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Finished: 03 AM Sun 20 Sep 20 UTC
Private The Masters 2020 R6G4
1 day, 12 hours /phase
Pot: 35 D - Spring, 1917, Finished
Classic, Anonymous players, Draw-Size Scoring
3 excused missed turn
Game drawn
07 Jun 20 UTC Spring, 1901: Moderator: (goldfinger0303): You're all set! Good luck and thank you for your patience
08 Jun 20 UTC Spring, 1901: So much patience.
20 Jun 20 UTC Autumn, 1903: Moderator: (goldfinger0303): Quick pause for the weekend folks
22 Jun 20 UTC Autumn, 1903: Moderator: (goldfinger0303): Unpaused. I've reset the process time but you can ready if you'd like to advance the phase
25 Jun 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.
25 Jun 20 UTC Autumn, 1903: Who was it? Was it you England? It must have been England, he is getting bored with this game because he only has 7 centers.
25 Jun 20 UTC Autumn, 1903: Wasn't me.

Maybe it was Switzerland.
25 Jun 20 UTC Autumn, 1903: Switzerland has gone dark. Probably them.
25 Jun 20 UTC Autumn, 1903: And they've stopped returning my calls.
25 Jun 20 UTC Autumn, 1903: Switzerland totally ghosted me after our last date.
26 Jun 20 UTC Autumn, 1903: Moderator: (goldfinger0303): Come on guys. We're in the endgame now. Don't give in
28 Jun 20 UTC Autumn, 1904: Well, screw this game. I'm out.
06 Jul 20 UTC Spring, 1905: Moderator: (goldfinger0303): Unpaused. Sorry for the delay, I had thought Kestas would unpause everything in one go this morning.
14 Jul 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.
14 Jul 20 UTC Spring, 1906: Moderator: (goldfinger0303): I'll reach out to the player
14 Jul 20 UTC Spring, 1906: Sorry everyone
14 Jul 20 UTC Autumn, 1906: Moderator: (goldfinger0303): Pushing this forward then
16 Jul 20 UTC Autumn, 1906: BOOOO AUSTRIA BOO9O
16 Jul 20 UTC Autumn, 1906: Sorry, it had to be done
16 Jul 20 UTC Autumn, 1906: Isn't that how is goes in billions of games of Diplomacy? Italy says "boo", Austria says, "Bow to the inevitable".
16 Jul 20 UTC Autumn, 1906: sometimes it's the other way around
20 Jul 20 UTC Autumn, 1907: 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.
20 Jul 20 UTC Autumn, 1907: Moderator: (goldfinger0303): Pausing this pre-emptively
21 Jul 20 UTC Autumn, 1907: Sorry again all
22 Jul 20 UTC Autumn, 1907: Moderator: (goldfinger0303): Unpaused
05 Aug 20 UTC Autumn, 1909: Draw vote in. The players on the board seem too smart to let anyone solo
05 Aug 20 UTC Autumn, 1909: Yes, very rarely have I played in a game like that.
05 Aug 20 UTC Autumn, 1909: Yes, very rarely have I played in a game like that.
05 Aug 20 UTC Spring, 1910: Who do you think about a draw?
05 Aug 20 UTC Spring, 1910: I'd love to draw.
05 Aug 20 UTC Spring, 1910: Draw in
06 Aug 20 UTC Spring, 1910: England, what about you?
06 Aug 20 UTC Spring, 1910: That awkward moment when you support yourself out of Munich because you were afraid of it being disbanded, and the other players don't even tap it.
09 Aug 20 UTC Autumn, 1910: Well... It appears clear to me that Austria has no intention of drawing, and has only had the opportunity of such a well timed publicity stunt because s/he's certain I'll not vote draw. Which, in turn, maybe I should... Anyway.

I find that people often want to draw with no solid reason. There is clearly no stalemate whatsoever, five players are around with varying strengths, but all are relevant. What makes it a draw? The simple fact that we've reached 1910? That the trend in movements we've been in has lost traction, leaving room for new manoeuvres and uncertainty?

Often I think people draw out of fear, when the game has evolved considerably from early game and openings, and no one knows exactly what to do, or for what reason. But that does not necessarily equal a draw. Granted, clear paths as in 1901 no longer exist, but this game still offers many possibilities, perhaps even more, and more thrilling ones, than it did in 1901.

No need to mimic 2012's World Cup PP Final, but I'm the opinion a proper game should be played to its completion. Surely those worthy enough will survive to a draw, when that happens - and I already share with you that I hate to reduce draws just for the sake of it.
09 Aug 20 UTC Autumn, 1910: No intention of drawing? I called for the draw, put my vote down, and havent flinched since all but you followed with their draw vote. Publicity stunt or not, the fact remains that your lack of vote is what causes this game to continue.

But I should thank you, for I have thoroughly enjoyed my press with each player in this game, and I look forward to continuing that press as we explore the many possibilities beyond 1910. If we are to play on, then let us play on with the same energy that we played with in the first 10 years.
12 Aug 20 UTC Autumn, 1911: That was a tactically poor year for me. Thought it was Fall, not Spring.
01 Sep 20 UTC Autumn, 1914: I typed out a long message apologizing to Russia but found out they muted me. Now I feel sad... can someone tell Russia to unmute me so I can apologize?
13 Sep 20 UTC Autumn, 1916: Hey Russia, Austria is very sad that you muted them.
13 Sep 20 UTC Autumn, 1916: 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 Sep 20 UTC Autumn, 1916: Wow this game is still going?
15 Sep 20 UTC Autumn, 1916: What, it’s only 1917, I think we can at least make it to 1940
19 Sep 20 UTC 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.
19 Sep 20 UTC Does someone need us to pause the game or something?
19 Sep 20 UTC Ops! No, that was me! But I'll catch up during the day!
20 Sep 20 UTC I realized it was beyond my tactical skill, or at least beyond the level of risk I was willing to undertake, to solo, despite firmly holding Tunis, as I couldn’t figure how to prevent Germany from throwing to Austria. Perhaps I should have attacked earlier? Anyway.

Knowing Germany and Russia played an excellent game, while Austria displayed formidable skill as my main opponent, I knew you wouldn’t make any bizarre mistake, so... better draw! I’ll write something more detailed tomorrow, but congratulations to all! A very thrilling game to play, from my point of view.
20 Sep 20 UTC Gg everyone, I enjoyed this game a lot and although I'm a bit sad that Russia muted me, it was still a much higher level game than most others I have played recently.
20 Sep 20 UTC I dont usually write up AARs, but with the way this game went, I'd be more keen to write one for this game if others are interested
20 Sep 20 UTC I'd be interested. I'm glad I got the chance to play with some high level players, this was a challenge. Gg all.
20 Sep 20 UTC Gg
20 Sep 20 UTC GG

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Austria
Squigs44 (273 D Mod)
Drawn. Bet: 5 D, won: 7 D
13 supply-centers, 13 units
England
Drawn. Bet: 5 D, won: 7 D
12 supply-centers, 12 units
Germany
Deinodon (379 D (B))
Drawn. Bet: 5 D, won: 7 D
6 supply-centers, 6 units
Russia
Theoneandonly (10992 D)
Drawn. Bet: 5 D, won: 7 D
2 supply-centers, 2 units
France
MPC (609 D)
Drawn. Bet: 5 D, won: 7 D
1 supply-centers, 1 units
Italy
Hoppsywins (1422 D)
Defeated. Bet: 5 D
Turkey
Jamiet99uk (443 D)
Defeated. Bet: 5 D
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