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Euro games have long been played at the Monday Night gaming at Whittier. The crowd of Euro players drifts between a handful up to about 10 or so. One of our ideas with playing at Whittier is that we might, over time, find some of those Euro players that have the interest to develop a love of Wargaming. I've heard about it happening before, and Lincoln is confident it will happen, but assures me it is a long road and patience is needed. I agree, in theory, but wonder how long this patience thing will take.
But we have had some success so far with wargames that drift closer to the fringe than the traditional hex and counter games. There was great interest in Struggle of Empires with 3 of the Euro regulars taking part and at least 2 of them enjoying the game. We had also got 1 in a game of Space Empires: 4X. But we tend to play the same games for a period while Euro games (in general) love to switch games from week to week.
I had brought Sekigahara along in hopes of enticing one of the regular Euro players into a game. Strangely, this was foiled by there being a larger than normal crowd of Euro players which meant games like Battlestar Galactica were going to hit the table and draw those 3 or 4 people I might otherwise have enticed with Sekigahara into the intrigue filled fun of Cylon, Cylon, who is the Cylon.
That left 3 of us, Lincoln, Steve and I, facing a two player game of Sekigahara. I am the most Euro centric wargamer in our group so I volunteered to step into Battlestar while Lincoln and Steve played Sekigahara. But the rules explanation I needed to give of that game beforehand meant that Battlestar was starting and Lincoln took my spot.
Steve and I played 2 games. He took Tokugawa and I played Ishida both times. The first game, a learning game for him, ended when he made a large attack at Gifu against my forces. His army was stacked with Tokugawa blocks and his had was well situated to play them out. It was tense, but I managed a loyalty check on his last 8 point block (3 for the block and 5 for other Tokugawa blocks) giving me 3 points instead of him getting 8, which meant he lost by 4 points, but more importantly, lost Tokugawa and the game.
But now he understood it better and we set it up again. This time he was plagued with a variety of cards while his armies were stacked clans. This allowed me to advance more than I did previously. But his maneuvering finally brought two clans together with the cards to support them. He even had 2 Loyalty cards.
Again, it was a very tense exchange. My hand was weak to a loyalty card in only one place, and he missed that opportunity. Playing his two at points I could resist them. My loyalty check on his clan was also repulsed. The end result was a final score of 22 to 21 with Ishida holding the field.
In my next move I was able to surround his weakened Tokugawa army because of my previous advances and eliminate him.
Two very close games. 1 Loyalty check deciding the first and 1 point deciding the second. Considering Lincoln and my 14-13 ending for our first game a week ago that makes 3 very close games in 3 plays. Gotta love that type of stuff.
Lincoln says he enjoyed Battlestar Galactica, so maybe, with the patience shown by the Euro players, he is becoming a Eurogamer.