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The American Revolution, Naval Power, and the 21st Century

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"The Battle of Valcour Island was not the battle the Royal Navy officers and their army counterparts had prepared for." BJ Armstrong reviews Valcour: The 1776 Campaign That Saved the Cause of Liberty, by Jack Kelly, which covers how the struggle for Lake Champlain impacted the early Revolutionary war. Check out BJ's strong case for why we should "…remember that the American War for Independence was a naval war.", and why key considerations of the campaign remain important in our own century.

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/2/2021


Shevardino 1812

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"...strategically, Bagration's tactical 'mistake' may have actually saved the Russian army, and ultimately Russia." Jeff Berry, in his Obscure Battles blog, brings us another insightful review, this time looking at Shevardino, the prelude to Borodino. As always, Jeff examines questions that may not have gotten enough historical consideration, for example, the fact that "…this was still summer, and Napoleon's force was already far below normal attrition numbers for other campaigns."

Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 7/28/2021


In Memoriam: John Tiller

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John Tiller played a significant role as a war game designer who brought hex and counter war games to the computer screen. Mitch Reed traces Tiller’s career from the 1990’s onward with illustrated examples from Tiller’s creations. Tiller’s games are available from Matrix, Slitherine, HPS Simulations, and John Tiller Software.

Poster: Pat L.
Post Date: 7/24/2021


Interview with designer Hermann Luttmann about his upcoming cooperative game The Plum Island Horror

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Rob's Tabletop World interviews Designer: Hermann Luttmann about his upcoming 1-4 player, cooperative game design for GMT Games covering a little-known government island facility just off of Long Island New York, known for its highly secretive controversial infectious disease research. The Plum Island Horror is a throwback to old-fashioned 1950s horror movies and asks the question, "what could go wrong?!".

Poster: Harvey M.
Post Date: 7/18/2021


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How to Play Shores of Tripoli: Naval Combat

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Falling Sky - Perfect Opening Moves - Roman (updated)

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Editor's note added on 5/15/2021.

Higlanders - Scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975

Experimental scenario for Vietnam: 1965-1975 created and shared by Mark D'Agosta.

Battle for Russia - Game Turn Restrictions Summary

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

Article Descriptions
Article ID: 346
Date: 8/1/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Diplomacy: The Ancient Mediterranean

A Diplomacy enthusiast known as Whydon developed this interesting variant for Diplomacy. The variant features a new map that only shows the world as it was during ancient times around the Mediterranean Sea. Only 5 of the ancient world powers are represented. Click the boxes in his post to see the map and home center starting positions. There’s no telling how the game went for his group of friends.
Article ID: 345
Date: 7/24/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Diplomacy: The Alexander Rules

Justin Alexander presents his improved rules for Avalon Hill’s Diplomacy war game. Alexander starts with an impressive history of the various versions of Diplomacy rules followed by a comprehensive list of ambiguities and paradoxes within the rules. He then provides his complete set of rules to resolve these problems and adds some rules variants. This is a must-read for all expert Diplomacy players.
Article ID: 344
Date: 7/24/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Play Diplomacy Online

Here is a web site where you can play Diplomacy online and chat with players courtesy of Volo Media Ltd.
Article ID: 343
Date: 7/4/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Backstabbr

The folks at Tile Games have created a platform where Diplomacy players can play Diplomacy via the internet. The site includes rules, FAQ’s, and a demonstration video. Backstabbing is a prominent strategy in Diplomacy hence the platform’s name, Backstabbr.
Article ID: 342
Date: 7/4/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Backstabbr: A modern web interface for the classic board game Diplomacy

A group of Diplomacy veterans discuss the Diplomacy internet platform, Backstabbr.
Article ID: 341
Date: 7/4/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Got Your Back

David Hill recounts his experience attending a Diplomacy convention on “This American Life” from PRX, The Public Radio Exchange.
Article ID: 340
Date: 6/26/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Diplomacy Board Game Variant Maps

Diplomacy enthusiast Alex Ronke shares five variant maps he created for Diplomacy.
Article ID: 339
Date: 6/20/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Game Franchises - Diplomacy (Computer Versions)

