Sunday, 08 January 2017 15:37

We're too hot (hot damn)

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Six new Weasels helped funk up Game No. 324, played yesterday at Mick Johnson's Uptown apartment. Two of the newcomers hit their hallelujah (whoo), sharing the board-top, while two others tied for second.

Don't believe me? Just watch. The game ended by draw vote during the Spring 1907 turn in the following center counts:

Sunday, 01 January 2017 12:13

Trotta Arrabiata

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Jake Trotta has been spicy hot lately. In last Wednesday's bonus game at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, the resurgent Trotta bagged his third board-top (counting the Brawl Championship) in four tries, and this one was another whopper.

Game No. 323 ended by time limit after the Fall 1907 turn in the following center counts:

Saturday, 17 December 2016 21:17

Bad, Bad, Gudrun

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Tolkien warned us of Gudrun in a lay edited by his son, Christopher. And still, no one saw her coming.

Playing in her first face-to-face game ever, John Gramila's beloved turned their Humboldt Park home into a funeral pyre for their guests. Game No. 322, played today, ended during the Spring 1908 turn in the following center counts:

Saturday, 17 December 2016 17:52

Two Turtle Doves

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We fielded two boards Wednesday night at the Red Lion, our third two-board session in four tries so far this season. There were no pear trees, but we did pick up a new Weasel in Jake Trotta's Second City classmate Nicole Campbell and welcome back old friend Roland Cooke, who was in town on business. On a scale of one to five, I'd definitely give the evening five golden rings.

Game No. 320
Played in the Lion's back room, Game No. 320 ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:

Sunday, 14 August 2016 11:30

The Old Guard advances

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In a season dominated by the club's New Guard--in terms of games played and boards topped--it was the vaunted Old Guard that crested the ridge on the final day of play yesterday at our 11th Weasel Pyle in Wayne. Carrying the colors were Eric Brown, Christian Kline and Matt Sundstrom, veterans of our first, third and ninth games, respectively.

Here's how the games went down on a beautiful summer day at Castle Brown, Eric's stately home in bucolic Wayne.

 

Thursday, 11 August 2016 11:27

Of groundhogs and unicorns

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Last night's final Red Wednesday of the season was, paradoxically, as typical as it was atypical. On the one hand, Brandon Fogel ran his board-topping total to a gaudy 6.5. He now has a real shot at tying, if not breaking, Peter Lokken's longstanding record of 7.5 board tops in a season. That one has held since the 2010-11 season.

On the other hand, we had two new recruits, which is something of a rarity in this down year for new blood. But even more significant, both were female, which is as unusual as it is welcome. Not for lack of effort, our progress at diversifying the player base has been inconsistent at best.

Sunday, 31 July 2016 20:28

Minding your p's and 'cues

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In addition to the backstabbing, players in Game No. 306, played Saturday at Pete McNamara's home in Evanston, were treated to ribs and brisket courtesy of grillmaster Pete.

"The barbecue turned this one up to 11," remarked Bryan Pravel, who, having now played in 13 club games, all since January, is something of an authority on the Weasels scene.

Could the club now have a third host extraordinaire to rival Messrs. Brown and Burgess?

As for the game, depsite being a house game with a generous 11 hours allotted for play, it ended by draw vote during the Spring 1906 turn in the following center counts:

Sunday, 27 November 2016 15:50

Tempest Round 2 AAR: Jake Trotta

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Back to Tempest 2016 AARs

I threw a solo. Before I get into the how, I’ll let Batfleck tell you why.

I thought my game was over after power selection. Jay Heumann was Turkey. We had shared a board at worlds that I had gone from 9-6-1, mostly out of frustration at Jay and his ally. In Russia was Brandon Fogel, fresh off the “I wasn’t even trying to board top” start to the season. Then in Italy was Buffalo, who I had mercilessly stabbed with the builds the night before. I drew Austria. Shit.

Thursday, 17 November 2016 09:32

The Fourth Reich

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If you don't like beer, heavy food and cheerless efficiency, then life in the new world order may be hard on you.
 
Jake Trotta guided Germany to a dominant win in last night's Bar Room Brawl Championship Game at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square. He topped the board with 17 centers to earn a permanent spot on Cockerill's Orb, the new Brawl trophy. Named in memory of Nate Cockerill, the Cockerill Cup will reside in the Red Lion, Nate's home away from home when he lived here.
Sunday, 16 August 2015 09:40

Tenth Pyle a Perfect Ten

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For the 10th time, we gathered at Eric and Muy Leng Brown's beautiful home in bucolic Wayne to wrap up an exciting season of Windy City Weasel Diplomacy. This season, a total of 72 players competed on 28 boards. Eighteen of those players showed up for Weasel Pyle Ten, and 16 of them got to play on three boards throughout the day.

War Weasel Dan Burgess and I never got in a game. Instead, we played four other games, including Caverna, pictured above, and Clue. Yes, Clue.

But you don't care about that. You want to hear what happened in the games. So here goes.

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