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Subject: Diplomatic Ratman rss

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Michael Mehl
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So I think I was pretty much screwed with this tactic my wife did to me tonight. She put her gouls in decline, and then obtained the diplomatic Ratmen. When she expanded all over the board and I could not attack her because she did not attack me. Is there a loop hole around this strategy. Or is it a broken power due to being a two player game. I could not come back from it. HELP!!! cry

edit: I forgot to mention that she just attacked my declined skeletons and would abandon areas to keep expanding to sit on her laurels. Any suggestions if this comes up again. A strategy against diplomat besides declined ghouls for that matter?
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Anders Fredlund
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The special power Diplomat is often removed from a 2-player game, just because of the scenario you describe.
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BT Carpenter
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Diplomatic Ratmen
Diplomatic Skeletons
Diplomatic Amazons

All three of these combinations can easily dominate in a two player game.

I have seen the Diplomatic Skeletons make it impossible for another race to enter the board because they occupied every border position on the map. Only Flying or Halflings (neither of which was available) would have been able to enter the board.

 
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Steven Barcelo
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I thought flying races still had to enter from the side, although I don't have the rules in front of me.



 
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Dan Schaeffer
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sbarcelo wrote:
I thought flying races still had to enter from the side, although I don't have the rules in front of me.


Nope.
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Scott Schneider
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Re: Diplomatic Ratman
I haven't tried this, but here is something that might work. Wipe out the diplomat's declining race, even if you need to abandon your starting spaces each round to do it. The diplomat should be doing the same to you. When neither of you has much of a declining race, go into decline (preferably in the mountains) and try to have your declining + active races outscore the diplomat, who has no declining race.

Also, you can attempt to shield your declining race. It's hard to protect them entirely, since your opponent can pick up all her diplomats and re-enter the board. Also, you don't want to spread your active race thin, because a diplomat attack would leave you with too few guys for a counter-attack. (This is a worse position than having a strong active race and no declining race.) But you can defensively position your active race so that if the diplomats want to get to your declining race, they can only get some, or they wind up stuck in a corner.

Also, if you can prepare for the diplomats, it helps to spread out. If you just picked a race and diplomats came up, you can prepare for it by creating several separated pockets where your active race can more safely decline.
 
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