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.
Times Turkey Opened to Armenia
In our case, the old adage is kind of working in reverse. April was a quiet month for the Weasels save for a great CODCon tournament that featured two British solos and a total of eight boards. It was our largest CODCon since the first in 2007. And now in May, it's raining house games.
The first of three May games will take place on Mother's Day at my place in Oak Brook. Originally scheduled for Dan Burgess' home, we had to change venues so that Dan could attend the Blackhawks game that night, where he'll risk life and limb to cheer for his adopted Canucks.
The following Saturday, Greg Duenow is hosting a game at his place at 31st and Parnell in the city. There are still two spots available in what likely will be Greg's last game for a while. His wife Stacy is due in June.
We'll wrap up May with a third game, No. 99, at Alpha Weasel Matt Sundstrom's home in Glenview on May 22. That one is full, but as always, standbys are welcome.
Stay tuned for news of our 100th game celebration at Guthrie's Tavern...
The 43rd annual DipCon opens tonight at 7 p.m. at the Hotel Tomo in San Francisco. At least three Weasels will be there.
Please join me in wishing the best of luck to our DipCon delegation: Sub-Prime Weasel Kevin O'Kelly, Treasurer Christian MacDonald, reigning Weasel of the Year Peter Yeargin, and, if he makes it out there, this year's top-ranked player Adam Berey. Bring home some prizes, Guys, and if you can find the time, post udpates here.
HuskyCon, the hobby's most anticipated event, announced its dates yesterday. The tournament will be held July 9-11 at the Woodrings' home on Long Island Sound. Check out the HuskyCon website for more details.
I've been to Husky three times and enthusiastically recommend the event. It perfectly blends the competitive and social aspects of the hobby.
If you'd like to attend this year, comment below. We can coordinate the trip here.
Spring Break is officially over for the North American Diplomacy Federation's Grand Prix. The 2010 circuit opened nine weeks ago at TempleCon in Providence, R.I., where 2009 champion Adam Sigal picked up where he left off by claiming the seven-board purse.
The competition will renew this weekend with Chicago's minor tournament, the CODCon Open, held in the western suburb of Glen Ellyn. The Weasels are expecting a total of eight boards for their fourth annual Open. If their numbers hold up, then come Sunday evening, someone other than Sigal will lead the Grand Prix for the first time in more than 15 months. You can find more information about the CODCon Open at the Weasels' website, windycityweasels.org.
The CODCon champion's Grand Prix lead is likely to be short-lived, however. DipCon, the North American Diplomacy Championship, is next weekend in San Francisco. The Bay Area Diplomacy Association will host the circuit's signature event at its seventh annual BADASS Whipping. There is still time to participate in a hobby tradition that dates more than 40 years. You can find more information at the BADAss website, bayareadiplomacy.org, or email tournament director Adam Silverman directly at adam.silverman [at] gmail [dot] com.
After DipCon, the Grand Prix pursuers will rest and regroup before the venerable DixieCon, which will be held over Memorial Day Weekend in Chapel Hill, N.C. In each of the past four years, the road to the Grand Prix championship plowed right through DixieCon. If you're serious about the Grand Prix, then ignore that fact at your own peril. More information is available at dixiecon.com.
Hope to see you at an event soon!
The organizing committee for the 2010 World Diplomacy Championship at the Hague announced today that its website is up and running. Check it out at http://diplomacy.gomjabbar.de/wdc2010/index.php.
The WDC will be held from August 19-22. The site contains the schedule, tournament rules, and information about the venue and accommodations. A registration form will be available soon.
If you're interested in attending, please let me know.
Our fourth annual CODCon Open Diplomacy tournament is in less than two weeks. Twenty-three people have already confirmed. How about you?
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Thanks to everyone who helped make our third annual March Madness such a great success. Here's a look at the numbers:
By any measure, it was a great month, and hopefully we'll follow it up with a successful CODCon Open. Make your plans to join us April 10-11 at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn!
Matt Sundstrom's band, Baal Tinne, will be playing at Fearon's Pub in the city, Ashland and Wellington, Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. Learn more about Baal Tinne here.
March Madness tipped off last weekend with regional action in Chicago, Houston and D.C.
Chicago got the ball rolling last Saturday at 9 a.m. Central. Seven Weasels gathered for a taut game that ended in Fall 1910 in a four-way draw. Sam Bassett topped the board as England with 15 centers.
