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Cristiano Corte Restitutti
Brazil
Araraquara, Campinas, São Paulo
Sao Paulo
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10
Aug 2001*
Da Game!
2001-08-20*
Owned
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Michael Alley
United States
Schaumburg
Illinois
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10
Aug 2001*
Classic game of Diplomatic maneuvering.
2001-08-24*
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Lawrence Pickard
United Kingdom
London
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10
Jan 2002*
Just about the best means of socialising with the same sex! Don't bother playing with less than five though.
2002-01-19*
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Eric Yarnell
United States
Seattle
Washington
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10
Jun 2002*
What can I say, this is my favorite game of all time. No luck, infinite tactical and strategic depth, you have to know military tactics and psychology, and immense replay value. Ok, it's awkward to find 7 players, and if you don't play a timed game it takes forever, but I still love it. Unique.
2009-04-12
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Josh Adelson
United States
Columbia
South Carolina
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Who cares where it came from or whether it's correct or not? Certainly not me
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10
Mar 2011
I have no idea how my rating sat at 7 for 6 years on the 'geek before I noticed and corrected it. I've NEVER had a bad time playing this game, and there are almost no games I've played multiple times about which I can make the same statement.
2009-04-18
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Klaus Bakdal
Denmark
Store Heddinge
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10
Aug 2002*
My favorite of all games in all categories. Unique game play. All the game is besides the board, in negotiations. Listen at the door, lie, backstab, play innocent....
Never play less than 7, unless you use a special variant. Goes perhaps better in PBEM than FTF.
2002-08-20*
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Ed Konstant
United States
North Redington
Florida
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10
Dec 2002*
The ultimate game, but not for the faint-hearted. If you can make a deal with a player willing to finish second, you can win -- just watch your back!
2002-12-28*
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Jeff Aaronson
United States
Rochester
New York
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10
Aug 2008*
Wooden pieces
2003-01-24*
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john hiles
United States
orlando
Florida
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10
Feb 2003*
my favorite game
2003-02-08*
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T M
United States
Longview
Texas
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10
Feb 2003*
This is my favorite game. There is no luck in this game, totally up to the "political" skills of the player. Most fun when played with a backstabbing group. A totally honest group just makes this a game of math and probability and really boring. It does take a while and is difficult to find enough players to make it fun. We played it my dorm with weekly moves, it was a blast and made you paranoid all week!
2003-02-12*
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Eric Anderson
United States
Kailua
Hawaii
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10
Apr 2003*
no luck, no chance, no dice. Just your wits, lies, promises and prayer. Great for long gaming parties.
2003-04-10*
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Steve Rogers
United States
Fresno
California
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10
May 2003*
Simply put, this is the greatest game of all time. Period.
2003-05-08*
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Chris Farrell
United States
Cupertino
California
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10
Jun 2008*
I think to be a true gamer (not something everyone who enjoys playing games should or needs to aspire to), one has to master the play of Diplomacy, and should at least win from time to time. It's sort of a trial by fire that everyone who aspires to grasp the Zen of gaming should pass through and master. It teaches you (sometimes brutally) all the skills you need to be a good social gamer: the ability to both play quite competitively and still walk away from it at the end of the day as just a game, realizing that winning isn't that important; the ability to assume a role in a game that is not you, and appreciate what's happening in the game as important and interesting but apart from you as a real person; and the need for constructive social interaction even within the confines of what is a cutthroat game, and that being a jerk is no more productive here than in any other reality. And of course Diplomacy is a masterful game in and of itself, with simple, easily-grasped rules that enable a tremendously rich game experience. I particularly like how Diplomacy games evolve an interesting narrative and do so organically, without the "plot coercion" common in modern games (especially the card-driven games like Here I Stand or The Napoleonic Wars, even with all their strengths).
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A true classic which everyone should play ... once, at least. Must admit to being a little surprised about the length compaints; I once played 3 games in one day (not somthing I'd recommend), and games took about 6 hours - long enough to be a problem, admittedly, but still faster than many American games (Junta is longer, and has a fraction of the content). Still, it hardly needs to be stated that the nature of the game will change dramatically with the players, and players who can't separate games from reality will not be desirable to play with. Still, many years ago, this was the staple of my gaming diet. Rather long by today's standards, has a rather sever player-elimination problem, can be arbitrary and a bit vindictive for the kinder, gentler gaming generation; but for a negotiation game with an international power-politics feel, it can't be beat.
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Edition Notes: Basically, to get a good copy of this game, you need to go back to the old Avalon Hill bookcase edition with the wooden pieces. Most other editions of this game have been crap. The plastic pieces (stars and anchors) that Avalon Hill introduced in some editions were strange, and were so small they made the board look vacant. The "new" AH edition, that used the Monopoly cannons and ships for pieces, was actually fairly nice, but the gargantuan box was a bit of a downer. I kinda liked the Gibson Games edition with garish colors and the bullets for pieces, but more for its brazenly tacky color choices than anything reasonable. The new WotC edition has a nice price point, but the pieces are not great; at least it's a small-ish box!
2008-06-06*
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Kwok Wai Ng
Hong Kong
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10
Jun 2003*
Simple to learn and have a great fun! Deep with almost no luck involved!! Having many interaction between players, high educational and gameplay value, but needs too many people to have a "full gameplay", A Classic!!
2003-06-04*
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Värmlands Istari
Sweden
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10
Aug 2003*
Best game ever made. A few warnings however: Don't play the game with less then seven players. Don't play the game with people who needs to go home at a specific time. Don't play the game with non-gamers. Don't play the game with people who can't accept lies. Don't start the game if not having 7+hours to finish. i.e. not a game you play very often.

