On our drive up to WolfCon last weekend, Matt Kade talked about the robustness of our club, both in terms of the quantity of the games and quality of the play.
"I tell my friends about the club, and they don’t get what a big deal it is to pull off two or three games a month," he said. "It’s not easy to find seven players."
Then he paused to reflect on his performance with the Weasels since joining the club at CODCon last April. "I’d like to top a board," he said. "I don’t think I’ve finished with more than six centers."
Within a few hours, he had topped his first board with us, a modest nine-center performance as Austria. Yesterday at Ted McClelland’s home in Rogers Park, he made it two in a row. And this board-top was nothing to blush about. Game No. 228 ended after Fall 1908 in the following center counts:
Austria (Lorenzo Davis): 7; 14.244 points.
England (Ted McClelland): 0; 0.000 points.
France (Matt Kade): 13; 49.128 points.
Germany (Ben DiPaola): 0; 0.000 points.
Italy (Mike Whitty): 2; 1.163 points.
Russia (David St. John): 11; 35.174 points.
Turkey (Ryan Whalen; Ted McClelland): 1; 0.000 points.
The two straight board-tops vaulted Kade into second place in the standings. St. John is right on his heels in third.
The supply center chart is here. Note that McClelland took over Whalen’s one-center position at some point. Whalen was only able to play until 4 p.m. as he had work to do. Per club rules, neither player scores the position, but its sum counts in the scoring. Therefore, this game totals less than 100 points.
Hopefully the players will chime in with their thoughts on the game. On Meetup, Kade commented that a solo was in sight until he allowed a Russian retreat into the Noth Sea. I’d like to hear more about that.
In the meantime, our next tilt is another Brawl game this Wednesday at the Red Lion. Two seats are still available, but we expect this game to fill, so speak up soon if you want to play.