Diplomacy Game #2

  • Austria – Emperor Fitzpatrick & Prime Minister Howe
  • Britain – Admiral Rabinovich
  • France – President Lacek & Field Marshal Obaid
  • Germany – Emperor Meyer & Chancellor Spokas
  • Italy – King Hofer and Doge Meng
  • Russia – Emperor Chakraborty & Advisor Mesich
  • Turkey – Sultan Winnie & Grand Vizier Hudyma

Day 1

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Day 1 saw the creation of several alliances. Germany allied with Austria and Britain, Austria allied with Turkey and Italy. France created a soft alliance with Britain, and Russia did not really try at all to make friends. Austria, Germany, Turkey and Britain agreed to attack Russia.

Italy expanded into Northern Africa, capturing Tunisia, while France expanded into the Iberian Peninsula. Germany expanded into the Netherlands and Denmark, while Russia took control of Scandinavia. Germany agreed to allow Britain to take control of Belgium. Austria moved into Serbia and Greece, while Turkey took control of Romania and Bulgaria.

War began early this game, with Turkey following through with their plan and moving into Sevastopol. Both Germany and Austria prepared to move into Warsaw, while Britain took their time moving in to help. In addition, Italy quickly requested German assistance in an invasion of France, which Germany agreed to. Germany captured Burgundy, while Italy captured Marseilles.

Current Rankings

Based on troop size (available troops/max troops)

  1. Turkey – 6/6
  2. Austria – 5/5
  3. Germany – 5/5
  4. Russia – 5/5
  5. Italy – 5/5
  6. Britain – 4/4
  7. France – 4/4

Day 2

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Day 2… was extremely confusing. Austria warned Germany that Turkey was planning to invade the fatherland after war with Russia, but that Austria would not choose a side because the two countries were his “blood brothers.” Germany and Austria had agreed that they would next invade Italy. France continued to try and get allies, sending a special delegation to request German help to invade Britain, which was ignored.

The eastern front began with the destruction of Russia. The Russian leadership fled, leaving individual armies to defend themselves. This made it easy for the coordinated armies of Germany to take control of Scandinavia, and the combined armies of Austria and Turkey to take control of the rest of the country. Turkey received the most of the country (Sevastopol & Moscow), with Austria receiving Warsaw and Britain receiving St. Petersburg.

On the western front,  Germany pressed their attack, making pushing into Paris. Italy intended to assist in an attack on Gascony, but because of a premature attack by Austria on the undefended Italy, they were forced to leave the battle. Germany was now alone in a war that they didn’t intend to enter. However, they continued to push into France with their single unit. They eventually drove them out of the homeland, but they convoyed into the undefended Britain. Due to mistakes by the British admiralty under Admiral Rabinovich, who refused to take troops out of Russia to defend the British isles, the French managed to capture a majority of the country. The German Emperor became highly frustrated, and told the British that he would clear out the French menace. The British convoyed a German company over to assist.

Because the Austrian troops were preoccupied in Italy, Turkey took advantage and drove the troops intended for Germany into Austria. This was despite warnings by the Emperor Meyer. But the combined German and Austrian alliance drove the invaders out of the northern territories. However, Italy attempted futilely to move into German land in Munich.

Current Rankings

Based on troop size (available troops/max troops)

  1. Germany – 8/10
  2. Austria -7/10
  3. Turkey – 9/9
  4. France – 3/3
  5. Britain – 3/3
  6. Italy – 2/2
  7. Russia – 0/0

Diplomacy Game #1

meeting-of-the-first-world-council30 January 2017 began the first Diplomacy Board Game in the Pittsburgh Sci-Tech activity. Teams consisted of two people, with all but two groups containing one player who knew how to play, and one who didn’t. Two groups (Italy and France) did not have any experienced players to begin with. The activity is held every Monday and Tuesday, and there are currently two running games.

  • Austria – Emperor-King Hofer (Teacher) & Prime Minister Snyder
  • Britain – King Fitzpatrick & Minister of India, Chakraborty
  • France – President Rabinovich & Admiral Obaid
  • Germany – Emperor Mesich & Chancellor Spokas
  • Italy – Doge Meyer & Prime Minister Gettings
  • Russia – Tsarina Adrian & Chairman Foreman
  • Turkey – Sultan Howe & Grand Vizier Winnie

Day 1 – 30 January 2017

Day 1 began with diplomacy. Italy created an alliance with both Germany and Austria. Austria created positive relations with Turkey. France attempted to create positive relations with Italy and Britain, and attained a non-aggression pact with Britain. Austria requested a future attack on France with Italy, and Italy agreed. Italy managed to get Germany to agree to enter the coalition against France.

France expanded into the Iberian Peninsula, and Italy into Tunisia. Austria expanded into the Balkans, and Turkey managed to gain control over Bulgaria. Germany expanded into the lowlands and Denmark, while Britain gained control over Scandinavia. Russia failed to expand or gain any allies.

