That's a good game,Bruce.You learned how to place and manuever your troops strategically.Your decision of staying at North Africa and Australia is so wise,let you gain two footholds at the world.In fact,if you can launch the mortal strike to your toughest rival Kyle in the critical moment,then victory is surely yours!
Indeed,Kyle is really one of the best player.He can depend on the other player's "ability" to make the decision,only few players can do it.Something I don't understand is why don't he "co-operate" with you instead,because the good players can always gather the powerful and effective alliance,and more likely learn the importance of diplomacy.
Your game is quite similar as my battle report:The Conflict Between Three Sides(which is in this forum,you may watch it@@)
In that game,I contest with jordanj in the last stage.jordanj had the undisputedly overwhelming advantage in number and terrtories,and even more concentrated.But he missed a good chance to strike me decisively,and even divided his troops for guarding more terrtories.I took advantage of his fatal mistake,concentrated my force as I can.And then I launched the shattering assault to his terrtories,decisively weakened him.At last he was cornered and defeated by me after a series of excited battles.
Even though jordanj ever ruined my single corp in several battles,even sacking my homebase(Indeed,it's too late since I have already shakened his power base).His tactical victory couldn't damage my power a lot.That's why I could defeat him at last.
It displayed one unchanged rule : Concentrated force is always stronger than divided force.Just like the above examples of ours.
In my view,the real strategist not only learn the manuever of troops,but also exploit the diplomacy,"deception"(about covering your strategic intention) and "charateristic focus"(according different player's trend and ability to make the decision).One more important is "calculation".Much calculation,more victories!
Bruce,thanks for telling your experience here.I hope that you can post more articles here.To encourage this,I will be always your first reader(if I can^^).