A Weekly Threat Assessment of the Diplomacy Community
The Story of the Briefing
The Briefing began as a passion project for Umble in 2019. His goal was to help players from the many different online sites and f2f groups get connected. Since then, the Briefing has become the go-to place for hobby leaders to make their announcements and is indispensable for serious players who want to stay up-to-date on hobby happenings. (Read more about the Briefing's beginnings).
At the one year mark, the call went out to the community for those who would like to be editors and thankfully several responded. Find out more about them below.
Founder - umbletheheep (Russ)Russ discovered Diplomacy searching for a game with more depth than Risk. He played his first match on the DPjudge back in 2008, and since then he has become well-known for getting 2nds, 3rds, and 4ths in the tournaments he plays in. He also cofounded The Diplomats with gohornsgo who is the host and does all the work which is his preferred type of alliance. He enjoys playing Diplomacy in any format and hopes that someday he'll get that elusive crown. Update - Umble won Weasel Moot and is now an Alpha Weasel!
Editor - RoganJosh (Jens)Jens played his first game of Diplomacy in 1999 and was active during the PBEM era. He returned to the hobby a few years ago using 1v1 games as stress relief and is recognized as one of the best players of the FvA and Cold War variant. He helps the Briefing by connecting with hobby leaders and gathering content for each issue.
Editor - TheFlyingBoat (Karthik)Karthik played his first game of Diplomacy in 2011 with friends in school before getting hooked on webDiplomacy. Since 2020, he has been an avid player in both the extended deadline and the virtual Face-to-Face hobbies. He helps the Briefing by bridging the gap between the Face-to-Face and extended deadline scenes in addition to curating content for each issue.
Editor - New England Fire Squad (Dave)Dave first learned about Diplomacy when he was enticed at college with the offer of free beer if he'd be the seventh for a game that was 'like Risk, but way better'. To his surprise, he enjoyed the game even more than the beer. He hasn't stopped playing or reading about the game since.
Editor - Lady Razor (Matthew)Sultry, seductive femme fatale Lady Razor isn't all she might seem. She's actually a small but well-moustachioed man from the depths of rural Cornwall, UK. Joining the online Diplomacy Nexus community in the S2 Tournament, she is now the Nexus' in-house illustrator. Play carefully, or your silly move might be the next subject of a withering drawing!
Editor - Diplomacer (John)John has played face to face for a decade and online for half as long. Thanks for making this a part of my life, Adam. The true centers are the friends we make and the fun we have while playing. This is what you should tell anyone who asks at the start of a game.
Graphics - Xsotan (Ian)Ian creates all our social media graphics. He discovered Diplomacy in 2019 when he stumbled upon a Diplomacy video while searching for an Axis & Allies guide. He binge watched Triumvir412’s videos and tried playing a few games but after a few nerves were struck began playing Diplomacy online. Today, he is active on webDiplomacy and occasionally dips his feet into Speedboat games on Nexus.
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