My intent is to begin this series with a helpful and short introduction to the rules (maybe as an Episode 0) for those unfamiliar with the game. I don't believe that a solid understanding of the details is necessary for enjoying the show. Alliances, personal relationships, and betrayal are at the heart of playing Diplomacy, and my hope is that these things can be communicated to an audience in a way that is compelling even if they are inexperienced in the particular rules of the game.

However, knowing a bit going into it couldn't hurt. So until I make Episode 0 please check out where they've put together a very nice and concise introduction to the game. You can also sign up and play games there!