James Helle on 29 Mar 2003 12:16:01 -0000

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Re: [eia] you're absolutely right

It sounds to me as if  Prussia and Austria combining movement is the real
issue here.  With that in mind let me state that I had no intention of
combining movement with Austria.  And since Russia moves before ALL the
coalition members it is really a moot point the way I see it.  Let's move
on, pleasse
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Gorman" <mpgorman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <eia@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, March 28, 2003 8:34 PM
Subject: Re: [eia] you're absolutely right

> >    I see now that I should have ommitted the word "gentlemanly" in my
> >previous email.  I sincerely apologize if that word gave people the
> >impression that I was trying to imply that you are *not* all gentlemen!
> >That's not what I was trying to communicate at all!  What I was trying to
> >say with that word is that we have adopted a bit of a cut-throat style
> >least in my view) that says people can't go back to fix things.  As we
> >see in this case and in other similar cases, that style sometimes leads
> >hard feelings and powerful disagreements.  And so for that reason alone,
> >wish were able to operate under a different set of rules.  But I do
> >understand *why* we are doing what we're doing.  As you say, Danny, if we
> >were to try to run the game in the way that I prefer, we would be taking
> >even longer to get things done than we are right now.  And I see that
> >not a good option.
> We're playing nations at war.  Russia is currently being attacked by a
> force and if the coalition attacking is allowed to rewrite every error
> make, I might as well just unconditionally surrender now and not bother
> playing the rest of the game.  The game is won and lost on errors and if
> allow infinite rewriting then the game devolves from strategy to a simple
> punch fest.  I'm bigger than you, I cannot make errors, so I win.
> Also, we are assuming Prussia meant to combine with Austria.  I haven't
> seen anything posted here indicating the absence of Austria in the
> orders was unintentional.  It's a higher risk move for them to go alone,
> but it also has the potential for higher gain.  Depending on how the land
> phase goes, dividing Austria and Prussia might look like a hideous error
> a brilliant move.
> Mike
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