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Diplomacy, Kissinger's favorite game

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Go into the attic to find the box of Monopoly and succeed with a box instead of Diplomacy integrates virtually priceless.

DSCN2003 You do not know Diplomacy, players of Risk from overwork, you do not know what you missed. Diplomacy was the favorite game of John F. Kennedy and Henry Kissinger and Kissinger at least, there's an interview with him to witness this passion.

DSCN2005 Diplomacy is a game with complete information, static, non-cooperative, and after that all the centers are free have been taken, a zero-sum game, then subject to the excellent Pareto and therefore does not present the Nash equilibrium.

I do not know what the hell it means this thing over here, copied from the Wikipedia page of the game , but it's very cool :-)

In fact the game is to conquer Europe before the First World War (although there are also versions for other ages)


coming to have at least 18 supply centers at the end of a turn in winter. The luck factor, present in most strategy games, it is almost absent in that it is only related to the initial allocation of powers to the players. For this reason, unlike other similar games, because of the numerical superiority is crucial to success, alliances with other players are vital.


To achieve victory we must have recourse, in addition to their strategic skills, to their own charism and the art of diplomacy with other players, entering into alliances and breaking them at the appropriate time.

Compared to other similar games, Diplomacy differs in several respects:

  • Moving units is simultaneous: the players write down all their moves and these are then run simultaneously.
  • Social interaction and interpersonal are essential and distinctive part of the game.
  • The rules that simulate combat are purely strategic, abstract and simple, there is no realistic or tactical component.
  • The resolution of the fighting has no random elements: the outcome of any conflict is based on the behavior of the different units, are not used dice or cards.

Ready to start a tournament. And you?

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