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Variant Tournaments
I've really enjoyed playing variant-specific tournaments such as the Known World 15x15 currently underway.
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Word Association Thread
Hello! I saw a thread like this on WebDip. We start with a word, and you then post the one word that pops into your mind after you read that word. The first word is FIRST.
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gjdip (1511 D)
09:02 PM 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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The Ambassador (1689 D (B) (B))
02 Sep 16 UTC
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New podcast for online Dip games
Hi everyone

Kaner and I have started a podcast about playing Diplomacy online....
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gopher27 (1208 D)
Sat 13 May UTC
Quote Association Thread
Hello! I saw a thread like this scrawled on the wall of a Guatemalan insane asylum deep in the jungle primeval. We start with a quote, and you then post the one quote that pops into your mind after you read that quote. The first word is FIRST.

“The key to Springfield has always been Elm Street. The Greeks knew it. The Carthaginians knew it. Now you know it.”
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gman314 (1016 D)
12 Mar 11 UTC
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Winning
Oli won.
On Imperial Civilization's off-topic thread (link inside), there was a brief stint of Second to Last Person to Post Wins. Now that the thread is closed, Oli won.
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butterhead (961 D)
21 May 12 UTC
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Advertise your NON-live games here!
In an effort to compromise the pro-ads versus anti-ads for games: Post here for your non-live games to cut down on the number of ads but still advertise games. Post game link, WTA or PPSC, and the bet. Note: this doesn't count for special rules games.
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Devonian (1843 D)
29 Jun 15 UTC
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1v1 Tournament Rules, Rankings, and Challenges
Official Rules for 1v1 Ladder Tournament
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kaner406 (1317 D (B) (B))
24 Sep 16 UTC
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I've been Boursed!!! 2016
Hi all, when Amby and I were recording our recent podcast (diplomacygames.com) the topic of Bourse came up, and I got really excited and thought that I would try to get another game of this variant running...
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CCR (1254 D)
Thu 18 May 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)
Mon 22 May 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 (904 D)
Wed 17 May 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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YouCan'tHandleTheTruth (1322 D)
Tue 16 May UTC
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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 (1000 D)
Wed 17 May UTC
Need players
I need 1 player for a youngs town ww2 game
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hellenic_riot (1000 D)
02 May 17 UTC
Banned From Web Diplomacy?
Hello new friends! I was banned from Web Diplomacy.

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gopher27 (1208 D)
Tue 16 May 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 (928 D)
Tue 16 May UTC
Shrek Super Slam vs. Mr. Rogers' neighborhood
which one is the good one
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HQDominator (904 D)
Tue 16 May 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 (1002 D)
Fri 12 May 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.
Technostar (1002 D)
Fri 12 May UTC
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The map as it is right now:
http://i.imgur.com/XG7oW6A.png

The players are Britain, France, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Belgium, Ottomans, Morocco, and Ethiopia. The borders have not been colored on this map, though supply centers are indicated with a maroon dot.

The idea is to have a few coastal supply centers be owned at the start (roughly 1880-1885 colonial boundaries) and a large number of neutral or civil disorder supply centers inland. The map will make use of rivers and island chains to increase the viability of fleets. While African powers (just Morocco and Ethiopia) are build-anywhere, all European colonial empires can only build in coastal SCs because they must be brought in by ship.

My greatest concerns are balancing the obviously unbalanced powers through either slight rule changes or greater access to supply centers and preventing the formation of stalemate lines from a large number of supply centers and Mediterranean choke points.

I would love to hear constructive criticism as well as any advice you may have for building this variant.
Technostar (1002 D)
Sat 13 May UTC
I'd say the initial drawing is about 25% complete, though balancing will still be a large concern.
Captainmeme (1547 D Mod (B))
Sat 13 May UTC
This map looks incredible! Large maps are few and far between and are very popular (particularly historical ones), so I'd definitely be happy to see this here.

