Normally, you can set your clock by Chris Kelly’s board-tops. Since joining the Weasels in Season 6, he’s topped 14 league games, shared or outright. In nine of those games, he landed on eight or nine centers.
A crafty vet who started playing years ago with a group in Los Angeles, every now and then, he’ll drop double-digits on you. Twice, he topped with 10. Two more times, he struck midnight. Normally, though, when he tops, it’s with a modest eight or nine. You can plan on it.
But yesterday at Brian Shelden’s home on the swanky New East Side, Old Clockwork stunned everyone by pealing 13 times.
Game No. 356 ended by draw vote during the Spring 1908 turn in the following center counts:
Austria (Chris Kelly): 13; 62.132 points.
England (Gus Spelman): 5; 9.191 points.
France (Mick Johnson): 3; 3.309 points.
Germany (Don Glass): 2; 1.471 points.
Italy (Tyrone Ferguson): 4; 5.882 points.
Russia (Paul Pignotti): 7; 18.015 points.
Turkey (Mike Whitty): 0; 0.000 points.
The board was eclectic. Spelman, Johnson and Ferguson all joined the club in the previous two seasons. Spelman and Johnson were new to the game when they found us but now are swimming with the next wave of sharks. Ferguson is a webDiplomacy recruit who was playing for only the second time with us.
Pignotti, Glass, Kelly and Whitty all discovered the game years before joining the Weasels in Seasons 1, 4, 6 and 7, respectively. (Pignotti first played with us at the very first Weasel Pyle, by the way.)
On paper, it was a great mix of Weasels. Hopefully, they’ll all chime in with their thoughts about the game. The supply center chart is here.