up to get across the sprint (40/80) and final (120) lines in the right places that really counts. We can calculate an "efficiency score" later, which will be the ratio of scoring points per replenishment. If I'm predicting how the future of this will come out based on doing this before, about half the players will get scores below 5% and getting better than a 10% score will be really tremendous for this measure.

2) Wow, no one replenished above a total of 17, and two of you had the minimum replenishment of 12. When will the pack reform, or will it? Remember that the next Sprint Line is at 80 (getting to 81 to score).


(BOOB to RIDERS): You CAN write press, you know, even if it is to yell at Rick as he pedals out of sight.



Kendo Nagasaki games in Eternal Sunshine continue to multiply like weeds... I'd like to get more people engaged here, not just the usual suspects from Doug's games. The full rules for Where in the World is Kendo Nagasaki are in: The player who was closest for Turn 8 has been notified by E-Mail. Note that the official rules say you're supposed to get this by TURN 10, time to get a bit closer on WHO Kendo is.




Brendan Whyte:

Tom Howell:


Rush Limbaugh in Copacobana, on the shores of

Rush Limbaugh in Pisagua, Chile


Lake Titicaca


Heath Gardner:

Doug Kent:


No Guess this Time

Alec Baldwin in Sajama, Bolivia


Rick Desper:

Kevin Wilson:


Sean Hannity in Antofagasta, Chile

No Guess this Time


Hank Alme:

Mike Ruttinger


Glenn Beck in Tacna, Peru

Keith Olbermann in Santiago de Machaca, Bolivia


Steen Alme:

Edi Birsan


Stephen Colbert in Oruro, Bolivia

No Guess this Time

HINT to the Person with the Closest Geographic Guess: I am NOT an American, but most Americans will have access to the TV show me and my buds have, one way or the other, and I am nowhere near as obnoxious as you apparently think I am.




Brendan Whyte:

Tom Howell:


Al Franken in Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Rush Limbaugh in Salinas de Garci Mendoza, Bolivia


Heath Gardner:

Doug Kent:


No Guess This Time

Gene Simmons in Oruro, Bolivia


Rick Desper:

Kevin Wilson:


Bill O'Reilly in Arequipa, Peru

No Guess This Time


Hank Alme:

Mike Ruttinger


Glenn Beck in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

Sarah Lee née Gore in Tacna, Peru


Steen Alme:

Edi Birsan


Jon Stewart in Montero, Bolivia

Michelle Obama in La Paz, Bolivia

HINT to the Person with the Closest Geographic Guess: You still have the wrong gender, while also being quite confused about the real name of the person you accuse me of being.




Brendan Whyte:

Tom Howell:


Mrs. Bill Clinton in Sucre, Bolivia

Sonny Bono in Jesus de Machaca Municipality, Bolivia


Heath Gardner:

Doug Kent:


No Guess This Time

George Will in Toledo, Bolivia


Rick Desper:

Kevin Wilson:


Rush Limbaugh in Potosi, Bolivia

No Guess This Time


Hank Alme:

Mike Ruttinger


George Clooney in Sucre, Bolivia

Jane Fonda in Arica, Chile


Steen Alme:

Edi Birsan


No Guess This Time

John Boehner in Honolulu, Hawaii

HINT to the Person with the Closest Geographic Guess: My appearances on TV are still for entirely different reasons than yours have been, I have referred to something in which you appeared on my show though.




Brendan Whyte:

Tom Howell:


No Guess this Time

Jimmy Carter in Cochabamba, Bolivia


Heath Gardner:

Doug Kent:


No Guess this Time

Harry Reid in Oruro, Bolivia


Rick Desper:

Kevin Wilson:


John Boehner in Antofagasta, Chile

Angela Merkel in Managua, Nicaragua


Hank Alme:

Mike Ruttinger


John McCain in La Paz, Bolivia

Nancy Pelosi in La Paz, Bolivia


Steen Alme:

Edi Birsan


Michelle Obama in Trujillo, Peru

No Guess this Time

HINT to the Person with the Closest Geographic Guess: Although I have discussed the possibility of running for some much, much lesser office someday, it's likely you have never heard of those statements of interest of mine; I much more famously have labeled as an "idiot" a person in a similar specific elected position as you have.




