Multi-accounting (pre-game alliance?)

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Multi-accounting (pre-game alliance?)

Postby Malachite » 19 Aug 2017, 18:26

Hi,

as you can see I'm quite new here (and new to the game), but I joined a ranked game (133930. Victory or Valhalla) with players LordJopi, TiberiusMayhem, and Brettila (Italy, Austria and England, respectively), and after England had signed their messages as "Austria" a few times I noticed they have quite a playing history (http://www.playdiplomacy.com/games.php?subpage=all_finished&with_usr=TiberiusMayhem&with_usr_2=Brettila) together: 130619. Cry Havoc [Ranked, anonymous players] (TiberiusMayhem SOLO, LordJopi & Brettila are the only non-surrendered countries), 129764. Blood and Thunder (all three players, two of them share a draw) etc. At least those games have all three of them. Some of the games have only two of the accounts, but it happens quite often! And I think the search tool gives their histories even when the game lists only "surrendered".

Besides that, Italy and Austria seem to write quite a little (Austria has written me (Germany) only once... but they've won a solo victory as Austria before so they must be quite a diplomat, right?). Italy asked me for a central alliance, but after Austria hadn't written at all I told Italy to stab him if he's not playing, and then suddenly Austria wanted a central alliance as well. Besides that one message I have received nothing from Austria. It's only fall 1901 though. Game history of Austria and Italy: http://www.playdiplomacy.com/games.php?subpage=all_finished&&with_usr=LordJopi&with_usr_2=TiberiusMayhem

I hope I'm mistaken and there's some other explanation, and I'm not really sure if any of this counts as evidence (I think the anonymous players game is quite a coincidence), but I hope you'll look into this.

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Re: Multi-accounting (pre-game alliance?)

Postby WarSmith » 27 Aug 2017, 22:31

Smells a little bit like Multi-accounting. But absolutely STINKS of Meta-gaming at least.
Accounts suspended. Sorry for the impact on your game!
Thanks for the report.
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Re: Multi-accounting (pre-game alliance?)

Postby WarSmith » 02 Sep 2017, 10:10

One of the accounts has been reinstated after very contrite apologies and commitment to stick to site rules. I'm satisfied with this one, but not others who took a different route in their discussions of the investigation.
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