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After the horror that was the Hawkesbury Mk 1, we decided to do it again.
Basically we hire a houseboat, cruise down the hawkesbury river, drink, play board games, sleep, read, try to catch fish, swim, and basically just chill the hell out.
The weather looked extremely bad before we left, but Friday as a perfect day. Traffic was light on the way up, we got there, watched the briefing video as the seasoned pro's we were and took off. Unlike last year when we all wanted to drive, this year none of us could be stuffed.
Tied up fairly early to a mooring, proceeded to fish & swim. Nick's radio control boat wouldn't work in the water, something kept interfering with the signal. Neither would the electronic shocking tanks work outside, only indoors.
Nick decided to go spear fishing, so made himself a spear and went hunting. Of course he caught nothing.
I managed to snag 2 tailor using some lures. One of which was just eating size. Bruce proceeded to bludgeon it to death at the front of the boat. Turning the front deck into what looked liked a murder scene. Glover slept through it.
Jacques managed to catch a few fish, all of which were way under size.
Played a lot of scrabble, but on Saturday afternoon we broke out Diplomacy. Most of us hadn't played before, so the first few turns were taking in learning the rules. If you haven't played before, basically you're one of 7 European countries in 1901. There is no luck involved in the game, it's all skill and negotiation. Every unit has the same strength, so the only way to beat an army is 2 on 1, meaning you have to ally with others.
Nick was running around before the game trying to get everyone to gang up on me. But when we started he was France, I was England, so we allied.
Glover was Germany, and we had a loose alliance with him. Russia (played by Bruce) told me he was going to attack Germany. I told Germany, Russia overheard, England and Russia were at war. Ungrateful Germany then decided to attack England, meaning we had to take him out (which we did, while staving off Russia). Austria-Hungry (played by Mike) managed to sneak behind Nick and take out Brest, annoying us for a while.
Game went for a while, with the alliances being France-England vs Russia-Austria, with Turkey (played by Jacques), basically being cannon fodder.
I think what won us the game was not the skillful strategy, but basically Mike and Bruce got drunker as the game went on, and when Bruce lost 2 supply centers in a bold attacking attempt, we declared the game over, with a victory to France-England (and we included Turkey).
Sunday saw us without meat as someone left the meat out, but it was a rainy day and pancakes made it go by.
On the way back we heard a yank call into Ripples base saying they had got stuck on a sandbank. Damn funny.
All in all a good trip, weather nowhere near as good as last time, but still a damn good break from city life.
And another game of Diplomacy needs to be played, this time with 7 players.
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