Swords of the Purple Dragons (game session)
- Peter: a 5-time winner of the trophy; The Risk Master
- Gary: the previous holder of the Risk Master trophy; The Atlantean Champion
- Alan: hasn’t won the trophy, despite his love of nuclear booms; Proponent of “Peaceful Coexistence”
- Steve: the only one who could prove a threat to Pete’s might– if he played more games; The Occasionally Present
The Game: Samurai Swords
The game was slightly modified (players only needed 30 territories rather than 35) and we had to stop no later than 10:40 so Steve could make the train. Whomever had the most territories once the timer went off would be the winner. We all started with 17 territories.
Turn order hardly changed, despite the fact that only Pete ever bid on swords and chose to go 2nd each time). Alan, leader of the Green Blades went first and conquered some provinces while losing a few spearmen. Pete of the Blue Sky Clan went next, his armies killing many and losing few. His armies, at least at the start, were nigh unstoppable. Once he was finished, his total provinces were close to mid-twenties.
Steve of the Purple Dragons also did well; he reclaimed land and conquered new territories, and showed the rest of Japan that he was not to be messed with. Having to go last, Gary of the Bloody Spear Clan had less to work with and was forced into mainly reclaiming lost provinces. Unfortunately for him, this became a constant reality throughout his chosen career: becoming Emperor of Japan.
Since Pete consistently had the most provinces, both Steve and Gary painted a large target on his back. No one seemed to understand that Pete sought to bring about peace… through violent and bloody means if need be. Gary had promised a large island to Pete if he could hold onto a smaller, adjacent island, but that was not enough to sate Pete’s appetite. Fortunately for Pete, Gary had to first go through Alan’s armies to get to Pete’s stronghold, so he was mostly spared on that front. However, this caused Gary to became Alan’s rival, as it seems he is wont to do.
Not long after Pete took control of the small, mostly occupied island Gary mistakenly believed to be his did things begin to go wrong for the armies of the Blue Sky Clan. Steve challenged Pete’s command at every turn and many bloody spears were strewn across their fields of battle.
And so, Steve and Pete became constant rivals for supremacy of Japan. Neither would run from a fight, but Pete’s armies were spread too thin and could not sufficiently defend themselves against an enemy so possessed. It was a bitter fight that led the Purple Dragons to eventually wipe out two Pete’s three great armies in the Blue Sky Clan. Despite this substantial weakening, Pete did his best to hold onto many of his provinces, refusing to yield to Steve. Pete, a power that had once been mighty, could not fathom such insubordination from a seemingly weaker authority, and cast his eyes towards the wondrous hue above.
Finally, toward the end of the war, Alan’s great armies marched out against Steve, but there is only so much a mortal man can accomplish against the might of dragons. Swords and hurried shouts fell to the swaying sea of green beneath their feet. Try as they might, Steve could not be defeated.
All heard the ticking of the clock and knew that it was all over; Alan held 16 provinces, Pete and Gary each held 17, and Steve… held 18.
All were forced to submit to the will of the Purple Dragons but had that clock not stopped ticking, the bloody war would only have continued and left the lands of the rising sun a chaotic mess.