Gamespot maintains a large directory of computer game data including a section called GameFAQs. This list includes all computer versions of Avalon Hill’s Diplomacy war game through 2005. Many of the entries have little information and the reviews are mixed at best. But it isn’t every day that you see a game on vintage platforms like Amiga, Commodore 64, and the Tandy Color computer!
Article ID: 338
Date: 6/13/2021
Poster: Pat L.
VASSAL Module for Diplomacy

Here is a module at the VASSAL web site for Avalon Hill’s Diplomacy. VASSAL is a game engine for building and playing online adaptations of board games and card games. A growing list of game Modules is available at the web site and at web sites for some game publishers. Players can play solitaire off-line, play live on the Internet or play by email. Vassal runs on all platforms, and is free, open-source software.
Article ID: 337
Date: 6/13/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Cambridge University Board Gaming and Diplomacy Society (web site)

A very British group of Diplomacy players founded this society devoted to Avalon Hill’s board game. The web site includes a membership list and statistics from games played since 1996 along with other Diplomacy links of interest.
Article ID: 336
Date: 6/6/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Diplomacy Review (Hasbro PC version)

Gamespot’s Michael E. Ryan rates Hasbro’s PC version of Diplomacy with a 4 (Poor) rating. The game’s user-unfriendly interface and lack of competition from the AI are major shortcomings.
Article ID: 334
Date: 6/6/2021
Poster: Pat L.
The Briefing – A Weekly Threat Assessment of the Diplomacy Community

Here is an outstanding source for Diplomacy enthusiasts. Players can sign up for this newsletter, read past issues, and learn about Diplomacy Tournaments. The site also contains a comprehensive list of resources for Diplomacy players.
Article ID: 333
Date: 5/30/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Avalon Hill’s Diplomacy (Windows Microprose Version)

The Moby Games web site provides a directory of computer-based games and reviews for those games. The game critics for the Microprose version of Diplomacy, released in 1999, gave the game mediocre to bad ratings 79-30 on a scale of 100 and the lone user rating was one half star out of 5 stars.
Article ID: 335
Date: 5/29/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Diplomacy PC (Paradox Interactive version)

metacritic collects game reviews and determines an overall score. Unfortunately, the Paradox Interactive PC version of Diplomacy only gets a Metascore of 58 out of 100 and a user score of 4.6 out of 10. While some of the critics liked the game, most of the reviews are mixed or negative.
Article ID: 331
Date: 5/22/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Diplomacy – A terrible version of a wonderful game (Paradox Interactive PC version)

Unlike his favorable review of the PC version by Hasbro, Steve Butts condemns this PC version from Paradox Interactive. The list of shortcomings includes a weak, monotonous computer player (AI), limited interaction with networked human players, jumpy camera views of the game turn action, and server problems from a proprietary game network. Our thanks go to the folks at Archive.org for preserving this series of web pages.
Article ID: 332
Date: 5/15/2021
Poster: Pat L.
My Longest DIPLOMACY game in TEN MINUTES (video After Action Report)

105 years of war in 10 minutes? Here is a clever, abbreviated video after action report of the longest game of Diplomacy played by prolific YouTube poster, Legendary Tactics.
Article ID: 330
Date: 5/15/2021
Poster: Pat L.
Diplomacy Review (Hasbro PC version)

Can a classic board war game translate well to a PC based game? Steve Butts was skeptical but quickly was won over by the way the Hasbro PC version of the game manages the negotiation process, the most important and integral part of the game. Hasbro's version offers both hot seat and networked capabilities to include multiple players. The reviewer’s one disappointment was with the solitaire version of the game. “I'm thinking that most of the people who buy this game will expect a bigger challenge than they're going to get -- at least against the computer.”
Article ID: 298
Date: 4/24/2021
Poster: Mark D.
diplomacy-archive.com (Diplomacy web site)

Stephen Agar has compiled a great deal of information related to the war game Diplomacy. The site includes many topics of interest for both new and experienced players including an exhaustive list of links to all things related to the game.
Article ID: 299
Date: 4/24/2021
Poster: Mark D.
Basic Online Utility for Network Computerized Electronic Diplomacy (BOUNCED)

Christian R. Shelton presents his web-based version for the war game Diplomacy.
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: 318
Date: 5/9/2006
Poster: Mark D.
The Diplomacy Resignation Record (PBEM)

