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"The scene is one of using the fire and charge rules from each system to have a Confederate regiment try and capture the higher ground." Norm Smith, in his Battlefields & Warriors blog, tries out an apples to apples comparison of four miniatures rule systems. Norm brings a definite scientific approach to his "experiment", with his objective being the best gaming experience (even if that may be not-so-analytical, but eminently understandable!). Norm "…enjoyed all four situations, with each bringing a different thing to the party."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 4/19/2021


From Biplanes to Ballistic Missiles — The Career of General Thomas S. Power. “To Rule the Skies: General Thomas S. Power and the Rise of Strategic Air Command in the Cold War”. Book Review.

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"...the more engaging part of the narrative is centered on Power’s efforts to transform the United States Air Force into a true aerospace force." Ray Garbee reviews To Rule the Skies: General Thomas S. Power and the Rise of Strategic Air Command in the Cold War, by Brent D. Ziarnick. Ray finds an often engaging and insightful book about General Power's efforts, which may have been ahead of their time, but are more relevant now. "How Power sought to do this is the stuff of a pulp science fiction fan’s dreams."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 4/16/2021


Interview with Sergio Shiavi Designer of Give Us Victories: The Chancellorsville Campaign from Dissimula Edizioni Currently on Kickstarter

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A few years ago, Sergio Shiavi broke onto the scene with his new company called Dissimula Edizioni with their first Kickstarter called Radetsky’s March: The Hundred Hours Campaign and that game was then followed a few years later by From Salerno to Rome: World War II – The Italian Campaign, 1943-1944. Now comes the third game to Kickstarter which is a look at the American Civil War and the Chancellorsville Campaign involving the Union Army of the Potomac commanded by Joseph Hooker and the Armey of Northern Virginia commanded by Robert E. Lee and is called Give Us Victories: The Chancellorsville Campaign. The Players Aid reached out to Sergio and he was more than willing to give us an inside look at the design.

Poster: Harvey M.
Post Date: 4/15/2021


Wargaming in Rome

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Homo Ludens provides their perspective of wargaming overseas in Rome with this interesting video blog

Poster: Harvey M.
Post Date: 4/12/2021


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Higlanders - Scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975

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Battle for Russia - Game Turn Restrictions Summary

I'm finally getting to play this game, and am looking forward to it. There are a decent amount of "special rules" and restrictions that apply to either the Axis or Soviet player, depending on which turn it is. Rather than flipping back and forth in the rule book, I made a quick & dirty cheat sheet for myself which I have been using, and thought I'd share it. If anyone sees anything that's incorrect, please let me know via email at mark at grognard dot com. (updated 4/11/2020 to include rules for ignoring Rivers - Axis only on Turn 1; both sides on Turn 2)

French "Low Density" Blues in Ici c'est la France!

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Pub Dates
Game: Diplomacy
Publisher: Avalon Hill
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Allan B. Calhamer

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 308
Date: 4/17/2021
Poster: Mark D.
Diplomiscellany: A Compendium of Diplomacy Related Material

David E. Cohen maintains this web site devoted to Avalon Hill’s war game, Diplomacy. The web site includes house rules, several game variants, intriguing essays, a book list, and rules for Coalition, a game invented by Cohen, similar to Diplomacy.
Article ID: 329
Date: 4/10/2021
Poster: Pat L.
vDiplomacy (Play Diplomacy online)

Kestas Kuliukas has created an online version of Diplomacy from Avalon Hill. The site is free and includes a forum plus lots of information about the game.
Article ID: 328
Date: 4/3/2021
Poster: Pat L.
webDiplomacy (Play Diplomacy online)

Calling all Diplomacy enthusiasts! Here is a web site where you can play Diplomacy online. The site is free and includes a forum plus lots of information about the game.
Article ID: 325
Date: 4/3/2021
Poster: Mark D.
The Diplomatic Pouch (Diplomacy Web Page)

Here is a web page for all things related to Diplomacy. The DP Council maintains this web page that includes information about the game, an internet magazine, opponent opportunities to play or to become a game master (judge), maps and mapping software, game variants, plus links to other Diplomacy enthusiasts.
Article ID: 324
Date: 10/10/2016
Poster: Mark D.
David’s Diplomacy Pages

Diplomacy expert David Norman used to maintain his own web page devoted to Diplomacy. The page included mapping tools, variants, and other tools for game enjoyment. Our thanks go to the folks at Archive.org for preserving David’s web site.
Article ID: 305
Date: 9/5/2015
Poster: Mark D.
The Art of Negotiation in Diplomacy (Part 1 of 3)

Lewis Pulsipher begins his three part series in Avalon Hill’s house magazine, “The General” for the war game Diplomacy. Pulsipher provides some well-thought advice for the negotiation process including: “…learn something about each of your opponents…some cooperation is necessary…(and)...the expert player looks at the long term…” Our thanks go to the folks at Archive.org for preserving this series of web pages.
Article ID: 304
Date: 9/5/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Strategy In Diplomacy (Part 2 of 3)

