Eric Yarnell, ND
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Game-Related Awards & Accomplishments
- World Diplomacy Championships XIII at Armada Regatta in Denver, CO, 14-16 Feb 2003, Captain Bligh Award (Victim of the Best Stab): So there I was, playing on a board with THE European champion, Frank Johansen, as well as two other European sharks. I was Italy and Frank was Austria. We fairly quickly became fast allies. We worked together very well right up to the moment when I screwed up and misordered and advance out of Munich, thus making that army unsupportable and losing Munich. This put my and Frank's defenses in grave danger of complete collapse. So Frank stabbed both me and Russia the next season, grabbing three or four dots. I was not in the least bit surprised or angry, and actually continued to help Frank in the hopes that he would end up with a solo victory. I felt I had blown it by misordering and didn't want to hamper Frank, who I truly believed would have stayed allied with me to the bitter end of a two-way victory otherwise. For less obvious reasons, Russia also continued to help Frank. Anyway, Frank ended up in a three-way tie for the game and got third place in the entire championships and the Best Stab Award. I ended up in 84th place out of 128 people--not great but not horrible for my first world championship.
- On 1 March 2003, I actually beat Chad and Jay at Puerto Rico--by only one point and three points to be sure, and I did not beat Mark Purtill, but I consider myself to have arrived in the game world now that I beat these two masters once. I will savor it now for it may never happen again...
Games I Like to Play
- Civilization II (never played the board game but I love the computer game--I do not like what they did to it in Civilization III)
- I would love to play Werewolf again and to really try the ring protocol Jay suggested in order to crack the system, but no one seems to be interested.
- Taj Mahal
- Monsters Ravage America
- Martian Chess
- Merchants of Venice
- Settlers of Catan (I'd like to learn to play Cities & Knights and the Card game too)
- Witch Trial
- Tigris & Euphrates (though I am really bad)
Game I Would Like to Play
- Monsters Ravage America, edited rules version proposed by myself and Mark Haggerty
- Monopoly, edited no-luck rules version proposed by myself
- Card games using Tarot deck
Games I Do Not Like to Play
- We'll skip obvious dregs like Monopoly, etc.
- Cosmic Encounter (For some reason this game just really boils my blood and I get very worked up and I don't like how I feel so I have decided to stop playing. I would only consider playing it again if there was an impartial judge available watching the game who could make decisions when the inevitable weirdnesses come up.)
- Most party games. They usually just seem such a waste of time when other more interesting games could be played. There are exceptions of course.
- Mouu Inc. ("Downpour"): large hand size
- Ashioto Unlimited ("Footsteps"): tag & bag
- Yoku Inc. ("Greed"): makes runner poor
- Kon Co. ("Gold"): lots of money
- Chang2 Cheng2 Jian4 She4 Gong1 Si1 (\x93Great Wall Construction Company\x94): self-explanatory
- Shi ("Branches"): large hand size
- Toroijin ("Trojan"): HQ runner
- Moku ("Eye"): sees ice
- Touke ("Clown"): weakens ice
Honestly, I am not particularly happy with any of these decks. They need a lot of tuning. The Great Wall deck is actually ok; Dave and I co-tuned that one. Toroijin is not too bad either. Everyone else basically doesn't work well, especially Ashioto Unlimited. The idea for Mouu is good but execution is weak. Just not enough time in the world.