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Darin Stephenson
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I do not run and hide... I strategically maneuver.
Dan, Cameron (Dan's son), and Darin sat down for a 3-player game of Risk. Dan and Darin hadn't played the game in over 20 years, and Cameron had never played. The copy of the game was a new one that Cameron had just gotten for Christmas.

We played a variant where the initial country cards are dealt out, instead of choosing countries one at a time per the rules included with the game. (This was partly because we were teaching Cameron the rules and wanted a "fair", if random, starting position, and partly because this is the way Dan and Darin had always played 20 years before.) Darin ended up concentrated in North America and Asia, Dan in Africa and North America, and Cameron in South America and Australia.

Cameron went first, and secured South America and Australia. Dan went next, and took over all of Africa. Darin decided to try for Asia instead of North America -- a decision that proved disasterous in the long run. After a few turns, Darin had caputured all of Asia except for Siam, but had fairly good troop buildup in Alaska, Ukraine, and the Middle East. Cameron held onto his two continents, and dumped a ton of troops into Siam, ruining Darin's hopes of securing Asia. Dan soon managed to kick Darin out of Alaska, giving Dan both Africa and North America.

It was only a matter of time before Cameron's hoardes came out of Australia to wipe Darin completely off of the map. Then it came down to Dan vs. Cameron, with Dan getting 8 armies per turn from his continents, and Cameron getting only 4. Dan seemed to enjoy "teaching his son a valuable life lesson" by sweeping through first South America then, finally, Australia and Asia. Dan got the victory, with Cameron second, and with Darin spectating through the last 45 minutes of the game.
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