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?”

Playdiplomacy’s scoring system

My previous post looked at webDiplomacy’s scoring system and I promised, as part of the post, that I’d be looking at both webDiplomacy and Playdiplomacy, specifically the bits that I feel are not as good as they could/should be. So now I’m moving onto Playdip’s system of scoring games. Ratings not scoring Playdiplomacy uses aContinue reading “Playdiplomacy’s scoring system”

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 4: The DC(C) Scoring System

In my last post in this series I suggested what a good scoring system should look like. In this post, I’m going to suggest my own scoring system for your delectation. What the DC(C) system aims to achieve First, let’s make it clear why the system is called DC(C). The initials stand for Roman numerals:Continue reading “SCORING DIPLOMACY 4: The DC(C) Scoring System”

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”