All is fair in love, war, and Windy City Weasel diplomacy. Game 313 featured roommate conflict, stabbed girlfriends,
3 4 5 new players, and a first time player topping to board in a highly instructional (and highly amusing) bout. Using 18 minute timing (with adjudications off the clock), newcomer (and new to Chicago) Mick Johnson raced to a 10 center board top as France when the draw ended it in 05. The final center counts were:
Austria (Jake Trotta): 7; 21.121 points.
England (Bryan Pravel): 1; 0.431 points.
France (Mick Johnson): 10; 43.103 points.
Germany (Brian Shelden): 6; 15.517 points.
Italy (Lena Bochukova): 6; 15.517 points.
Russia (Henry Minis): 3; 3.879 points.
Turkey (Tuba Sahiti): 1; 0.431 points.
The supply center chart is here.
A quick overview of what went down: Mick did well to capitalize on early British mistakes (01 ended with France in the Channel, Germany in the North Sea, and England hung out to dry in Skag.) The east shifted from an early 1950s-esque "get the commies out" AI when both I and T built two fleets in 01. Italy won the affection (and support) of Austria against Turkey, but was then (poorly) stabbed, allowing an IT reunion in the late game to slow down Austria. Russia, with the gentle encouragement of Austria, went off to fight Germany, but could not break the German defenses. Germany, irritated at an Austrian conspiracy against his game, vetoed a draw in 03 to ensure Austria would not top the board.
All in all, the game was a blast. Players also enjoyed Giordano’s pizza and wonderful views of the city from the Lakeshore East rooftop. For further detail on boyfriend stabbing girlfriend, roommate stabbing roommate, and Weasels stabbing Weasels, check the comments section.