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Tapeworm

Lieutenant
Active Since: Mar 5, 2012
Last active: 28mins ago

Awards and Achievement Stats

Highest Score:
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Total Medals:
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Rank and Stats

Rank Image
Rank: Lieutenant
Class: Commander
Score: 2246
Honor: 80(355)
Diplomacy: 1000(0)
Games: 5279
Turns Taken: 43584
Command:

Clans

Tournament Organizers Image
MajCom Play Testers Image
Cosa Nostra Image
The Wiki Bar Image
Opponents defeated: 6741
Current streak: 0
Longest win streak: 33
Longest losing streak: 60

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Map - British Isles - Gold Medal ImageMap - Classic Massive - Gold Medal ImageMap - Conflict: Africa - Gold Medal ImageMap - North America - Gold Medal Image

Tour Of Duty Ribbons

Event: The Changing of the Guard Tour Of Duty Badge Image

Service Awards

Onyx Donor Service Award ImageTourney Master Bronze Service Award ImageTourney Master Silver Service Award ImageTourney Master Gold Service Award Image

Briefing

Age: 40
Gender: Male
Location: Chicago, IL
Favorite Settings: Escalate / One / Anywhere
Favorite Map: Classic Massive
Interests: Malazan Book of the Fallen
Quote: White Sox rule!

