So while playing a game there seems like there's always a time when you are going to meet your opponent for the first time. you have 20 armies in Brazil, your opponent arrives in Nigeria with 22, you place all your income on brazil, say 12 armies, your opponent places 14 in nigeria. seems like even with 60/70 kill rates, eventually that extra income will ensure he will get in, so is there any hope? should i surrender as soon as i find he has a higher income, or let him into brazil giving him an even bigger advantage?
Situational awareness comes into play here. If you work on your understanding of concepts like double threats, potential weaknesses/strengths and out positioning your opponent, you'll eventually become a much stronger player.
Check out the top games on the 1v1 ladder, and make note on how the best players maneuver in specific situations. You can learn a lot from observing them.
Don't surrender unti your opponent "breaks" you, that is, when he is attacking you with more troops than you can defend from. You will usually know when this is happening because your opponent will be making ground against you overall for more than 1 or 2 turns. Then it's worth surrendering, but it's always good to at least "have a go" for a couple of turns, it should help you with the learning process, and also remember to always review the history of a game you lose. Try and work out where you went wrong, or how your opponent played better, and how you could have beaten him. Good luck, and remember practise makes perfect :)
Platinum, your an ass. If your gonna post, atleast provide advice.
My advice is this, don't completely put all your income in brazil, I suggest taking 3-4 off of it and trying to flank around, say going around through Antarctica. As Volsung said (Illuminati confirmed) situational awareness is key.
There is no definite answer. It all depends. Your opponent, your situations, the setup of this game (the map, fog, cards etc.) matter.
But I would say no. Just keep playing. Try your best. You need more experience anyway. You may still win even if they have an edge. They may make mistakes so you can catch up, or their situation is not as good as you think. You never know. Even a decent player may misjudge the situation (unless it is a no fog game).
I once saw a decent player surrendered by mistake because they are too pessimistic and over-estimated their opponent. They thought the opponent had captured a big bonus, when in fact they hadn't even start. They misjudged the situation and turned a win into a loss.
The guy is asking for advice and you throw out, "more income, more armies surrender!"
That makes you an ass. Your in a prestigious clan, maybe you should offer real advice. Inquisitor offered excellent advice, and he's right I've played a couple games now where I was just too pesemstic and surrendered the moment I started losing.