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by Stuyvesant
Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:35 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

Uhuh, that was the real oh shit moment of this game. I've been playing a lot of Flashpoint Red Storm (utterly addictive – WEGO applied to a hot cold war) and that has oh shit moments a plenty, such as when your artillery or HQ gets hit by artillery or you lose a tank company in minutes to eit...
by Stuyvesant
Thu Oct 24, 2013 4:41 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

Ah, the Teutons are coming south once more to wreck the Roman state! Time to appoint a dictator, raise fresh legions and have at it! Seriously, this sounds pretty scary. I hope the hated Hun will have to come at you through the Alps, so you can set up some good killing fields. Combined with your bug...
by Stuyvesant
Tue Oct 22, 2013 9:31 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

Who'd have thunk that merely firing grape shot at unruly protesters could come back to haunt you? Poor Umberto, so misunderstood. And those new 'taches. Tsk. It simply won't do. I suspect that Italy's relative decline in dominance is directly correlated to the decline in manly facial fuzz. To be hon...
by Stuyvesant
Fri Oct 18, 2013 3:10 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

I thought I had commented already, but that was clearly wishful thinking... 's Good to see you get the (inaptly named) Invincible techs. Big, hulking, smoking battle cruisers with enough armor to withstand a ferocious hail storm - what could possibly go wrong? Still, could come in handy for the prer...
by Stuyvesant
Mon Oct 14, 2013 5:51 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

I am actually quite impressed that your game survived a laptop reformat, considering how often AARs die due to savegame corruption, hard drive failure, computers dying, etc. So yeah, bit of a noteworthy feat. That Pelloux. His name is suspiciously Francophone, and his lack of a manly chin glove is.....
by Stuyvesant
Fri Oct 11, 2013 2:54 pm
Forum: Pride of Nations
Topic: Wargamer article
Replies: 5
Views: 1786

Read the article. Good overview, but I will confess to finding the tone a bit dry compared to your AAR. I know, I know, different audiences and all that, but there was a disturbing lack of shelling wildlife and accidents with matches. ;)
by Stuyvesant
Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:50 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

Worth noting that the 'businessmen' who do this mysterious buying and selling are now completely clueless as to the real value of their purchases. Looks like the Italian mafia has perfected the art of money-laundering on an epic (or should I say 'Industrial', given the era?) scale. Seems your new R...
by Stuyvesant
Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:53 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

You need some of those Boer horse raider men. 50 of them took out 4,000 Italians. Imagine if they had been working for the British. Your dreams of conquest would have gone down the drain. That is what I noticed - fifty men and fifty horses slaughtered 4,400 Italians. Without a single loss on their ...
by Stuyvesant
Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:43 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

Just to add to the regional chaos, the navy decides to restart its training programme of shelling passing Continents. http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/2900/kqcj.jpg Erm, you gain prestige from wantonly shelling British and Spanish colonial structures? I'm sure it'll help with the Italian reputation f...
by Stuyvesant
Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:29 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

Apologies for not commenting earlier: out of town for a few days and family stuff (boring, rather than dramatic). Anyway, I see peace becomes Italy, even if it does take a certain frisson from the AAR. Interesting observation that you are able to keep your populace in the rum and opium, but struggle...
by Stuyvesant
Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:48 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

Tell the British to sail those 9% of their fleet to Scapa Flow (it's foreign territory now anyway) and scuttle them there. ;) Britain's been humiliated and left wrecked. A fine job, I imagine the challenge has basically gone out of the game - hence your plans for a cataclysmic WWI. Will be interesti...
by Stuyvesant
Mon Sep 02, 2013 7:26 pm
Forum: Pride of Nations
Topic: A call to arms!
Replies: 4
Views: 1525

Not sure, how many instances were there in the period up to 1914 of declared offensive alliances? Isn't this, to all intents and purposes, what the British and French did in the Crimean War (oh, and Sardinia-Piedmont, I believe)? Sure, it was coming to the aid of the beleaguered Ottomans, but they ...
by Stuyvesant
Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

I thought Marx (or was it Lenin?) held that at the final stages of capitalism, when all the colonies were divvied up and resources became ever scarcer, the capitalist countries would turn on each other in a bloody struggle to ensure that they'd slice the economic pie into their own favor (and leave ...
by Stuyvesant
Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:12 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

For the record, I have been blowing things up. Surely the most shocking revelation in almost fifty years of this game. ;) Must say that the British invasion is a bit anti-climactic (the biggest threat facing you is the fact that your generals sensibly decided not to die of pneumonia and retired to ...
by Stuyvesant
Tue Aug 27, 2013 5:23 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

aye, I know what you mean. I was wondering if my balloons would do as a sort of martian-substitute and I could recast this as the War of the Worlds? An invading alien life-form (the incomprehensible Italians), seemingly invincible but eventually brought low by the hostile native environment (i.e. B...
by Stuyvesant
Tue Aug 27, 2013 5:21 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

