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.
For the event, we've blocked dorm rooms right at the venue in the Wabash Building located at 425 S. Wabash. You can use this link to reserve your room. Including taxes, the rate is $87.30 per night.
For attendees who are on a tighter budget, the Chicago Hostel is less than a block from the venue, at 24 E Congress Parkway. Check the site, but it looks like you can get a bed there for under $40 per night. Use the site or call 312/360-0300 to reserve a room. Click here for more information. There is no block at the hostel.
Through six games in the 2016 Bar Room Brawl Series, the leaderboard is nearly filled with fresh faces.
David Spanos continues to lead the pack with three tallies and a composite score of 59.91. In second is his new recruit Zach Eddy, who topped his first board ever last night. He has 48.32 points in just the one game. Jake Langenfeld, also on the the strength of last night's board-top, is in third with 44.72 points.
Well, actually, CODCon is turning 21. It's just the CODCon Open Diplomacy tournament that's turning 10! Make your plans to join us April 9-10 at the College of DuPage! You just never know who is going to show up. (That's former World Champ and three-time Alpha Weasel Chris Martin pictured above. He dropped by for the second round last year.)
We're five games into the 2017 Bar Room Brawl Series. The 2016 championship game is Wednesday at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, and there's a possiblitly, albeit remote, that we'll field an Undercard game for our sixth matchup of 2017. Through the first five games, we've had 24 players participate. The complete standings are here.
Join us on Wednesday for the championship game and a possible Undercard!
Your 2017 dues are due! Once again, membership in the Weasels will cost you $25, $10 if you're a student. Dues make you eligible for our annual awards and to participate in the Weasel Royale. In addition, you'll earn up to $10 back in registration discounts for our two tournaments. And you'll help us pay for Meetup, our website and said awards. Plus, it's just the right thing to do.
Help us keep the club great. Pay your dues today.
Not sure whether you've paid your dues? Check out the list of dues-paying Weasels here.
When we were negotiating or sitting alone at the table thinking about our moves, I used to get a kick out of singing Boston's song "Amanda" to Amanda Baumgartner, pictured here playing Pandemic with me and Kevin at this year's Weasel Pyle. I'm sure she hated it--I'm a terrible singer--but she was a good sport.
The 2017 Bar Room Brawl Series is off to a great start with a two-board session last night at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square to go along with the two boards on Opening Night in September. So far, 22 players have participated in the four games. The complete standings are here. We'll see you on November 9 for the next Red Wednesday!
The Ninth Sneak met for the first time last night at the Red Lion. With six of the seven members present and representing a quorum, acting Prime Weasel Jim O'Kelley called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m.
Exactly one month after its ninth annual Weasel Royale club championship game, the club will hold its fourth annual Bar Room Brawl Championship. The Brawl championship will be November 16 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square, 4749 N Rockwell. Spectators are welcome, and if there's sufficient interest, we'll field an Undercard game.
This year, the seven contestants will vie for the new Cockerill Cup. Named for the late Nate Cockerill, our friend and former Prime Weasel, the Cockerill Cup will list every Brawl champion and will be on permanent display at the Red Lion. Nate was a Lion regular and introduced his home away from home to the Weasels in June 2012. The bar has been the official home of our popular Dip and Drinks events ever since. We introduced a standing Red Wednesday game on the second Wednesday of every month in September 2014.
Season 12 opens Friday night at Brian Shelden's home near Millennium Park and will keep rolling with our first Red Wednesday of the year at the Red Lion on the 14th.
As we all look forward to another exciting season of Windy City Weasel Diplomacy, let's take a quick glance back at last year. Specifically, let's look at the distribution of last season's 58 players by the season they joined the club.
Brandon Fogel came within a dot and some fine print of winning four of the seven Best Country awards for Season 11. Instead, he had to settle for one Best Country and a couple of titles for a campaign that saw him top a near-record 6.5 boards while running away with the league's regular season title.
Fogel was the Weasel of the Year, amassing 149.505 points. He broke away from the pack down the stretch by topping four boards in a row and six out of seven from April 27 through August 10. Obviously, he also earned Top Weasel honors.
With regular season play completed for the 11th season of Windy City Weasels Diplomacy, the field is now set for the club's ninth annual Weasel Royale club championship game, October 16 at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove. The game will begin at 10 a.m. The seven combatants, in seed order, will be:
Ironically, the only incumbent on the Sneak who survived the "Throw the bums out" purge* last weekend at the Weasel Pyle was the guy who occasionally shows up looking like a hobo. Even former Sneak member Kevin O'Kelly was rejected by the angry electorate.
Joining John Gramila on the Ninth Sneak will be Brian Shelden, the leading vote-getter who ran on a platform or experience--he served on the Potomac Tea & Knife Society board and also organized the New York City hobby years ago--and a pledge to help Jim O'Kelley lighten his workload; Brandon Fogel, who said he'd like to develop an app to help archive games; and Jake Trotta, who would like to work on the website.