Diplomacy Gameboard

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Project by renrut13 posted 01-30-2012 06:14 AM 2330 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just wanted to share some photos of my latest project – A Large Diplomacy Gameboard. I Used a large piece of furniture grade maple plywood, a Bosche 1619 router with a couple freud down-spiral bits, colored wood stain (not paint) from minwax, a Razertip wood burning tool for all the country names, real 24k gold gilded on for the compass and supply centers, and a nice frame custom ordered from . Each of the 7 major powers also got their own flag displayed along with their own unique font which spells out the power in their own native language. Please feel free to email me: if you have any other comments or questions. Enjoy.

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#1 posted 01-30-2012 06:32 AM

A unique project ,super job.

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#2 posted 01-30-2012 07:01 AM

Beautiful game board.
I’m sure you’ll be enjoying that for a long time!

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#3 posted 01-30-2012 03:03 PM

Never heard of the game, is it like the opposite of Risk? Great looking piece either way.

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#4 posted 01-30-2012 04:28 PM

It is reminiscent of old kings planning their takeover strategies.. Amazing!

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#5 posted 01-30-2012 11:23 PM

Unbelievable! What a work of love… (Although I’m surprised you didn’t make it foldable for easier storage—you must have more extra room in your house than I do in mine!)

I recognized your username instantly, btw :-)

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#6 posted 01-30-2012 11:48 PM

very cool…and nice work. So do you store it vertically somewhere when you are not using it because that thing is pretty big. reminds me of those old movies where the generals and admirals are “war-gaming” and have to use those sticks to move pieces around on. Again, I like it.

-- "The beatings will continue until moral improves" -- Bart Ridings, Illinois

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#7 posted 01-31-2012 01:04 AM

Ben – The game is similar to risk but no dice…and way more fun. Heres a good description of the game here:

Scott – I thought about making it foldable but I was under a deadline (it was a surprise gift dedicated to my dad on one of our twice a year gamedays) and was actually laying the semigloss finish down late Thursday night before Saturdays game, setting an alarm every two hours so I could wake up to sand and laydown another coat.

3G – I actually plan on hanging it at my dad’s house on the wall in his office using a French Cleat design that keeps the back of the board totally flush so that we can remove for games without scratching tables. I was unable to get this done by the deadline. Also that was kind of the intent of the giant board; I envisioned generals moving blocks around with their push sticks while strategizing for battle. It really played out as envisioned with 12 guys strategizing around it.

Everyone else – Thanks for the kudos, the pictures don’t really do it justice and I spent quite a lot of time printing and cutting out all the province names on cardstock before tracing and burning them onto the board. It feels really good to share the efforts.

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#8 posted 01-31-2012 01:31 AM

Sounds fun, like risk but more role play and strategy. My son plays risk a lot, he’d love this.

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#9 posted 01-31-2012 05:16 AM

Awesome work! (BTW, whatever you do, don’t start as Austria)

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#10 posted 01-31-2012 07:37 AM

schuft – I was lucky to start as England but a failed backstab against France cost me the game. Austria was actually invaded heavily by Italy in the first year (Spring 1901) and was down to one roving army for most of the rest of the game.

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#11 posted 01-31-2012 08:01 AM

This game sounds very fun. I’ll have to try it! I think my brother was talking about this game a while ago.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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#12 posted 02-17-2012 03:48 AM

I just wanted to add some updated hi res pictures to show off some of the detail:

Also here’s some more of the making of the game board:

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