Italy : The Green Machine
by Kathy Caruso
ever let anyone scare you into believing that Italy is impossible to
play. All it takes is some guts and some good alliances.
Italy, I like to make my presence known. I want the other players to see
that this is one Italian player who isn't going to sit back and wait for
someone else to strike the first blow. On the opening move, let them know
that you are in control.
1901 should be spent writing. Writing everyone--not just your
neighbors. You never know who will pass on a juicy bit of information to
you. I always try to stay as
friendly as possible with France. I have seen nothing
but disaster for Italy when she involves herself in a war with France in
1901; all they do is tie each other
up, leaving the vultures to feed off their
am also a firm believer in trying to keep Austria around. Many Diplomacy
players will try to get an I/R/T alliance versus Austria. Not if I'm
Italy. When I play Italy, I feel
that Turkey is the biggest threat to me. Once Turkey
gets out of the corner, it is all over for Italy. So a smart Italian will
try to get as much help from
Austria as possible to eliminate the Turk. Once
Turkey is destroyed there is no longer a threat at your back door, and
this gives you lots of freedom.
course, you must keep in mind that Italy must play the percentages. You
don't want to ally with someone who doesn't negotiate--you don't play
alliances by ESP. You will also find that a player's reputation may
precede him, and this can be used as an advantage. If the Austrian is
a known NMRer, you certainly don't
want him for an ally. There is too much of a possibility that he will miss getting in his orders on a crucial turn,
thereby damaging both of your
positions. As for me, when choosing an ally I like to go with
woman's intuition, but somehow I doubt that piece of advice will be very
helpful to most of you reading this.
usually go with my standard opening of A Venice-Tyrolia, A Rome-Venice, and
F Naples-Ionian. If nothing else, it gets you lots of attention. If the
French player has opened to
Burgundy, it also assures that you and he now have a
common enemy in the German. Or you can use this opening to go after an
uncooperative Austrian. I really feel that Italy must do everything
possible to get two builds in 1901.
should not be played with a laid-back approach. It should be played
aggressively. Like I always say--go for broke! You have nothing to lose
and everything to gain!