"I don’t get it," my wife said, peering over my shoulder. "Wouldn’t they both apply?"
"I didn’t raise my son to be a backstabber," I replied.
Turns out it didn’t matter. It’s in his nature.
Junior Woodchucks Kevin O’Kelley (12) and Calum Mitchell (11), Pete McNamara’s stepson, made their Diplomacy debuts today in Game No. 207, played at Tony Prokes’ home in Des Plaines, and each bloodied his hands at the expense of an ally and mentor.
Kevin has wanted to play with us since our first game at his home in September 2005. That day, he kept popping in on us with a toy rifle, asking if he could be a spy.
"That’s the first day I met you," Dan Burgess told him, when the two were comfortably allied as England and France, respectively. But in Spring 1903, Kevin sailed into the Irish Sea and then walked into Liverpool in the Fall.
Calum, playing Turkey, waited a little longer to stab his ally, Don Glass in Russia. He took Rumania in Fall 1904.
The game ended by draw vote in Spring 1907 in the following center counts:
Austria (Brad Harrington): 2; 1.739 points.
England (Dan Burgess): 3; 3.913 points.
France (Kevin O’Kelley): 9; 35.217 points.
Germany (Tony Prokes): 2; 1.739 points.
Italy (Jim O’Kelley): 10; 43.478 points.
Russia (Don Glass): 4; 6.957 points.
Turkey (Calum Mitchell): 4; 6.957 points.
The supply center chart is here.
We used bar timing and wrapped up by 3:30. It was a fun, quick game, and both boys had fun. Kevin is eager to play again next week, and asked me to pay his club dues. (We also collected from Brad Harrington and Tony Prokes. Have you paid yours yet?)
A few other notes before we turn it over to the players for their comments.
First, every single player improved his score for the year. That wasn’t hard to do for the newcomers, of course, but it was a feat for some of us.
Second, we decided that Kevin and Calum would play France and Turkey, per our club’s novice rules, so I drew from the other five powers. We figured we’d put Kevin in the opposite theater, but our clever plan was thwarted when I drew Italy.
Finally, speaking of Italy, for the third straight year, the green units topped the board in our St. Patrick’s Day game. Weird, huh?
Okay, let’s hear from the players.