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Finished: 02 PM Sat 04 Aug 18 UTC
Private 2018 GBT - R1G85
1 day, 12 hours /phase
Pot: 35 D - Autumn, 1913, Finished
Classic, No messaging, Anonymous players, Draw-Size Scoring, Hidden draw votes
1 excused missed turn
Game drawn
14 May 18 UTC Spring, 1901: Moderator: (ghug): Welcome to the 2018 Gunboat Tournament!

You've been placed into seven games. If you're not in seven games, you haven't received each power exactly once, or you feel you've been put in the tournament in error, please contact me as soon as possible.

Games have been paused to ensure that nobody misses a phase due to the abnormal nature of the game starts. If you have not voted unpause by Wednesday, May 15th, I will contact you and begin docking from your seven days of allocated pause time in one day increments. If you need a pause, please let me know.

Good luck!
04 Jul 18 UTC Spring, 1909: Moderator: (bo_sox48): The missing player has been replaced and the game has been unpaused. If you have any further questions or concerns, contact the mods or your TD.
14 Jul 18 UTC Spring, 1911: Moderator: (ghug): Paused until Monday by request.
16 Jul 18 UTC Spring, 1911: Moderator: (ghug): Unpaused.
20 Jul 18 UTC Autumn, 1912: Moderator: (ghug): Paused by request until a week from Sunday.
30 Jul 18 UTC Autumn, 1912: Moderator: (ghug): Unpaused
02 Aug 18 UTC Good game everyone. I was trying to see if England was willing to further reduce the draw, but it looks unlikely
02 Aug 18 UTC You all did very well to stop my solo. Though Russia's actions at the end confused me a little.
02 Aug 18 UTC Good game, Turkey. Not sure about the Russian strategy. When you had St. Pete in the spring with 17 centers, I figured you were going to win for sure. After Russia suddenly moved to Finland for inexplicable reasons, I thought he was going to throw it to you. Nail-biter.

I think it might possibly have gone better for you if you had let me take St. Pete early in the game. Why did you block that move? Normally, it benefits Turkey statistically for England to do well in the early game.
02 Aug 18 UTC BTW, when Russia moved out of St. Petes, you were like a duck on a June-bug. Excellent job.
02 Aug 18 UTC Good game France and Germany as well to block the solo. I wasn't sure France was going to let me into Portugal for a second there. We needed a fleet there to provide uncutable supports for Spain and Marseilles. This was so close to a Turkish solo on many levels.
02 Aug 18 UTC Yeah, maybe things would've changed if I had let you into StP, but I thought keeping Russia alive would've benefited me (and it did...if only he committed to throwing it). Realistically, I thought my 18th would most likely be Marseilles or Spain
02 Aug 18 UTC I subbed in France after the original player bounced you in Portugal. I realized someone needed to be there to stop the 18 so I let you in.
02 Aug 18 UTC I was wondering why the competence level suddenly increased by multiple factors. Bad luck for Turkey.
02 Aug 18 UTC Good game. I moved out of Stp when Turkey left Mos and Lvn and England was moving to Nwg, and I realized that we was going to eliminate me after keeping me alive for so long. I didn’t have a real plan, other than maybe getting a shot at Swe to try and live. When the English capture of Stp tactically didn’t go as I thought it would, and my fleet ended up in GoB with Turkey occupying Stp in spring, I obviously noted that the only way to prevent a Turkish solo was if England supported me back into Stp. Yes, I was tempted to throw it to Turkey, but I’ve never done that ever, and I didn’t do it this time.
02 Aug 18 UTC I used to be like that, Russia. For the first, idk, 5 years or so I played this game. But lately mine mind has switched more to a viewpoint of "If I'm going to lose, everyone is going to lose" because if the other players don't realize I'm essential to the draw, then they don't deserve the draw. It's why I tossed a solo in this tournament already.
02 Aug 18 UTC And Turkey, part of my move was to confuse you (and perhaps others), as this typically increases chances of survival for small players in gunboat. England, im wondering whether you ever considered keeping me included in the draw after the Stp adventure. Personally, I would likely have done that, but I wasn’t surprised or disappointed (well, maybe a little bit :) that it didn’t happen.
02 Aug 18 UTC I totally get that, goldfinger, and I wouldn’t say it was a coin’s toss in this case, but it was a close decision...
02 Aug 18 UTC Yes, I immediately voted draw after your move back to St. Pete. I figured you deserved to get the points after that. I realize it wasn't smart from a tournament scoring perspective. I also considered supporting you to hold in St. Pete. However, I've been playing Diplomacy since the 1970s and I'm cold- blooded.

Curious about your decision to move out of St. Pete because I moved F NAO to Norwegian Sea. That wasn't much of a signal that you were doomed for elimination. I'm not saying you were wrong. I could have been going toward North Sea.
02 Aug 18 UTC Thanks for the transparency at multiple levels :) Part of what factored into my decision not to throw the game to Turkey was also the tournament context.

The Nwg move was a hunch, and in combination with Turkey moving out, it was low risk to move to Fin. I figured I could always move back, and when I found myself surrounded by English units next spring I was proven right. The biggest risk I took was actually that Fall when I decided to hold in Fin, blocking your unit in Swe, you could have taken Stp there and then, but I gambled that you would go for Bar instead.
02 Aug 18 UTC GG everyone, especially Turkey as you built up well, supporting Austria and Russia on the way to getting your units into the right spaces. GG England and France. Too many times positions like this result in wins, but you are too good to let that happen. Cheers!

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goldfinger0303 (3155 D Mod)
Drawn. Bet: 5 D, won: 9 D
16 supply-centers, 16 units
eturnage (500 D (B))
Drawn. Bet: 5 D, won: 9 D
8 supply-centers, 8 units
BismarckAlive (1038 D)
Drawn. Bet: 5 D, won: 9 D
6 supply-centers, 4 units
flash2015 (1447 D (G))
Drawn. Bet: 0 D, won: 9 D
4 supply-centers, 4 units
Favio (395 D)
Defeated. Bet: 5 D
Defeated. Bet: 5 D
dipperjay (1431 D (G))
Defeated. Bet: 5 D
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GSharp (2895 D (B))France (Spring, 1909) with 5 centres.
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