Mike Morrison celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by turning the West green. His Italy romped to a 10-center board top in a game that ended in Spring 1906. His 10 centers: Home, Tunis, France, Iberia and Liverpool.
Here’s the supply center chart.
Mollenkopf was playing in his first game with the Weasels, but he’s no stranger to Diplomacy. He’s played in six DixieCon tournaments in Chapel Hill, N.C., the first time as a 14-year-old. He recently graduated from UNC and relocated to the Chicago area last June. We’ve been trying to get him to a game ever since.
In his first game, he made his mark by engineering a successful Russian convoy to Ankara in Fall 1901. Turkey crumbled quickly, and O’Kelley’s Russia was halfway to the magic number by the end of 1902.
In the West, Morrison and McClelland ran an effective G/I. They took Marseilles in 1901 to keep France at four, keeping pace with England and Germany, who bounced over Denmark and left Belgium open.
In 1903, McClelland opted to patch things up with England to slow down the nine-center Russia with three northern fleets. Consequently, Italy was able to grab the final thre French dots and take Liverpool.
Morrison played an excellent game. Here’s an example of his craftiness. In Spring 1905, Mollenkopf was trying to put A/R in Munich and Berlin, respectively. He needed someone to cut Germany’s support from Burgundy, so he talked first with Morrison, who was loosely allied to the A/R. Mike wanted to order Mar-Gas to reinforce his position, and he also preferred to order F Mid to support his army in Brest, which was bordered by British units in the Channel and Picardy and a French army in Paris.
Tyler and I were able to persuade Mike to risk Brest for the positional advantage of getting into the Irish Sea, but he wasn’t wild about Mar-Bur. Chris Davis in Paris, though, was happy to help. He agreed to cut the support from Burgundy, freeing Mike to move to Gascony, or so we thought.
All these negotiations were happening at the board while England and Germany negotiated elsewhere. (There’s a ton of "elsewhere" at Ted’s aparment, by the way. Big place.) When the moves were read, Tyler and I, and I think even Chris, marveled at Mike’s cunning.
Had he wanted to push, Mike probably could have reached 14 centers with the entire board awash in the Italian colors (red, white and green). Instead, he settled for the early draw and a rare quick game. We stuck around for a good hour to rehash the game and drink beer, and then Tyler, Mike and I headed out to Chief O’Neills to catch Matt Sundstrom and Baal Tinne. It was a fun day.
How about some endgame statements?