Finished: 02 AM Wed 29 Apr 20 UTC
Private Diplomacy in the Time of Coronavirus - Game 1
1 day /phase
Pot: 35 D - Autumn, 1908, Finished
Classic, Rulebook press, Sum-of-Squares Scoring, Hidden draw votes
2 excused missed turn
Game drawn
26 Mar 20 UTC Spring, 1901: First time playing; your patience is appreciated in advance. :)
26 Mar 20 UTC Spring, 1901: For you, or anyone else new - this old four-part youtube series may be helpful in reviewing the rules. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0RLSs7IL9I&t=20s
26 Mar 20 UTC Spring, 1901: And this even older website has all sorts of information on possible strategies.

http://www.diplomacy-archive.com/resources/strategy.htm
27 Mar 20 UTC Spring, 1901: Everyone remember to enter your first orders by 3:08 p.m. today! :)
27 Mar 20 UTC Spring, 1901: 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.
28 Mar 20 UTC Autumn, 1901: 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.
01 Apr 20 UTC Spring, 1903: It’s been real guys
01 Apr 20 UTC Spring, 1903: Is that your way of saying goodbye?
02 Apr 20 UTC Spring, 1903: 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.
02 Apr 20 UTC Spring, 1903: Are you ok Turkey? I'm worried Carol Baskin got to you. :(
06 Apr 20 UTC Autumn, 1903: 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.
08 Apr 20 UTC Spring, 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.
11 Apr 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.
13 Apr 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.
15 Apr 20 UTC Spring, 1905: 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.
16 Apr 20 UTC Spring, 1905: 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.
18 Apr 20 UTC Autumn, 1905: 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.
21 Apr 20 UTC Spring, 1906: 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 Apr 20 UTC Autumn, 1906: 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.
27 Apr 20 UTC Spring, 1908: At this point, I've voted to call a draw. If everyone plays correctly, England, France, and Germany will not be able to advance further against Italy, but Italy will not be able to obtain the 18 centers needed for an outright win.

No offense taken though if anyone (especially Italy) wants to play it out and make sure there are no errors in assembling the stalemate line.
28 Apr 20 UTC Having progressed one more turn and seeing the Spring 1908 moves, I think continuing on will not be fruitful and I agree to the draw.
28 Apr 20 UTC Cool! Congratulations Noah on being top dog this game, and congrats to Aaron and Martone for joining in the draw.
28 Apr 20 UTC Good game. Would be fun to debrief once the draw is officialized.
28 Apr 20 UTC A debrief would be great. I dont know if you all would be up for a zoom chat and run through thoughts turn-by-turn.

Or if you'd rather just message on the main points here that's cool too.

I definitely wanna hear about the Franco-Italian cooperation on Munich. That was a game changer.
28 Apr 20 UTC I hope Alexander won't mind if I take credit for the idea. My thought at the time was that it doesn't help me to replace a France that is holding on for dear life with a strong England that can break into the Med before I'm ready for it. I believe Germany would have been in position to get two builds, which was also something I badly wanted to avoid before I was ready.

I was also happy to defer attacks on Austria because they didn't represent a threat whatsoever by that point.
28 Apr 20 UTC My crowning achievement though was convincing Turkey to have three fleets...none of which had access to the Mediterranean.
29 Apr 20 UTC The diplomatic declawing of the Turkish fleet was a masterstroke. No idea how you pulled it off. Very impressive.

Here's my story.

I started off in a very deep hole. I wanted to take out France early since its so much easier for a French ally to stab England than a German one. Unfortunately, Russia's early aggression threw a massive wrench into that plan. But my friendly moves clearly won Germany over and I got a little lucky in predicting how Russia would attack Norway.

As Russia was weakened and I was more able to focus on France, the extra build France got from taking Munich was critical. If he didnt have that build, and I were still dislodged in MAO, I would have done a forward retreat to W Med. Could've done a lot with that.

I actually had considered reaching out to France in Autumn 1903, BEFORE you helped him take Munich. Your path to victory was clear then. But I was greedy, wanted a center, and figured if it worked, Germany and I could still take France out in roughly the same amount of time it took you to finish off Turkey.

By Spring 1904 it was clear that wasn't going to happen. And I told Martone if nothing changed, Italy would be unstoppable and we'd be forced to hastily form a stalemate line.

So I agreed to tit-for-tat deesccalation with an eye towards fighting you. Martone did not reciprocate my pullback with anti-Italian moves and only wanted to fight Germany. I can't exatly blame him since you were helpful to him and I had been anything but.

I was actually open to stabbing Germany (albeit reluctantly) if it meant Martone would address the Italian threat, but without that, there was no point in a stab.

So I stuck with Germany, and refocused efforts against France. As it turns out, that was probably for the best.

In the last couple years, I was frantically working to convince Germany of the importance of being ready to form the stalemate line. Until very late in the game, he was pretty confident that we could finish off France and then fight Italy. He was making the same potentially fatal miscalculation I had made in 1903, but at a time where the consequences could be much greater.

In any event, if France had attacked Italy in Spring 1905, it's not certain or even likely that he would win. But it's 100% certain, that if I had stabbed Germany to obtain that result, that Germany would not have heeded my advice about the stalemate line. I would've slowed your advance in the med by enabling it in Germany.

Compared both to where things began, and to where things could have ended up, this is a pretty darn good result for Team GB.
29 Apr 20 UTC The capture of Munich was a great move that really hurt me at a critical time. Well done

Because of the threat from Russia and Austria’s silence, I had to focus my efforts to the East for most of the game. I opted for a risky strategy, even allowing Russia to take Berlin, but it did net me Moscow and St Pete’s, and I was able to take back my capital. My biggest mistake in that area was supporting Turkey in Rumania rather than Sevastopol. That would’ve given me another year at least in keeping out Italy.
To me, there was no point in assembling a stalemate line if France was going to keep attacking us. That’s why I felt that our best bet was to attack. I think the capture of Brest and Paris brought General Specific to the negotiating table.
If England had “retreated” into the Western Med or North Africa in 1904, he would’ve down Italy’s advance into Turkey and avoided being bottled up in NAO and the Irish Sea. I think that ended up hurting us a lot later on.
Overall, I had a lot of fun. Thanks to Alex for making it and everyone for playing. I’m glad to sit out game 2, but I am hoping there will be a game 3 at some point.

Start Backward Open large map Forward End

Italy
NoahMamis (116 D)
Drawn. Bet: 5 D, won: 22 D
15 supply-centers, 15 units
Germany
Marshal_Law (857 D)
Drawn. Bet: 5 D, won: 8 D
9 supply-centers, 9 units
England
APiscia (165 D)
Drawn. Bet: 5 D, won: 5 D
7 supply-centers, 7 units
France
Drawn. Bet: 5 D, won: 1 D
3 supply-centers, 3 units
Austria
BrentSchumer (100 D)
Defeated. Bet: 5 D
Turkey
Defeated. Bet: 5 D
Russia
Defeated. Bet: 5 D
Civil Disorders
HannibalBarcalounge (100 D)Russia (Autumn, 1904) with 2 centres.
SaphireEmpress (100 D)Turkey (Autumn, 1906) with 1 centres.
BrentSchumer (100 D)Austria (Autumn, 1906) with 0 centres.
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