While killing time at work today, and I decided to read some opening strategies; I got to thinking about the Lepanto opening for Italy and how I hate it, and just started browsing through some of them. Eventually I found one written by Richard Sharp, author of The Game of Diplomacy, regarding his favorite Russian opening, which he coins The Octopus.
The relevant bit of the article is at the bottom, presumably a postscript by the editor in the magazine it was published in, Dolchstoß No.48 (December 1976).
After this long article where Richard discussed his opening strategy with Russia, the postscript appears -
Postscript: Spring '02 moves in NGC 191P show Russia, still at war with Turkey, being stabbed by England and Germany, while Austria has joined Turkey and the vital Italian ally has an NMR ! Looks like another short game for Sharp, and further proof that all articles on Diplomacy tactics are basically meaningless, since the game depends mainly on personalities.
Just a funny thing I came across that I thought ya'll might enjoy.