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Sky_Hopper (548 D)
05:03 AM UTC
Winning target SCs don't work?
I just tried to create a Classic game with the winning number of SCs as 34 and the site just didn't want to do it. Is this a bug, or a system put in place?
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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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ubercacher16 (1585 D)
Mon 03 PM UTC
Chaos Colors
See below
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tobi1 (1948 D Mod (S) (B))
Sun 01 PM UTC
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Game processing paused
We are currently having some problems after another WebDip code merge with some deep changes to the codebase. Game processing has been paused until this is resolved.

Sorry for the inconvenience.
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kaner406 (1259 D Mod (B) (B))
08 Sep 18 UTC
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Variant Development Thread
This thread is made for the express purpose of cutting down of multiple threads that deal with new variants, ideas, concepts etc...
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The Ambassador (1614 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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Devonian (1871 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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LeonWalras (1105 D)
03 May 19 UTC
Chaos!
As I'm sure many of you are aware, we now have the classic chaos variant over at webDiplomacy.net
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David E. Cohen (1000 D)
13 Jan 19 UTC
Dawn of the Enlightenment Game Forming
I see there are separate threads for game recruiting, so here we are.
I am looking for several more players to fill out the roster of the second playtest for what I feel may be my best variant yet. A sweeping global variant featuring fluid play with both compact Powers and world spanning empires, Dawn of the Enlightenment's ocean provinces and wrap around map minimize the influence of stalemate lines on play and the lower, variable victory criteria both balance the variant and encourage winning rather than drawing.

The current map (rules are on it) can be found on the variant webpage: http://davidecohen.wixsite.com/diplomiscellany, or here: https://i.ibb.co/JHvGQQ2/Dot-E-v2-0.png.
Sky_Hopper (548 D)
14 Jan 19 UTC
What is the phase length?
Essence333 (831 D)
14 Jan 19 UTC
Looks interesting. I would be willing to help if needed. Just curiously, why did you choose not to include the great lakes?
Sky_Hopper, the phase length will be comparatively slow. This is a new map and there will be lots of players to talk to. I think we are looking at 4 days for movement phases and 2 days for retreat and adjustment phases.

Essence333, good to hear. This will be run primarily through email, so either PM me your email address or email me at zendip18AToptonlineDOTnet. As to the Great Lakes, they would not have added much to play and at this point would not have been viably connected to the sea (Niagara Falls). The same is true for many other inland bodies of water. The only one I included is the Caspian Sea, which is bigger and more historically significant. Even there no one starts with a fleet on the Caspian.
Essence333 (831 D)
15 Jan 19 UTC
You don't have to make them accessible to fleets, just to be there for context and the right mapping
I tend to strip all nonessential stuff from my maps (note for example that Greenland, which is far larger than the 5 Great Lakes combined, is not there either) so as to make them less cluttered.
Come on folks. I need bodies. Reliable, skilled bodies to fill out this roster, so I can play in this playtest and pound you into hamburger. Step up and feel the love.
Up to 8 players, with 2-3 maybes. We therefore need 4-7 more players for a full roster. Step forward, folks, for a chance to play what is in my not so humble opinion, a masterpiece of the variant designer's art.
KingOfSwords (1048 D)
11 Feb 19 UTC
This is a fascinating variant, set in 1701 with a global map. There is a mix of colonial and regional powers, and to compensate for imbalances, each power has its own victory criterion. I played in the first playtest, and am very much looking forward to the second one. Let's get a few more players on board, and we can get this going!
That is what we needed! An honest testimonial!



(Your check is in the mail.)
drano019 (2345 D)
13 Feb 19 UTC
Meh, it was alright. The designer decided to make the units super tiny, and the ocean spaces super big, so unless you had it projected on a 60" TV, you were practically losing units into the deep blue sea. And lets not even get into the lack of an orders map, just the results map. I mean, you had to scour the map for tiny units, then recreate all the orders on your own to make sure the GM didn't make mistakes. If that's not lazy, I don't know what is. Honestly, I'm not sure why we let this guy keep coming around. My review: 1 dagger out of 5.

