Finished: 02 PM Tue 07 Feb 12 UTC
Private Business Time Redux
1 day /phase
Pot: 350 D - Autumn, 1909, Finished
Classic, Anonymous players, Draw-Size Scoring
1 excused missed turn
Game won by ajohnson (1375 D (B))
20 Jan 12 UTC Spring, 1903: Q: What's the motto of the US Marine Corps?
A: Semper Fi (Always Faithful)
Q: What's the motto of the French Army?
A: Stop, drop, and run!
20 Jan 12 UTC Spring, 1903: Didn't expect France to roll over and die quite so quickly after Italy and Germany came knocking!
20 Jan 12 UTC Spring, 1903: I might have planned my moves differently had I known!
20 Jan 12 UTC Spring, 1903: cheese-eating surrender monkeys
20 Jan 12 UTC Spring, 1903: Look at that Maginot Line... It must mean "speed bump" in German...
25 Jan 12 UTC Autumn, 1904: and then there were four. i mean five...sorry turkey, forgot about you down there. :)
25 Jan 12 UTC Spring, 1905: Screw you Austria. I guess I can't quit now after making fun of France last week :)
26 Jan 12 UTC Spring, 1905: Well that all around was not what I was expecting.
26 Jan 12 UTC Spring, 1905: Nor was I.
26 Jan 12 UTC Autumn, 1905: Pretty much exactly what I thought would happen in my corner of the world, but it took me a while to work out what the hell is going on over in Russia!
28 Jan 12 UTC Autumn, 1906: Someone needs to review before they finalize... :(
29 Jan 12 UTC Autumn, 1906: Man, I imagine someone is rather ticked with me now...
29 Jan 12 UTC Autumn, 1906: Yeah, Germany. I know. I know.
29 Jan 12 UTC Autumn, 1906: Yeah, Germany. I know. I know.
29 Jan 12 UTC Autumn, 1906: Nah, every deal I made has been broken.
29 Jan 12 UTC Autumn, 1906: Next game I don't feel pity on the guy who missed turns and builds thats for sure.
29 Jan 12 UTC Spring, 1907: a wise man once said "trust...with verification"
31 Jan 12 UTC Autumn, 1907: I don't think that wise man was being attacked on 3 fronts.
31 Jan 12 UTC Autumn, 1907: A stab! Nicely done Italy! :)
31 Jan 12 UTC Autumn, 1907: And Austria :)
31 Jan 12 UTC Spring, 1908: Wow. Germany... going to give it all up just to get back at me? Haha. Love it. :)
01 Feb 12 UTC Spring, 1908: Don't flatter yourself England. I simply assessed who I could cause the most grief to and it turned out to be you.
01 Feb 12 UTC Spring, 1908: Heh. That was the right call from that perspective. Damnit. :)
01 Feb 12 UTC Spring, 1908: So Italy... Austria said mean things about your mom.
01 Feb 12 UTC Spring, 1908: Hey Austria... Italy was inappropriate with your sister.
01 Feb 12 UTC Spring, 1908: Would I make that stuff up? :)
01 Feb 12 UTC Spring, 1908: Haha, nice try England!
02 Feb 12 UTC Autumn, 1908: Come on England, you're holding the game up!
02 Feb 12 UTC Autumn, 1908: Way to go, Turkey!
03 Feb 12 UTC Well, guys, that was fun. Let's do this again.
03 Feb 12 UTC Well done, Turkey. I may not be that far behind you.... I would request a wknd pause though as things are a bit crazy for me.
03 Feb 12 UTC I'm OK with a weekend pause, I'll vote for the pause, but I'd keep an eye on the game if you can England
03 Feb 12 UTC Also, if we can get this turn in before the pause then Turkey will be officially out, and we won't have to work out who they are and get them to come back an unpause on Monday.
03 Feb 12 UTC Hey Italy, I'm still here. That hurts :)
06 Feb 12 UTC Wow. After the S01 moves, I wrote down a guess for who everybody was. I'm flabbergasted by how wrong I was.
06 Feb 12 UTC Well, I had one right in my guessing. I totally didn't figure Italy out. Fun game overall. Germany, I'm happy you got the survival. I felt bad about my stab. Though Italy did bite me in the ass for it :)
06 Feb 12 UTC Congrats, AJ. Well deserved win.
06 Feb 12 UTC Here was my initial guess, based simply on moves and communication to that point:
Turkey: Ryan (Beavertails)
Russia: DiLello (Canon Fodder)
Italy: Slav (SLK)
England: Rob (Monahk)
France: Mark (The Walrus)
Germany: Eric (Erocki)

