New to Diplomacy, not for lack of trying

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New to Diplomacy, not for lack of trying

Postby rolledgoats » 27 Jun 2019, 06:15

Hello everyone.

My name is Pete. I'm 29 and live in the Pacific Northwest. I've owned this game for a number of years, but never managed to get enough people willing to learn the rules in one room together. I've looked around at some of the other places to play online, and I like the look of this one the best. It's been a while since I've been a part of a niche phpBB forum :lol:

I like strategy games, from Go to Axis and Allies. I'm looking forward to a more social experience with this game than you might get with others.
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Re: New to Diplomacy, not for lack of trying

Postby Groo » 27 Jun 2019, 09:39

Hi Pete, welcome to the site!
I'm sure you'll find here what you've been looking for ;)

My recommendation is that you join/create a new nonrank game first or even apply for a Mentor game if you wish to deepen the knowledge of theory behind some openings etc.
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Re: New to Diplomacy, not for lack of trying

Postby jay65536 » 27 Jun 2019, 14:30

Hi! Where in the Pacific Northwest do you live? Because I used to live there, and as far as I know, the FtF communities are pretty strong in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver (BC).
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Re: New to Diplomacy, not for lack of trying

Postby rolledgoats » 27 Jun 2019, 16:51

I live in Salem, Oregon. I'm sure I could scrounge up some players from local game shops if I tried, but this seems an easier introduction to the game ;)
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Re: New to Diplomacy, not for lack of trying

Postby asudevil » 27 Jun 2019, 17:43

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Re: New to Diplomacy, not for lack of trying

Postby TheCraw » 27 Jun 2019, 18:06

Hello and Welcome "rolledgoats"

The best place to familiarize yourself with how to play Diplomacy via the website is the Rules/New Players section. I recommend reading through all the tabs, even if you know all about playing the board game, the website can be different, especially the variants.

Many of the most helpful bits of information for a new player are in the PlayDip Academy sub-forum. Where many of the links to rules, guidelines, mentored games and such can be found.

A vitally important page to look at is the House Rules Page Playing Diplomacy on the internet carries with it all sorts of pitfalls and ways for players to accidentally (or NOT accidentally) end up doing something that is not allowed.
(Like using more than one account, or teaming up with a friend to clean up in games.)

The best way to then get comfortable is to join a NON-ranked game. (Abominable failure is the best teacher!) We also have started having games involving 6 new players, and one "Seasoned Mentor" to help teach new players the proper methods of inserting sharp implements into each-other's backs. Details of this are here.

Once you have your sea-legs so to speak, look for games posted in the Games Forum, especially password games, it limits the players to those who are serious.

You might also look into signing up for a Premium Account. You may then engage in more than three games simultaneously, and participate in the numerous variations (Winter 1900, Build Anywhere, Fleet-in-Rome, Age Of Empires, Ancient Mediterranean, Milan-Italy, Chaos, Anonymous, Gunboat, Public Press Only, Fog-Of-War, et al). You would also enjoy the advantages of being able to participate in “Live Games”, Premium discussion boards and the “Premium Lounge” (wherein cookies and milk are thoughtfully provided) and the benefits of being provided with detailed statistics about one’s style of play.

All this, for the paltry sum of $25 a year. Y'can't beat that with a stick.

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Re: New to Diplomacy, not for lack of trying

Postby Aeschines » 27 Jun 2019, 19:16

rolledgoats wrote:I live in Salem, Oregon. I'm sure I could scrounge up some players from local game shops if I tried, but this seems an easier introduction to the game ;)


SALEM?!?!?!?!

I'm from Salem! And so is at least one other player on PlayDip (though neither of us live there anymore). Welcome to the site!
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Re: New to Diplomacy, not for lack of trying

Postby rolledgoats » 27 Jun 2019, 22:21

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I'm from Salem! And so is at least one other player on PlayDip (though neither of us live there anymore). Welcome to the site!


Salem represent! Where are you living now?
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Re: New to Diplomacy, not for lack of trying

Postby Aeschines » 29 Jun 2019, 18:36

I love in New York City! It's uh, a pretty big change from Salem. (But at least it's not the center of a nascent civil war).
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Re: New to Diplomacy, not for lack of trying

Postby rolledgoats » 01 Jul 2019, 02:36

Well now that's pretty crazy actually, because I used to live in the Hudson valley in NY, about 90 minutes from NYC
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