Turkey, Thanksgiving cornerstone and diplomatic “Cancer in the Corner,” is next up because of the aforementioned holiday.
A reminder of what we’re doing here:
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 Turkish play under the one true scoring system, Sum of Squares.
Gobble up your Turkish tactics after the jump.
INTRO TO TURKEY
Turkey may have limited early game strategic options, but is damn hard to kill and is perhaps the easiest nation to come from behind in. Your game may start slow, but if an opportunity presents itself, you may be, as they say, “jiving.”
“Don’t be a jive Turkey” -literally, everyone, except maybe England.
TURKEY ON THE TABLE: THE GREAT WEASEL GOBBLERS
Since we moved to SOS, Turkey is right in the middle in terms of topping percentage, coming in 4th in total tops at 14%. It is 5th in lone tops at 12%. The best Turkey game in League play was a 55 point, 13 center by John Gramila. However, Matt Sundstrom just became Bull Weasel on a 15 center, 60 point Turkey trout, granting him the Greatest of All Turkeys.
Matt as Top Turkey should surprise no one- if you haven’t experienced the Sundstrom opening in league play, you’ve seen a Chicago player do it in a tournament. I’ll let the Top Turkey/ Bull Weasel detail the opening in the comments.
Turkish success is most correlated with British, then German success. Shout out to Bryan Pravel, who likes the ET “Witches” alliance enough for me to prompt him to share (we’re very subtle with our social pressuring here at the Wise Old Weasel). Turkish downfall is most strongly correlated with Austria, then Russia and Italy are about equal threats.
TURKISH KNOWLEDGE OF YORE
Unfortunately, Diplom.org has been down for a bit (anyone know about this?). I’m posting the articles anyways- if we can’t find a fix, I can provide an alliance structure overview. Dipcast will still work.
That should be enough to get us started, but there are plenty of questions. When should Turkey play aggressive early? How can an IT work? How about Armenia (Matt?) Why not Armenia (Chris Martin?) Why is black such a big deal? What happens if Russia builds a second fleet in the South (Chris Kelly maybe?) Where is your 18? Can you afford to give Italy Greece? Should you ever build an army before a fleet? What about playing Turkey in a bar game (Jim?)
Let’s hear it, folks.