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Pot: 70 D - Spring, 1910, Finished
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02 Apr 16 UTC Autumn, 1902: GameMaster: Jsmithers was banned: Repeat Multi. The time until the next phase has been extended by one phase length to give an opportunity to replace the player.
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29 Apr 16 UTC Good game.
29 Apr 16 UTC yup even though i made up no.s & was victim lol
29 Apr 16 UTC yeah, game started a little silly, but gg after things sorted out
30 Apr 16 UTC It was a weird game. Surprised Russia agreed to the Draw. A win was there for the taking.
Kept losing Venice to an Austrian who could have been making progress with me against Russia but instead wanted to fight against me and Russia.
30 Apr 16 UTC I'm not surprised Russia agreed to draw, actually. His game play (or at least his creativity) didn't inspire confidence, and the fact that I kept him out of the Balkans for so long suggested that he was a relatively safer beast to deal with. So it seemed less of a problem allowing him to rise than it would have been allowing Italy to do the same. The point of taking/worrying Venice was to keep Italy honest in the west and gain resources for the east. The fact that it cost me friendly relations with Italy was one I was willing to pay. So the overall strategy was to hedge as much as I could, hoping it would eventually work out. And it did.
30 Apr 16 UTC I'm also fairly sure the game would have ended several years earlier if France had not taken so long to be dispatched. (Points to France for the long survival, by the way.)
30 Apr 16 UTC For me, attacking Austria or Germany was never an option since the one who'd gain from that would be Italy. Although my position was strong I thus saw more growth potential for the Italians (is that why you call my game uninspiring?). Had I been able force Italy into disbanding a unit in the north, then it would be a whole different story. As it stood right now, with Austria clearly intended to block me or even drive me backwards, my position would hold at best. The only thing allowing me to even do that was Germany's excellent push into France. And that could very well have come to an end with the two Austrian units in Eastern Germany. I was thus very much dependent on AG and therefore I'm happy accepting this draw.
30 Apr 16 UTC My goodness, we were all afraid of Italy? Innnnnteresting. I had no idea you were leaving me up as a buffer against Italy, but I most certainly appreciate it.
30 Apr 16 UTC I was worried about a Russian solo, as you were all attacking me.
As Italy I made a mistake attacking Germany. Without that attack, I keep Venice and perhaps have a shot at victory.... But perhaps Germany would have attacked me anyway....
30 Apr 16 UTC I was at a point where I was just trying to maintain tension for a draw - usually the equilibrium there is to pull troops off the opposite front of the one where you're attacked, so I think I was at least in a position to make a win hard for anyone who was fighting me and that plus Austria playing the same game and getting lucky enough that you both saw it turned out to be enough this time