Episode 1 : “Location, Location, Location”
Reality Gamemasters opens up with our two hosts, Rob Cesternino and Dalton Ross, a Risk afficianado. The guys break down the six players, three Survivors and three Big Brother players. Ross believes that these reality players are poised to play a great game of risk.
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Summary : Click to reveal spoliers!
There is a round-robin draft conducted, and prior to the draft Ross states he believes that location is going to be key in how this game plays out. He believes that whomever lands Australia will be in a great position.
Stein – Stein, as America’s player, says there’s only one choice for his top pick. Inexplicably he chooses Central America, which is not the United States.
Fishbach – Stating that someone else will obviously go for it, Fishbach jumps on Western Australia.
Terry – Pondering the move for only a second, Terry selects Argentina.
Clarke – citing her dislike for Eric Stein and also that she’s British, Clarke elects to take Western United States, which incidentally is not Britain.
Hoffman – Hoffman elects to take Brazil because it is big and he is small.
Cochran – Admitting he has no idea what he is doing, and bemoaning the fact that Australia is off the board, Cochran elects to go with South Africa because nobody else is in Africa.
Stein – Stein takes Greenland.
Fishbach – Fishbach elects to lock down Oceania by taking Eastern Australia.
Terry – Remaining in South America, Terry takes Peru.
Clarke – Clarke takes Alberta, fortifying the west side of North America.
Hoffman – Hoffman says he is taking North America but instead takes North Africa. It’s unclear if he really thought Africa was America.
Cochran – Remaining in Africa, Cochran takes the Congo, giving him a large portion of the south of the African continent.
In Round 3, Stein continues to focus on the Western Hemisphere, and takes Quebec. For the record, America’s player still has zero United States territories. Ross and Cesternino discuss the battle of wills in North America right now. Ross thinks both are sort of making a mistake, as he feels both players force themselves to maintain too many borders early in the game.
Later in the draft, Stein is confused because Cochran owns basically all of Africa before the game even starts.
The players round out the draft, placing armies in various territories, including Terry fortifying Scandinavia and Hoffman strengthening his presence in Brazil. Cesternino is impressed with the board, as Fishbach has basically been given all of Australia. Ross believes to start the game, Fishbach has the game’s strongest position.
The guys kick it to sideline reporter Andrea Boehlke. Boehlke states that the tension in the room is high, and kicks off the game wishing everyone luck.
Stein makes a “ready to roll, literally” joke, and kicks off the game by attacking fellow Big Brother-alum Matt Hoffman. Hoffman’s Venezuela is about to be under siege from Stein’s Central America…
But you’ll have to wait until next time to see how it turns out.
Scouting Reports : Click to reveal spoliers!
Stephen Fishbach (Silver) – A “competitive little bastard,” according to Ross, Fishbach has waited all year for this event. Fishbach himself believes he is the winner, just waiting to be crowned.
Sophie Clarke (Blue) – Clarke claims she has magic hands, with an ability to roll sixes at will. Ross believes Clarke will do well, but is worried she might just be a little bit too aggressive.
John Cochran (Red) – Ross feels Cochran might play a little bit of possum with the other competitors, downplaying his ability, and waiting to strike when the moment is right. Cochran admits he is relatively inexperienced at board games, and, seemingly on cue, downplays his ability.
Eric Stein (Black) – Both Cesternino and Ross point out for the first time Stein is playing his own game. Stein feels this is his shot to redeem himself. He doesn’t just want this win, he feels he needs it.
Matt Hoffman (Green) – Though Ross thinks Hoffman will lay back a little bit in this game, Hoffman is not shy to admit he is a very experienced Risk player. Ross believes, however, that Hoffman will pick his spots and will not play an overly aggressive game.
Ian Terry (Yellow) – The “Big Brother-version of Cochran”, according to Cesternino, Ross ponders whether Terry is Cochran-light or Cochran 2.0. Ross predicts a methodical game from Terry.