The field is forming for this weekend's CODCon Open at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, the 12th installment of the event that put Chicago back on tournament Diplomacy's map. Among the players vying for this year's title will be three former champions with a combined five titles, two former runners-up, and one former third-place finisher.
The first two rounds will be Saturday, April 14, with the third and final round on Sunday the 15th. In a break from tradition, all three rounds will count for score.
The following players have confirmed:
Normally the pitchers are ahead of the hitters at this time of year. Try telling that to Chicago's mighty offenses.
The Cubs officially opened baseball's marathon in Miami, spoiling the home team's opener by putting eight runs on the board. The Sox, who opened in Kansas City, started poorly, giving up four runs in the first. But they exploded the second time through the lineup. The good guys belted six home runs and scored the game's next 14 runs.
Both offenses looked really good...until Kevin O'Kelly told them to hold his beer.
Late in Game No. 363, played last night at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, newcomer Dan Kolen stood at the board, his hand on his forehead. Since 2011, he had played about a dozen games online with old friends now scattered around the country, but this was his first foray into face-to-face Diplomacy.
"I'm looking for an ally," he implored, as he assessed his crumbling Austrian empire, now completely encircled by barbarians. "I'm looking for a friend!"
"Well," replied one of the guys he had met earlier that evening, "you've come to the wrong place."
Bryan Pravel posted one of his prototypical board-tops yesterday in Game No. 362, played at Mick Johnson's place in Uptown: not big, but big enough.
The game, which featured three new players, ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:
THE WEEKLY WEASEL KNOWS THERE’S ALWAYS A BIGGER FISH
That’s right, with CODCON coming, cod puns are back in business.
JUST A LITTLE UPSTREAM
CODCON is coming up April 14-15th. It truly is the best time you can have next to a LARP Dungeon. New this year is swiss pairing, which means players will be pooled with similarly sized fish based on tournament results. Cast your net here.
SHOCKED AND A-PAULED
Longtime weasel Paul Pignotti had himself a game at Pete McNamara’s Evanston home. This propels Paul past the all-important position of 7th in our Royale placement race, having only played twice. Sounds like a fun board all around- check the recap here.
SMELLS FUNKY. cODD, EVEN.
Ascendant Weasel Mick Johnson is hosting Uptown Funk Part Two in his lovely apartment in, uh, Uptown. We’re currently at 5, looking for 2 more. Sign up here.
SOPHOMORIC DUES SHAMING SAVES ONE FOR THE FISHIES
People who don’t pay their dues are genuinely unconcerned by the Asian carp problem.
Save Lake Michigan. Pay your dues.
Paul Pignotti was one of the great characters of the club's early days. The Hammer of the Old Guard burst onto the Windy City Weasels Diplomacy scene at Season 1's Weasel Pyle.
He was brash, intense, and seething with testosterone and menace. In fact, he once grew a full beard over the course of a house game.
To know him was to love him, but getting to know him was like an organic chemistry class--the process weeded out a lot of hopefuls.
And then he had kids.
Fatherhood mellowed Paul and also cut into his hobby time. The frequency of his trips down from Wisconsin diminished. When he did show up, his play style and general demeanor were more relaxed, even happy-go-lucky. Occasionally, his eyes would flicker with rage, but for the most part, Paul the father treated the hobby as a getaway, not a battleground.
But every now and then, the Hammer will pounce on a board and cripple it for life. Such was the case in Game No. 361, played February 11 at Pete McNamara's home in Evanston. The game ended by time limit after the Fall 1908 turn in the following center counts:
The 12th edition of the Windy City Weasels' signature tournament, the Weasel Moot, will take place Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd.
Where to go
Weasel Moot XII will be held in Chicago, but the exact location is still to be confirmed.