The hobby's best-named tournament is back for a fifth installment and a final tune-up before we host the world championship in 2012!
Only one Chicagoan cracked the top 10 at Weasel Moot IV, but he did so in convincing fashion. Peter Yeargin posted large board tops in the first and third rounds to win the Moot and become our new Alpha Weasel. He's the third straight Weasel to win the Moot and also the first player to capture two best-country awards since Matt Sundstrom and Don Williams turned the trick in Moot I.
We had four boards in each of the three rounds and a total of 37 players at the tournament, which was played Sept. 24-25, with an awards ceremony on the 26th. The numbers included 13 travelers, an all-time high for us. Seven of the travelers were playing at the Moot for the first time.
Here are the final standings:
Here are the names of the nine teams that competed in the team round. Feel free to vote on your favorite by commenting below.
Tony Loves Matt but Not Peter
Who is Ferret?
Here are the matchups:
Weasel Moot IV - Heat 3 - Game 1
Austria: Todd Woodman
England: Don Glass
France: Chris Glassburn
Germany: Christopher M. Davis
Italy: Dirk Knemeyer
Russia: Christian Kline
Turkey: Grant Smith
Weasel Moot IV - Heat 3 - Game 2
Austria: Eric Brown
England: Dave Maletsky
France: Matt Sundstrom
Germany: Aash Anand
Italy: Josh Kanto
Russia: Roland Cooke
Turkey: Kevin O'Kelly
Weasel Moot IV - Heat 3 - Game 3
Austria: Pete McNamara
England: Amanda Baumgartner
France: Conrad Woodring
Germany: Dan Burgess
Italy: Peter Lokken
Russia: Peter Yeargin
Turkey: Mike French
Weasel Moot IV - Heat 3 - Game 4
Austria: Andy Bartalone
England: Nick Rohn
France: John Gramila
Germany: Nathan Cockerill
Italy: Ted McClelland
Russia: Jonathan Hill
Turkey: Adam Silverman
Unofficially, we had 36 players and 12 boards.
More intriguing matchups.
Weasel Moot IV - Heat 2 - Game 1
Austria: Adam Silverman
England: Roland Cooke
France: Grant Smith
Germany: Peter Yeargin
Italy: Christian Kline
Russia: Andy Bartalone
Turkey: Aash Anand
Weasel Moot IV - Heat 2 - Game 2
Austria: Don Glass
England: Kevin O`Kelly
France: Christian Pedone
Germany: Tim Yanok
Italy: Alex Amann
Russia: Conrad Woodring
Turkey: John Gramila
Weasel Moot IV - Heat 2 - Game 3
Austria: Amanda Baumgartner
England: Eric Brown
France: Jonathan Hill
Germany: Mike Morrison
Italy: Tony Prokes
Russia: Dirk Knemeyer
Turkey: Christian MacDonald
Weasel Moot IV - Heat 2 - Game 4
Austria: Mike French
England: Ted McClelland
France: Robert Rousse
Germany: Dave Maletsky
Italy: Chris Glassburn
Russia: Nick Rohn
Turkey: Matt Sundstrom
We have a shot at five boards for the evening round, so come on out.
Let's use this article to share quotes from the weekend, starting with the best one so far. This is from Christian Pedone, who, during the first round, was sitting on the sidelines as Austria in Spring 1901 while Italy negotiated with Russia: "So far, they've determined that I'm not an Orc." High marks for theme humor on multiple levels.
Weasel Moot IV opened about 12 minutes ago with four boards. The first round features some choice matchups.
Weasel Moot IV - Heat 1 - Game 1
Austria: Christian MacDonald
England: Dirk Knemeyer
France: Adam Silverman
Germany: Kevin O'Kelly
Italy: Christina Mandarino
Russia: Chris Glassburn
Turkey: Peter Lokken
Weasel Moot IV - Heat 1 - Game 2
Austria: Christian Pedone
England: Nathan Cockerill
France: Mike French
Germany: Roland Cooke
Italy: Eric Brown
Russia: Todd Woodman
Turkey: Samuel Bassett
Weasel Moot IV - Heat 1 - Game 3
Austria: Jonathan Hill
England: Christian Kline
France: Andy Bartalone
Germany: Conrad Woodring
Italy: Matt Sundstrom
Russia: Tim Yanok
Turkey: Dave Maletsky
Weasel Moot IV - Heat 1 - Game 4
Austria: Robert Rousse
England: Peter Yeargin
France: Aash Anand
Germany: Don Glass
Italy: Nick Rohn
Russia: Alex Amann
Turkey: Amanda Baumgartner
After a hard-fought battle, in 1915 a five-way draw was finally agreed upon, resulting in Jim O'Kelley being crowned our new Bull Weasel. Congratulations to all the combatants, whose fine play during the recently-completed season earned their participation in our championship event. And special congratuations to our War Weasel for some fine play. It was a great time.
John Gramila prevailed at the undercard with a 12-center Turkey, and he now leads the pack for a spot at Weasel Royale 2011. More reports, statistics, and commentary are sure to follow a fun-filled day in Downers Grove.
