You’ll find our first reference to the classic war movie Platoon in the write-up for Game No. 124, played way back in January 2011. We’ve used it quite a bit since then because many of our bar games play out the same way: New player shows up, ends up in France or Turkey adjacent to a couple of regulars who–for personal or club-cultural reasons–try really hard to work with him or her. The dynamic casts the new player in the role of Charlie Sheen’s Chris Taylor as Sergeants Barnes and Elias battle for his soul.
Wednesday night at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, the understudy for Charles Sheen was Gu Qiu, who found us on Meetup. He drew France. His closest neighbors? Two-thirds of the soloists at last month’s Weasel Moot, Cori Neslund in England and Jake Trotta in Germany. Readers will decide for themselves who was Elias and who, Barnes. Much like the movie, though, in the end, neither won the game.
Instead, it was Carlos Trevino in Turkey, playing his first league game in more than 2 1/2 years, riding an on-again-off-again alliance with Brandon Fogel’s Austria to the board-top. The game ended by time limit after the Fall 1905 turn in the following center counts:
Austria (Brandon Fogel): 5; 13.021 points.
England (Cori Neslund): 7; 25.521 points.
France (Gu Qiu): 5; 13.021 points.
Germany (Jake Trotta): 4; 8.333 points.
Italy (Brian MacWilliams): 3; 4.688 points.
Russia (Eber Condrell): 2; 2.083 points.
Turkey (Carlos Trevino): 8; 33.333 points.
Players, what happened?