The board being set-up by my dad and me
I'm still working on the recap of our epic game of Twilight Imperium from 29 July. In the meantime, I'll give some shots of the setup (done the night before) and a rundown of the players and their races.
Richard Wansbutter - Emirates of Hacan - retired executive -- now consultant -- in the agriculture industry, and also the man who got me started with science fiction, history, and board gaming. The Emirates of Hacan were a natural choice -- my dad basically is a Hacan based on their race sheet! He's a bit rusty in the war gaming department since I left home a decade ago, but he embodies his favourite motto: "age and deceit will always win out over youth and ability". Plus I was to share a border with him. Would blood prove thicker than water or would I have war on two fronts?
Stephen Heiner - L1Z1X Mindnet - entrepreneur, journalist, playboy, globetrotter and a geek to rival my own nerdiness. A cunning warrior and a good friend. I knew that we must be cautious. He chose the L1Z1X at the last minute (he advised me by text while my dad and I were setting up) and I knew he was going to be ready militarily for me. But he was way late leaving Kansas and therefore didn't have a proper night sleep before the game and hasn't read much about Twilight Imperium until shortly before the game. Would it give me an edge?
Have to say that's a fine-looking group. Any of these handsome gentlemen would make a fine Emperor of the Galaxy. Stay tuned to see who ultimately came out on top!
Here is a shot of the board after set-up was complete, ready to go (click on the picture for an enlarged version). My position is at the bottom/centre of the picture, then going clockwise from there is my dad, Greg, Matthew, and Stephen.