Sunday, 14 August 2016 11:30

The Old Guard advances

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In a season dominated by the club's New Guard--in terms of games played and boards topped--it was the vaunted Old Guard that crested the ridge on the final day of play yesterday at our 11th Weasel Pyle in Wayne. Carrying the colors were Eric Brown, Christian Kline and Matt Sundstrom, veterans of our first, third and ninth games, respectively.

Here's how the games went down on a beautiful summer day at Castle Brown, Eric's stately home in bucolic Wayne.

 

Thursday, 11 August 2016 11:27

Of groundhogs and unicorns

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Last night's final Red Wednesday of the season was, paradoxically, as typical as it was atypical. On the one hand, Brandon Fogel ran his board-topping total to a gaudy 6.5. He now has a real shot at tying, if not breaking, Peter Lokken's longstanding record of 7.5 board tops in a season. That one has held since the 2010-11 season.

On the other hand, we had two new recruits, which is something of a rarity in this down year for new blood. But even more significant, both were female, which is as unusual as it is welcome. Not for lack of effort, our progress at diversifying the player base has been inconsistent at best.

Sunday, 31 July 2016 20:28

Minding your p's and 'cues

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In addition to the backstabbing, players in Game No. 306, played Saturday at Pete McNamara's home in Evanston, were treated to ribs and brisket courtesy of grillmaster Pete.

"The barbecue turned this one up to 11," remarked Bryan Pravel, who, having now played in 13 club games, all since January, is something of an authority on the Weasels scene.

Could the club now have a third host extraordinaire to rival Messrs. Brown and Burgess?

As for the game, depsite being a house game with a generous 11 hours allotted for play, it ended by draw vote during the Spring 1906 turn in the following center counts:

Sunday, 16 August 2015 09:40

Tenth Pyle a Perfect Ten

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For the 10th time, we gathered at Eric and Muy Leng Brown's beautiful home in bucolic Wayne to wrap up an exciting season of Windy City Weasel Diplomacy. This season, a total of 72 players competed on 28 boards. Eighteen of those players showed up for Weasel Pyle Ten, and 16 of them got to play on three boards throughout the day.

War Weasel Dan Burgess and I never got in a game. Instead, we played four other games, including Caverna, pictured above, and Clue. Yes, Clue.

But you don't care about that. You want to hear what happened in the games. So here goes.

Thursday, 13 August 2015 16:16

The Christian Paradox

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At one point last night at the Red Lion, Ali Adib threw up his hands in disgust and said to his fellow Easterners, "We're obviously doing something wrong. None of us is gaining centers!"

It was that kind of night as we played Game No. 276, the final match of the 2015 Bar Room Brawl Series. Play ended by time limit after the Fall 1907 turn in the following center counts:

Monday, 27 July 2015 23:17

The Daily Double

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Our club has held numerous multi-board sessions in our 10-year history, but prior to last Saturday, we had never fielded two boards in two different locations. The 14 players featured three first-time Weasels. Here's how the games went down.

Game No. 274
Hosting Game No. 274 at his home in Glenview, Matt Sundstrom cashed in on his half of the daily double, cruising to a monster board top. The game ended by draw vote in Spring 1908 in the following center counts:
Sunday, 12 July 2015 08:33

Our game with Andre

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Ali Adib continues to be this season's greatest recruiting success story. He found us on the Chicago Game Lovers site back in September and joined us for the season opener. That was the first of his eight league games this season.

He's topped two of those boards and currently leads the Bar Room Brawl series. But more than that, he's brought new players into the fold. The latest of those is Andre Dankha.

Saturday, 06 June 2015 09:41

A matter of time

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This week's Red Wednesday at the Red Lion was one of those rare Dip and Drinks nights when we had exactly the right amount of players for the game. And once again, that wasn't the case the day of.

We were sitting on 10 early Wednesday morning, and I was trying hard to find two others so we could force two boards. One of them, Jason "The Dude" Raynovich, a Founding Weasel, showed up, but instead of 11, he turned out to be No. 7. Two players cancelled and two others didn't show, so for once, I didn't have to sit out. I actually got to play.

And wouldn't you know it, the Blackhawks were playing, too.

Friday, 15 May 2015 13:45

A board too far

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Once before in our club history--at the first CODCon back in 2007--we asked three people to play on two boards to make numbers work. Since then, our threshold has been two. Any more than that, and it just gets too disruptive.

So, after a third cancellation on Wednesday night left us with just 11 players, we decided it would be better to sit four and field one solid board than stretch for two and disrupt both. The short straws went to Matt Sundstrom, John Gramila, Sam Bassett and me, although Sam sat in for the first few turns for a late-arriving Nathaniel Olson.

Saturday, 09 May 2015 23:51

Every man has his Preece

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When we last saw Barry Preece (center), he was guiding Turkey to a monster board-top at Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Downers Grove. Remember when we used to do bar games in Downers Grove? Yah, that's how long ago it was--March 2011.

Back then, Barry was playing in only his second game. His first came in a recruiting game that Chris Davis ran for the Chicago Game Lovers Meetup, also in March 2011, I believe. That recruiting game was off the grid--we didn't count it. On his own, Chris arranged to teach the game to seven novices. (Coincidentally, they played that game on the same block where we played the first five games in our club's history.)

Of the seven, only Barry wanted to play again, but one out of seven isn't bad for a recruiting game, and when he topped that next board at Ballydoyle, we figured we had a solid new member for the club. We figured wrong. Despite our best outreach efforts, we couldn't get him back to the table.

Until today.

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