You wouldn't want to do Diplomatic Poker with any of the western-front offensive options, I would say. Kind of wastes the declaration of war against Belgium and/or Switzerland.
(the French used gas first in amateurish & small quantity despite books heaping scorn on the blasted Germans who used it professionally and in massive doses)
Interesting mod, i don't think it is your naval mod (can you give me the link to it)- i downloaded the NAVAL and found it was very good indeed (esp. those stupid unrealistically strong German askaris locked)
But- How do you make Austria succeed in this suicidal plan?
You can't because they can't because it is... suicidal.
As I recall the view of von Moltke the Elder applies here, to the effect that: "Any mistakes in the initial mobilization may only be made good in the next war." It's really difficult to see how Conrad, so often passed off as some sort of strategic genius, could have made Austria-Hungary's situation worse than he did.
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