Finished: 06 AM Tue 21 Jan 14 UTC
Featured One Thousand and One Nights
1 days, 12 hours /phase
Pot: 7007 D - Autumn, 1913, Finished
Classic, No messaging, Anonymous players, Draw-Size Scoring
1 excused missed turn
Game drawn

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19 Jan 14 UTC GG.
19 Jan 14 UTC Gg Dipper,well played. It was a nice try for the solo,you were right to go with it considering the Italian strategy.
@anlari,well,what to say,eh?
19 Jan 14 UTC Thanks - I thought it was worth a shot. If I'd made it into Boh (and not screwed up the convoy to Lvn), I had a chance. But once you got into Bohemia, it was over. Nice game by all.
19 Jan 14 UTC I was Russia, enough said :)
19 Jan 14 UTC Excatly,this was the last turn in which I could have entered Bohemia if Italy had continued bouncing me.
19 Jan 14 UTC No,Roka,I was Russia,look!:)
19 Jan 14 UTC Stupid move to EC in 03 blew up my game. Was doing well before that. England is probably my least favorite country at the moment.

Congrats, Dipper, Split, and Anlari. :)
19 Jan 14 UTC Split: hahahaha, I laughed out loud, seriously :D
19 Jan 14 UTC anlari: how was your first big pot game? I know I invited you, hence I would appreciate a little feedback, how did it feel from the inside compared to those you usually play?
19 Jan 14 UTC It seems he plays non-wta a lot.I realy didn't understand his game at all. From the moment when he entered Adriatic I was sure France would solo the game. And he fought for Trieste even in the end,hilarious!
19 Jan 14 UTC I think Italy played okay. He saw the solo threat and stopped it. Trying to get into Boh instead of supporting you in was legit, and would have sealed the door just like Austria moving there. I considered pulling back all my armies and putting a fleet in St Pet to tempt into trying for a two-way. Anlari, would you have moved against Austria again for a two-way if I pulled back from Sil/Pru?
19 Jan 14 UTC Thanks for the game and congrats to F,I and A, I am happy I was part a game with such high ranked players.
England , even if you not at the and I think you played a great defense game that I was not able to break :-(
19 Jan 14 UTC Agreed. England played tough defense.
19 Jan 14 UTC @Dipper I doubt you would leave Warsaw and Moscow alone as I was ready in every turn to move all my units down south again as soon as a single unit of his would have moved nortwards.
19 Jan 14 UTC Enjoyed playing with you, el maestro. I hope you join in on another high pot game.
19 Jan 14 UTC @SD, yeah, I'm sure you would have. But I had nothing to lose by pulling back. I was going to try it, but decided there was about zero chance he'd take the risk for a two-way, fearing I'd end up getting Moscow somehow. I'm just curious if he'd have gone for it.
19 Jan 14 UTC It IS possible now in the end,I saw the possibility as well.You would have to leave Sil/Pru/Stp away enough to be more away from War/Mos then his units.And not to move it back when he takes Vie/Bud/Rum and I disband all north units.But I think you wouldn't miss the oportunity to take War/Mos in that case.
19 Jan 14 UTC I was talking about earlier events though,take a look at the map when I disbanded Berlin and tell me it wasn't clear you had the open road for the solo in case he had continued attacking me.And then look what he does in the next year.@Anyone else - am I wrong about it?
19 Jan 14 UTC Hi, thanks for inviting Rokakoma, there is definitely a major difference from the lower pot games I am used to - It takes a lot more strategizing here, but it is also more rewarding as no one ruins your game by behaving erratically. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

A few points:

1- It was pretty obvious to me in 1906 that this would likely head to a 3 way draw. I thought I had a minor chance to slip through with a good stab, and it looked like my chances were better with Austria because:

i- It would have taken me 2 years just to get to the French coast, and even then it would have been easy for him to defend.
ii- Similarly, it would be hard for France to interfere against me, but I could not say the same for Austria with his fleet in Greece in case I attacked France
iii- I did not expect the German-English line to collapse so rapidly - I think, ironically, Austria's best defensive maneuver against me was to take Berlin. In many ways, that forced the ending we had.

2- I did not fight for Trieste, I just wanted to swap it with Serbia to shorten our border, but there wasn't much point of taking it by then. I think in the end I wasn't too late to change direction to stop France. We may have fought for a turn or two longer than necessary, but I don't think it risked a solo.

3- I am not sure why Austria insisted on putting his own army to Boh - If anything, extra army there would help / not harm. At first, I thought he may change his mind and support me, in which case not moving would be a big mistake as neither of us would order there. Once I realized he wouldn't, I reverted to supporting as well.

4- Regardless of how far he withdraws, I don't think France could credibly promise not to solo if I went for a two-way draw. It would only work if he gave me Marseilles and Spain, perhaps, but then I could have gone for the solo.
19 Jan 14 UTC Russia, why disband Sev in 1906?