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2017 News: Lent Term meetings are NOW ON TUESDAYS but do not have a fixed location, so look out for the weekly email. Even numbered weeks will be all board games and odd numbered weeks will be Diplomacy.

Diplomacy: the art of saying "Nice doggy"
until you can find a stick
– Wynn Catlin

The Society exists to play Avalon Hill's Diplomacy, a tactical board game, in addition to other board games. In Diplomacy, each of the seven players take the part of a Great Power at the start of the 20th Century: Austria-Hungary, England, France, Germany, Italy, Russia or Turkey. The board is shown above.

Your aim is to become the dominant power in Europe. But to do this you will need to persuade – and sometimes deceive – your rivals into helping you achieve your military objectives. You are given three armed units to start with, each an army or a fleet. By annexing first neutral (yellow) territory, then that of your rivals, you gain more resources to construct new units.

Diplomacy can be played on any map, and we have a number representing different areas of the world in different historical periods. The Diplomatic Pouch WebZine gives a more detailed outline of how the game works.

This term we will meet on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in Queens' to play Diplomacy, its variants, and other board games (please do bring along any interesting ones you have). We tend to alternate between Diplomacy and other board games. All interested are welcome, including complete novices (the rules are fairly straightforward).

To get updated information about our meetings you can contact the committee with soc-dip-committee AT lists.cam.ac.uk, or subscribe to our e-mail list.

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