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Finished: 12 PM Tue 16 Apr 19 UTC
Private ODC 2019 - R1 G11
1 day, 12 hours /phase
Pot: 35 D - Spring, 1911, Finished
Classic, Anonymous players, Sum-of-Squares Scoring, Hidden draw votes, Wait for orders
1 excused missed turn
Game drawn
19 Feb 19 UTC Spring, 1901: Hello all, good luck!
19 Feb 19 UTC Spring, 1901: Good luck everyone - looking forward to a fun game and tournament!
20 Feb 19 UTC Spring, 1901: Yes, good luck all!
20 Feb 19 UTC Spring, 1901: hello all
20 Feb 19 UTC Spring, 1901: Greetings all, have fun.
20 Feb 19 UTC Spring, 1901: Greetings and good luck to my fellow leaders.
I am new to this platform, is there any way I can receive Push-Notifications? Preferably on my mobile device.
20 Feb 19 UTC Spring, 1901: Hi everyone, good luck!
03 Mar 19 UTC Autumn, 1903: I just saw a message for the Game 2 start - I think we’ll all be in different games for the 2nd part of the round - but good luck to everyone with that.
03 Mar 19 UTC Autumn, 1903: Yes, best of luck to all in your second games.
04 Mar 19 UTC Autumn, 1903: yes, good luck to all!
05 Mar 19 UTC Autumn, 1903: But, after this turn of events... especially good luck to me!
05 Mar 19 UTC Autumn, 1903: Fair point. Obviously, you have many wishes of luck from me in your second game. I am not sure it would be wise to offer for this game.
05 Mar 19 UTC Autumn, 1903: Nope! When playing with a hammer, don't be surprised when you end up feeling like a nail!
05 Mar 19 UTC Autumn, 1903: For me diplomacy has a habit of reminding me, not to get over confident. It often is a lesson in humility.
05 Mar 19 UTC Autumn, 1903: In a similar way, Pandemic reminded me that one needs to give allies agency even when trying to optimize the solution to a problem. It is a team game that one could easily become an autocrat and ruin the game. That was a nice piece of advice that someone told me.
05 Mar 19 UTC Autumn, 1903: Hear hear!
15 Mar 19 UTC Autumn, 1905: To England, thank you for a good game in a hard position.
21 Mar 19 UTC Spring, 1907: When you don't adjust your strategy to changing board conditions, results are predictable.
21 Mar 19 UTC Spring, 1907: The time to ask for help against a German solo was when Austria one-dotted me, not when Italy can single handidly destroy my position, and you burned your relationship with him.
21 Mar 19 UTC Spring, 1907: I'm fucking done with this clown show and my decision to not play online diplomacy is reinforced. Thank you for this learning opportunity and I look forward to seeing you at a face to face event in the future.
21 Mar 19 UTC Spring, 1907: Online is different game than face to face. I hope you enjoy your future games
22 Mar 19 UTC Spring, 1907: Oh, thought I was typing this directly. Yeah ... well ... now you all know how I feel. Whoops!

And yeah, I know online is a different game. Thanks!
07 Apr 19 UTC Autumn, 1909: Why did we have a pause?
07 Apr 19 UTC Autumn, 1909: Sorry wrong game. I need more sleep.
14 Apr 19 UTC Autumn, 1910: We offer a draw at this point.
14 Apr 19 UTC Thank you everyone for the game.
14 Apr 19 UTC France, we could have probably got a fraction more points out of this game. I was hoping Italy would survive with 1 SC.
However, as soon as you offered a draw that was slightly in my favour, it was clear that our alliance would not hold for another year.
14 Apr 19 UTC Still this game has been the most functional and trusting alliance I have had. It made it quite fun to play.
14 Apr 19 UTC Agreed - thanks all!
Germany- I think we did pretty well! But you were a great ally - in a one-off game this might have gone to 17 all - but you are also a great player that I had to be conscious of the solo risk for.
14 Apr 19 UTC Austria - I appreciate the pragmatic way you were willing to work together on creating the stalemate tonend this one. Glad you had a spot in the draw - without SoS scoring I think you would have had a better shot at a larger part of the draw.
14 Apr 19 UTC Italy - I can only say I’m sorry - it can be a hard game sometimes.
14 Apr 19 UTC If this was not SoS in a tournament, we both might have gone for a solo. But Spring 01 was impressive and risky example of trust by France.
14 Apr 19 UTC So, I believe in frank honesty. Here's my EOG.

