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Finished: 19 May 17 UTC
Private Spring 2017 SoW Study Group
2 days /phase (slow)
Pot: 35 D - Spring, 1907, Finished
Draw-Size Scoring, Wait for orders
Game drawn
09 May 17 UTC Autumn, 1905: I didn't really dó anything right in Spring 1901.. France told me immediately he'd support himself into Bur. I tried very hard to convince him to reconsider, but failed. He remained adamant, but otherwise didn't send much press.

Fortunately, England was very chatty and eventually said he would DMZ stab France in ECh if I would move into Bur. Done! But not something I can be credited for, as it was his idea.

Russia asked me for Sweden, and I said I would allow him in if he'd support me in case of an English attack. Unless I could think of something better (i.e. more solid), but I failed come up with any other request. After I supported him in, he promptly forgot his promise and never ceased bugging me about helping him into Norway.

The one thing I did do right though, was in A01. England and I disagreed completely on what to do about Sweden and Belgium. It seemed like the issue would drive us apart, but I managed to come up with a very convoluted solution to this problem and we've been solid allies since.
09 May 17 UTC Autumn, 1905: The only thing that I didn't completely screw up in 1901 was establishing a good relationship with Italy, which proved to be useful later on. I tip my cap to England, who guessed right and had me played perfectly. Looking back, I probably trusted Germany too much that year, which is funny because usually I'm a rather paranoid player, but in this instance I wasn't, and it came back to bite me.
09 May 17 UTC Autumn, 1905: Trust me? As I recall our communication:
- Hey France, perhaps we could work together! Yada yada, DMZ Bur?
-- I'm supporting myself into Bur.
- That would be a somewhat hostile move towards me. Yada yada. Could you reconsider?
-- I'm supporting myself into Bur.
- I know you're a gunboat player where that move is typical, but that's really uncommon in Press games. Could you consider other options?
-- I can't afford having you in Bur. I'm supporting myself in.
- A bounce would also prevent me from entering Bur. Could you chat with a professor about your intended move?

*No reply for 8 hours; France supports himself into Bur*

At that point, we were tentatively at war.
10 May 17 UTC Autumn, 1905: Well, I haven't been in the driving seat since spring 1901 but have managed a good relationship with Italy nonetheless. Frankly I think the best thing I did in 1901 was not die.
11 May 17 UTC Autumn, 1905: Getting Russian support into Bulgaria was pretty cool, but England won 1901


Oh, and I'm ready to unpause. Mom and baby are doing great!
11 May 17 UTC Autumn, 1905: Yaaay
11 May 17 UTC Autumn, 1905: Yep! I am sitting outside the hospital waiting for them to go home!
11 May 17 UTC Autumn, 1905: Ahhhhhhh baby Ogion <3 what gender?!
11 May 17 UTC Autumn, 1905: I'd ready up but I'm too drunk rn
11 May 17 UTC Autumn, 1905: A little girl. Forum post coming
15 May 17 UTC Autumn, 1906: Oh we're waiting on my draw vote.
15 May 17 UTC Autumn, 1906: I'm happy drawing
15 May 17 UTC Autumn, 1906: Not sure how I signed onto another game without hdv
15 May 17 UTC Autumn, 1906: I'm hearing all arguments in favor of drawing.
15 May 17 UTC Autumn, 1906: Well, mostly it is because several of us have lost steam. Certainly, we aren't at a full completion by a long shot, but it seems the study group aspect has peetered out so it isn't super clear there is interest in continuing.
19 May 17 UTC <3 you Ogion I'm sorry for that last second stab
19 May 17 UTC zzz
19 May 17 UTC gg all
19 May 17 UTC gg!
And my apologies for pushing the draw.
20 May 17 UTC EOG:

France told me immediately he'd support himself into Bur. I tried very hard to convince him to reconsider, but failed. He remained adamant, but otherwise didn't send much press.

Fortunately, England was very chatty and eventually said he would DMZ stab France in ECh if I would move into Bur. Done!

Russia asked me for Sweden, and I said I would allow him in if he'd support me in case of an English attack. Unless I could think of something better (i.e. more solid), but I failed come up with any other request. After I supported him in, he promptly forgot his promise and never ceased bugging me about helping him into Norway.

The one thing I did do right, was in A01. England and I disagreed completely on what to do about Sweden and Belgium. It seemed like the issue would drive us apart, but I managed to come up with a very convoluted solution to this problem and we've been solid allies since. The idea was that if France entered Bur, I would get my way. At that point, I was still trying my very best to convince France not to take Bur, but that failed so England had to take Belgium and I didn't have to bounce Russia out of Sweden (my preference).

In 1902 discussions with Italy started over Marseilles, as it was clear we would crush France if nothing changed. She opened with being very keen on England NOT occupying the province, so I thought I could get her to support me in. It was a ruse and she was only interested in taking it for herself (or keeping France in). After a lot of futile messages, I agreed to support her in if she promised me ANYTHING in return. Support in some wild scenario, or whatever. There are no free rides. She continued to pretend to not understand what I was saying, so that deal never materialised.

All moves in S02 were agreed with England, except Ber-Sil. It was agreed to go to Mun, but I didn't feel it. I decided to meddle in the East instead and went to Silesia. The profs dislike this move, but it's my style. I think I managed to sell it as a misorder well enough. It sort-of worked out, as it made Russia and Austria vie for my support in their conflict (though it also upset both). My plan was to maintain the status quo there, so I could waltz in later to establish a foothold across the stalemate line. Then I would probably stab England for a chance to win.

In A04 I however did misorder horribly. I had Pru-Liv, Sil-Pru, Boh S Mun-Sil, but changed that tentatively when Austria offered to support me into Gal. I then missed the deadline and apparently made a mistake in my moves as well.
At that point, I realised a solo was outside of my grasp and lost all interest in the game so I started pushing for a draw.

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Italy
DemonOverlord (558 D)
Drawn. Bet: 5 D, won: 7 D
10 supply-centers, 10 units
England
captainmeme (489 D Mod)
Drawn. Bet: 5 D, won: 7 D
8 supply-centers, 8 units
Germany
Claesar (63 D Mod)
Drawn. Bet: 5 D, won: 7 D
7 supply-centers, 7 units
Russia
Ezio (1472 D Mod)
Drawn. Bet: 5 D, won: 7 D
5 supply-centers, 5 units
Austria
Ogion (4977 D)
Drawn. Bet: 5 D, won: 7 D
4 supply-centers, 4 units
Turkey
Gen. Lee (7688 D (B))
Defeated. Bet: 0 D
France
MoscowFleet (263 D)
Defeated. Bet: 5 D
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