Turkey: F Ankara to Constantinople
Russia: F Sevastopol to Rumania, F St. Petersburg to Finland
Germany: F Kiel to Holland
The Black Sea set of moves, of course, suggested a budding Juggernaut. But the Swedish set, at least to a couple of veteran players on the board, suggested German complicity and caused alliances to form that might not otherwise have congealed.
Those four moves weren't the only odd ones. A couple of army movements also caused head-scratching. However, it was the four boats that played where maybe they "shouldn't be playing" that served to ignite the "brand-new box of matches." Guess who got burnt?
Game No. 380 ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:
Austria (Jim O'Kelley): 7; 19.444 points.
England (Bryan Pravel): 7; 19.444 points.
France (Eber Condrell): 8; 25.397 points.
Germany (Brian Shelden): 0; 0.000 points.
Italy (Mike Morrison): 9; 32.143 points.
Russia (Renzo Downey): 3; 3.571 points.
Turkey (Brian MacWilliams): 0; 0.000 points.
It was great to see more new faces around the table. Downey is a student at Northwestern who plays online at webdiplomacy.net. Alas, he heads back home for the holidays and then off for an internship in the Spring. We hope to put him in touch with other hobbies.
MacWilliams is local and was playing his first game of Diplomacy ever. Hopefully it won't be his last!
Eber is another online player. He's a high school student who debuted with the Weasels at Opening Night in September. I'd love to see Eber, Jorge, Kevin, maybe the Hafner brothers, and a couple of other teenagers get together for a league game.
One of these days ...