Day 2 – 31 January 2017

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Day 2 began with a first-coalition-against-francedeclaration of war on France by the 1st Coalition Against France
(Austria, Italy, and Germany). Italy was the first to attack, moving into Marseilles. Austria moved through Germany and into Burgundy. The Germans moved first to the border, but did not take any French territory due to threats by Britain. Germany and Austria also moved into Russia, taking some territory.

There was also a war being planned by Britain to attack Russia through the Barents Sea, with Turkey attacking both from the south and also into Austria. This was disrupted by Turkey not attacking Austria, and Britain getting into a fight with Germany over Denmark. However, they managed to take significant territory from Russia. Russia somehow managed to get into the middle of Austria.

Between Day 2 and Day 3

Between days two and three, a plan was formed for after the conclusion of war with France and Russia. This plan was for the nations of Britain, Germany, Turkey and Italy to attack Austria. This plan was agreed upon by all parties, and discussed for two days.

Day 3 – 6 February 2017

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Day 3 continued war with Russia and France. Russia was completely undefended, and was quickly conquered by Germany and Austria. A treaty was agreed upon, granting Sevastapol to Turkey, Moscow to Germany, St. Petersburg to Britain and Warsaw to Austria. Land was however contested in Scandinavia, and Germany and Britain both fought over Denmark. In France, it was agreed upon that Germany would get Paris, Austria would get Brest, and Italy would get Marseilles, Spain and Portugal.

Germany informed Austria of the Turkish plan to invade Austria, but neglected to inform them of the British-German-Italian-Turkish plan of invasion. This prompted Austria to attack Turkey early, and threw off the entire plan.

War with France continued, with President Rabinovich being absent. Because of this, Admiral Obaid took control. He retreated from the Iberian Peninsula, allowing Italy to take control. France eventually lost control of all core territories, and was just about to lose all of their units whenever they assisted Britain in taking control of Austrian-controlled Brest. This truly kicked off the war, but not in the way intended. Despite not communicating at all, both Germany and Italy betrayed their alliance with Britain and stayed with Austria.

The first coalition remained in tact.

Day 4 – 7 February 2017

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Day 4 began with a highly confusing chain of events. The previous period, Germany attempted to reconstruct the Coalition Against Austria. This, however, backfired. Even though Britain declared war on Austria, Germany and Italy; the coalition switched around, becoming Britain, Austria and Italy versus Germany. Germany had put all of their manpower into navies, leaving their land lightly defended. Italy did the majority of fighting, taking all but one of their core lands. Britain took Scandinavia and the coastal provinces, while Austria finished off Turkey and advanced from the west into Prussia.

The game quickly and unexpectedly came to an end after Austria secretly attacked Venice and Tunisia (both Italian provinces) and gained the required amount of provinces to win the game.

  1. Austria – 16
  2. Britain – 9
  3. Italy – 7
  4. Germany – conquered Day 4
  5. Turkey – conquered Day 4
  6. France – conquered Day 3
  7. Russia – conquered Day 3

 

The End

“Digging” by Seamus Heaney

A video I made with a friend for an English project.

Between my finger and my thumb   
The squat pen rests; snug as a gun.
Under my window, a clean rasping sound   
When the spade sinks into gravelly ground:   
My father, digging. I look down
Till his straining rump among the flowerbeds   
Bends low, comes up twenty years away   
Stooping in rhythm through potato drills   
Where he was digging.
The coarse boot nestled on the lug, the shaft   
Against the inside knee was levered firmly.
He rooted out tall tops, buried the bright edge deep
To scatter new potatoes that we picked,
Loving their cool hardness in our hands.
By God, the old man could handle a spade.   
Just like his old man.
My grandfather cut more turf in a day
Than any other man on Toner’s bog.
Once I carried him milk in a bottle
Corked sloppily with paper. He straightened up
To drink it, then fell to right away
Nicking and slicing neatly, heaving sods
Over his shoulder, going down and down
For the good turf. Digging.
The cold smell of potato mould, the squelch and slap
Of soggy peat, the curt cuts of an edge
Through living roots awaken in my head.
But I’ve no spade to follow men like them.
Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests.
I’ll dig with it.

Zweihänder

Zweihänder

You may remember that at the beginning of last summer, 2015, I created a post regarding a computer upgrade. That post is now gone, but there is new news. After building the computer, there were first several hardware issues, which I quickly resolved. Then, there were some software issues, which I kept putting off. I have, however, this weekend, received help from my friend Eddie, and completed the computer.

There is a single issue, regarding my duel monitors, but I need to buy new ones anyways. Below are the parts from the computer, which I have dubbed the “Zweihänder.”

  • Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard
  • Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
  • G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
  • Corsair CX 600W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
  • AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz 6-Core Processor
  • MSI GeForce GTX 960 4GB Video Card
  • Rosewill CHALLENGER ATX Mid Tower Case
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 OEM (64-bit)

The computer cost me around $800, and runs much better than I could have expected. All games I currently own run at least 60 fps, averaging over 120.