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Anon (?? D)
08 Mar 18 UTC
New Variant: 1913
1913 is a revision of the Classic map, having both balance and historical accuracy at its heart.

The first game is live! http://vdiplomacy.com/board.php?gameID=34011
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Sky_Hopper (765 D)
04 Apr 18 UTC
(+1)
Imbalanced map?
It seems as if several maps need some balancing work. For example, England* v Turkey is skewed toward England, and in Rinascimento, the French are virtually at the hands of other players’ wills.
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Safari (1510 D (B))
05 Jan 18 UTC
(+1)
Austrian Succession: New and Improved
After four years, War of Austrian Succession is nearing completion! Please come help test it so that I can perfect the balance.
It would be very helpful if we could have no NMRs for the first few phases. http://lab.diplomail.ru/board.php?gameID=64
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gopher27 (1226 D Mod)
23 Apr 18 UTC
War of Austrian Succession....being obnoxious
Does history matter and should it fall to a mathematician to be the history nerd?
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CCR (1666 D)
12 Dec 17 UTC
A Reconquista variant
http://www.variantbank.org/results/rules/i/iberian.htm
38 replies
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stephan (1068 D)
16 Apr 18 UTC
Vermont needed!
Vermont in „the trump effect“ 50 states game has been basically abandoned and is still in its (characteristically) stronk position, but not for much longer. grab while supplies last!
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Sky_Hopper (765 D)
15 Apr 18 UTC
Blank variant?
On the variants page there's currently a row with no assigned variant. Can you fix this?
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TheFlyingJarate (923 D)
15 Apr 18 UTC
Hello, I have a problem
Hello, I have a problem. I am going away for a few days (tomorrow), and I don't know how to quit the game I am in. There are 36 players, so I cannot reasonably ask for all of them to pause --- besides, there isn't enough time --- so I am stuck.
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Maiorianus (1000 D)
14 Apr 18 UTC
Playing with fewer players
Hi all!

I know this is probably a noob question, but I need to resolve this issue: is it possible to start a game with fewer players than those normally expected? I tried it once with the Rinascimento variant, but the game didn't launch just because there weren't 12 players.
Thank you in advance!
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Enriador (1491 D (B))
02 Apr 18 UTC
(+1)
Machiavelli Variant
Hail diplomats,

'Machiavelli', a legendary variant of Diplomacy, will soon be made available here on vDip using Andrew Jameson's adaptation.
Enriador (1491 D (B))
02 Apr 18 UTC
(+1)
If you want more information about the variant: http://www.dipwiki.com/?title=Machiavelli

Link to folder with all important files: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ulm97qys10s1yoe/AACuWkOJ-gaYmtps2PMMaE8ka?dl=0

Feel free to discuss how to best balance 'Machiavelli'. In particular, I fear for Austria's Tyrol home center, which is bordered by both French Switzerland and Milanese Milan.
Awesome!!
drano019 (2179 D)
02 Apr 18 UTC
(+2)
For those interested, Machiavelli also has a bunch of optional rules that, while impossible to code into vdip, would make the game a ton of fun for a PBEM game. I think I have the rules somewhere in my email for anyone who might be interested in trying to get a full version of the game going.

That said, Enriador, you're on a roll! Thank you, you rock!
Enriador (1491 D (B))
02 Apr 18 UTC
@drano019

Thanks a lot! @Oli did most of the heavylifting, he deserves all the praise. I literally couldn't have done anything without him guiding me every step of the way.

The advanced rules of Machiavelli are so cool; maybe one day we can have them (together with Diplomacy Points, minor powers, etc). I would sign-up for a PBEM game!
Enriador (1491 D (B))
02 Apr 18 UTC
I updated the link with important development stuff: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/scqp81numi7vvur/AACCTI7FPDsRM7pe9ycxvyxUa?dl=0
drano019 (2179 D)
02 Apr 18 UTC
They are pretty cool! I've never played myself, but supposedly it's a ton of fun! There's a small group of us on here that do PBEM, so maybe we can try to get 8 people together and a sucker to be the GM! :)
Enriador (1491 D (B))
02 Apr 18 UTC
Or we can set up a private game on http://condottierigame.net/?

