“Don’t stand between a fat man and his burger,” Don Glass warned early last night at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square as he excused his way back to his seat. By game’s end, you could replace burger with supply centers, dispense with the warning, and you’d have a pretty good idea of how things went for Glass. He ate every player he could reach.
Game 169 ended by time limit after Fall 1907 in the following center counts:
Austria (Peter Yeargin): 10; 27.473 points.
England (Erik Bergquist): 0; 0.000 points.
France (Jeremiah Peterson): 2, 1.099 points.
Germany (Don Glass): 14; 53.846 points.
Italy (Christian Kline): 8; 17.582 points.
Russia (Nate Cockerill): 0; 0.000 points.
Turkey (Peter Lokken): 0; 0.000 points.
The supply center chart is here
Thom Comstock, one of the club’s most active players in our formative years, recruited Glass for the Weasels at Origins in 2008. The Des Plaines resident debuted with us at the 2009 CODCon Open and bagged Best Austria. In league play, things quickly went south for Glass.
In his first 16 games with the Weasels, Glass was eliminated five times and survived to a solo twice. He had a good seat on the sidelines for the finish of the 17-17 game in Season 5
, but that’s as close as he came to a great game. Until last night. Perseverance paid off, and Glass now finds himself in seventh place and in possession of Best Germany. Kudos.
In the East, favorite son Peter Yeargin, in whose honor the game was held, was welcomed back in traditional Weasel fashion. That is, with pitch forks and torches. However, the reigning Weasel of the Year and Bull Weasel survived the opening onslaught and eventually emerged as the principal rival to Glass’ board top.
Cockerill in Russia had opened to Galicia, but Glass bounced him out of Sweden, and Nate chose to react to the British convoy to Norway by building a fleet on the North Coast. That was a poor choice for his only build. Glass made him pay, taking Warsaw in 1902 and Moscow and St. Pete in 1903.
To save himself, Cockerill turned on Lokken in Turkey, and the rift between those two gave Yeargin the opening he needed to wriggle out. He ceded Greece to Italy as he took Bulgaria and Rumania. But Christian Kline, the cagey vet who joined our club way back in Game No. 3, helped himself to Trieste, as well, to grow to six while Yeargin stayed even at five.
Kline promptly plopped down two fleets, which had us all scratching our heads. When he pushed west against France and moved north with Austria against Germany, the truth became clear. Kline’s price for alliance with Austria had been Greece and Trieste.
I’ve played many games with Kline, but he surprised me again a couple of years later when he forsook a guessing game over Marseilles and Spain to force North Africa instead. I didn’t expect the typically bold Kline to maximize his minimum gain. Watching him play last night reminded me of an old line from the wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper: “Just when you think you know the answers, I change the questions.”
Jeremiah Peterson in France, meanwhile, was his usual patient, ruthless self. He opened Paris to Gascony, misordered his fleet to the Western Med, and then punched into the Irish Sea and convoyed to Liverpool. His attack bogged down there, however. He didn’t gain his seventh center until 1905, when he was unable to build. By that time, the Italians were bearing down on him. In 1906, he lost four centers.
The Italian attack did not come early enough to save newcomer Erik Bergquist in England, our third recruit from playdiplomacy.com
in as many months. Bergquist is a writer who recently relocated to Naperville from Southern California. He counts The Fast and the Furious
among his credits.
Bergquist drove down to the Red Lion to introduce himself, and I gave him my seat, which freed me to drink alone and Tweet about the game. You can check out the log here
. If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow us at @WindyCityWeasel.
Okay, that’s enough from me. Let’s hear from the actual combatants. And how about signing up for a game
or two of your own! March Madness is nearly upon us, and CODCon
is right around the corner. Don Glass has developed a big appetite. You may want to shake off the rust before you meet him.