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I decided the other day that I fancied a game of Diplomacy; after not playing for quite a long time, and so went searching the internet for some play by email group I could join. Sadly, however, I've discovered it doesn't seem to be anywhere near as popular online as it used to be (dang kinds with their GTA 4 and their graphics). There seem to be far too many games out there waiting for 6 months for enough players to start, whereas I remember you used to be able to joina waiting list and off in a matter of days.
Then it occurred to me - I do know a bunch of people who might be up for a game, just not in real life. We only need 7 players, and there are online bots we can use to process the turns. Alternatively, we could all just PM our orders to someone neutral and have them post the lot at once in a game thread.
For those who don't know what I'm talking about, Diplomacy is an old boardgame set in early 20th century Europe, in which players control one of the great powers of the day. The aim is to establish yourself as the dominant force in the continent. The rules are simple, and there's no dice or other randomisation - 2 armies beat one army; 3 beat 2, one-on-one is a draw etc. The fun comes from the fact that all moves are submitted in secret each turn, then revealed and carried out simultaneously. This is where the diplomacy comes in - to win you're generally going to have to cooperate with other players - non-aggression pacts to protect your flanks; or partitioning your enemies so as not to unintentionally get in each others' way. You're also usually going to have to cheat other players as well, and it's finding that balance (and also vindictively ruining the chances of the player who betrayed you) that's half the fun!
You should be able to find a copy of the rules here
Anyone up for it? We can decide on the deadlines between moves depending on who's up for playing and what you all think.