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The Ambassador (2124 D (B))
Sun 05 AM UTC
VDippers going to WDC?
Hi folks, as listeners of the podcast know I'll be attending WDC when it kicks off in less than a week...
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gman314 (1016 D)
12 Mar 11 UTC
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Winning
Oli won.
On Imperial Civilization's off-topic thread (link inside), there was a brief stint of Second to Last Person to Post Wins. Now that the thread is closed, Oli won.
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butterhead (1272 D)
21 May 12 UTC
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Advertise your NON-live games here!
In an effort to compromise the pro-ads versus anti-ads for games: Post here for your non-live games to cut down on the number of ads but still advertise games. Post game link, WTA or PPSC, and the bet. Note: this doesn't count for special rules games.
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David Hood (976 D)
Thu 01 PM UTC
May 2024 Deadline News is Out!
May Deadline News just released - preview of summer cons, interview with DBN's Bryan Pravel, and headlines from around the world of Diplomacy. https://youtu.be/-KqNhXYztF8?si=Qpxg8ZzSTLZ2AnhS
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MariTheAlien (1000 D)
Sat 11 May UTC
Any SEA Players? Newbie here looking to find some community!
Hey! I'm Alien, a player based in the Philippines (GMT+8). I got introduced to Diplomacy around this time last year, and I'm finally getting back into the hobby since summer is just around the corner. It's been a struggle finding people to talk to or play with since this hobby isn't the *most* accessible, and most of the players seem to be from the US and EU. Is there anyone from in and around the SEA region looking to link up and organize some games?
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bache (1092 D)
27 Apr 24 UTC
need more players for this map
https://vdiplomacy.net/board.php?gameID=59422#gamePanel
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Chrimol (980 D)
Fri 10 May UTC
Greek Diplomacy, need Athens and Sparta
https://www.vdiplomacy.com/board.php?gameID=59598
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Fake Al (1692 D)
Thu 09 May UTC
IA Map Bugs with New Variant
I've got a variant I'm adding called Incensed. In the playtesting, there are issues with the interactive map. Certain regions work just fine. But there are some regions that don't get highlighted or can't really be clicked on. I'm not sure what the issue is. Seems like it also depends on what browser is being used, too. Any variant creators run into similar issues or know what might be the cause/solution?
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erikip107 (2584 D)
10 Jan 24 UTC
ER Team Game Revival
Hey Folks! I was recently thinking about the Europa Renevatio Team game we did a couple years ago and I think we can do it again, better this time. Among the improvements, it may be ideal to determine the teams ahead of time and make them public so we can try to come up with a "balanced" set of 9 teams of 4. Would anyone else (err... 35 others?) want to give it a shot?
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Kusiag (1000 D)
25 Apr 24 UTC
Need players for 1800 - Empires and Coalitions, Unranked
Need to fill: 1800 - Empires and Coalitions, Unranked
https://vdiplomacy.com/board.php?gameID=59383
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Seagull_Head (958 D)
28 Apr 24 UTC
Private game, players want to concede
Hi we are playing a private game at our workplace, two players wish to resign. However, it is not clear how this works. Any advice appreciated! Thanks
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PeterStretch (1053 D)
25 Apr 24 UTC
Need one more for "WWVI Brawl" Join Code: Start
Gunboat, fog of war game. Classic map.

One more to start!
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Mitomon’s Gobble Earth Team Game!
Here we will start taking names for whoever wants to play Mitomon’s version of Gobble Earth Teams. The game will be anonymous and have random country assignments. These are the teams:
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bache (1092 D)
22 Apr 24 UTC
any 1-1 game variant?
(except Coldwar Classic E-T,G-R)
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Mitomon (2187 D)
22 Apr 24 UTC
Colombia Solo'd in Gobble Earth?
When did this happen, how do I find the game, and was this a real game or a set up?
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erikip107 (2584 D)
18 Apr 24 UTC
Vdip Local Meta
Hey guys! I'm curious what you guys think of the local meta here on Vdip, especially compared to other places (i.e. live-person tournaments, webdip, personal friend groups, other & etc.). I've never played anywhere outside of Vdip, having learned the game here and never expanding elsewhere, and I'm curious!
erikip107 (2584 D)
18 Apr 24 UTC
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To make sure it's clear, by "local meta" I mean a certain way that a group of players play, which might not be representative of a global or larger-scale meta. For a trading card game example, it would be like City 1 being dominated by deck A, and City 2 being dominated by deck B, even if the nationwide or global meta is dominated by deck C. Deck A would be the "local meta" of City 1, and Deck B would be the "local meta" of City 2. I hope that's clear?

From my games here, it seems that the "local" meta (at least, on larger maps where I usually play nowadays, but even as small as classic) is to form an early alliance and try to run with it for as long as possible, sacrificing members or flipping sides if you feel threatened, but not necessarily just to gain a center advantage. Eventually two to four alliances get stuck against each other and then draws happen. Solos are not frequent. Of course big stabs do happen, but they seem less frequent than the few sources I've read/heard would make you believe. I also may be biased in the sense that the games I've been successful in I remember a lot better than my failures, and I myself am an influencing member of each game I play.