Still it's well worth it's ten and I would rate it even higher if possible.
2003-08-04*
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Jukka Lindström
Finland
Helsinki
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10
Aug 2003*
The best diplomatic and intrigue game there is. Rules are simple which makes it easy to learn. However mastering the game is impossible . The requirement for large number of players makes it only occasional fun.
2003-08-14*
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Francesco Isabella
Italy
Venezia
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10
Sep 2003*
One of the best games ever produced!
2003-09-01*
Tarpus Darby
United States
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10
Sep 2003*
Perfect game.
2003-09-02*
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10
Mar 2007*
Classic negotiation game. It doesn't get any better than this. It can be cutthroat, though, so don't invite any to to play who's feelings are easily hurt.
2007-03-04*
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Patrick Brennan
Australia
St Ives, Sydney
NSW
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10
Jan 2011
When you have a group of competent and mature players, the race each turn to connive things your way, to rescue situations going badly, to truly see how things all around the board are affecting each other, and manipulate them and take advantage of them ... it can provide an adrenalin rush and a satisfaction hard to find in other multi-player games. I'll tend to only play it by email now, preferring it to face to face (unless all the players know what they're doing, and are game-mature, which can be hard to find).
2010-07-31
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David Peterson
United States
Santa Clarita
California
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10
Oct 2003*
Perfection - but it takes a long time and the right group. For gamers only.
2003-10-02*
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Dan Schaffer
United States
Unspecified
Pennsylvania
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10
Dec 2003*
One of the best games ever! The deceit, duplicity, and cunning required are amazing. No dumb luck involved here, your own negotiating skills and your ability to read your opponents are the only factors!
2003-12-08*
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Andre Kooy
Netherlands
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10
Jan 2004*
One of the best games ever made.
2004-01-05*
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Walter OHara
United States
Burke
Virginia
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10
Jan 2004*
I'm not even a HUGE Diplo fan, but I give this my best score as being one of those elusively quintessential games.
2004-01-06*
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Robert Osvalds
United States
Chicago
Illinois
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10
Jan 2004*
Its not really a game about seven world powers. Its about pitting people against each other, cooperation and influence. The many critics out there who see it as a shallow game of backstabbing and lying just don't get it. Some of my favorite DIPLOMACY experiences have been in games that I didn't win.
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Jason Bryan
United States
Urbana
Illinois
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10
Jan 2004*
A classic. Still one of the best.
2004-01-21*
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Willie Callison
United States
Bellevue
Washington
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10
Jan 2004*
Difficult to get game together - time and participants. Also some fault for having an "elimination" element (i.e., some become bystanders before the end). Otherwise, I've rarely encountered a game structure that requires as much long-term planning, collaboration, cajoling, threatening, deceipt, and other forms of immersive behavior. Best when everyone is at same level and plays "hard". Very rough when one or two members of the group are lighter gamers.
2004-01-28*
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Charles F.
Germany
Berlin
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10
Oct 2006*
It isn't merely a game, but a genre - and for some, such as me, a hobby. In elegance and sophistication it's right up there next to Chess. And a whole lot more enjoyable and satisfying - though Chess afficionados are bound to disagree.

There are literally hundreds of variants. The Standard map is excellent, but I'll argue that the 1900 variant surpasses it. Anyone into Diplomacy, owes himself checking out 1900.

That said, Diplomacy isn't for everyone. (But then, Chess isn't either). For the full experience, you have to have the right sort of players.

