Our club's oldest tradition. The hobby's most sacred number. Weasel Pyle is turning seven.
Help us close our best season yet at Eric Brown's beautiful home in bucolic Wayne. We'll field at least three boards, present the Season Seven awards, and announce the bids for the 2012 Weasel Royale championship at this final tune-up before the World Diplomacy Championship in August.
If last night at Guthrie's Tavern was any indication, the future (of the Weasels) is all right. We had 23 people turn out on a Wednesday night for an event we scheduled less than two weeks ago. The turnout resulted in our first ever three-board session at a bar event. And the best news of all for the future of our club: Our three board-toppers all joined the Weasels this season.
Join us April 4 at Guthrie's Tavern for another evening of Dip and Drinks and the last opportunity to tune up for CODCon.
In the version of history we wrote yesterday at my home in Little Italy, 1901 was the golden age of slapstick comedy. The hijinx started in Fall 1901.
First, my Austria misordered support for Albania to Greece. I ordered the support from Budapest instead of Serbia. Consequently, instead of simply being an irritant that signaled intent, Turkey's (Chris Kelly) move to Greece denied me the center and a crucial second build.
Then, Italy (Don Glass) ordered Naples to Tunis instead of Ionian to Tunis. That left him without a build.
Tony Prokes hosted our first Diplomacy event in Des Plaines yesterday, and it was a smashing success. We had two boards, plus an interested observer who dropped by for a few hours. The group included four novices, so we had a big board and a little board.
Game No. 175 was the big board. The sharks played in Tony's basement, which is a nice gaming lair. And Tony continued two trends. For the second straight house game, the host drew Italy and topped the board. For a time, it even looked like he'd better Lokken's massive Italy on the 3rd, and largely at Lokken's expense. His Austria was out by 1902.
Remember our first game at the Red Lion back in September when we learned about a patron there who was trying to put together a game of Diplomacy? Well, we finally got him to the table. Glenn Wilson and his buddy, Frank Fish, along with Eamon Driscoll, another playdiplomacy.com recruit, joined us last night for an evening of Dip & Drinks. Wilson and Fish got the traditional Weasel welcome, which is a friendly handshake followed by a kick in the balls. Driscoll fared better. Despite the rude treatment, we're happy to have them on board!
The game got off to another late start, and this time, the players managed only five game years, partly because they were teaching the game to Fish. It ended in the following center counts:
Prime Weasel Dan Burgess had an emergency appendectomy last night. He'll be in no condition to host Sunday's game. We're therefore seeking a new venue (suburbs or city) and four players to round out the board. Who wants to play some Diplomacy?
If you can play, great. If you're willing to host, even better. Let us know soon.
Last night's Dip & Drinks in Downers Grove got off to a slow start due to a venue conflict. Our usual room at Emmett's Alehouse was unavailable due to a Main Street restaurant crawl, so we were relegated to the dining room. Rather than disturb the other guests with a boisterous game of Diplomacy, we had a couple of drinks, ate, and then crashed Dan Burgess' home. The Prime Weasel lives 5 minutes away and graciously permitted us to play in his basement.
So at about 7:30, an hour behind schedule, we drew blocks. We also agreed to limit the first turn to 10 minutes and allow only 1 minute for order writing. Those changes helped us get through six game years by the 11 p.m. deadline.
The game ended after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:
Game No. 171 was billed as a Leap Year celebration, and Mike Morrison embraced the theme. He showed up at my home in Little Italy last night wearing a pair of tights, and by game's end, he had pulled off a magnificent Tour en l'air, landing in first place.
For Morrison, it was his second big board top in as many games at my place. What a lousy house guest. Play ended at 5:10 a.m. during the Spring 1913 turn in the following center counts: