Saturday, 02 February 2013 22:56

Writer blocked

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We billed Game No. 204 as an opportunity to play your way into host and author Ted McClelland's next memoir. (Ted's fourth book, Nothing but Blue Skies, will hit the stands this spring.) Unfortunately for those seeking notoriety, they didn't leave Ted with anything worth writing about. By the time the game ended by draw vote in Spring 1908, he had been dead long enough to finish a fifth book.

The game was played at Ted's home in Rogers Park. The final center counts were:

 

Saturday, 26 January 2013 20:22

March Madness 6 Schedule

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This March, the Weasels will renew our six-year-old fight to restore the month to its orignal pastime. March once was known for the backstab, not basketball, and all month long, we'll celebrate the stab (probably while watching basketball in many cases) by playing Diplomacy in bars and homes all over the Chicago area. Take a look at the schedule, check your calendars, and sign up. And don't forget to beware.

Saturday, 26 January 2013 16:43

Dip and Drinks at Guthrie's Tavern

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Let's head back to the birthplace of the Dip and Drinks event for another evening of, well, Dip and Drinks!

Dip and Drinks at Guthrie's Tavern
When: Feb. 20 from 6:30 p.m. until no later than 11.
Saturday, 26 January 2013 16:33

Aash Saturday

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Ex-pat Aash Anand, who recently moved to Denver for work, will be back in town on business, and he'd like to play some Dip with us. Let's welcome him back in the Weasels way: that is, with a warm handshake and a kick in the balls.

Aash Saturday
When: Feb. 9 from Noon till 8 p.m.
Thursday, 24 January 2013 15:51

Wednesday Night Ra(w)!

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Last night at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, five of us--including one actual Don--gathered around the corner "Dons Table" to play the Windy City Weasels' new Ra sub-club's inaugural game. I'm pleased to report that I topped the board, earning 45 fame points in a win that was tainted somewhat by my poor explanation of the rules to novices Ben DiPaola, John Gramila and Mike Morrison and rusty vet Don Glass, all fellow charter members of the sub-club.

Meanwhile, across the room, seven other Weasels played our club's 203rd game of Diplomacy. Ho hum.

Sunday, 13 January 2013 21:06

Big Ben clocks the competition

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In our second or third season, Dan Burgess observed that he got his best results when he wasn't expecting to play. Ben DiPaola will second that.

On Friday, Mike Morrison announced that he had to bail on Game No. 202, scheduled for Saturday at John Gramila's home in Humboldt Park, due to a conflict. The first standby I called that night was DiPaola.

"If it could be filled by someone else, that would be good, but I can make it otherwise," he said reluctantly.

Thursday, 10 January 2013 20:10

Cutthroats and Cupid

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They say the fastest way to a man's heart is through his back. Celebrate Valentine's Day with a game of Diplomacy hosted by cuddly Cupid Dan Burgess!

Cutthroats and Cupid
When: Feb. 16 at 11 a.m.
Sunday, 06 January 2013 11:20

Dip, Drinks and Dots

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It's back to the Red Lion for more Wednesday night Dip and Drinks action. Let's get two boards!

Dip, Drinks and Dots
When: Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. until no later than 11.
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 19:19

Big, Bad Brad

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Brad Harrington is a novice no more. In Game No. 201, his fifth ever, all with the club, Harrington guided Austria to a massive board-top in a tough field. Played Sunday at Matt Sundstrom's home in Glenview, the game ended by draw vote in Spring 1911 in the following center counts:

Wednesday, 19 December 2012 10:05

A 200-game event

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In our first seven-plus years and 199 games of play, our club established a number of ironclad truisms. For example:

  • Never be the last player to stab Paul Pignotti.
  • Kevin O'Kelly is a loose cannon.
  • If Greg Duenow sends you a link, don't click it.
  • Nate Cockerill doesn't roll to board tops, he oozes to them.
  • When playing with Ted McClelland, keep your friends close and your drink covered.

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