Finished: 10 AM Sun 01 Mar 20 UTC
A Momentary Lapse of Reason
1 day /phase
Pot: 161 D - Autumn, 1911, Finished
Classic, Rulebook press, Anonymous players, Sum-of-Squares Scoring, Hidden draw votes
0 excused missed turn
Game won by Obscurity (605 D)
29 Jan 20 UTC Autumn, 1901: To my friends in the West, in ABC order: England, France, Germany, and Vincent.

I'm under attack by the unholy alliance of Austria-Italy-Russia.

Help.

Sincerely,
The Sultan
30 Jan 20 UTC Autumn, 1901: What’s a Vincent?
31 Jan 20 UTC Spring, 1902: https://thrivethemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/confused-travolta.gif
01 Feb 20 UTC Autumn, 1902: OH BABY A TRIPLE! Haven't seen one of these in a while. For non-members, we're all about to lose if we don't coordinate resisting this. But if we do lose, it'll be really cool so see one of these actually work. *sly winks at England*
01 Feb 20 UTC Autumn, 1902: The irony of The AIRhead crying over the Western Triple!
01 Feb 20 UTC Autumn, 1902: BTW, I can offer exotic spices and opium from the Orient to anyone who wants to work with me...AND HAREM WOMEN! Trust me, they are so decadent, they'll probably inspire a severe religious reactionary movement in about 100 years here!

-The Sultan
03 Feb 20 UTC Autumn, 1903: Glad to see you are helping out :)
03 Feb 20 UTC Autumn, 1903: We are so screwed :P But if these guys want to take their WT to a draw among 3, we literally can't stop them. But I can admire a thing of beauty when I see it, and the ballet of convoys and supports operating here has been a marvel to behold. Well done, you three
06 Feb 20 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.
06 Feb 20 UTC Autumn, 1904: Hello
06 Feb 20 UTC Autumn, 1904: Original Austria told me this: "My game is over. I intend to unceremoniously exit via CD because this game is not worth continuing."
06 Feb 20 UTC Autumn, 1904: Hello New Austria!
06 Feb 20 UTC Autumn, 1904: I still have no idea what that means!
07 Feb 20 UTC Autumn, 1904: Civil Disorder = Take my ball and go home
10 Feb 20 UTC Autumn, 1905: 1. The Western Triple?
2. The Entente Cordiale?
3. The Anglo-Saxon?
4. The Frankenburger?
5. Dogs and Cats Living Together?
6. Mass Hysteria?
11 Feb 20 UTC Autumn, 1905: 6 Definitely 6
12 Feb 20 UTC Spring, 1906: It's definitely not #1 or #4 now.
13 Feb 20 UTC Autumn, 1906: Alas! Alack!
13 Feb 20 UTC Autumn, 1906: I call upon the free and honorable nations of the East to rally against the traitorous Anglo-Franco scalawags!
21 Feb 20 UTC Spring, 1909: Forgive my paranoia, but I would like to point out three facts. It's impossible for two nations to draw except for a 17-17 split. I can disband in a way to make it very awkward to achieve that. Even if I die, I can take my sweet time dying.

So let's eliminate Russia, let poor Germany survive, and draw. To that end, let's stop the advance, please.
21 Feb 20 UTC Spring, 1909: Hear hear!
21 Feb 20 UTC Spring, 1909: Here here!
21 Feb 20 UTC Spring, 1909: I'll activate the draw vote once Russia is eliminated.
21 Feb 20 UTC Spring, 1909: To Russia: "Yes I'm dictating terms to you. Accept them or don't, you call."

Remember that one, "mate?"
21 Feb 20 UTC Spring, 1909: You win some, you lose some.
21 Feb 20 UTC Spring, 1909: Indeed.
23 Feb 20 UTC Spring, 1909: 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.
24 Feb 20 UTC Spring, 1910: Need there be any secrets anymore? My draw vote didn't end the game.
24 Feb 20 UTC Spring, 1910: Best of luck to the rest of you!
24 Feb 20 UTC Spring, 1910: I have readied my orders.
26 Feb 20 UTC Autumn, 1910: Guys, there's no point to keeping secrets.

France, that is a direct quote from me to England. It's my manipulation of England to commit to the stab of you. It worked, for his reply to me just now was:

England: "I underestimated how willing France would be to throw it to you. If you don't take four centers next year, I'll be disappointed in you."

