Being from the Chicagoland area, I love me some Ira Glass. A few weeks ago, This American Life posted a great story by David Hill that centered around the board game Diplomacy. I’ve never played it, because… well, no one ever invited me over to play it! (It’s fine, it’s fine. My instruments kept me company, and I didn’t know what I was missing!) Much like the games Risk, Settlers of Catan, and Axis and Allies, you spend the game making/backstabbing alliances to rule the world.
I had a roommate who took Settlers of Catan so seriously, he’s ruined this kind of game for me… forever. Well, the story teller, here, had a similar experience, so when he decided to go to the World Championships, he enlisted an ACTUAL U.S. Ambassador (Dennis Ross) as his coach.
Give’r a listen here: