Despite two last-minute cancellations, Game No. 138 went down as planned Saturday at Ted McClelland's home in Rogers Park. Peter Lokken topped the board with a 15-center Germany and moved into third place on the year. The game ended in Spring 1908 with the following center counts:
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Back in January, Prime Weasel Chris Davis and Nate Cockerill conducted an instructional Diplomacy game for the Chicago Board Game club. Thursday night at Ballydoyle, their efforts started to pay off.
As Pete McNamara noted in the aftermath, "There were no easy dots" in last night's game at Matt Sundstrom's home in Glenview. The board was loaded with four of the season's top seven players. The others included a Royale combatant from last year and one of the club's dogged young guns. But the player who successfully navigated the minefield of Peters and Sundstroms and Nates (oh my) was last year's Rookie of the Year Amanda Baumgartner. She earned her first ever board top, and first positive score of Season 6, with an 11-center Germany. The final center counts were:
Another game, another near solo. This time, it was Nate Cockerill pushing Austria to 17 centers before being stopped by an F/G stalemate line. Game No. 133, played March 20 at Ted McClelland's home in Rogers Park, ended after the Fall 1912 turn in the following center counts:
The streak is on the line. We're scheduled to play a house game for a sixth consecutive weekend on Sunday, but the game is in jeopardy.
Host Peter Lokken was called away to Buffalo. He won't return until the late afternoon on Sunday. In addition, Peter Yeargin had to drop from the game due to a business trip. That has left us with five players without a home for the game.
Standbys: Mike Morrison, Jim O'Kelley and Don Glass
Nate Cockerill has stepped up and is willing to host, although he may opt to do it at Cinner's rather than his home. His home and Cinner's are both in Chicago's Lincoln Square neighborhood. I am willing to play, but I can only do so if I also host the game in Oak Brook. I have my son for a few days--I can keep him entertained at home and still play Dip. However, if I host, then one of the current players will have to drop, so either way, we're at five.
If you can help us salvage this game, please comment below, and let us know if you're available to play in the city, the suburbs, or both. Thanks!
Mike Morrison celebrated St. Patrick's Day by turning the West green. His Italy romped to a 10-center board top in a game that ended in Spring 1906. His 10 centers: Home, Tunis, France, Iberia and Liverpool.
And just to round out our ambitious March Madness schedule, we're playing at Cinner's on March 30.
Good news, Weasels! We're adding another game to our March Madness schedule. Join us at Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant in Downers Grove on March 31 for our last game before the CODCon Open. Here are all the details.
March Madness rolls on with round two on Saturday at Ted McClelland's home in Rogers Park. It will be our fifth straight weekend with a Diplomacy game. But we're still two players short. We've been trying to get one of the five current players into the fold since he relocated here from North Carolina last summer, so it would be great if we could make this game happen. Here are the details. Please sign up if you're interested and available.
March Madness tipped off today with a classic East vs. West tilt at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove. Sharing the board top were the East's champion, Matt Sundstrom, and the West's, Ted McClelland. The game ended after the Fall 1908 turn in the following center counts:
Game No. 130, played Saturday at Peter Yeargin's home in Lakeview, started 90 minutes late due to the mysterious, unexplained disappearance of John Gramila. Fortunately, Nate Cockerill, this season's leader in games played, was able to recruit one of his many contacts to round out the board.
We had 12 for Diplomacy last night at a great, and aptly named, venue in Lincoln Square: Cinner's Chili Parlour & Cocktail Lounge. With help from Christian Kline and Nate Cockerill, who played on both, we managed two boards. But first, a few words about the venue.