Sunday, 04 December 2011 20:05

Morrison "Sledgehogs" his way to board top

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Mike Morrison coined another opening today in Game No. 161, played at my place in Little Italy. This one was more of a new take on an old classic, the Austrian Hedgehog Opening. That's when Austria takes Serbia, arranges a bounce in Galicia, and tells Italy he's going to Venice. Mike's Sledgehog works the same way tactically, but much different diplomatically. The key is not to tell Russia about the move to Galicia or Italy about the one to Venice.

The Sledgehog worked great for Mike, as he bounced Russia in Galicia and snuck into Venice. Of course, he was aided by Italy's decision to open Rome to Naples instead of Apulia. That's probably the last time Ben DiPaola will do that. You can check out all the Spring 1901 moves and the final center counts here.

The game ended during the Fall 1910 turn in the following center counts:
Sunday, 04 December 2011 09:44

Game 161 set to start at 10 a.m.

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Dashing through the rain,
In cars, on bikes and trains...
Our Jingle Belgium game is set to begin at 10 a.m. at my place in Little Italy. The lineup is uncertain, be we'll have seven without forcing my lovely wive to play (which remains an option).
We'll maintain our supply center chart online, so follow along here if you'd like.
Saturday, 26 November 2011 12:25

Game: Cheer, Beer and Backstabbing

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Christmas just came early. We're offering another of our Dip and Drinks events at Emmett's Alehouse in Downers Grove. Read on for the details.
Sunday, 20 November 2011 21:50

Game: Dip and Drinks at the Red Lion

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Join us for another evening of Dip and Drinks. This time, we're back at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square.
Thursday, 17 November 2011 09:40

Sighting: The Lokken Monster

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Peter Lokken topped another board last night in Game No. 160, played at the Atlantic Bar & Grill in Lincoln Square. The game ended by time limit after Fall 1906 in the following center counts:

Sunday, 13 November 2011 14:16

Putting the Ben in bend over

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Ben DiPaola topped yesterday's third annual Undercard game at the Weasel Royale with an impressive 12-center Italy. He employed the aggressive Byrne Opening (Ven-Tyo, Rom-Ven, named for the late Kathy Byrne Caruso, a pioneer of aggressive Italian play), took two in 1901, and gained at least one center every year. The game ended in Spring 1908. The final center counts were:

Friday, 11 November 2011 20:50

Game: Abraham, Martin and John

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John Gramila has a dream to host a game of Diplomacy on MLK weekend. Are you in?
Friday, 11 November 2011 20:42

Game: 'Twas the Week before Christmas

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'Twas the Week before Christmas,
when all through Dan's place,
the stabbers were gathered
to play face-to-face.
Friday, 11 November 2011 20:33

Game: Jingle Belgium

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Kick off the holidays with a roaring game of Diplomacy at Jim O'Kelley's home in Chicago's Little Italy neighborhood. Fillmore is zoned, but we'll provide parking passes. This is a rare Sunday game.
Monday, 07 November 2011 10:31

Royale, Undercard set for Saturday

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The 2011 Weasel Royale club championship game will begin with the selection ceremony at 11 a.m. this Saturday at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove. The seeds are:

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