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George Kansas
Sep 1, 2008

preface all my posts with this


Current Turn: Fall 1904





If you would like to chat about the game with other people, join our SA Diplomacy discord server!

Diplomacy is a strategic board game for 7 players. Designed to promote negotiation and pure strategy, it is distinct from other Avalon Hill-type wargames because it is a game devoid of chance. Taking place on a European map of pre-WWI nations and provinces, each player's actions resolve simultaneously each turn, creating a huge opportunity for alliances and, subsequently, backstabbing.

We are playing with the Milan variant. If you've never played Diplomacy before that doesn't really mean much, just that there are a few minor map changes that give Italy much-needed starting strength. (If you want to see how much nerds are into Diplomacy like they are into chess, here you go.)

How does the game work? Each player will play a major European pre-WWI power. Before every turn, there will be a communication phase for negotiation. Before the deadline, each player will submit a set of actions for their units secretly, which are then resolved at the same time. That means there's no element of chance. No dice, or any advantage of going first. If two (or more) players are trying to enter the same space, they'll just bounce each other unless they have help, either from their own units or another player's. To win you have to talk, ally, backstab, and command your way to European supremacy.

Pmom summarizes the rules well:

Pinterest Mom posted:

Each game year is divided into four seasons: Spring, summer, fall, winter. Spring and fall are main phases, where you'll order your units to move. Summer and winter are adjustment phases, where we clean up after the main phases. At the end of each year, we also have to adjust the number of units - each supply centre (the provinces with black dots) can support one unit, so players will build/disband units accordingly.

The win the game, a player must individually control a majority of supply centres. The game can also end in a draw if the remaining players unanimously agree to it. Players with no supply centres in winter get eliminated.

If you don't know how to play, this is a good place to start. You'll want to learn the different types of orders (Move, support, convoy, hold), how supporting works, and the general format to submit orders and how they'll be resolved

Here's the official rulebook, which goes into much more detail and where you can learn about the Kiel canal.

You probably don't need to learn about the Kiel canal, but it won't hurt!

You can change your orders anytime before the deadline. Just resubmit them to me. If I am not sure on something in your orders, I will ask about it. Submit your orders to me via PM on discord.

On order submission, write them however you want. I am not a stickler for orders syntax. As long as I don't genuinely misinterpret your order, nothing bad should happen. I will never forfeit an order, I'll just prod you if something's wrong.

The winner of this game will win a 40$ Amazon gift card! There will be no award for the runner-up. As PMom states above, the game can end in a draw if all players agree. You can still do that, but nobody will win the 40$.

No toxxing, no betting, no editing posts, no copy/pasting chatlogs, no truth or dare, and no being a jerk or importing drama! Full out of thread communication is allowed.

If you are a spectator, no posting about game or player strategy. Normal posts, cheerleading posts or roleplaying as a refugee of world war posts are fine.

Player List


Chic Trombone
Pinterest Mom
Chaoslord
Xad
Somberbrero
TheNinthLayer
Alasdair Crawfish

Other Stuff

Abstact Diplomacy map, to easily visualize moves. Edited to reflect the Milan variant.


(og map abstract)
The Diplomacy Archive strategy library.

George Kansas fucked around with this message at 05:13 on Dec 12, 2018

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George Kansas
Sep 1, 2008

preface all my posts with this


To all 7 players: Please post your country preferences in order from most to least. For instance, EFTAGIR would mean you want to play England the most and Russia the least. I may fudge things based on player experience, etc.

George Kansas fucked around with this message at 23:31 on Nov 16, 2018

Pinterest Mom
Jun 9, 2009



FGRETAI

Somberbrero
Feb 14, 2009

The Pit Awaits


IDGAFTBH

(Rgfeati)

Alaster
Nov 18, 2006

Hanging just next to your door in the hallway is a painting of an EXQUISITE WIZARD. Your mother collects these awful things IRONICALLY.


