Sunday, 12 December 2010 21:23

McClelland authors a French board top

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Ted McClelland topped Game No. 118, played Dec. 11 at Pete McNamara's home in Evanston, with a 13-center France. Mark Weiskircher, playing in his second Weasels game, finished with a 12-center England. The game ended after the Fall 1907 turn with the following center counts:

Thursday, 23 December 2010 14:17

Sundstrom tops balanced holiday board

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Reigning Weasel of the Year Matt Sundstrom topped Game No. 119, played last night at Guthrie's Tavern. Our annual holiday game at Guthrie's ended by time limit after the Fall 1908 turn in the following center counts:

Austria (Nate Cockerill): 3; 4.369 points.
England (Pete McNamara): 5; 12.136 points.
France (Matt Sundstrom): 8; 31.068 points.
Germany (Christopher M. Davis): 6; 17.476 points.
Italy (Christian MacDonald): 6; 17.476 points.
Russia (Peter Lokken): 0; 0.000 points.
Turkey (Aash Anand): 6; 17.476 points.

The supply center chart is here. Hopefully the players will fill in the gaps.

Next up, we'll return to Guthrie's on the 29th for more Dip and Drinks, followed by a rare Thursday night house game at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove on the 30th. Standbys welcome for both games!

Sunday, 05 December 2010 15:26

Deja Prokes

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For the second time in four weeks, Tony Prokes topped a board with a large England. Game No. 117, played yesterday at Matt Sundstrom's home in Glenview, ended after Fall 1911 in a four-way draw. The final center counts were:

Austria (Matt Sundstrom): 10; 26.455 points.
England (Tony Prokes): 14; 51.852 points.
France (Jeffrey Wood): 1; 0.265 points.
Germany (Nate Cockerill): 0; 0 points.
Italy (Peter Yeargin): 0; 0 points.
Russia (Mike Morrison): 0; 0 points.
Turkey (Aash Anand): 9; 21.429 points.

The supply center chart is here.

Next up is Game No. 118 this Saturday at Pete McNamara's home in Evanston. That one is full, but standbys are welcome. Then we'll celebrate the holidays and wrap up the calendar year with weeknight games on Dec. 22 and 29 at Guthrie's and 30 at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove. Hope to see you there!

Friday, 03 December 2010 00:03

Game Openings: Drink beer, play Diplomacy!

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We're pleased to announce three more opportunities to play Diplomacy before the calendar turns, and each one comes with a beer chaser.

Thursday, 18 November 2010 23:54

Y stands for board top

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Organized by founding Weasels and suburbanites Dan Burgess and Eric Brown, the club's first bar game at Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant in Downers Grove was a smashing success. Kevin O'Kelly topped Game No. 116 as Russia, the Ice Queen's (referring to Russia, not Kevin) second board top in as many nights. The game ended by draw vote during the Spring 1907 turn with the following center counts:

Thursday, 18 November 2010 10:04


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It's a toss-up as to which was more impressive last night: Nate Cockerill's stylish beret and disturbing Hangover t-shirt or the way he dominated Game No. 115 as Russia. For a second straight Wednesday, the Weasels were at Guthrie's Tavern for Diplomacy. This time eight of us showed up, including new player Lauren Norris, a co-worker of longtime Guthrie's players John Susoreny and Michael Martinez, both of whom hadn't played in a long time--since December and March, respectively. The odd, or rather even, number left your War Weasel to drink alone at the bar. It's a tough job, but someone has to do it.

In addition,

Saturday, 13 November 2010 21:53

Prokes Brittania!

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Tony Prokes topped Game No. 114, played today at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove, and snagged Best England in the process. He's the third person to hold that honor in four days.

Earlier this morning, it looked like the players were going to settle for a six-player variant, as we had been unable to find a replacement for the fifth person to drop from the game this week. Fortunately, Dan's neighbor Chris Albert agreed to step in until I could spell him later in the day.

Saturday, 13 November 2010 09:55

Today's game in jeopardy

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Like the Edmund Fitzgerald (second reference in a week on this site!) 35 years and three days before it, today's Diplomacy game at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove is in danger of capsizing. You'll recall that this game filled within 24 hours of being posted on the site. Unfortunately, five of the original seven players dropped this week. We've scrambled to replace four of them (counting Dan as a replacement), but as of now, we stand at six.

The following options are on the table:

  1. Strongarming a neighbor to make seven.
  2. Playing a variant instead.
  3. Delaying the start by three hours or so for a seventh.

The best option would be for an eager Weasel to step forward to round out this board, but three already have. Five drops may be more than our club can handle. If you can play, please call or email Dan immediately.

Thursday, 11 November 2010 09:51

Fan favorite tops Armistice Game

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Fan favorite Jim O'Kelley defied the odds (referring to the 71.4 percent chance that someone named John or Peter would top) to top the Armistice Game, played on Veterans Day Eve at Guthrie's Tavern. Originally scheduled for Chicagoland Games, Game No. 113 relocated to Guthrie's because several of the players had Veterans Day off. That turned out to be a good decision--Guthrie's had a nice crowd for a Wednesday, but it wasn't nearly as jammed as it is on the typical Thursday.

Apparently hosting a game is still the best way to garner a board top here in the Windy City Weasels.  Peter Yeargin not only board topped, but also produced the club's first solo of the 2011 WCW Club season.  A big thanks to everyone who came together to play at the last second.  As of 5pm on Friday afternoon, we only had four confirmed players.  Nate Cockerill was able to play at the last second though and helped round out the board of seven.

Everyone had arrived by 10:45am and the stage was set for a wild and entertaining game marked by solid early play by all players involved and a 1902 season in which the only build came from England picking up a neutral Sweden.  All hell broke loose in 1903 and the fun and craziness didn't stop until the solo was completed in 1915.

End of game statements from as many players as have time would be great to hear as the dynamics on the board were in constant flux and at the same time, total stalemate at various points of the game.  I'll try to get an EoG statement in there tomorrow sometime.

In the meantime, here are the results and a link to the final center counts.

Austria (Mike Morrison): 0; 0 points.
England (Amanda Baumgartner): 0; 0 points.
France (Sam Bassett): 15; 0 points.
Germany (Nate Cockerill ): 0; 0 points.
Italy (Kevin O'Kelly): 0; 0 points.
Russia (Peter Yeargin): 18; 100 points.
Turkey (Aash Anand): 1; 0 points.
Supply center chart is here.  Let's hear from the players now.  This should be a good one.

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