The creator of our hobby Allan B. Calhamer passed away this week and so our founder has moved on to a better place with more supply centers available. I first met Allan in the 2000 World tournament in Delaware. The game ended in a 5 way draw that I wasn't a part of though I survived with a 3 center Austria. Allan explained many facets of the game to us during the negotiations and after the game. He was free with his knowledge and generous with his time. I first played the Diplomacy 20 years ago as a boy and it has taken many place and made me many friends along the way. I am glad to have learned it and forever grateful to Allan for his contribution to the world of gaming.
The Windy City Weasels were honored to have him at our first Worlds and are thankful for our final chance to thank the creator of Diplomacy. Though it is sad that he is gone let us remember him by spreading the game of Diplomacy. I challenge you, fellow Weasels to take some time this year to pass on this game that we love. I also ask you remember that it's just that as well a game. A game to be played for fun with friends or friends to be made or stabbed. As we head into National Diplomacy month let's fill these games, make them exciting, and for God's sake let's have some fun while doing it! I think Allan would've wanted it that way.