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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.


Club News (279)

Sunday, 31 January 2010 14:07

Power Stats

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In response to questions at Game No. 88, here's a look at how each of the powers has performed, through Game No. 88, in terms of average center count. These stats exclude Game No. 55, which was a non-standard game.

Power Average Count
France 5.697
Turkey 5.359
England 5.343
Germany 4.888
Russia 4.544
Italy 4.025
Austria 3.889

And here's a look at elimination frequency, again excluding Game No. 55.

Power Eliminations Pct
Austria 40 45.8
Russia 29 33.3
Germany 27 31.0
Italy 26


Turkey 23 26.4
England 18


France 16 18.4

Sunday, 31 January 2010 10:27

Den of Records

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This article is the closest thing we have to a Hall of Fame, or a Den of Records, to keep with the Weasel theme.

League Play:
Game No. 5, March 12, 2006: Marc Peters, Turkey
Game No. 8, August 12, 2006: Christian Kline, England
Game No. 15, January 6, 2007: Jim O'Kelley, England
Game No. 17, February 10, 2007: Eric Brown, Turkey
Game No. 77, October 25, 2009: Adam Berey, Russia
Game No. 99, May 22, 2010: Matt Sundstrom, Turkey
Game No. 112, October 30, 2010: Peter Yeargin, Russia
Game No. 143, July 3, 2011: John Gramila, England
Game No. 222, September 25, 2013: Nate Cockerill, England (The Mythical Bar Game Solo!)
Game No. 374, August 12, 2018: Brandon Fogel, Austria

Sunday, 31 January 2010 10:03

Holy January!

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We're off to a great start in 2010. The club held five games, including house games every other Saturday. A total of 26 players participated, with Amanda Baumgartner leading the way by playing in all three Saturday games. Seven other players played in two games.

The 26 players included one who hadn't played with us since March 2006, and five who were playing with us for the first time. One of those new players will be our seventh in the Super Bowl Sunday game next week.

That game will be the first of two in February. The second is Westward Hosed!, a game on Feb. 20 at Gary Przybocki's home in Montgomery, which is just south of Aurora. (By the way, the steady diet of house games we've offered recently is possible only because a bunch of new hosts stepped forward. If you're looking for a game that suits your schedule, volunteer to host. We promise not to trash your house.) Gary's game still has three open spots. How about some of our players from the Naperville area? You're not going to find an easier game for you to get to, unless you host it yourself! If you're in the city and would like to go but need transportation, let me know. I'll be driving out there from Halsted and Roosevelt, which is near the Red and Blue lines.

And we still have openings for our March Madness games: two for the game at my place on March 6, six for the game at Dan Burgess' home on March 13, and we're looking for a second board at Thom Comstock's place on March 20. As you've probably seen, games will fill quickly as we get closer to the dates, so if you want to play, reserve your spot soon. You can do that through Meetup (the preferred method--sign up for your free Meetup account today!), by posting in the comments section, or by emailing me.

Hope to see you at a game soon!

Saturday, 06 February 2010 11:56

Power Board-Top Stats

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Ask and you shall receive.

Earlier this week, Eric asked to see board-top stats by power. I did some tinkering in the database and came up with the following. Note that I've only scored standard league games played in the past two seasons (since Sept. 1, 2008).



Board Tops






































As you can see, I awarded fractions for shared board tops. How do you feel about that? And anyone else surprised by Russia's topping rate?

Monday, 17 March 2014 19:31

Roll Call: CODCon Open

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We're expecting the following players at the CODCon Open, April 5-6 at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. To add your name to the list, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Conversely, if you're on the list but your plans have changed, let us know that, too.

Saturday, 01 March 2014 10:31

Weasel Moot on the Magnificent Mile!

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Moot: n a deliberative assembly primarily for the administration of justice.
Weasel: vb to escape from or evade a situation or obligation. n 1: small carnivorous mammal that is able to prey on animals larger than itself. n 2: cunning Diplomacy player indigenous to the Chicago area.


The hobby's best-named tournament is moving to the Magnificent Mile for its eighth installment!

Thursday, 06 February 2014 19:03

Great Brawl of Fire

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Through last night's two-board action at the Red Lion, we've now played 10 games in the 2014 Bar Room Brawl Series with 30 players participating. Nate Cockerill continues to lead the pack on the strength of his solo in the Series opener. Matt Sundstrom closed to within 15 points in December, but since then, Cockerill has extended his lead. It's now at about 29 points.

Jim O'Kelley vaulted into third with last night's board top, and Don Glass also moved into the mix with his. He's in seventh. Rounding out the top seven are Chris Kelly (fourth), Ben DiPaola (fifth) and David St. John (sixth).

The complete standings are here. Each player's best three scores in bar games counts toward his or her composite score. At the end of the season, the top seven players, regardless of membership status, will be invited to participate in the second annual Bar Room Brawl Championship Game at the Red Lion.

Monday, 06 January 2014 18:57

A Brawl of two

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The 2014 Bar Room Brawl Series is starting to look more like a duel than a rumble.

After sharing the board top last month in the sixth game of the series, Matt Sundstrom closed to within 14 points of Prime Weasel Nate Cockerill, who has led the field since soloing in the first game back in September. Sundstrom followed up with a large board top Saturday at the Red Lion. Beefy also scored big in that game, however, and nearly doubled his lead, winning the war while losing the battle.

Through seven games in the series, Cockerill now has 156.6 points to Sundstrom's 131. Far behind them with 50.7 points is the People's Champion, Josh Heffernan.

Check out the complete standings here. A total of 22 players have participated in the seven games.

Monday, 30 December 2013 22:18

2013 in Review

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What's New Year's Eve Eve without a countdown? Here's a look back at five big moments from 2013.

5. Back in March, we were having a hard time filling a game at Tony Prokes' home in Des Plaines, so out of desperation, I tapped my son Kevin to play. Kevin had been there for the club's first game in September 2005, though he was only 4 at the time. At one point that day, he stood on our front porch and called out to a friend across the street.

"Hey," he said. "They're playing Plomacy at my house!"

Sunday, 22 December 2013 10:38

Join us for the 2014 CODCon Open!

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When: April 5-6, 2014
Where: College of Dupage's Student Resource Center, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn, IL 60137. (We'll be in room SRC 1004, which is downstairs where the old student lounge used to be.)
What: A three-round Sum of Squares Diplomacy tournament. Best two rounds count for score. It only takes one round to be eligible for awards. Rounds will feature a central clock and drop-dead timing. For the complete tournament rules, click here.
How much: The entry fee is $15; $10 for students. Paid-up Weasels get a $5 discount. The CODCon convention charges an additional $5 for a one-day pass and $7 for two days. You can save a dollar on the convention fee by preregistering at
Who: Roll call of confirmed attendees to date.
Awards: Players will compete for plaques for first through third place and Best Country plaques. We'll also have prizes for fourth through seventh place.

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