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The Triangle Theory of Variant Design

PostPosted: 21 Oct 2010, 18:34
by Ceebs
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The image aboive comes from an interesting article on Variant design in Diplomacy. The article discusses the need to incorporate triangular power dynamics in the game of diplomacy. It outlines how this is done in standard diplomacy and discusses the theory's applicability to other variants with different numbers of players. This could be useful for GMs or variant designers creating or tweaking their maps.

If you've played in a forum game recently that turned out to be poorly balanced, perhaps some analysis with theory can point out what needs to be changed.

Also, there is another article by Allan Calhammer himself on the subject here

Re: The Triangle Theory of Variant Design

PostPosted: 07 Aug 2012, 18:55
by bluestreaksoccer
neat.

Re: The Triangle Theory of Variant Design

PostPosted: 10 Aug 2012, 03:25
by Ceebs
bluestreaksoccer wrote:neat.


Hahaha, I love that it took 21.5 months before anyone cared about this post...and then the only response is this!

Re: The Triangle Theory of Variant Design

PostPosted: 11 Aug 2012, 00:14
by bluestreaksoccer
it's better than:

BSS wrote:so?

Re: The Triangle Theory of Variant Design

PostPosted: 26 Mar 2013, 14:48
by Blackfish
I know this is a pretty dated post.
I was about to post this on the forum when I decided to do a quick search to find out if it had been posted already and lo and behold!

I found this chart interesting, though I disagree that Germany never has to resolve Austria to win the game. Austria invariably expands Westwards if given the chance to take Turkey and possibly Russia, and Germany kind of gets in the way. That could just be my impression, but I think that Germany's relationship with Austria has to be promoted to an unbroken, thin line...

Re: The Triangle Theory of Variant Design

PostPosted: 27 Mar 2013, 13:02
by Pedros
Not dated at all Blackfish; just forgotten by most of us!

There's a very interesting but different slant (actually I find it even more interesting) at The Art of Diplomacy; sadly LordDwia didn't continue what was originally intended to be a series

Re: The Triangle Theory of Variant Design

PostPosted: 27 Mar 2013, 13:32
by Blackfish
Pedros wrote:Not dated at all Blackfish; just forgotten by most of us!

There's a very interesting but different slant (actually I find it even more interesting) at The Art of Diplomacy; sadly LordDwia didn't continue what was originally intended to be a series


That's a very good article by LordDwia! Pity it wasn't continued. I'm going to bookmark it now.