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Finished: 03 PM Thu 12 Jan 17 UTC
Private Blue Emu
2 days /phase
Pot: 10 D - Autumn, 1908, Finished
1 excused missed turn
Game won by Jimmy48 (670 D)
05 Jan 17 UTC Spring, 1901: Man Italy again!
05 Jan 17 UTC Spring, 1901: Man, Germany again!
06 Jan 17 UTC Autumn, 1904: Spain(nc)?
07 Jan 17 UTC Spring, 1906: I am a terrible teacher. My plan was to "educate" you on the mechanics of the game. Instead the game starts, I go for the throat and don't explain a thing. So, at the risk of sounding like a pedantic ahole...

Diplomacy is a lot like chess, in that development of your pieces & keeping the initiative are key. In chess, white has the immediate advantage of moving first & will win with two equal players & no mistakes. Since movement is simultaneous here, neither has the advantage unless one of the players gains a position advantage over the other.

After gaining a threatening position, maintaining that advantage, then maintaining the initiative should be your #1 priority, sometimes at the risk of a losing a center. That is what I was trying to do with the move out of Vienna. I expected you to take Vienna & my risking moving out of there was to trade a spot I could lose for better position to retake it. I think I accomplished that, plus I still have Vienna.

Pressure & forcing your opponent to move in a particular way are keys.

Understand I am trying to be helpful, not critical, okay?
07 Jan 17 UTC Autumn, 1906: OK. I had thought is was like chess as in the next move needs to be considered.
08 Jan 17 UTC Autumn, 1906: The move to Galacia was a good one. I expected you to try to stay behind my lines, you are much better off. Keeping your units within support of each other is a good thing. Like chess again, pieces are much more powerful when working together and rather useless alone.
09 Jan 17 UTC Done I would say.
09 Jan 17 UTC Yes.
09 Jan 17 UTC I think Italy might be the tougher of the 2 to play.
09 Jan 17 UTC Italy and France are at a slight disadvantage, slight.
10 Jan 17 UTC I think Austria and France are pretty even. I don't see any first move but Ven > Tyr for Italy that G can't take advantage of. If Italy lets Germany in, vie, Tri, Ven are all threatened right away.

Germany could afford not to move there, but I'm not sure there is a better opening for him than that.

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Jimmy48 (670 D)
Won. Bet: 5 D, won: 5 D
18 supply-centers, 16 units
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11 supply-centers, 12 units
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