Pact of Steel

Powers: Italy / Germany Stage: (Early Game) Mid-game Primary target(s): France; Austria-Hungary Also known as… ??? Associated 3-way alliances: Central Triple; Guillotine; Sublime Triple; The Viennese Waltz The fact that there are no other known names for this alliance tells us that this is not a usual Early Game alliance, although there is an openingContinue reading “Pact of Steel”

The Savoy Alliance

Powers: France / Italy Stage: Early game (and beyond) Primary target(s): Germany Also known as… The Ultimate; The Napoleon Associated 3-way alliances: The Spaghetti Western; The Swiss Star: The Oktoberfest; The Trident This isn’t a common Early Game alliance, to be fair, simply because there isn’t very much the two powers can do together, evenContinue reading “The Savoy Alliance”

The Leviathan

Powers: England / France Stage: Early Game (and beyond) Primary target(s): Germany, Russia Also known as… The Entente Cordiale; The Western Juggernaut Associated 3-way alliances: Western Triple; Spaghetti Western; Triple Entente The E/F alliance is one of the most successful in the game. Given that it is often held to be a mistake, this isContinue reading “The Leviathan”

The Alliance List

I’ve had previous posts about the alliances in Diplomacy but I haven’t really looked at them in any great detail. To some extent, that’s because they depend very much on how players play them. The idea for this extended series (very extended – it’s a bungee cord of a series!) is that I’ll look atContinue reading “The Alliance List”

Naming the Alliances

I’ve done this a number of times in a number of places. I get to the point where I don’t really feel happy with some of the names. Some alliances don’t really need naming because they’re pretty remote possibilities, frankly, but I’m quite happy to keep plugging away at it. A lot of alliances alreadyContinue reading “Naming the Alliances”

Early Game Alliances: England/France

The “Entente Cordiale” is the well established name for the Anglo-French alliance. It comes from a contemporaneous alliance established in 1904 between the two states, aimed at defending themselves from German aggression but – more importantly – ending direct colonial competition. England’s POV If England is to win the game, she has to attack France.Continue reading “Early Game Alliances: England/France”