There is a great disturbance in the force. Young Duenow has become powerful...
You read that right. Greg Duenow topped game #84 with a methodical 15 center Turkey. He gained one center each year from 4 in 1902 to 15 in 1913 when a three-way draw was approved. Here's how everyone fared.
We had seven sign up and started very close to on time. Everyone submitted a preference list for powers and I drew them randomly as I was not playing. First draw got their first choice, second draw got their first choice if available or their second choice. We ended up with three people getting their first choices, one third, one fourth and two sixths. Newcomer Phil Blaetz got Russia (his first choice) and was promptly introduced to the joy of playing Russia in this club. Germany bounced him in Russia and England convoyed to Norway. Phil built F: StP(nc) and therefore guaranteed that England would press the attack. Turkey played for a juggernaut through 1902 but had to "feed on the corpse" once it was clear Russia was dead. This would play itself out two more times for Turkey. Phil stayed around for a long time and I hope he can get to another game soon.
EG became pretty quickly united in their attack on Russia. IT joined forces against Austria. Marty started well and had some help from France against Italy. But France was convinced to turn back west and GIT took Austria from 5 to 1 from 04 to 05. Turkey got the best of that as Italy had only Trieste once it was all done.
The west got messy when France attacked England. Germany was trying to hold his own against IT, so the EF war didn't swing much either way for a while. Turkey kept growing and eventually built fleets to press an attack on Italy. Germany joined England against France and the endgame was set. In something Jim might like to see, EGT pressed to reduce the draw to three by eliminating the last dots of Italy and France (I should note that I took over for Italy in 1911). France's last fleet in Tunis would have been important to stopping a Turkish solo, but Greg waived his last build in exchange for his getting Tunis and approving the draw.
Good that we got a game together on such short notice. The day looked open for me, so I gave it a shot. I enjoyed hosting again and will probably do another sometime soon.
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