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Finished: 01 PM Fri 10 Jul 20 UTC
World of Lies
1 day /phase
Pot: 70 D - Autumn, 1915, Finished
Classic, No messaging, Anonymous players, Draw-Size Scoring
1 excused missed turn
Game won by AleaIactaEst (816 D)
20 Jun 20 UTC Autumn, 1902: 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.
09 Jul 20 UTC Good game, all!
09 Jul 20 UTC GG Congrats Germany
09 Jul 20 UTC GG
09 Jul 20 UTC Good game!
09 Jul 20 UTC Gg
09 Jul 20 UTC Good game, this time you took me out Alealacta!

Just a purely bad strategical decision on my part to not try to claim Belgium. The difficulty in attacking England when they have an army on the British isles was too much for my two fleets. The flow of the game was AI - GR - T, so in accordance, I probably have to ally England and fight Germany, but I didn't feel comfortable making an ally out of a player who made a critical misorder at the start. Once Italy turned west, I was pretty much dead. I thought I had some drawing chances if I would give Marseilles early to Germany, but it was without a doubt way too ambitious. Since Italy got Marseilles despite all my conniving, I pretty much had to sit and wait for elimination. Germany made a very smart move by not tapping MAO when I made my bolt for safety, which ended up securing them the edge in the Atlantic (I would have supported any Italian attempts to hold a stalemate line with Spain and Portugal under control).

Some days are unseizeable, and I have some further intuition about the French status in the metagame which I can apply in the future. Congratulations once again Germany for a well played match!
09 Jul 20 UTC Erdmundr, you did everything you could to sneak into the draw there! Well played! Regarding Belgium, were you referring to back in 1901? That was a tough decision with having to cover Marseilles as well.

I don't think I would have gone as hard against England had it not been for the misorder at the beginning. I was hoping that would encourage France to go after England as well. That was probably too bold of me to unnecessarily move into Burgundy in 1902. In hindsight, provoking England and France in the same year wasn't the wisest. Italy turning west was what got me on the roll by allowing me to take all of England. I did my best to not aid Italy's advancements on France. Given how I was progressing, I knew I needed all of Iberia in order to solo and that Scandinavia would be there waiting for me once I had the needed Iberian centers.

I got worried when I overextended trying to get to Tunis. Italy was just slow enough in putting up their defenses in the Med that I thought I could maybe sneak into Tunis. When that became clear, I feared I wouldn't be able to take Portugal before having to set up my line at the neck of the Med. If Autumn 1912 had turned out any differently, France would've survived! You did everything you could to stay alive!

I made some mistakes in my end game, but I was lucky to make some good guesses on the eastern front.
09 Jul 20 UTC In Fall 1903, attacking Belgium with three units from Burgundy (instead of retreating) would have been successful, as it is natural to expect NTH to be cut. The counterdefense to this line is Bel-Bur with two supports.
09 Jul 20 UTC Ahh yes. That was vital for me. That's where my provocation of moving into Burgundy almost (and should have) bit me in the ass. Had you taken Belgium, I wouldn't have had the army build in Berlin to guard against a Russian stab. While that unit in Prussia was intended for Austria, an empty Berlin in 1904 would've been quite tempting for a fairly strong Russia. Understandably though, picking on a small England seemed like an easier option at the time. I think I would've made the same decision if I were in your shoes.
09 Jul 20 UTC From the perspective of "France must kill England to solo, the decision I made was consistent with that. From the perspective of "England can defend against France with one army, and Germany and Italy can kill a five center France at will, so where is France's sixth center coming from?" it was a game-losing strategical mistake.
09 Jul 20 UTC Also, an England who sees France and Germany friendly is more likely to anticipate French aggression the following season. I did not respect that.
09 Jul 20 UTC Thanks for your post mortem! There's a lot there that I hadn't considered during the match. Thanks for helping me learn! I look forward to seeing you in future matches!
09 Jul 20 UTC I'm not that hard to find, if you know where to look &-)

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AleaIactaEst (816 D)
Won. Bet: 10 D, won: 70 D
18 supply-centers, 16 units
Robbiew (172 D)
Survived. Bet: 10 D
8 supply-centers, 5 units
jasonpsa (145 D)
Survived. Bet: 10 D
6 supply-centers, 6 units
De Wimp (233 D)
Survived. Bet: 10 D
2 supply-centers, 5 units
FxFocus (0 D)
Defeated. Bet: 10 D
Erdmundr (229 D)
Defeated. Bet: 10 D
BlueRurik (25 D)
Defeated. Bet: 10 D
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