What Donald Trump can teach you about winning at Diplomacy

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Re: What Donald Trump can teach you about winning at Diploma

Postby ColonelApricot » 09 May 2017, 01:39

It is hyperbole, but without descending to gratuitous insults.

Putin's penchant for suppressing and occasionally murdering his opponents is well documented. Also his greed in building his personal fortune at the expense of his country.

I find nothing to like, let alone admire, about such a person.

I find little to admire about Donald Trump either, but I suppose he is not a murderer.
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Re: What Donald Trump can teach you about winning at Diploma

Postby FloridaMan » 12 Oct 2017, 22:52

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Re: What Donald Trump can teach you about winning at Diploma

Postby Zosimus » 15 Oct 2017, 17:14

Certainly there is a psychological "trick" of asking for something, waiting to hear a no, and then asking for something smaller. For example, there was an experiment about getting people to take juvenile delinquents to the zoo. The researchers started by asking people to become a Big Brother/Sister, an assignment that would involve spending time with a juvenile delinquent and interacting with him/her over the course of a year or two. When people said that this was too much of a commitment, the researchers suggested that the people just take a group to the zoo. Most people accepted that smaller request.

However, I'm not certain that this can be applied to Diplomacy. If your goal is, for example, to negotiate a DMZ in Galicia between Russia and Austria. Do you start by asking the person to cede Galicia to you voluntarily and then try to back into a DMZ? I think this might well backfire. Or do you propose an alliance with someone and propose that you get the lion's share and then back down to 50-50? This also might backfire.
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Re: What Donald Trump can teach you about winning at Diploma

Postby FloridaMan » 17 Oct 2017, 17:25

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Re: What Donald Trump can teach you about winning at Diploma

Postby el Swine » 16 Nov 2017, 00:29

Trump would be hilarious playing Dip...

(you have to imagine reading this in the Alec Baldwyn parody voice)..

"What's that? Hmmm, yes, North Sea you say, yes, yes, ok, I have top people working on it, very top people"

Yeah but Donald are you going to support me into the North Sea from Denmark?

"Yes, yes.... love Danish people. Lot's of blonde hair, which I like, as you know. Great pastries too, I like those ones that swirl and have the raisins on them"

Donald, I'm serious about this

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