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Finished: 05 PM Fri 27 May 16 UTC
Private PJ GB 30
1 days, 12 hours /phase
Pot: 140 D - Autumn, 1916, Finished
Classic, No messaging, Anonymous players, Draw-Size Scoring, Hidden draw votes
1 excused missed turn
Game won by VirtualBob (242 D)
25 May 16 UTC Haha wow - another win VB - well played
26 May 16 UTC Sigh, that was so painful.
26 May 16 UTC Is that 4/5 solos in this series. That's really poor. :(
26 May 16 UTC GG guys.
26 May 16 UTC Congrats VB. I'd love to get an autopsy for this one, and see what I could have done differently. I know the end was what it was...Germany just had the edge over the line. There were points, seth24c (Russia) where I was trying to get you to go to Smyrna in return for Constantinople. I was hoping a fleet there (wasted in the Med) could harass from the Black Sea. I tried it a couple of times, but no dice.
26 May 16 UTC Well - I made it to Autumn 1903...so that was a result
26 May 16 UTC <hand clap for pj!!!>
26 May 16 UTC @HB. I think convoying your army to Syria in 1910 and destroying your army in Piedmont in 1912 were your downfall. That unit could have helped defend in the central front but was irrelevant in the east. I spent a lot of time after that avoiding giving you a disband, thus preventing a rebuild on the penninsula.
26 May 16 UTC Hmmm, and I stopped taking notes in 1906. What was my rationale for that? I think I was trying to ensure another centre, which I did get from Turkey. I couldn't break anything else after that. I disbanded out of my perceived area of greatest need.
26 May 16 UTC In my desire to improve my play, I usually take notes, guess moves, etc. If anyone wants a peek into my head during the first 5 years, here it is:

Spring, 1902: Austria vs Turkey/Russia; France vs Germany; Italy vs France; England undecided.

Austria:Trieste>Vienna, Bud S Trieste>Vienna, Ser S Bud; Greece>Bul
France: Marseilles>Lyon, Spain>Marseilles, Por>Wes Med, Par>Pic, Bur S Munich H
Turkey: Smy>Aeg; BLA S Rum H, Con S Bul H, Bul S H Rum
11 Apr 2016 Autumn, 1902: Austria vs Turkey/Russia; France vs Germany, England vs Germany, England vs RUssia, England vs France,
14 Apr 2016 Autumn, 1903: It is by all accounts a Juggernaut. Austria Italy vs Turkey Russia. Can't abide by the idea that now I have France on me. Austria will most likely lose Trieste or Serbia, depending on how Russia moves. Need to still hold Trieste. Need to get Naples to ION, but they have two units on ION.

Ultimately...Russia vs Germany, Austria. Not sure about England. Turkey vs Austria Italy. France?
18 Apr 2016 Spring, 1904: Russia is the big dog; Turkey vs Russia, Italy vs Russia, Germany vs Russia, France vs England?
18 Apr 2016 Spring, 1904: Add England vs Russia to the mix. Tyrolia>Trieste, Adr support, Tus>Ven, Tyr>ION
23 Apr 2016 Spring, 1905: Turkey/Italy/Germany vs Russia; France vs Germany; France vs England.
24 Apr 2016 Autumn, 1905: Aegean support holds Bulgaria?
25 Apr 2016 Autumn, 1905: France turning on Italy? Or making landfall in England?
25 Apr 2016 Autumn, 1905: I did the same thing to Turkey that Austria did to me in 27. Not a good move on my part if Turkey ever comes back from this. Need to slow down Germany, but that means convincing France to turn against Germany.
25 Apr 2016 Autumn, 1905: England vs France/Germany; Italy vs Russia; Russia vs Turkey; Germany vs Russia.
28 Apr 2016 Spring, 1906: France and Germany creating the big peace; what's the alternative? Can't really move against France right now but I need a unit in the south to start to hold them off. Need to start plucking Turkey apart with Russia to build south fleets to withstand France.
28 Apr 2016 Spring, 1906: France and Germany vs England; Germany vs Russia. Russia and Italy vs Turkey.
26 May 16 UTC Really can't believe I let such a great start slip away with my boneheaded moves in spring 1903. That one season of dumb moves was more than enough to ensure my downfall. I overestimated Germany and England's war and assumed that they would still be at each other's throats, instead they both sent everything they could at me. Which worked out well for them since I hadn't attempted the most basic defense against their moves. After that season it was just a matter of trying to get into any defendable position possible.
26 May 16 UTC Yes. You were a much bigger threat than aengland as your rapid conquest of Austria showed. And as later years show, we did not so much bury our conflict as delay it briefly, but at your expense. :-)
26 May 16 UTC One game left them in going to set up rolling tourney.

Obviously everyone here on first invite list, other comments, thoughts welcome.
26 May 16 UTC HB - when I moved on Germany in 1906 it was because I saw that he was over the stalemate line. Even though I knew I could not hurt him in moving at that time it was clear that since he had crossed it in the east all he needed was to take England and a few more for the solo.

At this time I was stuck with Germany, but I needed one more unit to stalemate him. If you could have assisted me with cuts or your own move to Munich around 1906-1909 Germany would have had to pull back in the east to protect his home centers possibly getting us to a 3WD safe point or possibly pushing me forward to take Germany out, however I would not have been over the stalemate line. In 1907 you built a fleet when you had no need for a fleet. You were over-fleeted. 1908 you made good progress but you didn't have the armies to hold that position. In 1909 the southern corner of the board declares peace, but its a mass of wasted units. The convoy to Syria was a bad idea, it could have been accomplished using your existing fleets and you needed that army in Tyrolia to stall out Germany and hold your position. 1911 you take Symrna good. But you should have immediately blown through Cons as you needed the leverage the black sea provides. That was a weak spot in Germanys arsenal that would have given you relief in Austria if you could have supported Russia or your army to Sevestapol. Or a convoy of that army to Bulgaria which was a liability bc it couldn't help.

You asked for learning points so I pointed some mistakes out, hindsight is 20:20, I don't mean to be critical. The largest mistakes are not recognizing the stalemate had been crossed around 1906 and over-building fleets when clearly you would have to deal with Germany and not a move west to France. Just my 2 cents.
26 May 16 UTC Thanks for the feedback!
26 May 16 UTC Good analysis, General.

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Germany
VirtualBob (242 D)
Won. Bet: 20 D, won: 140 D
21 supply-centers, 17 units
Italy
Survived. Bet: 20 D
6 supply-centers, 7 units
France
Gen. Lee (7688 D (B))
Survived. Bet: 20 D
5 supply-centers, 7 units
Russia
seth24c (5032 D)
Survived. Bet: 20 D
2 supply-centers, 2 units
England
Wusti (1348 D)
Survived. Bet: 20 D
0 supply-centers, 1 units
Austria
pjmansfield99 (127 D)
Defeated. Bet: 20 D
Turkey
kasimax (243 D)
Defeated. Bet: 20 D
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