Brendan Whyte:

Tom Howell:


Mrs. Al Gore in Ascención, Paraguay

Michelle Obama's husband in Cochabamba, Bolivia


Heath Gardner:

Doug Kent:


No Guess this Time

Bob Barker in Santiago, Chile


Rick Desper:

Kevin Wilson:


Hillary Clinton in Lima, Peru

No Guess this Time


Hank Alme:

Mike Ruttinger


Katie Couric in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Dennis Rodman in Bogotá, Colombia


Steen Alme:

Edi Birsan


Hillary Clinton in Bogotá, Colombia

President Obama in Honolulu, Hawaii

HINT to the Person with the Closest Geographic Guess: OK, but I am part of a larger group than that. ((CLARIFICATION: I am a member of a larger group than the group you imply by your guess.))




Brendan Whyte:

Tom Howell:


Diana Rigg in Anchorage, Alaska

Michelle Obama in Valparaiso, Chile


Heath Gardner:

Doug Kent:


Gov. Chris Christie in Hamhung, North Korea

Mark David Chapman in San Francisco, CA


Rick Desper:

Kevin Wilson:


Stephen Colbert in Brasilia, Brazil

Stephen Colbert in Santiago, Chile


Hank Alme:

Mike Ruttinger


Landon Donovan in Quito, Ecuador

Tom Brokaw in Caracas, Venezuela


Steen Alme:


Al Gore in Buenos Aires, Argentina

HINT to the Person with the Closest Geographic Guess: Oooh, I think you have the wrong gender, try again.




Brendan Whyte:

Tom Howell:


Diana Rigg in Pyongyang, North Korea

Jennifer Jones in New York, New York


Heath Gardner:

Doug Kent:


Henry Kissinger in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Harrison Ford in Mexico City, Mexico


Rick Desper:

Kevin Wilson:


Zsa Zsa Gabor in Beverly Hills, CA

Dennis Rodman in La Paz, Bolivia


Hank Alme:

Mike Ruttinger


Stephen Ambrose in Seattle, WA

Scarlett Johansson in Havana, Cuba


Steen Alme:


Kim Jong-Un in Sevastopol, Ukraine

HINT to the Person with the Closest Geographic Guess: While I also have appeared on television in some form, I have done so for different reasons than you.




Brendan Whyte:

Tom Howell:


Diana Rigg in Anchorage, Alaska

Rex Roberts in Alexandria, Egypt


Heath Gardner:

Doug Kent:


Jimmy "the Greek" in Las Vegas, NV

Charlton Heston in Rome, Italy


Rick Desper:

Kevin Wilson:


Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards in Sochi, Russia

Pierre Trudeau in Montevideo, Uruguay


Hank Alme:

Mike Ruttinger


Ian Fleming in Tegucigalpa, Honduras

George McArthur in Seoul, South Korea

HINT to the Person with the Closest Geographic Guess: Unfortunately, you are very much dead, while I am very much alive.

LAST WORD: The deadline for Diplomacy World is coming up at the end of September. Can I inquire if we can get some more interest in writers to write things for it? Someone seems to have awakened Larry Peery and reignited the monster. If it was you, can you please try to write as much as he writes? Even if it wasn't you, how about trying to write us something. Of course, we all know that notes like these in my last word essentially have no effect. But prove me wrong. The International Diplomacy Hobby is really heating up, if you've never been to a Diplomacy convention in Europe, think about making a caravan trip over there to partake of the joys of FTF Dip in another country.

More locally, we are trying to organize a local house game. Is anyone who is close to me or Boston willing to get together to play? I think it is time for the fifth reinvention of the local New England hobby. Come on, I know some of you are close, E-Mail me and join us.

Last note: keep thinking good thoughts about Heath Gardner as he fights through his troubles.


Eternal Sunshine Game Section


Acquire Game #2 - “Juliet” – Eternal Sunshine


Players: Tom Howell, Mark Firth, Andy Bate, Richard Weiss, Hank Alme


Turn 4


Andy plays 8-C and buys one Festival and two American.


Richard plays 5-G and buys 3 American.


Hank plays 10-A and buys 3 American.


Turn 5


Tom plays 4-A and buy one each of Tower, Luxor, and Continental.


