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Diplomacy is a strategic board game in which seven players compete for military controlof Europe The rules are very simplistic as everything has been diluted down to the bareminimum But the game itself is very complex as it focusses on secret discussionsbetween players to make plans deals threats and lies This makes for a very excitingturbulent game The Diplomacy Programming Project DPP aims to develop a completeDiplomacy-playing software package There are many difficulties to be overcome firstthough Not only are seven-players games extremely complex as seven different mindscontrol the progress of the game but the simplicity of the rules mean that a human playercan easily gain a good mental grasp of a game position so the computer cannot hope tobeat him by simple number crunching Another obvious difficulty that the DPP faces isthe problem of diplomacy Understanding what other players say determining whichthings are relevant calculating what you should say and translating that into prose are allvery tough problems in the field of Natural Language Processing The first clear step is todevelop an artificial language to capture the variety of things which may need to be saidin the game of Diplomacy The DPP has produced a protocol with this aim in mindUnfortunately the protocol as it stands is unsatisfactory All warfare is based on deception Therefore when capable of attacking feignincapacity when active in moving troops feign inactivity When near the enemy make itseem that you are far away when far away make it seem that you are near Hold outbaits to lure the enemy Strike the enemy when he is in disorder Prepare against theenemy when he is secure at all points Avoid the enemy for the time being when he isstronger If your opponent is of choleric temper try to irritate him If he is arrogant try toencourage his egotism If the enemy troops are well prepared after reorganization try towear them down If they are united try to sow dissension among them
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