Finished: 10 PM Wed 09 Dec 20 UTC
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1 day /phase
Pot: 35 D - Autumn, 1913, Finished
Classic, No messaging, Anonymous players, Draw-Size Scoring, Hidden draw votes
2 excused missed turn
Game drawn
30 Oct 20 UTC Autumn, 1901: GameMaster: WalkerTexasRanger was banned: Multi. The time until the next phase has been extended by one phase length to give an opportunity to replace the player.
Remember to finalize your orders if you don't want to wait, so the game isn't held up unnecessarily!
01 Nov 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.
07 Nov 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.
12 Nov 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.
14 Nov 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.
16 Nov 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.
17 Nov 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.
25 Nov 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.
26 Nov 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.
29 Nov 20 UTC Autumn, 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.
08 Dec 20 UTC Well, that was incredibly civil throughout between Austria and me!

Well played, folks. I thought I was in with a shot for a while, but had a couple of guesses the wrong way and once Austria got there it was all over.
08 Dec 20 UTC GGs!

@Russia, comrade, I thought you would see in S09 that I could plug ARM and you could stay in CON and we could survive together :'( no reason to take centers that you can't use to build :'((((
08 Dec 20 UTC My first gunboat as England, I got shown up very quickly
08 Dec 20 UTC Still had fun though
08 Dec 20 UTC I lived for so long in tunis with nothing to do lmao
09 Dec 20 UTC Good game all!

@Germany, why didn't you press on in A1910? You could have busted past my stalemate line, even if it would have been a slugging match.
09 Dec 20 UTC I’m not sure, really. It’s certainly a critical error on review.

I think I was feeling barely stronger than France in the west and worried that, if I opened up an eastern front, I’d get rolled up pretty quickly by the two of you together. The fact that I could stalemate that position didn’t help. Ultimately, I had more fleets and mistakenly thought I’d be able to get into two of Spain, Portugal or Marseilles.

I guess this is what happens when a lifelong draw player starts trying for solos - I’m not comfortable yet with being at war with the board, so bottled out of attacking you while France was still a threat.
09 Dec 20 UTC Perhaps if you had been able to pop Galicia and Ukraine then, you could have taken Sevastopol and Vienna in the next year.
31 Dec 20 UTC Looks like my critical error was assuming that France was friendly, leading me to leave my whole backside open. This was one of my first games as England, and I learned a whole lot from this and other games. I now know to cover my bases. After I knew I was toast, I then attempted to prevent the solo. I see so many EC openings from England, and it looks like a better opening to me in this meta. France knows that an alliance with England will never work, so I was naive to trust them.

Any other suggestions? I'm still a never player, but open and trying to learn how to improve my play in anyway possible
01 Jan 21 UTC I don’t think that EF is always doomed to failure, though it is a risky one to try.
I think the critical error was more specific - trusting France *with a fleet build in Brest*, particularly when combined with supporting Germany to Belgium.

In your situation, I would have ordered Nth-Eng, Nwg-NAO and Edi-Nth (and probably Nwy S Swe as a gesture of goodwill). Eng would have bounced that turn and NAO would then been able to cut support from MAO. It would still have been dicey, but not as catastrophic as it was.

French stabs on England can come very quickly and seemingly out of nowhere, so it’s always worth keeping it in mind.
01 Jan 21 UTC That’s my take as an intermediate player who’s generally better st tactics than strategy, anyway.
01 Jan 21 UTC England's position as a corner power, which gives it a big edge in EG, is nullified by the fact that France is more of a corner power.

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Germany
rodtheworm (344 D)
Drawn. Bet: 0 D, won: 12 D
16 supply-centers, 14 units
Austria
Bonatogether (90 D)
Drawn. Bet: 5 D, won: 12 D
14 supply-centers, 14 units
France
Clandestino (141 D)
Drawn. Bet: 0 D, won: 12 D
4 supply-centers, 6 units
England
AryaStark (110 D)
Defeated. Bet: 5 D
Italy
Lord JTAL (143 D)
Defeated. Bet: 0 D
Turkey
pyxxy (1013 D (G))
Defeated. Bet: 5 D
Russia
Defeated. Bet: 0 D
Civil Disorders
Metsuke (100 D)France (Autumn, 1909) with 8 centres.
WalkerTexasRanger (0 D X)Germany (Autumn, 1901) with 3 centres.
VLADMIRPUTIN69 (0 D X)Russia (Autumn, 1906) with 3 centres.
Elladan (100 D)Italy (Spring, 1906) with 1 centres.
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