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Wed 14 Dec 6:30pm
Venue: The Red Lion (Lincoln Square)

Sat 17 Dec 11:00am
Venue: John Gramila's Home

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The Wise Old Weasel -- Talking Turkey

The Wise Old Weasel

Turkey, Thanksgiving cornerstone and diplomatic "Cancer in the Corner," is next up because of the aforementioned holiday.

A reminder of what we're doing here:

Weasels near and far, let us gather and share our collective wisdom on the play of individual powers in this great game. All are encouraged to comment with their perspective on playing each power effectively. For newer weasels, this should be a tremendous resource to quickly learn the game. For older weasels, this blog will provide areas to search for improvement and share discoveries. And for the oldest of Weasels, this blog is an outlet for the fruit of their many years in the hobby. This, Weasels, is where we share our wisdom.

Topics of conversation may include openings, negotiation, alliances, how to solo, how to play from behind, anything and everything that feeds into the proper play of the nation. Reminder: this is specific to club Turkish play under the one true scoring system, Sum of Squares.  

Gobble up your Turkish tactics after the jump.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 30 November 2016 23:32)

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Grabbing dots at Gramila's

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John Gramila will host up to two boards at his new pad in Wicker Park. Hipster jeans optional. A moment of silence will be held to honor the passing of John's beard. Address will be provided to the players.

Grabbing dots at Gramila's
When: Dec. 17 at 11 a.m. until no later than 7 p.m.
Where: John Gramila's new home in Wicker Park.

Last Updated (Friday, 02 December 2016 03:28)

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The Fourth Reich

Tournament Game Reports

If you don't like beer, heavy food and cheerless efficiency, then life in the new world order may be hard on you.
Jake Trotta guided Germany to a dominant win in last night's Bar Room Brawl Championship Game at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square. He topped the board with 17 centers to earn a permanent spot on Cockerill's Orb, the new Brawl trophy. Named in memory of Nate Cockerill, the Cockerill Cup will reside in the Red Lion, Nate's home away from home when he lived here.

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These Weasels love puppies!

Club News

Special thanks to the following Weasels for paying their 2017 dues! (Dues are $25, $10 if you're a student. You may pay your dues here.)

  1. Barry Preece
  2. Brandon Fogel
  3. Bryan Pravel
  4. Chris Kelly

Last Updated (Thursday, 01 December 2016 15:49)

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The Weekly Weasel

 This is your unofficial Brawl Title Bout hype thread. Brotivational? Brotivational.


Bar Room Brawl Championship Bar Room Brawl Title Bout is tomorrow at the Red Lion. Will Top Weasel Brandon Fogel bring home his first postseason trophy? Can Bull Weasel Matt Sundstrom power himself to the top? Could upstart challenger David Spanos, or late addition Ali Adib, take a swing at the title? The gloves will come off, but only one will raise Cockerill's Orb as our Bar Room Brawl Champion.

Meanwhile, we've got two for the undercard. Now five people may seem like a lot to pull in 24 hours, but did Rocky ever quit? Seriously, the dude is on his 6th movie. 

We had a busy week here at the Windy City Weasels. Hit the jump for YUGE board results, touring Weasel updates, and your usual dues-paying puppy shaming.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 15 November 2016 12:28)

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Five for Brawlin'

Club News

We're five games into the 2017 Bar Room Brawl Series. The 2016 championship game is Wednesday at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, and there's a possiblitly, albeit remote, that we'll field an Undercard game for our sixth matchup of 2017.  Through the first five games, we've had 24 players participate. The complete standings are here.

Join us on Wednesday for the championship game and a possible Undercard!


2017 dues are due!

Club News

Your 2017 dues are due! Once again, membership in the Weasels will cost you $25, $10 if you're a student. Dues make you eligible for our annual awards and to participate in the Weasel Royale. In addition, you'll earn up to $10 back in registration discounts for our two tournaments. And you'll help us pay for Meetup, our website and said awards. Plus, it's just the right thing to do. 

Help us keep the club great. Pay your dues today.


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Not sure whether you've paid your dues? Check out the list of dues-paying Weasels here.

Last Updated (Friday, 18 November 2016 19:38)


Welcome back, Trotta

WCW Club Season 2017 Games

We had both been knocked out of the Royale and were enjoying cigars--my cigars--on the deck at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove, when Jake Trotta breathed a deep sigh.

"Jim," he lamented, "I haven't topped a board since CODCon."

Last Updated (Sunday, 13 November 2016 14:41)

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Black is the new orange

WCW Club Season 2017 Games

Only one board at the Red Lion last night, but it included a first-time Weasel. Plus, three potential recruits came out to observe and decide whether they'd like to play in the future. At least two of them seemed interested. Brian Shelden and Bryan Pravel rounded out the evening's cheering section.

Game No. 318 ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:

Austria (Jim O'Kelley): 2; 1.653 points.
England (David Spanos): 0; 0.000 points.
France (Jake Trotta): 7; 20.248 points.
Germany (Matt Sundstrom): 10; 41.322 points.
Italy (Currey Dorris): 4; 6.612 points.
Russia (Alan Garbarino): 3; 3.719 points.
Turkey (Pete McNamara): 8; 26.446 points.

Most of us were playing with election hangovers. The supply center chart is here. Players, what happened?


Red Wednesday - Dec. 14

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Join us for a festive Red Wednesday on December 14 at the Red Lion. Perhaps we'll choose powers via the White Elephant method...

Red Wednesday
When: December 14 at 6:30 p.m. until no later than 11.
Where: The Red Lion in Lincoln Square, 4749 N. Rockwell.

Last Updated (Thursday, 01 December 2016 15:49)

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WCW Club Season 2017 Games

We are eight games into our 12th season of Windy City Weasels Diplomacy and have now played 317 league games total. Nevertheless, in Sunday's game at David Spanos' home in Lakeview, we managed a first for the club. You'll note in the photo above that the players include Captain Kirk and Sherlock Holmes. Not surprisingly, they both factored into the board top.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 09 November 2016 16:41)

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