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Super Tears Princely Journey: Epilogue

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2008-12-19 08:37:41

Christmas at Disneyland

My wife and I took our son to Disneyland for his fourth birthday. I hadn't been there in six or seven years, and found that my nostalgia had been edited. "Pirates of the Caribbean" had since been Jack Sparrow-ified and the cheesy animatronic mermaids replaced with fancy schmancy holographic Finding Nemo sequences in the submarine ride.

What rocked though, was how appealing Christmas at Disneyland had gotten. I'm fairly jaded, and even I had to smile at the beautiful wreaths, tinsel, ornaments, and snow adorning the entire place. Even better, many rides were redone. The "Haunted Mansion" was refurbished Nightmare Before Christmas style, and even "It's a Small World" was tolerable, as those gratingly cheerful dolls mixed in "Jingle Bells" and "Deck the Halls" with their titular song.

What made it even better was that it rained that morning. The place was a ghost town. We simply walked onto the elevator of the "Haunted Mansion". "Space Mountain" was a surreal hike to the loading dock. No line was longer than five minutes. I booked a hotel stay because it should've taken two days to do everything; we were done by sunset. Then we just did his favorite rides over and over again over that evening and the next day. I highly recommend going on rainy days.

But what made it the absolute best was this (taking a child to Disneyland is almost as good as being a child at Disneyland):

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2008-12-19 11:13:59

Diplomacy - Fall 1901

For anyone following along at home, these forums will give you all the information you need to keep track. The roleplaying thread is, quite frankly, better comedy than our comic strips.

Thus far, everyone is faced off in a staring contest, except for the unexpected assault on Russia by Turkey with Austrian assistance. Many dominoes are about to fall...

I'm going to stop recording moves here, as there is a full record in the forums. Instead, here's a situational breakdown by nation:

England has focused on Scandinavia, where a conflict with Russia seems inevitable. Both nations will require third party aid to prevail.

France has been allowed to grow unchecked, currently leading the game with six supply centers/military units. With this might, options now abound in every direction for France. They would appear to be aligned with Germany and Russia, with an unsteady truce with England. The mad Italians appear to be approaching, so perhaps that is the direction the mighty French war machine will strike.

The mad Italians (both in strategy and roleplaying persona) has declined to claim any supply centers, and is instead hurling their meager forces into the teeth of mighty France.

Austria has been an enigma to date, making and promptly breaking a non-aggression treaty with Russia. Presumably, they have allied with Turkey.

Turkey initiated the first conflict, by wresting Rumania away from Russia. They seem poised to march toward Moscow, taking advantage of Russian preoccupation in Scandinavia.

Russia seems to have been taken completely off guard by the Turkish/Austrian attack. They are still heavily arrayed to fight for Scandinavia. If Germany were to prove treacherous, that would pretty much seal Russia's fate.

Germany too, has grown unimpeded, in apparent safety. They have declared war on Turkey for their unprovoked attack on Russia, indicating a higher level of commitment than previously indicated.

Here's the updated map (ignore the Army in the Mid-Atlantic; that is the fearsome Nautilus captained by the rogue Nemo):

The image below is the current state of the map. A larger version is available for viewing by clicking on it.

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