Nick Rohn, the Alpha Weasel beta and veteran of the club’s second game back in November 2005, finally strolled into the Red Lion at about 7:15 last night, the heavy rain having doubled the duration of his commute from Parts Unknown. And still, the evening’s second board didn’t start.
Nick brushed the water off his jacket and sat down to join our wait for Kelsey Trotta. Jake and Ian’s older sister had gone to the wrong Red Lion and was still en route.
Jake, meanwhile, anxiously vacillated between our table, where he feverishly worked his phone for status updates from his sister, and the Lion’s back room to watch Game No. 325, which had started on time at 6:30. He was in the back room when a woman walked in at around 7:45, did the about face at the bar, and approached our table cautiously.
“Are you Kelsey?” I asked.
“No,” she retorted. “I’m the Easter Bunny.”
Nine of us were there by 6:30, so Game No. 325 started on time. The players, including online players but first-time Weasels Tim Schwartz (playdiplomacy.com) and Tyrone Ferguson (webdiplomacy.net), played to a seven-way draw. The game ended by time limit after the Fall 1907 turn in the following center counts:
Austria (Tim Schwartz): 6; 17.143 points.
England (Tyrone Ferguson): 2; 1.905 points.
France (Bryan Pravel): 8; 30.476 points.
Germany (Paul Digiulio): 7; 23.333 points.
Italy (Brian Shelden): 2; 1.905 points.
Russia (Matt Sundstrom): 2; 1.905 points.
Turkey (Brandon Fogel): 7; 0.000 points.
Note that Brandon had to leave the game in 1905 or so to deal with an emergency. Per club rules, neither he nor replacement Chris Kelly scored the position; its square, however, was still factored in the sum. Consequently, the scores for this game total less than 100 points.
As for ill-fated Game No. 326, we eventually did get started but not with Kelsey as our seventh. She and Jake had crossed signals. She watched for a bit before heading to another engagement.
With Matt Sundstrom graciously playing on both boards and despite the late start, we managed to get through 1906 by the time limit. The final center counts were:
Austria (Jim O’Kelley): 4; 5.333 points.
England (Matt Sundstrom): 3; 3.000 points.
France (Ali Adib): 12; 48.000 points.
Germany (Nick Rohn): 1; 0.333 points.
Italy (Jake “The Goat Lover” Langenfeld): 3; 3.000 points.
Russia (Jake Trotta): 11; 40.333 points.
Turkey (Chris Kelly): 0; 0.000 points.
The supply center charts are here. Players, let’s hear your endgame statements.