Last night at Guthrie's Tavern, the Windy City Weasels set a new club record for games played in a season, as seven of us gathered to match wits over a Diplomacy board for the 36th time. The record will climb as we race down the stretch to the Weasel Pyle at Brown Manor on Aug. 13.
This Guthrie's game was a particularly rollicking affair, with shifting alliances and double-dealing in both theaters. Remarked a frustrated Peter Lokken at one point, "I hate games like this. There's no strategy. It's just a bunch of lying."
As always, some lied better than others, and Nate Cockerill, best of all. When the game ended by time limit after the Fall 1907, he had nine centers and the board top. The final center counts were:
Austria (Matt Sundstrom): 7; 24.257 points.
England (Nate Cockerill): 9; 40.099 points.
France (Tyler Mollenkopf): 3; 4.455 points.
Germany (Jim O'Kelley): 3; 4.455 points.
Italy (Peter Lokken): 3; 4.455 points.
Russia (John Gramila): 3; 4.455 points.
Turkey (Josh Kanto): 6; 17.822 points.
The supply center chart is here. We usually don't get a lot of postgame chatter after our bar games, but here's hoping some of the players will share their thoughts.
In the meantime, we still need one more for Saturday's game at Peter Lokken's home. John Gramila will play if absolutely necessary, but let's try to find someone else.