ERTIAFG

Chic Trombone
Jul 25, 2010



I don't care where I start tbh

Xad
Jul 2, 2009

"Either Sonic is God, or could kill God, and I do not care if there is a difference!"



College Slice

I've never played before so I don't really care what I get

The Ninth Layer
Jun 19, 2007



IDGAF

chaoslord
Jan 28, 2009

Nature Abhors A Vacuum



RGFATIE

chaoslord
Jan 28, 2009

Nature Abhors A Vacuum



Also now that Popcon is illegal, I am glad to have this as an outlet for scheming*

in my case, scheming means having a game to talk about with friends while barely being aware of whats actually going on

Jump King
Aug 10, 2011



I'm here to be Chaoslord's shadow adviser

Meinberg
Oct 9, 2011


I look forward to this being a nice, clean game with no betrayals or bamboozles.

The Ninth Layer
Jun 19, 2007



15 min no rush ok?

chaoslord
Jan 28, 2009

Nature Abhors A Vacuum



MMM Whatchya Say posted:

I'm here to be Chaoslord's shadow adviser



Meinberg posted:

I look forward to this being a nice, clean game with no betrayals or bamboozles.



The Ninth Layer posted:

15 min no rush ok?

George Kansas
Sep 1, 2008

preface all my posts with this




Some things,

1) The deadline will be set for Monday 11/19 at 9PM EST but think of deadlines this game as "have to be in by," and you can submit orders earlier than that. As soon as I have everyone's orders I'll resolve the turn as fast as possible and we'll get the ball rolling.

2) Otherwise, I'm looking for about 48 hours for spring/fall deadlines, and 24 hours for winter deadlines. Next week during Thanksgiving I will probably just extend so there's no actual deadline on Thanksgiving itself but I don't want the game to stall for the entire weekend so unless some of you are diehard Black Friday shoppers I won't move it around more than that.

3) I'm not a stickler for order syntax but you do want to make sure you put exactly what you want in your orders, especially with support orders. Remember that a support order isn't just supporting a unit, but a unit's action, so you have to specify exactly what action you are supporting that unit in. (i.e. If A Ruhr - Holland, then a proper support order would be A Munich S A Ruhr - Holland, you have to support the army in Ruhr with its exact move order.) If you submit invalid orders I'll tell you, but support's the most important facet of the game so it's worth saying.

It is now Spring 1901.

votefinder
Jul 6, 2010

scoop scoop


Continental Calendar, Turn 1

The window of opportunity for tactical intrigue is soon to close. Orders must be submitted by November 19th, 2018 at 9 p.m. EST -- that's in about 2 days, 5 hours.

Jump King
Aug 10, 2011



glad to see vf still rocking the donner party pic

George Kansas
Sep 1, 2008

preface all my posts with this


I have started a new discord server for the express purpose of 1) setting up spectator chat for this game and 2) setting up future games of Diplomacy (and maybe other Intrigue/Deception board games!) Feel free to join if you would like: https://discord.gg/GhTSJTy

Alaster
Nov 18, 2006

Hanging just next to your door in the hallway is a painting of an EXQUISITE WIZARD. Your mother collects these awful things IRONICALLY.


are we gonna use this thread at all!

George Kansas
Sep 1, 2008

preface all my posts with this


i mean, i'm gonna post orders and turn resolutions here when that happens. do you want the thread to be used more?

Alaster
Nov 18, 2006

Hanging just next to your door in the hallway is a painting of an EXQUISITE WIZARD. Your mother collects these awful things IRONICALLY.


oh I don't have a preference either way just seeing if we're just using this for board tracking or if p much everything was gonna be done in discord

chaoslord
Jan 28, 2009

Nature Abhors A Vacuum



Alasdair Crawfish posted:

are we gonna use this thread at all!

