It’s been quite a while

And I’ve missed it, honestly. I like writing this blog, putting my woeful thoughts down on… well, whatever this is… sharing the good stuff that’s out there about Diplomacy. However, I think I have an excuse: organising the Online Diplomacy Championship has been taking up a lot of time. And, just when I thought weContinue reading “It’s been quite a while”

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?”

Playing Diplomacy is bad for MY health… apparently

It seems to be that, just as I’m getting into the meat of a game, my health fails. The last time it happened I was playing on Backstabbr; this time it was on my favourite site, Playdiplomacy. I’d had a couple of days of uncomfortable pain in my chest. I’d done a Covid test eachContinue reading “Playing Diplomacy is bad for MY health… apparently”

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”

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?”

Squeezing Premium Membership on Playdiplomacy

Playdiplomay has two tiers of membership. You can play for free there, which is great. Alternatively, you can pay for Premium membership or Premium credits. Premium membership and credits give you more options than standard membership, as I guess you’d expect. I’ll come to what they are below. But first… Why Premium membership? For someContinue reading “Squeezing Premium Membership on Playdiplomacy”

Playdiplomacy’s scoring system

My previous post looked at webDiplomacy’s scoring system and I promised, as part of the post, that I’d be looking at both webDiplomacy and Playdiplomacy, specifically the bits that I feel are not as good as they could/should be. So now I’m moving onto Playdip’s system of scoring games. Ratings not scoring Playdiplomacy uses aContinue reading “Playdiplomacy’s scoring system”