Awaiting Games

Balkan Peninsula: 8/12 : Game: 479767

USA: 4/6 : Game: 479727

Europe Massive: 6/12 : Game: 479394

NUKES!: 3/12 : Game: 478719

The British Isles: 2/4 : Game: 478568

Europe Massive: 6/12 : Game: 478265

Europe Massive: 10/12 : Game: 478264

Classic Massive: 11/12 : Game: 478166

Balkan Peninsula: 4/8 : Game: 478140

North America: 3/7 : Game: 477906

Australia: 7/12 : Game: 477226

USA: 3/8 : Game: 476662

Balkan Peninsula: 4/24 : Game: 476270

Europe Massive: 4/12 : Game: 476135

Classic Massive: 3/24 : Game: 476060

Classic Massive: 2/12 : Game: 476052

NUKES!: 5/12 : Game: 475687

The Twelve Domains: 6/12 : Game: 475673

Balkan Peninsula: 9/12 : Game: 474982

Mesopotamia: 6/24 : Game: 472433

Europe Massive: 8/24 : Game: 472333

Classic Massive: 9/24 : Game: 472332

Mexican American War: 10/12 : Game: 471296

Australia: 5/12 : Game: 471284

Mexican American War: 7/24 : Game: 467042

Europe Massive: 7/24 : Game: 465994

Mesopotamia: 9/24 : Game: 462683

1984: 5/10 : Game: 461457

Middle East: 1/4 : Game: 460824

Mesopotamia: 6/24 : Game: 460613

Mesopotamia: 6/24 : Game: 460404

Mars: 8/24 : Game: 460304

Europe Massive: 7/24 : Game: 459118

The Forgotten Kingdom: 11/24 : Game: 456589

USA: 7/24 : Game: 456588

Mesopotamia: 8/24 : Game: 456398

The Forgotten Kingdom: 8/24 : Game: 454610

The Forgotten Kingdom: 8/24 : Game: 454606

USA: 8/24 : Game: 454605

USA: 4/24 : Game: 454602

USA: 18/24 : Game: 454599

Classic Massive: 10/24 : Game: 454370

Europe Massive: 6/24 : Game: 453085

Europe Massive: 10/24 : Game: 453084

North America: 10/24 : Game: 451628

Classic Evolved: 3/12 : Game: 449421

NUKES!: 10/24 : Game: 448954

Philippines: 16/24 : Game: 447536

Europe Massive: 13/24 : Game: 445460

Europe Massive: 17/24 : Game: 445449

Classic Massive: 13/24 : Game: 440051

Classic Massive: 4/24 : Game: 436080

Classic Massive: 15/24 : Game: 436079

1984: 16/24 : Game: 424917

Current Games

Rivals of Rome: 10/10 : Game: 480019

The Twelve Domains: 10/10 : Game: 479994

Balkan Peninsula: 24/24 : Game: 479815

Classic MINI: 2/2 : Game: 479809

Cold War Europe: 8/8 : Game: 479782

Classic Antiquus: 6/6 : Game: 479777

1984: 24/24 : Game: 479775

The British Isles: 10/10 : Game: 479736

Europe Massive: 24/24 : Game: 479731

USA: 6/6 : Game: 479710

Classic Massive: 4/4 : Game: 479679

The Forgotten Kingdom: 4/4 : Game: 479334

Classic Massive: 12/12 : Game: 479153

Mars: 10/10 : Game: 478715

Philippines: 7/7 : Game: 478703

Rivals of Rome: 9/9 : Game: 478702

South America: 4/4 : Game: 478698

The Twelve Domains: 12/12 : Game: 478307

Europe Massive: 12/12 : Game: 478263

North America: 7/7 : Game: 477905

Classic Massive: 12/12 : Game: 477846

Classic Massive: 7/7 : Game: 477698

Middle East: 6/6 : Game: 477670

Philippines: 7/7 : Game: 477493

Classic MINI: 9/9 : Game: 477112

Mars: 10/10 : Game: 476586

Cold War Europe: 6/6 : Game: 476427

North America: 7/7 : Game: 476379

Europe Massive: 12/12 : Game: 476041

The British Isles: 12/12 : Game: 476009

Europe Massive: 12/12 : Game: 475975

Classic Massive: 12/12 : Game: 475957

Classic Massive: 12/12 : Game: 475956

Rivals of Rome: 12/12 : Game: 475932

North America: 10/10 : Game: 475767

The Twelve Domains: 12/12 : Game: 475688

Classic Massive: 12/12 : Game: 475681

Europe Massive: 12/12 : Game: 475678

Classic Massive: 12/12 : Game: 475341

Balkan Peninsula: 8/8 : Game: 475100

Philippines: 12/12 : Game: 474938

Europe Massive: 12/12 : Game: 471441

The Twelve Domains: 12/12 : Game: 464603

South America: 9/9 : Game: 462463

Mesopotamia: 12/12 : Game: 460612

NUKES!: 3/3 : Game: 459884

Balkan Peninsula: 24/24 : Game: 459338

Classic Massive: 8/8 : Game: 444835

Philippines: 24/24 : Game: 443345

Classic Evolved: 24/24 : Game: 442734

Classic Massive: 24/24 : Game: 429301

Rivals of Rome: 24/24 : Game: 426434

Rivals of Rome: 24/24 : Game: 422993

Classic Massive: 24/24 : Game: 415794

Frontline

Fri Dec 4 19:35:59 2015
August 6th, 2012

"Courage is looking fear right in the eye and saying, get the hell out of my way, I have things to do." -Author Unknown

Each and every one of you reading this made the decision to sign up here at Major Command. What motivation led you to be here? Why this particular brand of strategy gaming? For some, it was competitive spirit: a desire to display intelligence and assert dominance. For others, it was an an opportunity to play a beloved game which is often difficult to organize (and play to completion) in the real world. Personally, I just like bright, pretty colors and cartography.

That's not the whole truth. There have been a few times in my life that I unfolded a board, counted out plastic armies, and rolled the dice for a couple hours with friends. I've never finished a game, though. Inevitably, the guy who drank too many beers too quickly would bump into the table. Plastic would tumble helter skelter and any attempts to correct the mess would lead to disagreements. Every player had a slightly different memory of what the board had looked like. I've learned to not even try anymore, at least with my inebriated crowd.

I was glad to find Major Command. Somebody in a wildly different online game recommended it to me. I signed up on a lark, unprepared for the all consuming addiction soon to follow. Within a week, I'd bought a Commander Class subscription. Four games at a time wasn't enough. It wasn't long before I was up to forty.

This, of course, was quite the humbling experience, at least at the beginning. I lost. And lost. And lost. It wasn't until I began to read the game records of my defeats and tried out a few real time games that I fully realized the ramifications of the escalate setting. Watching games finish on a chain of eliminations and steamrolling reserve call-ups was impressive. I wanted to be that guy.

When I began playing, I took what appeared to be the obvious route to victory on the Classic Evolved map. Different commands were different colors. The map was practically begging me to grab a bonus as quickly as possible, hold it, and enjoy my troop bonus.

So that's what I did. If you're reading this, by now you probably know exactly what that got me: the eighteen game losing streak that still disgraces my profile, and an ugly score. I bottomed out to Kitchen Patrol before I finally won a game.

I turned it all around when I stopped being a command monkey. If you've never heard that term before, and it isn't obvious to you, it's a player who compulsively reaches for a command, even to his detriment. That was me.

While securing commands certainly has a great deal of importance in escalite and flat rate games, I think that chasing them in escalate games is a recipe for disaster. My experience has proven so. The more escalate games I played, the more strategies I toyed with, and I eventually found a few that worked for me. I tend to employ a combination of the following tactics, depending on how the first couple rounds shake out:

Path of Least Resistance: If I see a region with one troop in it adjacent to me, I take it. Quite often, I lose no troops. After a few rounds of this, I often find that I'm the troop leader, primarily because everyone else is going through the pain of taking regions defended by three troops, and losing half of their allowance or more each turn. They're also leaving behind regions with one or two troops in them, which I'm happy to attack. If you haven't already, try this out. It's as easy as taking candy from a baby.

