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Postby Brooklyns Finest » 10 May 2020, 00:49

Hello!
New to the site and thought I'd introduce myself! I consider myself a nerd who likes running, cooking, travelling (especially when it involves trying new foods) and I'm now picking up Diplomacy as a new hobby in the era of social distancing. I suspect I'm not the only one. I look forward to running through the historic streets of Lisbon, indulging in the hearty borscht of the Russian empire, and plotting out how to conquer everything in between!
I've played before online with some friends, so I feel like I have a good grasp of the rules and mechanics and such, but I'm not at all experienced. What would be a good way to get started?

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Re: Hello!

Postby ruffdove » 10 May 2020, 02:22

Welcome to the site!

I cannot recommend a mentor game strongly enough. There's a forum to sign up for one. An experienced player will assist you and six other new players with the rules, concepts, and strategies. Good luck and have fun.

EDIT: Go to this forum for more on mentor games: viewforum.php?f=291
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Re: Hello!

Postby Malarky » 10 May 2020, 12:17

Brooklyns Finest wrote:I've played before online with some friends, so I feel like I have a good grasp of the rules and mechanics and such, but I'm not at all experienced. What would be a good way to get started?

Hi Brooklyns Finest and welcome to the site.

As ruffdove says, a mentor game would be good. Possibly not as necessary as it would be with someone who hasn't played before, or who hasn't played online before, but at least you'd familiarise yourself with the site's functionality.

One other thing I'd say, is play the standard, classic, regular game a lot first. Build your experience up a little before dipping your toe into the variants. Gunboat games seem a good way to get a number of games going quickly but they're not really Diplomacy (from someone who's running a Gunboat tournament...)

Also, don't play too many games at once. I know people who've thought this quickens up the experience level... it doesn't: it dilutes it. And play realistic deadlines. Again, 12 hour deadlines seem great - quicker games and all. But if you're wanting to sleep, eat, shower and do other stuff then 12 hour deadlines to play Diplomacy against people from widely different time zones is again going to dilute your experience, not concentrate it.

Probably the most important thing is to be resilient in games that aren't going well. The temptation is to quit and start a new game but, honestly, you'll learn more by hanging on for a couple of game years than be starting again.
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