Very first copy of Allan Calhmer's Diplomacy up for auction
Following the passing of board game designer Allan Calhmer in 2013, a piece of board gaming history is up for auction right now as part of his estate sale. The first edition of the game Diplomacy was printed as a numbered print run of 500 copies, and the copy up for auction right now is number one of those first 500 editions. The auction ends April 2, 2017 at 9:05 PM EST.The copy was found in a mailing box with a return address of "Diplomacy," located in Boston, Mass. Postmarked July 21, 1959, the contents of the auction including, per the auction listing:
The game board A box of wooden game pieces 3 Conference Maps
"Diplomacy - Rules of the Game" which is 6 stapled sheets (sheets 2 thru 5 are 2-sided). The back side of sheet 5 is stamped "THIS IS SET NO. 1 OF THE FIRST EDITION, OF 500 SETS" (the number "1" is handwritten in ink pen).
Also in the box is a "Sylvania Signal" newsletter dated November 21, 1958 with an article about Mr. Calhamer and his new game. This was no doubt put in the box many years ago and will be included.
Diplomacy is a legendary negotiation game with no elements of chance. Per the Avalon Hill game description:
At the turn of the 20th century, the seven Great European Powers engage in an intricate struggle for supremacy. Military forces invade and withdraw, shifting borders and altering empires with subtle maneuvers and daring gambits.
Form alliances and unhatch your traitorous plots as you negotiate and outwit—in a delicate balance of cooperation and competition—to gain dominance of the continent! In Diplomacy, your success hinges not on the luck of the dice, but your cunning and cleverness.
Top Game For Ruining Friendships Diplomacy has made many Top Ten Lists on the Dice Tower including:Top 100 Games 2015 Stress-Inducing Games Political Games Top Ten EPIC games Top Ten Mean and Nasty Games Best Political games Best Convention Games Games That Have Stood the Test of Time Stress-Inducing Games Mean and Nasty Games Diplomacy is likely most famous for being one of the friendship killer board games. The game was Tom's original number 1 pick as the top Mean and Nasty Game. Google "top friendship destroying board games" and any thoughtful list usually results Diplomacy taking the top spot. Top Tenz list of Top Board Games (for Ruining Friendships) describes the game mechanics: