The mosquitoes were pretty bad last Friday night in the gardens of Lake Point Tower. The Weasels, though, were even worse.
Ray Trotta, the patriarch of the Diplomacy-playing Trotta clan, hosted two boards in the condo building’s beautiful wooded space on August 18. Thirteen Weasels spent the evening strolling through the gardens while telling lies and stabbing backs. If you could tune out the bustle of Lake Shore Drive, it was easy to imagine that you were vying for the Iron Throne in the gardens of King’s Landing or Pentos.
Speaking of, the two games were as different as ice and fire.
Game No. 348, a Song of Ice
Bryan Pravel rode a fast start and a steady alliance with England to a German board-top in Game No. 348, which ended by draw vote in Spring 1906 in the following center counts.
Austria (David Spanos): 6; 15.385 points.
England (Jim O’Kelley): 8; 27.350 points.
France (Brandon Fogel): 0; 0.000 points.
Germany (Bryan Pravel): 9; 34.615 points.
Italy (Chris Kelly): 4; 6.838 points.
Russia (Ben Hafner): 1; 0.427 points.
Turkey (Jorge Zhang): 6; 15.385 points.
Spanos, a fixture last year, was playing for the first time since January. Zhang, a fixture at our tournaments the past three years, was playing for the first time in a league game, as was his buddy Hafner, who played at Moot in June.
For Pravel, it was another quiet win. Not flashy, just cool and effective like a lake freezing.
Game No. 349, a Song of Fire
Game No. 349 also went five game-years, but in this one, the board-topper grew like wildfire. Jake Trotta netted his third monster score of the season, exploding to 13 centers. The game ended by time limit after the Fall 1905 turn in the following center counts:
Austria (Brian Shelden): 9; 28.322 points.
England (Jake Trotta): 13; 59.091 points.
France (Brandon Fogel): 3; 3.147 points.
Germany (Zein Zoulfikar): 1; 0.350 points.
Italy (Christian Kline): 4; 5.594 points.
Russia (David Hafner): 1; 0.350 points.
Turkey (Ray Trotta): 3; 3.147 points.
Hafner, a vet of three tournaments with the Weasels, was playing his first league game. Zulfikar was playing for the second time ever. He played his first game with us in March.
The supply center charts for the two games are here. Players, can you get your endgame statements in before George R.R. Martin finishes The Winds of Winter?