@drano019, I am also interested in what you think about Machiavelli as a Diplomacy variant.
Oli (977 D Mod (P))
02 Apr 18 UTC
(+1)
I've setup your variant.
You should be able to upload your graphics, generate the territories/borders, set the countries and colors all on your own.
Oli (977 D Mod (P))
02 Apr 18 UTC
(+1)
1.) Remember to upload your maps to /resources using the files menu.
2.) Add/Rename the country-names.
3.) There are 2 dummy-territories. You should rename these and edit their parameters so you can use them as regular territories. If you save the map-data there needs to be at least 2 territories with an SC and an owner, with a common border-link. That's why these 2 are there.
Enriador (1491 D (B))
02 Apr 18 UTC
I am on the job!
Oli (977 D Mod (P))
03 Apr 18 UTC
(+1)
1) the smallest should load now. There was an error with my template.
2) I need to add the icon-code for your variant. Will do this tonight.
3) For the interactive map you need a special smallmap in the interactivemap directory. It‘s the same an the normal smallmap, but with a different color for the sea-territories too.
tobi1 (1927 D Mod (S) (B))
03 Apr 18 UTC
(+1)
On 3), while we are on the topic: Though the activity in variant development increased recently, which is great, I noticed, that all the new variants come with no initial support. This is probably due to the lack of any guide currently available. However, it is really pretty easy. So I will hereby try to change this deficiency:

In most cases you just need to add a folder "interactiveMap" in your variant directory and put the normal smallmap into it, but as Oli said with uniquely colored sea territories, too. This file should be named IA_smallmap.png and that's it.

To make it even simpler you can generate that IA_smallmap.png automatically. For this, just add an "interactiveMap" folder, that is empty (or at least does not contain a file called IA_smallmap.png). When you now call that map through the following URL,
http://vdiplomacy.com/interactiveMap/php/IAgetMap.php?variantID=[yourVariantID],
you should get an auto generated map file that is also stored in the directory of your variant. In most cases it is advisable to do some manual adjustments: As only the area of same color is used for detecting if a user clicked on a territory, you might want to color internal sea bodies like the Bosporus in Con or coastal areas like the space between Danish islands the same as the surrounding land to make it easier to select the territory.
If your sea territories are not selected by a clear border (with no holes!), the auto generation code will not produce a map but an error message that gives you information on the territories that are not separated. You should overwork your smallmap.png in this case or just do it all manually.

Some special rules need additional coding for the interactive map. As a rule of thumb, this is the case when the special rules change orders (e.g. transform rule) or the map appearance (warp around arrows, special unit icons (only if build icons should include the new unit images)). Most code for common special rules can be just copied from other variants, as always.

I try to add the interactive map files for variants from time to time with priority to the popular and big ones. But this gets tedious if you are working on blocks with 10 and more variants so things go very slow. I therefor appreciate your help when creating new variants.
Enriador (1491 D (B))
03 Apr 18 UTC
@tobi1

>If your sea territories are not selected by a clear border (with no holes!), the auto generation code will not produce a map but an error message that gives you information on the territories that are not separated. You should overwork your smallmap.png in this case or just do it all manually.<

Do you mean that every sea-territory must be enclosed by a black border on IA_smallmap? Or can we just recolor the sea-territories, call the file IA_smallmap and upload it?
tobi1 (1927 D Mod (S) (B))
03 Apr 18 UTC
The auto generation code to give the sea territories a unique color just performs a floodfill on every coordinate of every sea territory. So there need to be a border (or just some line of pixels of a different color, not necessarily black). But you can just recolor the sea-territories by hand, as well.
Enriador (1491 D (B))
03 Apr 18 UTC
Thanks for the explanation. I will give it a try with Machiavelli; it if works I will help adding it for as many variants as I can (especially the ones based on Classic like "Build Anywhere", as it's basically copy-pasting the Classic IA_smallmap).

Speaking of 'Machiavelli': all territories/borders are set! Only thing left are the custom units.

ALSO: You may know there are several official scenarios based on the 'Machiavelli' map. The first one, also the most popular, is called 'The Balance of Power' and is the one I am working on.

