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Finished: 10 PM Sun 04 Jun 17 UTC
The MouseTrap
1 day, 12 hours /phase
Pot: 250 D - Autumn, 2004, Finished
Modern Diplomacy II, Rulebook press, Anonymous players, Sum-of-Squares Scoring
1 excused missed turn
Game won by yoak (1417 D)
11 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2000: UK - this has been a fun game, largely because of your crazy rants :-)
11 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2000: Just...

Why are you in Yorkshire? What purpose does that serve?
11 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2000: I warned you about Ukraine. I did!
11 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2000: LOLL Russia has muted me...my compliments, sir. You probably are the dumbest player I have ever seen. Happy to see Ukraine in moscow this autumn.
11 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2000: Lol
11 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2000: Same here Russia bit off more than it can chew
11 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2000: what the heck is france doing in lapland, though?
11 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2000: The product of a shift in forgein policy.
11 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2000: Lolllla
15 May 17 UTC Spring, 2001: Egypt after long and frustrating and quiet comical negotiations .

a cryptic clue as to Spains menatlity. Like as in cyptic cross words.

Looking at someone from quite a far distance who is giving up.

Solution to be posted in Autumn..guesses welcome..
15 May 17 UTC Spring, 2001: what?
15 May 17 UTC Spring, 2001: what?
15 May 17 UTC Spring, 2001: My original complaint about no one in this game being able to speak a straight English sentence still stands.
15 May 17 UTC Spring, 2001: Says he with a grammatically incorrect sentence.
15 May 17 UTC Spring, 2001: Says the genius who has been totally cheated by ukraine, despite he had been warned by everybody about and apparently does not realize it yet.
15 May 17 UTC Spring, 2001: Anyway egypt has totaly freaked out. I do not speak oxford english, but my sentences are clear, as Britain's ones. Egypt, instead, is probably using google translate
15 May 17 UTC Spring, 2001: Fine. Let me translate my previous comment into Pseudo-English Gibberish Jargon 'Egypt-style' 'Poetry'. You might be able to understand me then.

*AHEM*

England after long and frustrating and bang-head-against-wall-many-times .

a despairing cry of nonsense and waste. Like as in stop the cryptic gibberish-talk.

Looking at someone(s) from quite a far distance who is game-throwing or possibly multi-cheating.

Take a guess who I'm talking about, please.
15 May 17 UTC Spring, 2001: I still don't get at all, what egypt was trying to say :8
15 May 17 UTC Spring, 2001: He doesn't know it even he himself, LOLLLL
17 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2001: Anway. any allegations of chatin should be put through mods as per site rules.

Referals to cheating multis ect accustaions breaks site rules ..

I will notify MODS of this issue now .

I am simply peed off with Spain, and would rather see UKR win outright thna Spain get a single point from this game.
17 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2001: Site Rule 4.
4. Do not use the software or moderators as a diplomacy tactic

Lying is fine in Diplomacy except when it gives mods/admins unnecessary work to do!

Falsely accusing someone of being a multi-accounter/meta-gaming to rally others against them in a game, or claiming that your orders didn't come out the way you entered them to cover up your motives, means mods/admins spend time looking for cheaters/bugs which were made up.

All accusations against other players must be made directly to the mod/admin team directly as specified below, in private, for this reason, and software bug claims must be genuine, even if only told to another player. Avoid making cheating accusations in game, via pm, or on the forum
17 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2001: any who back to the game plan..
17 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2001: Oh my god, so you are definetly totally crazy...why isn't it possible to play with sane people sometimes? You have big problems in real life, don't you?
17 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2001: Don't throw the game to Ukraine just to spite Spain. That is disgusting behavior.

This game is a joke. Cancel it.
17 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2001: The only thing that's a joke in this game is Britain
17 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2001: My supply count is a joke, I know. At least I'm not Russia.
17 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2001: I don't care about this game anymore. I want out. Too much game throwing and not enough people playing by the rules and spirit of the game.
17 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2001: Alleging cheating and rule breaking is pretty serious. Can someone report this guy to the mods ?
17 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2001: Egypt and Russia do their best all game long to either throw the game or to do their best to make us think that they are (I DID NOT MAKE AN ACCUSATION EITHER WAY).

Egypt then admits that he's throwing the game to Ukraine to spite Spain.

I say "That's stupid. Don't do that".

I get called out for making accusations.

I get that Russia and I have been at loggerheads this game, but he is defending the actions of someone who admitted in global chat, before any accusation from me, that he was throwing the game to Ukraine.

Why?
17 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2001: I would never make a public accusation. Egypt has though, by his own admission, accused himself of, if not illegal behaviour, then at least utterly disgracefull and petty tanking and game throwing.

That would be the cherry on top of this game though wouldn't it. That I get banned on a false allegation of giving false allegation.
17 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2001: If we are discussing whether Egypt broke the rules or not, it wasn't me who started this conversation. It was Egypt.
17 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2001: Moderator: (peterwiggin): Hi everybody,

I just want to say a few things to clarify the rules here.

1. It is not against the rules to throw a game for any in-game reason. Whether or not it's disgraceful or petty is not my place to decide.
2. It is against the rules to make cheating accusations in press or on the forum.

The following statement is a cheating accusation:

"Looking at someone(s) from quite a far distance who is game-throwing or possibly multi-cheating.

