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Moot XI, Round 4, Board 2

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Round 4, Board 2

The game ended by time limit after Fall, 1908.

Austria:
John Gramila
(0)
0.000
England:
Chris Glassburn
(2)
1.504
France:
Eric Grinnell
(10)
37.594
Germany:
Jake Trotta
(2)
1.504
Italy:
Bryan Pravel
(3)
3.383
Russia:
Matt Sundstrom
(7)
18.421
Turkey:
Brian Shelden
(10)
37.594
A:John Gramila
E:Chris Glassburn
F:Eric Grinnell
G:Jake Trotta
I:Bryan Pravel 
R:Matt Sundstrom
T:Brian Shelden 

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# Jake Trotta 2017-07-10 15:54
Tough, tough, tough game for me, and honestly pretty difficult to evaluate my performance. On one hand, I could have gotten a better result… which would have moved me onto the top 7. On the other, look at the metagame incentives on this board.

Metagame death
Germany (Me): Need more than 10 points to improve score. Big board top gets me on the podium.
France (Grinnel): Owns best Germany, needs me to die. One place behind me, needs me to die.
England (Glassburn): Owns best Italy. Needs strong France. As England, if you need a strong France, you want Germany to die.
Russia (Matt Sundstrom): A couple spots back of me, needs me to die.
EF jumped me. Russia worked with me, then turned at the worst moment and build STP (SC). Despite those circumstances, I recovered from 4 back to 6. But at the same time, I ended on two.

Why I lost
I could have had a much better game if Italy doesn’t massively botch stabbing Austria and Turkey doesn’t misorder a stab of Russia. Because of those mistakes, I spent the whole game wedged between two giants- France and Russia. As Russia was falling, France stabbed me… and I made a mistake in allowing that to happen. I should have rebuilt a second fleet as soon as I had the chance. Also, as soon as Grinnel said “let’s pop your unit so you can rebuild,” I should have said “fuck no dude.” By allowing Grinnel to pop Belgium, he was able to take Holland, and that was (somewhat) all she wrote.

What I’m taking away
01 and 02 was just EF lying to me… if no one wants to play ball, there’s not much you can do. But I really struggled in negotiation with France and England. With England, it seems there was just nothing I could do- he was stuck in his metagame. With France, I possibly could have made better pitches. I think I came in with too high of asking prices a couple of times. That being said, he ended up with all of England and North Sea before he supported me into anything, so it was a pretty one sided alliance.

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