Diplomacy Board Game
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Also, where other games involve heavy doses of chance (a legitimate choice, since combat always includes some degree of luck - good or bad, but ultimately unsatisfying at times), Diplomacy has no random elements except the players themselves. No dice, dials, or spinners, just the meta-game of players jockeying for advantage and balancing their immediate interests against the utility of breaking agreements for short or long-term gain.
This game is the cream of the crop in strategy gaming. Anyone who enjoys Risk (or games of that type), but finds it no longer challenges, will truly love this game.
I first played it with some friends in school after a teacher introduced us to it, and within a couple of turns was completely hooked.
The game deal with world war I Europe, encompassing land and naval warfare, and the integration of both. The game is turn based and the map is divided up into territories, as well as major cities. More cities=more armies/navies, pretty simple concept.
Each player controls a particular country, and starts off with their armies/navies deployed as the rulebook says.
Unlike other board games, the game does not rely on dice rolling(some people have thought a better name for risk would be luck), so armies are evenly matched. In order for an army to invade another territory already occupied by an army, the invading arm must be supported by another army or navy in a territory adjacent to both.
So, players have to think strategically and diplomatically. This is a great group game(up to seven can play). Each turn, players submit a movement sheet, instructing each army what to do, everyone moves at the same time. So there is like a ten minute diplomacy session, where people talk to each other about what they're going to do, and how to help each other, trouble is, they can often lie.
The game is exceptionally good, it is also a good educational toy I'm not quite sure what durable means, the game is as physically durable as any other board game(so take care of it), as for play durability, I've been going for four years, and it just gets better.
This game is the monopoly of strategy games, every home should have a copy, buy it now.
The subject is Diplomacy: true "Game of Life" and, with the exception of the ancient game of Chess, perhaps Earth's most perfect game. And as we both know, the play's the thing.
It is wicked. It is insidious. It is consumptively addictive. It is entirely possible that I owe much of my personality, my Machiavellianism, even my career---to this game that absolutely eschews Chance (no dice rolling here) in favor of the ancient human virtues: skullduggery, manipulation, persuasion, intimidation, betrayal, and outright lying.
"Diplomacy" is a game of the Great Powers, frozen at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th: it is classic great power politics, and the seven Great Powers of the Age---Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Imperial Russia, the Austrio-Hungarian Empire, and the Ottoman Empire (Turkey)---all vie against each other for control of the gameboard's 34 supply centers---the supply centers chiefly the great cities and industrial dynamos of Europe in 1900, such as Moscow, Vienna, Rome, London, Paris, and so forth.
The map is likewise confined to the world that dominated Earth's affairs in 1900, and like most of the tools of the Devil, it is deceptively innocent looking.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Diplomacy is my favorite board game of all time, and this is the best (non-custom) version of Diplomacy. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Eugene
It plays great and is a favorite of my game group. Only problem is that you need enough people to have a dynamic game.Published on December 30, 2013 by James Desherow
I have long been a fan of strategy games such as Risk, Axis & Allies, etc. I've been big into them for close to forty years. Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by shtooo
Diplomacy has been around a long time. It is very simple and yet very complex. It takes almost no time to learn. Played by heads of state (including John F. Read morePublished on November 8, 2007 by sbradford
This is a supremely simple game conceptually. Like chess, its simplicity is profound.
The conceit is that it's pre- WW I Europe. Read more
It's a shame Amazon doesn't have this. This game is infamous amongst my friends for the nicknames it created. Read morePublished on June 1, 2006 by kaduzy