Issue Seven - September 1995
Signs of the Times, Pt. 95
(spotted on the way back from
Manorcon) The Brides shop in the Birmingham Pallasaides shopping
centre has a "No Pushchairs Please" sign on the front door...
So long, and thanks for all the fish...
R.R. Number : RR 1297 IN Gamestart : CMag 128 Date : May 1993
Zeen : C'est Magnifique/TAP Round 1 : CMag 130 Date : July 1993
Name : "ELBRIDGE GERRY" Round 12 : TAP 161 Date : July 1995
Game : R.R. Map India (IN) Report : TAP 164 Date : Sep 1995
g.m. : Peter Sullivan
Railways Are Just Putting Up Tracks (RAJPUT) [yellow] : Robin ap
Cynan, UK (to Round 5) ; Michael Quist, USA (from Round 6) (4th) ;
Beastly, Antiquated, Damnably Inefficient Steamers Belie
Acceptable Dividends In Stock (BADIS BADIS) [orange] : Conrad
von Metzke, USA (won) ;
Delhi And Vishakhapatnum Express (DAVE) [black] : Dave Erridge,
UK (2nd) ;
All India Railways (AIR) [brown] : Martyn Hathaway, UK (3rd) ;
Stand Aside, Here Is Brosius! (SAHIB) [red] : Eric Brosius, USA (5th).
Start 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
----- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
RAJPUT Bombay 20 26 26 50 50 50 84 112 144 188 231 236
BADIS Calcutta 23 38 51 63 66 66 90 140 149 235 283 323
DAVE Vishakha. 37 43 63 74 81 75 109 120 176 212 248 313
AIR Calcutta 23 38 45 50 40 57 81 97 138 161 212 238
SAHIB Madras 9 21 -3 4 5 0 8 76 124 137 152 216
BADIS BADIS (Conrad von Metzke) :This will be awfully close!
I'll be interested to see if Dave and Martyn did a joint run in
Race 37. If so, and if Martyn wins Race 39 -- and/or if Michael
runs race 42 from M72 despite the payments -- then Dave wins.
This, of course, makes no allowance for the possibility that
Eric's track at C63 will be blown up by the Assamese Liberation
Front, or that Manorcon will be declared insolvent and Peter
will "borrow" from us to pay for his debts... I am not a betting
man. However, I will bet fifty cents (postage on this letter)
that Dave takes it. But I hope he doesn't...
Regardless -- gee, it's been fun. Thanks to all -- especially
Peter, who did his usual fine work, and I really hope he decides
someday to run some more games, 'cos I'd love to play!
SAHIB (Eric Brosius) :While I realised my line was not an
outstanding one, I am surprised at how poorly I did. I wasn't
expecting to lose by 50 or so. The problem with a Madras start
is that one's line north is blocked by the starter in
Vishakhapatnam. Of course, one can build up the west side of
the peninsula instead of the east side, but I don't believe that
approach has a chance to win. I probably annoyed Dave, even
though I was paying him substantial amounts in parallels, but I
thought I needed that line to Calcutta, especially when both
Calcutta starters went north-west. If one of them had built
straight to Raipur, things may have been different (but the
other would have had a big advantage.)
This is a good map, but it's tricky to get the start right so
everyone has an even chance. I'm interested to see how my
rivals saw the game.
g.m. (Peter Sullivan) : I'd agree with Eric that the balance of
start towns in this one is tricky -- Calcutta is obviously the
premium start, and I'm not sure whether starting two players
there is enough to balance this out. An interesting alternative
would be to ape the wonderful France map, and start everyone at
Delhi. However, the Northern strategy is even less attractive
here than it is on the France map, and I can foresee some
hideous clashes in the Nagpur and Jabalpur valleys as everyone
Forelithe I 3019 (93?? ts??) Downfall XIII
"RICHARD M. JOHNSON"
- DWARVES/GOOD (Mike Gonslaves)
- 2A(SRh)-ELi, Dain(DGu)-Bro, A(DGu) stands, 2A(Bro) stands,
A(Bre) S A(FEr), A(FEr) S A(Bre), A(Fra)-NMi, A(Blu)-Fld,
- ELVES/GOOD (Donald Scarr)
- A(Gla)-Lor, A(And) stands, A(CDm) stands, F(GWA)-SOU,
2A(Iml)-Rhu A(Gun) stands, A(Shi) stand, A(Dun)-Ise, A(Lor)-Fan,
- GANDALF/GOOD (Iain Bowen)
- Aragorn/Dead(Anf)-Dru, Gandalf(. . . . . .)-. . . . . . -. . . .
. . .
- GONDOR/GOOD (Chris Q. Hardy)
- A(Osg)-SIt M F(SIt) stands = F/A(SIt), Faramir/A(Lam)-Los M
A(Pel)-Los = Fa/2A(Los), R(. . . . . . )-. . . . . .,
2A/C(MTi)-Osg ; D & C(Osg)-MMo = C(MMo), 2A(Osg).
- MORDOR/EVIL (Despair)
- 2A(NIt), A(SGo), Lord of the Nazgul/3A(Hrd), A(Kha), A(Hdw),
2A(Udu), A(Nur), Nazgul(. . . . . . ), Sauron(Oro) all stand
- ROHAN/GOOD (Pete Gaughan)
- C(Dag) S A(DMa), _A(CAn)-NIt_, A(DMa) S A(CAn)-NIt, A(Nin)-Emy,
- SARUMAN/GOOD (Lance Anderson)
- NMR! A(Hol), A(NiE), A(Min), _A(Dru)*_ stand unordered.
- UMBAR/NEUTRAL (Despair)
- C(Nrd), 2F(ETH) stand unordered.
- SARUMAN A(Dru) disbands, no retreat ordered.
GENEVA : The deadline for Forelithe II 3019 orders, retreats and
adjustments is FRIDAY, 13th OCTOBER, 1995, to Peter Sullivan. E-mail :
ROHAN TO SARUMAN : Sorry we were to see your fortress
overthrown, but let hope not pass from you! The Shadow may have
moved north but we will pursue it wither it goeth!
MIDCON will be at the usual venue -- the Royal Angus Hotel,
Birmingham -- over the weekend of Friday 10th November to Sunday
12th November 1995. This features the normal events, including
the "headline act" of the British National Diplomacy
Championships, the Quiz, Pop Quiz, United Tournament and Hobby
Services Discussion. More details available from Chris Tringham
firstname.lastname@example.org ; bookings should go to Brian