Diplomacy Sets Timeline

Notes:

  • Timeline covers all boardgame variations included in the Compendium
  • Unknown dates are inserted approximately where they belong based on the best of my knowledge or inference. In some case it was possible to estimate a year of release, and in other cases it could be determined that one variation was released before or after another, even if the dates themselves were not known. If even approximate timing is not known, the date is labeled as “Unknown”. When approximate timing could be determined, the date is labeled as “Unknown (est.)”.
  • For anyone who needs it, a key to the flags appears at the bottom of this page.
YearCountryManufacturerMap StyleArmy/Fleet Piece Style
1954Allan B. CalhamerUnknownUnknown
1958Allan B. CalhamerUnknownUnknown
1959Allan B. CalhamerTopographic contoursWooden short thick blocks (armies) long narrow blocks (fleets)
1959Allan B. CalhamerTopographic contoursWooden short thick blocks (armies) long narrow blocks (fleets)
1959Allan B. CalhamerTopographic contoursWooden short thick blocks (armies) long narrow blocks (fleets)
1961Games ResearchTopographic contoursWooden short thick blocks (armies) long narrow blocks (fleets)
1961Games ResearchTopographic contoursWooden short thick blocks (armies) long narrow blocks (fleets)
1961Games ResearchTopographic contoursWooden short thick blocks (armies) long narrow blocks (fleets)
1962Intellectual DiversionsUnknownUnknown
1963Intellectual DiversionsPoliticalPlastic bullets (armies), elongated 5-sided polygons (fleets)
Unknown
(est.)
Intellectual DiversionsPoliticalPlastic bullets (armies), elongated 5-sided polygons (fleets)
Unknown
(est.)
Intellectual DiversionsPoliticalPlastic bullets (armies), elongated 5-sided polygons (fleets)
Unknown
(est.)
Intellectual DiversionsPoliticalPlastic bullets (armies), elongated 5-sided polygons (fleets)
Unknown
(est.)
Intellectual DiversionsPoliticalPlastic bullets (armies), elongated 5-sided polygons (fleets)
1970Games ResearchTopographic contoursWooden short thick blocks (armies) long narrow blocks (fleets)
1972Games ResearchTopographic contoursWooden short thick blocks (armies) long narrow blocks (fleets)
1972Waddington’s House of GamesTopographic contoursWooden short thick blocks (armies) long narrow blocks (fleets)
1972ArielUnknownUnknown
Unknown
(est.)
PhilmarPoliticalPlastic bullets (armies), elongated 5-sided polygons (fleets)
Unknown
(est.)
PhilmarPoliticalPlastic bullets (armies), elongated 5-sided polygons (fleets)
1974Games ResearchTopographic contoursWooden short thick blocks (armies) long narrow blocks (fleets)
1974Waddington’s House of GamesTopographic contoursWooden short thick blocks (armies) long narrow blocks (fleets)
Unknown (est.)Waddington’s House of GamesTopographic contoursWooden short thick blocks (armies) long narrow blocks (fleets)
Unknown (est.)Waddington’s House of GamesTopographic contoursWooden short thick blocks (armies) long narrow blocks (fleets)
Unknown (est.)Waddington’s House of GamesTopographic contoursWooden short thick blocks (armies) long narrow blocks (fleets)
Unknown
(est.)
PhilmarPoliticalPlastic bullets (armies) and ships (fleets)
Unknown
(est.)
PhilmarPoliticalPlastic bullets (armies) and ships (fleets)
Unknown
(est.)
Games ResearchTopographic contoursWooden short thick blocks (armies) long narrow blocks (fleets)
1976Avalon HillTopographic contoursWooden short thick blocks (armies) long narrow blocks (fleets)
1976Avalon HillTopographic shadingWooden short thick blocks (armies) long narrow blocks (fleets)
1976PhilmarPoliticalPlastic bullets (armies), elongated 5-sided polygons (fleets)
