"Why are the streets of Paris lined with trees?" asks the old joke. The punchline, "So the Germans can march in the shade."
Last night at Guthrie’s Tavern, however, it was Jim O’Kelley’s French armies who had the easy march. In 1901, the French strolled into Munich, and in 1903, they sauntered into Kiel while also taking Belgium and Holland by force.
The hapless German in this role reversal was Carlos Otero, who was eliminated in 1904. His last unit was dislodged from St. Petersburg in the Fall.
Otero was the only casualty on the evening. Game No. 183 ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:
Check out the supply center chart here.
Next up is a game tomorrow at Ted McClelland’s home in Rogers Park. We still need a seventh, so speak up if you want to play. Else we draft one of the regulars. In the meantime, maybe we can get some of last night’s players to share their thoughts. If nothing else, let’s hope Morrison chimes in with some of the random quotes we heard, both from our fellow players and other tavern patrons.
The house games are set through the Weasel Pyle on July 14, but we intend to schedule bar games for this month and early July, so stay tuned.
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For the scoreboard watchers among you, the top seven held last night, but second place changed hands. I picked up about 16 points to leap frog Mike.
Remember, it’s not the top seven who will earn bids to the Weasel Royale, it’s the top seven [b]dues-paying[/b] members. Compare the club standings ([url]http://www.world-diplomacy-database.com/php/results/league_class.php?id_league=165[/url]) with the list of paid members ([url]http://www.windycityweasels.org/component/content/article/39-club-information/428-2012-dues-paying-weasels[/url]), and you’ll find one name missing.
I apologize for vetoing the draw proposal, thus allowing Jim O’Kelley to get even more points. I did so because he promised me Berlin, so I also apologize for believing something Jim O’Kelley told me.
In fairness, I [i]did [/i] say that I would give you Berlin if I wasn’t in it. But you’re right, when I failed to take it in the Spring, our deal called for me to help you take it.
But hey, let’s focus on the positives. We held our alliance together for the whole game.
Build Army Rome.
I’m sure Ben wishes he had that build back. For those who weren’t there, Ben and Mike played the Key Lepanto–Cockerill Variation. That’s where Austria opens Tri-Alb, Vie-Gal and Bud-Rum, while Italy plays it standard: Nap-Ion, Rom-Apu, Ven-Tri.
In the Fall, Ben convoyed to Tun, but held in Tri. Mike didn’t get Greece and so was held to three: Bud, Rum and Vie. Ben built F Nap, of course, and … A Rom.
Building the army in Rome instead of Venice cost him tempo. It was a mistake from which he never recovered. He lost Trieste in 1902, and remained at four centers for the rest of the game.