I was paired up one night with Hielco and the game site server started laughing so hard it booted me out of the game, but what was worse is that my computer knew all about Hielco and my gameplay level, that it shut down on me for two days just for being mortified.
Actually, my most devastating loss was to TheOptician. As I lack the skills and experience to follow through a match in all phases with solid technique (opening game, mid-game, and endgame), I was unable to consummate a considerable lead I had gotten on him in the opening and mid-game phase: he was up one major, but I had three captains on him. I lost my concentration, failed to freeze the lanes and then he managed to successfully, patiently, and precisely clip my resources bit by bit until it was too late for me. In spite of the loss, it was a planned friendly match and it was just that–it was friendly, fun, extremely challenging for me, and it is one of the best Stratego matches I have enjoyed playing. (I've only played Fks once, and that was fun getting beat up pretty bad, and I always enjoy losing to UnladenSwallow...he's always full of surprises, and although in our gameplay record I have no wins against him, we have declared a draw twice!!).
My only wish for the players on this site, myself included, is that the quality of interaction between opponents will improve to the level that will allow for strong and fierce competition without sacrificing any of the fun that Stratego can afford to anyone who plays this game. There are sadly too many nasty and mean-spirited people who haunt this site...of course, occasionally you will meet up with someone who has a positive energy and is open to sharing a good spirited match.
Edited by KissMyCookie, 02 September 2018 - 12:45 PM.