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Francisco J. Piña A.
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I wanted to buy the 50th Anniversary edition of Diplomacy, as I loved the aesthetics of the new map, but the cardboard chits feel awful to play with, and having a set of wooden blocks to play would be great. Regretably, no other edition is available in the local market (any other version would have to be bought from overseas, and that means S&H plus VAT and customs taxes, making it way too expensive) so eBay or any other online store is not an option.

Now, I'm pretty skilled at woodworking (being a miniatures wargamer has its advantages) so I thought I may just make and paint the wooden pieces myself. Now the problem is: what are the measures of the blocks? If anyone can post them (millimeters are preferable, but I can perfectly work with inches otherwise) I'd be very grateful.

Thanks in advance!
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There's nothing special about the size, so I'd make them whatever is pleasing to you. The only key consideration is to make sure the armies and fleets are easy to tell apart.
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As Seth has said, the only point is that you have to distinguish between fleets, which are long thin rectangles, and armies, which are shorter and wider rectangles in the set you are referring to.

If you like the feel of Diplomacy with wooden pieces, I would encourage you to take it a step further and carve your pieces to personal preference. While I already have a wooden set, I would definitely carve some boats (long eye-shaped) and then just use hobby-shop cubes/rectangles/discs for the armies. After that, just paint to match the different nations.
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19 mm x 13 mm x 13 mm

32 mm x 8 mm x 8 mm
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Thanks for the replies guys, I'm gonna make them "old fashion" style, I kinda like the feel of the rectangular pieces, but who knows? Maybe I'll do another "nicer" set in the future.

Ozgul wrote:

19 mm x 13 mm x 13 mm

32 mm x 8 mm x 8 mm


Good, that's pretty close to the size of some materials I was looking at in my local DIY store, they have 7,5mm x 7,5mm x 50cm sticks and 12mm x 18mm x 3,2m ones, I think they'll be perfect for my pieces. I'll post some pics when I got some samples.

thanks again, all of you!
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Why not buy some little ships and guns? You really don't need that many, and I think that would really look spiffy,

 
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Cthulhu1 wrote:
Why not buy some little ships and guns? You really don't need that many, and I think that would really look spiffy,


A lot of people prefer the little blocks of wood, because when you adjudicate the game, you can do things like tip them on end to indicate support orders, and stack them to indicate that units are dislodged and so forth.

I don't really have a strong preference about it, but my impression is that among people who play a lot the simple blocks of wood are the most popular version of the pieces. (Aside from the colors, which are kind of godawful in some sets.)
 
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Cthulhu1 wrote:
Why not buy some little ships and guns? You really don't need that many, and I think that would really look spiffy,



Actually I thought about it, but I couldn't find any suitable pieces. You wouldn't believe how awful the local stores are around here angry That's why I decided to go with wooden pieces, also they have that "classic" feeling to it
 
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How about rectangular thin blocks for fleets and dumpy sections of fat round wooden dowel for the armies?

Would ensure a clear difference in appearence from every perspective.

Size them to the smallest province (probably Belgium or Holland).
 
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