NEWS FROM THE CLASSICAL BOARD
By Douglas Mills
From Diplomacy World #20
(Transcribed by Marvelous Melinda Holley)
The winds of change continue to blow through the pages of DIPLOMACY WORLD, and this regular feature is no exception. Only into its third installment and our friend Michel Liesnard has already been reluctantly forced to relinquish the column due to conflict of interest, and ha finally gone NUTS!, leaving Yours Truly to step into the breach and soldier on.
Yes, Michel is now the big nut in Continental Europe, having been ordered into the Brussels office of Kamlag (a major importer of adult games in Benelux) and told that he was to become the full-time Editor in Chief of a professionally, bilingual (French/Fleming)wargame/hobby publication. Michel has been given a completely free hand in deciding content and organization of the mag, including the choice of a somewhat unusual name: NUTS! He tells me the name ins universal for its meaning…anyway, I’m sure you’ll all join me in wishing Michel the best of luck with this new venture, and we will all wait with bated breath for the first issue’s appearance, sometime during September.
Turning to the more ‘fannish’ side of the hobby, some interesting things
have been happening on the ‘zine scene.
If you’re interested in Diplomacy variants,
In Germany, STABSANZEIGER (published in German byHartmut Halfmeier) has also just celebrated its first birthday, and has three Abstration II and a couple of Railway Rivals games in progress, not to mention Germany Politiplomacy. Openings available at the moment include regular and Multiplicity.
GETTYSNEWS, care of MichaelLeisnard/Belgium, is also…you guessed
!, blowing out the single
candle, and pounding on at the incredible frequency of 20 issues per year. Completely
dedicated to the publication and playing of variants, GETTYSNEWS has eight
openings (including Treachery, Sacred Rhino, and
The older long-term hobby freaks will be glad to hear that AkeJonsson of Sweden’s THE POLAR KNIGHT fame is making a comeback of sorts (in fact he never went away, but allowed publication to stand still about a year ago, continuing his games by carbon copy), and has decided to open some new waiting lists, both regular and variant, which will be GMed by him, reports being published in the pages of my own ‘zine AIDE DE CAMP. Hopefully I’ll be able to persuade Ake to donate the odd article in the form of a sort of sub-‘zine.
France’s VORTIGERN plods on steadily to middle-age and its 49th issue (published by RolandPrevot, the Boardman Number custodian for continental Europe). Roland, like the rest of the editors mentions, is following the trend and has decided to open a variant waiting list, though for which variant he’s still not sure. Of particular merit in VORTIGERN is the excellent cartoon art-work, courtesy of Didier Guiserix.
Belgian-born and British-bred (published in French and English out of Manchester), AIDE DE CAMP has plenty of reason to celebrate – three of them in fact: 1, she’s one year old; 2, she has hit a circulation of 100+, and 3, she has 12 games in progress, of which no fewer than 6 are variants. Currently, four openings are available within ADC’s pages: French and English languages regular, Highly Public Diplomacy, The Pleiades Cluster (a sci-fi game which has nothing to do with Diplomacy), and ‘Amazon’, a regular game reserved only for the fairer sex. Three girls still needed for this last one – anyone interested.
While on the subject of variants, European editors requiring Miller Numbers should contact Douglas Mills, who is the custodian for that neck of the woods.
The ‘zine RASPUTIN, supposedly published in Belgium and mentioned previous in this column, appears to be a hoax, or figment of somebody’s rather vivid imagination.
However, even vivid imagination can be
catered for, and I would suggest sufferers attend the European Science-Fiction
and Fantasy Convention (EUROCON 4) taking place at the
Free University of Brussels, in Belgium, on
November 1-5, 1978.
This event has been held bi-annually since the first one took place way
back in 1972 in
Another event which will have taken place by the time you read this, but which would probably have been more suited to the murderous tendencies of certain ‘diplomats’ reading this, is PRESTONDIPCON, the major Diplomacy event of the year here in the U.K., kindly organized by Bob Brown, editor of the TINAMOU, and currently the National Games Club face-to-face secretary. Held on the premises of Preston Polytechnic, sleeping accommodations for more than 200 was made available, and most of the British hobby’s major personalities attended. I’ll tell you more about the actual events next time.
The International Conflict-Simulation
Group Weekend ’78 Convention, held at the end of June at Waterloo (the real
Finally, a couple of new ‘zines have
popped up here in Britain. They are: WHISKEY MAC, from Paul
Openshaw. Already into its
6 th issue, WM runs on a 4-week deadline and has
three games in progress already.
Openings now for regular, Stab and Bourse. Full of good-natured chat and Paul’s local brand of
humor. A good players’ ‘zine.
newcomer, MEGALOMANIA from ChrisTringham, which is also up to its 6
th issue, is a completely different breedfo British ‘zine. Despite already
having eight game sunder
which is impressive by any standards, and a stream of openings which fill up
overnight, MEGALOMANIA also contains several pages of pithy comments and news
about the British hobby, and mostly that centered around the National Games
somewhat obscure to hobby-followers living outside the
FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE ABOVE PUBLICATIONS AND EVENTS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM:
AIDE DE CAMP and THE INTERNATIONAL
CONFLICT-SIMULATION GROUP: Douglas Mills,
CONFLICT GAZET and DUCOSIM: Paul
211, 2597 HR, Den Haag,
GETTYSNEWS and NUTS
!: MichelLeisnard , 415 Avenue de
Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, B-1150Bruxelles ,
THE POLAR KNIGHT:Ake E.B.
Prevot, 16 rueDescombes , 75017
Stapelstr. 13, 2000
WHISKY MAC: PaulOpenshaw, 4 Beechmont
EUROCON 4: c/o MALPERTUIS, 18 rue des Eperonnier B-1000,
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