Review of Micropose PC Diplomacy
By Anon 6/12/99
As I bought the computer game a couple weeks ago, I can
attest that the developers did give move routines for the first year for every
country. The problem is that they do these moves with little or no flexibility.
Indeed, I've played about 13 games, and I think I've seen these moves in every
In case you're wondering, they are
Austria: A Vie-Tri, A Bud-Ser, F Tri-Alb
England: A Lpl-Edi, F Edi-Nwg, F Lon-Nth
France: A Mar S A Par-Bur, F Bre-Mat
Germany: F Kie-Den, A Ber-Kie, A Mun-Ruhr
Italy: A Ven H (or something equally pointless), A Rom-Apu, F Nap-Ion
Russia: A War H, A Mos-Ukr, F Sev-Bla, F StP-GoB
Turkey: A Con-Bul, A Smy-Con, F Ank-Bla
Austria: F Alb-Gre with support, A Tri-Ven (I think)
England: A Edi does something pointless, F Nwg-Nwy, F Nth-Nwy (yes, the computer bounces ITSELF in Norway)
France: A Bur-Bel, F MAt-Por, A Mar-Spa
Germany: F Den H, A Kie-Hol, A Ruhr-Bel
Italy: A Ven-Tri, A Apu-Ion-Tun, F Nap C A Apu-Tun
Russia: A War H, A Ukr-Rum, F Sev-Bla, F GoB-Swe
Turkey: F Ank-Bla, A Bul H, A Con H
I'm not sure about some of these, but I'm pretty sure
they're about right. Some of these are stupid, such as England's F01 moves,
which I can only think is a programming problem. But a few of them, such as
France's, make perfect sense, and are in fact exactly how I would play France in
1901, although maybe I wouldn't do A Bur-Bel in the Fall.
However, the designers didn't give the countries much
flexibility when it came to these moves, and so it's easy to take advantage of
it. As Russia, for example, I once did A War-Gal-Vie in 1901 on my way to a solo
victory in 1906. (Hard damn work, but somone's got to do it.) Austria didn't
think to order A Tri to either Vie or Bud in the Fall.
Unfortunately, 1901 is the high point for the AI, as after
that the countries devolve to some retarded sniping and little alliance play.
Sometimes, there will be a supported action that might take one by surprise, but
in all the games I've played solo, I have never had a piece dislodged. Scary.
Anyway, so can a better AI be done? I think so. Will it ever make me quake in my Nike basketball shoes? No.