Saturday, 17 December 2011 21:36

Cockerill tops board, pulls within half a point of first place

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Nate Cockerill topped Game No. 164, a lengthy affair played today at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove. The game ended in Spring 1912 in the following center counts:

 

 

Austria (Mark Weiskircher): 0; 0.000 points.
England (Don Glass): 7; 22.685 points.
France (Chris Albert; Dan Burgess in 1908): 4; 0.000 points.
Germany (Kyle Weiskircher): 3; 4.167 points.
Italy (Amanda Baumgartner): 5; 11.574 points.
Russia (Nate Cockerill): 9; 37.500 points.
Turkey (Nathan Kos): 6; 16.667 points.

The supply center chart is here. Note that Dan Burgess took over for Chris Albert in 1908. Per club rules, neither player scores points, but the position's square is factored into the sum. Thus, the total score for this game will be less than 100 points.

We've now played 15 games in Season 7, with 49 players participating. With his board top, Cockerill pulled within 0.5 points of the club lead. Check out the standings here.

Next up for the Weasels is a Dip & Drinks event at Emmett's Alehouse in Downers Grove on Thursday. The first board is full; we're now working on a second.

Okay, let's hear from the players. The past three games have generated good post-game discussion. Hopefully this one will continue the trend.

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# Dan Burgess 2011-12-18 02:18
Great times once again at my house! Thanks to everyone for showing up and playing, especially Chris Albert, whose attendance allowed me to focus on hosting. Another fun day for the Windy City Weasels!
# Dan Burgess 2011-12-20 00:55
I really had fun on Saturday. First of all, it was great that seven players came by -- thanks again to Chris Albert for playing. When I took over his position after 1908, it was a little dicey, but I worked with England (Don Glass) and battled back Italy (Amanda Baumgartner) and worked with England against Germany (Kyle Weiskircher).

There seemed to be a Western Triple early in the game, which was tarnished when Kyle as Germany decided to team up with Russia (Nate Cockerill). Nate then sent his forces south, eventually eliminating Austria (Mark Weiskircher) and knocking Turkey (Nathan Kos) down to three units.

Nathan had found a friend in Amanda, but his fleet way out in the Western Med wasn't giving him any dots. I wasn't playing when the Western Triple ended, and I really wanted to warn Nathan about the onslaught that was to come, but I couldn't.

Then when I got into the game, I was able to talk to him, and he was able to single-handedly battle back Russia and get up to six centers. Meanwhile I helped England get Germany down to four.

I was a little harsh while speaking to Kyle; after a draw vote had failed in the Spring, he had publicly vetoed a draw at the start of the Fall turn. During negotiations, he asked for support into Holland, and I told him that I don't help people who vote against draws. (The prior votes had one and two people against the drawn, and everyone else in favor.)

At the board I told him that everyone was ready to go home, and that if he wanted to stay until midnight and watch his units get removed from the board one by one, we could stay there all night. Or, he could vote for the draw and end things already. I was a little coarse, but my statements were from a player's perspective, not a host's. I wasn't earning a score, and his score was going down. Why vote against a draw when momentum is not on your side?

Anyhow it was great fun, and I hope there are no lingering hard feelings amongst any of the players. I dearly enjoy the company of all those who participated, and look forward to my next hosting effort, likely to be in February. Stay tuned!

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