March Madness rolls on with round two on Saturday at Ted McClelland's home in Rogers Park. It will be our fifth straight weekend with a Diplomacy game. But we're still two players short. We've been trying to get one of the five current players into the fold since he relocated here from North Carolina last summer, so it would be great if we could make this game happen. Here are the details. Please sign up if you're interested and available.
March Madness tipped off today with a classic East vs. West tilt at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove. Sharing the board top were the East's champion, Matt Sundstrom, and the West's, Ted McClelland. The game ended after the Fall 1908 turn in the following center counts:
Game No. 130, played Saturday at Peter Yeargin's home in Lakeview, started 90 minutes late due to the mysterious, unexplained disappearance of John Gramila. Fortunately, Nate Cockerill, this season's leader in games played, was able to recruit one of his many contacts to round out the board.
We had 12 for Diplomacy last night at a great, and aptly named, venue in Lincoln Square: Cinner's Chili Parlour & Cocktail Lounge. With help from Christian Kline and Nate Cockerill, who played on both, we managed two boards. But first, a few words about the venue.
Saturday at Nate Cockerill's home in Lincoln Square, six of this season's regulars, along with an old new face, played a game to end all games. It ended around 1 a.m. after the Fall 1918--yes, 1918--turn in the following center counts:
The game ended after the Fall 1908 turn with the following center counts:
What's better than one bonus game opening? How about two bonus game openings? Wahoo! Join us for a Guthrie's-style game at a new venue, Cinner's in Lincoln Square.
The blizzard of the century isn't the only thing heading this way. Here's another February game.
With apologies to Shakespeare, here's a brief account of Game No. 125, played last night at Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Downers Grove.
The confessional in the backroom at Ballydoyle. On the table in the middle, a caldron boiling. Thunder.
Enter the two Witches.
Peter Lokken topped Game No. 123, played today at my home in Oak Brook, with an 11-center Austria. Finishing second with nine centers apiece were Chris Davis and fellow member of the class of Game No. 39, Ben Morof. Whereas Davis went on to join the Sneak and eventually lead the club, Morof was playing for the first time since that game in May 2008 and for only the third time ever.
Last night at Guthrie's Tavern, a calorie-counting Jim O'Kelley switched his drink of choice to Jack & Gingers. The effect was immediate. Without the uncomfortable bloating brought on by heavy beer, O'Kelley was a much more nimble and agile* diplomat as he nudged and shoved and wheedled his way to a 14-center board top. The game ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn with the following center counts:
March Madness is back for a fourth year, and this time, we'll offer a house game every weekend. Sign up by emailing me or posting in the Comments below.
If Aash Anand resolved to top more boards this New Year, then he's doing a better job of sticking to his resolutions than most of us. Playing in his 10th game with the club, Aash posted his first board top, gobbling 12 centers as Turkey at Peter Lokken's home in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood on Sunday. Game No. 122 ended after the Fall 1911 turn with the following center counts:
The supply center chart is here. Players, how 'bout some endgame statements?
We've opened two more January games. Join us for Dip and drinks on either Jan. 26 at Guthrie's Tavern in Chicago or Jan. 27 at Ballydoyle in Downers Grove.