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Technostar (1168 D)
12 May 17 UTC
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Scramble for Africa Variant - Gauging Interest
I was wondering how interested people would be in a Scramble for Africa variant. I'm already making one for my friends and me to use, so I could easily put it on the lab for testing once it's done.
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Greetings Thread
Um....................... Hello? Is anyone there?
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The Ambassador (1283 D (B) (B))
12 May 17 UTC
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Calhamer prototype - feedback please
Hi folks - the Calhamer prototype of Dip has been rolling around in my head and I'm thinking of bringing it to the online community. But I have some questions that I'd appreciate your input into:
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The Ambassador (1283 D (B) (B))
11 May 17 UTC
Where do you post your variant map ideas?
Working on the Calhamer Prototype variant and interested in getting opinions on map design to keep it authenticate. In some cases the maps aren't clear and I'm interested in advice. Where's the best spot folks have found for posting?
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webdipper123 (797 D)
11 May 17 UTC
Advertise LIVE games here
http://www.vdiplomacy.com/board.php?gameID=31095
starting in 1 hr.
classic - 5mins phase
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Hypoguy (1072 D)
03 May 17 UTC
Sengoku - Want to join?
Anyone interested in a game of Sengoku Jidai? Medieval Japan. Post here if you want to join, and what preferences you have for anon, phase length, etc.
http://vdiplomacy.com/variants.php?variantID=27
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Carebear (1000 D)
07 May 17 UTC
Online Diplomacy Championship - Second Round Signup
The deadline to signup for the second round of the Online Diplomacy Championship @ PDET 2017 will be May 19 with games starting shortly there after. Players who did not participate in the first round may join the second round.
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The Ambassador (1283 D (B) (B))
20 Mar 17 UTC
Fixing the Pirates variant
With the new Lab up and running, as discussed in the DiplomacyGames podcast I'm keen to iron out the bugs in Pirates that people hate...
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gjdip (1111 D)
06 May 17 UTC
Problems with World War II large map?
Is anoyone else having problems with the large map in World War II games? I get: This page isn’t working. vdiplomacy.com is currently unable to handle this request. HTTP ERROR 500.
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kaner406 (1274 D Mod (B) (B))
03 May 17 UTC
I was thinking about making a second account...
Here's a few...
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Captainmeme (1046 D Mod (B))
22 Apr 17 UTC
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Reminder: ALWAYS check the settings of games you join!
Hi all,
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Decima Legio (1362 D)
25 Oct 16 UTC
The Exploration game, episode III
One year ago we’ve tested this special rule game based on the Fog of War format.
I have to say that it’s been a fun game with original dynamics.
Details below
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Bourse development and discussion thread.
This summer, I plan to develop Phase I of four phases in a Bourse gaming system to expand the gaming experience without over taxing the game director. This thread is to discuss the phases and how the various features should be implemented.
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Strider (840 D)
24 Apr 17 UTC
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Anzac Day remembrance
Waking for this Anzac Days dawn service reminds me why we should not forget WWI. With threats of agression again escalating has nothing been learnt!
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Mitomon (953 D)
17 Apr 17 UTC
Diplomacy: Is Germany Too Weak?
I noticed that Germany is considerably weaker in Diplomacy than it's historical counterpart. In game, Germany can very easily be knocked out by England and France. However, historically Germany was able to fight competently on three separate fronts. Does anybody feel that Germany is a little misrepresented in game?
More importantly, are there any variants that address this?
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Mitomon (953 D)
17 Apr 17 UTC
What is your favorite board game?
I heard you guys like to play Risk.
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The Ambassador (1283 D (B) (B))
19 Apr 17 UTC
Feedback for 1v1 Cold War on WWIV map
Hi folks, some of you may have heard me talk on the podcast about bringing the WWIV map to a Cold War circa 1984 1v1 variant. Interested in your thoughts about whether I use the standard WWIV map, the v6.2 version (is there any actual difference in the map itself?) or whether the sealane version would be better. Thoughts?
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The Problem Thread
This thread is if you have a problem you post and then everyone will try to help you with your problem.
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Happy Rome Day
since today (April 21) is Rome's 2770th birthday, I thought it would be nice to fill this thread with stories of the glory of Rome:
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The Muting Thread
This is the thread that everyone mutes.
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Captainmeme (1046 D Mod (B))
01 Apr 17 UTC
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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT ON VDIPLOMACY'S FUTURE
Please see within for details on the vDiplomacy Referendum.
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GOD (1359 D Mod (B))
28 Jan 16 UTC
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Can't stop the Trump
Does anyone here has a clue as to why Donald Trump is boycotting the latest republican debate? Seems to have only downsides and risks without a real gain to me. Enlighten me please.
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Anon (?? D)
09 Apr 17 UTC
KING OF GUNBOAT
gameID=30786 2 day phases 100pt bet WTA Anon gunboat
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Matticus13 (1245 D)
15 Apr 17 UTC
Seeking replacement for Shift Right variant game
http://vdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=30376#gamePanel

Looking for a replacement for Italy (me). The current position is pretty stable. I'm looking to eliminate all of my press games due to time constraints.
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The Ambassador (1283 D (B) (B))
08 Mar 17 UTC
Live video feed podcast?
Hi folks - Kaner and I are getting together this time next week for another boozy Dip chat.
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Captainmeme (1046 D Mod (B))
11 Apr 17 UTC
The Original Diplomacy Variant
As many of you know, the Calhamer estate is being liquidated and the very first self-published Diplomacy board sold for just over $5000 last week. Well, something else interesting from the same sale - a bunch of prototype maps, these likely being from several years before the game was published.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/262922746919
zurn (1175 D)
11 Apr 17 UTC
Hadn't realized he'd made a Greece variant. Looks different than the other Greece variants I've seen. Really interesting to see works in progress.
Captainmeme (1046 D Mod (B))
11 Apr 17 UTC
Although the things that are attracting the most attention among the Dip community are the original maps for the Classic board (you can see it at various stages of development here), the thing that caught my eye was the final map.

http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/LgQAAOSwol5Y4wyB/s-l1600.jpg

Bear in mind this is probably from at least a year before Diplomacy was published, which means it would definitely bear the title of first ever Variant, except that I don't believe it's ever actually been made or played outside of this prototype - I've seen one similar variant, but it still has very large differences from this map. The prototype doesn't even show power distribution - only supply center ownership.

