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Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2011-08-05 07:15:06

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I can't believe how many of these we've gone through. Or rather, I can't believe how old it makes me feel to count how many of these we've gone through. I finished high school when the internet was something only DARPA researchers knew how to use, and they'd harness this incredible resource to play Empire. Man, I'm guessing some of you readers are young enough to not know what Friendster is.

I'm trying to figure out if Google+ will actually manage to wrest the social networking crown away from Facebook. I mean, we've got grandmothers booking faces like http gangstas. That's quite an achievement.

I had been intending to build up a presence for Direman Press on Facebook, but starting something new at the ground floor is attractive. Drop me a line or vote here.

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Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2011-08-04 03:23:52

Diplomacy VI - Fall of 1998


Britain suffered the fallout of losing the North Sea, as Germany used that base to wrest Norway away. Relegated to damage control, Steve G. responded by sending his navy to seal off the Norwegian Sea. He's forced to start over, needing to retake the North Sea in order to secure his island and to put that idle London army into play. With the loss of Norway came the scuttling of his Bordeaux fleet, putting him increasingly at Spain's mercy - a reversal of the game's opening.

Egypt continued to assault the Middle East to spite his Turkish conqueror. With Spain swallowing Libya, Steve W. is likely down to his final stand.

France managed to retake Marseilles, but got pummeled by two separate assaults by Germany and Spain. Marseilles is now Paul's final "stronghold".

Germany translated his North Sea breakthrough into a successful conquest of Scandinavia. Mike also used his ceasefire with Ukraine to start firing. Ukraine's explosive growth must have (and rightly so) alarmed Germany, and he took it upon himself to slow Ukraine. Unfortunately, Italy (yet again) flipped allegiances, re-adopting an offensive stance against Germany. Poland also continues to linger. The final assessment is a consistent echo of past turns: Germany is mighty, but overextended and beset by threats on all sides. (Anyone else notice that the general timeline/details of German play in this game is intriguingly similar to WWII? - the peace-breaking aggression to his eastern power in particular?)

Italy reinstituted an anti-German strategy, accepting British support into German-held Holland. Kodi continues to be a wild card, floating as a zephyr wherever the winds of her whims take her. At least, that's the outward appearance. I'm sure she has her reasons, but she has GOT to be giving her various suitors no end of eye-twitching headaches.

Poland retook Gdansk! Survival! But now what? Vargas has 2/3 of his homeland back, but lacks an army to strike inland to reclaim the rest. Without much to lose, he can continue to be an irritant in that sector.

As a final act of defiance, Russia pushed Germany into Norway. Pour one out for an excellently played game by Charles.

Spain interestingly (and prudently) vacated Marseilles, pragmatically targeting Paris and Libya for net growth. While the heavyweights duke it out, Kang has quietly become the preeminent member of the secondary powers.

Turkey issued no orders. Where are you Gorbash?!

Ukraine crushed his way into Turkey proper, putting Yino well on his way to Middle Eastern domination. However, the other superpower, Germany, betrayed their peace. The slugfest is on.

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