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!!!”

What is online Diplomacy’s place?

The Diplomacy Hobby has a varied set of formats. There are two general formats: face-to-face and remote Diplomacy. With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, though, was the appearance of a third format, virtual FTF play. Face-to-face Diplomacy is the way the game was designed to be played. Well, one ‘sub-format’ (for want of aContinue reading “What is online Diplomacy’s place?”