The Weekly Weasel (214)

Monday, 25 January 2016 21:23

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Jan. 25

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Yin, Yang and Gramila
Balance in the universe will be restored on Saturday when Humboldt Park, which lost the Riot Fest music festival last year, lands a Diplomacy game at John Gramila's home. The game begins at 11 a.m. and is currently full. Standbys are always welcome so let me know if you'd like to get on the waiting list in case a spot opens.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016 21:11

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Jan. 18

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Tapping Brian Shelden
Fifteen players came out for Brian Shelden's Weasels debut. He was one of three brand-new Weasels. They combined for 12 centers, which was good enough for a board-top. Check out the coverage from a banner Red Wednesday at the Red Lion.
Monday, 11 January 2016 22:05

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Jan. 11

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Double Dippin'
We have exactly 14 players lined up for Wednesday night at the Red Lion. That means two boards...but it never hurts to have extra players show up just in case. So, make your plans to join us Wednesday night for dinner, drinks, and Dip if we need you! The games start at 6:30.

CODCon Dates Set
Our 10th annual CODCon Open Diplomacy tournament will be April 9-10 at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. This will be a great opportunity to tune up for the world championship in June!

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 22:12

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Jan. 4

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Happy New Year! Read on for the latest news from the Weasels.

Last Week's Games
We ended up one player short for last Wednesday's bonus game at the Red Lion and maybe a few years short for Saturday's brief game at Matt Sundstrom's home in Glenview, but both games happened. Check out the game reports.

Closing in on Two Boards
Next Wednesday, we'll reconvene at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square for the first Red Wednesday of the New Year. We currently need four more players for a second board. The evening will also serve as Brian Shelden's Weasels debut. Help us give him a warm Weasel welcome!

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 21:35

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Dec. 21

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Just Add Players
We've scheduled three games over the next few weeks. Now all we need is players to round out the boards.

Next Wednesday, join us at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square as we attempt to squeeze in one more bar game before the calendar turns. We'll start this one at 6 and will wrap up no later than 11.

A mere three days later, we'll ring in the New Year at Matt Sundstrom's home in Glenview with a game on January 2. That one will begin at Noon. (A Hipster-friendly start time: Take note, Peter Lokken, Ben DiPaola, John Gramila and Josh Heffernan...)

Monday, 14 December 2015 20:25

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Dec. 14

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A Rare Repeat
We Weasels pride ourselves on knocking the hell out of our defending champions. We have five annual titles: Weasel of the Year, CODCon Champion, Alpha Weasel (Weasel Moot Champion), Bull Weasel (Weasel Royale Champion), and Brawl Star (Bar Room Brawl Champion). Last week at this time, only two champs had ever successfully defended their titles: Mike French, who won the first two CODCons in 2007 and 2008, and Nate Cockerill, who posted back-to-back Weasel of the Year titles in 2013 and 2014.

Tuesday, 08 December 2015 21:29

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Dec. 7

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Brawl Star Game
The 2015 Bar Room Brawl Championship Game will be held tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square. The seven combatants, in seed order, will be Ali Adib, Matt Sundstrom, Christian Kline, Jim O'Kelley, Brian Beck, David St. John (alternate) and Chris Kelly (alternate). Kelly won the championship last year, and O'Kelley took the inaugural title in 2013.

We have eight for the undercard game, so that gives us a little cushion in case someone bails. Additional standby players welcome, so drop by the Lion to watch the games and play if needed.

Monday, 30 November 2015 20:18

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Nov. 30

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We're back after a brief hiatus for Thanksgiving. (Hope yours was a good one.) Read on for the latest news from the Weasels.

Chicago in a Landslide
We got the word last week that our bid to combine the 2016 North American Diplomacy Championship with the World Championship was successful. Woot! (It's a good thing, too, as ours was the only bid...)

The two events will be June 24-26 at Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago. In 2012, we had separate victory conditions for the two titles, just as Vancouver did in 2007, but as with Vancouver, the same player won both titles anyway. Therefore, we're not inclined to split them this time around. The winner of the top board in the final round will be the champion of the world and North America. Which is fitting.

Monday, 16 November 2015 20:34

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Nov. 16

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Quick turnaround this week due to the late publication of last week's issue. Read on for the latest news from the Weasels.

One City, Lots of Games
Saturday is International Games Day at the library named for the mayor who once said, "Chicago is one city. We shall work as one people for our common good and our common goals."

The event will take place at Harold Washington Library (400 S. State St.) from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. I'm thinking about taking my son Kevin there at around Noon to promote the Weasels. We're happy to play other games, but if there are seven of us who want to go, perhaps we can get a short game in. Anyone interested?

Thursday, 12 November 2015 11:01

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Nov. 9

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Did you hear the news? I won Carnage. Read on for the latest news from the Weasels.

Red Wednesday Rescued by a Random
Last night's Red Wednesday game was rescued by a random walk-up. We had one new player and another who was new to the club, so host Matt Sundstrom was prepared to lead a six-player teaching game when a mysterious stranger named Mike darkened the doorway of the Red Lion. With a full complement of seven players -- plus a spectator in Dan Burgess who arrived later -- we were able to play a regular league game.

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