Back in 1974, Dr. Walter Buchanan decided that the growing postal Diplomacy hobby needed a "flagship" zine. The purpose of such a publication would be to distribute hobby news, discuss strategy and tactics, introduce new variants, and in general give the hobby member a place to go for everything EXCEPT to play the game itself. Diplomacy World was born! Diplomacy World has gone through many changes. What was once a postal zine, available only by subscription and in printed format, is now freely downloaded from the internet. Black and white has become color. With no postal expenses, size is less of a problem. Like the hobby itself, Diplomacy World has seen its ups and downs, but both remain. There have been many Lead Editors since the first. Some lasted for only a few issues, others remained for years. But through it all, it has been the hobby members, willing to contribute ideas and articles, which have kept Diplomacy World going.