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00matthew2000 (2465 D)
29 May 18 UTC
New Imperial Diplomacy Game, Players Wanted
http://www.vdiplomacy.com/board.php?gameID=35028
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David E. Cohen (1000 D)
24 Jan 18 UTC
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New Variant: Dawn of the Enlightenment
It is on a temporary homepage, http://davidecohen.wixsite.com/diplomiscellany, since I am having a bit of trouble editing my main website. Please take a look. I would love to get comments, suggestions and criticism.
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Sky_Hopper (829 D)
26 May 18 UTC
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A suggested change
It would be nice if eliminated players would be displayed in the order they were eliminated in, not alphabetically.
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Flame (1058 D (B))
09 Jan 18 UTC
Western Known World 901
Please join the testgame
http://lab.diplomail.ru/board.php?gameID=67
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Argentinean Empire (1294 D)
17 Jan 18 UTC
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Cold War Tournament
I am looking to start a rated Cold War tournament consisting of group and knockout stages. Groups of 4 will face each other twice, once as each country. The top two (or three, pending interest) from each group will move on to the knockout stage, with each matchup lasting two games. Users will play as each country once. If tied 1-1, an additional two games are played until a winner is determined.
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vixol (1297 D)
26 May 18 UTC
CountrySwitch
Hi, if I use countryswitch in a non anonymous game, will the temporary players ID be visible instead of mine? The question in another way: will the other players see that the owner is temporarily another player?
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Enriador (1451 D (B))
05 Mar 18 UTC
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Soon on vDiplomacy: Canton Diplomacy
After trying three excruciatingly long games of Colonial Diplomacy and seeing its annoying lack of balance by myself, I decided to revive Paul Webb's 'Canton Diplomacy' from the depths of the internet. With Oli's help and blessing we'll be playing it quite soon!

http://www.dipwiki.com/index.php?title=Canton
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Enriador (1451 D (B))
24 May 18 UTC
[New Variant] Legacy of Versailles
Here's a new variant I have been cooking up for some time. It's set in 1939, right before war blows in Europe once again

http://vdiplomacy.com/variants.php?variantID=111
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Enriador (1451 D (B))
28 Apr 18 UTC
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New Variant: Spice Islands
David Cohen's 'Spice Islands' will be coming to vDip! Here's a preview of the variant: http://vdiplomacy.com/variants.php?variantID=116

Available soonTM.
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The Modern UN Tournament
Information below
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pancake (981 D)
18 May 18 UTC
east asia map!!!
i think that should exist with a small advantage to china but a unified korea an an i india to balance that up.
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GetDoneSon (992 D)
16 May 18 UTC
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Feature Request: Friends List
Similar to how the site already has functionality for muting and blocking other players, we should be able to add them to a friends list so that tracking them down to send PMs is more convenient. It would also make hosting games with players you know you enjoy playing with much easier. I don’t believe that this feature is currently in the issue tracker, and it seems like it would be very easy to implement given the current muting and blocking features already in place.
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Enriador (1451 D (B))
10 Apr 18 UTC
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New Variant: 'Napoleonic: Empires & Coalitions'
Oli has locked me in his basement and only gives me food when I port a new variant. Send help.
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Enriador (1451 D (B))
12 May 18 UTC
[New Variant] Caucasus
I was contacted by user @vixol a few weeks ago, who showed me his awesome variant set in post-Soviet Caucasus. I hope you guys like it!

Preview: http://vdiplomacy.com/variants.php?variantID=118
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Enriador (1451 D (B))
07 Apr 18 UTC
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New Variant: Manifest Destiny III
Hail diplomats,

