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Subject: Are there really no interaction between the attacking nations? rss

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Tang Sam
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After one game, my friend refused to play again.cry He claims that the game is like three 1 vs 1 games. And when being an attacking nation if one find another attacking nation is going to win, you can't do anything against that nation to prevent it form winning.

e.g. say you are France, and Austria is going to win, what can you do to prevent it?
 
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The game is too subtle for your friend. The tension between competition and cooperation among the allies is the point of the game: France and Russia can ease up to allow the Prussians to focus on the Austrians at the risk of abetting a Prussian victory. If the Austrians can’t be stopped, then France and Russia likely waited too long to act and merit their loss.

Tip: if possible, always have a veteran player playing Prussia.
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The main tip is to try and make sure you win before the other allies by aggressively attacking Prussia to secure your objectives and doing it as efficiently as possible (very much easier said than done).

If, eg, Austria is battering Prussia in Spades, as France try and avoid drawing Prussian spades in your sector - unless necessary to get your last objective or two.

Conversely, allies can support each other against a powerful Prussia - I've often seen Austria realise she has little chance of defeating a card rich Prussia in a particular suit, so she sends a general or generals west to battle Seydlitz in hearts (but not so much as to give the game to France).
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