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by David E. Cohen
Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Weak Press
Replies: 20
Views: 2764

Re: Weak Press

There are precious few people anywhere in the world offering to teach Diplomacy. And if I don't call attention to myself, my offer may go unnoticed... Though I was being humorous, I do not mean to denigrate your offer. Getting past false humility is something teachers often need to do to be effecti...
by David E. Cohen
Sun Apr 28, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Weak Press
Replies: 20
Views: 2764

Re: Weak Press

Dip tactics are easy. The number of solo's in the ODC so far implies otherwise. Though I agree with your premise of press being harder then tactics. Let me qualify a little. Tactics are easy for me . With sufficient study and practice they should be easy for most people. Strategy likewise. As with ...
by David E. Cohen
Sun Apr 28, 2019 3:23 am
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Weak Press
Replies: 20
Views: 2764

Re: Weak Press

Of the trio of strategy, tactics and communications (small 'd' diplomacy) in Diplomacy, communications is by far the most challenging of the the three and for that reason the most fun. Dip tactics are easy.
by David E. Cohen
Sat Apr 27, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Weak Press
Replies: 20
Views: 2764

Re: Weak Press

swordsman3003 wrote:
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:49 pm
You can learn a lot from me
Including humility. 🤣😘
by David E. Cohen
Sun Apr 14, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: New Games
Topic: Dawn of the Enlightenment Version 2.0
Replies: 15
Views: 2750

Re: Dawn of the Enlightenment Version 2.0

We are up to 13 players and therefore need only 2 more for a full roster.
by David E. Cohen
Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Diplomacy Advice
Topic: Rule clarification.
Replies: 2
Views: 1015

Re: Rule clarification.

The exception to that rule is if you actually dislodge the unit you are attacking, but that is not the case here.
by David E. Cohen
Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: New Games
Topic: Dawn of the Enlightenment Version 2.0
Replies: 15
Views: 2750

Re: Dawn of the Enlightenment Version 2.0

Still looking for players. I am playing, so join up and puncture the giant balloon that is my Dip ego.
by David E. Cohen
Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Development
Topic: Flat Earth Dip
Replies: 9
Views: 3238

Re: Flat Earth Dip

Aren't all maps that don't wrap around 'Flat Earth' maps? I am confused.
by David E. Cohen
Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Drawing is the new winning?
Replies: 41
Views: 5080

Re: Drawing is the new winning?

Damn, I noticed this as well, but I thought it was a fluke... I actually went to play Diplomacy because I was tired of draws or de-facto draws when playing Hearts of Iron IV and Wargame Red Dragon, and here I am again... Plus, I have a very defensive/prudent way to play in all games, so that maximi...
by David E. Cohen
Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Drawing is the new winning?
Replies: 41
Views: 5080

Re: Drawing is the new winning?

Why, why, why do people feel the need to shove a square peg in a round hole? A draw may be a valid objective (whether it should be is a slightly different discussion), depending upon the circumstances. It may even be (though it often isn't) quite an accomplishment. A draw just ain't a win. No amount...
by David E. Cohen
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:00 am
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Convoy Dislodging
Replies: 8
Views: 2042

Re: Convoy Dislodging

Convoys add no strength to an attack under any circumstances.
by David E. Cohen
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Question about support
Replies: 11
Views: 2506

Re: Question about support

thanks for the 2 answers so far. they seem contradictory. let me clarify the situation: My Unit A is moving. My unit B is ordered to support that unit. I did not designate that Unit B is supporting a Hold. Unit B is definitely not ordered to support Unit A's move/attack. Unit B is merely ordered to...
by David E. Cohen
Thu Mar 21, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Drawing is the new winning?
Replies: 41
Views: 5080

Re: Drawing is the new winning?

Restitution wrote:
Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:27 am
Maximizing your score is the highest objective in the game.
Ehhhh... no.

Diplomacy tounaments have scoring. Many, but not all Diplomacy communities have scoring. Diplomacy has no scoring.
by David E. Cohen
Tue Mar 19, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Drawing is the new winning?
Replies: 41
Views: 5080

Re: Drawing is the new winning?

Recently, I have returned to the site to scratch the old Diplomacy itch. I have played in a few lower cost games and am stunned with the general concensus that playing to a "draw" is viewed as a win. Back in my day a Draw was the equivelent of "not losing". What makes this belief even more insane t...
by David E. Cohen
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: New Games
Topic: Dawn of the Enlightenment Version 2.0
Replies: 15
Views: 2750

Re: Dawn of the Enlightenment Version 2.0

At 9 plaers now plus a couple of maybes. Come play a variant that, in the designer's humble opinion, is a damn masterpiece! I am pretty sure it doesn't even have any stalemate lines.
by David E. Cohen
Thu Feb 28, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Why Players Prefer Draw-Size Scoring
Replies: 63
Views: 8802

Re: Why Players Prefer Draw-Size Scoring

The vast majority of times, that tactical coin flip really isn't a coin flip in the larger context. One choice or the other often leaves you at lest a little better positioned for future operations or a little less threatening to or in a better position to help an ally or a potential ally.
by David E. Cohen
Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:52 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Why Players Prefer Draw-Size Scoring
Replies: 63
Views: 8802

Re: Why Players Prefer Draw-Size Scoring

swordsman3003 wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:19 pm
Tibarius wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:34 pm
5. Luck PLAYS a major role in Diplomacy.
I think this statement is just plain wrong...
Ding!
by David E. Cohen
Thu Feb 21, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: If you are an eastern power, what alliance in the West is best for you?
Replies: 14
Views: 2576

Re: If you are an eastern power, what alliance in the West is best for you?

Because much of the time, an E/G will head east as well as west. Occasionally, an E/G will head east first, if they dupe France into thinking there is a Western Triple, with the intent to stab once France is knee deep in an Italian war and out of position to defend itself.
by David E. Cohen
Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:21 am
Forum: Diplomacy Strategy
Topic: Why Players Prefer Draw-Size Scoring
Replies: 63
Views: 8802

Re: Why Players Prefer Draw-Size Scoring

Nice to see a mention of my friend Thaddeus. He hates draws just like me :-D I gave him a shout-out in the Soloist Manifesto.