|Begging him not to demand Sweden
They spent several days explaining the basics to him, giving him a crash course on war games beyond RISK. They also pledged to help him in the early rounds of the game. They would try not to take advantage of him during diplomatic phases of the game. During conflicts or battles, the brothers not involved would give him pointers and tactical advice as requested.
Well, no more. After about 16 turns of play, meaning 16 months in the game's time, he has the entire game board upside down. Initially he made alliances with everyone except my second oldest (Russia). He then declared war on Russia, forcing everyone (but me) to join him or risk political damage by breaking the alliance. This brought the three older brothers into a conflict they didn't want; one that depleted resources, troop levels and income.
|How does that part of Russia belong to him?
Then, and this is where it gets good, his brothers helped him form the Ottoman Empire, about the only thing that helps Turkey. And help it did. It boosts money and allows him to pour endless numbers of feudal troops onto the map. While they are low quality and low morale, there are lots of them. He continued on with his war against Russia, losing on almost every turn. At one point, we beseeched his brother who was playing Russia to go easy on him. Just a kid after all.
|Before him we barely paid attention to our navies
That forced my son playing Russia to surrender. The funny thing? Our youngest declared war on Russia in the first place just to seize Sweden from Russia's control. We all explained to him that this was stupid. Sweden is on the other side of the map, there is no way he can get Sweden, and he clearly doesn't understand the game yet. After almost a half hour of my other two sons and me begging on our hands and knees, our youngest agreed not to take Sweden, but instead to seize Sicily and Podolia from Russian control. If he had taken Sweden I do think my second oldest would have walked away for good.
|Our oldest's strategy is now Get Me Out!
'So 'No more help!', is the call from the three older brothers. He's on his own. He can ask for rules clarifications, but having tricked one brother into a disastrous conflict with France, decimated Russia, and now having France on the ropes, they have told him they will give no more advice or opinions at all. You can't help be proud, even as you snicker a bit at what has happened. Oh, and none of it has hurt me, which is the way it should be.