Eightface

by Dave Kellam

On Diplomacy

In The Board Game of the Alpha Nerds, David Hill, participates in an international competition of Diplomacy.

I still don’t know whom I should have trusted, if anyone. All I know is that I felt stupid, stressed out, humiliated, and sad. I had several shouting matches with a few of these guys. Some of them got personal. And all I had to show for my loyalty to Brian Ecton and my righteous indignation toward the other players was nothing at all. I was physically exhausted and emotionally abused. I hated Brian, the other players all hated me, and I hated myself most of all. I had to purse my lips extra hard to fight the urge to cry.

Settlers of Catan, eat your goddamn heart out.

I want to play, but at the same time, it seems sort of terrifying.

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