The point of no return. That title could refer to a lot of things.
For starters, we kicked off our 12th season of Windy City Weasels Diplomacy last night at Brian Shelden’s home on the New East Side. No turning back now. (Incidentally, today marks the 11th anniversary of our club’s founding. We played our first game at my old home in Old Irving Park on September 10, 2005. Read about it here.)
It could also refer to committing so thoroughly to your alliance and its campaign that you seemingly no longer have the option of working with the target to turn the tables on your ally, who’s getting the better of the deal. That might have happened to Bryan Pravel, whose Russia helped eliminate Davis Spanos in Turkey…to the benefit of Weasel of the Year Brandon Fogel in Austria and no one else.
When you build two armies as France, securing England’s cooperation but also ensuring that he’ll always have the upper hand. Sound familiar, Brian Shelden?
How about when, as England, you eschew a profitable campaign with France against Germany to roll up Russia’s Scandinavian position? Good for you, great for the eventual board-topper, right Chris Kelly?
Really, any time you permit a strong player to get too big to fail would qualify as a point of no return. Raise your hand if you’ve never been there.
During the postgame discussion, maybe that extra drink you order? The one that ruins your Saturday morning and leaves you at home in bed while your family goes to Santa’s Village. (Okay, some points of no return have a funny way of working out in your favor.)
But no, the title of this article refers to none of those things. Rather, it’s the song that Brian Shelden chose to close down karaoke at Seven after the game last night. Point of No Return by Expose.
Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.
As for the Diplomacy, Game No. 310, our first of the new campaign, ended by draw vote in Spring 1908 in the following center counts:
Austria (Brandon Fogel): 13; 48.563 points.
England (Chris Kelly): 11; 34.770 points.
France (Brian Shelden): 7; 14.080 points.
Germany (Matt Sundstrom): 0; 0.000 points.
Italy (Carlos Trevino): 0; 0.000 points.
Russia (Bryan Pravel): 3; 2.586 points.
Turkey (David Spanos): 0; 0.000 points.
The supply center chart is here. Players, what was your point of no return? Tell us in the comments section below.