Mystery Scoring system

The Mystery Scoring system is named because you never really know what score you’re going to end the tournament on until the end of the tournament. See? It’s a mystery…. ooooohhhhh. This is one of my scoring systems. I’ve designed a version of this before and, well, it wasn’t great. It was more of aContinue reading “Mystery Scoring system”

A Basic DBS system

After including a post on the Calhamer Point scoring system, perhaps I don’t need to worry about posting about a basic Draw-Based Scoring system, as there’s no more basic a DBS system than the Calhamer Point. However, I think the pure Calhamer Point system is too simplistic, no matter how it is used. It’s notContinue reading “A Basic DBS system”

Calhamer Point scoring system

If you want a way to score Diplomacy, what better place to go than the man himself, the Great and Good ABC, Allan Calhamer, the game’s creator. After all, any system Calhamer produced would be sympathetic to the his design for the game. So this is why I’m going to examine perhaps the simplest ofContinue reading “Calhamer Point scoring system”

DC(C) Scoring system

I’ve already discussed this system in this blog. It’s one of my systems for scoring Diplomacy games for tournaments. Here, then, I’m going to stick to a brief(-ish, you know me) discussion of the system in line with what I’ve discussed elsewhere. How does it work? It is basically a DBS system, although it shouldContinue reading “DC(C) Scoring system”

What makes a successful system for scoring Diplomacy?

This post was inspired by a post on the Diplomacy Reddit. The post was entitled Binary Scoring System. As I was thinking about a comment on the system itself, I thought I may as well write a blog post about it. And then I realised it would make for a decent example on system forContinue reading “What makes a successful system for scoring Diplomacy?”

webDiplomacy’s Scoring Systems

webDiplomacy is one of the top Diplomacy sites in terms of numbers. It has a lively forum – much improved over recent years, since it adopted the phpBB forum structure. It has a lot going for it, including a membership that doesn’t seem to put up with the abuse that was pretty much unchecked onContinue reading “webDiplomacy’s Scoring Systems”

SCORING DIPLOMACY 3: What Should a Scoring System Achieve?

I’ve previously discussed various scoring systems common to Diplomacy tournaments. Each system has pros and cons. None of them are perfect, and it often comes down to how you believe a Diplomacy game should be played. How should Diplomacy be played? Calhamer had it that games should be played with a primary objective in mind:Continue reading “SCORING DIPLOMACY 3: What Should a Scoring System Achieve?”

SCORING DIPLOMACY 2: Discussing Various Scoring Systems

In the first post in this series, I discussed how scoring Diplomacy was introduced. In this post, I’m going to look at various scoring systems by looking at their strengths and weaknesses. Draw Based Scoring Systems DBS scoring systems usually have a game which ends in a victory – a player that achieves ownership ofContinue reading “SCORING DIPLOMACY 2: Discussing Various Scoring Systems”

SCORING DIPLOMACY 1: The Introduction of Scoring Systems to Diplomacy

Allan B Calhamer designed Diplomacy to be played as a one-off game. As with all board games, it was designed to be played by friends and family. I’m not sure how great an idea adding the motto that used published on a Dip box was: “Destroying friendships since 1959.” (Well, OK, I am pretty sureContinue reading “SCORING DIPLOMACY 1: The Introduction of Scoring Systems to Diplomacy”