ODC IV – How do I enter?

This is just another post about the Online Diplomacy Championship, this year being hosted by Playdiplomacy. For some background on the ODC, see my previous post. Here, I just want to give some info about how to get involved. First, register on Playdiplomacy.com. Registration is free and playing in the tournament is also free. Yes,Continue reading “ODC IV – How do I enter?”

The Next Conversation

If his mouth’s open, he’s lying. How many of you, the Diplomacy players out there, feel that about some of the people you play against? In Diplomacy, lying is part of the game. It isn’t unique in that respect; look at how many cooperative games there are that involve people lying as part of theContinue reading “The Next Conversation”

Oh, The Horror!!! Game results that just shouldn’t happen

There are two outcomes to a Diplomacy game that really shouldn’t happen, both for a similar reason: they show a complete, I mean total, absolute, IMMENSE lack of understanding of the game. In my opinion. Gotta add that because, you know, people get pissed when they think you’re telling them how to play and whatContinue reading “Oh, The Horror!!! Game results that just shouldn’t happen”

Playing Diplomacy is bad for MY health… apparently

It seems to be that, just as I’m getting into the meat of a game, my health fails. The last time it happened I was playing on Backstabbr; this time it was on my favourite site, Playdiplomacy. I’d had a couple of days of uncomfortable pain in my chest. I’d done a Covid test eachContinue reading “Playing Diplomacy is bad for MY health… apparently”

Diplomacy Academy – 2. Tempo

Chris Martin’s Diplomacy Academy is a great – if small – resource. I’ve looked at it before and thought, today, while I’m working on a book called “The ABC of Diplomacy” I’d write a post reviewing the second video in the series. I’ve got to be honest, the second video is hard to review withoutContinue reading “Diplomacy Academy – 2. Tempo”

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?”

Whatever happened to my Backstabbr game?

Well, everything was going pretty well. I was getting a little paranoid. There was a point where I was convinced Italy was going to switch to working with Russia… or Turkey. But that’s Diplomacy for you. In the last turn I played I messed up and order. I’d ordered my fleet in Greece to BulgariaContinue reading “Whatever happened to my Backstabbr game?”

Backstabbr Game 1 – F01

The image above shows the position at the end of Spring 1901 in my first game on Backstabbr. The biggest thing is that Germany was very obviously clueless. This wasn’t a good thing – it meant that, assuming England and France could get their act together, they were going to be unchallenged in the game.Continue reading “Backstabbr Game 1 – F01”

Faster. Faster! FASTER!!!

In some ways it’s a little unfair to drop this on Playdiplomacy because it’s a feature on many online sites and apps. But, as I play most of my Diplomacy on Playdip, and for the other reasons I mention below, it is something I associate with Playdip especially. The issue, to make it clear, isContinue reading “Faster. Faster! FASTER!!!”