Mark plays 1-G.  Buys 2 Continental and 1 Festival.


Andy plays 11-D and buys 3 American.


Richard plays 4-H and buys 3 American.


Hank is up!






Diplomacy “Jerusalem” 2012A, W 11/S 12

England (John Biehljerbil “of” Build A London.. F Barents Sea - St Petersburg(nc)

 (*Bounce*), A Burgundy – Marseilles, A Gascony Supports A Burgundy – Marseilles,

 A Kiel Fingers A Berlin (Hold), A London – Norway, F Marseilles - Gulf of Lyon,

 F Mid-Atlantic Ocean - North Africa, F North Sea Convoys A London – Norway, A Norway – Finland,

 A Paris – Burgundy, A Ruhr Supports A Kiel, F Sweden Supports A Norway – Finland,

 F Western Mediterranean Supports F Marseilles - Gulf of Lyon.

Italy (Mark Firth – mark.r.firth “of” NMR!  F Ionian Sea Hold (*Dislodged*, retreat to

 Eastern Mediterranean or Albania or Adriatic Sea or Tyrrhenian Sea or OTB), F Naples Hold, F Tunis Hold.

Russia (Richard Weiss – richardweiss “of” Build F St. Petersburg(sc)..

 A Berlin Supports A Munich – Kiel, A Finland - St Petersburg (*Disbanded*), A Livonia - Moscow (*Fails*),

 A Moscow Supports A Finland - St Petersburg (*Fails*), A Rumania – Ukraine,

 F St Petersburg(sc) - Livonia (*Fails*).

Turkey (Geoff Kemp - ggeoff510 “of” Retreat F Naples - Rome..

 F Aegean Sea Supports F Greece - Ionian Sea, A Bohemia Supports A Tyrolia - Munich (*Fails*), A Bulgaria Hold,

 F Greece - Ionian Sea, A Munich - Kiel (*Fails*), F Piedmont Unordered, F Rome - Naples (*Fails*),

 A Serbia – Budapest, A Silesia Supports A Tyrolia - Munich (*Fails*), A Trieste – Venice,

 A Tyrolia - Munich (*Fails*), A Venice - Apulia.


Concession to England Fails

Now Proposed – E/I/R/T.  Please Vote.  NVR=No.

F 12 Deadline is October 28th at 7:00am my time




Turkey: Apologies for lack of contact, I have had to be medically repatriated from Greece to the Uk due to an accident whilst on holiday. I am ok thanks, just somewhat frustrated as somewhat incapacitated at the moment plus also have no access to laptop or Pc so all communications re emails are taken from my iPad or phone. I hope to have better access within a week or so, please bear with me. Thanks.  PS: Quartz & Tween are on hold until things improve. Thanks.


Anon: Now 'who' voted against this this time?


Turkey -  ........Why did I bother!



Diplomacy “Walkerdine” 2012D, F 07

Austria (paul.milewski “of” A Serbia - Bulgaria.

France (Jim Burgess – jfburgess “of” F Aegean Sea - Greece (*Fails*), F Apulia – Venice,

 A Burgundy Unordered, F Eastern Mediterranean – Smyrna, F English Channel Hold,

 F Gulf of Lyon - Western Mediterranean, F Ionian Sea Supports F Aegean Sea - Greece (*Cut*),

 F Mid-Atlantic Ocean Hold, F North Atlantic Ocean Hold, F Norwegian Sea Hold,

 A Trieste Supports F Apulia – Venice, F Tunis - Tyrrhenian Sea, A Yorkshire - Edinburgh.

Germany (Steve Cooley – tmssteve “of” F Barents Sea Hold,

 A Budapest Supports A Galicia – Rumania, F Denmark Supports F North Sea, A Galicia – Rumania,

 A Moscow Supports A Ukraine – Sevastopol, A Munich Hold, F North Sea Hold, A Norway Hold,

 A St Petersburg Hold, A Tyrolia Supports A Trieste, A Ukraine – Sevastopol, A Vienna Supports A Budapest.

Russia (Hank Almealmehj “of” Retreat A Budapest - Rumania..

 F Adriatic Sea - Ionian Sea (*Fails*), A Rumania – Ukraine,

 A Sevastopol Supports A Rumania - Ukraine (*Disbanded*).

