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Ty Wyman
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Though the French held out in India until Turn 20 and America until the Turn 23, they were unable to turn the tide of war on the continent. Frederick would prevail in this session.

A terrible early Hearts draw left Lehwaldt unable to defend East Prussia. Indeed, Turn 8 would be the allies’ high water mark, as four Russian generals advanced across the Pomeranian plain toward a lonely Dohna in Wangerin. Having dispatched Ehrensvard, Cumberland and Heinrich hurried to bolster the Prussian defense. Fate smiled on Frederick, however, as the Tsarina then died.

Allied play in the south and west was more timid. Withdrawing an early thrust into Imperial territory, Frederick set up in a Diamond defense in Saxony and lower Silesia. Austria assembled in the middle (securing Upper Silesia), then turned slowly eastward. Frederick abandoned lower Silesia without a fight in Turn 13, confident that he could use his newfound supply of Clubs to delay Austria’s advance on its final objective of Rehberg.

France meanwhile mounted a somewhat greater offensive in the west. But the fates again smiled on Frederick. While leading the attack at Peine, Soubise lost his prized poodle, thus setting him back one critical turn. Then, he returned to the fray only to have an energized Seydlitz who strike him with a doubled 11/Spades. The French offensive was effectively over.

The end game centered, as it so often does, on lower Saxony. With Prussia receiving full subsidies until Turn 14, it was well-equipped for the final battle. Other than a late threat to his supply by the Empire, Frederick remained in complete control.

If there is a reminder to be drawn from the session, it is that Austria must not be lulled by its wealth (among the allies) of time and resources; it must press the attack.
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Carlos Palomino wrote:
If there is a reminder to be drawn from the session, it is that Austria must not be lulled by its wealth (among the allies) of time and resources; it must press the attack.


completely agree. never let Prussia ammass cards on cards: she needs two sets to defend strategical points. as soon as she have them accumulated, the game is quite written (at least if she doesn't loose the subsidies too soon, but then that's upon cards and no players'choice on that is possible)
 
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