As you've all seen from the postgame discussion, season 5 got off to a nice start last Saturday at Conception in Glen Ellyn. Kudos to club veterans Greg Duenow and Thom Comstock for organizing the game and for continuing our tradition of supporting the Conception event. Special thanks to Thom for giving up his seat so we could indoctrinate a new Weasel and for always being willing to do so.
The game ended after Fall 1907 with Greg's Austria and new guy Tony Prokes' Italy topping the board with nine centers each. The final center counts were as follows:
Marty, congratulations and welcome, you're officially a Weasel now. (As is Tony.) It should be noted that in order to be a Complete and Utter Weasel, like Greg, Pete, Peter, Mike and Ted (and Thom), one must pay his membership dues of $25.
Dues may be paid by PayPaling $25 to wcwsneak [at] gmail [dot] com or by giving $25 to me or Treasurer Christian MacDonald at a future game. Dues run through the calendar year. Your 2010 dues are due on Dec. 31, but why wait? You may pay them now. The dues for next year remain $25 and help to offset the cost of club and Royale awards, our Meetup presence, and our website, which now features a spiffy new name (windycityweasels.org) and soon will sport a kick-ass content-managment system.
In addition, dues get you a discount on our tournament registration fees, make you eligible for club awards and the Weasel Royale, entitle you to vote on all vote-worthy matters, make you eligible to serve on the Sneak or one of our committees, and, most important, give you first crack at all game openings.
Finally, as Greg noted in his report, all club games this year will be DIAS, which means draws include all survivors. Take note.
I look forward to seeing you at a game soon.
Hello. We need an emergency replacement for Bull Weasel Paul Pignotti in tomorrow's game at Matt Sundstrom's home in Glenview. We do have a reluctant replacement lined up, but before we tap him, we'd like to offer the spot to you. What else do you have going on over Thanksgiving weekend? You're not going shopping, are you?
If you want to play in this rare game in the North suburbs., just add your name to the Comments below!
Here's a brief rundown of some of last night's fun at Guthrie's Tavern.
* Not bothering to check with Guthrie's before scheduling games finally caught up with me as there was an event for gay nerds on the porch last night, forcing us to play in cramped quarters. (Seriously. It was a board game night for single gay men. I think the name of the group is Nerds with Hearts, if you're interested. Last week, there was one for straight people, but last night's was for gay men.) Anyway, we made the tight space work.
* I got a birthday spanking.
* Newcomers Adam Berey and John N. seemed to have a good time, although John chose to keep his last name to himself. Talk about playing it close to the vest.
* Kevin O'Kelly showed up for some Sneak business and was drafted to fill in for John Duca, who had to bail at the last minute.
* Ted McClelland rediscovered the joy of playing Russia with our group.
* Pete McNamara misordered a key build.
* 2008 Weasel Royale champion John Susoreny returned to action for the first time since, I think, last October. He's still good.
* Matt Sundstrom was eliminated. That never happens.
* Peter Yeargin topped a board worthy of a Royale.
* Despite, or maybe because of, all the talent on board 76, four neutrals went unclaimed in 1901: Belgium, Norway, Sweden and Spain.
* Thom Comstock and Greg Duenow finished second and third, respectively, despite not building in 1901.
On a beautiful 60 degree+ day on November 7 of us converged at Dan's house to play the Undercard game at the Weasel Championship. I was really pumped up because Ted and Greg cleaned off the back deck so we could play outdoors. Wonderful decision! We randomly drew sides and then Greg and May? I think switched sides.
Austria: John Ritz
England: Scotty Cheever
France: May Ling Chong
Germany: Pete McNamara
Italy: Greg Duenow
Russia: Amanda Baumgardner
Turkey: Ted McClelland
I had never played with John, Scotty or Amanda before. I quickly learned that Amanda was a part of the board with Adam when Adam solo’d and she was his ally until it was too late. She indicated she had learned from her mistake. Scotty had played some with the group before, but just not with me.
In my initial negotiations with England, Scotty me that he’d be interested in going North against Russia. We both agreed that France would be fodder for us later in the game and to focus elsewhere for now. I had told France that I did not like a strong England as Germany because it's so much work to defend the backdoor. I was hoping that I could convince France to go after England and tie him up for a while. May (France) was mostly interested in getting her 2 builds in 1901 and seemed interested in working together. Italy told me two things: 1) That he and I should bounce in Tyrolia and 2) he was going after France because May was a boring player. I told him don't you dare go to Tyrolean, but I'd be game to eat up France once things got going. May and I later talked again and she told me she was concerned about Italy. I suggested a move to Piedmont. Russia and I discussed Sweden, but I was non-committal. I told Austria that as Germany I like a strong Austria (mainly to keep him from thinking about moving North).
We had a nice turnout for Game No. 79, played last night at Guthrie's Tavern in Wrigleyville. In addition to the seven combatants, Greg Duenow, Kevin and Katie O'Kelly, Ted McClelland and Christian MacDonald all turned in cameos. And despite our shortest Guthrie's game on record -- a draw passed in Spring 1905 at just 9:24 p.m. -- a couple of us managed to close down the bar and stroll out around 2:15 a.m. Imagine that.
On the board, the only casualty was Adam Berey, the soloist from Game No. 77. His Germany was knocked out in 1904. The DIAS draw passed early the following turn. Jim O'Kelley, clearly benefitting from playing the first three turns incognito as Ted McClelland, topped the board with 10 centers as England. Defending Weasel of the Year Peter Yeargin was second as France with eight.
The final center counts were:
Although there was still play in the game, I voted for the draw, which Sam proposed, for four good reasons:
I'd be curious to hear from the other players in this short but fun game. Just post your comments in the comments section below.
