Season 5 is winding down. After next week's 100th game celebration, you'll have four more chances to play yourself into the Weasel Royale (Sept. 11 at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove). Take a look at these offerings, and sign up by commenting below or responding to the Meetup invitation.
Weasel Pyle V!
Standbys: Matt Sundstrom, Jim O'Kelley
Diplomacy in Downers Grove
Standbys: Peter Yeargin, May Ling Chong
Alpha Weasel Matt Sundstrom posted our second solo of the year in Game 99, gobbling his 17th and 18th dots as Turkey in 1910. For Matt, it was actually his second solo as Turkey this season, with his first coming in the final round at Weasel Moot. (Tournament games don't count toward league standings.)
The win vaults Matt back into his familiar first-place position in the club standings and also wrests Best Turkey away from Greg Duenow, who had grabbed it in the January 2 game at Matt's.
We can guess how it happened by reviewing the supply center chart, but it's so much more fun to hear from the combatants. Please post your endgame statements in the Comments section. Below.
Congrats to Matt! Here are the final supply center counts:
Next up: The 100th game celebration at Guthrie's Tavern on June 10, followed by a game at Sam's in the Gold Coast on June 12.
We need one more player for Saturday's game at Matt Sundstrom's home in Glenview. The game starts at 3 p.m. Who's interested?
Just six days after the club's first 17-17 two-way draw, Game 98 finished in a seven-way. Played May 15 at Greg Duenow's apartment in Chicago, the game ended in Spring 1907 with newcomer Justin Pfeil topping as France. The final center counts were:
Here's the supply center chart.
Thanks to Greg for hosting, and best of luck to you and Stacy these next few weeks! Now let's hear from the players...
The Weasels are turning 100, and we'd like you to be there.
We'll play our 100th game at Guthrie's Tavern on June 10, beginning at 6:15 p.m. As always, the game will end no later than 11 p.m.
The club will provide pizza. We're hoping for three boards, so make your plans to join us. Sign up by posting your name in the Comments below.
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It took 97 games, but we finally saw our first 17-17 split. Game 97, played today at my place in Oak Brook, ended in Spring 1913 in a two-way stalemate-line draw. The final center counts were:
Here is the supply center chart. Stay tuned for endgame statements.
Next up: Greg Duenow is hosting a game this Saturday on the South Side. That game is now full, but a spot has opened in Matt Sundstrom's game in Glenview the following weekend. Sign up if you're interested.
Greg and Stacy Duenow are having a baby. She's due June 8, and Greg would like to get one more game in before the new arrival takes Belgium.
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We're pleased to announce three new game openings for May and June. Check them out, and sign up by adding your name in the comment section or by responding to the Meetup invitation.
Standbys: Matt Sundstrom, Jim O'Kelley
We wrapped up our third annual March Madness extravaganza with two boards last night at Guthrie's Tavern in Wrigleyville. The two boards brought our March total to six, which ties August 2009 for our most active month.
A couple of late cancellations forced us to stretch a bit to field a second board. We only had 12 players, so Michael Martinez and I volunteered to play on both boards. With Guthrie's quick negotiation phases and liquid distractions, this proved incredibly challenging but also a lot of fun, and I think we both played well enough that we didn't skew either game.
Here are the results. I'll rely on the other players to supply the commentary as I missed a lot while playing both boards.
Here are the supply center charts. Players, please post your comments.
Jim O'Kelley and Thom Comstock topped boards 93 and 94, respectively, which were played Saturday at Thom Comstock's home in Oak Park. The event was another banner multi-board session for the Weasels, as we welcomed four new members to the group -- including three beginners -- and welcomed back another. (Plus we collected dues from three more people!)
Game No. 93 ended in Spring 1907 in a six-way DIAS draw. The final center counts were:
Christopher M. Davis removed himself from the Topless list with a 14-center performance as Russia yesterday in Game No. 92, played at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove. Davis is no stranger to Russian success. He took Best Russia honors at CODCon last year.
The game ended after the Fall 1908 turn with the following center counts:
The game featured a first-time player in Todd "The Mail Man" Woodman, and a player who was returning to a Diplomacy table for the first time in about 15 years in Roland Hackler. We hope to see both players again. In addition, Dan's neighbor Chris Albert followed the action closely and eventually took over France for Hackler. Hopefully he'll join us for a future game, as well.
In the club standings (which you can access from the Links menu), Duenow's score bettered his shared board top in the first game of this season, allowing him to leapfrog Peter Yeargin into fourth place. Davis, meanwhile, shot from the standings' bowels all the way up to 14th.
Check out the supply center chart here.
Next up: March gets even madder with a two-board session at Thom Comstock's home in Oak Park on Saturday. We still need players for the second board. Join the fun and sign up today!
Game No. 92 got under way at about 12:45 p.m. today at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove with the following line-up:
I watched the first three turns, and from what I could tell, it was shaping up to be a good old-fashioned mess.
In the East, it looked like Austria and Italy were playing a Key Lepanto, with Mike Morrison trying the same variant that Nate Cockerill played against him last weekend in Game No. 91. This time, however, Austria failed to make sure of a Black Sea bounce, and his Bud-Rum was bounced. Turkey bounced him out of Greece in the Fall. Italy got to Serbia, but Austria was without a build. Italy built A Ven and marched into Trie in the Spring. His F Nap moved to Tyn while F Ion and A Tun held.
Russia, meanwhile, got two builds, but in Spring 1902, Turkey flipped on him in conjunction with Austria. So, the East was looking messy.
The West looked equally confused. Everyone got two builds, with France and Germany dropping armies on the board, and England, Fleets Lon and Lvp. But in the Spring, England tried to support a French attack on Ruhr while simultaneously moving his new fleets to the Channel and Irish Sea. Germany had two supports for his own move to Ruhr, prompting Dan to announce, "Ruhr happens."
That had the ring of a marketing slogan. Who wants to make the t-shirts?
I left at that point. I look forward to hearing how the game progressed.
Fasten your seatbelts. March Madness is under way.
Our third annual March Madness extravaganza tipped off today with Game No. 91 at my place in Oak Brook, and what a start to a month in which we expect to play six games of Diplomacy. The center lead changed hands five times, with five players at least sharing it at various points. The game also saw:
When the dust cleared in Fall 1910, it was Sam Bassett atop the board with a 15-center England. The final center counts were:
Who would have thought it possible? Our March Madness extravaganza just got even more extravagant!
That's right, we've added one more Diplomacy event to a month that's already packed with three Saturday sessions. We're now going to wrap up our third annual March Madness with at least one board but preferably two at Guthrie's Tavern!
Don't make me and Matt give up our seats! We need one more for a second board.