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”

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”

Dealing with Bovine Faecal Matter

In a game like Diplomacy, where the real play takes place off-the-board, and you’re dealing with people whose objective is to persuade you that you’re going to be better off doing this rather than that, there’s a lot of bovine faecal matter flying around. How can you spot it? How do you deal with it?Continue reading “Dealing with Bovine Faecal Matter”

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”

PBEM Diplomacy – New Events Coming in 2023

I’ve had a lot of time on my hands recently – far too much time, in fact. One of the outcomes of this was the start of a new project based on playing Diplomacy by email. I was thinking how I haven’t played a game of Diplomacy by email for ages. In fact, I haven’tContinue reading “PBEM Diplomacy – New Events Coming in 2023”