Diplomacy board game


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Diplomacy is a strategic board game. Its main distinctions from most board war games is a negotiation phase (players spend much of their time forming and betraying alliances with other players and forming beneficial strategies) and the absence of dice and other game elements that produce random effects. Game is set in Europe before the beginning of World War I. Each player controls the armed forces of a major European power. Each player aims to move his or her few starting units and defeat those of others to win possession of a majority of strategic cities and provinces marked as “supply centers” on the map; these supply centers allow players who control them to produce more units.


In the negotiation phase, players communicate with each other to discuss tactics and strategy.

Players have to make secret agreements and create alliances to become a significant power on the world stage.


Diplomacy in World War I.

Target group


Learning about dynamics of shadow politics

Learning about dynamics of diplomacy

Learning about issues connected to international and internal politics

Training in art of negotiation

Training in decision making under uncertainty

Training in policy making

Planning and strategy


The game was released commercially for the first time in 1959. Also available online.



The game costs between 30-70$ (depending on the edition).

Number of players

2 - 10 players

Number of moderators

no moderator


2 hours and more


Diplomacy board game kit


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