Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Diplomacy: A game for all seasons
James Maliszewski at Grognardia reflects on the game Diplomacy. As usual, he knows more about the nuts and bolts and origins of these things than I would ever care to learn. Still, I post this as I admit it's a fun game, good for stretching the old cerebellum and teaching basic human interaction skills. It's adaptable to online playing, or playing by email (which I did once, many years ago). But in today's society where folks are increasingly immersed in the world of human interaction via electronic medium, a good old fashioned board game version of Diplomacy might do the trick. Be warned, as James points out, it requires at least five to do well and yes, tempers can often turn quite cutthroat.