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by Stuyvesant
Tue Jul 09, 2013 3:42 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

am impressed that Klim's boating trips on the Volga had such an impact ... :cool: That motherf%$ing bas' should have DIED!! I had half of my army bug-hunting for him south of Syzran and Samara, I had him all encircled and then that dipsh%#t unholy demon spawn simply vanishes! RAAAAAAGH!!! Ahem. I w...
by Stuyvesant
Fri Jul 05, 2013 2:15 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

Problem with Egypt is finding a means to exit with any real gains ... quite realistic, I can destroy their armies with ease but I can't occupy the country except by the permanent allocation of masses of troops. ... All I need to do is to send Stuyvesant an image of a Soviet partisan unit from RuS a...
by Stuyvesant
Tue Jul 02, 2013 2:03 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

Do the intricacies of Egyptian Realpolitik once again mean your well-meaning invasion proves to be less successful than hoped? I mean, not necessarily in the number of people who will spill their blood on the Egyptian sands, but rather in the actual payoff - I sense you might not succeed in regainin...
by Stuyvesant
Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:57 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

The ... Boer liberation army in the south. ... Also at La Spezia is a minelayer which I built as a test. I don't have a clue if it has any real value. ... The coastal defense monitors are currently vacationing on the Nile (indeed represent an early version of Death on the Nile) ... The final fleet ...
by Stuyvesant
Tue Jun 25, 2013 6:49 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

Egads! I was going to comment, mouth agape, on your 20-battleship strong primary fleet (that's a lot of battleships. Especially concentrated in a single fleet), but that was before I read the following update in which you set Africa on fire from north to south (although a bit less near the north, wh...
by Stuyvesant
Tue Jun 18, 2013 6:22 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

Domestically this was a quiet period, with the temporary crushing of the Najds I acatually had no colonial wars ongoing. ... Naturally Italy does all it can to bring this dispute to a speedy and mutually acceptable end. http://img195.imageshack.us/img195/5184/9f4r.jpg ... [1] - To keep this realist...
by Stuyvesant
Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

24. Finally- re CP Leakage, let it be proclaimed on the Garibaldi Memorial that: "Wherever is soiled by Italians, there is Italian soil." Very interesting thoughts (I would expect no less from someone who clearly knows his game) and that final remark is certainly fitting for the tone of the AAR and...
by Stuyvesant
Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:21 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

I see your 'Rub' puns and I raise you... Actually, I'm folding, to stick with the poker analogy. I got nothing. ;) But your plot for a worldwide sand monopoly continues apace! Najd has been eliminated (for some reason, 'Playing hunt the Najd' sounds vaguely like a filthy euphemism to me) and the Eth...
by Stuyvesant
Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:11 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

Oh, I think you'll find that a lot of people adore Princess Kate (the American attitude to the British Royal Family is certainly one of the odder kinks in the national psyche) and her baby bump. Downton Abbey is also quite the hit over here, amongst certain circles, and many older people will fondly...
by Stuyvesant
Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:51 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

Some impressive fortifications. Hitler would say you need some more (to create a contiguous line across the Italian Peninsula, into North Africa and the Middle East and down the Arabian and East African shores), but it looks like a lot of strongpoints on which to base a defense and/or delay a Britis...
by Stuyvesant
Tue Jun 04, 2013 8:03 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

This update was originally part of the usual report but I wanted to discuss industrial planning in a bit more detail than seemed to fit within that. Equally there are regular posts in the main forum on related themes so I thought I’d do this as a separate (and thus easy to find) update. ... W...
by Stuyvesant
Fri May 31, 2013 4:34 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

GB has gained 1800 (77,100 up to 78,900) and I managed 1,900 (50,300 to 52,200) so all in all my Egyptian invasion was rather ill-advised [1] on almost every criteria. [1] – in view of this I really should have had the British and French along, just for the sake of realism. Zing! :D Where's A...
by Stuyvesant
Wed May 29, 2013 10:02 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

For various reasons I decide its time to keep the Mahdi on his toes. How better than to send him some missionaries. Indeed! What better way to keep a man with a Messiah-complex (if I may translate the term onto a Muslim) in check than by sending missionaries for a different faith? I'm sure the Mahd...
by Stuyvesant
Fri May 24, 2013 2:52 am
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

In diplomatic issues, the term "victory" and the prestige stash are not tied to the same number. Thus if you gain dominance, you get the majority of the prestige stash, and other goodies (like keeping the colony if it is over a colony for example). The person who gains just cause is called the winn...
by Stuyvesant
Thu May 23, 2013 6:30 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

Much to my surprise, the US backed down, not sure why it reports it as a US diplomatic victory when most of the prestige stash went to Prussia. Well, you could claim it's simply a matter of lowering your expectations enough: the US didn't utterly selfdestruct, so it counts as a victory? ;) More sob...
by Stuyvesant
Thu May 16, 2013 8:35 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