Further, this game works brilliantly per email. Indeed, I argue it is thus "purer". Face-to-Face and PBEM are quite different and both great.
2006-10-22*
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Richard P
United States
Newburyport
Massachusetts
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10
Mar 2004*
One of my all time favorites, learned in the 60s, and have not played in a while. If I could find a group, I would play. I like odd numbers of players in this game, more interesting.
2004-03-06*
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Patrik Hultén
Sweden
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10
May 2004*
IMHO one of the best boardgames ever.
2004-05-07*
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Julian Musgrove
Australia
Kirrawee
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10
Jun 2004*
Brilliant game - but needs to be played with competent people who are able to realise that it is only a game.
2004-06-12*
Dave Sokolowski
United States
Sunnyvale
California
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10
Jul 2004*
The classic game of back-stabbing and politcal manuevering. Nothing beats burning a saturday with a case of beer, six friends, and a game of Diplomacy.
2004-07-14*
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Earnest To
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
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10
Jul 2004*
An excellent negotiation game. Plenty of players' interactions. I even realized that my wife is willing to betray me when necessary
2004-07-22*
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Andreas Granström
Sweden
Fagerås
Värmland
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10
Jul 2004*
The best game I've every played so far. Simple rules learned in half an hour, but extremely complex to master. Something like chess but more people and more conversation involved..
2004-07-28*
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Josef Stalin
United Kingdom
Llarregub
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10
Aug 2004*
Definitely favourite game at moment and think it will stay this way. Infininte replayability. Truly deserves the rating I have given it.
2004-08-18*
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Steven Brooks
United States
Ft. Lauderdale
Florida
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10
Dec 2010
In my top 10.
2004-08-24*
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Per Sylvan
Sweden
STOCKHOLM
Stockholm
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10
Sep 2004*
Do you have 7 players? Do you have 6-7 hours to play? Player elimination is not a problem?
Then there is nothing that beats the feeling of a FTF Diplomacy game!
2004-09-15*
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A C
United Kingdom
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10
Nov 2004*
My all-time favourite
2004-11-09*
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Gregory Smith
United States
Nashville
Tennessee
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10
Nov 2004*
This is a desert island game, as long as you are stuck there with at least three others who do not carry grudges...
2004-11-12*
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John Hurley
United States
San Francisco
California
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10
Nov 2004*
One of the best games ever -- if you can get 7 people together . . .
2004-11-15*
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Alan Laird
United Kingdom
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10
Nov 2004*
One of the first, and best, wargames ever produced. No dice, no luck, just pure skill (and devious treachery). Aped many times but never bettered for sheer simplicity and playability.
2004-11-23*
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David Lessard
Canada
Sherbrooke
Quebec
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10
Nov 2004*
One of the best game ever made. No luck, great strategic games with diplomacy.

It's simply awesome. And with the possibilty to play on the net by mail make this too nice.
2004-11-23*
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Buck Calabro
United States
Unspecified
New York
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10
Dec 2004*
Exquisite game. Better than poker!
2004-12-02*
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Stefan Häggkvist
Sweden
Göteborg
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10
Dec 2004*
I just love this game. Would like to play it much more than I do, but it's hard to arrange 7 ppl to dedicate the time needed.
2004-12-10*
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Cole Wehrle
United States
Austin
Texas
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"Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation"
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10
Apr 2009*
If you have the time and the people, there is seldom a better choice. I could stare at the map for hours without getting bored.
2009-04-12
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Elijah Lau
Singapore
Singapore
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10
Oct 2011
A game with no luck involved. Winning can only come from skills in strategy, negotiation and treachery. Therefore, victory in this game is highly satisfying. Needs the right crowd to be really fun but damn ... it's a classic.
2011-10-04
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Marcus Lindblom
United States
Maple Valley
Washington
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10
Jan 2005*
Top three all time, imo.
2005-01-06*
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Canada
Dartmouth
Nova Scotia
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10
Jan 2005*
Quintessential negotiation game loaded with tension, subterfuge, deception, backstabbibg, loyalty...need I go on? Not thoroughly balanced (Italy, Russia) and requires a timer for proper focus, but a true gem and classic.
2005-01-09*
Patrick Lea
Australia
Melbourne
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10
May 2009*
Superb game that is perhaps a little too involved and a little too long, but basically perfect.
2008-04-18*
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Allan Frouvne Knudsen
Denmark
DK-2900 Hellerup
Hellerup
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10
Nov 2011
A fantastic game. I prefer it PBEM.
2005-01-17*
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