What do people think of the new printing of Diplomacy?
My brother in law is an avid gamer and teaches high school. IMO the best arena for Diplomacy is a school setting -- either a dorm or a "cool" HS teacher's classroom, say -- where it's easy to play one turn per day, so I thought this would be a perfect gift for him. I'd never considered it before because turning seven teenagers loose on an out-of-print collector's item seemed like a bad idea, but with the new edition out it seemed like it could work.
However, I'm really ambivalent about the new style... allegedly has a smaller board? And cardboard pieces? What?? The pics online look like their attempt at adding an artsy feel makes the board very muddy looking. So, what's the consensus? Too flimsy to bother with? Or, just flimsy enough to be affordable?
I couldn't find any reviews on the Diplomacy BGG page that specifically mentioned the new printing, so if they're there, I apologize for the repeat.
The game remains largely the same rules wise but many people (including me) were disappointed by the cheap cardboard units used in the game. However, Diplomacy is perfect for a HS game club, I have a copy in my room.