August 24, 2014 · 11:00 AM
If you've played Diplomacy before, you mostly know the drill. If you're new to the game, here are a couple of important things to note:
1. We are extremely welcoming to new players. Diplomacy only takes 10-15 minutes to teach.
2. Diplomacy can be a rather lengthy game. Please plan on 4-6 hours (though it could be shorter). We will be taking a food break so don't worry about starving ;) . If you are interested in the game but can't stay for that long, you are very welcome to come and learn the rules and observe - but please make a note in the comments that this is your plan.
3. Diplomacy pretty much requires exactly 7 players, so we need to get an exact head count. There are ways to make it work with 6, but not less than that. If we have more than 7 there are plenty of options for dealing with that (2 games if we have enough people, have some people play in pairs, etc.). As such, if you RSVP we are really relying on you to show up. If there are changes in your availability, please let us know asap.
4. Diplomacy is an EXTREMELY interactive game. Much of the game will be spent in groups of 2 or 3 away from the game board negotiating, persuading, making deals, etc. There might even be a little bit of lying and backstabbing during negotiations, so bring your thick skin :)
There are numerous web resources on the game, but the Wikipedia page serves as a reasonable introduction if you're looking for more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diplomacy_%28game%29
Please also feel free to email me directly with any questions. I can also respond to you by phone if it's easier so don't worry about pestering me, I welcome any and all questions and comments.
Looking forward to seeing you at the game!