However there are plenty of scenarios, and since the map is identical I believe we can easily set them up! It's just a matter of adding new powers, colors and starting units, so it should be very fast.

Take a look at these scenarios and tell me what you think of them. http://sob-zine.org/PlayerAids/Machiavelli_Scenarios.html
Oli (977 D Mod (P))
03 Apr 18 UTC
(+1)
Custom units are done.

You just need to check the variant-parameters in the "base"-setup, and the variant is ready to release.
Enriador (1491 D (B))
03 Apr 18 UTC
@Oli, is it possible to add different custom unit sprites for smallmap and largemap?

I want largemap units to be identical (like the ones at Classic or Machiavelli), but smallmap units to be different according to each power (like in Divided States and Canton).
Enriador (1491 D (B))
03 Apr 18 UTC
Oh, and it's not for 'Machiavelli', but for another variant that I will start working on soon.
Enriador (1491 D (B))
03 Apr 18 UTC
>You just need to check the variant-parameters in the "base"-setup<

I tried setting them up, but it does not show up in "preview"-setup even after submitting the changes.

I also uploaded the IA_smallmap.
Oli (977 D Mod (P))
03 Apr 18 UTC
(+1)
Found another problem in the base-tool.
Should work now.
Enriador (1491 D (B))
03 Apr 18 UTC
I can write something, but I still can't write everything.

Fullname = Machiavelli - The Balance of Power appears as 'Machiavelli The Bal'.
Oli (977 D Mod (P))
03 Apr 18 UTC
Try again. I've set the character-limit a bit too low.
Enriador (1491 D (B))
03 Apr 18 UTC
Still not enough to credit the three different authors and add the full link to the DipWiki page of 'Machiavelli'.

Once that's done, the variant is ready for release!
Enriador (1491 D (B))
03 Apr 18 UTC
Also, it does not seem to allow special characters (like &, ( and ), and -).
Oli (977 D Mod (P))
03 Apr 18 UTC
I will include the &, ( and ) to the allowed characters and up the charakter-limit again.
Try again.
Oli (977 D Mod (P))
03 Apr 18 UTC
As these tools write directly in the php-files I'm super careful to now allow for malicious code inserts.
Oli (977 D Mod (P))
03 Apr 18 UTC
@Enriador:
I have not tried for different handling of the large and smallmap icons, but is should be fairly easy. Just upload the smallmap-icons, and I will see what I can do here. But as always new code will take some time. Maybe tomorrow, maybe next weekend...
Enriador (1491 D (B))
03 Apr 18 UTC
@Oli

Everything is fine but the website. It's quite long: http://www.dipwiki.com/?title=Machiavelli

Otherwise, it's done.
Enriador (1491 D (B))
03 Apr 18 UTC
Oh nevermind, the link fitted! 'Machiavelli' is ready at last!

I think it's the first ever automated version of 'Machiavelli' in the English language.
Oli (977 D Mod (P))
03 Apr 18 UTC
(+1)
The "=" was missing from the allowed character-list. It works now.
Enriador (1491 D (B))
03 Apr 18 UTC
Ready for release then. Thought we might wait a few days for the Canton games to fill in?
Sky_Hopper (765 D)
03 Apr 18 UTC
(+1)
Soooo excited!
Enriador (1491 D (B))
03 Apr 18 UTC
Here's how it'll look out: https://i.imgur.com/aPEazN2.png
Oli (977 D Mod (P))
04 Apr 18 UTC
Is it still important to add different icons or should I discard this idea?
Oli (977 D Mod (P))
04 Apr 18 UTC
PS: Same for build anywhere.
Enriador (1491 D (B))
04 Apr 18 UTC
Build anywhere is absolutely important. Otherwise Austria/Milan would never build fleets.