Hi alasdair

George Kansas
Sep 1, 2008

preface all my posts with this


Spring 1901

(winter 1900 map)




Orders

Italy
F Nap - Tys
A Mil - Sav
A Rom - Mil

England
F Edi - Nwg
F Lon - Nth
A Lvp - Yor

Germany
A Ber - Sil
A Mun - Ruh
F Kie - Den

Russia
A War - Sil
A Mos - Lvn
F Stp - Bot
F Sev - Rum

Austria
F Tri - Alb
A Bud - Ser
A Vie - Bud

France
F Bre - Mao
A Par - Bur
A Mar S Par - Bur

Turkey
A Con - Bul
F Ank - Con
A Smy H

Fall 1901 Map


Message me if there are any errors.

A reminder that I will be uploading the save file for jdip to the discord. It's super helpful to make sure not only your next turn, but future turns you're considering are legal!! Also I'm always available to field rules questions.

Deadline for Fall 1901 orders will be Wednesday, November 21st, 9:00PM EST.

Xad
Jul 2, 2009

"Either Sonic is God, or could kill God, and I do not care if there is a difference!"



College Slice

oh hi Chic 👀👀👀

Chic Trombone
Jul 25, 2010



'sup

don't mind me, just comin over for some take-out

i hear the french are great chefs

Xad
Jul 2, 2009

"Either Sonic is God, or could kill God, and I do not care if there is a difference!"



College Slice

oh nice! Similarly, I've heard you guys have some nice spaghetti

Jon Joe
Oct 19, 2011

GUESS WHO'S LYING


Grimey Drawer

George Kansas
Sep 1, 2008

preface all my posts with this


Autumn 1901
(spring 1901 map)




Orders

Italy
A Sav - Bur
A Mil - Sav
F Tys - Tun

England
F Nwg - Nwy
A Yor - Bel
F Nth C A Yor - Bel

Germany
A Ber - Mun
A Ruh - Hol
F Den - Swe

Russia
A War - Gal
A Lvn - War
F Bot - Swe
F Rum S A Bul H

Austria
F Alb - Gre
A Ser S F Alb - Gre
A Bud - Gal

France
F Mao - Por
A Mar - Spa
A Bur - Mar

Turkey
A Bul S Rum H
F Con - Aeg
A Smy - Con

resolutions


Winter 1901 Map


Enjoy Thanksgiving! We shall have a Thanksgiving break and resume on Monday, November 26th. Get me your winter build orders sometime either before or on that date, please.

votefinder
Jul 6, 2010

scoop scoop


Continental Calendar, Turn 3

The window of opportunity for tactical intrigue is soon to close. Orders must be submitted by November 26th, 2018 at 9 p.m. EST -- that's in about 4 days, 21 hours.

Xad
Jul 2, 2009

"Either Sonic is God, or could kill God, and I do not care if there is a difference!"



College Slice

Pmom I thought you wanted burgandy clear, I tried!

George Kansas
Sep 1, 2008

preface all my posts with this


Winter 1901


code:
Orders
Austria: Builds A tri, Builds A vie
England: Builds F lvp, Builds F lon
France: Builds A bre, Builds A par
Germany: Builds A ber, Builds F kie
Italy: Builds F rom
Russia: Builds A mos
Turkey: Builds A smy
Spring 1902 Map


Deadline will be Wednesday, November 28th, 7:30PM EST.

You have to get your orders in before the deadline because I have D&D just a bit after it. I know it's a bit early but I hope you can all make do.

George Kansas fucked around with this message at 16:50 on Nov 27, 2018

George Kansas
Sep 1, 2008

preface all my posts with this


whoopsie misclicks, receipts would indicate that england built 2 FLEETS not ARMIES im fixing it

edit: fixed

George Kansas fucked around with this message at 03:16 on Nov 27, 2018

votefinder
Jul 6, 2010

scoop scoop


Continental Calendar, Turn 3

The window of opportunity for tactical intrigue is soon to close. Orders must be submitted by November 28th, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. EST -- that's in about 1 day, 21 hours.

