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
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!
Our bid for the 2012 North American Diplomacy Championship was unanimously approved by the members of the DipCon Society. We will hold DipCon in conjunction with World DipCon at Weasel Moot VI, which will be held Aug. 10-12 at the Congress Plaza Hotel in downtown Chicago. Make your plans to join us!
Chris Davis officially withdrew from the Weasel Royale last night, citing a work conflict. Tony Prokes now moves up to the sixth seed. The first alternate has been contacted.
The first five alternates are:
Intrepid traveler Dan Burgess is Down Under to represent the Weasels at the 2011 World Diplomacy Championship in Sydney, which starts on Saturday our time, I think, if I have my time/date conversion straight.
As you know, we're hosting the 2012 WDC at the historic Congress Plaza Hotel downtown. Dan's hoping to recruit a board's worth of Aussies and Kiwis to attend our event.
If you'd like Dan's take on events in Sydney, follow him on Twitter at windycityweasel. We're also trying to plug the feed into the website here, but that feature has proved erratic in the past. If you don't have Twitter and our website feed continues to disappoint, go here.
In case you've been living in a cave and haven't heard, we're hosting World Dip Con next year at the Congress Plaza Hotel downtown. The dates for the WDC at Weasel Moot VI are Aug. 10-12, 2012.
We're also bidding on the North American Diplomacy Championship, more commonly referred to as DipCon, which we would hold in tandem with the WDC. The polls are now open. Although we're the only bid up for consideration, we'd still appreciate your support.
Anyone who has played in two Grand Prix events between November 2010 and November 2011 is eligible to vote. The 2011 CODCon Open and the recently completed Weasel Moot V both count as Grand Prix events. If you're eligible, you have until Oct. 1 to cast your vote, which you may do here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K7HWXB3.
Thanks for your support. We look forward to seeing you at Weasel Moot VI, home of the World Diplomacy Championship and, hopefully, the North American Diplomacy Championship.