Well if nothing else this has drummed up some interest in the game. I must admit it was sort of daudling along. Much better now.
We so very nearly had a house rule that no insurrections were allowed. One vote against it, and it wasn't Britain, so now that it is in, he's making hay while the sun shines.
The Turkish move is intriguing. It seems to have so much against it rather than for it. I can only imagine that he knew the Austrians would now go for it. I would have thought he was far more worried about the Austrians having it than the Prussians, even if we do have a Pledge of Defence. It has removed the Bavarian army from the board, but again, that only seems to benefit the Turkish in a very oblique fashion.
I did allow the Austrians to have Saxony since I had obtained Bavaria. While that was in place it seemed fair, I did not want him disgruntled. Which really does bring us back to my plans to woo the French. Am I cutting of my nose to spite my face by turning my back on the Austrians (although I don't plan to 'turn my back' completely, just become neutral, although that may be how the Austrians see it).
Thanks for the note on the Jaegers. I think I read that on the forums, as you say, can't find it in the rules now that I look.
I have put a line in the sand. I don't want it to be too immovable, as being implacable could be just as detrimental to me - must be flexible. But, I have a beef with Britain. I don't have one with anyone else, and that includes the French. The Austrians cannot help me with the British, well not directly. Any move by their forces into the North is like opening a gate in the South and East.
So, if this is my goal: undermine the British, then my best ally is France.
Peter and ShiHulud:
I'll admit quite a level of ignorance of the state of affairs, marriages and whatnot that made up the tangled web of the time we are simulating. The rules of engagement, from my perspective, have been created by ACW and they revolve around glory. In that case Britain has NO grounds in Germany minor other than Hannover (I think maybe Saxony too???) So the rest of his conquests, and his continuing harrassment of Prussia is purely through sour grapes at my diplomatic endeavours (he may say faux pas) and his own 'need', such as that is, for European land.
Keeping this in the forefront of my mind has been difficult, as I know enough about the period that Britain certainly did not see eye to eye with France, and that it bolstered Prussia as a foil to the French. Both of these situations are patently not occuring in this reality, and nor should they have to. Knowing that, I must remind myself that just because the real George III had a claim on whatever minor, or that he hated the revolutionaries, does not mean it must be so here.
Hey thanks for that. Yes I knew of the influence of factories on artillery, just neglected to list it, got a bit one-track-minded. Breslau has level 5 factories (have built 2 upgrades there).
No worries about the Bavarian episode, has certainly added some spice
OK then. Since I seem to have a knowing audience, I'd like to bounce this idea off you, again with the view that I might be just acting in spite of myself:
Not to contest Bavaria again.
The Austrians are asking what my intentions are, and that they are likely to attack. Since I have a rabid Britain on my case, they are likely to continue to undermine me. In which case, owning such a ripe plum as Bavaria seems to be detrimental in many ways.
Instead, I allow Austria to take it, lock stock and two smoking barrels. This should incense the French, show the Turks they are idiots, highlight the open sign the British have lit for Austrian growth, and take Prussia out of the limelight she seems to have found herself in.
The glaring problem with this is that Munich is worth 3 glory, and two of the other regions worth 1 each. But Prussia so regularly doesn't have the benefit of these locations.
I also do not want to take any of Bavaria from the Austrians. Doing so will make me seem very two faced when we come to negotiation about the state of our alliances. The truth is he will desperately want me to continue the pledge of defence because he will be alone, and a target.
I continue to increase the size of my army as rapidly as I can manage. Then sit on the side lines. The idea being that the French attack the Austrians, bring in the Russians and Turks. I gain an enforced peace with the French, and attack the British. Hopefully I can also convince the French to come on board if I make good headway. All this sitting around though, has worked into British hands somewhat. I know he is aiming for uber troops (thank god riflemen aren't allowed yet). But I can't be everywhere, and his ability to land anywhere on my coast will be difficult to offset.
So, am I being stupid to drop my claims on the game's targets for Prussia? Have I reaped a decent return for the time I did own Bavaria? If I am allowed to stay neutral (obviously a pledge of defence with Austria cuts both ways, I will be alone).
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