Game No. 171 was billed as a Leap Year celebration, and Mike Morrison embraced the theme. He showed up at my home in Little Italy last night wearing a pair of tights, and by game's end, he had pulled off a magnificent Tour en l'air, landing in first place.
For Morrison, it was his second big board top in as many games at my place. What a lousy house guest. Play ended at 5:10 a.m. during the Spring 1913 turn in the following center counts:
Nate Cockerill brought our Dip & Drinks show to the North Shore last night. We played Game No. 170 at the Village Inn Skokie, a bar featuring a 64-inch television and a friendly staff.
"Mona the barmaid said we're welcome back anytime," reports Cockerill. That's probably because he didn't steal any of her centers. Alas, his comrades in arms can't claim the same.
We've put an ambitious schedule together for our fifth annual March Madness extravaganza. Help us reclaim the month of March for the backstabber by signing up for some games. We have bar games, Saturday games, Sunday games, city games, suburban games, even a variant.
And it all starts with the tip-off at Emmett's Alehouse on March 1. How did Downers Grove get the honor? Typical political bullshit. Our Prime Weasel lives there.
If you missed the opportunity to play Colonial Diplomacy at Conception or had so much fun there that you'd like to try it again, here's your chance. Tony Prokes is going to run another game of Colonial at the Concentric gaming event in Itasca.
First, the Detroit Tigers signed Prince Fielder. Then, one of their damn fans topped the board last night in Game No. 168 at Guthrie's Tavern. And in just his second game ever.
Kevin Schiferle kept predicting an imminent comeuppance as he gobbled the East, slowly at first and then in large chunks. The time limit came first, however, leaving Schiferle atop the board with 13 centers.
I'm hosting another Sunday game at my new digs in Chicago's Little Italy neighborhood. This one is in honor of Leap Year. This game only happens once every four years. Don't miss out. Get a leaping start into March Madness.
Prime Weasel Dan Burgess prefers the host's apron to the diplomat's pen. That's well known. But every once in a while, he'll pick up the pen and try his hand at the game we all love. And on rare occasions, he'll even top a board. Today was one of those occasions. When the dust settled on Game No. 167, played at John Gramila's home in Logan Square, Dan Burgess was holding a handful of nuts.