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.
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.
Hey guys...I've decided to attempt to host a last minute game at my place in Lakeview on Saturday morning at 11am. It's hit or miss and it may not come together, but I'm going to give it a shot! As of this writing, we are up to three and need four more to round the game out.
We will be using shorter deadlines as Kevin has a hard stop at 6pm. The game likely will end before that and should give everyone time to get back to whatever Halloween stuff they would like to attend to back home.
Feel free to either e-mail the alias or add a comment below to indicate you'd like to play.
Due to scheduling conflicts at Guthrie's and an early Friday morning flight for the War Weasel, this week's Guthrie's game is moving to Wednesday night. The Ballydoyle game in Downers Grove remains on Thursday night.
It was a new year with a new scoring system, but the same old Matt Sundstrom topped the board last night in Game 111, played at Guthrie's Tavern in Wrigleyville. The game, which also featured Weasel expat Greg "The Cockpuncher" Duenow and former Sneak member Jeremiah Peterson, ended in a five-way, A/E/F/R/T draw during the Spring 1908 turn. The final center counts were:
Peter Lokken topped his first board with the Weasels in Game No. 110, played today at John Gramila's home in Logan Square. The game ended in Spring 1909 in a six-way draw. The final center counts were:
Check out the supply center chart here. Now let's hear from the players.
Next up for the Weasels is another Dip and Drinks event at Guthrie's Tavern on Oct. 21. We currently have two boards guaranteed and are pushing for a third. Make your plans to join us!
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The holidays can be such a busy time a year that we've decided to give you your choice of back-to-back opportunities to play Dip in a Northern suburb.
Make your plans to join us on Thursday, Nov. 18, as we attempt to play multiple boards in different locations for the first time. One of those locations is familiar: Guthrie's Tavern, our club's favorite haunt. We'll play at least one board of Diplomacy there that night. The other location is new, but it should feel familiar. We're taking our Guthrie's act on the road to Ballydoyle in Downers Grove. Two bars, one club. Sign up below.
Update: Due to a scheduling conflict at Guthrie's and an early Friday morning flight for the War Weasel the Guthrie's game is moving to Wednesday night, Nov. 17!
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the guns of Europe fell silent and World War I came to an end. At 11 p.m. this Wednesday night, we'll commemorate that moment by dropping our pens to end a Diplomacy game at Guthrie's Tavern. Originally scheduled for Chicagoland Games, we changed venues to take advantage of the holiday on Thursday.