The whole point of communicating in a Diplomacy game is to get people who are competing against you to help you. That, in turn, means you need to be someone who they want to help. Come across as an idiot, rude, intolerant, demanding, etc (it’s not a short list) and this isn’t going to happen. You’ve got to show how nice you are; that you’re the person they could see marrying into their family (yes, you’re a Dip player, but so are they after all). There is a place in Diplomacy for more direct language at times, there’s no denying that. But those times should be limited. You’re likely to be burning bridges. Let’s not kid ourselves: this is Diplomacy. Politeness is the only accepted hypocrisy! But, still, it pays. You can be assertive - you’ll probably have to be at times if you’re going to get what you want. You can be angry (or at least portray yourself as being angry) when somebody does something that has damaged your game. Sometimes, you know, showing no emotion in this si
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