WCW Club Season 2010 Games (47)

Thursday, 03 June 2010 18:37

Game Openings: Summer Dippin!

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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!

Eric Brown will once again host our season-ending Diplomacy event. Join us for Diplomacy plus the Season 5 awards ceremony, Sneak elections, and the announcement of the 2010 Weasel Royale field.
When: August 14 at 11 a.m.
Where: Eric Brown's home in Wayne.
What: Up to three boards of Diplomacy and all kinds of other fun. This year, Eric is planning to give away Weasel Pyle V keepsakes as well as awards commemorating the day's feats.
Who:
  1. Eric Brown
  2. Jim O'Kelley
  3. Adam Berey
  4. Nate Cockerill
  5. Amanda Baumgartner
  6. Peter Yeargin
  7. Matt Sundstrom
  8. Thom Comstock
  9. Christian MacDonald 
  10. Kurt Kugelberg
  11. Pete McNamara
  12. Aash Anand
  13. Sam Bassett
  14. Martin LeBreton
  15. Dan Burgess
  16. Grant Smith
  17. Tony Prokes
  18. Andrew Bartlein
  19. Christian Kline
  20. John Gramila
  21. Paul Pignotti

 


Diplomacy on the Magnificent Mile
Play Diplomacy in Chicago's near north neighborhood.
When: June 12 at 11 a.m.
Where: Sam Bassett's home in Chicago's Near North neighborhood.
What: One board of Diplomacy. Food will be provided, but b.y.o.b.
Who:
  1. Sam Bassett
  2. Pete McNamara
  3. Ted McClelland
  4. Nate Cockerill
  5. John Gramila
  6. Scott Cheever
  7. Kurt Kugelberg

Standbys: Matt Sundstrom, Jim O'Kelley

 

Diplomacy with the Weasel of the Yeargin
White hot Peter Yeargin is hosting another game of Diplomacy. Sign up if you dare.
When: July 17 at 11 a.m.
Where: Peter Yeargin's home in Chicago (Belmont and Sheffield)
What: One board of Diplomacy.
Who:
  1. Peter Yeargin
  2. May Ling Chong
  3. Matt Sundstrom
  4. Aash Anand
  5. Josh Kanto
  6. John Gramila
  7. Christian Kline

 

Diplomacy in Downers Grove

Consumate host Dan Burgess is at it again. Join him for hand-craft beer, kick-ass chili, Diplomacy in his networked conference rooms, and the usual shenanigans.
When: July 24 at 11 a.m.
Where: Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove.
What: One board of Diplomacy.
Who:
  1. Christopher M. Davis
  2. Amanda Baumgartner
  3. Kurt Kugelberg
  4. Aash Anand
  5. Sam Bassett
  6. Tony Prokes
  7. Pete McNamara

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:

Austria (Paul Pignotti): 0; 0 points.
England (Jeffrey Wood): 10; 0 points.
France (Don Glass): 5; 0 points.
Germany (Nate Cockerill): 0; 0 points.
Italy (Sam Bassett): 0; 0 points.
Russia (Tony Prokes): 1; 0 points.
Turkey (Matt Sundstrom): 18; 450 points.

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.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010 09:23

Need One for Saturday!

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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?

  1. Matt Sundstrom
  2. Nate Cockerill
  3. Tony Prokes (tentative)
  4. Don Glass
  5. Sam Bassett
  6. Jeffrey Wood
  7. Paul Pignotti

 

Sunday, 16 May 2010 14:21

From Smallest Draw to Largest in Six Days

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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:

Austria (Thom Comstock): 4; 48.57 points.
England (May Ling Chong): 6; 68.57 points.
France (Justin Pfeil): 9; 116.57 points.
Germany (Greg Duenow): 5; 58.57 points.
Italy (Mike Morrison): 2; 28.57 points.
Russia (Don Glass): 2; 28.57 points.
Turkey (Peter Lokken): 6; 68.57 points.

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.

Jim

When: June 10 at 6:15 p.m. until no later than 11 p.m.
Where: Guthrie's Tavern, 1300 W Addison in the city.
What: Up to three boards of Diplomacy, plus free pizza (and for paid-up members, one free drink!).
Who:
  1. Jim O'Kelley
  2. Peter Yeargin
  3. Christopher M. Davis
  4. Kevin O'Kelly
  5. Pete McNamara
  6. Dan Burgess
  7. Josh Kanto
  8. Todd Woodman
  9. Ted McClelland
  10. Chris Paxhia
  11. Christian MacDonald
  12. Nate Cockerill
  13. May Ling Chong
  14. Sam Bassett
  15. Peter Lokken
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Sign up now!

 

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:

Austria (Thom Comstock): 0; 5 points.
England (Don Glass): 0; 5 points.
France (Jim O'Kelley): 17; 200 points.
Germany (Todd Woodman): 0; 7 points.
Italy (Peter Yeargin): 17; 200 points.
Russia (Sam Bassett): 0; 11 points.
Turkey (Amanda Baumgartner): 0; 8 points.

