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Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2009-02-23 07:42:21

Resident Evil 5 Is Racist...Against Zombies!

Man, this time of year is supposed to slow down for videogames! RE5 is in a couple of weeks, but we've already had a slew of stuff to play. Last week was Street Fighter IV and the Grand Theft Auto IV DLC. Scheduled for this week is Killzone 2 (a killer app that the PS3 BADLY needed) and the new Star Ocean on the 360. My perverse curiosity also wants to check out 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand. I'm drowning in games I want to play and review!

Now Playing - Battlefield: Bad Company & GTA IV DLC(360)
Xbox Live/PSN Gamertag - Vawce

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2009-02-21 23:23:50

Diplomacy II - Fall 1901 (updated with builds)

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England did as expected, claiming Norway. He now sits on the doorstep to critical Russian interests, but with Germany lurking to the south.

France is now the heavyweight with six units. He just needs to choose where he's going, and secure the necessary alliances to make the choice viable. England's moat is a beast to overcome, but would be a strategic conquest in terms of securing a flank. Attacking Germany would be problematic, as France invested in a third navy instead of ground forces. Italy seems the most likely target.

Italy, like England, opened very conservatively. She seems to be at peace with Austria, who is clearly busy in the other direction. This offers the opportunity to stab at Austria, unless defensive needs draw her attention westward.

Austria, Turkey and Russia engaged in an absolutely hilarious clusterfuck this past turn. Austria attempted to aid Turkey in stabbing Russia, Russia attempted to aid Austria in stabbing Turkey, and Turkey flailed against Austria. Whoever cleans up the mistrust of these diplomatic failings first will have a distinct advantage. Austria needs to secure a firm ally, as they have potential fronts in every which direction.

The really funny thing to me is that Austria has seemingly done England a huge favor, as Russia responded with a distinctly southern orientated build sequence in response to the betrayal.

Turkey is the new player, and made a procedural error, as he tried to push Greece from Constantinople. He probably should have accepted Austria's offer of support into Bulgaria. He now faces two hostile and more powerful neighbors. He must absolutely come to an agreement with one of them.

Russia also grew to six, but has far more real estate to cover than France. The rampant uncertainty in the Balkans has caused him to respond vigorously toward the south. The action in this area ought to be riveting for several turns to come.

Germany grew to five without stepping on any toes. Their mix of fleets and armies now have no choice but to step on some toes in order to expand further. France is mighty, and England has that moat. Neither possibility is out of the question with the proper alliances, but the entangled Austria or Russia could prove more susceptible. Having played Germany last game, I can say that it's a tricky matter for them to expand in ways that don't leave them vulnerable. I prioritized Scandinavia first to success, but for Mike, this would involve a tricky insinuation on the potential Anglo/Russian conflict.

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