Unknown
(est.)
PhilmarPoliticalPlastic bullets (armies) and ships (fleets)
Unknown
(est.)
PhilmarPoliticalPlastic bullets (armies) and ships (fleets)
Unknown
(est.)
GROW Produtos Para RecreacaoPoliticalCardboard counters
1977ParkerTopographic shading
with political outlines
Wooden blocks (armies) and prismatic ovoids (fleets)
Unknown
(est.)
MiroTopographic shading
with political outlines
Wooden blocks (armies) and prismatic ovoids (fleets)
1978ParkerTopographic shading
with political outlines
Wooden blocks (armies) and prismatic ovoids (fleets)
1978GROW Produtos Para RecreacaoPoliticalCardboard counters
UnknownMondadori GiochiTopographic shading
with political outlines
Wooden blocks (armies) and prismatic ovoids (fleets)
UnknownL’Editrice GiochiUnknownUnknown
UnknownL’Editrice GiochiTopographic shading
with political outlines
Wooden blocks (armies) and prismatic ovoids (fleets)
Unknown
(est.)
Gibson’s GamesPoliticalPlastic bullets (armies) and ships (fleets)
1981Avalon HillTopographic shadingPlastic stars (armies) and anchors (fleets)
1981Waddington’s House of GamesTopographic contoursWooden short thick blocks (armies) long narrow blocks (fleets)
1981JumboTopographic shading
with political outlines
Wooden blocks (armies) and discs (fleets)
Unknown
(est.)
Waddington’s House of GamesTopographic contoursWooden short thick blocks (armies) long narrow blocks (fleets)
Unknown
(est.)
Waddington’s House of GamesTopographic contoursWooden short thick blocks (armies) long narrow blocks (fleets)
1982Avalon HillTopographic shadingPlastic stars (armies) and anchors (fleets)
1983Gibson’s GamesPoliticalPlastic bullets (armies) and ships (fleets)
1985Avalon HillTopographic shadingPlastic stars (armies) and anchors (fleets)
UnknownAvalon HillTopographic shadingPlastic stars (armies) and anchors (fleets)
1985JedkoPoliticalPlastic bullets (armies) and ships (fleets)
1986Waddington-SandersTopographic contoursWooden short thick blocks (armies) long narrow blocks (fleets)
Unknown
(est.)
Gibson’s GamesPoliticalPlastic bullets (armies) and ships (fleets)
1989Gibson’s GamesPoliticalPlastic bullets (armies) and ships (fleets)
1992Avalon HillFeaturelessWooden short thick blocks (armies) long narrow blocks (fleets)
1992KodkodPoliticalPlastic bullets (armies) and ships (fleets)
1994Descartes EditeurTopographic shadingWooden thick 5-sided polygons (armies) and prisms (fleets)
1995Gibson’s GamesPoliticalPlastic bullets (armies) and ships (fleets)
2000Avalon HillGeographicDie-cast metal cannons (armies) and ships (fleets)

The Diplomacy Variants Timeline

YearVariant NameCountryManufacturerMap StyleArmy/Fleet Piece Style
1976War of the Ring: The Game of Middle EarthFantasy Games UnlimitedFeaturelessCardboard counters
1977MachiavelliBattleline GamesPoliticalCardboard counters
1978Conquest of North AmericaFantasy Games UnlimitedFeaturelessCardboard counters
1980MachiavelliAvalon HillPoliticalCardboard counters
1982KamakuraWest End GamesUnknownUnknown
1983MachiavelliAvalon HillPoliticalCardboard counters
1985Dippi TotaleHans im Gl├╝ckFeaturelessUnknown
1993La Foi et Le GlaiveAzure Wish EditionPoliticalCardboard counters
1994Colonial DiplomacyAvalon HillPoliticalWooden short thick blocks (armies)
long narrow blocks (fleets)
1995MachiavelliAvalon HillPoliticalCardboard counters
1996Colonial DiplomacyAvalon HillPoliticalWooden short thick blocks (armies)
long narrow blocks (fleets)
2000Ard-RiStupendous GamesTopographicNone
2000Classical DiplomacyStupendous GamesTopographicNone
2000HundredStupendous GamesFeaturelessNone


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