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Finished: 10 AM Mon 10 Oct 11 UTC
Private It's Really Not You, It's Really Me.
2 days /phase
Pot: 350 D - Spring, 1910, Finished
Classic, Anonymous players, Survivors-Win Scoring
1 excused missed turn
Game drawn
26 Aug 11 UTC Autumn, 1905: Dude, I'm out before our Sealioning friend. That's a sad fate. Hope y'all can take out Kie and Hol by the end of the year, just as a favor!
26 Aug 11 UTC Autumn, 1905: Tell it to the frog - he can take out both this turn.
26 Aug 11 UTC Spring, 1906: Setting pause. I'll be back 9/5.
27 Aug 11 UTC Spring, 1906: Sadness is Germany.
30 Aug 11 UTC Spring, 1906: Hello from Constantinople.
31 Aug 11 UTC Spring, 1906: SPIES!
05 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1906: Back in action.
07 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1906: Waiting on Italy, right?
07 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1906: Depends what you mean by "wait", "on" and "Italy".

Kind of confused by the question mark, too, frankly.
07 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1906: What about the comma?
08 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1906: After some research, I am clear on it.
08 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1906: Hey guys. Sorry about the delay. I'm not goin to be back online regularly until at least the 12th if not the 15th. This is the first time I've been online in several days.

Also smyrna really should be called cappadocia. That's where we are.
08 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1906: Dude. I don't think you are in a position to be naming Smyrna. In fact, I rather expected to log and and see it renamed as "Novoe Guberniya" or something.
10 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1906: you know what's more fun than a Diplomacy game that progresses? This one!
15 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1906: ok back! sorry for the uber-delay.
15 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1906: How was Constantinople and Smyrna?
15 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1906: fantastic.

The lesson: apparently if you've got a date in Constantinople, she'll be in Istanbul, not Constantinople. Why did Constantinople get the works? It's nobody's business but the turks (and the Austro-Hungarians and Russians)
16 Sep 11 UTC Autumn, 1906: It's now time for the next phase: Operation Turning Normans into Englishmen.
21 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1907: All right dudes, here's the plan for winter 2012: online Polity. It's a game Geoff put together when we were in high school - kind of a fantasy version of Axis & Allies plus Civilization the boardgame, with a gamemaster so there's room for unusual strategies (assassinations, summoning elementals, shamanic journeys). Geoff, Alex and Sandor can attest it's pretty entertaining.

So here's my estimate of how it'll work. It'll take me about 3 months to put together the map and draw all the pieces. By that time France and Russia should have gotten you through 1909 so there should be time. 1 GM plus seven or so players. I send you a PDF copy of your map (i.e. the parts you know) every week, and you use Illustrator (we can find a way for everyone to have a copy) to move them, build new units, etc. Post here if you're in.
21 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1907: Preliminary estimate is the cultures will be rough equivalents of the following:

Merovingians (large, chivalric, continental power)
Tingitanians (large, semi-feudal, continental power)
Easterlings (large, imperial, semi-continental power)
Carthaginians (small, mercantile, littoral power)
Varangians (small, heroic, littoral power)
Seafaring Dwarves (small, enchanted, semi-continental power)
Goblins (small, enchanted, continental power)

Setting is the late Bronze Age, around a mercantile sea similar to the Mediterranean.
21 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1907: i'm down to try it.
21 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1907: also using annotations on a PDF might be easier than illustrator.
21 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1907: Ah, yes, if you can annotate PDFs that'll be the way to go. Much better than being able to open the original and turn off the "unknown unit" masking layer to be like, oh shit, the Easterlings have 6 units of cataphracts in that hex.
21 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1907: POLITY! Holy SHIT! DOWN.

What version of the upteen different rule sets are we going to use (heh, remember that the version that incorporate magic cards?) If I recall, combat worked similarly to Axis & Allies.

