Strange things happen on Friday the 13th. Sadly for the host, Mike Morrison’s board-top was not one of them. This game marked the third time in the past two years that I’ve watched Mike roll to a giant board-top in my family room. And this time, he did it with my centers…and also with wanton disregard for the other players.
Morrison actually showed up to a Diplomacy game with a box of creampuffs. Such hubris.
The game ended by time limit after the Fall 1908 turn in the following center counts:
Austria (Mike Morrison): 12; 52.941 points.
England (Kevin O’Kelley): 1; 0.368 points.
France (Mike Whitty): 7; 18.015 points.
Germany (Matt Kade): 3; 3.309 points.
Italy (Jim O’Kelley): 1; 0.368 points.
Russia (Don Glass): 8: 23.529 points.
Turkey (Samuel Bassett): 2; 1.471 points.
The supply center chart is here.
In between Mike’s first slap of our faces with the creampuffs and his last slap with the board-top, the game featured solid alliance play in the West by Whitty and Kade, quick take-downs of Turkey and Italy in the East, a solo bid by Glass, some great "little guy" play by the three little guys, and three colossal misorders by Kade. Twice he ordered Moscow to Norway (once to his benefit, as it turned out), and on the penultimate turn, he ordered Edinburgh (instead of Yorkshire) to London, which ensured that Kevin could take London from him and survive the game.
Dan Burgess quickly volunteered to sit out, since we had eight players, and instead ran the game for us, which was nice.
After the game, Morrison, Kade, Bassett, Glass and I sat on the patio until around 2 a.m., rehashing the game, trading war stories from games past, and generally just soaking in a good Opening Night.
Next up, we’ll be at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square on Sept. 25 for our first bar game of Season Nine. Kade and Morrison are also talking about organizing our first Hyde Park game, so watch for an announcement about that.
Season Nine is open. I hope to see you over a board soon.