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Monday, 10 February 2014 21:03

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Feb. 10

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Here's the latest news from the Weasels.

Kade's Last Stand and Don's Birthday Bash
For the first time since September 2012 and thanks largely to the aggressive recruiting of Prime Weasel Nate Cockerill, we fielded two boards for last week's Dip and Drinks event at the Red Lion. Our numbers included eight regulars plus four first-time players, one who was playing for the first time in more than 40 years, and another who was playing for just the second time ever.

We put the six new and newish players -- three of whom were women -- on one board, along with Don Glass, who was celebrating his birthday.  The other board featured some of the club's heavyweights.

Monday, 03 February 2014 19:52

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Feb. 3

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Ben Blows Their Brains Out
Roland Cooke, the British ex-pat living in Houston who has been one of the busiest  travelers on the North American Diplomacy circuit the past few years, was in town last week, so we organized a game at the Red Lion in his honor. Nate Cockerill cleverly titled the game The Song of Roland, and Ben DiPaola did his best impersonation of the horn from that Medieval epic. Check out the game summary and Roland's reaction. Roland will be back in town the week of February 17, and he's signed up for the game at the Lion on the 19th. It's full, but come out if you'd like to have a pint with Roland and/or help us fill a second board.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 20:39

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Jan. 27

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I'm paying a dear price for four days at WACCon in Seattle, and not just exhaustion. My 18-month-old is shunning me. Tuesday morning, he stiff-armed me twice, and he hasn't warmed up much since then. In an effort to avoid giving him an ally in my wife, I'm going to keep this issue of the Weekly Weasel brief. I'll try to do a WAC recap and more for next week, but for now, it's just the bare bones.
 
The Song of Roland
Earlier this evening, I was at the Red Lion to welcome Roland Cooke to town. (Patrick and Meghan joined me. I'm not stupid.) Roland, the British ex-pat living in Houston, was with us last weekend for #UltimateWAC in Seattle. There, he mentioned that he'd be in town all week on business, so we promptly organized a game for him, and it filled in a record 12 hours. Look forward to the recap next week.  The lineup is here.

Monday, 20 January 2014 19:18

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Jan. 20

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Here's the latest news from the Weasels. It's a light issue, as we didn't have a game last week (for the first time in nine weeks) and we're gearing up for the DipCon at WAC this weekend.

February Is for Stabbers
We'd love to get two boards for our bar game at the Red Lion on February 5. We posted the opening last week, and the first six seats went quickly. Who else wants to play?

Monday, 13 January 2014 21:12

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Jan. 13

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Have Dream, Will Host
Matt Sundstrom has a dream to play Diplomacy this weekend, and he's willing to host to make it happen. Dan Burgess had been scheduled to host a game on Sunday at his place in Downers Grove, but a conflict forced him to cancel. If there's sufficient interest, Matt will host at his home in Glenview instead. The game would start at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Matt says he will serve food and drink and that football will be on. If you want to play, speak up.We don't have much time to throw this one together.

Monday, 06 January 2014 19:22

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Jan. 6

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That Feeling You Get When Everything Goes Your Way
We had two guests of honor and a brand-new player for our rare Saturday night bar game at the Red Lion, but it was Matt Sundstrom who got the red-carpet treatment. The Germans opened to Holland; the Turks to Constantinople and Ankara; the Austrians to Trieste; and the Italians to Tyrolia and Venice. Guess which country Matt was playing...and who topped the board.

Monday, 30 December 2013 22:28

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Dec. 30

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One last time in 2013, here's the latest news from the Weasels.

The Year in Review
What's New Year's Eve Eve without a countdown? Relive five big moments from 2013.

Tony the Turkish Tiger
Tony Prokes made it two for two this season with his board top at Matt Sundstrom's on Saturday. Game No. 231 also marked the Season Nine debuts of Royale participant Brad Harrington and former Bull Weasel Paul Pignotti, and the return to the table of a player who first played with the Weasels in Game No. 2 but hadn't participated in a league game since March 2010. Check out the game summary.

Monday, 23 December 2013 20:21

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Dec. 23

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From our warren to yours, have a merry Christmas and a great New Year. And now, here's the latest news from the Weasels.

O Come, O Come, Eamonuel
Eamon Driscoll's return to the table last week at the Red Lion was both joyful and triumphant. He last played on Opening Night in Season Eight, pulling double duty in that two-board session. Shortly afterward, he left for the Ukraine, where he spent the past year teaching English.

He's back now for the holidays, and he wasted no time signing up for a game. His effort was one for the carols, as he guided Austria to a nine-center shared board-top. Check out the game summary here.

Monday, 16 December 2013 21:39

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Dec. 16

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It Takes Two More to Tango
Around 1 a.m. last week at the Red Lion, a couple of hours after Game No. 229 had ended, someone got the bright idea to open another game there for this Thursday. We now have five players. Two more and the game is on. Who's in?

Monday, 09 December 2013 20:34

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Dec. 9

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Vive le Kade
It's official: Matt Kade now has a board-topping streak. He topped his second straight in Game No. 228, played Saturday at Ted McClelland's home in Rogers Park, and this time, he nearly soloed.

Topping two games in a row may not sound like a big deal, but in our club, it is. In 179 eligible games since we began tracking board-tops in September 2008, only two other players have topped two in a row. Peter Yeargin did it in Games 126 and 127 in February 2011, but one of those was a shared top. Peter Lokken is the only other player to post two straight outright board-tops. He topped Games 138 and 139 in April and May of 2011.

No one has ever topped three in a row.

Check out the game summary and reaction from one of the players at the website.

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