I'm paying a dear price for four days at WACCon in Seattle, and not just exhaustion. My 18-month-old is shunning me. Tuesday morning, he stiff-armed me twice, and he hasn't warmed up much since then. In an effort to avoid giving him an ally in my wife, I'm going to keep this issue of the Weekly Weasel brief. I'll try to do a WAC recap and more for next week, but for now, it's just the bare bones.
The Song of Roland
Earlier this evening, I was at the Red Lion to welcome Roland Cooke to town. (Patrick and Meghan joined me. I'm not stupid.) Roland, the British ex-pat living in Houston, was with us last weekend for #UltimateWAC
in Seattle. There, he mentioned that he'd be in town all week on business, so we promptly organized a game for him, and it filled in a record 12 hours. Look forward to the recap next week. The lineup is here
Can't wait till next week for WAC coverage? Then search for #UltimateWAC
on Facebook or Twitter, and you'll find plenty of dispatches from the front. While we didn't quite cause the hashtag to trend, quite a few of us were using it all weekend. Also, be sure to check out Tournament Director Matt Shields' poignant recap
at the Facebook event page.
WAC has always been the tournament gold standard as far as I'm concerned, but this year's final act really raised the price of gold. The organizers have pointed to us as the new standard-bearers for their style of tournament, but we've got some work to do if we want to assume that mantle.
CODCon is Coming...
We can start in April at our eighth annual CODCon Open Diplomacy tournament. It will be early this year. The three-round tournament will be April 5-6, 2014, at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. It's not necessary to play in all three rounds--although we hope you will--and it only takes one round to qualify for awards, of which there will be plenty: plaques for first through third place and best play of each country, prizes for fourth through seventh, and maybe some special awards.
CODCon is the Chicago area's longest-running Diplomacy tournament. It's a fun event, and the con offers some great people watching. I hope you'll join us this year.
You can find more information about our tournament, including the schedule, here
. Learn more about the CODCon convention here
. When you decide to come, be sure to respond on Meetup here
...and so is March Madness
We'll announce the March Madness schedule in next week's issue. So far, we've got a game at the Concentric gaming convention in Itasca on March 8 and a game at Peter Lokken's new home in Logan Square on another weekend. Matt Sundstrom is also willing for hosting a game in Glenview, so we just need to work out the dates and determine whether Tony Prokes or someone else will host the traditional St. Patrick's Day weekend game (which Italy has topped three years running) and line up a couple of bar games. Watch for the announcement next week.
...and Weasel Moot
Though we're still working on the where and the when. Watch for an announcement soon.
- Feb. 5 at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, starting at 6:30 p.m. until no later than 11. Have seven. Standbys welcome.
- Feb. 19 at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, starting at 6:30 p.m. until no later than 11. Have four.
- April 5-6: The eighth annual CODCon Open Diplomacy tournament at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.
Eventually we'll get around to mailing our annual e-appeal for 2014 dues. In the meantime, feel free to use the PayPal link we set up for 2013 to pay your 2014 dues. We're still charging $25, $10 if you're a student. Thirteen people already have paid their dues. Thanks, Guys! Remember, your dues pay for our website, the Meetup site, our annual club awards, and the awards for both the Royale and the Brawl, among other things.
That's all for this week.