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Diplomacy - 2008 Edition

Diplomacy - 2008 Edition

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Gameplay in Brief:

Played on a map of Europe circa 1900, Diplomacy may be the ultimate negotiation board game. The goal is to take over a set number of European countries, but there are no dice to determine the outcome of battles. It's done by mixing clever military tactics with superb negotiation -- and, usually, more than a little backstabbing.

A game of Diplomacy is basically a full-day commitment, but there's nothing quite like the feeling of convincing an opponent to help you secure your own victory.

The Basics:

For 2 to 7 players (best with 6 or 7), ages 12 and up. Diplomacy takes six to eight hours per game, sometimes more.

Designer:

Diplomacy was designed by Allan Calhammer.

Publisher:

Diplomacy was originally self-published in 1959. It was published by Games Research in 1961 and is now published by Avalon Hill / Hasbro (with editions in 1999 and 2008). Editions have also been published by at least 10 other companies.

Genre:

Diplomacy is a negotiation game with simultaneous movement.

Also by Allan Calhammer:

Diplomacy is by far Calhammer's best-known game. He also designed Hyperspace (1967, self-published) and Suriago Strait (1979, Nimrod Game Development). He is also the author of the 1999 book Calhamer on Diplomacy: The Boardgame "Diplomacy" and Diplomatic History.

Awards:

Diplomacy is in the Games magazine Hall of Fame. It is also on my list of the best negotiation games.

Why Diplomacy is Part of the Games Timeline:

No other negotiation game is more cutthroat or more intense than Diplomacy. Here are the other games I believe are the most culturally and historically significant games published since 1800.
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