Just six days after the club’s first 17-17 two-way draw, Game 98 finished in a seven-way. Played May 15 at Greg Duenow’s apartment in Chicago, the game ended in Spring 1907 with newcomer Justin Pfeil topping as France. The final center counts were:
Here’s the supply center chart.
Thanks to Greg for hosting, and best of luck to you and Stacy these next few weeks! Now let’s hear from the players…
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Thanks for the good time! It was a lot of fun.
P.S. My last name is spelled Pfeil. 🙂
Got it. Mistake corrected!
“Red squirrel, we have a bagel.”
If only this had been interpreted correctly, all the angst and paranoia could have been put to good use.
How things went in brief.
1. Greg per instructions decided the new players would be France and Turkey.
2. Despite recruiting the new players, Greg sprung on me the responsibility of teaching Justin the game. Justin picked up very quickly, and had I known this was going to be my job I would have been prepared and more succinct. [Clearly I did a good job explaining the rules and nuances.]
3. Then, Greg had the rest of us roll a 12 sided die the kind you only use in that role-playing game that makes you a satan worshipper. High number picked first for the next highest player, and so on. I gave Greg Germany because I thought as a central power he would crumble. He did a remarkable job holding his own after jumping out ahead, he found he had attracted some negative attention. But he was on the decline and elimination before me had the game continued.
4. I begged for Austria, and got it! I attempted a variation on my opening the week before, but again . . . France/Italy and Germany all wanted to screw me. Germany opened to Tryolia . . . thanks Greg! 😉
5. I unwisely chose to ally with Peter (Turkey)(hmmmm something about guys named Peter that messes me over?) . . . after year 1901 . . . Peter was a master player. Peter actually remained loyal to me, but I believe I would have been better served had I helped Russia/Don instead.
6. There was a draw vote. Lots of confusion I think on the new guys’ part as to why/how . . . etc., Mike felt compelled to annoy everyone ‘all day’ . . . but was correct concerning veto and draw votes . . . calling Jim both to annoy him and to validate his position.
7. Three players (France, Turkey, and England) all needed to leave before 5 pm.) . . .So, this game had lots of play and I believe Peter (Turkey) wanted to continue the game but couldn’t.
8. Came back as Austria from two and surrounded and dead, to 4 centers.
9. GREG’s place is worthy of the WEASEL ROYALE or PYLE. AWESOME, certainly in the running for best host (not to diminish any other house game).
10. I tried to help England or France Solo. Snarf!
1. screw your neighbor I picked DOn to have Russia because I really wanted Mike and Thom next to each other as AI. I knew they would get along great.
2. Justin should’ve stabbed me, but he’s my co-worker and my underling so I did not allow this. Me is my total minion and will do whatever I say!
3. I wanted to work with Mike because I think he is the best tactician in the game and Thom is pompous and thinks he knows everthing and gets people to throw him solos. I got to TYR and Mike supported me in to TRI. Fall ’02 I was sitting in ALB with TRI empty. I had written to support Mike in, but at the last minute Thom LIED TO ME and said he’d give it to me. Man I’m weak kneed for Thom’s drivel so I believed him. Blech, of course that was my (and Mike’s) downfall. I’m really sorry Mike. Kick me in the balls next time you see me. One free shot.
4. I wanted to kill England because May Ling has a really big ego, so I tried and tried but of course I suck and my minion was some n00b, so that failed.
5. I did jump on Russia and get some dots there, but that was my whole play in this game. I think Moscow was switched between England, Turkey and myself 5 turns in a row. Quite stupid yet funny.
6. Don, can I borrow your truck?
[quote name=”Thomas Comstock”]Mike felt compelled to annoy everyone ‘all day’ . . .[/quote]
And Thom here is being polite – imagine the personal attacks I suffered at Greg’s house.
[quote]ad I known this was going to be my job I would have been prepared and more succinct.[/quote]
The 5-Minute Teaching Guide is in the Files Section of this website, if this ever comes up again. I should have mentioned that to Greg when I sent him the supply center chart.
Yes, I told Greg about that 5-minute teaching guide, but he was too lazy to print it out.
In addition, while I can’t say Justin knew the game . . . I’m pretty sure he knew of the game.
Both Justin and Peter (with the exception of listening to Greg at all) played very well . . . I no longer consider them New Players.
I told Greg that Peter didn’t fit our definition of a novice — and thus shouldn’t be afforded the courtesy of drawing from France and Turkey — but Greg never listens to me.
Probably the only time I’ll defend Greg is when Jim attacks him . . . fairly or not. 😆
First, while Greg only listens –consistently it appears– to his wife, there is a reason why Greg doesn’t listen to Jim!
Greg and I joined the club at the same time, and both [b]sorta kinda maybe[/b] became [i]Mentees[/i] (not to be confused with Mentos the long lasting pure fresh gum) of Jim the Prime Weasel.
During a super double-secret probation period of our mentoring where the Prime Weasel revealed his vast knowledge it was revealed:
1. First Rule Of Diplomacy Mentoring is “You Don’t talk about Diplomacy Mentoring”
2. Second Rule of Diplomacy Mentoring is “You DO NOT talk about Diplomacy Mentoring.”
3. Third Rule of Diplomacy Mentoring is that Rule No.5 states: “You’re an idiot”
4. Fourth Rule of Diplomacy Mentoring is “You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else.”
5. Fifth Rule of Diplomacy Mentoring is that “You’re an idiot” –unless you are the Mentor.
6. The Sixth Rule of Diplomacy Mentoring is: “if the applicant is young, tell him he’s too young. Old, too old. Fat, too fat. If the applicant then waits for three days without food, shelter, or encouragement he may then enter and begin his training.”
What was revealed after day three I can not divulge, and in fact I have revealed too much already. But, now, perhaps you can understand why Greg listens not to anyone –especially not to Jim.
I think now, looking back, we did not fight the enemy; we fought ourselves. The enemy was in us. The diplomacy Mentee-ship is over for me now, but it will always be there, the rest of my days. As I’m sure Jim will be, fighting with Doug for what Edi Birsan called “possession of my soul.” There are times since, I’ve felt like a child, born of those two fathers. But be that as it may, those of us who did make it have an obligation to build again. To teach to others what we know, and to try with what’s left of our lives to find a goodness and a meaning to Diplomacy Mentoring.
oh I get it. Fight CLub.
Geesh Greg you need to watch more TV.