The different icons are not needed for 'Machiavelli', Oli. It's just an idea I had for another variant I will be posting here very soo .
Oli (977 D Mod (P))
04 Apr 18 UTC
Ok. Build-Anywhere is done on the variant.
I will revoke edit-rights for the variant from you and do some local tests.
Should be ready to go.
Enriador (1491 D (B))
04 Apr 18 UTC
Yay! Iberian is ready for editing too, I posted the link in the "A Reconquista variant" thread.
Oli (977 D Mod (P))
04 Apr 18 UTC
(+1)
Just as I did an upload of the finished variant I realized there is no mention of the build-anywhere rule on the rules-page. I will add this to avoid confusion.
Enriador (1491 D (B))
04 Apr 18 UTC
My fault! I completely forgot about the rule for some reason.
d-ice (1969 D)
05 Apr 18 UTC
Looks intriguing! Two questions:
1) Isn't the TyS supposed to be split into an eastern and western part?
2) What are the specific rules that are impossible to code in vdip? (or phrased another way: what are the limitations of vdip that make them impossible to code?)
Enriador (1491 D (B))
05 Apr 18 UTC
Hey @d-ice,

You made some excellent questions.

1) It's important to note that the version of 'Machiavelli' here is not directly taken from the original board game. It's taken from a version made by Andrew Jameson (aka The White Wolf). Jameson apparently was inspired by this map (https://cf.geekdo-images.com/medium/img/KUenyhshqqwvSQHpMZTojfFn2MM=/fit-in/500x500/filters:no_upscale()/pic1405572.jpg), that has the Tyrrhenian Sea as a single space. If I am not mistaken, that map is also the final version released by Avalon Hill.

From a gameplay POV, I think a unified TYN makes for more interesting dynamics between Naples and Florence, and eventually Turkey and the Papacy.

2) The "limitations" are simply a lack of native webDip.php support for some of Machiavelli's features, like Ducats (or any currency for that matter), assassinations, bribes, garrisons, etc. I believe it's *possible* to code these things in, but it's very bothersome and makes one wonder if it's worth the massive effort when there are so many Dip variants around ready to be rescued from the Great Void.

Myself, I prefer Diplomacy's beautiful simplicity, and when I want to play Machiavelli I go to Condottieri. They have an amazing community there and some cool variants.
Enriador (1491 D (B))
07 Apr 18 UTC
Preview of the map: https://i.imgur.com/GntO1vV.png
Enriador (1491 D (B))
09 Apr 18 UTC
Guys, we worked hard to make sure everything is crisp, but nonetheless be sure to report any bugs at the "Mods" section.

Feel free to discuss anything related to the map here as well.
Anon (?? D)
12 Apr 18 UTC
In this game none of the players can enter build orders, it just displays "loading order"

http://vdiplomacy.com/board.php?gameID=34427
Enriador (1491 D (B))
12 Apr 18 UTC
It's a bug that happened in the previous release as well (Canton).

I recommend you report the bug at the "Mods" section, right next to "Variants". It will be solved as soon as possible and the phase will probably get extended as well, so no one will lose anything.
Rancher (1259 D)
12 Apr 18 UTC
there is def a bug on the build phase, not allowing anything right now
Enriador (1491 D (B))
12 Apr 18 UTC
@Rancher, it's a known bug. Report it on the 'Mods' tab (as you should with any bug).
Dr. Recommended (1570 D Mod (B))
12 Apr 18 UTC
(+1)
It’s been reported, thanks guys. I’m sure a fix will come soon.
Oli (977 D Mod (P))
12 Apr 18 UTC
(+2)
Fixed.
Missed to upload the build-anywhere-javascript code for the variant.


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drano019 (2179 D)
05 Apr 18 UTC
Variant Design Help
See below.
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Oli (977 D Mod (P))
05 Apr 18 UTC
(+3)
New convoy-code.
Thanks to tobi1 we have a new and improved convoy-code.
This was really a problem for all "big" variants.
Very cool you could solve this problem. I did take a look at your code, but I'm absolutely clueless... :-)
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Sky_Hopper (765 D)
06 Apr 18 UTC
Gunboat specs
If the "Gunboat", "Public Press", or "Per Rulebook" rules are employed, shouldn't the game be automatically "Anon" as well? If it weren't, then players could just PM each other, defeating the purpose.
6 replies
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gopher27 (1226 D Mod)
06 Apr 18 UTC
Question about social norms for players
In a large game, a reliable player asked the mods to extend the game for Easter. The request was general and largely in the name of other player: "Hey guys, it's Easter, and in a big game, some people will probably be traveling to see family." The extension was granted, and requests like that are likely to be accepted.
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Sky_Hopper (765 D)
06 Apr 18 UTC
Port this?
Here's a variant we might want to try (with a few tweaks, of course):
Map: https://apolyton.net/filedata/fetch?id=8931879
Thread: https://apolyton.net/forum/miscellaneous/archives/stories-diplomacy-archive/114155-stefu-s-very-own-north-american-diplomacy-1870-map
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JOIN: Imperial Diplomacy II - 3 more Players!
JOIN: Imperial Diplomacy II - 3 more Players!
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Oli (977 D Mod (P))
10 Feb 18 UTC
(+1)
RSS feed for Notifications (discussion)
Hi everyone.
Don't miss PMs or game-notifications with your personal RSS-feed.
In your settings-page you can create a unique link that updates with your "Notices"-tab on your homescreen.

