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using Sum of Squares Scoring

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Our Diplomacy league is the most active in North America. We average more than two league games per month in addition to Tournament play. We score all of our games using the Sum of Squares scoring system, and each player's best three scores count toward the season standings. We are known for our fierce competition, strong traditions, upstanding character and trustworthiness, and the propensity for Turkey to open to Armenia.

 

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Sunday, 02 June 2019 17:16

Curtain Call!

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WACCon, the Diplomacy hobby's most sophisticated and, in my opinion, best tournament folded its tents after hosting the North American Diplomacy Championship in 2014. Dubbed Ultimate WAC, the send-off featured a roast complete with an Elvis impersonator. It was an epic weekend, even by the impossibly high standards of the WAC team: Mark Zoffel, whose membership in Seattle's posh downtown Washington Athletic Club grants us access to the venue and whose generosity keeps the cost reasonable for attendees; Nathan Barnes, the hobby's greatest showman; and Matt Shields, a Portland resident whose Tournament Director credentials are so impeccable that the Seattle team drafted him long ago to run their events. 

Sadly, Ultimate WAC, as the moniker suggests, was the end of an era. ... Until now.

Saturday, 02 February 2019 07:43

Madness? Last year's Weasel Royale set for March 3!

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The 2018 Weasel Royale Club Championship Game, originally scheduled for November 11, has been set for March 3 at Bryan Pravel's home in Chicago. The competitors, in seed order, will be:

Friday, 01 December 2017 18:03

Join these guys!

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These guys put the We in Weasels. Thanks for paying your 2018 dues! Your dues-paying Weasels are...

Friday, 10 November 2017 10:31

...Progress is optional

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As the saying goes, change is inevitable; progress is optional. We're pleased to report that your Sneak just made a change that we believe represents progress.

For the first time since League Play was established in Season 4 (2008-09), we've changed the formula for calculating cumulative scores. Fret not! We'll continue to score games using the greatest of all scoring systems, the Sum of Squares. (We adopted that change in Season 6, 2010-11.) However, effective immediately, we will no longer count only your top three scores. For Season 13 (and hopefully beyond), #AllScoresMatter.

By a vote of 4-2 on November 8, the Sneak adopted the Make All Scores Matter Act (MIASMA), which established the following formula for calculating cumulative scores:

Friday, 12 August 2016 14:47

Can't you see his dagger gleaming

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One of the knocks on Diplomacy is that it's a game that ruins friendships. Nonsense. For me, Diplomacy has forged friendships.

This week, though, I did lose two of my Diplomacy friends, not to the game, but to cancer. On Monday, Mark "Faz" Fassio, one of the inspirations for this club, finally lost his four-year fight.

Now, we've just learned that earlier today, our friend and former Prime Weasel Nate Cockerill lost his battle. Here's a photo of Nate (right) with Matt Sundstrom during happier times at a Weasel Pyle a few years ago.

Thursday, 11 August 2016 22:51

Brawl set

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After 15 games with 41 players participating, the 2016 Bar Room Brawl Series is over. The top seven finishers will compete for the Brawl championship at the Red Lion on November 16, beginning at 6 p.m. The Brawlers are:

Friday, 15 July 2016 22:09

Brawlmost over

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With one scheduled event remaining in the 2016 Bar Room Brawl Series, the back end of the championship game field remains wide open.

Brandon Fogel posted another big board top in the penultimate Red Wednesday match, running his lead to a seemingly insurmountable 146.639 points. Christian Kline in second (99.571) and Jake Trotta in third (97.726) also look safe. Brian Shelden in fourth (81.450) is probably in as well. But after then, it gets a bit dicier, especially if we field two boards on August 10.

Jim O'Kelley is in fifth with 79.898 points; David Spanos holds down he sixth spot at 72.930; and the low-hanging fruit is Matt Sundstrom at 71.600.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 14:47

These Weasels love puppies!

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Special thanks to the following Weasels for paying their 2017 dues! (Dues are $25, $10 if you're a student. You may pay your dues here.)

  1. Barry Preece
  2. Brandon Fogel
  3. Bryan Pravel
  4. Chris Kelly
Sunday, 24 January 2010 11:58

Weasels Offer Condolences to the O'Kellys

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Katie O'Kelly, the Sub-Prime's wife, lost her mother yesterday after a long illness. Please join the Sneak in keeping Katie, Kevin and their family in your thoughts and prayers.

For those of you who like to plan ahead, the tournament rules for the 2010 CODCon Open are now available in the Files Section. The rules include the schedule for the tournament, which will be held April 10-11 at the College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn, as well as an explanation with examples of a new scoring system that we'll be using.

The new system is called Squares or Sum of Squares, and it's what's known as a divide-and-conquer system. That means that in order to maximize your score, you want not only to be big but to divide the centers you don't own fairly equally among the other players.

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