Contrary to a recent spate of long house games, Game 90, played today at Gary Przybocki's home in Montgomery, ended in Spring 1906 in a tidy three-way draw. Peter Yeargin and Jim O'Kelley, playing England and Russia, respectively, shared the board top at 12 centers. Amanda Baumgarter finished with 10 as Austria.
The final center counts were:
The first stab of the day happened before the blocks were drawn when Thom Comstock managed to get lost on the way to Gary's. Fortunately Bert Schoose was standing by and agreed to be our seventh, at least until Thom arrived. When Thom finally arrived after the 1901 builds, he decided to sit out and watch and wait for other gaming later.
The second stab occurred in Fall 1901 when Amanda waltzed into an open Venice, surprising everyone but especially Bob.
And the biggest stab was in Fall 1902 when Peter, with help from me, took Denmark and Holland from Michael. I took Berlin from him the same season to knock his Germany down to two.
Austria and France worked over Italy in 1903, while England took Kiel from Germany and Brest from France. Meanwhile, Russia knocked Turkey down to two.
Germany, Italy and Turkey all were eliminated in 1904, with Russia jumping from eight to 11 and Austria going from seven to nine.
France, down to four centers, was eliminated in 1905, and after builds, Thom conducted a draw vote, which passed, much to the disappointment of the interested spectators. Each of us can explain for ourselves why we voted for the draw in our endgame statments, which hopefully will follow.
Also, I hope Thom will post some of the chatter he heard at the table. There were lots of funny comments, the best of which may have been Gary's desperate plea to Amanda: "You think you're the middle cookie in a triple Oreo cookie, but really, there are only two cookies, and you're part of the cream."
After Diplomacy, four of Gary's friends came over, and we played three games of Werewolf, which was fun. I followed that up with two games of Ra before heading for home. It was a fun day. Thanks to Gary for hosting! Also, it was great to get Bert and Michael Schoose back to the table. They hadn't played with us since June 2008.
Check out the supply center chart.