A Review Of The Diplomacy Game

The Diplomacy game is played in Australia and New Zealand where the players tell lies to one another. It is a board game to be played strategically which was first designed by Allan B Calhamer in the year 1954 and then released worldwide in the year 1959. Unlike other board games, this game does not have any dice or other playing elements of that kind. It is a game that helps you to learn human nature and how to keep your calm and recover from the most critical of the situations. It is a game played by two to seven players at most where the players need to constantly form and betray alliances with the other players by forming strategies.


The game plan is set in the backdrop of Europe before the beginning of the First World War. The board resembles a map of Europe in early 1914. There are 56 land regions and 19 sea regions drawn on the map. Each player represents one of the seven great powers in Europe among the 42 land regions, namely, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, France, Austria- Hungary, Russia and Turkey. The remaining 14 land regions stand neutral. The play starts in spring 1901 as the game time resembles prior to First World War, so the time is assumed to be 1901. The players can make their moves only in autumn and spring every year. There are only two kinds of military units available for each player namely the fleet and the military. In each turn, each of the military units has only four options, and they have to make their moves based on these four options only. They can move to the adjoining province or support some allied units invading a territory, support some allied units to save a territory or even hold as they are. There are two phases in the game namely the negotiation phase and the movement phase. Players can instruct their units by giving a written set of orders.  Each player needs to first move his units comprising of other players and win possessions of some cities and/ or provinces which will be then marked as “supply centers”, which are 34 in number allowing the players to have more units of their own.

Betrayal, aggression, and bullying are a part and parcel of the Diplomacy Game. According to some people once a family plays this game together they will not be in a position to look at one another in the same way as they used to be. The relationships may turn sour, and friends may turn into enemies for life.

This is a game of pure negotiation, which has been designed and redesigned several times after its release. It teaches you about your capacity for buoyancy and logical thinking. It teaches you how to handle pressure, how to think strategically and how to negotiate creatively. It also teaches you the principles of power dynamics and thus makes you a strong human being who can withstand any kind of disappointments and frustration.

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