One day we all need to travel to China and play on Geoff's correctly scaled map of the world. It is a hand drawn work of art on 9X11 laminated sheets of paper that covers a living room.
21 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1907: I am definitely in for that.
21 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1907: Sounds really cool.
22 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1907: Hmm, good question. I think there was an actual rulebook from Geoff floating around like 12 years ago, but it might need some streamlining. Did you guys ever play Europa Universalis the boardgame? It had three combat phases: artillery, cavalry, and shock, something like that. I'm thinking something like that so that, with the Axis & Allies "roll a 2 or less to cause a hit" thing.

Dude, the magic cards were sweet, but I'd have to either scan them or re-draw them, so they may not happen.
23 Sep 11 UTC Autumn, 1907: All right! That's four plus me - I'll keep you guys posted while I put it together. If I get the chance I'll put up a website or an FTP or something so you can see the progress of the game as the map, the rules and the pieces evolve.
25 Sep 11 UTC Autumn, 1907: I'd be up for a Polity game. I've played it once, probably 15 years ago. Sandor and Geoff were there. I think I lost badly.
26 Sep 11 UTC Autumn, 1907: I'd be up for it.
26 Sep 11 UTC Autumn, 1907: So far so good! Hmm, I have to say it's intriguing to speculate on the anonymous players... so theoretically France is neither Geoff nor Sandor, but Alex actually ran a couple Polity games so it shouldn't be him either. Tristan? Jacob? Undine? Have to consult Geoff's black book.
27 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1908: Sandor is playing Germany (badly).
27 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1908: Dave played England (badly).
28 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1908: Well, I can give it away - I'm Geoff. Despite all the 3rd-person discourse above, you probably figured it out already because only one of us has all the Polity rules memorized, plus has a lot of time on his hands because he's living in Mongolia.
28 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1908: Dude, how exactly did the move to Mongolia go down? Have you entered an animal-hide construction material phase in growth as an artist?
28 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1908: Well, in fairness it's about 3/4 time still in Beijing and 1/4 in Ulaanbaatar. Structures are mostly stell and concrete but yes, everybody's excited to teach us way more about yurts/gers than we ever thought we'd want to know.
28 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1908: Hm, "steel".
28 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1908: How do they feel about hot dogs?
28 Sep 11 UTC Spring, 1908: Re: Mongolia: http://www.slate.com/id/2200544/entry/2200548 .
29 Sep 11 UTC Autumn, 1908: to take the conversation back a few notches, England deserves a lot of respect- he stood up to a full-on Sealion for 14 turns. There were a couple turns of particularly-inspired defence around 1902 and 1904.
29 Sep 11 UTC Autumn, 1908: He did a good job.
30 Sep 11 UTC Autumn, 1908: Looks like we're getting a three-way tie.
01 Oct 11 UTC Autumn, 1908: I'm going backpacking for a couple days and am setting "not ready" instead of pause. That'll be enough.
01 Oct 11 UTC Autumn, 1908: have fun!
04 Oct 11 UTC Spring, 1909: Sorry for my delay getting in orders.
04 Oct 11 UTC Spring, 1909: Well, among the eliminated players (Aus, Ger, Eng, and Tur), England is the leader with two territories (Wal and Yor). I'll take some solace in that.
04 Oct 11 UTC Spring, 1909: Well, Austria still has an army on the map, so...
05 Oct 11 UTC Spring, 1909: don't forget that "neutral" and turkey each have one.
also, I believe that is an invitation for F NSea to stray over to Yor in fall...
07 Oct 11 UTC I have set draw.
07 Oct 11 UTC Draws all around- good game!

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France
abennett (157 D)
Drawn. Bet: 50 D, won: 117 D
13 supply-centers, 13 units
Italy
michaelfs (411 D)
Drawn. Bet: 50 D, won: 117 D
11 supply-centers, 11 units
Russia
carethus (185 D)
Drawn. Bet: 50 D, won: 117 D
10 supply-centers, 10 units
England
Dave McBride (107 D)
Defeated. Bet: 50 D
Germany
Sandor (500 D)
Defeated. Bet: 50 D
Austria
Defeated. Bet: 50 D
Turkey
muduri (100 D)
Defeated. Bet: 50 D
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