|The Weekly Weasel|
Hello, and welcome to another edition of the Weekly Weasel. Before we begin, let me apologize for my recent failure to meet the publishing standard for this newsletter, which we boldly incorporated into its title.
Lately, the schedule has been erratic. That's because the past two months have been a whirlwind. My schedule should calm down, at least until next month, when CODCon will be the first of three straight weekend events for me. (The other two are work related.) But until then, I should get back to my normal weekly publishing schedule.
So, read on for the latest news from the Weasels.
Finally, an Actual Weasel Moot Update
Okay, sometime this weekend, we expect to roll out the website for Weasel Moot IX. It's going to be June 13-14 at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Housing at the dorm will cost only $30 per night. Wahoo! We'll have the usual two rounds on Saturday and one on Sunday, and for those who come in early, we'll plan something fun to do in Little Italy or Greek Town, both of which are within a mile of the campus.
It's going to be a fun time. Get in on your calendar now, and you'll be able to register in short order. Hope to see you there!
|WCW Club Season 2015 Games|
This game report from last month's Red Wednesday at the Red Lion is long overdue, so for my title, I've chosen a minor detail that I found interesting. Only six players showed up on February 11 for our club's 264th game, so for only the third time in club history, we played with fewer than the standard seven. And for the first time, we used the Italian Roulette variant to deal with that problem.
For those who aren't familiar with the method, Italian Roulette is when each of the six other players submits orders for Italy and one set is drawn at random. So each player's Italian set becomes another point of negotiation.
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.
When: April 11-12, 2015
Where: College of Dupage's Student Resource Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. (We'll be in room SRC 1004, which is downstairs where the old student lounge used to be.)
What: A three-round Sum of Squares Diplomacy tournament. Best two rounds count for score. It only takes one round to be eligible for awards. Rounds will feature a central clock and drop-dead timing. The complete tournament rules will be posted shortly.
How much: The entry fee is $15; $10 for students. Paid-up Weasels get a $5 discount. The CODCon convention charges an additional $5 for a one-day pass and $7 for two days. You can save a dollar on the convention fee by preregistering at www.codcon.com.
Who: Watch for a list of confirmed attendees.
Awards: Players will compete for plaques for first through third place and Best Country plaques. We'll also have prizes for fourth through seventh place.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 07 January 2015 09:26)
If there's a pattern to these things--and let's be honest, there probably is--then one of the Kevins O'Kell(e)y ought to be feeling pretty good about his chances in next year's Bar Room Brawl Championship game. (Of course, as the old joke goes, you can't win without buying a ticket.)
Last year's inaugural Brawl Championship went to Jim O'Kelley. Last night at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, Chris Kelly kept the title in the sort-of family by storming to a five-center lead as England. In fact, Kelly's dominance was so convincing that the players voted to concede the Brawl Star title with more than an hour of play left on the clock.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 24 December 2014 13:00)
On a board bristling with three of this year's Royale contestants, including the Bull Weasel; a former Bull Weasel; and one of the club's rising young guns, cagey vet and Founding Weasel Eric Brown showed what he can do for you, and to you, when he decides to play.
The Weasels rang in the New Year with Game No. 262, played yesterday at Matt Sundstrom's home in Glenview. It was the second game Matt hosted this season, and like the other, it went 11 years. This one ended by draw vote in Spring 1912 in the following center counts:
Through last week's two-board session at the Red Lion, we've now played seven games in this year's Bar Room Brawl Series. Matt Sundstrom remains in first with 79.14 points in three games. Bunched behind him are Ali Adib (58.37 points, three games), Jim O'Kelley (52.85 points, three games), and David St. John (52.37 points, two games).
A bunch of players are stacked behind them with scores between 23 and 34 points. For the complete standings, click here. Next up is another Red Wednesday at the Red Lion on January 14. Two more boards already is looking like a possibility.