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gjdip (1476 D)
29 May 17 UTC
Sitter needed
I need a sitter to take over five games, all with decent positions. Something has come up that requires all my attention. PM for info. Thanks.
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nopunin10did (1011 D)
30 May 17 UTC
1900 for vDip: Progress Report (ongoing)
As mentioned in another thread, I've been working on the code and assets necessary to port Baron M. Powell's variant 1900 to vDip and/or webDip.

In order to keep myself accountable in some fashion to actually complete this task, and not just talk about it, I've created a small project plan where I can mark my progress.
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CCR (1010 D)
18 May 17 UTC
1200 (Crusades)
There are two versions, named by Tommy Larsson as "1.2" and "1.4":
http://aefgirt.atspace.com/1200_12c.gif
http://aefgirt.atspace.com/1200_14c.gif
In both, the lagoon of Venice is a supply center over a Water province.
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drano019 (2025 D)
22 May 17 UTC
Question Regarding CDs
I've noticed that when I click the profiles of people who CD in games, it sometimes still shows 0 CDs on their record. Any reason for it not showing up? Seems to semi-absolve people of CDs?
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HQDominator (884 D)
17 May 17 UTC
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The HQDominator Controversy Response
Check the first reply for the response
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New thread ideas
Help me come up with a new thread guys. post your suggestions for possible threads below:
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JECE (1192 D)
28 Dec 15 UTC
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1600 and 1900
http://www.variantbank.org/results/rules/1/1600.htm
http://www.variantbank.org/results/rules/1/1900.htm

These Diplomacy variants look beautiful and I have wanted to play them for years. Is anybody here working on bringing them to vDip?
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This forum is turning into WebDiplomacy 2.0. Ugh!
WTF? These HQD bots are getting on my fucking nerves.
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Hippopankake (993 D)
17 May 17 UTC
Need players
I need 1 player for a youngs town ww2 game
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gopher27 (1208 D)
16 May 17 UTC
New Thread Idea
Does anyone know Polish History? Did The Deluge cause such material damage that it doomed Poland to economic and political death spiral, did it devastate the proto-bourgeois, densely populated Northwest at a key moment within a republic when it was fighting with the rural, agrarian South and East thus stunting an incipient movement towards urbanization and development or did it not really have any long term effect?
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HQDeevejot (907 D)
16 May 17 UTC
Shrek Super Slam vs. Mr. Rogers' neighborhood
which one is the good one
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HQDominator (884 D)
16 May 17 UTC
Thread Discussion Thread
In this Thread, we will be discussing other threads such as the Word Association Thread and the New Thread Ideas Thread and most importantly The Muting Thread
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Technostar (1014 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 (1676 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:
There's a number of different iterations of Mr Calhamer's map that preceded the board we all know and love. There's at least 4: 2 rough sketches, a detailed sketch, a final colored version. I have also included my initial attempt to create a php map using mostly the colored version, but where things aren't clear the sketch maps.

Here's the images to give context - http://imgur.com/a/mQjBt

Things I'd particularly like input on:

1. How to deal with the territories around Con. There are very different designs between the two and the colored version appears to have an unnamed territory. The sketch version also separates the standard Con territory into 3: A European SC, the sea of Marmora, and two SC Asian territories (Smyrna - non SC and Ankara - SC)
2. My reading of the colored map is the starting positions of units is very army heavy eg England starts with 1 fleet and 2 armies.
3. The colored map doesn't have any SC's on neutral territories. However the detailed sketch seems to indicate territories that I'm guessing have an SC as the territory is shown with a shaded hash design rather than blank white.

I'd appreciate your input into these 3 issues and whether there's anything else you think isn't clear.
Captainmeme (1547 D Mod (B))
13 May 17 UTC
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So I did a bit of research into this, and I'm pretty sure these are maps for RealPolitik.

Calhamer's earliest drafts of Diplomacy were called RealPolitik, and there is a surviving rulebook to this - http://www.diplomacy-archive.com/resources/rulebooks/1958draft1.pdf
Reading through this answers questions 2 and 3, but I'll get back to them.

The coloured board is almost certainly the most developed version there, and Constantinople is definitely one province on that. The nametag has arrows pointing to both landmasses, and since the sea in the middle is unnamed, I'm fairly certain it's supposed to work like Constantinople in the Classic version.

Side note - the Kiel canal is clearly also there, see the sketch.

The unnamed province just beneath Con is Smyrna - you can see that on the sketch. It's not an SC in this version.

The starting positions of units is something I haven't found the answer to but I think I can guess after reading the old rulebook. You need to understand how builds work in RealPolitik first, though.

You see the anchors and stars on the map? Those are naval bases and capitals respectively. In RealPolitik, each country is only allowed to build in these centers - all fleets must be built in its naval base (or one of the two naval bases in Russia's case) and all armies must be built in its capital. If the capital is taken it can be resignated to any other HSC, but if your naval base is taken, you can't build fleets until you take it back.

You *can* build more than one army/fleet in the same year, though - the capital and naval base can contain as many of your units as you want, although I believe they cannot support anything while there is more than one of them there.

It's not stated in the rulebook, but I believe that the game was supposed to start on a build phase, and so you could decide how many of your units to build as fleets in your naval base(s) and how many to build as armies in your capital. Supply centers like Liverpool or Cologne are supply centers which begin the game controlled by their respective Great Power and so help them build their starting units, but you cannot build units there and they do not start with units.

Obviously this doesn't work on vDip, so you're going to have to find a way around it... But what it does mean is that England isn't army heavy as you would think from the map, it's actually just a quirk of the old rulebook.

Regarding neutral centers, the rulebook says that 'Each of the Lesser Countries is a supply center.' My guess is that this means any country which was not under the control of another country, which matches up pretty well with the shaded centers on the sketch (the African countries on the board were under the rule of European powers at the time, Transylvania was under Rumania, and I believe Montenegro was under Serbia).
Thanks Cap. Intriguing and really appreciate your research. Only problem is I can't see how I can be faithful to those rules and code it up to allow it! (which you pointed out.)

Hmmm, I guess that then moves the topic onto what next if the RealPolitik rules couldn't be coded in.


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The Ambassador (1676 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 (916 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 (1602 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 (1676 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 (1476 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 (1397 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 (1547 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 (2133 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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Known World Tournament
Awhile back, kaner proposed a Known World gunboat tournament in which 15 participants would play 15 games, one with each nation. I searched back for the thread, then just decided to start a new one. I want to see if there would be sufficient interest in this to try to get it off the ground.
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Strider (1069 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 (961 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 (961 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 (1676 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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