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Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2011-08-08 00:53:07

Mass Effect 3

It's somehow comforting to know that as RPGs evolve into action-adventure-shooter hybrids, that old school FF-esque tropes continue to linger.

Today's punchline is a shoutout to my fellow O.G. Bioware aficionados.

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Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2011-08-06 19:15:15

Diplomacy VI - Spring of 1999

Britain retook the North Sea. I've blathered on sufficiently about the importance of this critical zone in previous posts. In addition to the possibility of a beachhead striking into Fortress Europe, Steve G. can also attempt joint Scandinavian maneuvers with the northern Ukrainian army now in position. Failure is no longer an available luxury; Spain is granting him leases on supply centers just so long as he remains useful.

Egypt submitted orders too late for adjudication. Steve W. is likely facing his final turn.

France was blasted out of Marseilles, but was gifted a route back to Lyon by the Germans who had bigger fish to fry. Paul's sole army reminds me of a hot potato being tossed around.

Germany pursued that rogue Italian army with a vengeance, but it managed to escape into yet another German-held territory. Previously, I enumerated three conditions that Mike needed for success: peace with Ukraine, containment of Italy, and the execution of Poland. Two of the three, or even marginal achievement of all three would have been sufficient. Since then, he pulled a Hitler on Ukraine (likely spurred by Turkey's astonishing collapse), was betrayed by fickle Italy (reversing a dramatic diplomatic coup), and Poland continues to linger.

This is not a condemnation of German strategy, merely an observation that his initiatives haven't borne the desired fruit. He faces an implacably hostile British navy, a nasty trench war against the Italian army, the Polish remnants desperate for survival, AND every Ukrainian unit not tasked against Turkey. This is the predictable outcome of the "French political stink" I wrote about way back in late June. Nevertheless, any player who possesses the firepower that Germany commands has the resources to address these political liabilities, IF the solution is a political one.

Italy committed to a ground war against Germany, and now has three armies deployed along the Swiss/Austrian borders. Kodi's commando strike force has been pressed into Belgium, and will require assistance to hold, so far from her base of power. Now that she is fully engaged, that "eye of the hurricane" descriptor no longer applies, and Italy now has that particular vulnerability of a nation at war.

Poland's continued existence is a tremendous source of inspirational comedy to me. Vargas appears to be weakly reaching for St. Petersburg in a desperate bid to gain the resources to build an army.

Spain has quietly asserted his presence into the Mediterranean. With Turkey fully occupied with the Ukrainian invasion and Italian vessels tasked to defend ports, Kang has sole command of this massive body of water. With the French all but neutralized, he can choose between Germany, Italy, and Turkey to victimize. His naval prominence and thin overland logistics appear to indicate one of the latter two.

I get annoyed when players miss turns, but anaphylactic shock is a pretty solid excuse. In Gorbash's absence, I activated DEFENSOTRON 5000 to handle Turkey's military decisions. They were fairly simple: seize Aswan to balance the loss of supply, cover a possible Ukranian breakthrough in Anatolia, and guess whether Ukraine was striking Greece or Istanbul. DEFENSOTRON 5000 employed the COIN OF DESTINY which came up heads, successfully deflecting the attack on Greece. The D5000 also desired to push Armenia, but lacked the resources, allowing Ukraine to...

...take this oddly critical strategic elbow for himself. Despite the stalling action in Greece, Ukraine is well positioned for a steady, methodical breakthrough. Yino will need these conquests to reinforce his German front, as small skirmishes between the superpowers threaten to enlarge.

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