Stack and Wait: If the game is nine or more players, it may not be worth burning troops early to get a card in the first round or two. I'll just spread my deployments out across the board, boosting my threes up to fours, then to fives, making myself a less appealing target. Once I've established a solid foothold, I begin my expansion.

Be Everywhere: I want to be near weak players when the reserve bonus starts to grow. An opponent with three regions totaling nine troops isn't going to be the first link in my chain of eliminations if he's on the opposite side of the board from me, and I have to go through a bunch of other players to reach him. Instead of wasting time and troops securing a command, I try to keep a region or two in every command on the board. It's easy to be in the right place at the right time if you're everywhere.

Turtle/Spider: If I'm getting abused early, and I'm already the weakest player alive in round three, I'll often pick one region and just stack and stack there, turn after turn, and refrain from attacking. A big number looks intimidating to other players, and once I have a strong presence there, I'll attack adjacent regions, advancing either one troop, or all of them. The key is to keep the stack together. With luck, and a reserve set, I can sometimes turn a weak start into a glorious chain of eliminations. Sometimes, I can start this without even turning in reserves myself at the start of my turn, simply because I already have enough concentrated force to kill somebody who holds the cards I need.

As far as Do's and Don'ts go, I've listed a number of Do's, but only one Don't. I'd opine that bad approaches outnumber good approaches by a large margin. That's another article for another day, however.

A disclaimer: Please keep in mind that my badmouthing of commands in escalate games doesn't apply to all maps, just the medium sized ones. In Classic Massive, I absolutely go after commands.

There are plenty of other lucrative approaches to attempt, but I'll refrain from transforming this article into a novel. Instead, I've decided to draw upon the wisdom of the crowd. In that spirit, I turned to the player base for input.

I sent out requests to a number of my Major Command friends to ask them how their play styles have evolved since joining this site, and many of them graciously responded. I've included all of their responses below. Thanks for reading!

"The big thing I've learned is that the map and the board dictate the strategy. Finally -I've learned this - When I lose it's the dice's faults and/or an evil plot by MajCom. When a string of rolls go my way it's an obvious testament to by cunning, leadership and daring do." -IronDuke00

"My style of play has definitely evolved since my first game on Majcom. My style for my first games was to spread myself thin and capture as many territories as I could. I can tell you, I wasn't very successful. Now, I play with patience, but am not afraid to take a "risk" when the time is right. The one strategy that has helped me to win games is to be patient and learn my opponent so I can predict their moves and plan accordingly.

I hope this is what you were looking for. See you on the maps! " -linkintheory13

"i have learned some very cool stuff playing on this site most of all patience, when i play my best is when i take it slow, i think playing BIG4NF and FLAGG and some of the other vets here is the best part of all. I don't always win but i always have fun!" -PITMAN212

"I have learned alot and am still learning. Every map, the rules to the game. They're all played differently Is it flat rate or Escalate? Play your game taking in these parameters. Follow how more experienced players play. It's not just about acquiring a region, but holding it. Watch the cards. Think a few steeps ahead. Put yourself in a position to win. " -riskyone

"I've thought about it, I can't really think of anything profound to say, sorry. " -Cardinalsrule

"Never attack your neighbours! Sounds stupid - who else can you attack? But if you get in a fight with a neighbour, that continues for rounds, both lose troops and get nowhere. So unless you can win in one or two rounds never attack.

Never be strong! When I started playing I slowly got higher rank and became a better player, but then I started to lose more games! (( 8-

Reason was I more often got to a very strong position and that forced everybody to attack me or lose. So a strong position is very often a loser position unless you are careful.

I think that is the most important." -ahungrydwarf

"wow yes absolutely learned a lot from all kinds of different players. Biggest learning has been to go slower. Not spread out too much. Be fine to only add troops and not attack. Wait and hold back. Include all aspects of the game like, when hand in cards. diplomacy. Do a lot with that. ) that is what comes to me now at this point. more may follow. good luck with the Fodder." -MH1958

"Hey mate, interesting topic... I guess the main thing I've had to learn and in fact am still learning is patience, after all, Rome wasn't built in a day! " -BIG4NF

"I've learned that there are so many great players and strategies, and you just cannot take anyone easy. I think I have learned to read when to be aggressive and when to wait. " -copusmentus

Tapeworm

Dispatch

Comments

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riskyone

Sun Mar 24 17:10:40 2019
Too Many Colors. Nice Tournament win. I wanted that one and had a set. Good job my long time friend.
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clarkenfeld

Wed Mar 6 09:03:14 2019
nicely done in Rome there Tape! Handy 3 card set for you!!! Grrrr.
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ryanbrown

Sun Feb 3 18:18:11 2019
Hey heads up that Buckhunter likes to cheat - secret teaming up, etc. He's new, so needs to learn that's not cool.
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elricsbiscuit

Tue Dec 18 22:14:28 2018
nice match in mesopotamia tape
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