The concept of diplomatic capital as a resource came from the beta community and WOW does it provide a lot of use.
Diplomatic Capital can be earned through the diplomacy tree as well as certain very rare resources on the map.
If you hold onto it, you gain advantages in the value of trading things.
Now, when trading with the AI, you never get a 1 to 1 ratio (you can’t trade 10 materials for 20 materials). But what happens is that as players get better diplomatic capital ratios, they get better and better deals.
But on the other hand, if you need the money right now, you can spend it:
I think there’s a lot we can do with this concept as we go forward. It definitely gives diplomacy some teeth, especially when we get into getting various players to declare war on each other.