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Monday, 09 May 2016 20:44

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of May 9

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On Wednesday night at the Red Lion, the Weasels will play our 300th game of Diplomacy. If you're playing, then never surrender, never give up. For Sparta! If you're not playing, then how 'bout coming out to help us celebrate and/or play on a second board. We currently have 10 signed up. Four more gets us to two boards, but we can also force it with two more.

Check out our game openings for two additional offerings in June: Our Red Wednesday on June 8 and a rare Sunday tilt at Pete McNamara's home in Evanston on June 12. Get a tune-up in before WDC (June 24-26)!

Monday, 02 May 2016 19:42

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of May 2

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Teutonic Order
After a six-week hiatus, league play resumed last week at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, a part of the city known for its German heritage. By game's end, the entire board was all to familiar with that heritage. Check out the website for the game summary and reaction from observers and players.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 20:04

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of April 25

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League Play Resumes Tomorrow Night
After a six-week break due to CODCon, league play resumes tomorrow night with another Red Wednesday at the Red Lion. The game will be our club's 299th.

Our 300th will take place just two weeks later at the Lion on May 11. We already have nine signed up for that one, so two boards is a real possibility. Come on out, shake the rust off in advance of WDC, and help us celebrate another landmark for the Weasels.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 21:03

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of April 18

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After a brief, work-induced hiatus, we're back with the latest news from the Weasels.

10th Open Goes to Trotta
We had a great warm-up for June's WDC a couple of weekends ago at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. Our 10th CODCon Open was the largest, in terms of participants and boards, since the very first one in 2007. A total of 27 players competed on nine boards over the three rounds.

The title went to relative newcomer Jake Trotta, a quick study who played the game for the very first time last July. He posted a large board-top in round 1, packaged it with a close third in round 2, and then held on as a hard-charging Christian Kline fell short in the final round.

Monday, 04 April 2016 20:54

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of April 4

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Happy CODCon week! Read on for the latest news from the Weasels.

Time Flies When You're Stabbing Backs
It seems like just yesterday that I was staring at the Diplomacy Tournament Manager on my laptop, wondering which two players to drop, when five kids from Milwaukee appeared, seemingly out of thin air, to give us three boards. The sudden, unexpected appearance of Grant Smith and the Milwaukee Mafia turned that first CODCon Open into a great event.

Later that evening, we were surprised a second time when Matt Shields sauntered in. I don't remember what he was doing in Illinois (he lives in Porland, Ore.), but he made a special side trip to offer support to our fledgling club and its first-ever tournament.

Monday, 28 March 2016 21:09

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of March 28

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Getting the Band Back Together
We got some great news last week. Greg Duenow, one of the club's biggest characters from the early days, will be joining us for the two Saturday rounds at CODCon. Greg was instrumental to the early success of the club. He hosted games, played all the time, served on our tournament committee, recruited, and to this day remains the only recipient of the Greg Duenow Club Service Award.

New guys, I know you'll get a kick out of meeting and playing with Greg. Old guys, I hope you'll be able to join us for at least one of the Saturday rounds. I'm sure Greg would love to see you.

Thursday, 24 March 2016 14:28

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of March 21

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Your Holy Thursday just got holier. Read on for the latest news from the Weasels.

Red Julius
We celebrated history's best stab last week with a game of Diplomacy at the Red Lion. Exactly seven players attended on primary election night. (Well, eight if we count Brian Shelden, who showed up late to hang out and watch the game.) In keeping with the Ides of March theme, there were lots of stabs. Check out the game summary and reactions from a couple of the players.

Monday, 14 March 2016 22:02

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of March 14

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Vote Early, Stab Often
Many Diplomacy tournaments award a prize to the player who executes the best stab over the course of the weekend. If history had a similar award, surely it would go to Brutus, one of the key conspirators in the assassination of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March in 44 B.C.

Monday, 07 March 2016 20:50

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of March 7

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Nice Day for a Red Wednesday
We are sitting on nine for this Wednesday's session at the Red Lion, but guest of honor Jim Burgess, the longtime player and zine publisher from Rhode Island, may not be able to join us after all. It's not too late to take a run at a second board, but it's looking more like one.

Monday, 29 February 2016 23:08

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Feb. 29

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The Art of Four-Way
On Saturday at Josh Heffernan's home in Logan Square, special guests Chris Martin and Ted McClelland helped us wrap up our busiest month for league play since March 2014 when we also played five games.

Both of Saturday's games ended by draw vote in Spring 1907 in four-way draws, bucking the recent trend. Since September 2012, only 10 of 101 league games have ended in four-ways. That's probably due to a combination of the Sum of Squares scoring system and shorter games, which doesn't explain Saturday's outcomes.

Check out the game summaries to see how they went down. The article features a bunch of comments from the players. That's another thing that's picked up recently. Players have started to comment on games again.

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