It'd take a lot of work to check this for balance, and I don't have much time now, but I'll look over it more carefully later. My first thought on seeing it, though, is that there are an awful lot of supply centers very close together in Europe, and that's always a bit of a worry especially on the side of a board, since it does tend to make stalemating the area quite easy. There isn't a stalemate line that immediately jumps out at me, though.
Lukas Podolski (1538 D)
Sat 13 May UTC
Yea, probs especially the cluster of island centers south of Spain ...
Technostar (1002 D)
Sat 13 May UTC
Thank you for the feedback. I see your point there, I would have liked to include more ocean space but I always like to have some name in mind when I make a territory. Perhaps I could split some of the seas further, remove Madiera's supply center, or even split the Azores and Canaries into two territories each but only one with a supply center. Dilemmas like this are why there is so much empty space in Africa.
This would be a very welcome addition, thanks! With ancestry from Pico, I'm always happy to see the Azores represented in Diplomacy :)

Like Captain, I've got no time at the moment - probably for the next six weeks - but I'd love to follow the progress and give feedback when I'm able. Count me in for eventual play testing.
Mercy (1830 D)
Sat 13 May UTC
I very much like the idea! Two suggestions:

1) Perhaps the build rules should be different in Europe? For example, perhaps the African powers should be able to build anywhere except in Europe?

2) If I counted correctly, the map as it is now contains 81 supply centers. If this is, like you say, 25% complete, then you'll end up with 324 supply centers. This is way too much; even the WWIVv2 variant, which is for 36 players, has less supply centers in total. You wanted to have 9 powers. This will mean that the average number of supply centers for each power will be more than the total number of supply centers on the whole Classic board. Eliminating a power would take ridiculously long and I wouldn't enjoy moving this enormous amount of pieces.
I'd suggest that you plan beforehand how many supply centers per power you want to have on the board (in Classic this number is just below 5) and then get an idea of how many supply centers you roughly want to have on each part of the board.
FlemGem (1221 D)
Sat 13 May UTC
Have you considered adding the South African Republic as a 10th player? That would add historical interest, and perhaps some balance to the southern end of the board.
Technostar (1002 D)
Sun 14 May UTC
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Mercy, I see your point. I should probably scale back on SC count, especially inland and in Europe. My target is 6-10 home SCs for each power and roughly a 2:1 ratio of home to neutral supply centers. This works out to around 200 SCs total, though as you point out, I seem to be overshooting the way I've laid it out so far. The size, however, is intentional - I wish for the early game to continue for 3-4 years to simulate just how hard it was to get to inland Africa.

Flem, that's an interesting idea. The Boers posed a major opponent for the British, so I could certainly include them to balance out that area of the board (or, should I say, Boerd?)
Leif_Syverson (1597 D Mod)
Sun 14 May UTC
Wow this would be an epic map, but I agree that the center count needs to be scaled back and/or player count increased.

Perhaps a few more African powers? In addition to the Bóers in South Africa, you could add the Igbo in in Nigeria, the Mandinka in West Africa, and the Zulu. Another option to slow the expansion inland if you don't want to add powers and prefer to reduce center count and thus territory count is to simulate resistance from the natives by adding stationary neutral armies that must be dislodged to capture centers (see Known World 901).

Cap/Doc, I can't remember if we ever had a variant implemented where neutral units were able to issue support holds to each other but if so, this would be an option to add to the difficulty in conquering some of the stronger African powers.

Like Doc and Cap, I don't have much time on my hands, but as you develop the map, I would be happy to help analyze balance and stalemate lines when I do have some free time, and would love to participate in playtesting.
FlemGem (1221 D)
Sun 14 May UTC
@Leif - I know the Viking Diplomacy variant has self-supporting neutral units.
ScubaSteve (1307 D)
Mon 15 May UTC
Maybe a "nest" of SCs all clustered together in the middle of the map surrounded by neutral units that support hold each other, perhaps in a circle? That would require 3 units of strength be brought to bear in order to "break through" and would create an interesting situation in line with the idea of a scramble to the middle or some point. Just my thoughts.
Technostar (1002 D)
Mon 15 May UTC
I've been thinking this through before I resume work.

First, I love the idea of standing armies and support hold armies. These can be strategically placed to balance out a strong start or slow expansion into the interior. This map does a good job at showing African empires: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a8/Scramble-for-Africa-1880-1913.png/1280px-Scramble-for-Africa-1880-1913.png

The second idea I have is to use the Sea Lanes concept from that WW4 map or something similar to it. This, along with rivers, should help increase the maneuverability of fleets and prevent ocean-based stalemate lines.


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Greetings Thread
Um....................... Hello? Is anyone there?
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The Ambassador (1689 D (B) (B))
Fri 12 May 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 (1689 D (B) (B))
Thu 11 May 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 (902 D)
Thu 11 May 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 (1689 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 (1511 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 (1317 D (B) (B))
03 May 17 UTC
I was thinking about making a second account...
Here's a few...
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