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Mark Luta
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For those who want to play Maria against people other than the same two opponents over and over...

For anyone who is interested in playing Maria for the very first time...

There will be a Maria Tournament at the next Los Angeles Strategicon event, held over Memorial Day Weekend. The venue is the Sheraton Hotel at the Los Angeles International Airport, so it is even quite convenient for overseas visitors! It is possible to purchase just a one day pass, or a pass for the entire weekend for just a little more (which comes with a discount for BGG Patrons!) details are here:

http://www.strategicon.net/

The event kicks of at 5:00pm on Friday of the convention. Exact format will depend on the number of players, but I have two copies of the game so we can accomodate at least six. And if anyone else has a copy to bring, convention policy is that anyone who brings a copy of the game gets priority for playing wherever possible.

Anyone who wishes to play for the first time is certainly welcome as indeed most people at this point have never seen the game before, the format used at Strategicon requires a teaching session roughly half an hour before game start so rest assured there will be plenty of demonstration and rules discussion for those who need such.

NOTE: Last time this tournament was overfilled, so it is strongly recommended to sign on online or as soon as you arrive at the convention, or bring your own copy of the game (or both!).
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Phillip Deutsch
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Great! I'm going to Strategicon and I'll bring my copy.
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As it turned out, some players were not at this convention (a couple were amazingly at other conventions...), and so we had only 3 players this time. The game was quite an unsual one, as Austria had a strong spades hand and Prussia drew almost no spades, with the result Austria was able to defend Silesia all game and even threatened to retake the two Prussian objectives and begin the march into Prussia--fortunately improving relations with Russia happened just in time to bring the Old Dessauer back to close this invasion route. Meanwhile, the Saxons, who had been a staunch ally into 1743, and had taken Prague, were marching eastward to (as the Austria player was soon to learn) bring their spade-heavy hand into Silesia. Suddenly, the Quadruple Alliance was formed, which in this case left the Saxon army and supply train in place...which allowed Prussia to immediatly capture their supply train, creating a tremendous problem for the Saxon army and imperiling the defense of Silesia. The Austrian response was to send another army to Silesia, threatening to break out into Prussia if Prussia were to move against an empty Saxony.

Meanwhile, France was able to take 5 objectives in Bohemia, but the clever Khevenhuller was able to slip around into south Bavaria with a supply train, at which point the risk of losing Bavaria became very real. France reduced military objectives, netting 3 out of the pool. This, along with Prussia casting their votes for Charles-Albert in 1742, and France taking 3 of 4 Rhine Electorates once Austria lost interest with the Election over, seemed to put France in a good position. But the loss of the war in Italy, along with an Austrian battle victory against a French army, and a suddenly much more aggressive Pragmatic Army, turned the situation against France very quickly.

Thus, France ended up in the starting situation of Austria, with too many places to defend on 2 fronts, and the game ended Turn 8 with an Austria victory.
 
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