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C-Mac goes out on top

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Later this week, Christian MacDonald will relocate to Seattle to pursue a new opportunity with his employer. He leaves the Weasels better off than when he found us in June 2008, having helped to guide the organization as an officer on the first three Sneaks.

Christian also helped elevate our overall level of play in Chicago. He won the 2011 CODCon Open and the 2008 Buckeye Game Fest. He also finished seventh at the World Diplomacy Championship at Origins in 2009. He was a regular competitor at our CODCon and Weasel Moot tournaments, and he represented us well at the 2010 DipCon in San Francisco and the 2011 DixieCon.

Until recently, Christian was a prolific league player. He competed in our second Weasel Royale in 2009 and very nearly won the championship. He played in a total of 25 games with us, and he topped five of them, including his last game (for now), played yesterday at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove.

Game No. 142 ended after the Fall 1911 turn in the following center counts:

 

Austria (Christian MacDonald): 14; 49.246 points.
England (John Riley): 11; 30.402 points.
France (Matt Sundstrom): 9; 20.352 points.
Germany (Mike Mizanskey): 0; 0.000 points.
Italy (Mark Weiskircher): 0; 0.000 points.
Russia (Kyle Weiskircher): 0; 0.000 points.
Turkey (Dan Burgess): 0; 0.000 points.

Here's the supply center chart. Players, feel free to fill in the gaps by commenting below.

Congrats, Christian, on another fine performance, and best wishes in Seattle. The club there will be lucky to have you.

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# Christian MacDonald 2011-06-22 15:04
Thank you for the kind words Jim. It was a pleasure rediscovering the game with the Weasels over the last 3+ years, and it was great to be introduced to the wider FTF hobby. I'm happy I was able to play a small role (a very small role) in helping the WCW become the best, most active club in the hobby. I've met a ton of great people, and I'm thankful that I'll be able to see many of them again over a Diplomacy board at tournaments around the country. And of course, I'll be back for WDC next August.

Regarding game 142, I wasn't too thrilled to pull Austria for my final club game, but I think I was the beneficiary of Dan being pressed into service and drawing Turkey. With most of Dan's brain devoted to hosting, a few misorders and a spectacular Spring 1903 triple unit destruction, I was able to steadily build in the Balkans. Mark (Italy) and I were working quite well together, but as Matt (France) descended into the Med, Mark was under serious pressure. He convoyed my army from Gre to Apu to help defend the boot, but in the very same season, Matt turned his fleets around and headed back to the Atlantic. I couldn't pass up the opportunity, and unfortunately stabbed my erstwhile ally, taking Venice in the Fall.

After that, it was a fairly mechanical slog to take the Italian dots in Turkey, and try to hold the center and Mos-War against EF. John (England) played a good game, and if not for Matt and John having to keep a close eye on each other's growth in the North and the Med, I probably would've been whittled down to 12 or so to finish up.

It was an enjoyable game, and it's always great to play at Dan's house and take advantage of his generous hospitality. Thanks again Dan.

Hope to see you all soon.

Christian
# Dan Burgess 2011-06-23 12:46
As Christian states, I was reluctantly pressed into service, and drew a power I typically enjoy playing, Turkey. Then I realized that teenager Kyle Weiskircher was Russia, Christian was Austria, and Kyle's father was Italy.

I couldn't go against the teenager. I just couldn't. So I teamed with him against Austria. With France (Matt Sundstrom) landing in Portugal in Fall 1901, it was clear that he wasn't going to engage Italy. So Italy and Austria teamed up, and Kyle and I were unable to make a dent. In 1902 Italy moved into the Eastern Med, and it wasn't long before I was history, in what was apparently a triple destruction. (I was downstairs pouring beer or taking care of something. I really really don't like to host and play at the same time!)

Somehow Ankara was left open, so I was able to build an army, but it was futile. Kyle tried to help me, but we were spitting in the wind by that point.

I was glad to be eliminated, so that I could coordinate the Jimmy John's order and play Galaxy Trucker with Kyle. It was a great time!

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