Founding Weasels Jim O'Kelley and Eric Brown took the top two spots with a rare but effective I/R alliance in game No. 88, played Jan. 30 at Pete McNamara's home in Evanston.
This was my 40th game with the club, and the opening was one of the wildest I've seen. In the West, France (May Ling Chong) sort of oscillated among her neighbors, never sticking with a strategy for long. England (Pete McNamara) kept grabbing dots and building fleets. And Germany (Peter Yeargin) learned that logic doesn't always apply.
The East, meanwhile, featured intense scrambling by Italy (Eric Brown) and Turkey (Paul Pignotti), including a game-changing turn in Fall 1902 when Paul nearly wriggled out of the noose by persuading Eric--whose Lepanto had been discouraged by a French onslaught--to turn on Austria (Amanda Baumgartner).
The players in both hemispheres, with brief exceptions, concentrated in their hemispheres, and as a result, the stalemate line never became a factor. Italy and Russia (Jim O'Kelley) crossed it decisively in 1907 and 1908.
It was an enjoyable game. Of course, it's easy to say that when you have a good result, but the opening, when at times, everyone's future was in doubt, really was thrilling. It's that excitement that keeps many of us, myself included, coming back for more.
The game ended by time limit after the Fall 1910 turn. The final center counts were:
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You can check out the supply center chart here. The club standings also have been updated. Click Club Standings in the Links menu. O'Kelley vaulted past McNamara and Yeargin into fourth place, and Brown hit seventh with only two results.