|The Weekly Weasel|
Here's the first Weekly Weasel in the era of our Alpha Weasel theta. All hail John Gramila!
When Matt Sundstrom swept our tournaments in 2009, we sort of figured no one would ever duplicate that feat. We figured wrong. Congratulations to John Gramila on following up his CODCon championship with a 24-point win at Moot. For all the coverage, click here.
Be Like Jim
One topic that dominated conversations all weekend long was my impressive wardrobe. If you'd like to own a Weasels warrior shirt of your own, head over to our online store. Every second you delay is a lost opportunity to look good.
|Tournament Game Reports|
When Matt Sundstrom swept our two tournaments back in 2009, we were certain it would never be done again. We were wrong.
John Gramila hadn't even heard of Diplomacy back then. He didn't pick up a pad of paper in anger until the year turned. In January 2010, he joined us for a novice game at Guthrie's Tavern. He played all right, finishing second on the board with six centers. His next two results were less promising: He finished third with four centers and then got crushed as Russia. But he liked the game and kept at it, and in his fourth game in June of that year, he showed us a glimpse of what was coming, cruising to 16 centers and capturing Season 5's Best England.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 30 July 2014 06:30)
|WCW Club Season 2014 Games|
For just the ninth time in 28 games this season, we gathered around a Diplomacy board without Prime Weasel Nate Cockerill. And it was only a last-minute schedule change at work that knocked Nate out of the game. His short-notice replacement was trusty standby Ben DiPaola.
Ted McClelland was the last to arrive at Josh Heffernan's sprawling apartment on the boulevard in Logan Square, having bicycled all the way there from Rogers Park. So we plucked blocks and started playing at about 12:30, just half an hour after the scheduled start.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 24 June 2014 19:55)
The Bar Room Brawl Series is in the final stretch. Through 14 games with 33 players participating, Nate Cockerill remains in first place, a spot he's occupied since soloing in the first game of the series.
Not much has changed among the top seven since we updated the standings after the April bar game. The same seven are atop the standings, but both Jim O'Kelley and Chris Kelly have improved their placing.
A slew of players still have a shot at cracking the field, and there likely will be at least one more game before the season ends at the Pyle on August 9. Watch the website for your next opportunity to play.
|WCW Club Season 2014 Games|
A funny thing happened at our "Dude?!? It's Tuesday!" game last night at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square. Two of the players, including a mysterious Meetup recruit, turned out to be women.
Kiya Krivickas marched in right about 6:30, confidently sat down in the middle of our group of five guys, and announced that she was there to play Diplomacy.
"Have you played before?" I asked, a natural ice-breaker given the occasion.
|Current Games Signup|
Our club's happiest tradition is back for a ninth installment. Join us for our annual season-ending gala at Brown Manor in bucolic Wayne. At least two boards of Diplomacy, our annual club awards, the announcement of the Weasel Royale and Bar Room Brawl bids, plus the striking of the Regimental Choir. Good times!
Last Updated (Thursday, 31 July 2014 10:45)
Great news for all the fashionably minded Weasels out there. We've set up a shop at spreadshirt.com where you can now order club t-shirts. A modest commission from each sale will go to the club.
Currently you can choose from one of two styles: A simple Weasel Moot VIII shirt sporting our new club slogan ("Don't dot me, Bro.") on the back or a "warrior" shirt. Check them out at weasels.spreadshirt.com and order yours today!
Prime Weasel Nate Cockerill wanted to work in one last tune-up for this weekend's World Diplomacy Championship at DixieCon, so he scheduled a bar game at the Red Lion for the eve of the long road trip to Chapel Hill. Predictably, his choice of dates knocked out the rest of us who will be attending WDC (me, Dan Burgess, John Gramila and Matt Sundstrom), but you don't get to be the Prime Weasel by being a Carebear.
Being a Carebear can, however, get you a shared board top with your Western ally, and that's how Game No. 246 went down last night.
The contest ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:
Last Updated (Tuesday, 27 May 2014 20:38)
The Weasels is your Diplomacy club, and the club needs your support to thrive. We hope you'll play in a game or two this year. We're certainly trying to offer a lot of opportunities. You can always find game openings right here at the website or on Meetup.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 11 March 2014 18:21)
Hipster John Gramila is on a roll. In three league games this season, he's topped one board outright and shared another. At the North American Diplomacy Championship at WACCon in January, he finished seventh. And last weekend at our eighth annual CODCon Open at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, he posted two convincing board tops en route to his first tournament championship.
It was a great bounce-back year for CODCon. Last year, we managed just 15 players, five of whom traveled to the event. This year, 22 players participated on a total of seven boards. That number includes 20 local players, our best local turnout since the WDC in 2012.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 03 June 2014 18:46)