Originally posted by ppg_shg:
I did not mean to give any impression otherwise. I was just referring to the lengthy press during the game, and WL has been more than courteous since demise in 1046.
From my perspective, the beginning game was a little skewed by the Black Hole of Germany. R/T launched the Juggernaut from the start to counteract what they believed to be a close alliance between Italy and Austria. That would have been nice, but Abe Babe was holding back and didn’t quite believe that R/T were in cahoots.
Subsequent to that I tried to recruit Germany into slowing Russia down and begged her to do certain things, and while she was agreeable, typically the orders actually sent were invalid. I believe after that R/E/F destroyed poor Germany rather than risk further uncertainty.
I’m not sure what happened to France. Had 8 and then R/I/E just gutted the poor guy. At the same time, Abe Babe did a nice diplomatic job of convincing WL to break from the Juggernaut (or at least that’s how I perceived it). At that point, I was down to one, but since WL had broken the Juggernaut he was now looking for allies against Russia. That allowed me to grab a lifeline.
After that, Shibb threw me another lifeline, and I basically rode that to the end. In the meantime, I was bad and attacked those who helped me most, Turkey, Italy, and then Russia.
I believe the ending to have been certain, but ultimately I did not feel that an Austrian “win” was the proper outcome. I felt Shibb did the masterful job in controlling the outcome of the game, and thus the vote for the DIAS.