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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.)
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.
I've never been one for making New Year's resolutions for myself, but I love making them for other people. Here are five for you, my fellow Weasels.
1) Get out to a house game or two this year. Just read some of the comments in the game threads (like this one), and you'll see how much fun we all have playing Diplomacy. It's even more fun when we add new faces to the mix.
2) Consider hosting a game. If you've wanted to play but can't seem to find a game that fits your schedule or is within a reasonable radius of your home, then here's a simple solution: Pick a date that works for you, and offer to host. Provided that you give sufficient warning--at least one month is best, but earlier this month, we filled a game on a couple of days' notice--we should be able to find six other players for you.
Greetings fellow weasels,
Three months from today, we will kick-off a two-week period of tournament
diplomacy that will get us rolling into the summer months. CODCon and National DipCon are on back to back weekends, and our goal is to have 6 boards at CODCon and to have 4 Weasels travel to San Francisco to participate in the DipCon, of which I will be one of them. Following are the details for the events.
CODCon will take place on Saturday April 10th and Sunday April 11th at the
College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. Like previous years, we will play three
rounds of Diplomacy (Sat morning, Sat evening and Sun morning). There will be other gaming going on as well, both in between rounds and afterwards on Saturday if people are interested. We'll be sending out a sign-up sheet around the March Madness events, but put this on your calendars.
DipCon will take place from Friday April 16th thru Sunday April 18th in San
Francisco during the Cherry Blossom festival. There will be four rounds of Dip (Fri night, Sat morning, Sat night and Sunday morning). Friday night's round starts at 7pm local time, so I plan to take a morning flight to the Bay area and stay for the entire tourney. I'm tracking flights now, but plan to book no later than March 1st. If I see a good price, I'll post it out here. If anyone is interested in going to see the Guv-anator... please email me and we'll see if we can coordinate travel schedules.
It should be an exciting two weeks of Diplomacy. We hope to see many of you for at least one game.
The North American Diplomacy Federation is proud to present the 2010 Grand Prix!
This year's race will feature 12 eligible tournaments. To qualify, each tournament must field a total of at least six boards in the three largest rounds. The 12 eligible tournaments are:
My Fellow Weasels:
This year will be a landmark one for the Weasels. In it, we’ll wrap up our fifth season, celebrate our 100th game, and bid on the 2012 World Diplomacy Championships. And that’s just August!
Here are the goals your Sneak established for the entire year: