Roland Cooke told us last weekend at WACCon in Seattle that he’d be in Chicago for the week, so Nate and I resolved to organize a game in his honor. Ater work Monday night, Nate posted the game on Meetup. For its title, he turned to Medieval literature: "The Song of Roland." The name worked. Within 12 hours–a club record–Game No. 234 was full.
"The Song of Roland" is an epic poem about one of Charlemagne’s knights whose rearguard was ambused by a Muslim army. Vastly outnumbered, the knight, Roland, leads a valiant defense, all the while refusing to blow his powerful horn to summon Charlemagne’s main host. Finally–and here’s a spoiler alert–with his men dead and he the last Frank standing, Roland blows the horn with such great force that his temples burst.
Austria (Matt Kade): 6; 16.216 points.
England (Chris Kelly): 3; 4.054 points.
France (Nathan Cockerill): 6; 16.216 points.
Germany (Brandon Peters): 5; 11.261 points.
Italy (Roland Cooke): 4; 7.207 points.
Russia (Peter Lokken): 0; 0.000 points.
Turkey (Ben DiPaola): 10; 45.045 points.