:P

In all seriousness, it's a pretty cool map. I disagree with some of the changes made for v2, as I think things removed were a large part of what made the map unique and special (the half strength units/SCs especially), but it still stands as a pretty fun map. I'd encourage anyone interested in trying PBEM to give it a shot. Worst case scenario? It's just another world map and you're not impressed. At least in that case, you can beat up on David Cohen on the map instead of having to deal with him as GM! :D

No really though, thanks David for putting it together!
It was a tough decision removing the half strength units and the multi-unit high seas provinces. But it was a huge pain to hamd adjudicate and I understand it would require a ton of extra work to code. The learning curve for players was high as well. It all came down to: "Why have a great variant if no one will ever play it?"
And the units have to be tiny to fit into the smaller provinces and still be able to show the province names!
drano019 (2345 D)
13 Feb 19 UTC
Understood on your thinking on removing them, as we've discussed before. I still feel it's a larger change than we appreciate though, as now the local superiority of the Asian powers is easily threatened by the colonials whereas in the past, if the Asian powers got the full strength SCs early (through Spread of Knowledge), they'd have the distinct local advantage. It's not hard to imagine the colonials bankrolling invasions of Asia with builds from North America now, and the Asian powers don't even have that small advantage in their favor anymore.
drano019 (2345 D)
13 Feb 19 UTC
"And the units have to be tiny to fit into the smaller provinces and still be able to show the province names!"

Bah, just use numbers! We already have all the rules printed on the SW corner of the map, just include a legend that 1 = Switzerland, 2 = Berlin, etc. IMO, having easily seen units is far more important than having a full name on a province. I can't tell you how many times I scanned over a fleet in the big oceans. This was also confirmed by other people as well that they missed seeing them, especially the darker colored powers like Portugal. And it goes double if you were trying to view the map on mobile. Ease of interpreting the map trumps aesthetics by a long shot in my opinion.
The units can be/are located next to the province names. Easy to find even in the largest provinces. Plus those big oceanic areas now each have 7 managably sized sea province boxes (the 7 Seas--LOL), so people will know exactly where to look.

And the play balance concerns are handled by the variable victory criteria. Remember, the largest Powers have a victory criterion of 44 dots, while the criterion for the smallest Powers is only 29! If certain Powers are consistently being stomped on, those victory criteria can be tweaked.
drano019 (2345 D)
13 Feb 19 UTC
"The units can be/are located next to the province names. Easy to find even in the largest provinces."

Understood on your thinking. I'm simply telling you that when it was viewed on mobile, it was easy to overlook them due to how small they (and the province names) were, especially in the big ocean spaces. Plus the black text on dark blue spaces made the text sometimes easy to overlook, which coupled with how small the text was compared to how large the space was, made things easy to overlook sometimes. Should it have been? Probably not. But I'm just commenting that it WAS overlooked by people many times. That said, hopefully it's better now with the 7 sea boxes, which should make things a lot more clear.

"And the play balance concerns are handled by the variable victory criteria."

I know this has been discussed before, and I'm sure it will continue to get discussed as games get played, but I'm not sure this will necessarily balance things either. An asian power like China or India has to capture literally all of mainland Asia east of the Caspian sea to reach 29 SCs. Or they have to break out into Indonesia where they're at a massive disadvantage due to colonial powers having tons of fleets to start plus the ability of colonial powers to bankroll their builds from elsewhere in the world. As we saw last game, that's VERY easy to blockade. And to capture mainland Asia, one must defeat Russia, 2 other Asian powers most likely, and then all the colonials that start in southern India. A very tall tale to accomplish. I somewhat feel the natural setup of the board puts the Asian powers at a massive disadvantage, but I really don't know how to rectify that without losing historical accuracy.
A little challenge for those who have taken an interest in this variant: I do not think there are any stalemate lines. A Diplocookie to anyone who finds one.
Still need 4-6 plyers to round out the roster. C'mon, real men don't need stalemate lines!
We still need players to fill out the roster.
I am playing, so join up and stomp me so I will shut up about what a great player I am.
AKFD (956 D)
06 Apr 19 UTC
Greetings David!

Where do we join?
David E. Cohen (1000 D)
06 Apr 19 UTC
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This will primarily be PBEM, perhaps with a backup publication at one of the more active forums. Please email me at zendip18AToptonlineDOTnet or PM me if interested.
Almost full. We have 13 players and need only 2 more.
David E. Cohen (1000 D)
Sun 05 May UTC
Still need 2 players. Please sign up for what in my opinion is a masterpiece of variant design with a very nice roster of players.
David E. Cohen (1000 D)
Sat 18 May UTC
Still looking to fill this one out.
I *think* we have a full roster. I will confirm once we are rolling. If you want to observe, let me know and I will get you on the list.
Sky_Hopper (548 D)
Tue 12 AM UTC
Hmm, I'm up for observing.
I would also like to observe
Observers, PM me your email addresses, please.


