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Diplomacy is a strategic board game in which seven players compete for military control of Europe The rules are very simplistic as everything has been diluted down to the bare minimum But the game itself is very complex as it focusses on secret discussions between players to make plans deals threats and lies This makes for a very exciting turbulent game The Diplomacy Programming Project DPP aims to develop a complete Diplomacy-playing software package There are many difficulties to be overcome first though Not only are seven-players games extremely complex as seven different minds control the progress of the game but the simplicity of the rules mean that a human player can easily gain a good mental grasp of a game position so the computer cannot hope to beat him by simple number crunching Another obvious difficulty that the DPP faces is the problem of diplomacy Understanding what other players say determining which things are relevant calculating what you should say and translating that into prose are all very tough problems in the field of Natural Language Processing The first clear step is to develop an artificial language to capture the variety of things which may need to be said in the game of Diplomacy The DPP has produced a protocol with this aim in mind Unfortunately the protocol as it stands is unsatisfactory All warfare is based on deception Therefore when capable of attacking feign incapacity when active in moving troops feign inactivity When near the enemy make it seem that you are far away when far away make it seem that you are near Hold out baits to lure the enemy Strike the enemy when he is in disorder Prepare against the enemy when he is secure at all points Avoid the enemy for the time being when he is stronger If your opponent is of choleric temper try to irritate him If he is arrogant try to encourage his egotism If
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