Yet another variant is coming: Manifest Destiny III. It's set in North America during the conquest of the Wild West.
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Dr. Recommended (1719 D Mod (B))
24 Dec 16 UTC
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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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Enriador (1451 D (B))
10 May 18 UTC
[Variant] Florence Diplomacy
What happens when you move two little dots around?
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kaner406 (1430 D Mod (B) (B))
07 May 18 UTC
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Server not processing games.
I've gone ahead and added 24 hours to all games, to avoid any problems preemptively.
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GOD (1711 D Mod (B))
16 Apr 18 UTC
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GODMODE
Hello everyone, If like to host a special rules game, if we could find enough players interested:
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fasces349 (1053 D)
26 Dec 10 UTC
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Advertise live games here
Like in webdiplo, this thread will be used to help people find live games
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Oli (977 D Mod (P))
29 Apr 18 UTC
Help needed: Our 4 press-types.
Hi everybody.
I'm working on a rules-page about our 4 press-types.
Someone willing to submit some guide what these different press-types are, and what these mean for playing the game?
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Siagas (1822 D)
17 Apr 18 UTC
Looking for replacement quickly
Looking for replacements in the following game : Public WWIV
http://www.vdiplomacy.com/board.php?gameID=33046

You would play as Egypt in the map World War IV. This game is Public Press so everything you say everyone can see. For more detail, go look the new message in the thread.
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ubercacher16 (1491 D)
30 Apr 18 UTC
Replacement needed
I need a replacement for China in the bourse game.
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islefan5 (968 D)
28 Apr 18 UTC
Problem: cannot set orders
I have the message “loading order” but cannot enter any orders. Is the site down?
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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 (829 D)
04 Apr 18 UTC
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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
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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?
gopher27 (1226 D Mod)
23 Apr 18 UTC
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First off, the War of the Austrian Succession was more properly the War of the Bohemian Succession. Maria Theresa was the eldest daughter of an Emperor without sons who had inherited the throne from his older brother whose only son had died. There had been an agreement that if the younger brother failed to produce a son that the elder brother's daughters (the Queen of Poland and the Queen of Bavaria) would have superior inheritance rights over the younger brother's daughters. The Queen of Bavaria then claimed the Kingdom of Bohemia without making claims against Austria or Hungary. This was significant because Bohemia was one of the 7 electors, and after France bribed, threatened and cajoled the Bishop-Electors of Mainz, Trier and Cologne, the vote of Bohemia was sufficient to make the King of Bavaria the Holy Roman Emperor.

Second, Spain had lost all of her possessions is Italy as a result of the War of the Spanish Succession. Sicily and Naples seem to be Spain's color. The old King of Spain had fathered new children with his second Italian wife. This second wife wanted possessions in Italy to set up her sons as Kings of Dukes. Specifically, she wanted Parma.

Third, while France wanted to break the power of the House of Austria within Germany, France also had her then long term goal of seizing the Southern portions of what is today Belgium principally to advance their frontier to a highly defensible river but also to take in the Francophone Walloons.

None of these three central focuses of the war exist as Supply Centers.

Frederick the Great and the awesome Prussian Army was largely a thing of the next generation. Frederick never really faced the Austrian Army during this war. Austria was fighting the French in the Low Countries and in Southern Germany and the Spanish and the French in both Northern and Southern Italy throughout the war. The top two Austrian generals were von Khevenhüller and von Traun. The Prussians faced von Traun only once and were soundly defeated. Aside from this one brief campaign in which von Traun was sent with a real army to evict the Prussians from Moravia, von Traun spent nearly the entire war in Italy, while von Khevenhüller evicted the French from Southern Germany and forced the Bavarians out of Bohemia.
gopher27 (1226 D Mod)
23 Apr 18 UTC
Should read "Kings or Dukes" not "Kings of Dukes".
gopher27 (1226 D Mod)
23 Apr 18 UTC
BTW, the one bit I have seen of Downton Abbey that I thought was utterly brilliant:

Isobel Crawley: "I really wish you could open your mouth without sounding like Marie Antoinette's older sister."

Violet Crawley: "Queen Maria Carolina of Naples and Sicily was an admirable and stalwart woman."
Enriador (1451 D (B))
23 Apr 18 UTC
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Excellent overview @gopher. I agree with most of your points.

On Spanish Naples: in 1740 the kingdom was under a Bourbon monarch, son of the Spanish king. Actually, this Neapolitan king would eventually become king of Spain himself a few years later.