But, I'm curious what you guys all think!
Orange (2132 D)
18 Apr 24 UTC
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In the big games like Europa Renovatio, it definitely seems like the meta is to get a strong alliance at the start and for the most part stick with it while trying to dismantle and flip people in other alliances to break them up, usually leading to the alliance with the greatest ability to stick together coming out on top. At least that's how I prefer to play, often picking an a couple allies at the start I want to go all the way with.
Same as Orange for me, I try to get a solid core group that consists of at least one player bordering me and only stabbing them if there is some huge development. I'll frequently try to get an ally across the map who I often discuss developments with to get a clearer picture of what's on the board, but that usually happens in large maps and not small ones like Classic. Especially in games where there are a lot of high ranked players, being seen as a stabber isn't a good look and few people will trust you.
erikip107 (2584 D)
20 Apr 24 UTC
Do these strategies differ from when you guys play in person or on other sites? (if you do play elsewhere)?
Orange (2132 D)
20 Apr 24 UTC
I've never played elsewhere
vlgambini (1126 D)
20 Apr 24 UTC
I've played a fair amount on Webdip. The meta there is not wildly different. It's probably a bit more cutthroat. Solos are the holy grail. Accepting a draw is generally frowned upon when you could have stabbed your ally and won.

There are more casual players on webdip, and the majority of games are Classic 7 player. So solos are somewhat more achievable. I've played a couple of Europa Renovatio games here. I'm a decent player, but in a 36-player game on vdip, even contemplating a solo would be a bit ridiculous. Surviving to the draw would feel like a victory.
I played a while on webDip, but most of my games there were gunboats so it's hard to determine what the meta was aside from "get lucky and hope all your neighbors don't decide to gang up on you". I've also played 1 game irl with some friends, but they had never played before and I managed to solo as Austria. I did keep a solid ally in Russia the whole game though, so I guess my meta wasn't too different there.
DungDefender (1467 D)
21 Apr 24 UTC
I've played some on Playdiplomacy. The order interface allows illegal orders, so I've seen some gunboat strategies like "supporting" an adjacent player's unit to another player's capital as a form of alliance request.
erikip107 (2584 D)
22 Apr 24 UTC
interesting!


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David Hood (976 D)
21 Apr 24 UTC
April 2024 Deadline News Is Out
April 2024 edition of Deadline just released on DBN. Includes interview with recent tournament winner Steve Hogue, a feature on a new virtual Backstabbr league with TD Tyler Francis, and headlines from around the world of Diplomacy: https://youtu.be/gnVAOhxU8_c?si=SGTmeXM5e8xtMj8p
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MagicalSand (1822 D)
30 Mar 24 UTC
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The Sandquest
So I've seen some players here go on some grand "quests" I'll say to play every variant on the site. I've decided I want to join the club and do so aswell, but I want to do so with some sort of cool "twist". Trying to solo every variant is a little impractical, and I'm not certain about something super simple like making them all gunboats. So anyone got some ideas?
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kaner406 (2061 D Mod (B))
08 Sep 18 UTC
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Variant Development Thread
This thread is made for the express purpose of cutting down of multiple threads that deal with new variants, ideas, concepts etc...
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How to Upload a Variant?
How do I create a variant and upload it to vDip? Do I ask a mod?
Here’s the variant: https://ibb.co/QfLqSFM
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Fake Al (1692 D)
21 Mar 24 UTC
What do you NOT like about Diplomacy?
Are there some things you wish were a little different about Classic Diplomacy or do you think it's a perfect game?
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Inherent Balance
I was thinking about my past games today, and I noticed a pattern: when I played or fought against a (mostly) sea power that started in the corner, that power tended to have the advantage because of their spawn place and unit composition on the map. Does anyone else feel like this is the case, or do you think that these types of powers are balanced?
For reference, I was thinking of Italy--Balkans 1860, Srivijaya--Known World 901, Madagascar--Africa, and Japan--Youngstown WWII.
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Potential New Variant
Hello everyone! I have a variant idea that I designed!
https://ibb.co/pvRnrqf
The image is here!
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AJManso4 (2318 D)
15 Mar 24 UTC
Help finding a vdiplomacy variant name
What was the name of the East Asian map, that I believe was being playtested(?), where the countries were: China, Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam(?), Indonesia, and Brunei?

Can’t remember what it was called and I can’t find it on my matches played for some reason
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Too Many Variants!
Here are some variant ideas. feel free to use em if yall like
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abbafan1978 (999 D)
24 Mar 24 UTC
Anyone want to take over?
https://vdiplomacy.com/board.php?gameID=57747

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David Hood (976 D)
23 Mar 24 UTC
Mar 2024 edition of Deadline News from the Diplomacy Broadcast Network
Newest Deadline program just released on DBN, featuring the Tournament through Time, an interview with DBNI winner Peter McNamara, and headlines from around the world of Diplomacy:
https://youtu.be/74gW-gorNW8?si=ei0BfiZPj53hc6nH
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