Obviously, his attempts at manipulating me to stab you, France.

(BTW, it's bad form to quote others, England. I regret I had to here.)

But gentlemen, we are beyond the politics of our messages now. We are in the end game. Our ACTIONS speak louder than our words. And here are the facts:

England is stabbing France.
Turkey is not stabbing France.
Turkey is voting for the draw RIGHT NOW, and yet the game continues.

So France, if you are voting draw too, than England is not.

England is going for the solo.
26 Feb 20 UTC Autumn, 1910: Yes
26 Feb 20 UTC Autumn, 1910: If only the Germans had been allowed to live on and negotiate a grand cease-fire for all of Europe...
27 Feb 20 UTC Spring, 1911: I had no intentions to breach etiquette and I feel badly if I did so. As Turkey has pointed out, all conversation is manipulation and strategy - I did not realize that I had crossed a line.
27 Feb 20 UTC Spring, 1911: Turkey is an asshole, and he was the one who crossed the line.
27 Feb 20 UTC Spring, 1911: Autumn, 1908 (Me): Let's eliminate Russia. I'm happy to let Germany survive since he helped me earlier. Then, we can four-way draw. How does that sound?

Wed 19 Feb Autumn, 1908 (France): Ok
27 Feb 20 UTC Spring, 1911: Don't cry over Vienna. You didn't earn it fair and square. You earned it by lying to me and Germany.
27 Feb 20 UTC Spring, 1911: Go ahead and throw the game to him. I don't mind.
27 Feb 20 UTC Spring, 1911: And England, you can look up some Diplomacy etiquette if you don't believe me. I'm just trying to help for future games for you.
27 Feb 20 UTC Spring, 1911: BTW England, I'm still voting draw. I see you are not.
28 Feb 20 UTC Spring, 1911: shock
28 Feb 20 UTC Spring, 1911: Hahaha! Yeah, I wouldn't be voting draw either if I were him.
28 Feb 20 UTC Spring, 1911: This is something that I find fascinating in this game. Here we are in 1911, and France obviously had an emotional investment to contain me and deprive me of a natural center, so much so, he had thrown away all of his work on an emotional reaction to me taking it from him.

Nevermind the English stab.

So now England solos, and it's well deserved. My only complaint with his play was the direct quoting, but that's a minor point of etiquette.

Had France been thinking rationally, and if France had valued the time and effort he put into this game, we would have seen we could have forced England to draw.

With only one unit attacking Burgundy, the double team of Bohemia and Tyrolia would have retaken Munich, the key to any solo.

Indeed, the English lines are now relatively open in the center. A coordinated attack there could have succeeded. More importantly for France, by holding Munich, I never would have gotten it. Without Munich, I have no chance to solo for myself.

In the end, this is just an example of how one player's emotional attachment to one small strategic goal cost him the entire game.

Admittedly, I am an asshole playing this game, but hey, I was being attacked by Austria, Italy, and Russia to start. Lol at me now! Not bad.
28 Feb 20 UTC Spring, 1911: Quick question to both of you:

France, why did you loiter so long in the English Channel without stabbing?

England, how did you feel about that loitering and did it play any part in your decision to stab?
29 Feb 20 UTC Good game everyone; happy to be a part of it.
29 Feb 20 UTC Good game Obsurity! You made all the right moves at all the right times.
29 Feb 20 UTC Well done England
29 Feb 20 UTC Congratulations there!
29 Feb 20 UTC GG!

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England
Obscurity (605 D)
Won. Bet: 23 D, won: 161 D
18 supply-centers, 16 units
Turkey
Bark (427 D)
Survived. Bet: 23 D
13 supply-centers, 11 units
France
Scarabus (2514 D)
Survived. Bet: 23 D
3 supply-centers, 7 units
Italy
Tariq (108 D)
Defeated. Bet: 23 D
Germany
montalvo (85 D (B))
Defeated. Bet: 23 D
Austria
GalahadIII (1939 D)
Defeated. Bet: 0 D
Russia
Ienpw_III (348 D)
Defeated. Bet: 23 D
Civil Disorders
SirThursday (907 D)Austria (Autumn, 1904) with 6 centres.
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