Make Friends, then Choose Enemies

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Make Friends, then Choose Enemies

#1 Post by swordsman3003 » Sat Aug 28, 2021 5:49 pm

It's possible to simultaneously pursue multiple alliances—in fact, I strongly advise it. Check out this new piece!
Solo Win Tip #7: Make Friends, then Choose Enemies

I worked on this one for a long time, and it's pretty thorough. Hope you learn something!
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Re: Make Friends, then Choose Enemies

#2 Post by Sunstriker » Sun Aug 29, 2021 3:37 am

Sweeeet! I'm excited to give this a read. Thanks for sharing your knowledge! :DD
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Re: Make Friends, then Choose Enemies

#3 Post by Carol » Sun Aug 29, 2021 6:48 am

That was an interesting read. I always assumed that telling someone you're faking an alliance with a 3rd party would make them doubt your sincerity towards them. Though perhaps that's because I myself lean towards paranoia.
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Re: Make Friends, then Choose Enemies

#4 Post by swordsman3003 » Sun Aug 29, 2021 4:55 pm

When playing a close alliance, it is important—critical, even—to convey to everyone else that you are NOT playing a close alliance; if you make the fact of your alliance too obvious, the other players will unite against you. A great way to stop players from uniting against your close alliance is to create Trojan Horse alliances with your victims (e.g., Russia and Italy play Wintergreen, but start with a Trojan Horse alliance with Austria to prevent an Austria/Turkey alliance from forming).

This is pretty common. At a high level of play, the point I just made is common knowledge. So, it's not bad form to say that are forming a sham alliance with an eventual enemy of your actual alliance. In fact, that may be the only way to prevail. Since it common and effective, this kind of play isn't any more inherently suspicious than anything else.
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Re: Make Friends, then Choose Enemies

#5 Post by VillageIdiot » Fri Sep 03, 2021 11:13 pm

I can relate to all of this. Another great article!
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Re: Make Friends, then Choose Enemies

#6 Post by swordsman3003 » Sat Sep 04, 2021 10:47 pm

I got a really positive response on this article from experienced players; thanks VI!

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