Great opening night last night at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square for the 2017 Bar Room Brawl Series. We had 14 players on the nose, including five first-time Weasels. (Plus David St. John dropped in for a few minutes to say hello.)
We put the newcomers on a board with Matt Sundstrom and Brandon Fogel. Matt recruited two of them and Brandon, a third, plus Brandon taught and/or reviewed the rules for all five. The rest of us retired to Red Lion’s back room, a space underutilized by us and with easy outdoor access. It was a beautiful late summer evening in Chicago, so there was a lot of negotiating outside.
Anyway, here are the game summaries.
Game No. 311: The Newbie Board
The newbie board proceeded at a leisurely pace, with lots of explanation and 15 minutes per negotiation phase rather than the customary bar-timing drop to 10 after Spring 1901. The players voted for a seven-way draw in Spring 1904. The final center counts were:
Austria (Joe Beaulieu): 5; 14.535 points.
England (Brandon Fogel): 6; 20.930 points.
France (Daniel Mark): 6; 20.930 points.
Germany (Curry Dorris): 3; 5.233 points.
Italy (Matt Sundstrom): 4; 9.302 points.
Russia (Eric McNaughton): 5; 14.535 points.
Turkey (Jessica Hedrick): 5; 14.535 points.
Joe and Curry are Matt’s co-workers. Curry had played years before and quickly made up for lost time, lying to and screwing with everyone around him. Jessica is a friend of Brandon’s. Daniel found us on Meetup, and Eric found us on the Chicago Game Lovers Meetup, where we advertise our Red Wednesday games to cast a wider net.
Game No. 312: Back Room Dealing
This was my first game since the third round at WDC in June, and the gang welcomed me back by blanking my Russia in 1901 and 1902. Brian Shelden in Italy also put up a goose egg in 1901, but his was the result of a misorder. He wrote two different orders for one of the units involved in the convoy to Tunis. We both recovered, though. Brian finished with five centers. Check out my adjustments line: 0, 0, +3, +2, -1, +1.
Three of us went into the final year of the game tied at eight centers: me, Chris Kelly and David Spanos. The final year was fun and frantic, and it was unclear who had topped until we had counted the dots. The game ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:
Austria (Christian Kline): 0; 0.000 points.
England (David Spanos): 8; 25.000 points.
France (Chris Kelly): 9; 31.641 points.
Germany (Jake Trotta): 1; 0.391 points.
Italy (Brian Shelden): 5; 9.766 points.
Russia (Jim O’Kelley): 9; 31.641 points.
Turkey (Ted McClelland): 2; 1.563 points.
The supply center charts are here
. Players, want to fill in the gaps?