Short story: I lost. First time minorly, second time dreadfully.
Long Story: We did two games. For the first game, I took Africa, and fought valiantly over Egypt and the Middle East. But then the fighting in the Americas was decided, and they came storming in from Brazil and wiped me out. Then that guy basically had all the power, the rest of us were fairly spread thin, so we called it a game
The second time, I lost half my countries in the first round, before it was even my turn to play! But I held about half of Asia, and made an alliance with the guy in control of the other half that we wouldn't attack each other. We were playing by the rules where when you claim a territory during a turn, you get a country card, and then you can turn them in for more troops later. Well, I slowly made my way across Asia and into Europe, collecting country cards, while there was lots of fighting in Africa and the Americas. Eventually, I finally got ten cards, which would give me a maximum of 30 extra troops! But alas, before I could cash in, one player swept the board with me, knocking me down to two countries before he ran out of armies. Then the next player, the guy who won the first round, finished me off completely and took all ten of my cards. The others had no hope to defeat him, so the game was called in his favor yet again.
I will return for revenge. I need a new strategy. Africa gets fought over too much. Australia is usually grabbed early on, but the Americas are a good option to take. Also, cashing in on the cards I have before everybody else becomes aware of my plan... that was my failing tonight!