Feel free to post ideas for improvements or suggestions.
What's your favorite RSS-client for your platform of choice?
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Sky_Hopper (765 D)
02 Apr 18 UTC
Testing a possible new variant
I've made a simple Diplomacy variant, but I haven't tested it. Would this be the place to (perhaps) gain some testers?
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sarmstro (942 D)
03 Apr 18 UTC
Noob question
Hi, long time dipper, first time vdipper. Is it possible to enter orders using an android phone, or do I have to wait to get in front of a PC? The orders field just says "loading order" and nothing else happens.

Apologies for the stupid question, and hello!
3 replies
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Battalion (1910 D)
29 Mar 18 UTC
Bot wars
I've been wondering how well you could write a script to play gunboat diplomacy. Probably not very well (at least to begin with!), but it would be fun to try. I don't really have the time to do this properly right now, but I'm interested to know if it has been done before, or whether anyone would be keen to try at some point in the future.
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Enriador (1491 D (B))
26 Mar 18 UTC
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[Upcoming] Renaissance: 1453
Hail diplomats! I wanted to share a very small project I have been working on. Soon we will have the chance to play 'Renaissance: 1453'!
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The Real Wheat (0 D)
29 Mar 18 UTC
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Issue with South American Supremacy Map
Hey, I'm getting ready to start a game with some friends using the South American Supremacy map. It appears the map is starting with a fleet in Bogata, which is a landlocked territory. the variant homepage lists Bogata as starting with an army. Is there is a good way to correct this? Thanks!
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The Ambassador (1676 D (B) (B))
22 Mar 18 UTC
(+1)
Forum search idea
Cam the awesome guys that know techie stuff add some functionality to the forum so you can search?
6 replies
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jason4747 (817 D)
21 Mar 18 UTC
What happened to the U.S. of Insanity?
Draw?
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Woodruff (1000 D)
22 Mar 18 UTC
Map Markings
I apologize if this is a repeat question or if it's found somewhere obvious, but I'm brand new to vDiplomacy and I can't seem to find what the difference is between the two types of what I believe are SC markings on the Bye Bye Federalism map.

Can someone help me?
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March Madness discussion
Let's have a discussion/argument about this year's tournament.
12 replies
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Pretz (971 D)
20 Mar 18 UTC
Option to play a variant with fewer than the max number of players?
Hello all,

I and two of my friends love playing 3 player diplo games together. Having gone through the different 3 player maps, I'm wondering if there is a way to play on some of the larger variants, but with just 3 people? For instance, I'd love it if we could play a 3 player game on Fall of the American Empire IV.
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Enriador (1491 D (B))
15 Mar 18 UTC
Which variant would you like seeing on vDiplomacy?
Is there a variant that you really want to play, but isn't available here yet?

I have done work on half a dozen variants and I would like to pick something else. What's your favorite?
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G-Man (2227 D)
17 Mar 18 UTC
Policy For Site Unavailability/Glitch
What do you mods think about having some kind of policy posted to address when the site goes down or is not functional in the future? You have chosen to cancel the 1st game of Divided States over this, but the last time I was involved in a game that had this happen, the last phase was replayed. So currently, the response isn't consistent.
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WWII Tournament REPLACEMENT NEEDED
^^^

Go to the WWII Tournament thread for details. First come, first served.
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