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Tuesday, 09 April 2013 20:45

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of April 8

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Not much going on except for CODCon, which is just 11 days away. Read on.

Like Winter, CODCon Is Coming
We're expecting at least four travelers for CODCon this year, including one from Austin and another all the way from the Bay Area. Of course in past years, we've entertained out-of-towners from Alaska and even Paris; the Bay Area is practically our backyard by comparison. Still, we're excited about our guests. If you're on the fence, how about joining us for a round or more to ensure a strong local turnout?
Tuesday, 02 April 2013 21:48

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of April 1

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Here's the latest news from the Weasels.

DiplomacyCast Double-Play
Our friends at DiplomacyCast, the hardest working Podcast in the Diplomacy hobby, produced two episodes in the past week. The first, Episode 22, is a tribute to Allan Calhamer. The second is a wide-ranging installment that reviews a new tournament in Los Angeles, shares some rare but effective openings, and empties a mailbag filled with well written and thought-provoking emails. Check out DiplomacyCast online or at iTunes.
Monday, 25 March 2013 21:50

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of March 25

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Stranger Danger!
"Villains who twirl their moustaches are easy to spot," Captain Picard once told Lt. Worf. (Yes, I'm working a Star Trek reference into a Diplomacy e-newsletter. Nerd overload.) Not so much, the ones who wear smiles and carry candy in their pockets. Game No. 208, played Saturday at my place in Little Italy, was our second straight with a pair of pre-teens. One of them topped the board, and the other learned a valuable life lesson about taking candy from strangers. Check out the game summary.
Monday, 18 March 2013 22:26

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of March 18

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It's Nature
We conducted our own nature vs. nurture experiment last Saturday at Tony Prokes' home in Des Plaines as Junior Woodchucks Kevin O'Kelley (12) and Calum Mitchell (11) joined us for a time-limited game of Diplomacy. Clearly, it wasn't years of nurturing that guided their knives into their allies' backs, so it must be in their nature. See how the young lads did, and get game reaction from observer Pete McNamara (Calum's stepdad) and me.
Thursday, 14 March 2013 21:50

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of March 11

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The Madness Continues Saturday
We need one more for Saturday's game at Tony Prokes' home in Des Plaines. The game will begin at 11 a.m. and end by 4 p.m. Who's in? Check out the March Madness schedule.
Monday, 04 March 2013 21:11

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of March 4

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Rest in Peace, with Support from All of Us
The big news, of course, is that Allan B. Calhamer, the father of Diplomacy, passed away last Monday. He was 81. Many of you got the chance to see him last August at the World Diplomacy Championship at Weasel Moot VI. I'll never forget the ovation we gave him.

Anyway, War Weasel Nate Cockerill and I both posted tributes to him. Here is Nate's; mine is here. I've also provided links to his obituaries in the Sun-Times and the Tribune. The Tribune reporter contacted the Sneak for a reaction to the news. Chris Davis and I are both quoted in the article. Both articles also draw from Ted McClelland's 2009 profile of Mr. Calhamer in Chicago Magazine.
Monday, 25 February 2013 21:41

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Feb. 25

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Hopes, Dreams Go Sweepin' down the Plains
When the wind swept down the plains of last week's game at Guthrie's Tavern in Wrigleyville, it carried the aspirations of native Oklahoman Sam Bassett and his fellow Westerners with it. Check out the game report to see what happened and which Season One vet returned to the table for only the second time in seven years.
Monday, 18 February 2013 16:59

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Feb. 18

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Happy Prime Weasels' Day! If you enjoyed the day off, be sure to take a moment to thank me, Chris Davis and our current Prime, Dan Burgess. Now here's the latest news from the Weasels.
 
Weasel Moot VII--Save the Date!
This year's Weasel Moot will be held June 22-23 at the Holiday Inn in Willowbrook. The website with more info will be up later this week. Preregistration will open then as well. In the meantime, here are a few notes:
Wednesday, 13 February 2013 17:45

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Feb. 11

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Greetings from San Antonio, where I'll be till Friday. Here's the latest news from the Weasels.
 

Players Needed!
We need players for the next two scheduled games, which are this Saturday at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove and next Wednesday at Guthrie's Tavern.

Monday, 04 February 2013 19:47

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Feb. 4

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Writer Blocked
He had plenty of material to work with. His game featured two female players, two new Weasels, two more returning for their second games, plus friendly rivals and Royale co-conspirators Nate Cockerill and Peter Lokken. Even with that cast of characters, host and author Ted McClelland couldn't get a story going. His guests closed the book on him in 1904. Click here to learn how last Saturday's Game No. 204 ended.