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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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Here's the latest news from the Weasels.

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.
Monday, 28 January 2013 21:08

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Jan. 28

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It's been a busy week. Read on for a recap.

There's a New Board-Topper in Town
We welcomed two more Meetup recruits at last week's game at the Red Lion, and one of them walked away with a large board top. Josh Heffernan learned to play Diplomacy while living in China among a group of Canadian ex-pats. They taught him well.

In his first game with the Weasels, Heffernan guided England to an impressive 13-center board top. Fellow newcomer Ted Phillips, who audited the club at December's Red Lion game and liked what he saw enough to sign up for this one, didn't fare as well. Nevertheless, he and Heffernan both have signed up for a second game, so the club continues to grow.

Check out the results from Game No. 203, plus our exciting coverage of the side Ra game.
Monday, 21 January 2013 19:46

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Jan. 21

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Here's the latest news from the Weasels.

A More Modest Dream
My dream is more modest. All I want is two boards for Wednesday night at the Red Lion. We're at 11 now, so it shouldn't be too difficult to find a few more. The fun starts at 6:30, and while the games will end by 11, the night won't necessarily. Join us for an evening of Dip & Drinks Wednesday in Lincoln Square.
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 18:28

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Jan. 14

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Here's the latest news from the Weasels.

The Clock Punches Back
Sometimes the clock punches back. Such was the case in last Saturday's Game No. 202, played at hipster John Gramila's home in Humboldt Park, as minuteman Ben DiPaola turned in his best impersonation of a London landmark. Called in as a standby the morning of the game, Big Ben drove his opponents cuckoo en route to a huge 65-point board top. Check out the game summary and chatter from some of the players.
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 19:49

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Jan. 7

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Here's the latest news from the Weasels.

Hip to be Square
The Weasels will ring in the New Year with a game this Saturday at hipster John Gramila's home in Logan Square. The game is full, but we can always use standbys, so speak up if you're available. We should have a game report for next week's Weekly Weasel. In the meantime, check out the lineup. It features two more newcomers, including another Meetup recruit.
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 19:58

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Dec. 31

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Happy New Year! We closed 2012 with a game on Sunday, so we have that result for you. Plus, last week, we forgot to report on our 200th game. Read on for the latest (and some old) news from the Weasels, and may 2013 be a prosperous one for you and stab-free!

Big, Bad Brad
A gaming friend of Tony Prokes, Brad Harrington joined the club in a novice game last March. He topped that board, but his next two games were stinkers. I like to think that his fortunes changed in Game 199 last month at Dan Burgess' place. He had the chance to work with a more experienced player who was a kind and nurturing ally. In his very next game on Sunday, in his fifth game ever, all with the club, he guided Austria to a 16-center board-top in a strong field. Check out the game summary.
Thursday, 27 December 2012 14:28

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Dec. 24

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I hope you're having a great holiday season. I've been home with Kevin and Patrick. We alternate every other Christmas with Kevin, but due to a scheduling change a couple of years ago, this Christmas was our first with him since 2008. We're having fun, but the late nights with the PS3 make for really early mornings with Patrick. I'm struggling today. Anyway, here's the latest news from the Weasels.

Onward to 300
We'll take our first step on the march to 300 games this Sunday at 11 a.m. at Matt Sundstrom's home in Glenview. The game is full, but we can always use a standby or two just in case. Check out the lineup at the website.
Monday, 17 December 2012 15:23

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Dec. 17

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Here's the latest news from the Weasels on this 200th Game Eve.
Weasels Set to Play Bicentennial Game
We're all set for tomorrow's big 200th game celebration at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square. We currently have eight players signed up. If we can recruit six more between now and then, we'll also play our 201st game.
It should be a fun night. Our War Weasel, Beefy Nate Cockerill, even is suggesting that we mark the occasion with a fish-and-chips eating contest. I think I'll stick to supply centers.
Monday, 10 December 2012 17:21

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Dec. 10

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The Weasels were back in action yesterday. Read on. 
Master of the House
Every Weasel knows that Prime Weasel Dan Burgess would rather stir chili in a pot than trouble on a Dipomacy board. He typically hosts at least five games per year, not counting the Royale, but he only plays in those games when absolutely necessary. Such was the case yesterday when hipster John Gramila went AWOL.