The Grantland Discussions: A Game of Novices

If a hobby such as the Diplomacy Hobby is to survive, then it needs fresh blood. Regularly. It’s like a vampire, except – hopefully – without the killing. Killing new players isn’t going to help things. In his article “The Board Game of the Alpha Nerds” David Hill spoke to a number of Dippyists atContinue reading “The Grantland Discussions: A Game of Novices”

The Grantland Discussions: A Clash of Styles

One of the reasons Diplomacy is so successful is that it is easily adapted to playing the game in very different ways. Designed to be played face-to-face, it has been played by mail, by email, on websites, on apps, on forums and, most recently, in the virtual FTF form. The rules around deadlines need toContinue reading “The Grantland Discussions: A Clash of Styles”

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 Online Diplomacy Championship 2022

Playdiplomacy is hosting the 2022 Online Diplomacy Championship – ODC IV! You can find the basic tournament information on the Playdiplomacy Forum or the Diplomacy Hub. To enter you’ll need to be registered with Playdip but the tournament is free to play (for those of you who don’t want to go Premium). The host tournamentContinue reading “The Online Diplomacy Championship 2022”

Just for the fun of it!

I’m often told that I’m too harsh with my opinions about Diplomacy. I have a set answer for that, which is, frankly, they’re my opinions: you don’t like them? That’s OK. I don’t mind whether you do or don’t. But I thought, as my first post of 2022, that I’d point out why everyone whoContinue reading “Just for the fun of it!”

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?”

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?”

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!!!”