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The Weekly Weasel -- Week of May 18

The Weekly Weasel

Here's the latest news from the Weasels.

A Board too Far
We were sitting on two boards last week until the day of the game. Alas, the real world conspired against us. Two players dropped due to pressing deadlines at work, and another dropped out at the 11th hour to deal with a personal issue.

That left us with 11, the worst possible number -- way too many for one board and one too few to force two. We've played with two players on both boards before but playing with three on both is a board too far. It would have disrupted both games, so we settled for one clean game while the rest of us enjoyed a night out at the Red Lion. For the game summary, go here.

Last Updated (Saturday, 23 May 2015 13:42)

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A board too far

WCW Club Season 2015 Games

Once before in our club history--at the first CODCon back in 2007--we asked three people to play on two boards to make numbers work. Since then, our threshold has been two. Any more than that, and it just gets too disruptive.

So, after a third cancellation on Wednesday night left us with just 11 players, we decided it would be better to sit four and field one solid board than stretch for two and disrupt both. The short straws went to Matt Sundstrom, John Gramila, Sam Bassett and me, although Sam sat in for the first few turns for a late-arriving Nathaniel Olson.

Last Updated (Friday, 15 May 2015 12:48)

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Red Wednesday -- June 3

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To make way for Weasel Moot (June 13-14 at UIC), we're moving June's Red Wednesday event to the first Wednesday in June. See you June 3 for an evening of Dip and Drinks at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square!

Red Wednesday
When: June 3 at 6:30 p.m. until no later than 11 p.m.
Where: The Red Lion in Lincoln Square, 4749 N Rockwell.

Last Updated (Monday, 18 May 2015 19:23)

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Every man has his Preece

WCW Club Season 2015 Games

When we last saw Barry Preece (center), he was guiding Turkey to a monster board-top at Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Downers Grove. Remember when we used to do bar games in Downers Grove? Yah, that's how long ago it was--March 2011.

Back then, Barry was playing in only his second game. His first came in a recruiting game that Chris Davis ran for the Chicago Game Lovers Meetup, also in March 2011, I believe. That recruiting game was off the grid--we didn't count it. On his own, Chris arranged to teach the game to seven novices. (Coincidentally, they played that game on the same block where we played the first five games in our club's history.)

Of the seven, only Barry wanted to play again, but one out of seven isn't bad for a recruiting game, and when he topped that next board at Ballydoyle, we figured we had a solid new member for the club. We figured wrong. Despite our best outreach efforts, we couldn't get him back to the table.

Until today.

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A webdip of lies

WCW Club Season 2015 Games

Charlie Sweet, known as MKECharlie on the popular webdiplomacy.net site, was in town from Milwaukee for a tech conference this week, so fellow webdipper Scott Soren (ssorenn)--who started playing with us last spring--asked me to organize a game for him. That's how we wound up at the Red Lion on Wednesday for a bonus evening of Dip and Drinks.

Last Updated (Monday, 11 May 2015 16:30)

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Matt's Con

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Here's a hot tip: Place your money down now on Matt Sundstrom to win the 2018 CODCon Open. He's as reliable as a comet, or maybe a locust. For the third time in nine years--each time on a multiple of three--Matt won the CODCon Open. And this time, he crushed it.

In his first round, Matt soloed as Turkey. Again. That's his fourth solo as Turkey with the club, and the second one at CODCon. He probably could have skipped the rest of the con at that point. Instead, he showed up for Round 2 to take his beating. So, we pummeled him into a nine-center French board-top.

That turned out to be his #DropRound, because on Sunday, he nearly soloed again as Germany, finishing with 16 centers and more than 74 points. It was quite a performance.

The top seven, along with their best country awards, were:

Last Updated (Tuesday, 14 April 2015 21:07)

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Brawl-i, Bomaye!

Club News

With his board-top in Wednesday's game, Ali Abib seized the lead in this year's Bar Room Brawl Series. He now has 88.040 points. Just behind him with 84.030 is previous leader Matt Sundstrom. Both have scored three games.

We've now played nine games in the series. Rounding out the top seven are Jim O'Kelley (52.85 points, three games), David St. John (52.37 points, two games), Scott Soren (33.470 points, one game), John Konwinski (32.870 points, three games), and Mike Esposito (31.770 points, three games).

For the complete standings, click here. The next game in the series will be in April. Stay tuned for the date. We're trying to decide whether we want to move Red Wednesday next month from its normal second Wednesday so it's not the same week as CODCon.

Last Updated (Saturday, 14 March 2015 08:34)

 

Pre-register now for Weasel Moot IX!

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Please consider pre-registering for Weasel Moot IX. New this year we have secured inexpensive lodging in a dormitory directly connected to the tournament site. Prepaying for lodging will help our club prepare for your visit. Thanks!

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Last Updated (Thursday, 12 March 2015 19:10)

 

Your dues-paying Weasels

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Shout out and special thanks to these Weasels for paying their 2015 dues, something you can do now by going here.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 14 April 2015 18:33)

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Weasel Moot 101

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Moot: n a deliberative assembly primarily for the administration of justice.
Weasel: vb to escape from or evade a situation or obligation. n 1: small carnivorous mammal that is able to prey on animals larger than itself. n 2: cunning Diplomacy player indigenous to the Chicago area.

#MootU

The hobby's best-named tournament is going to school for its ninth installment!

Last Updated (Friday, 13 March 2015 12:39)

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Support the Weasels in 2015!

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 Once again we have flipped our calendars to a new year, and once again your favorite board game club needs your support.

In the past I have made a list of reasons to join, including how many people played on how many boards, what our tournament head counts were, and the like. But most of you know well by now who we are, what we do, and why you should financially support us.

I will tell you that members get first crack at game openings, $5 off tournament entry fees, the ability to serve on our board called The Sneak, the ability to vote in our Sneak election, and eligibility for our annual club championship game, the Weasel Royale, held at my home in Downers Grove every autumn.

Click on the link below to be taken to our PayPal page to make payment there, or save $25 cash ($10 if you're a student without a real job) and give the money to Jim or Dan the next time you see one of them.

Also included with membership is peace of mind and tranquility associated with giving us your financial support. Thanks.

Dan

 

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