Our club has held numerous multi-board sessions in our 10-year history, but prior to last Saturday, we had never fielded two boards in two different locations. The 14 players featured three first-time Weasels. Here’s how the games went down.
England (David Baeckelandt): 0; 0.000 points.
France (Ian Trotta): 6; 11.765 points.
Germany (Matt Sundstrom): 15; 73.529 points.
Italy (Mike Whitty): 2; 1.307 points.
Russia (Chris Kelly): 3; 2.941 points.
Turkey (Jake Trotta): 4; 5.229 points.
The supply center chart is here.
England (Mike Morrison): 8; 27.826 points.
France (Dan Burgess): 8; 27.826 points.
Germany (Chris Cantine): 0; 0.000 points.
Italy (Nick Rohn): 2; 1.739 points.
Russia (Amanda Baumgartner): 5; 10.870 points.
Turkey (Barry Preece): 3; 3.913 points.
Check out the supply center chart here.
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We had a fun game. I had the other six players randomly draw their powers, which left me with France. When playing France I usually don’t like to fight England early, and when playing England I usually don’t like to fight France early. When I saw Mike Morrison had England, I thought there was a good chance we would get along. And we did.
During our early negotiations about Germany, Mike mentioned having a Western Triple. I said sure, is Germany on board? A few minutes later the three of us were talking. I suggested that Chris move Munich to Silesia to attack Amanda right away. His response? “I’m not ready to attack her yet. I want Belgium.”
From what little I understand of this game, if you’re Germany and EF propose a Western Triple and ask you to do something productive toward the alliance with your Munich army, you go along. Instead, he moved it to Ruhr, ending my participation in the Western Triple. I had opened to MAO, Spain, and Picardy so we bounced in Belgium. I had been talking about building two fleets but England asked me to build A Par instead, so I did. Germany didn’t like it but by then I didn’t care at all. England picked up Norway and Denmark (how did he get Denmark again? Did Amanda move to the Baltic Sea? I forget) and in 1902 he and I got Belgium and Holland respectively. By 1904 Germany was eliminated and I was making progress, albeit slowly, in the Med.
We had a draw vote after 1904, but Tony Prokes voted it down. Which makes sense as he knew he was going to grow during 1905, which he did. That year I picked up Munich and Tunis to get to 8. Tony was feeling a little under the weather, and since nobody had any designs on qualifying for the Royale, we were all content with ending at 8-8-8 after 1905. Which is admittedly a bit lame, but that’s how it was.
I took a picture of the board when we finished, and looking at it, there is a lot of growth potential for me and Mike. Unless Tony corrals some support from Russia and Turkey, we could have picked up 2+ dots each in the next couple of years, and possibly gone on to big scores. But that wasn’t on our minds.
After Diplomacy we played five-way 7 Wonders (Barry and Nick tied with 56 points) and then we played four-player Istanbul, which Nick won handily.
It was a fun day in Downers Grove! We’ll have some more good times here at the Royale on October 24.