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Diplomacy Game

From: Kris
Sent on: Friday, November 13, 2009 12:51 PM
This isn't quite SciFi related, but it is something we used to do in my old SciFi and Fantasy club that we had a lot of fun with. I am looking to start a play by e-mail game of Diplomacy.

For those who are unfamiliar with it, Diplomacy is a game based on WWI where each player controls a country in Europe and they all fight to control the most Supply Centers. It is a lot like Risk except there are no dice involved. The map is broken up into very large territories and only one unit may occupy a territory. Each country starts with three to four specific units within their borders. In order to take over an occupied territory, an attacking unit must be supported by another neighboring unit. Defenders can also be supported, and an attack is only successful if the number of attackers is greater than the number of defenders. Support attacking and defending does not have to be from your own country; your allies can be ones helping you move/attack/defend. As such, players will have to come to agreements on how to help each other. However, be forewarned that there is no way to enforce agreements, and all game orders are submitted in secret and all action occurs at once in a turn.

A tutorial and sample game can be found at http://www.sff.net/people/jbailey/diplo.htp
I promise the game isn't very confusing (orders wise), and if that seems hard to follow, I can try to simplify.

This game is opened to both novices and seasoned veterans (if there are any). It is a game where I have seen first time players easily defeat the experienced. Orders for each turn are due roughly every three days, so it will be a long term commitment (but doesn't require a lot of time). In order to increase the number of players, I will be opening it up to another club I work with in Melbourne, FL and some other friends scattered about the country. A good game requires 7 people.

Once I get enough interested people, I will walk the beginners through any questions they have and get everyone set up with contact information. Countries will be assigned. We will be playing a standard game (no custom rules, standard Europe map).

Please reply if interested. The seven player slots will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

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