What do you do when five rounds and 52 boards of Diplomacy just isn’t quite enough to slake your thirst for the game? Why, you back it up with a bar game, that’s what you do.

On June 29, just three days after the smoke cleared on WDC, we gathered at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square with some of our out-of-town guests for one final act of Diplomacy. Game No. 304, our fourth league game of the busy month of June, ended by time limit after the Fall 1907 turn in the following center counts:


Austria (Brian Shelden): 9; 35.526 points.
England (Chris Kelly): 3; 3.947 points.
France (Matt Sundstrom): 8; 28.070 points.
Germany (Brandon Fogel): 7; 21.491 points.
Italy (Tim Jones): 4; 7.018 points.
Russia (Jake Trotta): 0; 0.000 points.
Turkey (Sean Nolen): 3; 3.947 points.

The supply center chart is here.

After a somewhat rocky landing on the Chicago scene, veteran traveler Brian Shelden now finds himself in second place in the Season 11 standings. Tim Jones, meanwhile, is a visiting Australian and luminary who played five rounds at WDC and whose extended stay and desire for just "one more wafer" was the impetus for this game. Sean Nolen is Siobhan’s husband. He flew into town after WDC to tour the city with Siobhan but jumped at the opportunity to play a friendly bar game with us.

Special thanks to all the locals who threw this game together at a moment’s notice to allow some of our traveling friends to experience one of our world famous bar games. Diplomacy is a selfish game played, for the most part, by selfless people.

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