Game 422 ends the same way that Wes Ketchum left Season 15 with his France walking into a board top. As France, the opening seemed pro-English and anti-German, but we find out afterwards that it was a head-fake. From there, F/G puts England on his back foot, but can’t finish the job before Wes turns on Cori to lock up a high enough center count early in the game as insurance against the leaders in the East.
As the title shows, our newest Weasel Sabi (suh-bee, in Hamlet form) Ahuja joined us through our Meetup site a week or so prior to the game without any knowledge of our presence on the Diplomacy Broadcast Network or our Discord server. Playing mainly Extended Deadline and Speedboat, this was a newer experience but Sabi as Italy was able to put together a solid alliance with forty-seven time (actually 4x) league champion Brandon Fogel in Austria. After slowly playing the tactical battle against Turkey, A/I grew a little too slowly to catch of with France.
Check out all the moves here.
|Austria||(Brandon Fogel)||6 centers||14.000 points|
|England||(Chris Brown)||2 centers||10.000 points|
|France||(Wes Ketchum)||9 centers||35.000 points|
|Germany||(Cori Neslund)||5 centers||13.000 points|
|Italy||(Sabrina Ahuja)||8 centers||16.000 points|
|Russia||(Timothy Crosby)||4 centers||12.000 points|
|Turkey||(Chris Kelly)||0 centers||0.000 points|