I can't say that I knew Phil Reynolds very well. I had asked him about his health problems, once, and he told me about the pesticide exposure and in a general way it's impact on his overall health. The letter from Phil which appeared in last issue I had assumed to be an explanation of why we hadn't seen recent issues of Phil's 'zine, ishkibibble; not as his resignation from games in off-the-shelf. Therefore, when I didn't receive orders from Phil for this issue, I called to see how he was doing. I missed talking to him by about five days.
Since all of the Diplomacy games have NMRs thish, Phil's obviously, and two other players managed to cover the rest, I'm holding all games except Lake Lillian and Snag Peak, and calling standbys. I didn't hear anything at all from Tim Lurz. Dan Gorham e-mailed me a couple of times after receiving my e-mail notice that the last issue was on the web, saying he was ready to continue with Lyre River, but I never received orders from him. I hope you two come back (i.e., send orders ), but I also hope you standbys send orders so we can keep the games moving along just in case. If I get complete orders for all games early, I'll try to do the next ish early. Otherwise, the deadlines are as shown in the games. Bart Denny, Jon Fetter, Dave Partridge, Andy York, Dave McCrumb, James Nelson, and Jim Burgess have been called as standbys. Please check the various Dip games for your standby call. Bart, you got two!
I was shocked, and chagrined, to discover that most of Phil's games did not have Boardman or Miller numbers. A large part of the reason this issue is so late was the time I spent rectifying that situation and trying to capture as much of each Diplomacy or variant game's game history.
I'm sending complimentary copies of this issue to all of Phil's ishkibibble players who are not already subscribers to o-t-s. I'm also coordinating restarting Phil's games. I'll be e-mailing the ishkibibble players, or have already done so, with information on restarting those games.
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