Games: Risk vs Diplomacy (Roll the Dice vs Make Nice)

Back in my college days (in the mid 1970’s), I played a lot of games of Risk, each move depending on the outcome of a dice roll.  Winning or losing was pretty much a matter of chance more than strategy as the next player’s turn could easily undo any progress you might have made. One night while meandering through the Cornell University  law school, I ran across a group of people playing what looked like a large-scale game of Risk. I stopped to watch only to discover that there were no dice involved.  You had to talk to people, make deals and create strategies.  Was it worth it to throw in with England when Germany was doing so well?  Would taking Italy cost you the opportunity to take Spain?  Which ally would in the end give you the most advantage? This wonderful new game was Diplomacy.  One of the players had to drop out of the game and the others drafted me as his replacement.  I suddenly found myself in the middle of all this diplomatic intrigue, and I was amazingly quite good at it. I often wonder what happened to those “Diplomats” and if any of them remember that night or me.


About Julirose

Amateur word arranger, avid number cruncher, and science fiction and fantasy enthusiast.
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