Diplomacy is sometimes explained as similar to chess, although there are seven players battling each other and not only two. Diplomacy offers no mechanisms of luck but on the other hand a great deal of negotiations with the other players.
Since the negotiation and diplomacy can be private between different players you can never fully grasp the strategy of your opponents, which also means that you can never know when your opponents are telling the truth or when they are lying. When you least suspect it your back can be stabbed by several knives at once.
This setting offers a unique possibility for live streaming which, to the best of my knowledge, never has been done before. By putting a headmic on every player and use several cameras on different locations we can follow the game from every angle and above all: we can listen in on the secret negotiations and promises from all of the players.
For this to become even more interesting we have asked seven of the top ranked players in Sweden to participate. Read more about the players and their merits here.
The technical side of the project
To reach our goal with this project we will use four cameras, headmics on all players, two commentators, graphics, a sound technician and a technical director to steer the project.
One camera will be on a truss looking down on the game table. Two of the cameras will be operated by photographers and placed on a dolly-tripod to cover the three designated diplomacy areas where the players can go to talk privately. The fourth camera will cover the commentators.
The commentators will guide the viewers through the game and also decide which conversation is the most interesting to follow to at the moment. For you as a viewer it will be possible to interact with each other and the commentators through a chat next to the live window.
Also, we will record every camera and all of the seven players on separate tracks if anyone would like to dig in afterwards to find out what we might have missed.
We should also say that what is described above is our end game. We have the equipment and the technical experience to pull it off. However we are doing it all for free and some of our volunteers have no experience at all. This is a kind of experiment, however an experiment we would very much like to succeed and also to grow.
Should you be in the neighbourhood of Hvitfeldtska Gymnasiet in Gothenburg the 25:th of march, come by and say hi. We will also have a room where you can watch the show on big screen.