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”
Tag Archives: Tournaments
The Grantland Discussions: A Feast for Carebears
By now, unless you’re just jumping into my blog here, you’ll know that Carebearism is not my favourite part of Diplomacy. For me, it has no place at the table, real or otherwise. For others, it’s the way the game should be played. Let’s start by defining what Carebearism actually is. There are, perhaps, threeContinue reading “The Grantland Discussions: A Feast for Carebears”
Do we need a Short Game rule for Tournaments?
Phew. It’s been a long haul but I’ve finally come to the end of the series on tournament scoring, which started here. As I’ve said before, when I have posted a new post, I tend to post a Tweet. Not always, especially when I’ve completed more than one post a day, but often. This oneContinue reading “Do we need a Short Game rule for Tournaments?”
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?”
SCORING DIPLOMACY 4: The DC(C) Scoring System
In my last post in this series I suggested what a good scoring system should look like. In this post, I’m going to suggest my own scoring system for your delectation. What the DC(C) system aims to achieve First, let’s make it clear why the system is called DC(C). The initials stand for Roman numerals:Continue reading “SCORING DIPLOMACY 4: The DC(C) Scoring System”
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?”