From Diplomacy World #19
(Transcribed by Marvelous Melinda Holley)
“Oh, to be in
Much analysis has been done concerning proper British play in the opening years. (Fortunately, I rarely have to concern myself with middle- and end-game.) These articles, however, have been concerned with such nebulous and vague matters as Germany’s dining habits, does Russia remember that I stabbed him for the past fourteen consecutive games?, and other intangibles. Obviously some serious, precise mathematical dissection is required. I have spent the last twelve years of my waking life perfecting a mathematical formula that will yield the optimum move for any given country. This momentous finding I will now share with you:
M n.F(x) @ ex.(sr)-1+(2.F
1 R z-2r)
M1 (where 1 varies from 1 to 3) is the combination of t he potential values for each of your starting pieces. N is the number of opponents who have shown definite animosity toward you prior to Spring ’01 (generally I find this number to be around 6, but an N-value of 7 is not uncommon). F(x), or f(x) if you will, is simply the area, in spare hectares, of all adjoining regions to your home country; ex is obvious as is sq-1. Z requires more explanation, while r is nothing more than the distance from your capital to the exact center of the board.
This concise, accurate formula can
be applied to any country; when we use it for
F Edi - Cly
F Lon - Yor
A Lvp - Wal
While the implications of such a move are staggering, I should perhaps explain some of the subtleties involved for the less skillful of my readers. While A Lvp-Wal might be construed as threatening to the French player, you can point out that the two fleet moves are favorable to him. The element of surprise can also be a very powerful tool. When playing this opening face-to-face, the entire table is often reduced to a stunned silence. At other times, some players have been overcome by tears (carefully disguised by peals of laughter to prevent their real fears from showing). However, the true impact of this opening move is not revealed until the Fall of ’01, when the following move is indicated.
F Cly – Lvp
F Yor – Edi
A Wal – Lon
The English play has come full
circle. Not only are all supply
centers adequately protected, the single army unit is stationed in
The one pitfall of this innovative opening is that it precludes one of my personal favorites: F Edi-Yor, F Lon-Yor, A Lvp- Yor, affectionately known as “Yorkshire Pudding.” While this does have much of the element of surprise, it is sadly lacking in subtlety. However, against weaker or invalided opponents it can be utilized with effect.
Armed with the above analysis, I have no doubt that your place in the final standings of future games will change dramatically. For that you can gratefully thank