mintgreeen
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Fri 24 Feb 2017
at 09:47
Diplomacy
Would anyone be interested in playing the board game Diplomacy via rpol? Play by post is a great system for playing it, and I'd enjoy keeping all my pbp games on one site =D

If you've never played/heard of diplomacy, here's a description off of the web (I'm tired :/)

In the game, players represent one of the seven "Great Powers of Europe" (Great Britain, France, Austria-Hungry, Germany, Italy, Russia or Turkey) in the years prior to World War I. Play begins in the Spring of 1901, and players make both Spring and Autumn moves each year. There are only two kinds of military units: armies and fleets. On any given turn, each of your military units has limited options: they can move into an adjoining territory, support an allied unit in an attack on an adjoining territory, support an allied unit in defending an adjoining territory, or hold their position. Players instruct each of their units by writing a set of "orders." The outcome of each turn is determined by the rules of the game. There are no dice rolls or other elements of chance. With its incredibly simplistic movement mechanics fused to a significant negotiation element, this system is highly respected by many gamers.
kbdevil1a
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Mon 27 Feb 2017
at 16:29
Diplomacy
I'd be down
Raiu
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Mon 27 Feb 2017
at 19:23
Diplomacy
Time to see the Seminal Tragedy in action.

This message was last edited by the user at 19:35, Mon 27 Feb.

mintgreeen
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Mon 27 Feb 2017
at 20:35
Diplomacy
For best results, we'd need 7 players =P

So that's 2 so far then?
Dgorjones
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Tue 28 Feb 2017
at 13:45
Diplomacy
I'm interested.  Are the rules available free (and legally) online?
Raiu
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Tue 28 Feb 2017
at 17:52
Diplomacy
Since Diplomacy is a board game, rather than an RPG, the rules can be legally found online for the low cost of free. You can find a generic version of the rules here: https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Diplomacy/Rules

If you want to get rules which are publicly provided from a company for free, Wizards has both the 4th edition and 5th edition rules of Diplomacy on their websites. The 4th edition one is here: https://www.wizards.com/avalonhill/rules/diplomacy.pdf
Really, I'd just use it as examples on how the game works, since it provides a lot of examples.
odysseasdallas
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Tue 28 Feb 2017
at 20:42
Diplomacy
I gave it a shot some time ago. I'd give it a shot again. It's probably one of the best picks for board game PbP.

It needs not only 7 players, though, but 7 consistent players. Unless you also want to simulate the sudden random changes of power and policy in the government, as you agree to all sorts of nasty under the table deals only for them to fall apart as the player changes and does something completely different.
mintgreeen
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Tue 28 Feb 2017
at 23:04
Diplomacy
quote:
It needs not only 7 players, though, but 7 consistent players.


Yes, very much so.
Malaprop
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Mon 6 Mar 2017
at 05:08
Diplomacy
In reply to mintgreeen (msg # 8):

I'd be keen, I used to play PbP diplomacy back in the Diplomatic Pouch days....

Agree you need 7 *reliable* players

Also strictly enforced time limits are important (suggest 2 days / 2 days / 1day Spring / Fall / Winter to allow time for discussion / Diplomacy but a reasonable pace.)
mintgreeen
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Mon 6 Mar 2017
at 06:02
Diplomacy
In reply to Malaprop (msg # 9):

quote:
Also strictly enforced time limits are important (suggest 2 days / 2 days / 1day Spring / Fall / Winter to allow time for discussion / Diplomacy but a reasonable pace.)


Ah, yes. I somehow forget how few people are actually familiar with the game =P

But yes, turns would be a day or two in length most likely.
icosahedron152
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Mon 6 Mar 2017
at 17:11
Diplomacy
I love Diplomacy, but not this time, I'm afraid.

I'm much too busy, and Diplomacy is much too addictive!
Dgorjones
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Mon 6 Mar 2017
at 18:48
Diplomacy
I'm interested, but much too busy as well at the moment.  I'm struggling to keep up with the two games I'm playing in due to some sort of crud I can't shake and massive work intensity through mid-June.
mintgreeen
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Mon 6 Mar 2017
at 20:31
Diplomacy
Hmm...well I'll go ahead and try to set something up.

We'll see how we do with applications ;)
Dgorjones
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Tue 7 Mar 2017
at 00:03
Diplomacy
I hope it takes off.  I'm sorry to crap out on you, but I don't want to commit to the game and then fall short on my end.
mintgreeen
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Tue 7 Mar 2017
at 09:49
Diplomacy
In reply to Dgorjones (msg # 14):

Of course, I'd much prefer not having the player join than having them join only to drop midway into an epic campaign ;)