March Madness tipped off last weekend with regional action in Chicago, Houston and D.C.
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Our third annual March Madness tips off tomorrow at the Prime Weasel's pad in Oak Brook. The game will begin at 9 a.m. (And as an aside, one of the players is seeking a replacement, so if you want to play, speak up.)
This year, other clubs on the continent are getting in on the action. The Houston group also will be playing tomorrow, while the Potomac Tea & Knife Society will tip off on Sunday. Later in the month, we expect to see games in the Bay Area, Vancouver, New England and possibly Toledo.
We still need one more for next Saturday's game at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove. And to free Dan to concentrate on blogging and serving you beer, we could actually use two more players.
The event at Thom Comstock's home in Oak Park on March 20 needs two more players to round out a second board. Thom is promising prizes, including a Diplomacy game and one of Greg's cool linen maps.
Finally, the wrap-up event at Guthrie's Tavern on March 25 needs one more player for a second board.
Don't miss an opportunity to tune up for the CODCon Open, which is right around the corner on April 10-11. Grab one of these openings today!
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We followed up a five-board January with two house games in February. Thirteen players participated, including two who were playing with us for the first time since June 2008.
We've now had 30 different players in our seven 2010 games. Five of those 30 were playing with us for the first time, and one of them played his second game in February.
Of our 2010 membership goals, I expected the seven reactivated members to be the most difficult to achieve, but we've already reactivated three, and two more are signed up for the March 20 game.
Speaking of that, we're working hard to fill a second board on March 20. If you're interested, speak up. The March 20 event will take place at Thom Comstock's place in Oak Park. We also have room for Dan Burgess' game on March 13 in Downers Grove. Dan's games are always fun, thank in equal parts to his hospitality, chili and hand-craft beer. Don't miss out!
We may open a Guthrie's game in March as well. Stay tuned.
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Game 90 is set for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Gary Przybocki's home in Montgomery. It will feature the following players:
If anyone gets injured or is unable to perform the duties of a head of state, then Bert Schoose will be waiting in the wings.
Following the game, watch for endgame statements. Also, as this will be another landmark game on our march to 100, watch for another classic game report from yesteryear.
Next Up: March Madness!
Sign up for a March game today! It's your last chance to work the rust off before the fourth annual CODCon Open, April 10-11 at the College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn.
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March didn't always belong to basketball. There was a time when the month belonged to our pastime. March was once known best for a backstab.
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Our fourth annual CODCon Open is just about two months away. Now is the time to negotiate with your loved ones for a weekend pass on April 10-11.
Here's the schedule:
Saturday, April 10
Sunday, April 11
Tournament ends at a predetermined time between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. with brief awards ceremony following conclusion.
As always, the tournament will be held at the CODCon gaming convention at the College of DuPage's Student Resource Center, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn.
Check out our flier, and feel free to share it with people who might be interested!
This year's tournament, directed by Sub-Prime Weasel Kevin O'Kelly, will feature a new scoring system, Sum of Squares. The format will still be best two of three rounds, with it only taking one round to be eligible for awards. Players will vie for plaques for Best Countries and first through third place, and certificates for fourth through seventh.
The CODCon Open will kick off this year's Central Shuffle and is the second step of the Grand Prix. If you plan to attend, let us know by posting a comment here or reponding to the Meetup invitation!
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Okay, one more set of metrics to throw at you, and then I'm done. Maybe.
This table shows the average final score for each power in the 40 standard league games since Sept. 1, 2008.
Some differences from the table that showed average supply center counts.
And here's the same metric by player for players who have played in five or more games since Sept. 1, 2008.
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Ask and you shall receive.
Earlier this week, Eric asked to see board-top stats by power. I did some tinkering in the database and came up with the following. Note that I've only scored standard league games played in the past two seasons (since Sept. 1, 2008).
As you can see, I awarded fractions for shared board tops. How do you feel about that? And anyone else surprised by Russia's topping rate?
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For those interested, click here to see the minutes from the Jan. 31 meeting of the North American Diplomacy Federation leadership. You'll note, among other things, that the NADF will be inviting the other clubs to join us in our March Madness festivities.
Also, I've had preliminary discussions with the Potomac Tea & Knife Society, our wacky uncles to the east, about a March Madness challenge bet. As soon as we agree on a wager, I'll share it with you, and hopefully you'll help make us look good by filling our March game openings!
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