Make Diplomacy Connections
Face-to-Face / Clubs
Some cities or regions have well-established Diplomacy clubs to help organize pickup games, runs leagues, or support tournaments. If you are not near one of these clubs listed, why not start your own! NADF representatives will be glad to help, and this primer from the Minnesota club should be helpful. Here is a list of current Dipclubs:
- Bay Area Diplomacy Association (San Francisco Area) https://www.meetup.com/SF-Bay-Area-Diplomacy-Association/ with contact email of firstname.lastname@example.org
- Carolina Amateur Diplomats (North Carolina) http://www.dixiecon.com with contact email of email@example.com
- Minnesota Diplomacy Club (Twin Cities) https://www.meetup.com/MN- Diplomacy-Club/ and https://twitter.com/mndiplomacyclub?lang=en
- The Nashvillains (Nashville, TN): https://discord.gg/wmzhKMnc6t
- Potomac Tea and Knife Society (DC area) http://www.ptks.org/ and https://discord.gg/sfZHV4AEqZ
- Windy City Weasels (Chicago) https://windycityweasels.org/ and https://discord.gg/hswjcvTdht
The North American Diplomacy Federation is led by President Siobhan Nolen of California, along with her Board members Randy Lawrence-Hurt of North Carolina, Tanya Gill of Ontario, David Miller of Maryland, and Chris Brand of British Columbia. Siobhan and her crew would be glad to assist any hobbyist looking for information about the game, upcoming tournaments, playing online, or any other Dip-related subject. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All tournaments sanctioned by the NADF enforce the Code of Conduct, a set of rules intended to promote fair play and a welcoming environment for all hobbyists. You can access the COC on the NADF Discord server: https://discord.gg/EEXYva7ZR7
Connect with Local Hobbyists
The NADF is building a network of Ambassadors in each geographic area of North America, ready to connect you with other Diplomacy fans in your area for face-to-face play, once Covid restrictions allow. In the meantime, a Face-to-Face Registry has been established to allow players to connect with each other for house games and club play once the pandemic is over. Sign up here: Registry and here is an interactive map showing the location of Diplomacy players throughout the world: Registry Map
Websites / Facebook Groups
Many of the Discord servers and websites listed on the Play page would be excellent places to connect to the Diplomacy hobby. In addition, Facebook has several groups and pages to help with this process such as World Diplomacy Face-to-Face, https://www.facebook.com/groups/WorldDipcon2014, a group for European players, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1500292310187264, a page for those affiliated with the DipBounced website. https://www.facebook.com/groups/dipbounced, and the London Diplomacy Club https://www.facebook.com/groups/LondonDiplomacyClub
The Reddit group https://www.reddit.com/r/diplomacy/ is very active, with thousands of posts per month, focused on game advice, hobby events, discussion topics and more.
Other online connections
David Cohen’s Diplomiscellany is focused mainly on variants. http://diplomiscellany.tripod.com/index.html
Diplomacy websites don’t just come in English. Ludomaniac has been hosting games in the German language for almost 25 years. The longtime site for French language games recently went down, but here is an invite to a French-language Discord server: https://discord.com/invite/6CgW8tpwnE. To play in Italian, try http://forum.webdiplomacy.it/
Redscape is a site which has been hosting human-GMed games since 2000, but is not exclusively devoted to Diplomacy, though that is still the predominant game played.
If you want a fun retro experience of playing Diplomacy like in the zine days, there are several options available to you online. One is the LastOrders! online zine run from the UK by Simon Langley-Evans. Another would be Doug Kent’s Eternal Sunshine which started as a postal zine decades ago but which now is an online publication.