A Merry Mixup (2003 C gh14)

May 2, 2003:
This game of the Colonia VII-B is also being published in The Abyssininan Prince, published since forever by one of the players, Jim Burgess. This is the first real game of Diplomacy ("regular" or variant) that I have ever GM-ed (test match Harem Scarem notwithstanding), so I'm excited by the prospect.

The test match between Konrad, Jim and Dave Partridge was called Harem Scarem, after a Three Stooges short feature. To continue the tradition, I decided to call this one "A Merry Mixup", after another Three Stooges short feature. It was one of their later efforts, with Joe Besser, and alas was rather lame. The idea of having three of each Stooge running around could have worked better, but the idea of having nine Stooges and nine game players seemed to match perfectly.

The Players

Based on a combination of expressed preferences, non-preferences and "don't cares", I have assigned the nations as follows:

CountryPlayere-mail address
Austria: Konrad Baumeister konradbaumeister of hotmail.com
China: David Hood dhood of PHD-LAW.com
England: Dave Partridge rebhuhn of rocketmail.com
France: John Power natjohn2 of comcast.net
Netherlands: Stephen Koehler sdk of koehlercordes.com
Ottoman: Paul Rauterberg trauterberg of wi.rr.com
Portugal: Jim Burgess burgess of TheWorld.com
Russia: Rick Desper rick_desper of yahoo.com
Spain: Robert Paquin robert.paquin2 of sympatico.ca
GM: Harold Reynolds hjreynolds2 of rogers.com (home),
harold.reynolds of generation5.net (work)


  1. Dave Partridge is seldom able to check his mail on weekends.
  2. E-mail addresses are of the form that Jim Burgess has adopted for The Abyssinian prince. This will prevent spam-bots from scanning this page, collecting the e-mail addresses and then sending us crap. To get the real address, replace the " of " with the usual "@".
  3. I can read my work e-mail from home (sometimes), but can't read my home e-mail from work (annoying!). I'm online all day at work, but can only check my mail in the morning and late in the evening at home. So send orders to either or both -- it doesn't matter.

House Rules

I wish to have this game played with no NMRs, because they really unbalance things and reduce the fun factor. As a result, when a deadline is passed, I will start nagging twice a day. Politely, of course. 8-)

This game has a lot of spaces, and the abbreviations for them are sometimes not what one would expect (e.g. Pru for Peru, but Psa for Prussia). I therefore recommend that you submit your orders using the full names of the territories, unless it's blindingly obvious what the abbreviations are. If I find an order that doesn't seem to make sense, I'll ask for confirmation, rather than let you find out the hard way that you made a mistake. Call me Carebear 8-), but I don't want to see someone's carefully wrought plans go down the tubes due to a typo. Any obvious tactical blunder, however, will be processed without comment... 8-)

Orders will be adjudicated as soon as the last set is in (or as close as possible, given my lack of free time). Results will be posted to this web site and mailed out to all participants as soon as possible. I'll also include a map (in PostScript format) showing the moves and another showing the resulting positions will also be sent out. Let me know if you have problems with PostScript. A jpeg image (see below) and links to the Postscript maps will also be posted to this page for easy reference any time.

There will be four seasons, the usual Spring and Fall, Summer for any adjustments required as a result of the Spring moves, and Winter for move adjustments and builds/disbands. Each will be handled separately.

In the event of an adjudication error on my part (and I occasionally have problems destroying units that in fact have a retreat), I will correct it as soon as it is brought to my attention. I hope that there will not be too many of these! So be sure to check over your results and make sure that they make sense. I can get quite distracted at home, and may miss something, especially when things start getting complicated.

Press is encouraged! Anything broadcast to all players (and me, of course) will be considered press, and will be recorded in the press section of the adjudication. Anything appended to your orders that is specifically labeled as press will also be published. Private communications to me will remain so. White press (you representing yourself) and grey press (where you use some humourous byline not meant to impersonate another player) is also acceptable. For example, if a French unit is headed for Ohio, another player could issue press headlined from Ohio bemoaning the arrival of the occupiers, etc. No black press (impersonating someone else), or anything nasty, slanderous, insulting, etc, will be allowed. But you are all mature, seasoned Diplomats who wouldn't do that sort of thing anyways. 8-) This is just for the record.

The Game Reports

Now available in HTML format! (May 18, 2003)

Year Spring Moves Summer Retreats Fall Moves Winter Adjustments
1750May 12, 2003 Not required May 17, 2003 May 31, 2003
1751 June 19, 2003 Not required July 6, 2003 July 15, 2003
1752 August 25, 2003 Not required September 11, 2003 September 30, 2003
1753 October 25, 2003 November 4, 2003 November 23, 2003 December 1, 2003
1754 December 24, 2003 December 31, 2003 January 23, 2004 January 29, 2004
1755 February 22, 2004 March 1, 2004 March 22, 2004 April 6, 2004
1756 April 26, 2004 May 1, 2004 May 23, 2004 May 30, 2004
1757 June 20, 2004 June 23, 2004 July 18, 2004 July 30, 2004
1758 August 18, 2004 August 20, 2004 September 13, 2004 September 20, 2004
1759 October 12, 2004 October 17, 2004 November 7, 2004 November 14, 2004
1760 December 7, 2004 December 9, 2004 January 14, 2005 January 27, 2005

Hoi Polloi

My little subzine of The Abyssininan Prince, dedicated to the reporting of this game. They are in Microsloth Wurd format.

Volumes 1-17 (Spring 1750 - Winter 1758) (Had to remove -- took too much disk space. Available upon request.)
Volume 20 (Spring and Summer 1759). Volume 21 (Fall and Winter 1759).

Positions for Current Turn: Spring 1761

PDF files for the most current positions only, due to disk space constraints:
Fall 1760 Positions
Spring 1761 Positions

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