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”

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”

DC(C) Scoring system

I’ve already discussed this system in this blog. It’s one of my systems for scoring Diplomacy games for tournaments. Here, then, I’m going to stick to a brief(-ish, you know me) discussion of the system in line with what I’ve discussed elsewhere. How does it work? It is basically a DBS system, although it shouldContinue reading “DC(C) Scoring system”

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?”

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 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”