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by David E. Cohen
Tue May 26, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Lepanto question, stopping it.
Replies: 6
Views: 250

Re: Lepanto question, stopping it.

Try French units in Pie and WMS. I find that is very wffective in discouraging a Lepanto. :-D
by David E. Cohen
Sat May 09, 2020 11:35 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Shared wins?
Replies: 29
Views: 913

Re: Shared wins?

Ugh.

A win is a win. A draw is a draw. While there are differences of opinion as to the relative value of each, it is either disingenuous or nonsensical to conflate the two.
by David E. Cohen
Fri Apr 24, 2020 9:52 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: New player, quick question...
Replies: 2
Views: 981

Re: New player, quick question...

Player 1's move succeeds 2v1v1. A plurality, not a majority, will do.
by David E. Cohen
Mon Mar 23, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Backstabbed by at least 2, maybe 3 countries. Any chance at pulling this back?
Replies: 4
Views: 677

Re: Backstabbed by at least 2, maybe 3 countries. Any chance at pulling this back?

Good suggestions, and there is a chance you could pull it out. That said, things are obviously not looking good. If, ultimately, you go down, my advice is to die well. Do not go gentle into that good night. Throw yourself against whoever pissed you off the most, if it makes you feel better. Make eve...
by David E. Cohen
Sun Feb 23, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Dawn of the Enlightenment Comments Wanted
Replies: 2
Views: 1599

Re: Dawn of the Enlightenment Comments Wanted

A fairly minor set of further modifications to v2.1. Inner Mongolia and Outer Mongolia are combined in just plain old Mongolia. Ferghana is merged into Mongolia. Taklamakan, a new non SC province, is separated from the southern portions of Dzungaria and the former southern Ferghana, This was done to...
by David E. Cohen
Wed Feb 19, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Servility Gets You Stabbed
Replies: 9
Views: 988

Re: Servility Gets You Stabbed

Arrogance gets you stabbed, too. Everything in moderation, in Dip as in life, is often though not always for the best.
by David E. Cohen
Sun Feb 02, 2020 3:58 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Dawn of the Enlightenment Comments Wanted
Replies: 2
Views: 1599

Re: Dawn of the Enlightenment Comments Wanted

Dawn of the Enlightenment is now MUCH closer to final form. I will skip noting purely cosmetic stuff (name changes, border adjustments which don’t change adjacency relationships) and just go through the material changes. Here are the changes in no particular order—hopefully I haven’t forgotten anyth...
by David E. Cohen
Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:42 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Books on playing Diplomacy
Replies: 8
Views: 1264

Re: Books on playing Diplomacy

Not specifically about the game of Diplomacy, but the military classics can greatly improve strategic, tactical and diplomatic (small 'd') thinking. My suggested reading list (some of which are MUCH easier to find than others), in no particular order: A Book of Five Rings, by Miyamoto Musashi. Book ...
by David E. Cohen
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:22 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Books on playing Diplomacy
Replies: 8
Views: 1264

Re: Books on playing Diplomacy

Damn straight. Opening theory has its place, but Dip ain't chess. The personalities of the other players and the in-game situation and relationships are far, FAR more important.
by David E. Cohen
Tue Jan 07, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Books on playing Diplomacy
Replies: 8
Views: 1264

Re: Books on playing Diplomacy

The longest running big 'zines on line are the Pouch and Diplomacy World. Start at the first issue of each and plow through.
by David E. Cohen
Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Honest vs. Lying - Opening
Replies: 11
Views: 1603

Re: Honest vs. Lying - Opening

Specific, in-game considerations trump any general advice, but in general, lie only when the lie is necessary to materially advance your interests. The less you lie, the more surprising, and therefore the more effective your lies are likely to be. And as to the quality of the lies, the communication...
by David E. Cohen
Tue Dec 17, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Kill France
Replies: 47
Views: 4223

Re: Kill France

To expound on my point, simplicity, in addition to being boring, is the enemy of the solo, unless you are talking about a final push where the player attempting to solo has reduced matters to a purely tactical exercise. You want inefficiency (where inefficiency means other players turning in subopti...
by David E. Cohen
Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:09 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Kill France
Replies: 47
Views: 4223

Re: Kill France

All other things being equal, and they never are, if you are trying for a solo, it is best if no one gets killed at all.
by David E. Cohen
Sat Dec 14, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: How would a supported attack resolve-
Replies: 4
Views: 1876

Re: How would a supported attack resolve-

A unit cannot cut support on an attack on itself. So the attack would be successful The exception being if the supporting unit is dislodged by the attack. For example: Russia: A Ber-Kie F Bal-Supports A Ber-Kie A Pru-Ber France: A Mun-Ber F Kie-Supports A Mun-Ber Since F Kie is dislodged 1v2, its s...
by David E. Cohen
Tue Nov 26, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Being annoying gets you stabbed
Replies: 8
Views: 1973

Re: Being annoying gets you stabbed

Annoyance does not cause me to be more likely to stab someone. Not at all. But it does make it more enjoyable to stab them.
by David E. Cohen
Sun Nov 24, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Okokok I need some clarification here.
Replies: 5
Views: 2254

Re: Okokok I need some clarification here.

Absent some other specific circumstance, a unit entering a province has no effect on a unit leaving that province.
by David E. Cohen
Mon Nov 18, 2019 3:02 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Okokok I need some clarification here.
Replies: 5
Views: 2254

Re: Okokok I need some clarification here.

90kicvesb wrote:
Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:25 am
A unit cannot cut support for an attack on itself. Army C is dislodged.
Actually it can, if the attack succeeds in dislodging the supporting enemy unit.
by David E. Cohen
Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Has Diplomacy Regressed to Just Lying?
Replies: 46
Views: 6114

Re: Has Diplomacy Regressed to Just Lying?

I tell the truth as much as I can, as often as I can. It makes the lies SOOOOOO much more effective!
by David E. Cohen
Wed Sep 25, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Has Diplomacy Regressed to Just Lying?
Replies: 46
Views: 6114

Re: Has Diplomacy Regressed to Just Lying?

Tugster wrote:
Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:19 am
David, my real name is Doug Burgoyne.
Doug, old buddy! How the hell are you? Always nice to see another Cat23/ACD veteran with his hand still in it!
by David E. Cohen
Tue Sep 24, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Has Diplomacy Regressed to Just Lying?
Replies: 46
Views: 6114

Re: Has Diplomacy Regressed to Just Lying?

I'm sorry but when I played back 70's and 80's, seems the game was played with more honor. You didn't have to lie to win. The game was more like chess and you had to think about moves not simply lie. Has the ability of the average gamer dropped so low, that lying to gain the advantage has become th...