Good god, you're sending your troops to Wales ?!? I mean, sure, you've been sending them to their death for ages, but Wales? That seems needlessly cruel... Oh wait, you're from urban Scotland. Wales must seem pretty idyllic by comparison. ;) Since the Royal Navy is not in attendance, any idea where ...
by Stuyvesant
Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:24 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

b) I read somewhere that one reason the RN was so dominant in the age of sail and esp the period 1750-1850 was that they could afford (uniquely) to replace their main ships every 15-20 years, so in a battle line every ship had a similar performance. One problem in this era was that almost every cap...
by Stuyvesant
Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:58 am
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

Will. Not. Get. Drawn. Into. Psychological. Warfare. Over. Egypt. I'm currently having nightmares from Jewish Zealots destroying my armies in my AJE test run, so clearly I'm doing it wrong... You're doing well, though you're having a little math problem with your casualty numbers - either the totals...
by Stuyvesant
Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:06 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

'Splendid Isolation' it seems has a price. If they don't pull a [s]nifty[/s] magic trick out of their hat very soon, the higher-ups in Whitehall will soon be sitting in 'Not-So-Splendid Isolation' as loki besieges Parliament and burns down everything else on the British Isles. I tell you, that man ...
by Stuyvesant
Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:15 am
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

Are those Bulgarian rebels in Malta?!?

Oh yes, the update. War continues to tilt in your favor and you keep feeding new troops in. Is it going to strain your supply into India at all, or does it tie in to the generous supply situation you mentioned a few posts ago?
by Stuyvesant
Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:54 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

"Whatever happens, we have got The Maxim gun, and they have not" It's still true. It's just too bad that they (the Italians) now have the Browning Machine Gun. Makes the Maxim a tad bit less impressive. ;) South Africa tilts a bit more in your favor, you've slaughtered tens of thousands of Britons ...
by Stuyvesant
Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:06 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

You burnt all your ports in South Africa? That's what you get for turning your Pizza Ovens to 11! I must say, that I seem to see a pattern here. Your cooks seem to all be pyros. loki has a tendency to set the world aflame, if given the option. For Pete's sake, he managed to torch the frozen Siberia...
by Stuyvesant
Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:58 am
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

anyway, as everyone knows, if you want a proper Pizza you need a very hot oven ... and hot ovens have a tendency to burn done (entire provinces) -- maybe this analogy doesn't quite work So are you saying that you have gargantuan mobile siege ovens, lumbering all over India and big enough to cause D...
by Stuyvesant
Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:25 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

Italian diplomats (some of whom are still trying to remove the paint from their hands) are hastily sent to make them happy people The poor, hardworking life of the Italian diplomat: one day, your busy [s]framing[/s] catching British miscreants in the Levant, the next day you're bundled off to the d...
by Stuyvesant
Tue Aug 06, 2013 6:49 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

The main fleet sails out to blockade the harbour and gain some much needed gunnery practice. ... (you have all read Svejk haven't you?) I won't discuss that aspect in great detail, it took a lot of my time and planning but its mostly a case of the British (a) burned my holdings and (b) escaped agai...
by Stuyvesant
Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:29 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

This takes a few attempts, but the British ambassador to Jerusalem is finally caught painting graffiti – this was removed before seen by anyone but the police - but was believed to have stated " Romanes Eunt Domus ". War was the only reasonable response that would satisfy Italy's mortally wou...
by Stuyvesant
Thu Aug 01, 2013 4:02 am
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

One of our more bonkers newspapers (I think it is a newspaper but it reads more and more like a right wing version of Pravda with its own perfectly constructed, internally consistent world, that bears no relationship to reality) managed a solid 18 pages devoted to the shocking news that somewhere i...
by Stuyvesant
Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:43 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

Equally I decide it would be fun to start poking a stick at the British. The chosen twig is to send merchants and missionaries to adopt new positions inside the British Empire. How did I miss this gem before? I'm sure that catholic missionaries adopting new positions inside the British Empire would...
by Stuyvesant
Tue Jul 23, 2013 5:15 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

I believe he has a DA with Belgium (the 100 relations). Also, the game doesn't always remove old factions, thus the Tuscans are ZOMBIES. This could explain the big militancy problems in the north, they are being overrun by the zombies. And Loki's government has sent away the army to some sunny loca...
by Stuyvesant
Tue Jul 23, 2013 2:37 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271422

So Egypt... To construct a tortured metaphore: when you thump someone repeatedly with a brick bat until their face is bloody, and then you say 'Oh, okay, just a bit of fun, no harm done, I'll stop now', they think you're super-awesome? Interesting - perhaps an extreme example of Stockholm syndrome? ...

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