Tuscany - What is it for?

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Tuscany - What is it for?

Postby Enriador » 02 Oct 2017, 21:33

Hello guys! So, today I want to talk about the board's design, the Tuscany province specifically. After all... what is it for? Why would Italy move VEN/ROM there?

I can see a use for Clyde, Syria, Albania, Prussia etc, both in openings and in mid-long term strategy. But Tuscany is a riddle! There is nothing Tuscany can do that Venice, Tyrrhenian Sea and Rome can't do much better.

Yes, it shields Italy from France. But if Italy is exposed enough that France can afford to attack them, then Tuscany alone is not much of a defense! And if Italy is the one attacking, well, Tuscany becomes an obstacle to expansion westwards...

What do you think?
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Re: Tuscany - What is it for?

Postby StarWatcher009 » 02 Oct 2017, 21:47

It's often an opening that France can exploit while attacking. Convoys there are always a great fear for me.
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Re: Tuscany - What is it for?

Postby Don Juan of Austria » 02 Oct 2017, 22:00

Its useful. :D
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Re: Tuscany - What is it for?

Postby Nanook » 02 Oct 2017, 22:08

From an Italian perspective, it comes into play mid to late in the game if you have to bottle up aggressive fleets in the med--with the unit in Pied usually being an army, Tusc becomes a vital support for or against TYS and GOL. It's not as immediately and obviously helpful as, say, Albania, but it serves a purpose and helps balance the Med region.
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Re: Tuscany - What is it for?

Postby Guns of Brixton » 02 Oct 2017, 22:57

And as a region it's beautiful and makes phenomenal wines.
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Re: Tuscany - What is it for?

Postby AngelEyesGBU » 03 Oct 2017, 05:17

Tuscany is for Sangiovese, Chianti, Montepulciano, and especially Brunello di Montalcino.

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Also for the destination of the devastating French Fall 1902 Convoy Spa=►Tus (Lyo C) !!!
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Re: Tuscany - What is it for?

Postby Eleusinian » 03 Oct 2017, 06:10

I can't have been the only one to read the subject line in the voice of Edwin Starr, right?

Tuscany (Hu! Yeah!) -- what is it good for? Absolutely nothing! (Say it again, y'all!)
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Re: Tuscany - What is it for?

Postby Nanook » 03 Oct 2017, 06:12

Eleusinian wrote:I can't have been the only one to read the subject line in the voice of Edwin Starr, right?

Tuscany (Hu! Yeah!) -- what is it good for? Absolutely nothing! (Say it again, y'all!)

I fully expected to see a reference to that when I opened the post, was very mildly disappointed not to.
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Re: Tuscany - What is it for?

Postby el Swine » 03 Oct 2017, 13:04

On a serious note I can only guess that Tuscany exists because every country has 6 provinces, so it's for symmetry and equality in attacking/defending.

So the obvious... Turkey has 5. Why? Maybe that's why it's easier to defend. That and only having 2 direct neighbours.
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Re: Tuscany - What is it for?

Postby Bromley86 » 03 Oct 2017, 13:30

Russia has 7.

Would there be any push-back if the official game included a 7th Italian or Austria province to separate the Ven/Tri centres?
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