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Diplomacy 5: Vanilla with a Twist

Discussion in 'Forum Games' started by LightFang, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. LightFang

    LightFang "I'm the hero!"

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    Introduction

    So I felt like hosting a forum game, since I still feel bad about The Long March (which is going up sometime, I swear!), so I'll be running a really easy game of Diplomacy.

    Remember that if you don't know how to do anything in this game, you can always ask the GM, who will be nice enough to answer your questions. Things like proper order format, proper shorthand, and the like will be answered.

    An Overview
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diplomacy_(board_game)

    Rules of Warfare
    http://www.diplomacy-archive.com/resources/rulebooks/2000AH4th.pdf

    The Adjudicator
    http://jdip.sourceforge.net/

    Special Notes
    We are playing the Loeb9 Variant of Diplomacy with Wing Units, which entails the following:
    • Wing Units: Planes may cross both land and sea but may not capture supply centers.
    • 8th Player: Spain.
    • 9th Player: Norway.
    • Icy Seas: The extra space, the Arctic Ocean, has special rules. A unit in the Arctic Ocean may not be given orders in the fall turn. No unit may attempt to move into this space during a fall turn.
    • Difficult Passable Borders: Passages between Cordoba and North Africa and between Naples and Sicily is allowed by armies. This move is made with a force equal to the number of supports (as opposed to the normal one plus the number of supports). Fleets may not make this move; support cannot be given in this fashion. This form of movement is very similar to a convoyed movement and an unsupported unit will have no effect on the destination province when cutting support or banning retreats.
    • Various Map Changes: See for yourself on the map.

    Orders
    Order due dates will always be displayed on the front page, first post, unless it gets eaten. :p If I'm late updating, I won't punish you guys; if you didn't turn orders in, you have until I start updating. If everybody gets orders in before the deadline, I'll update before the deadline and the game will move along faster. Orders will generally be due every three days, but extensions are liberally handed out if asked for in advance.

    You don't need to follow these recommendations, but they'll make my life, and therefore yours, easier. These are just some things that you can put in your orders.

    • Title: Diplomacy 5 - Country - Time
      Example: Diplomacy 5 - Austria - Spring 1916
    • Movements: If you're familiar with the board game, do it like that. If you're not, you can just dictate it. Things like A(Vie)->Gal; A Vie - Gal; A Vie -> Gal are all good.
    • Statement of Intent/War Aims: The only optional part of your orders! Just a brief description of what you're going for and stuff. Makes the game interesting for me, since I can see all the backstabbing and stuff building up. Again, don't do it if you're lazy, but if you're like most people, you like talking about yourself. Plus, you know, seeing your goals on paper makes them that much more achievable.
    The Cast
    Austria: Methos
    England: Backwards Logic
    France: Firestorm94
    Germany: Tasslehoff
    Italy: Niklas
    Norway: Stuck in Pi
    Spain: jeps | Renata as temporary leader
    Turkey: Izipo Chandrasekhar

    9th: Russia: GoodGame Charles Li

    The Next in Line
    1. Chandrasekhar
    2. Renata
    3. Ekolite
    4. Charles Li

    State of Affairs
    Spring 1918 (Awaiting Retreat)

    Events Unfold
    May 16, 2009 at 20:00 PST (GMT -8)

    Current Military Situation
    Spoiler :

    Political Situation as of Spring 1918
    Spoiler :

    Military Log
    Update 1: Spring 1914 Movement. Izipo dropped before the game started due to busyness; Chandrasekhar tapped for Turkey.
    Update 2: Fall 1914 Movement. Ekolite dropped from reserves list due to not knowing how to play the game; GoodGame quit because things were going bad. Charlies Li replaced GoodGame.
    Update 3: Fall 1914 Adjustment.
    Update 4: Spring 1915 Movement. Our first retreat!
    Update 5: Spring 1915 Retreat.
    Update 6: Fall 1915 Movement.
    Update 7: Fall 1915 Retreat.
    Update 8: Fall 1915 Adjustment.
    Update 9: Spring 1916 Movement.
    Update 9.5: Spring 1916 Retreat.
    Update 10: Fall 1916 Movement.
    Update 11: Fall 1916 Retreat.
    Update 12: Fall 1916 Adjustment. Charles Li dropped from Russia because things were going bad; not bothering to tap Renata for Russia, since the situation looks pretty hopeless.
    Update 13: Spring 1917 Movement. jeps is busy; Renata tapped for Spain.
    Update 14: Spring 1917 Retreat.
    Update 15: Fall 1917 Movement.
    Update 16: Fall 1917 Retreat.
    Update 17: Fall 1917 Adjustment. Russia is officially eliminated. Eight countries remain.
    Update 18: Spring 1918 Movement.
     
