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September Game Night...post report

From: Chris W.
Sent on: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 3:23 PM
Well, another Game Night has come and gone!

We had two first time players join us (Welcome Allen and Mark) and we had enough players for running two tables?right on!

At the big table, the Allied team of Matt and Eric prevailed over the Axis team of JC, Allen and I, due in small part to my semi bad dice rolling and in large part to my poor use of our German forces. Lesson learned?if I am ever on your team and we are the Axis?better make sure I am NOT Germany if you want o win (you know I was doing bad when Italy was making as much money as I was the last round of play?and Italy was played by one of our ?new players??OUCH?that hurts?but way to go Allen). But I still had way cool fun!


At table 2 the Allied team managed to ?snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory? when Italy opened a hole in the Russian lines that allowed Germany to blitz into Moscow with a ton of tanks and take the Russian capital. Things went down hill fast from there; and as I understand it?the Allies had been winning most the game up to that point. Bummer?but?it looked like everyone had a great time at that table too.

I?m noticing some?dare I say?issues?with how we as a group purchase our units. Too many of us are just saying ?I purchased 3 infantry, 2 tanks and 1 fighter plane for 29 IPC??and than we dump our purchased pieces on the table in some obscure location (convenient to us) and we shove our IPC at the banker in a pile of cash.

This is leaving some of us confused on what was purchased and leaving too many of us making simple mistakes; and those mistakes (all of which I am sure are honest mistakes and not ?cheating?) are leaving most of us feeling like we are ?being cheated?. In other words, our poor purchasing practices are creating bad blood over honest mistakes.

So I would like to ask all of us to make more of an effort to be more?purposeful?with our purchases.

Example, if a player is purchasing 3 infantry, 2 tanks and 1 fighter, they should ?show their purchases? by saying?

?I am purchasing 3 infantry for 9 IPC? and than they should place those 3 infantry on the board in the same designated staging area and than they should hand the 9 IPC to the banker. Than they should say ?and I am purchasing 2 tanks for 10 IPC? and then they should set the 2 tanks on the board and hand the 10 IPC to the banker. Than they should say ?and I am purchasing 1 fighter for 10 IPC? and they should set the fighter on the board and hand over the 10 IPC to the banker.

Clean, clear, simple?not some dump pile of units and IPC that no one (including the purchaser) is clear about.

I?ll make a point of showing what I mean at the start of the next several Game Nights. This way we can all help each other to get into a better habit of doing it this way so all players are clear about each others purchases.

Well, enough with the ?rules of fair play?.

I hope everyone had as much fun as I did at our September Game Night and I hope you area all looking forward to next months October Game Night as much as I am.

See you than.

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