Next up in our march to 100 games is Game No. 80, to be played Nov. 28 at Glenview. This game will happen, but there's room for you if you want to play. Sign up by clicking on Current Games Signup List in the Main Menu, scrolling down to the article titled Home for the Holidays?, and add your name in the comments field.
A week later, we'll be at Greg Duenow's home on the South Side, for Game No. 81. That one is full.
Watch the site for news of our next Guthrie's game. And check out the current League standings bly clicking on Club Standings in the Links menu. And you can check out the supply center chart from Game No. 79 by clicking on Files Section.
Join us for more Dip and Drinks at Guthrie's Taven!
Season five was our biggest and best year yet of Windy City Weasels Diplomacy. Fittingly, it ended yesterday with our biggest and best Weasel Pyle yet.
A total of 26 players participated, and thanks to Nate Cockerill and Matt Sundstrom who volunteered to play on two boards each, we fielded four on the day. Here's the rundown.
At the start of play in Game No. 104--held Saturday at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove--Pete McNamara and Sam Bassett were holding down the sixth and seventh spots, respectively, in the Weasel Royale field. But with scores of 403 and 345, they were low-hanging fruit for other Royale hopefuls.
So, Saturday's game represented an opportunity for them to solidfy their tenuous positions. But by the end of the day, they were on even shakier ground.
Instead, it was Amanda Baumgartner, Christopher M. Davis and Dan who improved their Royale chances. As Germany, Italy and Turkey, they each finished with eight centers and 92 points in a game that ended in a five-way draw after the Fall 1910 turn. Peter Yeargin, meanwhile, topped the board with a nine-center France, but his score had no bearing on the Royale.
The final center counts were:
Here's the supply center chart.
The Weasel Pyle at Eric Brown's home in Wayne on Aug. 14 is the last scheduled event of season five, and with three or four boards and so many players in contention, each game could have Royale implications. Check out the club standings here.
There's still room on the Pyle's fourth board, so sign up now and join the fun. In the meantime, let's hear from the players in Game No. 104.
We've filled three boards for Weasel Pyle V, which is still 3 1/2 weeks away, but that's not enough for host Eric Brown. He wants to make this our biggest Pyle yet, so he's opened a fourth board!
Join us as we celebrate five years of Windy City Weasels Diplomacy. We'll have up to four boards of Diplomacy plus other games on the side, our Season 5 awards ceremony, special awards recognizing achievements at the Pyle, an election for the two open seats on the Sneak, and the announcement of the 2010 Weasel Royale bids.
Late Arriving: Thom Comstock
In a game featuring four players who had joined the club in the past two years, it was cagey old vet Christian Kline who emerged with the board top in Game No. 103, played July 17 at Peter Yeargin's home in Lakeview.
Kline, who joined the club in Game No. 3 back in January 2006, turned in a vintage performance. Drawing Russia, a country that has rebounded this season, he built only once in 1901, but followed that up with two in 1902, three in 1905 and four in 1907 to finish with 13 centers. It was Russia's sixth outright board top of the season.
The final center count for the game, which ended in Spring 1909, were:
Click here to check out the supply center chart. Hopefully the players will post their comments below.
I showed up for the end of the game, and afterward we played a four-year game of Wilsonian Diplomacy, which was fun. Matt's Turkey had 10 centers when we stopped playing to my nine-center France. Josh had six centers as England; John, four as Germany; Peter, three as Austria; and Aash and Christian, one each as Italy and Russia, respectively.
After the Wilsonian game, five of us met Meghan and some of her friends out for drinks. It was a good night.
Not unlike the Cubs he loves, every 100 games or so, Dan Burgess will top a board. Last night at Guthrie's Tavern, in the 100th game of the club he helped found, Dan Burgess had perhaps his best game of Diplomacy ever. And wouldn't you know he was playing the same country that he ran into the ground in Game No. 1.
Dan's board-topping performance wasn't the evening's only surprise. We also got 10 crisp minutes of standup from Cockerill. This line, about his Polish ex-wife, had me rolling: "Her three favorite things are vodka, payday, and the sound of Russians dying."
We also busted out the Weasels battle hymn, and despite missing co-author and chief baritone Eric Brown, the walls resounded with our lusty cries. I knew I had been carrying around 10 copies of the hymn for a good reason.
Later on, when I broke into song on my own, I attracted the attention of four guys and a girl who were with us on Guthrie's porch, playing Apples to Apples. Within minutes, Cockerill had them gathered around a table as he explained the rules. Three of them insisted they'd look us up, including the girl, who kept asking, "Now when do you sing like him?"
We had cameos from Christian Kline, Christian MacDonald and Matt Sundstom; lots of toasts to the Weasels; and several renditions of "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow." Despite all the fun, the evening was not without a controversy worthy of conspiracy theorists everywhere. Game 101 actually started a solid 30 minutes before Game 100. Hmm.
So, the games.
Sam moved into seventh place in the club standings. Competition should be fierce these last three months as players jockey for Royale bids. It will be fun to watch.
Here are the supply center charts. Let's hear from the players.
This evening at favorite haunt Guthrie's Tavern in Wrigleyville, we'll play our 100th game as well as our first on the second hundred. The following players have confirmed:
In addition, we're expecting cameos from Matt Sundstrom, Don Glass and possibly Christian Kline. It should be a fun night. The club is springing for pizza plus one drink for each paid member who attends.
Any thoughts on how we seed the 100th game? We could draw randomly, or we could seed the board based on club seniority, or on number of games played. If you have thoughts, share them below in the Comments section.
Hope to see you tonight!
We're desperately seeking a replacement (or two) for Saturday's game at Sam Bassett's home in Chicago's Near North neighborhood. Speak up if you can help out! Thanks.