Take a guess who I'm talking about, please."
17 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2001: I didn't realize that this had gotten this far. I may have had a small hand in it, to wit:

When I started to doubt my ability to carry this through with the alliance brewing against me, I approached Spain to attempt to find a satisfactory endgame. His initial comments made me suspect that he suspected me of cheating. He did *not* make an inappropriate accusation. He insisted that I explain, paraphrasing, "how I got Russia and Egypt to throw the game to me." I responded that I didn't get Egypt to do anything, that he did, by pissing him off in the extreme and that with Russia it was simply a matter of a successful deception / stab. In communication with Egypt, I pointed out that Spain had come to the edge of accusing me of cheating, as reading between the lines, I interpreted that as his concern. He may have taken my comments and ran with them in some forum. That was not my intent.

Peter has access, if he's inclined, to review everything and I think that will vindicate me with respect to any concerns. For anyone concerned, I state affirmatively that I don't know Russia or Egypt players, have nothing to do with their accounts, and the play of this game has been entirely within the spirit and letter of all rules. Accusations to the contrary are offensive to me.

My preference for resolution of the situation is to have the game commence, with people playing as their preference dictates. I see no basis for anything else.

Finally, as this has become a meta-conversation, it is not disgraceful, IMO, to throw a game to a party. It is a proper last-resort tactic. Sometimes one must trust another power's word and make themselves completely vulnerable in order to progress. It should be in the toolbag to say, "...and if you violate this trust, understand that I know that i will have no chance, but will dedicate myself to the ensuring that you don't profit from your duplicity. My object from that point on will be to see you destroyed." That happened here, more or less, and I benefitted from it. Your evaluation of that tactic may be different from mine, and that's fine. But implying that it is anything else, on either Egypt's part or mine, is mistaken and ungentlemanly. I haven't seen anything like that sufficiently clear that I think it becomes, in itself, a rules violation requiring sanction.
17 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2001: Every time I look at my phone and see that there is a message in this game I get excited that there is some new proposal or plan to be hatched... and every time today I have been disappointed to see the global chat flagged with some useless bickering... Lets play the game.
17 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2001: Oh jeez... Now I've done it. ;)
18 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2001: I'm sorry then, that you took my words to be an accusation. I did not mean to accuse anyone of cheating.

You can understand, though, the frustration of all other players when Russia plays as he does all game and then Egypt admits that he's throwing the game. What do France, Germany, Spain and Turkey do about this? Where is the fairness for them?

Throwing the game is not cheating, but it has not been used as a last resort tactic either. Russia seems to have been actively trying to lose his homeland to Ukraine since like year three or four. That's not fair on the rest of us.
18 May 17 UTC Autumn, 2001: Why is it any of your business how I play this game ?
20 May 17 UTC Spring, 2002: dear england simply attack spain and i will stop yeilding to UKR..
20 May 17 UTC Spring, 2002: Ok england, please attack me...
20 May 17 UTC Spring, 2002: I will attack from Yorkshire to Liverpool. It will be an unstoppable attack. There is no retaliation possible by Spain.

You idiot. Stop trying to blackmail the rest of us by threat of throwing the game and stop trying to hold the game to ransom.
20 May 17 UTC Spring, 2002: My opportunity to fight Spain has passed, as has your opportunity to actually try and contain Ukraine.

Your nonsense is not worth responding to anymore.
21 May 17 UTC Spring, 2002: Not you eng ..I was refering to the better players who could actually influence the game..

you dont like my tactics lol so sad...think of it as an opportunity for you to grow. as a person..

or not the choice is yours..as it is mine..
31 May 17 UTC Spring, 2004: I must declare to Russia in public chat (since he blocked me in private chat some weeks ago for no reason) that I think I have never seen such an idiot playing diplomacy. I think a dog could play than he does
31 May 17 UTC Spring, 2004: Do you trust me now or do you wanna let him win for no reason?
31 May 17 UTC Spring, 2004: Sorry, this message was for the other big player in this game: Egypt
02 Jun 17 UTC Spring, 2004: random acts of aggression.. are you on drugs ?? are you safe around others...

does your mom know your up this late..

what are you talking about dude..
04 Jun 17 UTC I never saw a game which was wasted in such a complete way. Egypt and Russia are such idiots I have no more words to describe. Anyway, nice game France, Britain and Ukraine. Bye
04 Jun 17 UTC that was polite of Spain in public but wont show ha=ao he was in private ..

intersting game to say the least..

Not sure why UKR copped a spray when it was Spainas ininane ,personal , rude and obnoxiuos manner which made me consider playing the way I did..

I would hve gladly gone the draw if it didnt reward Spain in any way..

UKr was just lucky he was where he was when he was.

Very good play by Turkey early on stifled my plans ...was more damaging to me in the long run..

Cheers all se yu around..
05 Jun 17 UTC Gg Ukraine.
05 Jun 17 UTC Thanks, France.

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Ukraine
yoak (1417 D)
Won. Bet: 25 D, won: 250 D
33 supply-centers, 30 units
France
Pluglife (320 D)
Survived. Bet: 25 D
15 supply-centers, 13 units
Spain
foraccio (133 D)
Survived. Bet: 25 D
13 supply-centers, 13 units
Egypt
Smokey Gem (184 D)
Survived. Bet: 25 D
3 supply-centers, 3 units
Russia
ckoch22 (100 D)
Survived. Bet: 25 D
0 supply-centers, 2 units
Turkey
EnderII (135 D)
Survived. Bet: 25 D
0 supply-centers, 1 units
Britain
Luke Miller (4629 D)
Defeated. Bet: 25 D
Germany
ZKassian (0 D X)
Defeated. Bet: 25 D
Italy
Defeated. Bet: 25 D
Poland
speudebradeos (287 D)
Defeated. Bet: 0 D
Civil Disorders
IshmaelGuantanamoIV (100 D)Poland (Spring, 1999) with 1 centres.
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