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Canton: Asia will Amaze 'ya! [Offsite] [6/7]

PostPosted: 25 Feb 2019, 19:25
by NoPunIn10Did
Enriador, a player who has been very influential in the variant communities at vDiplomacy and Conspiracy, has suggested Canton as a potential candidate for adoption on PlayDiplomacy's main site.

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One rule of thumb for variant selection is that we generally want to have our own community, particularly the Play-by-Forum folks, try out a variant before we form an opinion on it. Normally, I'd try to round up a GM for the game, but in this case I'd like to try something new.

Playing on vDiplomacy?
This wouldn't be an official Play-by-Forum game*, as we won't have a human GM adjudicating. What I'd like to experiment with is playing the game on vDiplomacy, since it's free to do so, but using Discord to handle communications. It would be a private game filled solely with PlayDippers. Since vDip doesn't provide any sort of standard notification system (other than an RSS feed), it would be the GM's role to post extra reminders in Discord.

Is there any interest in trying this out? It looks like a solid variant, and the stats from other sites have shown it to be relatively well-balanced. My personal opinion is that I think it could give us a way to scratch the Colonial itch without having to take on all of that particular variant's baggage.

    Players Interested
  1. NoPunIn10Did
  2. Aeschines
  3. Don Juan of Austria
  4. patatevolante4
  5. AKFD
  6. TTBen (likely)

*I will make a record of the players and their results in PbF Valhalla, using the Madison / Liverpool "Test Bed" section to acknowledge their participation.

Re: Canton: Asia will Amaze 'ya! [Offsite] [1/7]

PostPosted: 25 Feb 2019, 19:52
by Aeschines
Sure! I'd try this out.

Re: Canton: Asia will Amaze 'ya! [Offsite] [1/7]

PostPosted: 25 Feb 2019, 19:53
by patatevolante4
If the deadlines are fairly long, such as 2-5 days, I would be interested to try it.

Re: Canton: Asia will Amaze 'ya! [Offsite] [1/7]

PostPosted: 25 Feb 2019, 20:01
by Don Juan of Austria
Sign me up! As of right now, I'm interested.

Re: Canton: Asia will Amaze 'ya! [Offsite] [1/7]

PostPosted: 25 Feb 2019, 20:12
by NoPunIn10Did
patatevolante4 wrote:If the deadlines are fairly long, such as 2-5 days, I would be interested to try it.


I hadn't fully thought through the deadlines. I was thinking they might be 3/1/2, but I'm not married to that.

Hello! It seems you're new here; welcome to the site! How long have you been playing Diplomacy?

Re: Canton: Asia will Amaze 'ya! [Offsite] [1/7]

PostPosted: 25 Feb 2019, 22:30
by NoPunIn10Did
Enriador has informed me that vDip doesn't have the ability to set different amounts of time to each turn type. Unless there's a firm wish to do otherwise, I'm going to assume we'll set it up with 2-day turns and no weekends. And we'll use the "Rulebook press" setting, which will yield potentially faster turnarounds on retreats and builds (the equivalent of requiring orders to be finalized before they can be saved).

Re: Canton: Asia will Amaze 'ya! [Offsite] [1/7]

PostPosted: 26 Feb 2019, 01:31
by patatevolante4
NoPunIn10Did wrote:
patatevolante4 wrote:If the deadlines are fairly long, such as 2-5 days, I would be interested to try it.


I hadn't fully thought through the deadlines. I was thinking they might be 3/1/2, but I'm not married to that.

Hello! It seems you're new here; welcome to the site! How long have you been playing Diplomacy?



I have been playing online for just three months, but played the game with the board a lot. I am at the stage where I am discovering variants. 2 days sound totally fine to me.

Re: Canton: Asia will Amaze 'ya! [Offsite] [1/7]

PostPosted: 26 Feb 2019, 02:21
by Enriador
Hello guys,

First of all, big thanks to NoPunIn10Did for helping me organize this game. :D

Second: vDiplomacy, as explained above, does not allow (yet) phases with different time lengths. I find NoPunIn10Did's suggestion a reasonable one: 2 days for Movement/Retreat/Build, with automatic pauses on weekends.

If Rulebook press is used, then orders saved on Retreats/Builds will "ready" automatically. vDiplomacy also has a very usable mobile interface, and can accept orders by either using a drop-down menu or clicking the units on the board. Invalid orders are not allowed.

Hope you have fun! I will be GM'ing the game on both vDiplomacy (for possible pauses/extensions) & Discord (for reminders). Let me know if you need anything.

Re: Canton: Asia will Amaze 'ya! [Offsite] [4/7]

PostPosted: 26 Feb 2019, 18:48
by NoPunIn10Did
Also, just to keep things simple, we'll have random assignments.

Re: Canton: Asia will Amaze 'ya! [Offsite] [4/7]

PostPosted: 26 Feb 2019, 22:59
by patatevolante4
Sounds good to me. BTW, maybe you should re-new this page; it's not on "currently on forum" anymore.