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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2010-04-23 03:25:01
As I mentioned in Monday's post, a buddy has been trying to get me onto Star Trek Online. I tend to prefer the "bad guy" factions, and "Player vs. Player" conflicts are more fascinating to me than "Player vs. Environment" grinds in MMOs. So this buddy excitedly blustered, "Klingons are all ABOUT PvP!"
Any MMO hitting the market faces a nearly insurmountable obstacle: World of Warcraft. At this point, it's not just that WoW is the preeminent product dominating the market, it's that its vastly further along in development. MMOs are never finished products, and Blizzard has had nearly six years to add polish and content to WoW. Any new product (which costs the same) is simply a poor value in comparison.
Regardless of genre, an MMO would have to offer a distinctly different experience to capture my interest. Something like EVE Online... (anyone else interested in jumping on that with me?)
Now Playing - Final Fantasy XIII (PS3) and Borderlands (360)
Xbox Live/PSN Gamertag - Vawce
Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2010-04-22 03:05:42
Diplomacy V - Fall 1907
Austria fell victim to one of the classic blunders: "Never get involved in a land war in Asia." Austrian forces have penetrated the Russian line and vice versa. It's utter chaos as both sides can run amok on each other. Containment either way will require the intervention of other powers.
France committed an egregious "bookkeeping" error. By neglecting to specify which coast of Spain to occupy, the Atlantic fleet failed to set sail. This is an easy detail to overlook, but in this case, the cost of doing so was severe. It allowed Italy to capture Spain (which saved an Italian unit from annihilation), and could potentially bottleneck the French navy. The battle for the Mediterranean definitely took a swing in momentum. He did manage to regain the key port of Marseilles, at least.
Germany achieved consolidation of the north, and took a major step forward toward ultimate victory. His intrusion into Bohemia is a solid indicator that he is prepared to begin his push on the Austro-Italian empire, now that his flanks are secured (whether militarily or politically).
Italy is doggedly combating the French, while simultaneously assisting his Austrian ally in the east. This alignment looks tenuous if the Huns are earnest in their aggression southward. The coastal regions around the Western Mediterranean are a wonderful mess, and I look forward to seeing who exhibits the greater tactical skill (and perhaps luck) necessary to command the region.
Russia is far more interesting, now that he has been forced into war. He can't be happy that Germany took St. Petersburg, but he has more urgent issues (such as the defense of Moscow) at hand. Russia is entangled with Austria, and the extra Italian units pushing eastward would have been sufficient to eventually subjugate Russia. But if Germany has, in fact, begun to mobilize southward, we're in for yet more deliciously messy military and political shenanigans.