Given the time this is from, it's not unimaginable that this map was made as an alternative to the Europe one, perhaps for a different number of players. Whatever the case, it brings up some interesting questions for variant enthusiasts, so I'll pose a few of them here:

Do you think this map would play well with the provinces/SCs?
What, and where, do you think the powers should be?
Captainmeme (1046 D Mod (B))
11 Apr 17 UTC
Haha, ninja'd by 4 minutes. I really should write posts up in advance :)
zurn (1175 D)
11 Apr 17 UTC
The province:SC ratio is a little low, 1.85 (85/46), kind of a tight map. I'd probably remove several SCs in the clump near Athens.
zurn (1175 D)
11 Apr 17 UTC
Maybe aim for 35-38 SCs?
kaner406 (1274 D Mod (B) (B))
11 Apr 17 UTC
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I think I'd aim to get an army into Thasos in the Strymonic Gulf. That way you'd be guaranteed a survive!
zurn (1175 D)
11 Apr 17 UTC
lol, good eye
Captainmeme (1046 D Mod (B))
11 Apr 17 UTC
Oh wow, a one center stalemate line. That's a pretty massive oversight :D
What in the hell was Mr. C. working at the post office for? He should have had a high paying job somewhere. The man was a genius and he worked at the post office...

Ah well, Einstein worked at the patent office in Bern, but even that wasn't for 30+ years. He was there only until he found a teaching position at a university.
Rather expensive though isn't it?
The Ambassador (1283 D (B) (B))
11 Apr 17 UTC
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Gotta download these pics so we can bring them alive one day to VDip :-)
David E. Cohen (0 D)
11 Apr 17 UTC
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Yes, this prototype (not a variant!) is very dense. Probably one of the reasons Mr. Calhamer made the changes he did. Increased density, independent of other things, leads to an inceased likelihood of stalemate line formation and diplomatic/tactical inflexibility.
Mitomon (953 D)
11 Apr 17 UTC
Hey you're on this site too!
G-Man (1856 D)
11 Apr 17 UTC
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Very interesting. Regarding Thasos on the Greece prototype, judging from this version, I'm sure it's just a rough idea of where he was thinking he'd like some centers and that he would refine as he developed the powers. I have a very early stage but abandoned Ancient Greece variant I was working on, and was trying to put 10 powers in roughly the same area. I had Sparta, Athenae, Knossos, Rhodos, Miletus, Troia, Byzantium, Pella, Larissa, and Ambracia. Basically five powers encircling southern Greece, and five powers encircling northern Greece, but many of the territories are similar to the ones here, so it looks somewhat similar. Thanks for sharing.
David E. Cohen (0 D)
12 Apr 17 UTC
Hello Mitomon. I lurk on a significant number of sites.
Mitomon (953 D)
12 Apr 17 UTC
What other sites?
David E. Cohen (0 D)
12 Apr 17 UTC
Well, if you REALLY care, LOL, the number has gone down in recent years, as several once prominent groups have become moribund, but in addition to VDiplomacy and WebDiplomacy, there is Play Diplomacy Online and Diplomatic Corp. I also occasionally look in on and comment in non-English language groups, though the only other language I can barely get by in is German. Google translate is very helpful for everything else. My "home group" is the Academy of Creative Destruction, which is an invitation-only forum which had its genesis as a couple of elite subgroups (elite as in very reliable and skilled players only) of the now defunct Cat23 forum, which was once one of the largest, if not the largest, internet diplomacy forum. The ACD is primarily an email-based group, rather than web-based, and games are almost all hand-adjudicated, though some GMs do use software aids.
Mitomon (953 D)
12 Apr 17 UTC
Wow. I am in the presence of royalty.
David E. Cohen (0 D)
13 Apr 17 UTC
Kneel, and kiss my ring.


Pfthfthfth.
Mitomon (953 D)
13 Apr 17 UTC
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:P I shall do no kneeling, i have more vdip points than you.
FYI, Kaner and I discuss the Calhamer estate auction on the latest podcast episode of DiplomacyGames at http://diplomacygames.com/diplomacy-games-podcast-episode-15-shownotes-playdiplomacy-part-2-interview-with-super_dipsy-morg-and-the-calhamer-estate-auction/ or iTunes and Stitcher at the 5 mins 50 sec mark.


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David E. Cohen (0 D)
29 Mar 17 UTC
Calhamer Estate Sale
See below.
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kaner406 (1274 D Mod (B) (B))
03 Apr 17 UTC
Sitter needed!!
For 7 days, ongoing bourse game. 1 SC power, 3 day phases, no bourse orders needed, only a hotbod to look after the unit on the board. PM me or reply on this thread. Thanks!
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MerlijnvL (974 D)
31 Mar 17 UTC
Hallo
Hallo
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didigoose (1180 D)
13 Mar 17 UTC
Hof Points Question
I have 2 questions related to the Hof point calculation

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