That quote has nothing to do with Game No. 154, which was played at my home in Little Italy yesterday. Ben uttered it while we were smoking cigars on the patio following a long, grueling game, in reference to a game at Weasel Moot. But I like it so much that I'm using it here.
Actually, we didn't have a whole lot of dying in Game No. 154. It was a pretty well balanced game that saw the fortunes of several powers rise and fall and sometimes rise again. As late as 1906, I was topping the board with only seven centers. We didn't see our first elimination till 1912.
Meanwhile, on this side of the world, we're setting up for Game No. 154, which will take place at my place in Chicago's Little Italy neighborhood. I'm going to track supply centers online, so if you're interested, you can follow along here. Game starts at 10 a.m.
Hats off to Tony Prokes for a great recruiting weekend at Conception, the small gaming convention at the College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn.
Season 7 kicked off last night at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square with a novice game organized by Nate Cockerill. Nate and fellow new Sneakers John Gramila and Peter Lokken did an outstanding recruiting job. The game featured five new Weasels, two of whom were firstime players. In addition, a sixth potential member shadowed Nate for the first two game years before leaving for his Magic the Gathering Meetup in a different room.
And get this: The five new Weasels included two, count 'em, two women.
In each of the past two years, the player who topped the Undercard game qualified for the next year's Royale. This year could be your turn.
Season 6 isn't even cold, and already, we're looking ahead to next year. Season 7 league play will officially kick off the weekend of Sept. 24 at the Conception gaming convention at the College of Dupage. Tony Prokes will be our master of ceremonies for a fun weekend of Diplomacy.
The bleeding of players for this year's Weasel Pyle started on Wednesday, when Milwaukee Mafiaman Michael Bartlein bowed out due to logistical problems. By Friday, we were hemorrhaging.
Ryan Whalen dropped out due to illness. Eamon Driscoll had car problems. Newcomers Laura Kliman and Dave Koob made other plans.
And finally, we have the results from Game No. 188, which was played June 27 at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square. The game ended by time limit after the Fall 1907 turn in the following center counts:
You can't blame Carlos Otero if his first impression was that Diplomacy was a piece of cake. He learned the game way back in September in our second game of the season, and he promptly topped the board.
Reality quickly set in, however. In his next five games, he was eliminated three times and managed a total of seven supply centers. But in Game No. 189 played yesterday at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove, the Venezuelan native who was naturalized in March once again had his cake and ate it, too. The game ended by draw vote in Spring 1907 with Otero's England topping at 10 centers. The final center counts were:
On a Tuesday night at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, 15 players showed up to get in another game of Diplomacy before the season ends next month. Aaron Bernhardt graciously agreed to sit out to make 14.