Othello Diplomacy - Sign Ups 7/7 - Reserves Welcome

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Othello Diplomacy - Sign Ups 7/7 - Reserves Welcome

Postby Morg » 01 Dec 2013, 12:08

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Same map, mostly standard rules. Well, why do all the units have a pair of letters on them, you ask. Because in Othello Diplomacy the units aren't loyal to their home countries, they are loyal to whichever country owns their home city.

Thus if a French unit captures Constantinople for example, not only does it capture the city, but all the units ever built in Constantinople become French. If a unit originally built in Constantinople occupies an SC at the end of fall that year, then that SC also becomes French as do any units that were built in that city and so the cycle can continue.

This amplifies the power of stabs and betrayals. The multiple units flipping loyalty also resembles in a way the board game Othello. Those two reasons are why I named it Othello Diplomacy after the great Shakespearean legend of betrayal.

Potential paradoxes: If a unit from Constantinople captures Paris and a unit from Paris captures Constantinople in the same year, then both units are destroyed and SCs don't change hands.
If a unit from Constantinople captures London, while a unit from London captures Paris, while a unit from Paris captures Constantinople in the same year, then all 3 units are destroyed and SCs don't change hands.
This preserves the gameplay while keeping the general rule that in cases of paradoxes the result maintains the status quo as much as possible.

Countries build and disband units normally and builds must still be done in national home SCs. Movement and retreats are the same as normal rules. All other rules are standard unless specifically stated otherwise.

Countries will be assigned via blind auction, so do not discuss preferences or you will be booted.

This game will be run on a 3/2/2 schedule.

An NMR during the bidding phase or spring 1901 will result in automatic removal and replacement.
2 total NMRs during the game will result in removal and replacement. This includes retreats and build phases.

I will attempt speed deadlines where possible. If you send me orders and don't wish for them to be treated as finalized, clearly mark them "provisional" either in the title or at the beginning of the PM.

I will send a PM to announce new phases and attempt to send a reminder 24hrs before the deadline for orders to those whose orders are still missing by that point in time. For retreat and winter phases I will also list the countries from which I need orders.

If you have any questions, be sure to ask.

Sign ups are now open.
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Re: Othello Diplomacy - Sign Ups

Postby Gooderian » 01 Dec 2013, 12:25

I sign up.
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Re: Othello Diplomacy - Sign Ups

Postby EpicDim » 02 Dec 2013, 03:38

I'll play.

Question, do the unit "captures" only happen after Fall retreats?

And then build/disband numbers occur after the unit captures?
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Re: Othello Diplomacy - Sign Ups

Postby Morg » 02 Dec 2013, 03:49

EpicDim wrote:I'll play.

Question, do the unit "captures" only happen after Fall retreats?

And then build/disband numbers occur after the unit captures?


That's exactly right.
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Re: Othello Diplomacy - Sign Ups

Postby Pedros » 02 Dec 2013, 12:05

Oh Lordy Lordy!

Maybe. I have too many games running, but put me on the list as a possible!

But would you call Othello the betrayer? To me he was betrayed (and so was Desdemona) by Iago. But never mind.

Talking of which, one of the great memorable moments of my life was seeing Paul Robeson as Othello at Stratford in 1959 when he'd just got his passport back after being blacklisted. Nobody else remember Robeson? Wonderful voice, and awesome.

And I'm not entering any discussion about the politics of it!
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Re: Othello Diplomacy - Sign Ups

Postby drrnwrstlr » 05 Dec 2013, 07:23

I don't have time for this game at the moment due to finals, but if there is still an opening at the end of next week, sign me up.
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Postby Pharaoh of nerds » 17 Dec 2013, 13:15

This looks AWESOME! I so wish I had time... put me down as "Interested" or a reserve.
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Re: Othello Diplomacy - Sign Ups

Postby connect4 » 18 Dec 2013, 22:09

So to clarify with a purely hypothetical case:

1901S
Italy A Ven-Tyr resolved
Austria F Tri-Ven resolved
Germany Mun-Ruh resolved

1901F
Italy Tyr-Mun resolved
Austria F Ven hold
Germany Ruh hold resolved (or Ruh-Bel bounced, for example)

Who controls Munich? Italy, for moving his army in, or does the army convert first because Austria captures Venice, resulting in an Austrian Munich AND Venice?
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Re: Othello Diplomacy - Sign Ups

Postby norlight » 19 Dec 2013, 00:03

As I understand that happens simultaneously and Austria gets control of Venice and Munich, because army standing in Munich was built in Venice.

Morg wrote:Thus if a French unit captures Constantinople for example, not only does it capture the city, but all the units ever built in Constantinople become French. If a unit originally built in Constantinople occupies an SC at the end of fall that year, then that SC also becomes French as do any units that were built in that city and so the cycle can continue.
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Re: Othello Diplomacy - Sign Ups

Postby Morg » 19 Dec 2013, 06:04

norlight wrote:As I understand that happens simultaneously and Austria gets control of Venice and Munich, because army standing in Munich was built in Venice.

Morg wrote:Thus if a French unit captures Constantinople for example, not only does it capture the city, but all the units ever built in Constantinople become French. If a unit originally built in Constantinople occupies an SC at the end of fall that year, then that SC also becomes French as do any units that were built in that city and so the cycle can continue.


This is correct. Austria not only captures Venice but the units built in Venice, one of which occupies Munich, so Austria captures Munich as well.
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