The field for the 2010 Weasel Royale club championship came down to the last board at the last event of the year.
Heading into the Aug. 14 Weasel Pyle, Sam Bassett had a tenous hold on the seventh spot in the Royale field. No fewer than eight Pyle participants had realistic shots at taking the bid from him.
First off, let me say thank you to the Woodrings for hosting 60+ people in their home this weekend. I'm not sure how they managed to do it, and I'm definitely not sure how they managed to feed us, because we were all shoving food down our faces for the better part of the weekend. Don cooked up some burgers and hot dogs on Friday night and there was just about every kind of salad you can imagine...presumably made by his wife and Lori Wheeler and some others. Saturday night was barbecue grilled chicken and some fantastic ribs that basically fell off the bone.
BURLINGAME, Calif., May 31 — The Bay Area Diplomacy Association welcomed 22 walk-ins, newcomers and Hobby outsiders at their springtime minor tournament at KublaCon Saturday and Sunday. In a lofty perch at the Hyatt Regency's Atrium Overlook, with LARPers and grognards duking it out in the convention below, tournament director and BADAss regular Andy Hull ran three rounds of four boards under the C-Diplo 1907 scoring system, along with two unscored novice boards.
I once attended a dinner where keynote speaker and former Bulls guard Kyle Macy talked about the time he and Michael Jordan lit up the Celtics for 69 points. I'm proud to report that Peter Yeargin and I returned from Dixie with second place, Best England, Best France and the Golden Blade for best stab. However, unlike Kyle Macy, who chipped in six points in that 1986 playoff game, I contributed nothing.
Peter was on fire all weekend. The Best England and Best France both were for 13-center three-way draws. His throwaway game was a 16-center Austria in the first round where Peter went for the solo and was forced to eat a five-way. In DixieCon's draw-based system, that score put him roughly in 10th place after the first round, behind everyone who finished in a three-way.
I was actually in first place after the first round, tied with Tom Kobrin. He was Austria to my Russia, and we finished in a 12-12-10 three-way. The third party was Tyler Mollenkopf, a recent graduate of UNC who started playing Diplomacy at DixieCon in 2002 when he was 12. I stunk up the rest of the tournament and probably finished 14th or so. We haven't seen the final standings.
Our old friend Graham Woodring of Long Island won the tournament with a 14-center two-way (also Best Russia) and a three-way draw with nine or 10 centers, I think. Joining him and Peter on the top board were:
Tyler Mollenkopf won the Players' Choice award. And he just got a job in Oak Park, so we're gaining a Weasel.
It was a great tournament, with 10 boards over the three rounds. Peter is on a roll right now. As he'll gladly tell you, he hasn't been eliminated since January. Weasels?
As Christian has already pointed out, Dip Con 43 was a rousing success. Like him, I will overview the weekend from my perspective. He and I did not play on a single board together.
Like Christian said, we landed at about 10am. I did not know about the ride from Condy until about a day or two before the trip, and a friend of mine gave me some BART transportation passes, so I was glad to take public transit. I was staying until Monday evening, and had to take transit back to the airport, so I figured I'd learn the system early. I took the train to AT&T park, and almost snuck onto the field until the security guard asked where I was going. He was gracious enough to let me take a picture. I walked to McCovey cove to see where some of the HRs had landed. Such a beautiful park... wish I could have seen a game.
After making it back from the park, I walked about a mile to pick up a bus. Sadly the bus made some turns and I had no idea which way I was going. So, instead of being 2 miles from the hotel I found myself 3 miles from the hotel and getting hungrier by the minute. I ended up climbing the Mt. Everest of hills to the Fairmont Hotel where I caught a cab to meet up with Christian, Peter and the rest of the gang.
Harry's had good food, a nice waitress and the Cubs on the TV. Nothing beats Friday afternoon baseball. A political discussion was brewing on the other side of our group, but the more entertaining part of the group was watching two of our well-known travelers going shot for shot at 3pm. NICE!
I was given Italy to start my tournament. Excellent I thought. I love playing Italy, especially when I want to work my way slowly into a game. The only bad part is when I have an aggressive Austria or in this case, an Austria who had only played the game once or twice. Combine that with having two of Seattle's best as Russia and Turkey (Matt Shields and Dip Con Champ, Eric Mead), I was dead meat. Peter was France and he and Germany began to work on England. England made some good guesses and fell around 1905 or 1906, but was effectively dead in '02 or '03. It was about that time that I began my descent. France and Germany were getting ready to push up to meet the Juggernaut, but Germany dove south into me in Spring 1904 rather than defend against the east. I asked him in the Fall negotiations why he'd attacked, and he smirked back that I was trying to mislead him that Turkey wanted France and Russia to squash him. I dropped from 4 to 3 to 0 in two years, giving France 1 or 2 centers and not being able to hold any of them. (Note: Germany was at 11 and feeling quite confident when he made his move. He finished at 5, while R/T shared a board top at 13.)
