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None of us had played before, but Pat explained the game well and we got into it after about 30 minutes of rules info.
The game was a lot of fun. Most of us were a little cautious to start with and set about trying to consolidate our positions rather than look at any grand long-term strategy. Funnily enough, the two most experienced gamers, Luke (as Naples) and Pat (as Turkey), got into strife with each other almost immediately.
The highlight of the game for me (as Florence) was seeing Luke pull off some clever naval play to put Pat on the back foot, which allowed me to take advantage of Pat's sudden weakness and Luke's goodwill to demand concessions from helping the one while simultaneously backstabbing the other!
Everyone started to find their feet as the game went on and although we all made some mistakes no one had a shocker. It was a good day all round, with much humour on display. We were forced to finish after three game years due to time constrants, but it was just getting to the point when attention spans were starting to give out, so it was a good time to pull up sticks anyway.
Next game is on Saturday up at Luke's, where he will umpire a Modern Spearhead battle for Pat and I. I'm looking forward to it, though I may have to watch Luke suddenly screaming 'remember Naples!' and employing his umpire's prerogative in dastardly fashion!