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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.
Tuesday, 23 February 2016 22:25

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Feb. 22

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A Photo Finish
We only managed one board at the Red Lion last week, but what a game it was. The outcome wasn't settled until the very last order on the very last turn. Read all about the exciting finish in the game summary and the whopping 18 comments that follow. It's been quite some time since we've played a game that's generated so much discussion. Check it out. (The chatter also inspired a couple of players to revisit the games at Peter Lokken's home a couple of weeks ago.)

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 13:03

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Feb. 15

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Boards Go Marching Two by Two
We drew 13 players for last week's short-notice house game at Peter Lokken's home in Logan Square. David Spanos pulled double duty -- no easy feat given that one board was in Peter's condo and the other was in the vacant garden apartment that he recently renovated, requiring David to run outside to switch between games. Add to that the fact that it was David's first time playing on two boards and, well, he had a rough night. But it was another great night for the Weasels.
Monday, 08 February 2016 20:56

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Feb. 8

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6.0
We were impressed when John Gramila's January 30 game filled in 10 days. Then we were surprised when Josh Heffernan's game scheduled for February 27 filled in a day. So when Peter Lokken's game filled in six hours--yes, six hours--we were flat-out flabbergasted.

In fact, there is so much interest in Peter's game--we have three standby players--that we're talking about taking a run at two boards. That's for a game this Wednesday that we just announced on Saturday. A house game, not a bar game.

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