So I like how the variant mimics this by making Naples/Sicily start under Spain, but without any units there. It represents both Naples within the Spanish sphere of influence, and its isolated location from the Bourbon heartlands.
gopher27 (1226 D Mod)
23 Apr 18 UTC
I know that, but he was a son by the second wife and had no reasonable expectation of becoming King of Spain until many people died. This was the settlement from the War of the Polish Succession. Naples kind of joined the Franco-Spanish alliance but was hardly a reliable ally
Enriador (1451 D (B))
23 Apr 18 UTC
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>he was a son by the second wife and had no reasonable expectation of becoming King of Spain until many people died

Still, Naples was considered to be closer to Spain than the Habsburgs.

>hardly a reliable ally

This is represented by the lack of any Spanish units in the kingdom, and the fact the two SCs there can easily be taken by Piedmont-Sardinia and the Ottoman Empire.
Enriador (1451 D (B))
23 Apr 18 UTC
*than to the Habsburgs
Safari (1510 D (B))
24 Apr 18 UTC
Every game of Diplomacy is a giant "what if" scenario - what happens after the starting year is up to the players, not historical figures. If you want a map designed to simulate the real events that took place from 1740-1748, feel free to create your own variant. If you want to have fun playing Dip on a 90% historically accurate map (small liberties were taken to provide a more balanced experience) give this one a try...

For what it's worth, Bohemia is one of the key strategic territories on the map, Spain and Naples literally combined their armies to fight in Italy soon after the fighting began, France is almost guaranteed to want to move to the region you refer to, and it was the invasion of Silesia by none other than Fred II himself that began the entire war.
gopher27 (1226 D Mod)
24 Apr 18 UTC
Spain and Naples did not combine their armies in Italy to anything approaching the degree that Austria, Britain and the Netherlands did in the Low Countries.

Your comment about Silesia are ahistorical. Prussia marched into Silesia because they expected to get away with it while Austria was more concerned with protecting Prague from the Bavarians and Brussels from the French. Belgium, Bohemia and Parma were what the war was all about. Silesia was a side show that the Austrians gave away to contest more important things.
Enriador (1451 D (B))
24 Apr 18 UTC
>Spain and Naples did not combine their armies in Italy to anything approaching the degree that Austria, Britain and the Netherlands did in the Low Countries.

Is there a Diplomacy-friendly way to represent military operations of different scales? In Classic, the Obriani front (VEN-TRI) has same scale as the Western Front (BUR-MUN)...

While I agree that these key centers of attrition could have been SCs, they would have messed up with the variant's balance.

@gopher, you made a very good piece of criticism, and it's clear you know a good deal about the period. Since every criticism must be followed with advice on how to improve it, I ask: in what way would you modify the map to fit its historical needs without screwing balance (a very hard thing to do in Diplomacy)?
gopher27 (1226 D Mod)
24 Apr 18 UTC
No, I understand the issues. Creating a Diplomacy variant around this incredibly unbalanced conflict is very tough. Austria was initially attacked on four fronts and had to employ diplomacy and deploy a huge amount of British money to survive. But Prussia did not "beat" Austria to gain Silesia. The British threatened to withdraw their subsidies if Austria did not make peace with Prussia (which guarded British held Hanover) and Austria agreed in exchange for being allowed to take Naples and Sicily. Austria also agreed to make concessions in Northern Italy to Savoy.

BTW, one of the last acts of Cardinal Fleury was to acknowledge Austrian annexation of Bavaria in exchange for the Austrians allowing the French army besieged in Prague safe passage back across the Rhine. Austria rejected the offer in hopes of an even better deal once the French army surrendered, but it escaped the encirclement and Fleury died.

To capture the history, one might give Austria a bunch of unguarded SCs in the North with her armies in the South to fend off the Ottomans. Austria eventually raised huge armies in Hungary and marched them into Germany much to the horror of the Bavarians. And France finally committed to sending a 100,000 man army into Belgium under Maurice de Saxe to crush the combined Anglo-Austro-Dutch army after failing to gain advantage in Italy or Southern Germany or along the Rhine.


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CCR (1668 D)
12 Dec 17 UTC
A Reconquista variant
http://www.variantbank.org/results/rules/i/iberian.htm
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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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