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The game is exciting, skilful and full of cunning negotiations!

If you haven’t played this game, you’re missing out . If you have played it and did not enjoy, there could have been many reasons why, but by reading this page, you might decide to try it again.

As an overview of Diplomacy, the game is based in Europe at 1901 and there are seven Great Powers. They are Austria-Hungary, England, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Turkey. A player is the leader of one of those countries. Regarding England being used and not Great Britain, it’s that the late Allan B Calhamer lived in the States and so... As for this site, for certain variant games I’ve changed it to Britain, but that being said, if a player writes England, which is fine. I was thinking of changing it to Scotland, but then there is a variant for that country and soon I’ll have it shown here . The game does not use dice, therefore you have to plan your objectives and negotiate with the other players, which may become a short or long-term ally. The aim is to win, which means you will have to control Europe!

For further details, including the rules, a link below will take you to a section, which is aimed and helping you out. One added point is abbreviation, which you’ll see and they’re; Face to Face is F-F, Play by Mail is PBM and Play by E-mail is PBEM. The land provinces and seas have abbreviations; however there is a map showing them.

ALB & GSB not only has games arranged by it, but the site is also open to hosted competitions, yet those are arranged by their own organiser. The hosted competitions do have to follow the ALB & GSB Houserules, but as they are often variants of Diplomacy, certain rules will be different and those will be shown in their own set of rules.

Rules and Maps will show rules used for normal Diplomacy together with the variants (there are many variants so the site isn’t a library ). Due to the number of different coloured maps, namely the country they’re sold, what is shown here is the equivalent to the actual board game I bought in May 1983. The abbreviations for provinces are shown on a map and they’re different to that shown in the official rules (age has taken its toll, as early ‘80s it used to be Nor for Norway, not now Nwy). Another map shows the fleets and armies for Pre-Spring 1091.Rules and Map
Articles about Diplomacy are intended to give you my view of certain aspects of the game. It’s fair to say many people play the game and some may have a different view to mine, but I hope you’ll find them interesting. One thing I’m sure of is that the game can be classed as a complex, yet I personally think the game is not and hopefully the articles will make you think I’m right.Articles
The noughts and crosses picture is intended to show that games are shown within the link. Most of the games are based on Diplomacy and also its variants, but other non-Diplomacy games might soon be within. Links to the Admiral (hasn’t been played for 15 years) and Intimate Diplomacy Tournament games are shown.Games
Many players like to research stats to give them a clearer idea of games that have been played in the past. Often stats don’t give a better view; however these do give a good incline into normal games and the Gunboat variant. Tables will show the Openings and Endings, but based on countries not players.Games
Intimate Diplomacy Tournament (ID) was designed by some of my Diplomacy colleagues, but as they don’t have a site, it’s hosted here. The game itself is a two-player game based on Diplomacy, where each player takes one of the seven major powers of the regular game. Players earn credits according to the number of supply centres held by their own country at the end of the Autumn season. The players then use these credits to bid for control of the remaining five great powers for one game year at a time. In addition, Hucknall Cup (HC) was thought of by, sadly the late, Richard Hucknall and is played by the same players playing the Tournament. For more details, click here.Intimate Diplomacy Tournament
The Waiting List shows games that are currently able to play. The list will include the type of game, the length of time for the Deadlines and the names of players waiting. The games, which are part of Gunboat, willn’t show the players' real names, but it will show the amount waiting. If you like the idea of a game, thought are unaware of the rules, links to it are shown.Waiting List
In Easter 2003 Admiral started with the aim to give players a bit of fun whilst they’re trying to become classed as a good Gunboat player. Thankfully many players said they enjoyed it and asked for it to continue. Within this link you’ll be able to read information about the competition, including the rules and if your native language isn’t English, don’t worry as named players did translate to their language. If interested, click here. Currently on hold!!Admiral Gunboat Competition
Where to Play provides a handful of ways to play the game and also other types of games. It includes Web Sites plus mentions how you can play F-F games or learn or both. In case you wonder, none of the above costs money to play, however F-F games may to cover any expenditure such as venue.Where to Play

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