Weasels near and far, let us gather and share our collective wisdom on the play of individual powers in this great game. All are encouraged to comment with their perspective on playing each power effectively. For newer weasels, this should be a tremendous resource to quickly learn the game. For older weasels, this blog will provide areas to search for improvement and share discoveries. And for the oldest of Weasels, this blog is an outlet for the fruit of their many years in the hobby. This, Weasels, is where we share our wisdom.
Topics of conversation may include openings, negotiation, alliances, how to solo, how to play from behind, anything and everything that feeds into the proper play of the nation. Reminder: this is specific to club German play under the one true scoring system, Sum of Squares.
First up, we have GERMANY, because of Octoberfest and, more importantly, because it is your writer’s favorite country.
INTRO TO GERMANY
In spring 01, Germany borders more powers than any other nation. This can lead to explosive early growth, but can also lead to… well, I’ll let Hitler tell you.
THE FATHERLAND AND THE WEASELS: A FAST HISTORY
Since we switched to sum of squares, no Kaiser has soloed. The best Anchluss in club history was a 75.3, 15 center result in game 274 by club veteran and game theory aficionado Matt Sundstrom. Germany is the third most likely country to board top, earning just under 18% of tops.
Brandon Fogel’s correlation analysis of alliances found that the German success is most correlated with the success of Austria, Italy, or Turkey (respectively). German downfall comes as the result of E, F, and R (respectively).
Germany poses many questions: How to sustain early growth? Should you bounce Russia out of Sweden, or turn towards him early (Jim may have something on that)? Who is your best ally and why is it Italy? What about western triples? What to do about Belgium? Can you cross the line with an ally?
What say you, Weasels?
GERMAN KNOWLEDGE OF YORE
This section will be for past Dip pouch articles/ dipcast episodes that may be useful in learning the nation.