Ex-pat Aash Anand, who recently moved to Denver for work, will be back in town on business, and he'd like to play some Dip with us. Let's welcome him back in the Weasels way: that is, with a warm handshake and a kick in the balls.
Last night at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, five of us--including one actual Don--gathered around the corner "Dons Table" to play the Windy City Weasels' new Ra sub-club's inaugural game. I'm pleased to report that I topped the board, earning 45 fame points in a win that was tainted somewhat by my poor explanation of the rules to novices Ben DiPaola, John Gramila and Mike Morrison and rusty vet Don Glass, all fellow charter members of the sub-club.
Meanwhile, across the room, seven other Weasels played our club's 203rd game of Diplomacy. Ho hum.
In our second or third season, Dan Burgess observed that he got his best results when he wasn't expecting to play. Ben DiPaola will second that.
On Friday, Mike Morrison announced that he had to bail on Game No. 202, scheduled for Saturday at John Gramila's home in Humboldt Park, due to a conflict. The first standby I called that night was DiPaola.
"If it could be filled by someone else, that would be good, but I can make it otherwise," he said reluctantly.
Brad Harrington is a novice no more. In Game No. 201, his fifth ever, all with the club, Harrington guided Austria to a massive board-top in a tough field. Played Sunday at Matt Sundstrom's home in Glenview, the game ended by draw vote in Spring 1911 in the following center counts:
In our first seven-plus years and 199 games of play, our club established a number of ironclad truisms. For example:
Help us celebrate 200 games of Windy City Weasels Diplomacy on Dec. 18 at the Red Lion! Yah, we know Tuesday is an odd night for a Dip game, but it's the holidays. How hard are you really working?
Help us close the book on a memorable 2012 with one more Diplomacy game at Matt Sundstrom's home in Glenview.
Our first bring-a-friend event was a hit last night at the Red Lion. Ten people showed up, and we initiated four new Weasels. The board-topper, however, was a familiar face.
Matt Sundstrom launched his latest campaign to complete the Weasels' Grand Slam with a nine-center board top. Game No. 198 ended by time limit after the Fall 1905 turn in the following center counts: