Longest Game of Diplomacy Ever
February 14, 2016 - 10:16am
Diplomacy is a game known for taking a long time and destroying friendships. In Diplomacy, 7 players each play one of the Great Powers in World War I, trying to gain single control over Europe by making and breaking alliances with other people. Players can talk in private to other players, and each turn everyone submits orders simultaneously, so you won't know if you're getting back-stabbed. Since Diplomacy takes so long to take in real life, many people opt to play it online on sites such as webDiplomacy. This way, you don't have to dedicate a whole chunk of time to play the game, but the game can last months. Recently, the longest Diplomacy game ever came to a conclusion. The game started in the 2012 webDiplomacy World Cup, taking 3 years, 7 months, and 10 days to finish. In game years, the war lasted 105 years, bringing World War I to the year 2005. For perspective, the previous longest game of Diplomacy only lasted until 1964 in game years! Unfortunately, this game ended in a 4-way draw with Italy in the lead, not a solo victory. For more information, check out the Reddit post by /u/CaptainMeme, and his post one month ago explaining the game.