It's probably been two years since we played this game last... and with the current tension in the middle east it seemed only fitting that we play.
After explaining the rules for some of the latecomers we started. Players took the following countries to start the game: Jim - Egypt, Jason - Israel, Mark - Saudi Arabia, Sean - Iraq, RJ - Turkey, Trent - Iran. The only "chrome" rule we played was 'Oil Drilling'.
The game started slowly with everyone just taking economic and diplomatic actions. Jason managed to get the UN Peacekeeping Force into Israel and allied himself with the Blue Bloc after expanding into Lebanon. I expanded into Libya, the Sinai and the Red Sea... Mark took Kuwait... Sean took Jordan... Trent moved into the Persian Gulf and set his sights on Turkey.
Trent allied with the Blue Bloc, took Syria, and then forced RJ from the game... he was definitely playing for a "War" to end the game.
Such was not to be however. The remaining four players started to hoard oil and I called for a UN Cease Fire which passed by one vote... ending the game with "Peace" (with only 14 oil points left in reserve, Trent could have ended the game on his turn to win).
RJ 0 (eliminated)