Another Italian volcano blows up but I doubt this is some subtle warning by the Belgians for me to back off. It's the Austrian Emperor, I tell ya! Yes, you [s]blew up his Death Star[/s] destroyed his armies. Twice. But he's got a new secret weapon and he is plotting his revenge! It probably also in...
by Stuyvesant
Fri May 10, 2013 8:05 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

Y'know, this AAR has made me hold my breath and double-click the dusty 'PON' shortcut on my laptop again last night. I brushed through two tutorials, started a new game as S-P... I even ended the turn! Mind you, I mostly ended the turn because I was utterly clueless about what to do in the turn itse...
by Stuyvesant
Thu May 09, 2013 3:43 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

@ Stuyvesant Actually the Brits never did the "Cape to Cairo" railroad ( the propaganda was about it and not only about land possession ... as a counterpart of the Berlin -Baghdad line, made by the Germans ). Neither the French, the Belgians or the Germans showed up as very cooperative with the Bri...
by Stuyvesant
Wed May 08, 2013 6:42 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

Perhaps in this alternate universe, the song "The Blue Danube" was just written and is lifting people's spirits after the Austro-Italian Wars? I mean, it's a great song, it certainly brings my morale up to 178 :) It is a nifty tune and your theory is certainly more plausible than anything I could c...
by Stuyvesant
Tue May 07, 2013 6:58 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

Flamethrowers were invented in the early 20th century by those geniuses of finding more interesting ways to kill more people, the Germans. ;) I'm not sure what I find a more terrifying scenario: the Italians inventing stuff twenty years in advance, or part of the Italian army deciding to dress up as...
by Stuyvesant
Fri May 03, 2013 9:29 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

I have to ask, what is going on with the weird Italian hats/head gear? In your picture on the last page, your engineers had some sort of gas hood? or something?, so apparently, if it's not feathers, it's rubber? I blame Gari. Blaming Gari is always a wise course of action - as long as he can't take...
by Stuyvesant
Fri May 03, 2013 4:12 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

Now, on to the actual update. The overall losses do seem disproportionate to the territorial adjustments effected. A few million people dead (screw it, I'm sticking with the 'If it's a casualty, it's in a coffin' mentality for this game), Austria comprehensively wrecked... And the price for you, in ...
by Stuyvesant
Fri May 03, 2013 3:39 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

loki100 wrote:... and in truth I have no realistic expansion goals in Europe (Split, Salonika and Adana are not really worth taking). Now I realise a later, rather infamous Austrian said that too.


Oh my god, you're going for Danzig now?!? :p
by Stuyvesant
Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:02 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

Perhaps you should start flirting (couldn't think of a better word) with the French a bit to make allies. When it comes to the French, flirting is always the way to go (this message brought to you by National Stereotypes[sup]TM[/sup]). ;) I wonder what would happen if loki did ally with the French ...
by Stuyvesant
Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:59 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

Austria's on the ropes (and assuming they don't have the wits or stamina to pull a 'rope-a-dope' like Ali did, they'll stay there). So in that sense the war's progressing in your favor. On the other hand... Well, really it's only one teeny thing, hardly worth mentioning... It's that whole Prussia-tu...
by Stuyvesant
Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:32 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

I suspect that the plummeting NM score for Austria (was it 12 or 6 at the last count) played a large part in loki 's calculations, as that really seems to drive an awful lot of combat performance - or the expected lack thereof for the Austrians. Based on my own, very limited, experience with the AGE...
by Stuyvesant
Thu Apr 25, 2013 3:07 am
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

Having re-read the previous update (I realized I never delivered my promised further comments. Heh) and then read the new one, I must admit I'm surprised to see how the Austrians bounced back, relatively, and gave you a nice bloody nose. Given the overall balance of power (and distribution of losses...
by Stuyvesant
Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:41 pm
Forum: PON AARs
Topic: Manufacturing Italy (a PoN GC)
Replies: 748
Views: 271479

Garibaldi may have been in Buda but he was certainly making a Pest of himself. Groan. I would dearly like to elaborate, but all my efforts fall short, so I'll just leave it at "Groan". ;) On a different note, if this was a 'real' history you'd need a better memorial for Garibaldi than just a lake. ...
by Stuyvesant
Thu Apr 18, 2013 3:07 pm
Forum: AJE: Alea Jacta Est AARs
Topic: (BOR) Strangling Rome in its cradle: Pyrrhic War
Replies: 75
Views: 35266

Nice job pulling all the Romans to Populonia. Now if only you could exploit their insistence to blob together in one place... Ah well, regardless, it should give you some breathing space in the south while the Romans while away their time in the north. Is it too much to ask for attrition losses for ...
by Stuyvesant
Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:11 pm
Forum: AJE: Alea Jacta Est AARs
Topic: War Over Sicily: First Punic War MP AAR
Replies: 51
Views: 20142

Just started reading this (only made it through the first explanatory post) and I'll try to catch up later. Damn lunch break doesn't last long enough! The scenario seems set up to encourage a very active style of play, so reading the actual posts (of which there are quite a few already, I see) shoul...

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