"One move can really make that big a difference?" asked developing player Nathan Kos during the postgame breakdown of Game No. 140, played today at John Gramila's home in Logan Square.
"Yes," chorused Gramila, Peter Lokken and I.
The one move was a retreat by new player Ben Dipaola, who was playing Germany. In Spring 1906, England (Gramila) dislodged him from the North Sea. Norway, which England owned, was open for a retreat. Sweden and Denmark, also British dots, were also vacant, the latter because the attack had come from there. Instead, Germany chose a more interesting retreat to the English Channel. ("I wanted to make more than one person uncomfortable," he would later explain.)
A retreat to Norway would have forced England to chase the Germans around Scandinavia, which would have opened the game up for my rampaging Italians. Instead the German fleet in the Channel worked with England against me, and the game ended by draw vote in Fall 1907 in the following center counts:
Austria (Nathan Kos): 1; 0.357 points.
England (John Gramila): 7; 17.500 points.
France (Nate Cockerill): 0; 0.000 points.
Germany (Ben Dipaola): 9; 28.929 points.
Italy (Jim O'Kelley): 10; 35.714 points.
Russia (Peter Lokken): 0; 0.000 points.
Turkey (Mike Morrison): 7; 17.500 points.
The supply center chart is here.
Thank you to John and Celeste for opening their home to us, and especially to Celeste, who picked up food for us in the rain. And special thanks to Kos the Barbarian and Ben for agreeing yesterday to play, ensuring that the game would go on and that the Weasels would end our mini-slump.
Next up is a Guthrie's game on Thursday. The seventh spot is open. Kos and Ben both are once again willing to take it if necessary, but both would prefer to see someone else step up. How about you?
Now, let's hear from Game 140's players.