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.

What: Diplomacy in the Shadow of the Cell.
When: May 15 at 11 a.m.
Where: Greg's home at 31st and Parnell.
Who:
  1. Greg Duenow
  2. Thom Comstock
  3. Justin Pfiel
  4. Peter Lokken 
  5. May Ling Chong
  6. Don Glass
  7. Mike Morrison

Standby: ?

Sign up now!

 

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.

Mutha's Day Diplomacy
Join us on Mothers' Day for a rare Sunday event at Jim O'Kelley's home in Oak Brook. Note the venue change!
When: May 9 at 10 a.m.
Where: Jim O'Kelley's home in Oak Brook.
What: One board of Diplomacy, plus beer, XRT on the stereo, and Jim's fabulous company.
Who:
  1. Amanda Baumgartner
  2. Todd Woodman
  3. Thom Comstock
  4. Jim O'Kelley
  5. Peter Yeargin
  6. Don Glass
  7. Sam Bassett

Diplomacy in the Den of the Alpha Weasel
Join Alpha Weasel Matt Sundstrom for a Saturday game in Glenview.
When: May 22 at 3 p.m.
Where: Matt Sundstrom's home in Glenview.
What: One board of Diplomacy.
Who:
  1. Matt Sundstrom
  2. Nate Cockerill
  3. Tony Prokes (tentative)
  4. Don Glass
  5. Sam Bassett
  6. Jeffrey Wood
  7. Paul Pignotti

Diplomacy on the Magnificent Mile
Play Diplomacy in Chicago's near north neighborhood.
When: June 12 at 11 a.m.
Where: Sam Bassett's home in Chicago's Near North neighborhood.
What: One board of Diplomacy. Food will be provided, but b.y.o.b.
Who:
  1. Sam Bassett
  2. Pete McNamara
  3. Ted McClelland
  4. Nate Cockerill
  5. John Gramila
  6. Scott Cheever
  7. Kurt Kugelberg

Standbys: Matt Sundstrom, Jim O'Kelley


Watch for an announcement of our 100th game celebration, to be held at Guthrie's Tavern!

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.

Game 95. The Little Board
Austria (Pete McNamara): 10; 130 points.
England (Chris Paxhia): 6; 70 points.
France (Yuji Takata): 4; 50 points.
Germany (Jim O'Kelley): 6; 70 points.
Italy (Michael Martinez): 6; 70 points.
Russia (John Gramila): 0; 5 points.
Turkey (Josh Kanto); 2; 30 points.
 
A couple of quick comments:
  1. Pete McNamara's 17-month apprenticeship is officially over. He's now a Diplomacy craftsman.
  2. Yuji Takata was playing his first game ever, and he's a quick study. He's also an expert at Settlers of Catan, fyi.
  3. This would have been a great game for Pete under the CODCon Sum of Squares system. He topped and spread the other centers out fairly evenly among the other players. That's what you'll want to do next month.
Game 96. The Big Board
Austria (Matt Sundstrom): 6; 70 points.
England (Jim O'Kelley): 4; 50 points.
France (Adam Berey): 8; 90 points.
Germany (Michael Martinez): 5; 60 points.
Italy (Nathan Cockerill): 0; 6 points.
Russia (Christian MacDonald): 3; 40 points.
Turkey (Peter Yeargin): 8; 90 points.
 
A couple of quick comments:
  1. The last year saw some pretty good scrambling with Adam taking Liverpool and Munich but losing Holland to grow to eight, where he caught Peter who lost two centers.
  2. Matt proved especially slippery in not just staving off elimination but coming back to finish third.
  3. Christian's Russia had three fleets in the North in 1903. Bastard.

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:

Austria (Christian MacDonald): 2; 30 points.
England (Gabe Rohn): 0; 3 points.
France (Dave Martin): 8; 90 points.
Germany (Jim O'Kelley): 10; 130 points.
Italy (Jina Dunn): 5; 60 points.
Russia (Kurt Kugelberg): 3; 40 points.
Turkey (Kevin O'Kelly): 6; 70 points.
 
Dave and Jina were playing for the first time ever, and Kurt was playing for the the first time with the group.
 
Game No. 94 ended in Spring 1908, also in a six-way DIAS draw. The final center counts were:
 
Austria (Christian Kline): 4; 50 points.
England (Thom Comstock): 9; 118 points.
France (Andy Lischett): 8; 90 points.
Germany (Zeke Dunn): 0
Italy (Tony Prokes): 2; 30 points.
Russia (Nick Rohn): 5; 60 points.
Turkey (Matt Sundstrom): 6; 70 points.
 
Zeke was playing for the first time ever. Interestingly, this game featured four of the club's oldest members in Andy and Nick, who both joined the club in Game No. 2, and Christian and Thom, who joined in Game No. 3.
 
Check out the supply center charts here.
 
Next up: March Madness wraps up at Guthrie's Tavern on Thursday with another two-board session. Then it's on to our fourth annual CODCon Open, April 10-11 at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. See you there!
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