Lewis Pulsipher continues his three part series in Avalon Hill’s house magazine, “The General”. Pulsipher discusses the elements of strategy and ways to devise a strategy. He also provides detailed strategies for each country in the game. Our thanks go to the folks at Archive.org for preserving this series of web pages.
Article ID: 306
Date: 9/5/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Tactics In Diplomacy (Part 3 of 3)

Lewis Pulsipher ends his three part series in Avalon Hill’s house magazine, “The General”. Pulsipher discusses several tactics for success and provides a detailed, illustrated example of game play. Our thanks go to the folks at Archive.org for preserving this series of web pages.
Article ID: 307
Date: 9/5/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Two Diplomacy Variants

Edi Bersan, acknowledged as the first Diplomacy World Champion (1971), presents 2 variants for Avalon Hill’s game, Diplomacy. “Escalation Diplomacy” starts with an empty board that is quickly populated with units, hence, the escalation. The variant works well when there are too few players available, or too many. “Double Diplomacy” gives more power to players that act quickly and decisively making for a faster game. Our thanks go to the folks at Archive.org for preserving Endi’s web page.
Article ID: 327
Date: 7/19/2015
Poster: Mark D.
Grogheads: Why I Love Diplomacy

Brant Guillory explains why the venerable classic game timelessly soldiers on…
Article ID: 309
Date: 4/17/2010
Poster: Mark D.
Diplomacy (game)

Here is the definitive entry for Avalon Hill’s war game, Diplomacy from the folks at Wikipedia.
Article ID: 310
Date: 6/16/2009
Poster: Mark D.
Diplomacy Review – with Joe Steadman

Joe Steadman explains the game mechanics for Diplomacy from Avalon Hill. Although the game mechanics are simple, negotiations can be complex. Joe loves the negotiation aspects of this war game. “You have to make deals, you have to break deals, you have to learn to trust people and always be nervous they’re going to stab you in the back.” “…This is the best game ever made…”. You can watch Joe’s long-running video series, The Dice Tower on Youtube.com.
Article ID: 311
Date: 4/11/2008
Poster: Mark D.
Articles on Diplomacy (AH) (Article Index)

Here is a list of magazine articles for Diplomacy from Avalon Hill’s in-house magazine, The General.
Article ID: 312
Date: 4/11/2007
Poster: Mark D.
The Diplomatic Pouch: The Zine

The DP Council maintains a website called The Diplomatic Pouch dedicated to all things related to Avalon Hill’s war game, Diplomacy. This link is for their magazine titled “The Zine”. The on-line magazine has been published since 1995 and most issues are available for viewing.
Article ID: 313
Date: 2/2/2006
Poster: Mark D.
Diplomacy World

Diplomacy World was a magazine dedicated to Avalon Hill’s game of Diplomacy. The magazine published from 1974 to at least 2004. This link contains several back issues for your perusal.
Article ID: 317
Date: 4/26/2005
Poster: Mark D.
Diplomacy Hall of Fame Page (defunct)

Nicholas Fitzpatrick maintained this list of Diplomacy player ratings until 2005.
Article ID: 326
Date: 9/1/2000
Poster: Mark D.
DiplomaticCorp (website for PBEM)

Back in September 2000 a group of 7 friends who enjoyed playing Diplomacy formed a community to promote playing the game. The group named itself Diplomaticcorp and they maintain a web site where Diplomacy players can find opponents and play the game via email. You can sign up to play or become a game master (referee) plus there is a forum and game statistics page.
Article ID: 315
Date: 8/1/2000
Poster: Mark D.
Zine Register #29 (PDF)

The Zine Register was a periodical that listed magazines devoted to Diplomacy players. This issue, produced by Phil Reynolds, listed those periodicals still publishing in the year 2000.
Article ID: 316
Date: 10/5/1999
Poster: Mark D.
The Newbies’ Guide to the Judge

Andy Schwarz has compiled a nice list of instructions for people who want to be Judges for play by Email (PBEM) or Internet versions of Avalon Hill’s game, Diplomacy. Our thanks go to the folks at Archive.org for preserving Andy’s web page.
Article ID: 296
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
website

Article ID: 297
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
website (for Ancient Mediterranean variant)

Article ID: 298
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
website

Article ID: 299
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
website for PBWeb

Article ID: 300
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
map variants page

Article ID: 301
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
website

Article ID: 302
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
review (of Hasbro ed.)

Article ID: 303
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
official rules (PDF file)

Article ID: 314
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies PBM zine

Article ID: 318
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
PBEM Resignation Record

Article ID: 319
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
PBM/PBEM game manager (Mac Hypercard stack)

Article ID: 320
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
game logger (Mac Hypercard stack)

Article ID: 321
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
game manager (DOS)

Article ID: 322
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
game manager (Windows, v3.52)

Article ID: 323
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
mapper for Judge reports (Windows)