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Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2009-02-27 06:45:41

Archetypes Assemble!

I wonder why Max needs a controller.

As I write this, Incredibad's album is sitting at #6 on iTunes. That's impressive for a parody group. I mean, seriously, they won an Emmy for a music video called "Dick in a Box" for fuck's sake. They have a knack for capturing the underpinnings of musical archetypes; their stuff sounds like they ought to be terrible Top 40 hits, except that they're even MORE ridiculous. Since you guys are buying this by the boatload, you might as well buy it through our link. Please :)

The second Amazon link is for MP3 purchasing, which is even cheaper and provides instant gratification. You can also purchase individual tracks in their MP3 download store.

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2009-02-26 02:37:08

Diplomacy II - Spring 1902

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England is on an all out blitz for Scandinavia, in direct contrast to the conservatism of his first two turns. This indicates to me that England has had a breakthrough in negotiations, allowing him to overreach with confidence. His home island is completely undefended, with Liverpool offering a tasty temptation for the nearby French fleet. And his thrust eastward offers a meaty flank for potential German interference.

Joel must A) have come to terms with France B) have come to terms with Germany C) have confidence that France is fully committed against Italy, or some varying combination of the three. He has to be wary of Germany; the fleet built in Kiel is immediately threatening to British concerns.

France appears to be committed against Italy. The two have declared war, and their vessels are vying for control of the Mediterranean. Assuming no other nation interferes, and neither makes any errors, France does hold a minor but definite tactical advantage in the current deployment of their forces.

Nevertheless, some of his attention is surely on the British/French/German "Mexican standoff". Stabbings could be about to lunge in any, or all, directions - particularly in the Low Countries, where support could be lent in multiple configurations. The upcoming Fall turn is likely to reveal their hands.

Italy is in some amount of trouble. France's larger navy and arguably superior positioning suggests the threat of elimination. However, this conflict is still in the early stages, and much could transpire to thwart the French. The ideal situation for Italy would be to see France attacked by England, Germany, or both.

Austria finds himself in a strong position. To his west, Italy will be too busy fighting off the French to offer a credible threat. To his northwest, Germany's decision to build a fleet and lack of troop movement assures safety. To his southeast, Turkey is floundering to grasp the rules and is easy prey. To his northeast is Russia who will surely be distracted, if not weakened, by the significant English flotilla sailing that way.

Instead of being carved to pieces, as is often Austria's fate, Vargas has an extraordinary opportunity to impose his will on a direction of his choosing. Time will tell if he can capitalize on this opportunity.

Turkey, as I said, is floundering. Bill, read the rulebook :P You also MUST come to terms with either Austria or Russia if you are to have any hope of survival.

Russia's fortunes are quickly turning for the worse. England is coming toward his north - Russia absolutely requires German assistance to stave this off. Austria is about to grow to six units, the bulk of which are right on his border. And Turkey's forces are arrayed to be more of a nuisance to Russia than Austria, who appears dedicated to Russian destruction.

Germany is playing ultra-conservatively. They built a fleet which should be a precursor to attacking England, but that hasn't happened yet. His armies are placed defensively - in one case (Berlin), not even at Germany's borders, but in its core. Germany will have to act decisively and wisely if he is to regain the lost initiative of squandering his opening moves.

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