...and Don's Birthday Bash
What a night for the Weasels on what turned out to be Matt Kade's final game with the club (at least for now). Kade was a playdiplomacy.com
recruit who played with us for the first time at last year's CODCon Open
. He went on to play in 14 of our league games and even hosted Game No. 233
, our first ever in Hyde Park, for which he recruited a couple of players, one of whom looks like he's going to be active.
Kade recently accepted a job in San Francisco and will be moving out there in two weeks. We're definitely sorry to see him go, but our loss is the Bay Area Diplomacy Association's gain. So, while off the board, last night was a time for celebrating Kade and bidding him fond farewells, on the board, we showed him no mercy, which is, after all, the Weasel Way.
But before we recap that game, let's talk about Don's birthday board.
On Monday of this week, with nine players signed up for the event, we decided to push hard for two boards. Ben DiPaola, always a good-natured if sometimes reluctant participant, offered to be the 14th, never thinking for a moment that we could find four more players on such short notice. Shame on him for doubting Prime Weasel Nate Cockerill's passion for Diplomacy and our club.
Flash back to last week's Song of Roland
game. Two female thespians were sitting in a booth at the Red Lion, quietly rehearsing their lines when they were interrupted by a loud, animated argument between visiting dignitary Roland Cooke and one of the other players in Game No. 234. According to Annie Passanisi, the debate raged thusly:
Cooke: You must vacate immediately!
Unidentified Player: I can do no such thing!
"It looked like fun," Passanisi said. "We were intrigued, so we asked someone what they were doing. We wanted to give it a try."
Cockerill got their contact info, and he followed up on Tuesday. Passanisi and her friend Shannon Trompeter became our 11th and 12th players.
For the final two, Cockerill recruited a couple of guys who happened to be hanging out at the Lion on Tuesday night. One had played Diplomacy three times in high school. The other liked role-playing games and thought Diplomacy sounded pretty cool.
The Prime's handiwork got us to 14 players: Eight regulars, four who had never played the game, one who hadn't played in more than 40 years, and one who was only playing for the second time. So, we decided to put the six new and newish players on one board, along with Don Glass, who was celebrating his birthday. We Weasels can be awfully generous with other people's supply centers.
A quick aside:
Recall the November Ladies Night game
, where we fielded a board with three females on it for the first time in club history. We turned that trick for a second time last night in Game No. 235. And it's also worth noting that we've had six different women play with us in the past four months. That's one short of the number we need to pull off the mythical Board of the Valkyries.
Also, the women last night bought so completely into the idea of playing in an all-female game that they pledged to recruit enough of their friends to field two such boards. Suck on that, Hobby.
This game progressed at a leisurely pace as Don took time to explain the adjudications and various nuances to the other players. Despite playing till 11:30, they managed just five game years. It ended by time limit after the Fall 1905 turn in the following center counts:
Austria (Annie Passanisi): 0; 0.000 points.
England (Tom Kosinski): 8; 23.022 points.
France (Bree Oliver): 5; 8.993 points.
Germany (Karl Hench): 6; 12.950 points.
Italy (Shannon Trompeter): 3; 3.237 points.
Russia (Enrique Carmona): 0; 0.000 points.
Turkey (Don Glass): 12; 51.799 points.
Game No. 236 was a tighter affair featuring some of the club's heavyweights. We played through Fall 1906, wrapping up at about 10:50. The final center counts were:
Austria (Nate Cockerill): 1; 0.357 points.
England (Matt Kade): 0; 0.000 points.
France (Jim O'Kelley): 12; 51.429 points.
Germany (David St. John): 5; 8.929 points.
Italy (Ben DiPaola): 5; 8.929 points.
Russia (Keith Ammann): 2; 1.429 points.
Turkey (Matt Sundstrom): 9; 28.929 points.
Kade played hard in his final game and with his typical good cheer. In the end, he said, "I'm kind of happy to leave the Weasels the same way I came in: with zero points."
Later, while we were all rehashing the game, he reflected on his performance.
"I made a couple of big mistakes," he said. Then he turned to me. "One of them was trusting you."
We're going to miss the energy and enthusiasm that Matt brought to our games. But with luck, one or more of these new players we've seen the past couple of months will rise up and take his place. And if they happen to be women, so much the better.
The supply center charts are here
. Please share your thoughts on the games in the comments section below. And let's get two more boards on the 19th
. One bar game is a good time; two make a party.