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Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2009-04-17 08:13:31

Zombies Are Still Cool, Right?

Dead Rising, Left 4 Dead, Nazi Zombie Mode in Call of Duty: World at War, Resident Evil 5 (I guess they're still sorta zombies...): we've had a renaissance of zombies of late. And that's just videogames, never mind the slew of zombie themed films and novels of recent years.

So here we are, with two strips of continuity and counting. I hate doing that because we only update twice a week and because I have no idea where this is going. For all I know, this might end up as a sixteen volume epic or I might gag out after the next strip. In any case, I hope you enjoyed part two of "Undead Outbreak: An Epidemiological Examination of How Videogame Character Traits Can Affect the Trajectory of Zombie Pandemic".

I also downloaded Burn, Zombie, Burn!. It looked like it should've been a fun game, but the PlayStation store doesn't have any fucking demos. That was money not well spent.

Now Playing - Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor and Burn, Zombie, Burn!
Xbox Live/PSN/Steam Gamertag - Vawce

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2009-04-17 09:05:28

Diplomacy II - Fall 1908

The image below depicts the latest state of the board. Larger versions are available for viewing by clicking on them.

Play the home version by following these forum threads!

And that's it! Congratulations to Kang, sovereign of France and ruler of the Western world. Technically, he was still two supply centers short of victory, but with mastery over his territories and three additional units about to be deployed, the other players made the reasonable decision to concede.

This game was full of shenanigans, but from a strategic perspective broke down quite simply:

Early Game
Russia, Turkey and Austria wasted time in internecine warfare. Two of the three should have quickly allied to eliminate the other, but Austria's continued insistence on betraying the others for short term gains kept this region in disorganized turmoil.

In the west, England and France kept eying ways to dispatch each other, but required a noncommittal Germany in order to do so. Frustrated, England and France carved up Germany instead, and began a long standing game of chicken, as they went their own ways. Italy, politically isolated, faced down a powerful France alone.

Mid Game
Russia realized the threat of the Anglo-French bloc and attempted to galvanize Austria into meeting them in strength. Austria responded by stabbing him very near unto death for short term gains. He was very consistent this game. Turkey, at this point, still struggled with game rules.

England grew rapidly, slicing through Scandinavia, and thanks to the perfidy of Austria, also had no problem pushing on Russia. France lagged a bit behind, struggling to finish off Italy.

End Game
England was too enamored with playing the game of chicken. At this point, I strongly feel that he should have turned against France once his St. Petersburg flank was secured. France would have been outnumbered, and was still combating Italy. England had a massive fleet and growing legions of infantry. With Italy's cooperation, it is likely France would have been defeated.

Instead, he committed one of the major blunders! He got involved in a major land war in Asia. Conquering the major land mass of Eurasia is slow and arduous at best, fraught with tactical complexities. This gave France the time he required to secure his holdings and raise the forces necessary to meet any threat.

At the end, England trusted an Austrian ploy. Blunder two! The treacherous Hapsburg swine demonstrated, from beginning to end, that he cannot be trusted. Or rather, that he could 100% be trusted to betray you.

Good Game!
Well played, France - you masterfully kept your opponents busy with indirect nudgings toward scenarios to your benefit. Strong game to England - you just should have valued winning the game of Diplomacy over winning the game of Chicken! Well stabbed, Austria - you maintained Purity of Essence! GG to the rest of you, particularly Russia - I question your decision to build a second Black Sea fleet, but only you attempted to respond to the clear rising threat.

We'll take an unspecified break until Diplomacy III, so until then, thanks to everyone who participated and I hope you all enjoyed the experience.

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