The blizzard of the century isn't the only thing heading this way. Here's another February game.
With apologies to Shakespeare, here's a brief account of Game No. 125, played last night at Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Downers Grove.
The confessional in the backroom at Ballydoyle. On the table in the middle, a caldron boiling. Thunder.
Enter the two Witches.
Peter Lokken topped Game No. 123, played today at my home in Oak Brook, with an 11-center Austria. Finishing second with nine centers apiece were Chris Davis and fellow member of the class of Game No. 39, Ben Morof. Whereas Davis went on to join the Sneak and eventually lead the club, Morof was playing for the first time since that game in May 2008 and for only the third time ever.
Last night at Guthrie's Tavern, a calorie-counting Jim O'Kelley switched his drink of choice to Jack & Gingers. The effect was immediate. Without the uncomfortable bloating brought on by heavy beer, O'Kelley was a much more nimble and agile* diplomat as he nudged and shoved and wheedled his way to a 14-center board top. The game ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn with the following center counts:
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If Aash Anand resolved to top more boards this New Year, then he's doing a better job of sticking to his resolutions than most of us. Playing in his 10th game with the club, Aash posted his first board top, gobbling 12 centers as Turkey at Peter Lokken's home in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood on Sunday. Game No. 122 ended after the Fall 1911 turn with the following center counts:
The supply center chart is here. Players, how 'bout some endgame statements?
We've opened two more January games. Join us for Dip and drinks on either Jan. 26 at Guthrie's Tavern in Chicago or Jan. 27 at Ballydoyle in Downers Grove.
Game No. 120, played Dec. 29 at Guthrie's Tavern, featured three players who were new to the Weasels. They learned something we all learned long ago: Nate Cockerill is a dangerous animal.
Rain. Heat. Gloom of night.
In his first five club games, Todd "The Mailman" Woodman saw it all as he took his lumps learning the game of Diplomacy. In those five games, he suffered three eliminations. In his two survivals, he accumulated a total of just five centers. But he learned his lessons well, showed an aptitude for the game, and last night at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove, the Mailman finally delivered.
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:
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!
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:
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!