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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.