Turkey (Civil Disorder): A Albania Unordered, A Armenia Unordered, F Constantinople Unordered,

 F Greece Unordered.


Deadline for W 07/S 08 is October 28th at 7am my time


Supply Center Chart


Austria:            Bulgaria, Serbia=2, Plays 1 short

France:            Belgium, Brest, Edinburgh, Liverpool, London, Marseilles, Naples,

Paris, Portugal, Rome, Smyrna, Spain, Trieste, Tunis, Venice=15, Build 2

Germany:         Berlin, Budapest, Denmark, Holland, Kiel, Moscow, Munich, Norway,

                        Rumania, Sevastopol, St Petersburg, Sweden, Vienna, Warsaw=14, Build 2

Russia:             None=0, OUT!!

Turkey:            Ankara, Constantinople, Greece=3, Remove 1




JIM-BOB pleads here: I know I've been bad too, but can we play this out properly.... for Don?


Black Press Gunboat, “Fred Noonan”, 2013Arb32, W 09

Seasons Separated by Player Request

France: Has F Barents Sea, F Brest, A Burgundy, F Edinburgh, F English Channel, F Mid-Atlantic Ocean,

 F Norwegian Sea, A Picardy.

Germany: Build A Kiel..Has F Belgium, A Holland, A Kiel, A Munich, F North Sea, F Norway, A Ruhr, A Silesia.

Italy: NMR!  Removes F Eastern Mediterranean, now in Civil Disorder..Has F Apulia, A Budapest, A Serbia,

 F Tyrrhenian Sea, A Vienna.

Russia: Has A St Petersburg, A Warsaw.

Turkey: Build F Constantinople, F Ankara..Has F Ankara, A Bulgaria, F Constantinople, A Galicia, F Greece,

 A Moscow, F Naples, A Rumania, A Sevastopol, F Smyrna, F Tunis.


All Draw Proposals Fail.  Now Proposed: F/G/T, F/I, F/G/I/R/T.

Please vote.  NVR=No.

Deadline for S 10 Will Be October 28th at 7am My Time




None.  You guys suck.


Diplomacy “Sweet Spot” 2013A, W 08

E/F/I/R/T Draw Passes!

End Game Report and Statements Next Issue


Woolworth II-D “Coney Island” 2013Bcb19, F 07

Balkans (Secret): A Bur-Par, A Swi-Bur, A Pie-Swi, A Ser S F Tri, F Tri S A Alb, A Alb S F Tri.

England (Secret): F Iri-Mao, F Bre S F Iri-Mao, A Lon-Pic.

France (Civil Disorder): No units.

Italy (Secret): F Por-Mao, F Gol-Mad, A Mar-Gas, A Rom S A Ven, A Ven S F Tri, F Wms S F Alg-Mor.

Russia (Jim Burgess - jfburgess “of” A Mun S A Swi-Bur, A Ruh-Bel, F Kie-Hol,

 F Hel S F Kie-Hol, A Ber-Kie, A Sil-Ber, F Gob-Bal, A Sev S A Rum.

Scandinavia (Geoff Kemp - ggeoff510 “of” F Swe S A Den, F Nth S A Den, A Den H,

 F Wao S F Iri-Mao, F Eng C A Lon-Pic.

Spain (Civil Disorder): F Mor U, A Bel U, F Hol U.

Turkey (Hugh Polley – hapolley “of” F Ion C A Smy-Tun, A Rum S A Ser, A Mac-Bul, F Mao-Hao,

 F Alg-Mor, F Ems C A Smy-Tun, A Smy-Tun.


Deadline for W 07/S 08 is October 28th at 7am My Time


Supply Center Chart


Balkans:           Ser, Gre, Bud, Vie, Tri, Swi, Par=7                                 Build 1

England:          Lon, Lpl, Bre=3                                                             Even

France:            None=0                                                                        OUT!!