As you can see, I was 0-for-7.
06 Feb 12 UTC I was right about Austria only, but changed my guess three times before that.
06 Feb 12 UTC I did eventually deduce that Ryan was England, and decided that maybe Rob was Russia instead and DiLello was Turkey. (Even then, just 1-for-7.) Up to the very end, though, I was completely, 100% sure that Italy was Slav. First turn, he wanted to know if we were doing NAP or full alliance (a distinction that I thought Slav would make) and, after we agreed on alliance, he was so completely trustworthy and loyal (another Slav trait). Even though Mark is also pretty loyal, I still can't believe that was him.

Funny thing is, my (completely wrong) guesses about who was who influenced how I played. I felt completely safe attacking east, knowing I wouldn't be stabbed by Italy, because Slav was Italy and he *never* breaks alliances.
06 Feb 12 UTC Hey, hey, hey, don't give out all my secrets :)
06 Feb 12 UTC I thought for sure that Mark was France until they sopped playing which seemed wrong, so I switched him to Turkey. I was pretty sure after turn 1 that Austria was AJ, but not quite 100% until the lecture he gave me right before stabbing Germany. Mark, you as Italy was shocking to me. I don't know if you altered your speech patterns on purpose, but you had me fooled, especially with some of the moves in the South. Well played all around by you. I had no clue.
06 Feb 12 UTC I can't speak for Mark, but I confess that I deliberately altered my style of communication with all my immediate neighbours. (Short forms for words, terse messages, lazy punctuation, no capitalization, etc.) In my defense...I was playing as frickin' Austria!! I knew my best chance for survival (at least early on) was to have people *not* know it was me... ;)
06 Feb 12 UTC Well, I got 25 points back, so I can play again. Anon is fun, the best part is guessing who's who, which I totally failed at. I thought Rob was France, Eric was Austria, Mark was England, Ryan (I don't know him, but decided that he was Germany), and AJ was Italy which left DiLello as Mother Russia.
06 Feb 12 UTC I knew almost immediately that AJ was Austria... It almost made me backstab him just to prevent accusations later (since we often ally in the game). I don't think I had *ANY* communication with Russia, so had no idea... Early in the game I thought it might have been Rob because of something that was said in chat.
06 Feb 12 UTC Man, shame AJ got me that turn... My moves were perfect and I had England by the balls!
06 Feb 12 UTC Maybe, but had I not wanted to help AJ get the win, I would have played it a bit differently. You might have taken two, but you wouldn't have held one of them by the end of the next year. :) I could have held off jsut a bit longer than you might think. I would have kept Belgium and Norway. But good stab by you. I saw it potentially coming, but hoped that I was wrong. I wasn't. And you got me.
06 Feb 12 UTC ACtually, you would only have taken 1. Moot point either way. I rather enjoyed the anon. And nice to see a board where Austria wins.
06 Feb 12 UTC (And my never having been eliminated streak remains alive ;) )
10 Feb 12 UTC well, I guess I am insulted that everyone thought I was Russia. Since Eric was making terrible terrible strategic moves, lol. (sorry Eric)

This game, like 95% of all web diplomacy games was ruined for me when England missed turns and dropped out, making me greedy and leaving my backdoor open.

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ajohnson (1375 D (B))
Won. Bet: 50 D, won: 350 D
19 supply-centers, 12 units
The Walrus (129 D)
Survived. Bet: 50 D
10 supply-centers, 11 units
Beavertails (418 D)
Survived. Bet: 50 D
4 supply-centers, 7 units
Monahk (100 D)
Survived. Bet: 50 D
1 supply-centers, 2 units
Canon Fodder (242 D)
Defeated. Bet: 50 D
SLK (512 D)
Defeated. Bet: 50 D
Erocki (124 D)
Defeated. Bet: 50 D
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