AARs

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AARs

Postby Morg » 29 Aug 2013, 22:32

This is a place for you to write about the game. A big thank you to all the players who played, you were the ones who made this fun.

I don't think I've ever seen a game quite like this one before.
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Re: AARs

Postby attitudes » 29 Aug 2013, 23:23

Indeed a bizarre game and a bizarre variant.

First, thank to Morg for once again running the Imperium Summer Games and doing a marvelous job. And thanks to the players for participating.

My sincere apologies to Alamanni, Vindali, and Franci. Blatant, blatant lies on my part during Spring and Fall 01.

I had side agreements with both Vindali and Alamanni that I would support them to VIN in exchange for support in HAI. I half-way expected both to renege on the deal (much like Pedros did with his misorder) but all I needed was for one of them to follow thru.

After that, there wasn't much to the game other than pushing pieces around the board until I got to 15.

True anecdote regarding Fall 01. I actually had orders submitted to support Vindali to VIN. However, during that season I was on a family vacation and my cousin just happened to wander over when I pulled the game up to look at it. Explaining the game to him and the orders I was going to do, he just looked at me with a funny face and said "But if you just take VER, wouldn't you essentially win? And isn't that the reason you play?" I changed my orders shortly there after. Ironic that I felt guilty about lying to Vindali but I actually would have felt more guilty about not taking the (virtually) guaranteed win.
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Re: AARs

Postby Zadaron » 30 Aug 2013, 00:04

Thanks for running the game Morg! It's a really interesting variant, too bad the Saxones essentially won in the first year (Evil glare at the western players!).
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Re: AARs

Postby bindlestiff » 30 Aug 2013, 00:55

As the leader of the Franci, I apologize to all for not putting up a better show. As this was my first exposure to Imperium, I have no right to an opinion about it. However, I do have a question (which, I suppose, is just an opinion with a question mark attached) - is it just my imagination, or is the game essentially won and lost in the first year?
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Re: AARs

Postby Morg » 30 Aug 2013, 01:01

bindlestiff wrote:As the leader of the Franci, I apologize to all for not putting up a better show. As this was my first exposure to Imperium, I have no right to an opinion about it. However, I do have a question (which, I suppose, is just an opinion with a question mark attached) - is it just my imagination, or is the game essentially won and lost in the first year?


The game can easily be lost in the first year. I have yet to see a game where all 6 players survive, though a couple of games have been close.

On the other hand, it is rare for the game to be essentially won in the first year. This is the first game where a player did not have to disband any of his units by the end of year one. This is also the first game in which the eventual winner was clear by the end of year one. The other three times I have run this it has been a much closer game.
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Re: AARs

Postby attitudes » 30 Aug 2013, 01:03

bindlestiff wrote:However, I do have a question (which, I suppose, is just an opinion with a question mark attached) - is it just my imagination, or is the game essentially won and lost in the first year?

It can be, obviously. But see Game A for an example of a game most definitely not won or lost in the first year.

I'm pretty sure this game was an anomaly.
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