The Beautiful Game: 2. The Perfect Setting

If you haven’t read how the Great and Good ABC invented Diplomacy, then it’s probably time you did. You’ll understand a lot more about the game by understanding what he was aiming to achieve. There are a number of places you can do this, but try this article: “The Invention of Diplomacy” or this one:Continue reading “The Beautiful Game: 2. The Perfect Setting”

The Beautiful Game: 1. A Unique Strategy Game

When the Great and Good ABC invented Diplomacy, he created a game that was completely unlike anything in the war-gaming or strategy-gaming world to that point. Even today, there is nothing quite like Diplomacy. At the time, strategy games tended to be 2-player games. There’s nothing wrong with 2-player games, of course, but Diplomacy wasContinue reading “The Beautiful Game: 1. A Unique Strategy Game”

The Beautiful Game: Introduction

I’m not talking about the board. The image above shows, in my opinion, the most beautiful board design available (and, possibly, the best pieces – it’s just a shame that the pieces are slightly too big for the board!). I do love the original European version of the board, though, enough to have mounted itContinue reading “The Beautiful Game: Introduction”

Openings: Seven Reasons to Think Again

Here’s a question a lot of Diplopups (novices) ask, and a lot of Dippyists (players with more experience) like to debate: What’s the best opening moves for each power? There is just one answer to this question, but it isn’t simple: Whatever are the best moves in your situation. There you go. Job done. Pfft.Continue reading “Openings: Seven Reasons to Think Again”

The Grantland Discussions: A Storm of Daggers

Diplomacy is designed to encourage betrayal, there’s no getting away from that. The game is meant to be played by people who communicate; who can forge alliances; who can maintain those alliances long enough to get close to the winning line and then, when that line’s in sight, who are prepared to stab their allyContinue reading “The Grantland Discussions: A Storm of Daggers”

The Grantland Discussions: A Dance with Diversity

In the previous post in this series, I looked at how one Dippyist, Dave Maletsky, felt new players were not finding their way into the Hobby. I think, if we look at the Hobby as a whole, it’s easy to see that it really isn’t very diverse at all. David Hill’s article about the WorldContinue reading “The Grantland Discussions: A Dance with Diversity”

The Grantland Discussions: A Game of Novices

If a hobby such as the Diplomacy Hobby is to survive, then it needs fresh blood. Regularly. It’s like a vampire, except – hopefully – without the killing. Killing new players isn’t going to help things. In his article “The Board Game of the Alpha Nerds” David Hill spoke to a number of Dippyists atContinue reading “The Grantland Discussions: A Game of Novices”

The Grantland Discussions: A Feast for Carebears

By now, unless you’re just jumping into my blog here, you’ll know that Carebearism is not my favourite part of Diplomacy. For me, it has no place at the table, real or otherwise. For others, it’s the way the game should be played. Let’s start by defining what Carebearism actually is. There are, perhaps, threeContinue reading “The Grantland Discussions: A Feast for Carebears”

The Grantland Discussions: A Clash of Styles

One of the reasons Diplomacy is so successful is that it is easily adapted to playing the game in very different ways. Designed to be played face-to-face, it has been played by mail, by email, on websites, on apps, on forums and, most recently, in the virtual FTF form. The rules around deadlines need toContinue reading “The Grantland Discussions: A Clash of Styles”

The Grantland Discussions, Introduction

I don’t know when I came across the Grantland article on Diplomacy, but I’m glad I did. I’ve read a number of articles on the game; this one, “The Board Game of the Alpha Nerds” by David Hill, is the best by far. The reason it works is that it was composed ‘at’ the 2014Continue reading “The Grantland Discussions, Introduction”