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.
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:
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:
In just his second game of Diplomacy, Simon Marcelis of Belgium vaulted into first place for Season 7 with a board top in Game No. 157, played last night at Emmett's Alehouse in Downers Grove. The game was one of two in a night that featured six more new recruits for the Weasels.
We were back at Guthrie's Tavern in Wrigleyville last night for an evening of Dip and Drinks. Despite having four players drop during the week, we still managed 13, which was good enough for two boards, with me pulling double duty. And our outstanding recruiting year continued, with five more new players. Special thanks to Peter Lokken, Ben DiPaola, Mike Morrison and Nate Cockerill for bringing them in.