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newbie

PostPosted: 12 Apr 2020, 23:29
by jonny rotten
Gday All
Just joined this site today wanted to try something different I'm 58 (today). Never played before so watched a few tutorials and have now joined a game (hasn't started yet). Maybe should have gone into 1 of those training game set ups but oh well (boots and all). I'm from Christchurch New Zealand and enjoy playing board games . I'm also in to classic motor cycles, riding and fixing them (you need to be into fixing them as you seem to be doing this more than riding) and classic cars also with the emphasis on fixing . well that's a little bit about me looking forward to meeting new friends / foes and having fun playing, what appears to be on one hand a simple game to play, and yet on the other most complex.
Cheers J.R

Re: newbie

PostPosted: 12 Apr 2020, 23:45
by Pope Pius IX
Welcome, and Happy Birthday!

I joined about a year ago and the only thing I regret is not doing it sooner...!

Re: newbie

PostPosted: 13 Apr 2020, 00:05
by georgekatkins
Glad to see new members here, so welcome! I'm just another player, by the way. May I share a few thoughts of unsolicited advice?
a. If you think this is some kind of Euro game, run away as fast as you can.
b. No matter what you read, this is a head game. The pieces on the board are just for keeping score.
c. One way to see Diplomacy is that it's all about outsmarting the other players; a game of matching wits. If you are good at reading people, you are halfway to success.
d. After you get your first position assignment, figure out where you are going to get your 18 centers to win. Then work on general plan on how to get them.
e. Be prepared to read a lot of B.S., scams, and even outright honesty from the other players.
f. Write everybody in the game, every season.
g. Don't get too preoccupied with lying, stabbing, and deceiving. Those are just useful tools, now and then. But you may need them to win.
h. Don't take anything personally. Refer back to 'b'. This game can take a toll on people who easily get offended or let their personal ethics get in the way.
i. Remember, this is only a game; a game that allows lying, stabbing, and deceiving. But if you can deal with that, you can have a lot of fun.
j. Don't get into a Gunboat game too soon. It will give you the wrong idea about Diplomacy.
k. Stick to one game at a time until you get more experience. Find a game with at least 3 days for seasonal turns, so you'll have time to think things through.
l. Be prepared to lose a lot, but have fun doing it. And don't say I didn't warn you!

Re: newbie

PostPosted: 13 Apr 2020, 00:38
by Custer
Run, Run, Run away!

I stopped by here 10 years ago and haven't had a good nights sleep since. :twisted:

I'll be your Vicious to your Rotten!

:lol:

Custer

Re: newbie

PostPosted: 13 Apr 2020, 01:34
by V
jonny rotten wrote:Gday All
Just joined this site today wanted to try something different I'm 58 (today). Never played before so watched a few tutorials and have now joined a game (hasn't started yet). Maybe should have gone into 1 of those training game set ups but oh well (boots and all). I'm from Christchurch New Zealand and enjoy playing board games . I'm also in to classic motor cycles, riding and fixing them (you need to be into fixing them as you seem to be doing this more than riding) and classic cars also with the emphasis on fixing . well that's a little bit about me looking forward to meeting new friends / foes and having fun playing, what appears to be on one hand a simple game to play, and yet on the other most complex.
Cheers J.R



What a profile. Diplomacy is a great game & is complex, I’m sure you’ll enjoy & do well. I ride & fix (occasionally now) a 73 Bonnie. I rebuilt everything personally before it became a reliable ride. Also a 58 Land Rover. Don’t have a pit, so any heavy work gets done by a friend who does. I just do electrics on that one. Only use old technology because it’s all I understand.
Love the Jonny Rotten tag. I used to use “London Calling” as my ringtone for years just so that folks didn’t perceive me as a totally boring salesman, while I was still working.

I just read a post above this regarding Gunboat. Excellent advise which can be taken further. Don’t play Gunboat unless you wish to play a game entirely different to Diplomacy. Gunboat is about tactics. The least important component of Diplomacy.
This game is about the 7 individuals participating (with the board keeping score, excellently put). It’s all communication, plus a bit of strategy. Oh & the tactics yep. If you can put a wrench on Brit iron, those tactics are trivial :D

Re: newbie

PostPosted: 13 Apr 2020, 06:38
by jonny rotten
thanks for welcome all and nice bike V my good friend has same model 73 trumpy he has owned it since new I have a later model trumpy but my favourite is my 72 Norton commando. many an hour over a few beers we have argued which bike is better and I have agreed to disagree on the matter. because neither of us will give in anyway

Re: newbie

PostPosted: 13 Apr 2020, 14:27
by V
jonny rotten wrote:thanks for welcome all and nice bike V my good friend has same model 73 trumpy he has owned it since new I have a later model trumpy but my favourite is my 72 Norton commando. many an hour over a few beers we have argued which bike is better and I have agreed to disagree on the matter. because neither of us will give in anyway


That’s a discussion where agreement is unexpected (you’ll get those in Diplomacy too :D )
My brother-in-law is the Commando fan & my brother rode a Thunderbolt. Left the obvious choice for me & anyway I spent many years in California where Triumphs are ubiquitous, while other Brit iron less so. Nortons were expensive & spare part suppliers not as good.
Where I live now has awful petrol (the octane changes every tank full!) so I had to drop compression, avoiding heat seizure due to pre ignition. It’s easy on a Bonnie because 7.4 to 1 pistons were standard in 83. Don’t think it would have been quite such an easy task on a Commando :D Happy miles.