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Finished: 11 AM Mon 29 Jul 19 UTC
Featured 2. Flight to the Ford
2 days /phase
Pot: 1400 D - Spring, 1910, Finished
Classic, Draw-Size Scoring
1 excused missed turn
Game drawn
15 Jul 19 UTC Autumn, 1908: Moderator: (Aurelin): Unpaused. Have fun all!
15 Jul 19 UTC Autumn, 1908: Why was the clock reset
15 Jul 19 UTC Autumn, 1908: Moderator: (Aurelin): We don't want anyone missing orders because of a surprise deadline
15 Jul 19 UTC Autumn, 1908: But I put mine in!
15 Jul 19 UTC Autumn, 1908: Well, I've readied in case we want to progress faster
15 Jul 19 UTC Autumn, 1908: No reason for a full phase. I want 5-6 hours back on clock please
15 Jul 19 UTC Autumn, 1908: I can tell you they're unable to do that.
15 Jul 19 UTC Autumn, 1908: Well, they could but it's a big hassle.
15 Jul 19 UTC Autumn, 1908: i like peons to jump though hoops for me
16 Jul 19 UTC Autumn, 1908: Moderator: (peterwiggin): Hi all,

Our usual policy is to reset the deadline when we force unpause a game so that nobody misses the deadline. As a player, I also find that having a full phase is good for getting back into the flow of the game, but I understand that not everybody feels the same way. With that said, it is possible to make exceptions, especially if announced beforehand or in cases where there have been many pauses in a row.

I'd also like to point out that, while not necessarily against the site rules, I don't appreciate when people call my mods peons :-)
16 Jul 19 UTC Autumn, 1908: Haha. OMG. Wiggles reset the clock.
16 Jul 19 UTC Autumn, 1908: When shoes fit
22 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: Damn, you can hear your own heart beat
23 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: *chirp chirp chirp chirp*
23 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: With you in tyrolia, you can support France to Venice
23 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: Haha
23 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: For those who have not figured it out yet. This is a 3 way draw. It can be mercifully over this next turn or it can go one for another year. Choice is yours. Result will be the same
I enjoyed playing with you. Expected more from some of you. But i understand things aren’t always what they should be. Except for the original germany, I’d play with you all again.

Kudos to England , i was one move away from solo. Oh well
23 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: This is me officially tossing in the towel as well.

As I have expressed privately to some, had any semblance of an opposition to Russia taken place in the East (or had Italy listened to me feeding them French moves) then I would've stabbed France and launched a solo run. In which case it's quite likely some of you would have found a place along the line, as Russia had a dearth of fleets in the south.
23 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: But as it stands now, I can't stab with the number of Russian fleets in the North, can't disband those fleets because he'll just rebuild them in Sev (which is closer to Tunis than I am), and can't launch a successful stab on France with the number of builds he's getting each year
23 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: See France. I to;d you
23 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: Well, I figured as much. Threatening to throw to Russia was about all I could do. I would have gone through with it.

Not really what I would have wanted, but better than letting England solo as France. I could never forgive myself ;)
24 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: Yes, I figured out as such. Mostly my fault truthfully.
24 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: I understand you may need a fourth member of the draw. I am happy to fill that role though
24 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: Perhaps under better circumstances I could have played better, but would love to play with all of you again if you would have me
24 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: Don't worry France, I only would've stabbed you if I was sure there was no reasonable situation in which you could have thrown :)
24 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: :D
24 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: Russia, I don't think you ever really stood a chance at the solo. You stabbed me too early. I might have seen it coming if there had been something for you to gain.

I'll also add that your negotiating style at the beginning was incredibly obnoxious. Once we finally allied you were quite the charmer though. You should try and do that all the time. I can try to be more specific if you like.

In any case, I think I should be the fourth cause I'm such a nice person.
24 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: Well, there’s styles of press, and there’s styles of press. You are a nice person. And i was one move from a solo. Germany was supposed to die, and i let him live claiming a miss order. If England had bought it, i would have been across the stalemate line. I may have stabbed early, but i wasn’t interested in your split, and if you grew anymore, there was to be no stab opportunity. I never thought I’d find the position for a solo shot, and i took it.
I did however enjoy working with you. Sorry
24 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: True, ziran, you have been amicable. I'll advocate for you
24 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: I should have just kept at England instead of letting them off the hook early. That press that Goldy sent me in S02 made me belly laugh and change my mind :/
24 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: Italy thought the jugg was a delayed Jugg. As I’d love to claim that was the idea from the start, nope. Tom actually flipped sides twice...thats why austria and i found commonality...
I wanted to work with the Italian from the start, but AI was so solid. Kudos to you guys. It took a lot for me to get austria to finally hit Italy.

