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Colonial Diplomacy (Avalon Hill)

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By Walter O'Hara

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This is a cyberboard gamebox for Colonial Diplomacy.  Diplo is a wonderful game-- I don't think I have to describe it to the vast grognard audience out there.  I got Colonial Diplomacy for Christmas 2 years ago, and only cracked the box until recently, when I got a Diplo jones again.  The Colonial variant takes place in the far East, circa 1880; the map therefore is twice as wide and twice as crowded.  I was very pleased with Avalon Hill's decision to resurrect the wooden block counters for it, and have tried to emulate their pieces in this design.

Here's an essay I wrote on how to play Dippy (European) that should still be helpful.

How to play Diplomacy using Cyberboard and Email

NOTICE: This Gamebox is created using Dale Larson's excellent Play By Email utility, Cyberboard (the poor man's Aide De Camp!)

Visit the Cyberboard website by following this link

Colonial Diplomacy is copyright, Avalon Hill Inc., and Hasbro, Inc, 1993.

Designer: Avalon Hill Staff


Note: You MUST have a paper copy of the original Colonial Diplomacy to download and use this pbem aide.

The Action

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The graphic above illustrates some of the features of this gamebox. The units are the same colors as in the box, and I tried to to model them after the wooden block motif just to make the user feel comfortable.  The map graphic is a download and conversion off of the excellent Diplomatic Pouch website, which I can't recommend enough to PBeM players (link below).  I added markers (not pieces) that indicate control of areas, as well as the standard sequence numbers (yellow circles) and markers for Advance (A with Arrow), Support (S), Convoy (C) and Hold (H). In the graphic above, France attacks Great Britain in Bangkok (the A) while China (in Rangoon) supports Great Britain, causing the attack to fail.

Download Gamebox:

Download ColonialDiplomacy.zip

Warning: the uncompressed file is large, due to the map graphic... 2.67 MB.

Related Links/Resources:

General Sites: Official Colonial Diplomacy Errata (Grognards), The Emissary, Real Time Diplomacy,

FTP: Caltech FTP site

USENET: rec.games.diplomacy (on Deja.com)

WebZine Sites: Diplomatic Pouch, Diplomacy World, Spring Offensive (on U.K. Diplomacy Site), The Gentle Art of Making Enemies

Clubs: Australia Diplomacy Society, Canadian Diplomacy Organization, U.K. Diplomacy

Other PBeM Aides: A wide variety of alternative means to play Diplomacy exist.  Diplo adapts well to Play by Email play, and various folks have created graphic and non graphic aids to play (if you don't like Cyberboard that is).   Check Grognards for their listing.

This page content copyright, Walter O'Hara 1999