Jump King
Aug 10, 2011



BottleKnight posted:

whoopsie misclicks, receipts would indicate that england built 2 FLEETS not ARMIES im fixing it

edit: fixed

sorry sorry, im tryin g to remove it

George Kansas
Sep 1, 2008

preface all my posts with this


Spring 1902

(Winter 1901 Map)




code:
Orders
Austria
A Vie - Gal
A Bud S A Vie - Gal
A Tri - Alb
F Gre H
A Ser S Gre H

England
F Nwy - Stp
A Bel - Pic
F Lon - Eng
F Lvp - Iri
F Nth - Nwy

France
F Por - Mao
A Bre - Pic
A Par - Bur
A Spa H
A Mar - Sav

Germany
F Den - Swe
F Kie - Bal
A Hol - Ruh
A Mun - Sil
A Ber S Mun - Sil

Italy
F Rom - Lyo
F Tun - Wes
A Sav S A Bur - Mar
A Bur - Mar

Russia
F Bot - Swe
F Rum S A Bul H
A Mos - Ukr
A War H
A Lvn - Pru

Turkey
F Aeg C A Smy - Gre
A Smy - Gre
A Bul S A Smy - Gre
A CON DANCES LIKE A MADMAN


Spring 1902 Retreat Phase

code:
As A Mar had nowhere else to go, A Mar - Gas


Fall 1902 Map



Deadline will be Friday, November 30th, 9PM EST.

votefinder
Jul 6, 2010

scoop scoop


Continental Calendar, Turn 3

The window of opportunity for tactical intrigue is soon to close. Orders must be submitted by November 30th, 2018 at 9 p.m. EST -- that's in about 1 day, 20 hours.

Xad
Jul 2, 2009

"Either Sonic is God, or could kill God, and I do not care if there is a difference!"



College Slice

That!...is not how I thought that would work. Fuk. This is what I get for submitting my actions last-minute while at work

George Kansas
Sep 1, 2008

preface all my posts with this


Fall 1902

(Post-Spring 1902 Map)


code:
Austria
A Gal - Rum
A Ser S A Gal - Rum
A Bud S A Gal - Rum
F Gre H
A Alb S F Gre H

England
A Bel - Pic
F Nwy S F Den - Swe
F Stp H
F Iri - Mao
F Eng S F Iri - Mao 

France
A Spa S A Gas - Mar
A Bur S A Gas - Mar
A Gas - Mar
A Bre H
F Mao - Naf

Germany
A Ruh - Mun
F Den - Swe
F Bal S A Ber - Pru
A Sil - War
A Ber - Pru

Italy
A Mar H
A Sav S A Mar H
F Lyo S F Wes - Spa
F Wes - Spa

Russia
F Bot - Bal
A Ukr S F Rum H
A War - Gal
F Rum H
A Pru - Sil

Turkey
A Smy - Arm
A Con S A Bul H
A Bul S F Rum H
F Aeg S A Bul H

Note: This map has some errors! A Pru - Sil couldn't be modeled because of a map glitch with jdip but it would have just bounced anyways so it doesn't really matter, but in the future I will edit around this. Additionally, somehow I forgot to copypaste in Alaster's order of A Belgium - Picardy, so on the final map post-retreat phase Alaster's Belgian army will be in Picardy. Sorry for this.



Fall 1902 Retreat Phase



France, please submit your retreat order asap. Valid orders include A Spa - Por and also disbanding A Spa entirely.

George Kansas
Sep 1, 2008

preface all my posts with this


Hey sorry, Iím not gonna make the map tonight, Iíll post it in the morning. France disbands A Spa. Winter deadline will be Sunday night.

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George Kansas
Sep 1, 2008

preface all my posts with this


ok sorry about the delay!

Retreat Phase Fall 1902

A Spa Disbands





Deadline will be tomorrow, Sunday, December 2nd, at 9PM EST.

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