Rating: 6.7 Good
Popularity:25
Difficulty:Medium
Year:1959
Players: 2-7 players
Playing time: 360 minutes
Age:12+

Created by: Allan B. Calhamer, Blake Beasley, Hugh Bredin, Vincent Dutrait, Gilles Lautussier, Guillaume Rohmer, Allison Shinkle

Published by: Asmodee, Avalon Hill, Avalon Hill (Hasbro)

Alternate Names: 1914: O Jogo da Diplomacia, Deluxe Diplomacy, Diplomacia, Diplomacy 50th Anniversary Edition, Diplomatie

Description:

Diplomacy is a strategic board game created by Allan Calhamer suitable for 2 till 7 players. The game is a relatively very simple game, but complex in execution.

It is a game of negotiations, alliances, keep promises and even break promises. To win or to survive, players will need the help of other players. It is very important who to trust and when.

Each player controls an armed force of a major European country just before the beginning of World War I.

The objective of the game is to get control of the majority of the map.

Each player moves his units and defeat others to win the possession of major strategic cities and provinces (supply centres) on the map. These places allow the player to produce units.

There are 3 kinds of provinces in the game: land provinces, coast provinces and sea provinces. Land provinces can only have armies, sea provinces can have only fleets and coast provinces can have both.

It is different than other games since there are no elements of luck (by rolling dices).

Each player aims to move his or her few starting units and defeat those of others to win possession of a majority of strategic cities and provinces marked as "supply centres" on the map; these supply centers allow players who control them to produce more units.

Every unit has the power of 1 and can move one space each turn and there are two moves in a year (Spring and Fall moves). Each player writes orders for his fleets and armies they are executed simultaneously.

A game usually takes 4 or 5 years (so, 8-10 moves). Beginners require approx. 3 hours to finish a diplomacy game.

Because it's known when the game ends, every player must plan carefully that he have the maximum number of pieces on the board on the end to win the game.

The game can also end when a player controles 18 or more supply centers.

The site is also available in Dutch Language.

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Diplomacy Games and Variants
Diplomacy: 1900 Variant
Diplomacy: Ard-Ri Variant
Diplomacy: Hundred Variant

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Components

  • 1 Game board
  • 20 count strategy map pad
  • 315 army, navy, and national control markers
  • 1 Rulebook

Game Play

All turns are divided into "spring" and "fall" with the game starting in spring 1901.

Each turn has a serie of phase:

Spring 4 phase turn:

  1. Diplomatic phase
  2. Order Writing phase
  3. Order Resolution phase
  4. Retreat and Disbanding phase

Fall 5 phase turn:

  1. Diplomatic phase
  2. Order Writing phase
  3. Order Resolution phase
  4. Retreat and Disbanding phase
  5. Gaining and Losing Units phase

I. Diplomatic Phase

During this phase, the players meet to discuss their plans for the upcoming turns. Alliances and strategies are made. Usually, they last around 15 minutes but may end sooner if all players agree. …



Map

The map is divided into 75 different provinces on water and land. Land provinces may be coastal or inland.

34 provinces have a supply center and are marked with a dot/star.

St. Petersburg, Bulgaria and Spain, there are split coasts. A fleet in those provinces must be on one coast or another.

(Big Map)

Setup

Diplomacy should best be played by 7 players. Every player chooses one of the 7 major powers in Europe: England, France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Russia and Turkey.

All Players start with 3 or 4 supply centers and these are called "home centers". …



Self Dislodgment

A player can't dislodge or support the dislodgment of one of its own units (even if that dislodgment was unexpected).

The French Army in Paris, supported by its Army in Marseilles can't dislodge its own Army in Burgundy.

The French Army in Paris, although supported by the German Army in Ruhr, can't dislodge its own Army in Burgundy.

The German Army in Munich is in a standoff with the Austrian Army in Tyrolia.

German Armies in Ruhr and Silesia tried to create a standoff with each other in Munich. …



Keep in contact with everyone

Good communication with everyone is essential in Diplomacy. Talk to everyone, even to your enemies or the players that are far away on the other site of the map.

When your are behind, diplomacy is even more important because an avoided battle is a battle won.

Keep also in mind that your today enemies can be your tomorrow friends.

Stay under the radar

When you are intimidating much other players, when you play flamboyant, when you open the game very successfull or when you make outrageous claims, other players will make you a target. …



ProvinceProvince TypeAbbreviation
Adriatic Sea Water adr adriatic
Aegean Sea Water aeg aegean
Albania Land alb
Ankara Home supply center (Turkey) ank
Apulia Land apu
Armenia Land arm
Baltic Sea Water bal baltic
Barents Sea Water bar barents
Belgium Supply center bel
Berlin Home supply center (Germany) ber
Black Sea Water bla black
Bohemia Land boh
Brest Home supply center (France) bre
Budapest Home supply center (Austria-Hungary) bud
Bulgaria Supply center bul
Burgundy Land bur
Clyde Land cly
Constantinople Home supply center (Turkey) con
Denmark Supply center den
Eastern Mediterranean Water eas emed east eastmed ems eme
Edinburgh Home supply center (England) edi
English Channel Water eng english channel ech
Finland Land fin
Galicia Land gal
Gascony Land gas
Greece Supply center gre
Gulf of Lyon Water lyo gol gulfofl lyon
Gulf of Bothnia Water bot gob both gulfofb bothnia
Helgoland Bight Water hel helgoland
Holland Supply center hol
Ionian Sea Water ion ionian
Ireland (impassable) Land ire
Irish Sea Water iri irish
Kiel Home supply center (Germany) kie
Liverpool Home supply center (England) lvp livp lpl
Livonia Land lvn livo lvo lva
London Home supply center (England) lon
Marseilles Home supply center (France) mar mars
Mid-Atlantic Ocean Water mao midatlantic mid mat
Moscow Home supply center (Russia) mos
Munich Home supply center (Germany) mun
Naples Home supply center (Italy) nap napoli
North Atlantic Ocean Water nao nat
North Africa Land naf nora
North Sea Water nth norsea nts
Norway Supply center nor nwy norw
Norwegian Sea Water nwg norwsea nrg norwegian
Paris Home supply center (France) par
Picardy Land pic
Piedmont Land pie piemonte
Portugal Supply center por
Prussia Land pru
Rome Home supply center (Italy) rom roma
Ruhr Land ruh
Rumania Supply center rum
Serbia Supply center ser
Sevastopol Home supply center (Russia) sev sevastapol
Silesia Land sil
Skagerrak Water ska
Smyrna Home supply center (Turkey) smy
Spain Supply center spa
St Petersburg Home supply center (Russia) stp
Sweden Supply center swe
Switzerland (impassable) Land swi switz
Syria Land syr
Trieste Home supply center (Austria-Hungary) tri
Tunis Supply center tun tunisia
Tuscany Land tus
Tyrolia Land tyr tyl trl
Tyrrhenian Sea Water tys tyrr tyn tyh
Ukraine Land ukr
Venice Home supply center (Italy) ven venizia
Vienna Home supply center (Austria-Hungary) vie
Wales Land wal
Warsaw Home supply center (Russia) war
Western Mediterranean Water wes wmed west western wms wme
Yorkshire Land yor york yonkers



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