Since our founding in September 2005, and counting League, Exhibition, Premiere and Tournament games, we’ve played 659 games of Diplomacy on the standard map. Yet, on Saturday in Game No. 357 at Matt Sundstrom’s home in Glenview, we saw something that we’d never seen before–France eliminated in 1902.
Jake Trotta, one of the most dominant players of the past two seasons, was the unfortunate frog. A look at the supply center chart, Spring 1901 tab, will confirm that he failed to heed sage advice regarding the play of France–mind Burgundy. And that with his arch-rival, Brandon Fogel, of all people in Germany.
Game No. 357 ended by draw vote in Spring 1908 in the following center counts:
Austria (Mick Johnson): 5; 8.065 points.
England (Tony Prokes): 10; 32.258 points.
France (Jake Trotta): 0; 0.000 points.
Germany (Brandon Fogel): 11; 39.032 points.
Italy (Jacob Rebnord): 0; 0.000 points.
Russia (Peter Buczak): 0; 0.000 points.
Turkey (Matt Sundstrom): 8; 20.645 points.
On paper, the French collapse looks like the big story, but surely lots more happened in the other five game years. Players, how ’bout filling us in? (But don’t ignore the opening, ’cause, 1902? How’s that even possible?)