Meta Game Notes: We agreed again, despite the change to Enclave of the Bear to keep starting factions. This does change... it's coming no worries.
Stephen: Khan Industries Ural
Josh: Enclave of the Bear Eastern Australia (He retreated him to his major city.)
Mike: Saharan Republic Western US
Eric: Die Mechaniker North Africa (seriously... loves to turtle.)
Luke: Imperial Balkania Peru
Now that Enclave of the Bear was the borscht of the Balkanians, the next war wasn't to far off from starting. Khan Industries, starting some place strange as well as the Saharans starting well outside of their normal spots.
Stephen makes a brash move, after a scar was played in Indonesia.
Spoiler (click to reveal)
Josh foolishly played his scar the the beginning of Stephen's turn, drawing the full wrath of might. Ural --> China --> South East Asia ---> Indonesia. The bonus was to hard to pass up. Josh moved into New Guinea, but all was held off on his attack into Indonesia. This left Josh with one unit in New Guinea and Eastern Australia.
Eric like normal, solidified his power in Africa while Luke claimed Serenity (S. America) and Central America. Mike was not keen on this at all. After expanding into a few of the N. American territories, he challenged Luke in C. American claiming "I need to seal up my back door. To which he did.
Turn two, saw the elimination of Enclave of the Bear, and then Enclave joining back into the war to be a "troll". No real strategy, just to be an annoying thorn in the side of who ever, in this case Eric. Eric, was not bothered in the least, having small skirmished within Europe.
The focus was on Stephen and his sneaky expansion and build up in Kamchatka. Sneaky, because Mike was so focused on Luke pushing up into C. America to keep him at bay. The Scar in Brazil was buying enough time to keep Eric from expanding west. So mike saw this as an opportunity to push into Serenity to keep Luke from claiming his bonus.
Noticing Mike weakening himself, Steve made and offensive into Alaska down into Alberta, and then finally into Western US. Doing so, he claimed a third HQ (his own, Josh, and now Mike's.) His red star the 4th point, and the wrath of Khan was felt. Two short successful assaults into distracted armies lands. Almost taking a page out of Mike's book the game before... except having good combat.
Crooklyn (Major City) Founded in Indonesia, with a very positive scar in place.
Mechadeck (New Guinea) and Tooton-Common (Egypt) also founded, bringing 9 total minor cities onto the board, causing another package to be opened. two resources placed as well.
The opening of the 9 cities package brings about large changes. These changes bring about even larger ones, as now there are four missiles out in play. Each faction having a win under their belts, with the exception of the Saharan Republic.
Does it, and will it all change?