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Allan B. Calhamer dies at 81; inventor of Diplomacy game
Allan B. Calhamer dies at 81; inventor of Diplomacy game

The origins of the board game Diplomacy can be traced to an old geography book that Allan B. Calhamer discovered while rummaging around with a friend in the attic of his boyhood home in suburban Chicago. Calhamer was fascinated by the exotic countries and old boundaries laid out in the book, places like the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Ottoman Empire. The final inspiration came at Harvard, when Calhamer read Sidney Bradshaw Fay's "The Origins of the World War" during Fay's class on 19th century Europe. "That brought everything together," Calhamer told Chicago magazine in 2009. "I thought, 'What a board game that would make!' " ...

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