The game is currently in Late September, and while i could go back and take some screenshots of previous turns-I'd rather not risk losing what's come so far. So we begin where the war started: Diplomacy.
The Diplomatic game opened up much as it normally does, the Big two diplomats covet Britain, Entente diplomats try and get Romania, Greece, Portugal and Japan on-side. Placed the CP ones in Bulgaria, Greece, Portugal and Japan-mostly just to block Entente efforts, not really expecting to get any of them on my side apart from Bulgaria.
Turn two saw the Austro-German foreign ministers downcast. Minor gains in Bulgaria, several nations slide slowly towards the Entente-worst of all, the big mission to Britain didn't even happen due to lack of funds. They landed at Dover and couldn't afford the tickets to London, the last telegram mentioned they had to sell the telegram machine for a row-boat, trying to make their way back to Heligoland..."Ein Ruderboot...."
At that point, the reply from the Japanese mission came through-
Probably nothing, pity they'll likely end up joining the allies-Just send back that they could do with French Indochina as they see fit in case of our victory. The message in return read "メッセージには、インドシナへの完全な力を展開、受け取っ" Ah it'll probably take a while to decode....
Ah, the Battle plans-the Alsatian, Bavarian and Badenese units hold the Franco-German border, the two Hessian corps act as a reserve, along with the VII Westphalian corps, V Army, reconstituted to hold V West Prussian and VI Silesian corps will, once there's enough rolling stock-move to the support of Austria in Silesia.
In East Prussia, Bulow's 2nd Army moves out first, taking Kowno before swinging south to Grodno and establishing positions there.
Kluck's 1st Army, following on, will advance East in the direction of Vilnius & Minsk-aiming to destroy in detail any Russian armies sent to try and stabilize the front there.
The 3rd Saxon army deploys in a screen to the west, seeking to draw in as many Russian armies in Poland as possible.
The 8th Prussian Army is the area reserve, to be deployed in support of the 1st or 2nd armies with the aim of reaching Austrian forces and cutting off the Russians in Poland.
The VIII corps moves north to pre-empt any attack made from Riga.
Reserve Corps remains around Tannenberg in case of a Russian attack.
The first three turns see everything go to plan, Kluck and Bulow are the sword and shield of Prussia, sweeping away the small forts and corps the Russians had in the area, only hoping that the spearhead of Hindenburg's 8th will be able to reach the Austrians before it's too late. Kluck, on the other hand, could even go for Moscow....
Or maybe not,