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butterhead (975 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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nopunin10did (1041 D)
Tue 14 May UTC
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Changes to make PPSC better
Currently, the PPSC system rewards points in a solo. It has a number of perverse effects on gameplay. In the subsequent post(s), I will outline changes that could reform PPSC and reduce its detrimental impact.
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Zybque (1000 D)
Mon 13 May UTC
Cold War tournament
That cold war tournament I talked about: Subscriptions are open!
The first 64 players that sign up will participate. You do need to sign up to the discord server as that's the place where we try to mingle the diplomacy crowd.
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Grahamso1 (1513 D)
Fri 10 May UTC
Two winners in a game?
What happens if a game is set with winning conditions lower than 50% of all SCs and two players reach that goal in the same season? Is it a tie? Does the game continue until one has more?
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Grahamso1 (1513 D)
Fri 10 May UTC
Two winners in a game?
What happens if a game is set with winning conditions lower than 50% of all SCs and two players reach that goal in the same season? Is it a tie? Does the game continue until one has more?
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AJManso4 (1008 D)
Fri 10 May UTC
Builds
Can you build in your main SC if you moved out of it in autumn?
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Sky_Hopper (548 D)
Wed 08 May UTC
Illogical Rating Assignments
Take a look at the following link:
https://vdiplomacy.com/hof.php?gameID=37006

Now, you can see the "brains" of the rating system. As you can see, the system deducts less from a player who CD'd than a player who kept playing and survived. Why? Shouldn't players be held accountable for their CDs?
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nopunin10did (1041 D)
Tue 07 May UTC
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Ready Button Retreat Bug
I'm Britain in this game:
https://www.vdiplomacy.com/board.php?gameID=37793

I have a retreat due. There is only one valid retreat location. I click the "Ready" button, but it's not saving the retreat. We're playing with rulebook press, so there is no "save" button currently.
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Zybque (1000 D)
Tue 07 May UTC
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Nexus Tournament final is about to start
Hi all.

You might or might not have been aware of the tournament going on discord. (Here is a website: https://diplomacynexus.com) I saw some of you in there. But nobody made it to the finals I think.
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Dingus Supremus (983 D)
03 May 19 UTC
Rip Chewbacca
The voice of Chewbacca Peter Mayhew passed away April 30 at the age of 74. Press F to pay respects
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Dingus Supremus (983 D)
18 Apr 19 UTC
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Bone related things
This is for bone related things
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Carlo (1000 D)
23 Apr 19 UTC
Move-question
Hi!

Does anybody whether you can move with an army from Morocco to Gibraltar in variant World War II?
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Flame (1052 D (B))
24 Apr 19 UTC
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Lepanto6X
This variant was installed several years ago. But I didn't remember who developed it. variant got several bugs. Who will fix it and give us a final release of a map? ;-)
http://lab.webdiplomacy.ru/variants.php?variantID=97
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Flame (1052 D (B))
24 Apr 19 UTC
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Classic 1898 & Classic 1898 FoW
Classic 1898 & Classic 1898 FoW -
Start with one unit for each power. Very interesting and dinamic variants.New variants are already installed at Webdiplomacy.Ru.
If VDip community wanna try them I will send you the files...
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vixol (1601 D)
10 Apr 19 UTC
Caucasia
I think the variant Caucasia would benefit from being played with a set end year and winner takes all. One could think of Caucasia as a tight C-diplo scoring variant.
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Sky_Hopper (548 D)
07 Apr 19 UTC
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Site has new PHP stuff
...that I'm still getting used to. For example, the font is now Trebuchet MS, the forum has gotten a renovation, etc.
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Bone
My friend group and I have decided to shift all of our games from WebDiplomacy to VDiplomacy after the "Incident". Apologies for all of our bone games that will cloud up the search bar. However feel free to join any of them that you want, the password will always be the same, bone (unless we actually want it to be just us, in which case the password would be something else). Language may be offensive because some of my friends don't understand common decency.
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Sky_Hopper (548 D)
10 Apr 19 UTC
Block/unblock a player
How would you go about blocking or unblocking a player in the new site setup? The button seems to be gone.
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Mercy (2091 D)
31 Oct 18 UTC
Newspaper Game
A while ago, some players in threadID=80668 discussed playing another Newspaper game. Meanwhile, more than 7 players have shown their interest to participate in it, but no consensus on the specific settings of the game has been reached yet. I have created this thread to set up the next Newspaper game and discuss its settings.
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limited number of games
I can only be in 2 games at once since I'm a new player on vdiplomacy, however I've played a lot of diplomacy and know how to play the game. It should include the number phases you have taken on normal diplomacy while determining how many games you can be in.
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AJManso4 (1008 D)
03 Apr 19 UTC
World war IV Sealanes Match Open!
We need 33 more players
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