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Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2010-04-26 13:50:04

In the Land of Mordor Where the Shadows Lie

There are times when I will buy a game new in box, just to avoid being pestered with queries as to whether I'd like to preorder something, sign up for a discount card, or buy a strategy guide.

Now Playing - Final Fantasy XIII (PS3) and Borderlands (360)
Xbox Live/PSN Gamertag - Vawce

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2010-04-25 02:19:43

Diplomacy V - Spring 1908

Austria continues his bloody campaign against the Russians. Military units are loose all over the place, but the added manpower provided by Italy should be just sufficient to eventually contain and subdue the dogged Russian resistance, unless Germany intercedes on Russia's behalf. This will take some time, however, which would allow France to push the Mediterranean, and Germany to do...whatever it is he's doing.

France regained Spain, but his consistent paranoia revealed a continuing distrust of his neighbor. The Franco-German position is strategically superior to that of the Austro-Italian alliance, but the lack of coordination and unity of purpose is likely to be their undoing. It is vitally important for France that he deploy deep into the Mediterranean and bring the fight to the heart of Italy ASAP, while his enemies are still distracted elsewhere. He just squandered a turn in conservative play, when French fleets should have advanced toward/through the Gibraltar chokepoint.

Germany bizarrely vacated St. Petersburg, the key stronghold locking down his northeastern flank. He's trying to push Italy/Austria, but is having difficulty accessing entry to the Tyrolian corridor. Like France, he needs to make progress in this direction while his opponents are otherwise occupied with Russia.

Italy vacated Spain to 4X convoy his army to the Russian front. While this move is of questionable strategic value, I can't applaud the coolness factor enough. In previous games, I tried to arrange "around the world" convoys, but the logistical requirements never quite coalesced. While this move is of lesser ambition, kudos for actually executing it. This also indicates a strong, unified resolve by Austria and Italy to eliminate Russia forthwith. They need to accomplish this with haste, before France or Germany can take advantage of the currently defensive nature of their respective fronts.

Russia is in that uniquely entertaining position: infinitesimal chance of winning, and units positioned to wreak havoc. As long as Germany helps support Moscow and Warsaw, his remaining three units can conduct guerrilla warfare in any number of configurations. He really doesn't have anything to lose, unless he's STILL playing for mere survival. He should instead be playing for vengeance.

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