Houston joined the action at 2 p.m. Conrad Woodring celebrated his birthday with six friends by playing Diplomacy at his home in Beaumont. The witches had their way. In a game that ended after Fall 1906, Bryan Arensman's Turkey topped the board with 11 centers; Conrad's England was second with 10.
The Potomac Tea & Knife Society played two games on Sunday with 11 players participating. The group had so much fun that they gathered again for another game with quick deadlines on Wednesday night.
The PTKSers and the Weasels will be playing again today. Joe and Lori Wheeler are hosting the PTKS game, and they've encouraged players to outfit themselves in the gear of their favorite ACC team. Dan Burgess will be hosting in Chicago, and the Diplomacy game is expected to blend gently into Hockey Night in Canada. Burgess is a Canucks fan.
Exactly one month from now, maybe at this exact moment, you may be looking at
your board at the third round of CODCon on Sunday morning. It's Fall 1903 and
you are preparing your stab on your ally and tournament co-leader. They don't
suspect a thing. But why not, you ask?
Over the first two rounds, 6 boards have already been played. You've managed to
pull off two good scores, and almost solo'ed in round 2. Your ally in round 3
managed to slow you down enough in round 2, preventing you from the solo, and
now it's time for them to pay. You're ready to pull ahead of everyone in the
tournament for good. You hear the timer expire, everyone is throwing in the
booklets and the sweat begins to form on your brow. The first couple sets of
orders are read, including the orders of your unsuspecting ally. WOW! You
can't believe they left open a home center and another neutral center. This is
too good to be true...
UNLESS you do not sign up for CODCon 2010.
CODCon is a great gaming festival in the western suburbs. It's about 30-40
minutes from downtown and there is housing nearby if needed. Check-in time on
Saturday April 10th is at 9am, with another round to be played that evening.
Side gaming will be going on all weekend, both during the rounds if you are
eliminated early and after the rounds. Lunch on Saturday is usually had at
Alfie's, the greatest burger joint this side of the Mississippi (I don't know
that to be true, but I like that phrase).
For any questions or to sign-up, please feel free to email me [kodiplomacy at
gmail(dot)com], go to our Meetup CODCon Page or post back to this
message. We look forward to seeing you in Glen Ellyn at the College of DuPage
on Saturday and Sunday April 10th-April 11th.
2010 CODCon Tournament Director
P.S. Make sure to read the tournament rules before the start of the games. The
rules are posted at www.windycityweasels.org in the Files section.
Our third annual March Madness tips off tomorrow at the Prime Weasel's pad in Oak Brook. The game will begin at 9 a.m. (And as an aside, one of the players is seeking a replacement, so if you want to play, speak up.)
This year, other clubs on the continent are getting in on the action. The Houston group also will be playing tomorrow, while the Potomac Tea & Knife Society will tip off on Sunday. Later in the month, we expect to see games in the Bay Area, Vancouver, New England and possibly Toledo.
We still need one more for next Saturday's game at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove. And to free Dan to concentrate on blogging and serving you beer, we could actually use two more players.
The event at Thom Comstock's home in Oak Park on March 20 needs two more players to round out a second board. Thom is promising prizes, including a Diplomacy game and one of Greg's cool linen maps.
Finally, the wrap-up event at Guthrie's Tavern on March 25 needs one more player for a second board.
Don't miss an opportunity to tune up for the CODCon Open, which is right around the corner on April 10-11. Grab one of these openings today!
We followed up a five-board January with two house games in February. Thirteen players participated, including two who were playing with us for the first time since June 2008.
We've now had 30 different players in our seven 2010 games. Five of those 30 were playing with us for the first time, and one of them played his second game in February.
Of our 2010 membership goals, I expected the seven reactivated members to be the most difficult to achieve, but we've already reactivated three, and two more are signed up for the March 20 game.
Speaking of that, we're working hard to fill a second board on March 20. If you're interested, speak up. The March 20 event will take place at Thom Comstock's place in Oak Park. We also have room for Dan Burgess' game on March 13 in Downers Grove. Dan's games are always fun, thank in equal parts to his hospitality, chili and hand-craft beer. Don't miss out!
We may open a Guthrie's game in March as well. Stay tuned.