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Diplomatic Mission

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Ages Players
12+ 1-2

Designer(s): Jim Deacove

Manufacturer(s): Family Pastimes

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The battlegrounds are quiet, but full of tension. One false move, a deliberate or accidental casualty, and hostilites will be renewed. Then the game is declared Lost. To win, a lasting peace must be made. To realize that objective, the players each send out a team of Diplomats to each other's Castles to secure the respective Royal Signatures & Seals on the Peace Documents.

Players must use all their mental and negotiation skills to move the Diplomats through the respective Territories. Deploy Scouts & Bodyguards to prevernt Journalists or Politicians from sparking off a new War. You may have to use your few Wise Peacemakers to diffuse potential hostilities. All the while, the Military, ever vigilant, continues its maneuvers. The Royals await your Diplomats.

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Average Rating: 3 in 1 review

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A chess-type, cooperative game
October 26, 2002

To summarize: This game is a two-player, cooperative chess, and thus succeeds in its goal, though it's not *quite* what I was expecting. To clarify: I'd studied the box and its the board/move diagrams, and was indeed expecting something like chess. But, the box also stated, 'Deploy your Scouts & Bodyguards to prevent Journalists or Politicians from sparking off a new war,' so I'd expected more of a 'us two/solitaire players vs. the cunning/'evil' game system determined by some random moves'-type play.

Instead, you can understand this as truly cooperative chess, with the goal to move pieces from certain squares to other squares, with *no* captures. If any piece is captured (by the presence of just about any adjacent enemy piece), *BOTH* players lose. The only way to win is for *both* players to get all their Diplomats to the 'Enemy's' castle.

Thus, this becomes a very chess-like game, where the objective is to *never* capture the 'enemy' but instead to allow his pieces safe passage. As a solitaire, intellectual exercise, this is quite challenging, and as a two-player game, it certainly carries a message of cooperation and helping each other (in the same way that standard chess carries a message of conflict and defeating the other player).

I've been heavily playing 'conflict-based' games for over 20 years, and so I'm quite familiar with their details. This 'cooperation-based,' game is a new approach to me. I can certainly see how it creates a bond, rather than a rift, between players. And, as is its purpose, I'd sure enjoy playing it (rather than cutthroat wargames) more with any hypothetical kids I might have in the future.

So, I salute Mr. Deacove for creating another cooperative game, which is thus *constructive* for family gaming, rather than destructive - this one being a 'cooperative chess.'

But, the experienced gamer in me *must* note its nature. This board game, like most of Mr. Deacove's board games, seems basically a solitaire game/puzzle played by multiple people. This is only a 'flaw' in that a single play may do better than a team of players, since a single player knows just what to do, in a coordinated way, rather than an uncertain GROUP of players. But, after all, a group of players might be able to come up with a better solution than a single player.

There also seems to exist a certain 'type' of univeral solution, though I haven't tried it is the general sense. Based on my (pretty limited) knowledge of Diplomatic Mission (better than no rating) - I'd give it a 3 (a respectible 'average') out of 5 (please feel free to add a point if this is your sort of game).

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