Doug Massey used to maintain a web site that specialized in Avalon Hill’s game, Diplomacy. This particular link is related to a list of Diplomacy players and their ratings as players. The list was last updated in 2006. One of the ways players were rated was with the Diplomacy Resignation Record (DRR). Massey explains the formula for this rating and provides a series of other Diplomacy links. Our thanks go to the folks at Archive.org for preserving this series of web pages.
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: 303
Date: 6/11/2004
Poster: Mark D.
The Rules of Diplomacy 4th Edition 2000 (pdf)

Here is a pdf version of the Avalon Hill/Hasbro 2000 edition rules for the war game Diplomacy. Our thanks go to the folks at Archive.org for preserving this series of web pages.
Article ID: 301
Date: 6/5/2003
Poster: Mark D.
The Diplomacy Boardgame Compendium and Gallery

As of 2003, there were 35 editions of Diplomacy and 60 variations! This site was updated through 2006 and is no longer active. Our thanks go to the folks at Archive.org for preserving this series of web pages.
Article ID: 300
Date: 4/24/2002
Poster: Mark D.
Diplomacy Maps

The DP Council maintains a website called The Diplomatic Pouch dedicated to all things related to Avalon Hill’s war game, Diplomacy. This link contains over 300 standard and variant maps for the game.
Article ID: 297
Date: 4/15/2002
Poster: Mark D.
The Ancient Mediterranean (Diplomacy Variant)

Don Hessong developed this variant for Diplomacy that uses pretty much the same rules as the current edition but the time frame moves from the 20th Century back to ancient times. Players choose Rome, Carthage, Greece, Egypt or Persia instead of England, Germany, Italy or Russia. There is a new map based on the location of the ancient empires and a nice list of links that discuss ancient history. Visitors can also find out more about strategy and openings. Our thanks go to the folks at Archive.org for preserving this series of web pages.
Article ID: 296
Date: 4/4/2001
Poster: Mark D.
The Emissary – Diplomacy by Email

This web site, now defunct, was devoted to playing Diplomacy via Email. Our thanks go to Guy Broster who created the web site and to the folks at Archive.org for preserving this series of web pages.
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: 302
Date: 4/24/2000
Poster: Mark D.
Jonadab's Notes on Hasbro's Diplomacy Boardgame

Diplomacy aficionado ”Jonadab” compares Hasbro’s 2000 edition (copyright 1999) of Diplomacy with his 1976 version of the game. The review highlights the differences when comparing the box, board, conference maps, pieces and the rule book. Rules in the new edition have been reformatted so the review contains a detailed roadmap to reconcile the old and new versions of the rules.
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: 314
Date: 5/9/1998
Poster: Mark D.
The Gentle Art of Making Enemies (G.A.M.E.) Zine 'on-line' Index

Nic Chilton hosted a web page dedicated to Avalon Hill’s game, Diplomacy. There were at least 26 issues between 1996 and 1998. Many of the issue articles are available via Archive.org. Chilton also had a home page dedicated to Diplomacy. Click here to visit the archived version of Chilton’s “The Gentle Hobby of Diplomacy”. Our thanks go to the folks at Archive.org for preserving this series of web pages.
Article ID: 319
Date: 5/9/1996
Poster: Mark D.
PBM/PBEM game manager (Mac Hypercard stack)

Diplomat's Aid was originally designed as a HyperCard stack to facilitate the play of PBeM/PBM Diplomacy games.
Article ID: 320
Date: 5/9/1995
Poster: Mark D.
Game Logger (Mac Hypercard stack)

Diplomacy players who are Apple MAC Hypercard users can use this utility to save Diplomacy games, notes, and units by country.
Article ID: 321
Date: 5/9/1994
Poster: Mark D.
Diplomacy Game Manager (2.0b) (DOS)

Here is a DOS utility for managing postal games and map variants for Avalon Hill’s Diplomacy game.
Article ID: 323
Date: 5/9/1992
Poster: Mark D.
Mapper for Judge reports (Windows 1.0)

David Norman created this utility Mapper for Windows 1.0. The utility is an MS-Windows program to display Output from a Diplomacy Judge as a set of units on a map. A text file includes the full description along with installation and update instructions. The installation files are in a zipped folder.
Article ID: 322
Date: N/A
Poster: Mark D.
game manager (Windows, v3.52)