I'm doing a little experiment to find out the relationship between risk-taking and expertise in Diplomacy. In this experiment, you will be shown a Diplomacy map and the accompanying situation in a game in progress will be described. All you need to do is answer five questions on a scale from 1 to 5 and submit the form. Your participation will take very little time and will be much appreciated.
Below is a map illustrating a game in progress. The scenario is as follows: You are currently playing France. You have been allied with Germany since the beginning of the game and are succeeding in eliminating England together. Italy has been allied with Turkey since the beginning of the game. Italy moved quickly to take out Austria, with some Turkish land support, while Turkey went straight for Russia.
The Winter 1903 builds have just taken place and 1904 is about to begin. In 1903, Italy indicated that he was planning on attacking Turkey saying that now was the best time since Turkey was only going to grow at Russia's expense and would have nowhere to go but through Italy after that. In the Winter builds, you built a fleet in Marseilles feeling that building anything else would make France too appealing a target for an Italian attack, despite Italy's stated intention. Italy built a fleet in Rome, not Naples. He had told you that he was going to be building in Rome so that he wouldn't alert Turkey about his plans to attack Turkey.
If Italy is setting up to attack you, you could be in serious trouble (even with the Fleet in Marseilles) unless you divert other units towards the South to defend. However, doing so could slow your forward progress against England, and could also give Germany a better opportunity to stab you. And, of course, if Italy actually is planning on moving against Turkey, your defensive response could be seen by Italy as threatening, inhibiting his plan to attack Turkey.
The map appears below. The brief questions follow the map.
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