Tony Prokes hosted our first Diplomacy event in Des Plaines yesterday, and it was a smashing success. We had two boards, plus an interested observer who dropped by for a few hours. The group included four novices, so we had a big board and a little board.
Game No. 175 was the big board. The sharks played in Tony’s basement, which is a nice gaming lair. And Tony continued two trends. For the second straight house game, the host drew Italy and topped the board. For a time, it even looked like he’d better Lokken’s massive Italy on the 3rd, and largely at Lokken’s expense. His Austria was out by 1902.
Interestingly, last year on St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Mike Morrison’s Italy topped a board at Ted McClelland’s home. Apparentely even the board wants to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day.
The game ended in Spring 1910 in the following center counts:
England (Don Glass): 2; 1.493 points.
France (Kevin O’Kelly): 9; 30.224 points.
Germany (Nate Cockerill): 7; 18.284 points.
Italy (Tony Prokes): 11; 45.149 points.
Russia (Mike Morrison): 3; 3.358 points.
Turkey (James Barr): 2; 1.493 points.
The newbies did the sharks a couple better in Game No. 176. First, on a beautiful March day in Chicago (and those are almost as rare as Don Glass board tops), they played in Tony’s backyard. DiPaola even played in bare feet. Secondly, they actually played till Spring 1911. The game finally ended in the following center counts:
Austria (Ben DiPaola): 7; 23.558 points.
England (Brad Harrington): 8; 30.769 points.
France (Tony Ardolino): 6; 17.308 points.
Germany (Ted McClelland): 0; 0.000 points.
Italy (Ulysses Peterson): 5; 12.019 points.
Russia (Jeremy Wujcik): 3; 4.327 points.
Turkey (Justin Voss): 5; 12.019 points.
I was the 15th, which worked well, as I was able to run the game, answering questions, checking orders, and explaining the adjudication. After the Spring 1905 turn, I turned the game over to Lokken and went home. A couple of hours later, I got an amusing text from him: "Ted, Ulysses and Ben are all getting hosed by the new guys." We try to teach our Weasels well.
You can find the supply center charts for both games here. (I’ll add the Spring 1901 moves tonight.) Hopefully the players will provide some of the detail by commenting below.
Our observer was Mike Whitty, who lives in Wilmette. Whitty played at DipCon 21 in San Antonio in 1988. Recently, he’s been playing on playdiplomacy.com. While chit chatting, we had an interesting exchange.
"How did you hear about us?" I asked him.
"I heard about you on DiplomacyCast," he answered. "Then I did some research and found the Weasels."
When I told my wife that story, she said, "Wow, you’re like a Diplomacy celebrity." I don’t think she meant it as a compliment.
Finally, thanks to Tony Prokes and Kevin O’Kelly for their recruiting efforts. Each recruited two new players. And special thanks to Terri, Tony’s wife, for putting up with us all day.
"Terri especially found it entertaining to listen to some of the conversations in passing," Prokes said.
Terri is a birdwatcher, but after a day of eavesdropping on us, perhaps she’ll become a Dip player watcher. No binoculars required.