The Strategic Board Game Strategy

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The strategic board game, Diplomacy, focuses on wars, but more importantly the act of negotiating. The players are responsible for forming strategies by both developing and breaking alliances with their competitors. The game is set in Europe during World War I with most teams beginning with similar resources. Each player-team competes as an either Austria-Hungary, Turkey, Italy, England, France, Russia, or Germany. With at least three home-center game pieces on the board, there are strategic movements in order to control one of the eighteen supply centers. This involves phases of negotiation prior to movement of the game piece. There is no factor of luck. The main variable in the game is each team’s ability to convince the others to do what they want. The core game strategy is negotiation. This board game at times mirrors actual history and educates the players as to the method by which a world war can happen. Both in the game and in actual life, everyone is envious of England because of its location and resources as well as having a developed army. Russia Germany and France are potential threats. Many of the alliances that occurred during World War I did not actually happen in our game of Diplomacy. There were several shocking twists and turns. In our game, Italy and Russia stayed rather benign and non-engaging. They moved some pieces out of their countries; however, they primarily just protected their home countries. Germany, just as in a real life map, is

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