A highly strategic war-game which focuses on negotiations between players. Many opportunities to form, manipulate, and break secret alliances.

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Diplomacy “lite”? [closed]

I love Diplomacy. The alliances, intrigue, negotiation, backstabbing, and the relatively simple mechanics that help emphasize the diplomatic aspect over the game mechanics. However, it can be hard to ...
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How can I play a short/small, but still satisfying round of Diplomacy?

I liked playing Diplomacy back in university, where I had almost no problem gathering seven people with a whole day (including the nights) to spend. Nowadays however, I'd consider myself lucky to ...
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Official Diplomacy sets, variations and where to buy

Diplomacy only seems to have one set available to buy widely that I am aware of, built by Gibson Games. It's nothing special, an averagely constructed cardboard board with plastic pieces. Are there ...
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Abstract “move holding” service for simultaneous-move board games

Background I am looking to play a variant of Diplomacy over email or other messaging system. The specifics of Diplomacy and of the variant are not important, suffice it to say that the root trouble ...
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How long does it take to play Diplomacy?

I guess this varies a lot from game to game, but I've seen everything from 120 to 360 minutes, and wondered where the average lies. If it's closer to 360, I don't think I will bother to buy it. I ...
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Timing a backstab in Diplomacy

When is a good time to backstab an ally in Diplomacy? Should I backstab if I can grab a Supply Centre or two, or should I wait for an opportunity to eliminate an enemy?
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What is a winning strategy for Italy with Diplomacy

Italy is almost the worst country to start with. But that makes it a nice challenge. What is your winning strategy with Italy?
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How can I get better at lying?

In games that allow you to 'backstab' other players (such as Diplomacy and Cosmic Encounter), it is often very important to make other players think you are going to do one thing while really planning ...
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In Diplomacy, How Would England Identify Its First Target?

England, being an island, has an enviable defensive position. This same fact makes it hard for it to get a foothold on the European Continent, where most of the remaining 31 supply centers lie. There ...
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In Diplomacy, Should You Have Separate Country “Draws” For Players of Different Experience?

Once I was in Diplomacy game with two experienced players, one intermediate (me), and four people who had never played the game before. As it were, the two best players drew England and Turkey, and ...
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How Would I Get A Modern Diplomacy -“Like” Game Produced?

Some years ago, I created a modern Diplomacy "takeoff" game (with a new name to be determined). The five "countries" are U.S., Russia, China, Europe and the Middle East. The pieces are fleets (F), ...
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In Diplomacy, is it good strategy to have a primary alliance with a country on the opposite of the board?

The countries I'm thinking about are England and Turkey (northwest and southeast). This type of alliance seems unlikely to develop "naturally" in the real world, since they're nowhere near each ...
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Does the Diplowinn variant play similarly to the original Diplomacy?

The Diplomacy Variant Bank contains a huge number of variants on Diplomacy, ranging from completely different maps and powers, to minor tweaks of the rules. I was searching for a variant that would ...
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Basic strategies for each country in Diplomacy

I found out one of my friends has Diplomacy and wants to play. He's never played before, and neither have I, nor anyone else in the group. I'm confident I can explain the rules, but I don't really ...
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Preventing early elimination from ruining someone's first game of Diplomacy?

I'm planning a game of Diplomacy with my friends for this weekend. The problem is, none of us have ever played before, so I'm trying to fill the gaps in my understanding so that our inexperience ...
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In Diplomacy, will I be “cornered” as Turkey if I don't use the “juggernaut” opening?

Turkey is fairly easy to play in an alliance with Russia (the "juggernaut"). The two of them partition the Balkans and Austria-Hungary, possibly with the help of Italy. Then they go their separate ...
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How is 6-player Diplomacy (no Italy) different from 7-player?

The most common way to play 6-player Diplomacy seems to be by having Italy's units hold every round and disband instead of retreating. How will this affect the balance and feel from the 7-player game? ...
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When should Italy NOT take over Tunisia on its second turn in Diplomacy?

Tunis is the only supply center that Italy is guaranteed to have by the first fall of the game, but are there any playable openings or situations where Italy should delay getting this guaranteed ...
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Is there a Diplomacy variant that does not contain stalemate lines?

The standard Diplomacy game can often end up locked in a stalemate, with one player pushing for 18 territories, and two or more defenders trying to stop them. There are already many articles about ...
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Are “Diagonal” Attacks More Deadly in Diplomacy?

As France, for instance, it's fairly easy to defend against an extended "frontal" attack in the north by England and Germany, by covering the connected zones, Burgundy, Picardy, and Brest. Fortunately ...
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Have I Been Misplaying France in Diplomacy?

France is considered one of the "better" countries to play in Diplomacy. That's true insofar as it a "corner" and not a "center" country like Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy. In descending order, ...
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“Diplomacy” rule clarification, unit under attack

Referring to the original game. If a unit is under attack from Province X, can it still interfere with the actions of a unit on Province Y? For example: English fleet unit on "English Channel" ...
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How are the maps provided with Diplomacy supposed to be used?

(I'm planning a game of Diplomacy with my friends for this weekend. The problem is, none of us have ever played before, so I'm trying to fill the gaps in my understanding so that our inexperience ...
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Clarification on Support in Diplomacy

The relevant moves are as follows. England: Denmark -> Kiel Sweden Support Denmark Hold North Sea Support Denmark Hold Germany: Berlin -> Kiel Skagerrack -> Denmark Blatic Sea Support ...
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Programme to help with face to face diplomacy

Can anyone suggest a programme or website that will allow playing diplomacy with all players on one computer. Ideally this should not involve logging in and out, or having a window open per player. ...
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Is there any “simultaneous-turn” based game where all players play till the end of the game? [closed]

I use to play diplomacy with my work mates, the good thing of this game is that we can play with long turns (36 hours) so anyone can play whenever they can, and the turn is resolved when the time ...
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Where can I find wooden pieces (or alternates) for Diplomacy?

I'd like to play Diplomacy, and have the old Avalon Hill version of the game which, unfortunately, comes with plastic pieces (stars and anchors). It also lacks indicators of who controls which supply ...
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In Diplomacy, Is the “Three Emperor's Alliance” a Good Strategy For Russia?

Russia, which gets an extra piece, is in some ways the most powerful country in Diplomacy. It is also one of the most vulnerable, insofar as it is surrounded by four potentially hostile countries. ...
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As Italy, when is it profitable to attack France?

Some experience playing Italy has shown me that attacking France can be quite difficult. If France has a unit in Marseilles, the only way to break through is to bring a fleet to the Gulf of Lyon, ...
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Can people win at Diplomacy using a “Qin strategy?”

The Qin was one of seven (yes, seven) "warring states" in China several hundred years B.C. During its rise to power, it often followed a policy of "ally with the three far states against the three ...
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All armies and fleets destroyed - Still in Game?

Quick Diplomacy question. If a country has had all armies and fleets destroyed but still have a home supply centre that hasn't been taken are they still in the game ? I believe yes but not sure. ...