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Finished: 11 PM Tue 31 Dec 13 UTC
SpeedRound3
5 minutes /phase
Pot: 70 D - Autumn, 1910, Finished
Anonymous players, Survivors-Win Scoring
1 excused missed turn
Game drawn
31 Dec 13 UTC Spring, 1901: Bonjour mon amis
31 Dec 13 UTC Spring, 1901: Good luck all.
31 Dec 13 UTC Autumn, 1901: I am so sorry.
I messed up my fleet move.
31 Dec 13 UTC Spring, 1908: lads. That was harsh,
31 Dec 13 UTC Spring, 1908: How do I speed up my death so it ends without me having abandoned the game?
31 Dec 13 UTC Spring, 1908: You could just idle
31 Dec 13 UTC Spring, 1908: still takes ten minutes and surely that counts as abandoning?
31 Dec 13 UTC Autumn, 1908: T can we ready up please. This game is long enough as it is.
31 Dec 13 UTC Autumn, 1909: I have told T and R this. I will let Turkey eat me and get a solo.
31 Dec 13 UTC Autumn, 1909: Or we can three way.
31 Dec 13 UTC Spring, 1910: Thats two out of three draw votes.
31 Dec 13 UTC Spring, 1910: T, can we please draw, its been a three hour game and I have to leave soon. Otherwise, I will reverse course and let Russia open the flood gates.
31 Dec 13 UTC Good game everybody! Happy new years guys!
31 Dec 13 UTC Pleasure all. I do have to run to daycare for my son. Will provide EOG statement in three hours if others want.
31 Dec 13 UTC Happy new years
31 Dec 13 UTC sounds cool, will you post it here?
31 Dec 13 UTC sure. And will PM you since you seem interested.
31 Dec 13 UTC EOG?
01 Jan 14 UTC So, it took longer to sign in again than expected - believe it or not, I forgot it was new years eve. And Turkey - EOG stands for End of Game, where you provide an overview of your moves and logic.

In any event, my one word take away from this game is: Press. For the love of god, in a press game, use press. Nearly all of my moves were determined by who was pressing, and how much.

In the early game, my preference as France is to work with Germany against England, and to sound out the Italy relationship to see whether it can be strong (move against G in the midgame) or not (move against I in the midgame).

Here, I almost decided to go against G because I was not receiving much press from him. But I didnt get much from England either, so decided to stay with my preferences. As an example of where press can save an early relationship, Italy told me he was going to Piedmont, so I did not react quite as harshly as I otherwise might have. Indeed, with this information, I knew I could not get Belgium so I decided to try to use diplomacy to deliver it to the one power that can never hold belgium in the early game - England, to signify friendship while planning the stab.

The stab came off well in 1903, because England did not factor retreats into his moves. This was lucky for me, because I could not have cracked England otherwise. Three fleets are generally necessary, and the German refused (for reasons I do not understand) to build a second fleet.

And here is where I return to the press point. In 1904, I faced a choice. There was an obvious and strong juggernaut in the east. Based on my press with both powers, I could tell Russia was experienced, and Turkey a skilled newb who would believe promises of 17-17 until it became too late to stop. Thus, I could continue to work with Germany, and from an FGI line against the jugger, or I could kill Germany and attempt a three way that was by no means guaranteed. Literally the sole reason I chose the latter was because of Germany's lack of press. If Germany had been more active, I would have attempted to prop him up.

From then on, given my read of the balance of power in the juggernaut, my plan was to stall out Russia as much as possible, regardless of developments in the South. I figured this would have forced Russia to stab earlier than he wanted to otherwise, and clue Turkey into the fact that he should work with me. Lopt showed remarkable restraint staying with the jugger, but I would like to think I sowed enough doubt in T's mind that that is why he left his armys forward in the turn when the draw came.

Either way - throughout the game, I pressed every power and played based on what came back. Little came back from England or Germany, so I attacked. Much came from Italy, so I worked with them. Based on style of press, I could tell Russia was more experienced than T, so worked more against Russia than T.

It was a very pleasurable three hours, and I hope to see all of you again.



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01 Jan 14 UTC Id very much love to hear R or Ts thoughts on the game as well.
01 Jan 14 UTC As well as Italys. His play was the hardest for me to read. The press suggested an experienced player, but the early move to piedmont and the other moves were a bit inscrutable. What were you thinking?

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Russia
Lopt (102 D)
Drawn. Bet: 10 D, won: 23 D
12 supply-centers, 12 units
France
virtuslex (483 D (S))
Drawn. Bet: 10 D, won: 23 D
11 supply-centers, 11 units
Turkey
Drawn. Bet: 10 D, won: 23 D
11 supply-centers, 11 units
England
commala19 (100 D)
Defeated. Bet: 10 D
Italy
Milkfx (118 D)
Defeated. Bet: 10 D
Germany
Weary (100 D)
Defeated. Bet: 10 D
Austria
frenchie29 (185 D)
Defeated. Bet: 10 D
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