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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What happens if two forces of unequal strength attacks the same province?

I'm the gamemaster for a diplomacy game played between a couple of friends, and we encountered a situation where we didn't really agree. I've looked through the rules and searched the internet, but I ...
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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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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 other,...
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What is a winning strategy for Italy with Diplomacy [closed]

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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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 doesn'...
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Diplomacy solo practice site

Are there any sites online that will allow me to practice a) submitting orders accurately. b) allow me to run through attack scenarios online, to see how they end up going?
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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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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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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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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 possible for an army to be convoyed by two countries if both write the appropriate orders?

There are numerous possibilities, but this one comes to mind. Italy and Austria are allies in a "Lepanto" opening (against Turkey). In the spring of 1901, Italy moves a fleet, Naples to the ...
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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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In Diplomacy, how does a time limit per round affect overall gameplay?

I want to introduce a group of people to the game Diplomacy. To make it manageable, I want to impose a 10 minute time limit per round (7 player game). I heard this type of limits are sometimes used in ...
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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. ...
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Conspiracy (Diplomacy Android app) possible bug or rules misunderstanding?

I am using the app Conspiracy for Android to play Diplomacy with my friends. I would like to know whether there is a bug or I am misunderstanding rules. Spring 1901 Germany F kie-hol A ber-kie ...
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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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Diplomacy - failed attack

Right now I'm the game master and we discuss the following scenario: Greece is empty all troops move at the same time Austrian fleet: Ionian Sea - Greece Osmanian fleet: Aegean Sea - Greece Italian ...
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Diplomacy Support Question?

In the Diplomacy board game, can player A issue a support order for a player B unit? Let's say player B has a hold order for his unit. Can player A use that unit for support in an attack? Basically, ...
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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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Diplomacy: double attack on a region

Diplomacy question about resolving a difficult order set: French Fleet in Tyrrhenian Sea move to Ionian Sea French Fleet in Tunis support Tyrrhenian Sea moving to Ionian Sea Ottoman Fleet in Aegan ...
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Diplomacy: No units but 1 Non-Home Supply Center

Hello Diplomacy enthusiasts. I was recently playing an online game of Diplomacy with my friends and unfortunately drew Italy. All was going well until I was overrun by Turkey who made quick work out ...
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What options are available to make Diplomacy accessible to a blind player?

I'd like to include a player who is blind in a game of Diplomacy, and am wondering about options to make the game more accessible. One possible complication is that this is a classroom simulation ...
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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 build?...
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What happens when two units attack each other with equal support?

We have the following orders: England: F Nor - Swe. A Den S F Nor - Swe. Russia: F Swe - Nor. F St. P (NC) S F Swe - Nor. Both have an equal strength. How does this resolve?
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What are the rules regarding mutual support?

What are the rules for when you are allowed to support a supporting unit? For example, if France has units in Belgium and Holland, are they both allowed to mutually support each other, increasing ...
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What happens if you submit orders for another player?

In Diplomacy you submit written orders for your units each turn on a slip of paper. Once everyone has submitted orders, all orders are revealed. The culture of Diplomacy allows various sorts of ...
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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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"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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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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I’m in a diplomatic fix!

I’m England and as you can see I’m in quite a conundrum, I missed an earlier build period so was unable to supplement my forces and be in a better position. Me and France are allies however Germany ...
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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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Diplomacy 'Trojan Blind' hints

I am starting a diplomacy game with the "TROJAN" rule. Does anyone have any hints on how to adapt strategy from a game with more typical rules? TROJAN (BLIND modifier) A TROJAN game is a BLIND ...
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Diplomacy - Movement question

Lets say we have F Bar-StP F Nwy S F Bar-StP F StP-Nwy Does the support from Norway get cut from the fleet in St. Petersburg? And as such stopping the movement of the Fleet in the Barents sea from ...
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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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Play diplomacy offline

I am with a group of friends and we want to play Diplomacy. However we don't have the map, or a printer. So I was thinking that maybe there is some app or website in which there is the map and we ...
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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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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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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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Diplomacy: What happens when two units attack each other with unequal support?

In a game of diplomacy I am playing, a Turkish army in Moscow is attacking Warsaw with support from Ukraine, Galicia, and Silesia. A Russian Army in Warsaw is attacking Moscow with support from ...
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Diplomacy Attacking a Territory as they move

If I convince Turkey, to move Army Bul to Gre, would I be able to send Army Ser to Bul and take the area? Full image