England (Peter Lokken): 0; 0.000 points.
France (Jim O’Kelley): 10; 26.455 points.
Germany (Paul Pignotti): 9; 21.429 points.
Italy (Nathan Cockerill): 1; 0.265 points.
Russia (Pete McNamara): 14; 51.852 points.
Turkey (Don Glass): 0; 0.000 points.
McNamara’s haul puts him in first place through three games in the young Season Eight, about three points ahead of Beefy Nate Cockerill. He started fast, picking up three centers in 1901, and never really looked back, despite long wars with Austria and Germany.
The source of McNamara’s third build in 1901 was a bit of a surprise. He got into Galicia in the spring, and also opened to Rumania and St. Petersburg. Turkey, meanwhile, opened with Ank to Con, which rang alarm bells across Europe. Especially concerning was the fact that Cockerill’s little Italy snuck into Trieste and Venice off the bat.
But in the Fall, the Eastern dynamic flipped on Glass’ Turkey. He bounced Austria out of Greece, but Italy stuffed him in the Aegean, while Austria supported Russia into Bulgaria. McNamara followed Rum to Bul with Gal to Rum, and the rape of Turkey was on.
In the West, Pignotti and I sprung a Sea Lion on Lokken, succesfully capturing the North Sea. But we squandered that advantage in 1902, and by the end of the year, we were desperately fighting off the A/I/R.
My game was teetering on the brink in 1903. Italy had the jump on me in the Mediterranean, and England was flexing his muscles behind me. Fortunately, I was able to broker a temporary G/R truce that resulted in Germany recapturing Munich from Italy. Austria also retook Trieste that year, forcing Italy to disband. Italy never really recovered from that Fall 1903 turn, and in 1904, Pignotti and I got England back under control.
After the frenetic opening, the game settled down as France, Germany and Russia worked toward a three-way draw. The alliance was far from harmonious, however, and there were anxious moments in the final years as both Germany and Russia employed aggressive defenses to keep the other honest. But cool heads prevailed in the end.
Miscommunication between Russia and me cost me Italy’s last center on the final turn, I thought about dragging out the game another year to retake Rome, but I didn’t feel right about making the other guys play because of a mistake I had made. Besides, Nate played his usual solid game, despite the result, and I felt he deserved to survive.
You can check out the supply center chart here.
After the game, we had cigars on the patio. Don and Nate left after that, but the rest of us played other games until 12:45 a.m. or so. It was a fun day, and a nice way to celebrate my birthday.
Next up for the Weasels is the Weasel Royale and Undercard Game on Oct. 27 at Dan Burgess’ home in Downers Grove. We tried to talk Paul into driving back down for the Undercard, but as he colorfully put it, "I don’t do J.V." There’s still room for you, though. I hope you’ll join us.