I was given France to start Round 2, playing against last year's Grad Prix champ Adam Siegal in Russia and mostly locals over the rest of the board. I figured with my disappointment from round 1 I could make up some points on this board. Don del Grande in Germany played on my board in round 1 and I knew him to know his tactics, so I quickly asked him to work with me. He seemed to be a loyal player and I needed to have a line pushing into Siegal quickly. England seemed to know the game as well, but I'd pick him to be a newer player, or at least a player who hadn't traveled before. I proposed to both of them separately that we open with a Western Triple, but I had my sights on eliminating England quickly. I did the standard Sundstrom opening, convoying my army to POR, giving me the option to move to IRI in the Spring, which I did. England was SO mad that I was bordering his one center that he lost ALL concentration of the game, and turned his 5 units backwards instead of following up his attack on Germany. Siegal did a great job trying to show him that he'd gain more by continuing the attack, which showed me how good of a player he truly is. England was gone shortly thereafter, and Don was pushing Russia hard. Turkey got sandwiched by A/I/R, but did a great job defending, leaving me with no enemies for a long/long time.
There were 3 decisions that led to the end of this game. First was Germany not executing an attack on Russia correctly in Fall 1905. If Don would have grabbed NWY or SWE correctly, Siegal can't rebuild in the north which would have crumbled his northern position. Germany misfired and Siegal maintained strength. Then, in the south during Fall 1906, Turkey, who had clawed back, and Austria had Russia surrounded in RUM and BUL. Each one could have taken one of those centers, but Siegal must have done a great job convincing Austria that it wasn't in his best interest to attack him. A/T did not attack, Russia stabbed Turkey the same turn. Russia went from a 9 centers to 12 instead of falling to 8. On the same turn, I stabbed Germany to move from 8 to 10 and would have had 5 more in my sights. The last major failing was mine. R/A/F made a deal to finish it off early with a 3-way, but we had to eliminate Italy first. Italy, seeing he was going to be out of a draw, supported Russia past Austria and into his chance for a solo in the south. While doing so, Russia pushed up his units in the north, while I just maintained position. If I would have put pressure on Russia up north, he most likely wouldn't have been able to hold all of his dots in Scandanavia for long enough. But he did and he solo'ed.
I learned a lot in that game, my first solo again me where I had a chance to stop it. (Maletsky solo'ed on my board last year at WAC, but I was on the back of the line and couldn't do much about it. This one was different.) I swore I would sleep on that one for a while, going from a possible 250 points, down to 9. OUCH.
On a side note, as we were finishing the order writing on his way to the solo, we teased Adam that he'd have to buy if he solo'ed. We went for pizza and beer afterwards, and to his credit, he did offer to buy. We turned him down, as he had earned his pizza and beer. I grew to like Adam a lot more at Dip Con. I'd never really chatted with him, and I think I had only played on one board previously.
OK, so I had been eliminated and been solo'ed on. Not the way to start the tournament. So I was placed in Germany to start Round 3. Matt Shields was in England. Thomas Haver was in Italy. Buzz Eddy, who knew me as Kevin O'Kelly (no relation), was Russia. I thought that was pretty cool. Everyone else was unknown. Haver offered VIE on the first turn, as Austria was one of the soloists from Round 2. I opened to BOH, but didn't take the offer as I thought the offer was too good to be true. Haver did write the support, so I guessed wrong there. From that point, Turkey and Italy gobbled Austria while England and I took the northern Russian centers. France was stuck in the middle, and the opposing alliances split up his centers too. It ended with a 4-way because England couldn't stab me, or Turkey would have soloed. Italy had offered Turkey the centers, but it ended early.
This was my board of death. I was placed in England. Tournament leader at the time, Chris Brand was in Russia. Buffalo was in France. Maletzsky was Austria. Mark (Washington) Zoffel was Italy and Edi Birsan was Turkey. And of all of those players, Germany set the tone. He was a local player who got bored with standard openings. So he ordered to PUR, SIL and DEN... only to not bounce Russia in SWE. Brand was swallowed up pretty hard, as was Germany who did a great job of defending himself. Austria and Turkey pushed hard into Germany and Italy. France got most of Italy's dots. I had Scandanavia, StP and BER. Because this was a timed round, the play was a little bit different. I had an opportunity to really nail Buffalo, picking up 3. But there was no way to solo and the points for all 7 players didn't matter that much. Chris had 3 solid rounds. Buffalo, Maletzsky, Zoffel and I didn't have enough rounds to qualify for anything. Edi might have been the only one who could have improved, but he finished in the top 7, so I guess it worked out.
TRAVEL TOURNEYS and DIP CON
I had a great time at the tournament. Just like when we host Moot, it's great to find so many people who love the game and love the different styles of play. Undoubtedly, a scoring system debate broke out and other games were played. But like Christian said, if you ever want to improve your game or just play a whole bunch of Dip against other players, a travel tournament is the way to go. Over the next couple of months, here are a few tournaments and locations.
Memorial Day - DixieCon - Chapel Hill, NC
Early June - Massacre - Boston, MA
Late June - Origins - Columbus, OH
Mid July - Husky Con - Long Island, NY
Early August - Gen Con - Indianapolis, IN
Always feel free to ask about traveling to Tournaments or helping with our own Weasel Moot.