just so long as a man believed no one,
double-crossed everyone, kept a full treasury,
and inveigled others into doing the dirty work."
Bernard Cornwell never played Payola Diplomacy, but you sure wouldn't know it by reading the above quote, taken from his Sharpe's Revenge. The Payola variant, developed by John Woolley and myself, adds Cornwell's "treasury" to the arsenals of Diplomacy's combatant nations, and the result is an addicting game with no stalemate lines, multiple levels of intrigue, and in which even the closest of allies can be actively working against each other from the first turn until the bitter end.
Since its introduction into the play-by-email hobby, Payola has quickly grown into an accepted and respected variant, with a great many devoted players.
This article discusses Payola Diplomacy in depth by annotating (using hotlinks) the formal rules of the variant. In this way, the rules of the game may be read (and printed, etc.) without intrusion by these annotations, and yet the reasoning behind each rule, examples of play, anecdotes from actual games, and other interesting tidbits contained in the annotations are always available. A further reading of the rules may be necessary to provide context for some of the annotations, so it is suggested that the annotations only be perused after the complete rules have been read.
You can look at the status of any active Payola game at the Payola Place Website, where you'll also find all completed games archived for your entertainment and education.
Rules to Payola Diplomacy
4. Acceptance Lists
The variants listed below are the major variants that are currently supported by the Payola adjudication code. Each of these variants includes a number of distinct elements which could be used separately. For example, the capability to specify different values for separate supply centers is mentioned as being used in the Exchange variant — this capability can be used in any Payola game set up to allow this.
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