Italy:                Nap, Ven, Rom, Cre, Mar, Por, Mad=7                           Build 1

Russia:             Mos, War, Sev, Stp, Gal, Ber, Kie, Mun, Hol=9               Build 1

Scand.:                        Nwy, Swe, Den, Edi, Ice=5                                           Even

Spain:              Bel=1                                                                           Even

Turkey:                        Ank, Con, Smy, Bul, Rum, Tun, Mor=7                          Even




Scandinavia: Apologies for lack of contact, I have had to be medically repatriated from Greece to the Uk due to an accident whilst on holiday. I am ok thanks, just somewhat frustrated as somewhat incapacitated at the moment plus also have no access to laptop or Pc so all communications re emails are taken from my iPad or phone. I hope to have better access within a week or so, please bear with me. Thanks.  PS: Quartz & Tween are on hold until things improve. Thanks.


Unknown Player - Is this A gunboat game without email?  No one wants to make a deal?  France and Spain both NMR, so GM we can say secret ruler of Spain was Brad Wilson?


RUSSIA: I agree, we all are bums, we should be shot.


By Popular Demand


The goal is to pick something that fits the category and will be the "most popular" answer. You score points based on the number of entries that match yours. For example, if the category is "Cats" and the responses were 7 for Persian, 3 for Calico and 1 for Siamese, everyone who said Persian would get 7 points, Calico 3 and the lone Siamese would score 1 point. The cumulative total over 10 rounds will determine the overall winner. Anyone may enter at any point, starting with an equivalent point total of the lowest cumulative score from the previous round. If a person misses a round, they'll receive the minimum score from the round added to their cumulative total. In each round you may specify one of your answers as your Joker answer.  Your score for this answer will be doubled.  In other words, if you apply your Joker to category 3 on a given turn, and 4 other people give the same answer as you, you get 10 points instead of 5.  Players who fail to submit a Joker for any specific turn will have their Joker automatically applied to the first category. And, if you want to submit some commentary with your answers, feel free to.  The game will consist of 10 rounds, with the 10th round being worth double points.  A prize will be awarded to the winner.  Research is permitted, but cooperation or collusion between players is not!


Round 10 Categories – Double Points (Joker is therefore X 4 – double the double)


1.    A city in Florida.

2.    A brand of ice cream.

3.    A borough of New York City.

4.    A film that Lauren Bacall appeared in.

5.    A Play-Doh color.


Selected Comments By Category


Previous Turn – Hugh Polley “As most Subscribers are men I voted for condom, better thinkers than I went for pill.”


Florida – Hugh Polley “All Canadians have heard of Miami so let’s go with that for Joker.”  Andy Lischett “I picked Ocalo because I like the sound of it, even if it is a loser.”  Rick Desper “Miami has to be the pick ahead of Orlando, right?”  Marc Ellinger “This one should be easy, biggest and best known city in FLA.”


Ice Cream – Andy York “Blue Bell maybe that's too regional, ok HEB Country Creations...again, too regional.”  Brendan Whyte “But in New Zealand I prefer Mooloo.”  Marc Ellinger “Granola heads unite (personally I refuse to buy it, since they discontinued Peanut Butter and Jelly flavor!)”  Dane Maslen “The ice-cream is a worry: Blue Bell and Breyers (both of which I've never heard of) and Häagen Dazs (which I choose to avoid as an answer because of its spelling) had larger sales in the U.S. in 2013 than Ben & Jerry's, but at least I've heard of that and can spell it.”


Borough – Andy York “Diamond District - oops, Gotham, wrong city.”


Bacall – Andy Lischett “To Have & Have Not is an easy Joker because it's probably the only LB movie anyone (including me) will remember.”  Marc Ellinger “Bogie and Bacall, what could be better (except maybe the Duke and Bacall!)”


Play-DohAndy York “Good grief, there are a lot of them out there these days.”  Hugh Polley “As a kid I had play-doh, seem to remember yellow, blue and white.”  Marc Ellinger “The logo, canister and play-doh are all yellow!”  Dane Maslen “For Plah-Doh I've picked one of the four colours in the Play-Doh Classic Colors 4-Pack and given my spell-checker a nervous breakdown by mixing British English and American English spellings.”


Dick Martin Wins!  Marc Ellinger, Bendan Whyte, and Mark Firth each score the high round at 130, with Andy Lichett bringing up the rear at 56.


General Deadline for the Next Issue of Eternal Sunshine:  October 28th, 2014 at 7:00am my time.   Hope to See You Then!