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2009
  2. jeps

    jeps Arcadefire

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    in. wings? meh. loeb9? cool.

    interest: spain. would be cool, unusual country not often there.
     
  3. Tasslehoff

    Tasslehoff Kender

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    Oooh, I'm in. Not sure what country to pick atm, though.
     
  4. Izipo

    Izipo Hardcore casual gamer

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    Oooh, shiny ! A classic Diplomacy, I'll have to brush up my skills and refresh my memory because it's been a long time since I've played one, and I have no idea what you mean by Loeb9.

    But I'll have a go at it with Turkey, thanks.
     
  5. LightFang

    LightFang "I'm the hero!"

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    All Loeb9 means is right there in the first post. The map's been fiddled with, there are additional rules involving difficult land crossings, and there are two new players.
     
  6. Niklas

    Niklas Fully Functional GOTM Staff

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    Sign me up! Woo, for once I see a signup thread before it's all filled up! :D

    EDIT: I will masochistically pick Italy, I never played them before, plus it's fun to be next to Izipo. :mischief:
     
  7. GoodGame

    GoodGame Red, White, & Blue, baby!

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    Ill sign up. Is this strictly pen and paper, in the forum?

    Edit: I'll go with Russia or Norway.
     
  8. Backwards Logic

    Backwards Logic Emperor Palpatine

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    Signing up as England
     
  9. Stuck in Pi

    Stuck in Pi 3.14159265358979323846...

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    IN!!!!!!!

    I'll take whichever nation GoodGame doesn't take.
     
  10. Methos

    Methos HoF Quattromaster Moderator Hall of Fame Staff

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    I'll sign up. I feel a little crazy, so I'll take Austria. Work is blocking the map, so I can't see my position, but I'm betting its not a very good one. :D
     
  11. LightFang

    LightFang "I'm the hero!"

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    Yeah. I have an adjudicator that I just realized would be a good idea to link to in the opening post. :p You send your orders to me, and I just let everything happen.

    Just one more person and this game is good to go.
     
  12. Firestorm94

    Firestorm94 zuh?

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    I'll try playing as France I guess.
     
  13. Chandrasekhar

    Chandrasekhar Determined

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    Edit: Whoops, didn't notice Stuck in Pi's signup. Count me in as a reserve.
     
  14. LightFang

    LightFang "I'm the hero!"

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    All right. Since this is the opening set of moves, I am giving everybody an extra day to conduct diplomacy and whatnot.

    Orders are due at 20:00 PST on Monday.
     
  15. Stuck in Pi

    Stuck in Pi 3.14159265358979323846...

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    Since Good Game has yet to officially make his claim, i will claim Russia as my own. He can have Norway.
     
  16. Renata

    Renata homicidal jungle cat GOTM Staff

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    Put me in as a reserve; I'm too busy to play now, but might be able to if someone drops out. Of course I'd have to learn how, first ... :hmm:
     
  17. LightFang

    LightFang "I'm the hero!"

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    I'm not flipping it around on the offhand chance that someone has done some diplomacy already.

    If you wanted Russia, you should have specifically claimed it! :p
     
  18. Ekolite

    Ekolite Deity

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    Ah well, that will teach me not to pay attention to forum games.

    You can sign me up as a reserve if you have need of one.

    EDIT: That adjudicator looks interesting.
     
  19. Stuck in Pi

    Stuck in Pi 3.14159265358979323846...

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    Fine... I'll be Norway.
     
  20. Diamondeye

    Diamondeye So Happy I Could Die

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    Since there already is a bunch of reserves I will be lurking this! Definately sounds fun, let me know if you guys are planning on starting another :p
     

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