The Actual Board Game

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The Actual Board Game

Postby Philip Darlim » 15 Jan 2018, 01:35

Which edition of the physical board game do you own? Or maybe you don't own a copy of physical Diplomacy.

I own the 4th Edition Avalon Hill edition copyright 1999. I know that the currently sold edition is the 5th. From pictures I definitely prefer the 4th because the 5th's pieces are all cardboard while the 4th has metal pieces.

Also does anyone else set up the board and move pieces while playing an online game?
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Re: The Actual Board Game

Postby asudevil » 15 Jan 2018, 01:40

I have the 4th (with the metal pieces)
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Re: The Actual Board Game

Postby V » 15 Jan 2018, 01:52

Now you’ve made me dig out my board & Diplomacy pieces. It says “1963 Intellectual Diversions Ltd” It was a Christmas gift in 1970, with rather nice plastic pieces (fleets are pointy a bit like a boat, armies are bullet shaped). England is pink, Germany is black, Russia is mauve, Turkey is yellow. AIF are as per PlayDip. I lived in UK at the time, so it’s a Brit version.
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Re: The Actual Board Game

Postby WHSeward » 15 Jan 2018, 01:57

1st Edition Avalon Hill, 1976.
Wood pieces. If you don’t have wood pieces, I pity you. :geek:

I always put the pieces down on the board when I am playing online. By the mid-game and certainly end-game, you just can’t get the tactics right without it.
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Re: The Actual Board Game

Postby GhostEcho » 15 Jan 2018, 02:02

I've got the 5th edition set - I've been meaning to make or purchase better playing tokens for a while but never got around to it. I've also only recently played face to face again after a long break since college, so it didn't seem as urgent six months ago.

It's really a shame they cut corners so badly for something billed as a "50th edition" set - hopefully the 60th will be much more substantial!
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Re: The Actual Board Game

Postby bindlestiff » 15 Jan 2018, 02:27

Avalon Hill Second Edition, 1979. Three-piece board, wooden pieces. Love it.
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Re: The Actual Board Game

Postby nanooktheeskimo » 15 Jan 2018, 02:49

Same as GhostEcho, have the 5th Edition with the crappy cardboard pieces. Been meaning to make some wooden pieces, but haven't gotten around to actually doing it yet.
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Re: The Actual Board Game

Postby I Love Italy » 15 Jan 2018, 03:11

Also have 5th.

Although, I'm somewhat alright with them cutting corners as it brought down the price of the game significantly. Not that I'm against spending more for a quality product, but there's a lot of people (including my friend who got me into Dip in the first place) who are much more open to getting a game they haven't heard of if it's 25 or 30 dollars rather than 50 or 60.

That said, I would like to get myself some better pieces at some point. The cardboard ones just outright don't fit in a lot of the provinces. And they cover up the names on most, so anyone who hasn't played often can get somewhat lost.
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Re: The Actual Board Game

Postby nanooktheeskimo » 15 Jan 2018, 03:12

I Love Italy wrote:Also have 5th.

Although, I'm somewhat alright with them cutting corners as it brought down the price of the game significantly. Not that I'm against spending more for a quality product, but there's a lot of people (including my friend who got me into Dip in the first place) who are much more open to getting a game they haven't heard of if it's 25 or 30 dollars rather than 50 or 60.

That said, I would like to get myself some better pieces at some point. The cardboard ones just outright don't fit in a lot of the provinces. And they cover up the names on most, so anyone who hasn't played often can get somewhat lost.

Make some! Not that hard, just get some dowels, cut them to size, and paint them.
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Re: The Actual Board Game

Postby ccloughley » 15 Jan 2018, 04:06

Mine is clearly the coolest.

I made my own by burning everything using a soldering-iron like tool into a 4 by 3 foot piece of 3mm plywood.

Pieces are 3D printed.

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