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Finished: 04 PM Fri 02 Apr 21 UTC
1 day /phase
Pot: 469 D - Autumn, 1914, Finished
Classic, No messaging, Anonymous players, Draw-Size Scoring
1 excused missed turn
Game drawn
01 Mar 21 UTC Autumn, 1904: GameMaster: Game was extended due to at least 1 member failing to enter orders and having an excused missed turn available. This has un-readied all orders.
12 Mar 21 UTC Spring, 1908: GameMaster: Game was extended due to at least 1 member failing to enter orders and having an excused missed turn available. This has un-readied all orders.
27 Mar 21 UTC Spring, 1913: GameMaster: Game was extended due to at least 1 member failing to enter orders and having an excused missed turn available. This has un-readied all orders.
01 Apr 21 UTC Good game. I had to do a complete turn about once I realized Germany might have an opening for a solo.

However, I was quite surprised that Germany did not even try to reach for it, and would also not whittle England, even after the CD. I also don't understand why Turkey pushed into ION. That made me press the draw button.
01 Apr 21 UTC GG
01 Apr 21 UTC What. A. Game. GG everybody!

Italy, I don’t think I ever had a realistic chance of soloing. YOU were on the verge of soloing for pretty much the entire endgame. If not for my lucky guess in 1912, you would have won. Had I diverted my navy to go finish off England, you could have broken past the NAO-Irish Sea-English Channel stalemate line. And by the time England got Norway, there was no way I could have eliminated him without compromising my defenses.
01 Apr 21 UTC Turkey: well played holding the line at the end there. I was happy to have one competent ally in stopping the solo attempt ;)
01 Apr 21 UTC England: you little sneaky boi. Well played. If you hadn’t grabbed Norway, I might have tried to eliminate you. But you worked with me and against me just enough to make it into the draw. Well done.
01 Apr 21 UTC Italy, another note to you: it was incredibly clever of you to just stay out of the Northern fight for as long as you did, leaving me to fight England while you rolled over Austria. England had no choice but to play along because I had three fleets, so by not getting involved you managed to lock the two of us in mortal combat for more than half the game, while you expanded. A brilliant strategy, and it nearly won you the game.
01 Apr 21 UTC Regarding my solo chances: I think I was always fighting an uphill battle in France... which really hampered me. In retrospect I should have retreated to Irish sea instead of London, which may have helped. Definitely the window was much narrower after you got into MAO.

Regarding your solo chances: I think you had a good shot after taking Spain. Paris and Brest were indefensible for me, and you would have been able to take Sev if you moved an army into Moscow.

I think you could have taken England out without compromising your positions if you convoyed in more armies / did not disband London. It would have taken a degree of trust, but I think it was clear I was in no shape for an offense at the last couple of years, especially with Turkey out of the box.
01 Apr 21 UTC Thanks for the kind words in the last message :) To be honest, it was not a master plan but result of circumstances. I thought the best strategy for me was to play both West and East - In the West, try not to commit too much while eyeing an opportunity to stab England by convoying an army to Lvp/Wales. In the East, placate Austria and try to keep it as a land power while helping take down Turkey. If this worked, it would have let me keep the east gridlocked with minimal forces, while rolling over the west with my fleets.

As it happens, the above strategy didn't work out on both sides: you rolled over England before I had a chance to step in, and Austria turned on me. East still worked out fine, as once I slipped an army through Munich, Austria fell quite fast (and also helped me out by disbanding Vie at a crucial point). West, did not work out so well as I had to keep committing units in the East, and as you played your hand quite well.
01 Apr 21 UTC It didn’t seem to me that Paris and Brest were indefensible; even after taking Spain, you still had naval supremacy over me in the North until 1914. And you had three armies in France, which I never had enough units to break through until the very end of the game, after Turkey no longer needed my to help to defend himself. And by then England had grabbed Norway, so it was too late.

Maybe I could have gotten a center or two more by playing a riskier game. But, especially with your massive navy, it seemed to me that I was never going to be able to make progress in France without losing somewhere else.
01 Apr 21 UTC Yeah, Austria’s defensive play was pretty abysmal lol. In the middle of the game, I was convinced we’d see a Central Triple draw. But Austria tried to defend everything at once, rather than dealing with one enemy at a time, and ultimately failed on every front.
01 Apr 21 UTC Italy - I went to ION for one reason only: to make you (finally) push that Draw button! No way you had any chances left for any Solo, for at least the last 5 moves or so - but good game, all. Thanks for the compliment, Germany!
01 Apr 21 UTC He was still hoping I would take out England ;). Which I would have, had England not taken Norway.

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