Germany, that's backwards logic. In a SOS system, you want as much distance between your supply center total and that of the next person and - ideally - as many people in the draw as possible. Or a solo. I applaud you for a great game and a board top, but you most certainly did not do things in the mid to end game to maximize your score.

Austria, you played a shitty game and demonstrated the classic drawbacks to the "one dot stab." Minimize my gains in Turkey, get into Bohemia, and then, when you're ready to stab me, do so in a way that nets you Warsaw and Rumania and gives you a fighting chance at Moscow.

Italy, you made the classic overdedication to the East. Once Turkey was down to one unit, you either head West or head into Austria. You did neither and lost.

France, it wasn't a classic sea lion, but well played. Nicely done. For a France that ends the game with no German centers, I think you maxed out your score.

England, wow. Sorry, bro. Clearly I should have worked together with you in the North, but I thought I could handle things down South. Classic error on my part and when I took Norway off you, it really pissed in your Wheaties.

Russia ... you build Fleet Sev. What the actual F were you thinking?
15 Apr 19 UTC Russia, you are correct about how to play the SOS score which was something both France and I were trying to do. Austria made a drive into Turkey that limited our options. However, I was also playing based on the goal of getting into round 2 based on this game. Which makes it a risk-reward problem of how to maximize a sufficiently high score to have a good chance at round 2. A solo or 45+% score seemed to be sufficient. So one then needs to reduce the risks.
15 Apr 19 UTC Congrats to Austria, the most cowardly, duplicitous and undeserving player I've come across. My only regrets in this game is that I didn't attack Austria remorselessly, and that their craven strategy of being the last one standing managed to salvage something, even if it's only 2 points.

I hope I come across you in a future game. I'll know that you have no regard for loyalty or indeed broader strategy.
15 Apr 19 UTC Wow - this was probably the most frustrating game I've played so far, and I admit that this was most of all my own fault, and I totally understand that my indeciciveness must have been even more frustrating for my allies.

However I reckon now I should have gone for a full fledged attack on Italy in 1902, trusting Russia to actually attack Germany. Even though it looked nothing like that, and Germany had been ready to attack me to protect Italy, and even though Russia had in the past crossed lines I set out for him, that was at that point the only option that would have made sense.

As Russia has rightly put it, I let myself being peer pressured into attacking him, this mostly goes to show the skill Germany showed throughout this game, but also my absolute lack of perspective for strategy here, and yes, I admit that.

France and Germany - very well played, you both obviously fucked me over but in the end I cannot blame you as you really ended this with a good result.

Italy - sorry mate, you are right that this was a really shitty move of mine, however as I said I was already very frustrated at this game, and then when I actually manage to set up an unlikely stalemate line together with Russia, you - against my advice - fuck up your line by not covering Tuscany, making it literally a matter of turns until France would break through (and could help Germany break into mine in Tyrolia).
15 Apr 19 UTC Since everyone is writing sth, i guess i should. Germany and france did very well. I just dont know why russia will attack me when germany has built 3 ships by end of year.

Good game and wish you all the best of luck
15 Apr 19 UTC Kudos to France and Germany btw. France was completely ruthless with me, and moved down into the med a turn or two before I'd expected. Well done - capitalized on my naivety
16 Apr 19 UTC Y'all shouldn't have ditched me so early, I could have stopped France and Germany single handedly with my 3 units... I guess.

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