30 January 2017 began the first Diplomacy Board Game in the Pittsburgh Sci-Tech activity. Teams consisted of two people, with all but two groups containing one player who knew how to play, and one who didn’t. Two groups (Italy and France) did not have any experienced players to begin with. The activity is held every Monday and Tuesday, and there are currently two running games.
- Austria – Emperor-King Hofer (Teacher) & Prime Minister Snyder
- Britain – King Fitzpatrick & Minister of India, Chakraborty
- France – President Rabinovich & Admiral Obaid
- Germany – Emperor Mesich & Chancellor Spokas
- Italy – Doge Meyer & Prime Minister Gettings
- Russia – Tsarina Adrian & Chairman Foreman
- Turkey – Sultan Howe & Grand Vizier Winnie
Day 1 – 30 January 2017
Day 1 began with diplomacy. Italy created an alliance with both Germany and Austria. Austria created positive relations with Turkey. France attempted to create positive relations with Italy and Britain, and attained a non-aggression pact with Britain. Austria requested a future attack on France with Italy, and Italy agreed. Italy managed to get Germany to agree to enter the coalition against France.
France expanded into the Iberian Peninsula, and Italy into Tunisia. Austria expanded into the Balkans, and Turkey managed to gain control over Bulgaria. Germany expanded into the lowlands and Denmark, while Britain gained control over Scandinavia. Russia failed to expand or gain any allies.
Day 2 – 31 January 2017
Day 2 began with a declaration of war on France by the 1st Coalition Against France
(Austria, Italy, and Germany). Italy was the first to attack, moving into Marseilles. Austria moved through Germany and into Burgundy. The Germans moved first to the border, but did not take any French territory due to threats by Britain. Germany and Austria also moved into Russia, taking some territory.
There was also a war being planned by Britain to attack Russia through the Barents Sea, with Turkey attacking both from the south and also into Austria. This was disrupted by Turkey not attacking Austria, and Britain getting into a fight with Germany over Denmark. However, they managed to take significant territory from Russia. Russia somehow managed to get into the middle of Austria.
Between Day 2 and Day 3
Between days two and three, a plan was formed for after the conclusion of war with France and Russia. This plan was for the nations of Britain, Germany, Turkey and Italy to attack Austria. This plan was agreed upon by all parties, and discussed for two days.
Day 3 – 6 February 2017
Day 3 continued war with Russia and France. Russia was completely undefended, and was quickly conquered by Germany and Austria. A treaty was agreed upon, granting Sevastapol to Turkey, Moscow to Germany, St. Petersburg to Britain and Warsaw to Austria. Land was however contested in Scandinavia, and Germany and Britain both fought over Denmark. In France, it was agreed upon that Germany would get Paris, Austria would get Brest, and Italy would get Marseilles, Spain and Portugal.
Germany informed Austria of the Turkish plan to invade Austria, but neglected to inform them of the British-German-Italian-Turkish plan of invasion. This prompted Austria to attack Turkey early, and threw off the entire plan.
War with France continued, with President Rabinovich being absent. Because of this, Admiral Obaid took control. He retreated from the Iberian Peninsula, allowing Italy to take control. France eventually lost control of all core territories, and was just about to lose all of their units whenever they assisted Britain in taking control of Austrian-controlled Brest. This truly kicked off the war, but not in the way intended. Despite not communicating at all, both Germany and Italy betrayed their alliance with Britain and stayed with Austria.
The first coalition remained in tact.
Day 4 – 7 February 2017
Day 4 began with a highly confusing chain of events. The previous period, Germany attempted to reconstruct the Coalition Against Austria. This, however, backfired. Even though Britain declared war on Austria, Germany and Italy; the coalition switched around, becoming Britain, Austria and Italy versus Germany. Germany had put all of their manpower into navies, leaving their land lightly defended. Italy did the majority of fighting, taking all but one of their core lands. Britain took Scandinavia and the coastal provinces, while Austria finished off Turkey and advanced from the west into Prussia.
The game quickly and unexpectedly came to an end after Austria secretly attacked Venice and Tunisia (both Italian provinces) and gained the required amount of provinces to win the game.
- Austria – 16
- Britain – 9
- Italy – 7
- Germany – conquered Day 4
- Turkey – conquered Day 4
- France – conquered Day 3
- Russia – conquered Day 3