A long time ago I tried Tariff and at first I thought it couldn’t be beat. After finally beating it in about 7 minutes I just quit playing. Recently I revisited Tariff and tried some of the tricks I’ve learned, and wouldn’t you know it, they work even on Tariff.
The main thing to use on Tariff is the attack that you have no intention of completing, but instead you just want to coerce your opponent to move their units away from you and in position to be used on your other opponent.
- From 0:00 to 0:51, the initial captures and promotions, where I go from here depends on what the opponents do.
- From 0:52 to 1:00, I capture the singleton on the side of the first opponent to capture their double just below my triple planet, in this case that was orange. Once this is captured you want to build up some units that you will later peel off and use as an attack force.
- From 1:01 to 1:06, as soon as possible you want to start sending units from your center triple to the singleton on the other side. In this case, this is to prevent green from trying to capture it.
- From 1:07 to 1:10, time to peel off an attack force for later use.
- From 1:11 to 1:25, complete your capture of the green side singleton and begin building up forces for a second attack force.
- From 1:26 to 1:33, the second attack force.
- From 1:34 to 2:19, use alternate attacks on the opponents lower singleton or double planets. These attacks work best when that planet has just sent its forces to join an attack. Since that planet isn’t well defended, an attack on it will prompt the opponent to send in reinforcements.
- From 2:20 to 2:26, it seemed to me as if orange had gained the upper hand, so I started sending my forces to the orange side of the board to attack the strongest opponent first.
- From 2:27 to 2:36, time for the attack. How to attack here depends on how the opponents are attacking each other. I like to get the double inside the minefield. Once it is wiped out the opponent will usually try to recapture it, but with the minefield in the way, that isn’t an easy task.
- From 2:37 to 2:44, now that the battle has been completely joined, I figured it was time to start in on green. And of course, we have to continue the assault on orange.
From here, orange is just about wiped out, and green is weakened. All that is left is cleaning up what is left. At 3:06 capturing the green singleton was a mistake. I didn’t need the units it would produce and with those extra 100 units I would have been able to destroy the two remaining double planets quite a bit faster.
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