"What is Diplomacy?" the less informed of you may ask. Allow me to shed light on your ignorance.
"Diplomacy" is a wargame played between seven people, each controlling one of the seven major powers of Europe during the First World War; France, Russia, Italy, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Turkey, and England.
A first look at the board is reminesceint of RISK, but there are a few key differences in gameplay.
1.) There are no dice.
-Aside from the initial choice of powers, there are no random mechanical elements, only trying to outguess your human opponents.
2.) There are no individual turns
-All movements are done simultaneously, like in real warfare. You would submit the orders for your units [Fleet Ankara move to Black Sea, for instance] and the other players would submit theirs. The next turn all moves are processed, and the units are moved when possible.
3.) Diplomacy and negotiations are a vital par of the game, but an alliance cannot share a true win.
-Here's where the true love of the game shows through. In order to win the game, one player must capture 18 supply centers (the circles on the map], and there are only 34 on the field. For those of you not quick with numbers, 34/2 = 17. There can be only one highlander, to use a manner of speaking. But on the other hand, it's dangerous to go alone! You'll need at least need someone on your side if you want any hope of winning, but you'll have to stab them in the back at some point as well. This particularly devious aspect of the game is what makes it so exciting to play, and will be the true test of your powers of persuasion.
A far better explination of the movement rules than I can give can be found [here], with graphic aids.
So, would anyone be interested in me GMing a game? I'll have some free time on my hands before too long =] All the updates will be handled on the forum, and I'll provide weekly maps and updates.
Here are the people who have signed up so far, and the nations they've chosen.
France - p1x13st1ck
Russia - Nikolai
Italy - PMJ(?) still keeping it open
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