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THE ART OF WAR

Chris Brand, holder of the North American and world champion titles for strategy epic Diplomacy, talks about mastering the discussion-driven game

The first time Chris Brand encountered Diplomacy, it wasn’t exactly love at first play.

“My dad actually owned a copy, and I remember trying to play the three-player variant in the rules with him and my brother,” he says. “That was absolutely horrible – don’t do it.”

His next few experiences with Allan B. Calhamer’s epic political simulation were similarly less than ideal, but something kept Brand coming back.

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