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”

Tribute Scoring system

If you want a different type of scoring system, the Tribute Scoring system is a good option. It was designed to score a League series of games, rather than a tournament, but there’s no reason why it couldn’t be used in a tournament. As a reminder, a League series is a series of games thatContinue reading “Tribute Scoring system”

Hurst Tournament Scoring system

This scoring system is one on its own! It’s a SCS system, and supply centres are the only thing considered. Controversially, it doesn’t consider solos at all and this is, for me, a problem. When I’ve considered using it I’ve modified it to recognise solos. What is the HTS system? Well, first, it’s a tournamentContinue reading “Hurst Tournament Scoring system”

Sum of Squares scoring

The Sum of Squares scoring system is one of the more sophisticated Supply Centre Scoring systems for Diplomacy tournaments. Before I get into examining the SoS system itself, there are a couple of strange ideas to get rid of. The first is that SoS isn’t a Supply Centre Scoring system. I once came across someoneContinue reading “Sum of Squares scoring”

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?”

How close should online Diplomacy be to the Face-to-Face game?

There’s an interesting momentum on Playdiplomacy at the moment for a tournament that takes tournaments back to, as they call it, the “original rules.“ This got me thinking about the question above (I’m sure I don’t need to ask it again!) What are the original rules for tournaments or even online tournaments? Webplay (playing DipContinue reading “How close should online Diplomacy be to the Face-to-Face game?”

Harbingers of Betrayal

I first read this some time ago and wrote about it then. It’s such a good report that I thought I’d write about it again here. This is another example of Diplomacy being used as a tool to look into something that happens a lot in real life: betrayal. Dip is a great tool forContinue reading “Harbingers of Betrayal”

A Diplomacy DeepMind?

A long time ago, I made the mistake of buying Mindscape’s Diplomacy PC game. And, yes, it was a mistake! Now, if you’ve tried it, you probably know what I mean. From the point of view of a proper Dip game – you know, with communication – the “AI” in the game is, well, pathetic.Continue reading “A Diplomacy DeepMind?”

What is your strategy to solo?

I was browsing Reddit and came across this question (in a slightly different form). I’ve seen similar questions before. After all, it’s very usual for a game of Diplomacy to end in a draw. This isn’t surprising. There are seven players, with seven approximately equal starting positions, all trying to achieve the best they canContinue reading “What is your strategy to solo?”