If you enjoy board games and would like to try something with a little more 'edge' Diplomacy could be the game for you!
Set in Europe at the dawn of the 20th Century each player is assigned one of the Great Powers to control (England, France, Germany, Russia, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Turkey). The objective is to gain control of Europe.
Luck plays no part in Diplomacy, winning or losing does not depend on the roll of the dice. It's a game which tests your skills as a logistician, negotiator and a diplomat. The key part of the game is the period of 'diplomacy' that takes place before each turn, or series of moves when each player has an opportunity to forge alliances, spread rumours, leak information and betray others. On other words, dare I say it at the present time, play politics!
The game was developed in the US and I understand it was a favourite pastime of John Kennedy and Henry Kissinger. You would have thought that they would have had enough dealing with the real thing! I would not be surprised to learn that Lord Mandelson, the former Labour Minister is a regular player of the game!
There are no 'fanatics' in our group ( thank goodness! ) just a core of 8 of us who enjoy good company and an opportunity to ( hopefully ) out think each other in terms of diplomacy and strategy.
New members always welcome. For more details telephone 01676 533887