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.
It's New Year's Eve Eve, so let's take a moment to look back at our club goals for 2009.
The Weasels had a great year in 2009.
Conrad Woodring, the new president of the North American Diplomacy Federation, held his first monthly meeting via conference call last Sunday.
Conrad is committed to running a transparent organization, and to that end, he has directed each of the club representatives (I'm ours) to post a link to the minutes from the meeting. So, if you're interested, click here.
Here's some news for those of you who can't make DipCon 2010 in San Francisco (April 16-18).
The Windy City Weasels are proud to announce that we will be back at the College of Dupage in April for our fourth annual CODCon Open Diplomacy Tournament. The tournament will be held April 10-11, with two rounds on Saturday and one on Sunday.
Sub-Prime Weasel Kevin O'Kelly will serve as tournament director. Incidentally, O'Kelly was COD's student council president when the school's Science Fiction Club started CODCon.
For those of you who haven't been, CODCon is a small gaming convention held annually at COD's Student Resource Center, 425 Fawell Blvd. in Glen Ellyn. The con attracts about 300 people throughout the weekend, most of whom are there to play roleplaying games and/or beat each other with foam swords. As you can imagine, the con affords fantastic people watching. It has also been a great site for our minor tournament.
The CODCon Open has a much smaller profile than Weasel Moot, our major annual event. Although we welcome travelers, typically all but one or two players are local. Consequently, CODCon is a much safer environment than Weasel Moot in which to cut your tournament teeth.
Players once again will vie for first- through third-place plaques, certificates for fourth through seventh place, and Best Country awards. Plus we may offer additional prizes. We'll again use a central clock and drop-dead timing.
We'll kick off the weekend with open gaming at Pime Weasel Jim O'Kelley's home in Oak Brook. He'll also open his home for crashing all weekend. he lives 10 minutes from the con.
We hope you'll join us for our fourth Open. April will be here before you know it, so start negotiating with your loved ones now! Watch the site for more information. Click here to learn more about CODCon, and click here to check out photos from last year's event.
Edi Birsan of the Bay Area has played in all three of our Weasel Moot tournaments. He's also a paid-up member of the Weasels.
Edi has always supported our club. Now it's time for us to reciprocate.
Edi's home club, the Bay Area Diplomacy Association, is hosting the 2010 North American Diplomacy Championship at its annual BADAss Whipping tournament, April 16-18 in San Francisco. We want to send at least four Weasels to DipCon to represent our club and demonstrate our support for our friends on the West Coast.
Sub-Prime Weasel Kevin O'Kelly and Treasurer Christian MacDonald expect to lead the Weasels delegation. Who will join them?
April will be here before you know it. Start negotiating with your loved ones now. Click here for more information about DipCon 2010.
This Saturday, we're going to turn Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove into a giant muuuuuuuuuuuud pit. Well, not really. But we are going to fill it with Diplomacy players.
Dan's home will be the site of our second annual Weasel Royale, which will pit the top seven players from Season Four in a top-board battle for the club championship.
For the second consecutive year, Dan Burgess will be hosting our invitational club championship game, the Weasel Royale. In order to qualify, one must play at least three club games during the current season, and be a paid-up member. The top seven players who meet those criteria have been invited to play in the Royale. The participants for this year's tournament are as follows, in order of club finish for the Weasel 2009 Club Season:
With seven weeks left in the calendar year, let's check in on our Membership and Outreach goals for the year. Red indicates that we have some work to do to reach the goal. Blue means we've met it or are on target.
So, not bad. We're way behind on our participation goal; however, this year, we wanted to focus more on getting people back to the table for a second play, and we're doing great there.
We will hold at least four more games before the end of the year. If you're hosting or playing in one, think about bringing a friend.
The other Peter McNamara won the six-board Carnage last weekend in Fairlee, Vt., to close out scoring in the 2009 Grand Prix. Our champion is Adam Sigal of New York, who led the race from wire to wire.
A-Sig rang in the new year by winning the prestigious WACCon in Seattle. The January WACCon traditionally kicks off the Grand Prix and also served as the launching pad for Grand Prix champions Andrew Neumann (2005) and Jim O'Kelley (2006). In 2010, incidentally, WACCon will be held in Paris in August.
He then rested up for the venerable DixieCon in Chapel Hill, N.C., in May, which he also won. In June, he placed fourth at the World Diplomacy Championship at Origins in Columbus, Ohio. Then it was on to Husky Con in Long Island in July, where he had his head handed to him, finishing 28th of 44.
A-Sig closed out his year in October with his fifth and final tournament, Tempest in a Teapot in Falls Church, Va., where he finished seventh.
In his best four events, he racked up, unofficially, 440.92 points, holding off Dave Maletsky, who finished second with 411.31. The top 10 finishers, with their unofficial scores, are:
(Chicago Weasels are highlighted. Weasels abroad are in green. Non-members who played with us at Weasel Moot this year are in blue.)
The 2010 Grand Prix lineup will be announced next month and should include CODCon and Weasel Moot. I hope you'll compete in those two events and one or two more.
Don't look now, but if the season were to end today -- and all these players had paid their dues -- we'd have six different players in the Weasel Royale.
Take a look at the current club standings here: http://eurodip.nuxit.net/php/rencontre/affiche_defi.php?id_defi=163.
Dues for the 2010 calendar year are due Dec. 31. You can pay yours by PayPaling $25 to wcwsneak [at] gmail [dot] com or by giving $25 to either Prime Weasel Jim O'Kelley or Treasurer Christian MacDonald at an upcoming event.
Dues get you discounts at the CODCon and Weasel Moot tournaments, first crack at game openings, and the right to vote on club issues. Plus, on your deathbed, you will achieve total consciousness.
For those of you who are new to the group, our club has four major events each year:
The second annual Weasel Royale was held yesterday at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove. This year, we added an Undercard game, which counted as a regular club game, and that contributed to the festive atmosphere. dan had house filled with Diplomacy players. Actually, the yard was often more crowded, as many of us took advantage of the beautiful weather to negotiate outside. In fact the Undercard game started on Dan's deck before eventually moving inside when darkness fell.
The game has finally ended at the start of the Fall 1909 negotiations. Peter Yeargin wins with a 10-center France! Details to follow, (hopefully) including comments from the players. Congratulations Peter!