France, you were like a ping pong ball. With England playing both sides
24 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: I know... I learned a lot
24 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: Hopefully, it will pay off down the road
24 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: Italy's lack of press and units were the deciding factor.
24 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: I do agree. He slacked way off. Very disappointing. Tom was kinda the same
24 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: I think my lack of willingness to have a go at Russia early on is what led Tom to turn. He was very keen in asking what my plans with Russia were

However the German disband after 1902 really prevented me from being able to do that (like I initially wanted, in part because Russia's press style was infuriating at the beginning of the game). I think that was before Magnetic came in, and he was just a complete puppet of Russia. Had Hel been disbanded instead of Tyrolia, I would've convoyed into Norway the next spring
24 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: Hi dear friends,
Thank you for letting us know this would be a three way draw: that was not clear *at all*.
I agree with all of you on my play in this game. My lack of time resulted in a lack of press as well as a lack of better reflected moves in this game. Press is the decisive factor to flip a party one way or another in a full press game, and so do I, but sometimes real life just doesn’t allow you to invest it.
This was one of the very rare occasions. I got happily married a bit more than a week ago: it was quite the organisation doing it in our garden, and it took most of my time the past months. But we also had a blast so it was well worth it.
With two high stake games ongoing at the same time, I had to choose in which game to invest more time. I am happy with the result since I soloed in that other game, although I would have liked to be part of a fun crew drinking a glass on this game as well.
Ah well, on to a next, and hopefully we get to play again one day.
Cheers
TBB
Ps: England, I realize I could have been in a different position with two moves I should have played differently. As I told you, the first was just a badly reflected move. The second, I was unsure whether you were feeding me the right information and did not have sufficient time to check up on that. Thank you for the kind messages nonetheless.
24 Jul 19 UTC Spring, 1909: Also Matticus, I was absolutely baffled that you didn't put an army on the British isles to keep me under heel. You had the opportunity to puppet me and made me an equal partner instead. Which of course ended up in me stabbing you.
24 Jul 19 UTC Autumn, 1909: Well I for one would've paused this had I known you were getting married :/

Congrats though, mate. Wish you all the happiness.
24 Jul 19 UTC Autumn, 1909: Congratulations Bulldog.

Live and learn, Goldy. I'll get you next time ;)
24 Jul 19 UTC Autumn, 1909: Congratulations BullDog.
24 Jul 19 UTC Autumn, 1909: Lastly. While i appreciate your candor Italy, we all make choices about what we can and cannot do. Knowing your wedding nuptials we’re coming and still deciding to take this game on, well , we all expected something from you. The irony in my mind was you were quite talkative till moves did not go your way, then you were non existent. Hopefully, in the future, I’ll get a chance to see you in better form.
24 Jul 19 UTC Autumn, 1909: You’re such a charmer Russia...
In any event, your comment is fully redundant as I already said that (a) I married last week, not when I took this game on, and (b) I focused more on a game where I felt that I was in a better position (aka I did no longer put sufficient time in this game to try to turn the tide around).

That being said: thanks all for the wishes!
25 Jul 19 UTC Autumn, 1909: Well Italian are usually hard of hearing. I’m married to one, so i have context to this :) 20 years
26 Jul 19 UTC Autumn, 1909: GG
26 Jul 19 UTC Autumn, 1909: Gg
26 Jul 19 UTC Autumn, 1909: GG all.
26 Jul 19 UTC Autumn, 1909: Oh, and... thank you all for at least tolerating my presence since I joined in 1903. Hopefully I lived a little bit longer than my predecessor would have
26 Jul 19 UTC Autumn, 1909: No doubt you did. GG all.
27 Jul 19 UTC Good learning experience. Thanks for the game all. Relieved to have made the draw

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Russia
ssorenn (0 D X)
Drawn. Bet: 200 D, won: 467 D
14 supply-centers, 14 units
England
goldfinger0303 (3155 D Mod)
Drawn. Bet: 200 D, won: 467 D
10 supply-centers, 10 units
France
Matticus13 (3093 D)
Drawn. Bet: 200 D, won: 467 D
10 supply-centers, 10 units
Turkey
Tom Bombadil (4028 D (G))
Defeated. Bet: 200 D
Italy
Defeated. Bet: 200 D
Austria
ziran (556 D)
Defeated. Bet: 200 D
Germany
Magnetic24 (0 D X)
Defeated. Bet: 0 D
Civil Disorders
The Lord Watermelon (386 D)Germany (Autumn, 1903) with 4 centres.
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