We were excited to get to once again see each other and couldn’t wait to catch up on what we had done, or had happened to us over the course of spring break. Needless to say, my friend had had a more interesting spring break as his grandparents lived in California at a location that was relatively within walking distance from the sea. I on the other hand had merely spent the entire spring break away on a scout’s summer camp.
My best friend excitedly told me that while on holiday visit at his grandparents, his grandfather had taught him how to play an interesting board game called diplomacy which although having proved to initially be quite complex, had eventually proved to be much more fun than all the games that we used to play. He promised me that once I got hooked on the game, it would be quite difficult for me to go back to enjoying the old games that we used to play. While I was thrilled with the prospect of learning a new game, I also had a bit of apprehension as its name did not sound as flashy or as interesting as some of the other games that we used to play. We agreed to call up a few of our games playing buddies so that we could meet up at my friend’s house the very next day and get a chance to play diplomacy on the board that he received from his grandfather as a present. As we all enjoyed the challenge of mastering a new game, we soon found ourselves hooked to the game and continue to play the game to this day.
Diplomacy is essentially a game in which negotiating skills and diplomacy are used in a quest to try and control Europe. The game is set to begin in the years before World War I and is played by seven players who each represent the major European powers of the time which were France, Austria-Hungary, England, Turkey, Russia, Italy and Germany. Each player is randomly assigned a nation that they will