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
The past two nights, the Weasels played our 37th and 38th games of 2010. Nate Cockerill topped Game No. 120, played Dec. 29 at Guthrie's Tavern, with a 15-center Russia. Witches Todd Woodman (England) and Peter Lokken (Turkey) shared the top in Game No. 121 with nine centers apiece. That game was played at Dan Burgess' home on Dec. 30.
All told, we played five games in December and have now played 13 in Season 6. We'll post the game summaries and update the club standings tomorrow. Stay tuned...
So I was doing my normal perusal of ESPN.com yesterday and stumbled on Keith Law's latest ESPN Insider article regarding free agents, and primarily, the signing of Troy Tulowitski for an additional six years on top of his current contract that ran through 2013 with an option year for 2014.
For those with Insider access, the article can be found here:
He was in the process of bashing Javier Vazquez as a big gamble by the Marlins for 2011. Being a Braves fan, I found that part interesting and was just finishing up the article when I noticed the last paragraph of his post:
Since it's shopping season, and not just in baseball: For those of you who enjoyed the piece on Settlers of Catan, I updated the list of my favorite board games over on the dish last week, with Settlers, Carcassonne and Dominion all near the top.
Curious, I clicked on the link and discovered Diplomacy was #14 on his list...Settlers of Cataan being number 1. Now clearly, his priorities were a bit off, but I thought it was pretty cool.
The next thing I noticed that was extremely cool was the fact that in his article, he linked to our own Ted McClelland's article on Diplomacy from Chicago Magazine. A nice little shout out (though indirectly) from ESPN for the club's famous author!
Nice job, Ted.
Article can be found here.
The 2010 NADF Grand Prix concluded Nov. 5-7 at the Carnage Accords in Fairlee, Vt. Conrad Woodring, currently of Beaumont, Texas, won the seven-board tournament, but it was Peter Yeargin who won the big prize, officially claiming the Grand Prix championship that he wrapped up at October's Tempest in a Teapot in Silver Spring, Maryland.
A former Windy City Weasel of the Year, Yeargin grabbed the lead from Steve Cooley, currently of New England, by winning HuskyCon in July. He never relinquished it, easily fending off a late rush by the Potomac Tea & Knife Society's Andy "Buffalo" Bartalone. In addition to Husky, Yeargin won Chicago's Weasel Moot in September. Rounding out his best four scores were a second-place finish at Chapel Hill's DixieCon in May and a third-place finish at Chicago's CODCon Open in April. He walloped the field
We currently don't have a game scheduled for Thanksgiving weekend, but that could change with sufficient interest. If you'd like to play and/or host, post your availability in the comments section below. If seven sign up, we'll schedule a game.
Peter Yeargin and I traveled to Fairlee, Vt., this past weekend for the ninth annual Carnage Accords Diplomacy tournament, the final event on the 2010 Grand Prix circuit and next year's host for the North American Diplomacy Championship. Although I'd only been to Carnage once before, it's one of my favorite events. Getting there is a bit of a logistical challenge, but it's totally worth the effort. Picture Guthrie's with better lighting and people watching and a wall of windows that look out on a lake nestled in the mountains. It's a fantastic venue, and one you can see for yourself if you join me for next year's DipCon.
(Update from Peter) As an addition to Jim's post here, Saturday night featured some belly dancing that I was luckily able to capture on video! Enjoy this one!
Andy "Buffalo" Bartalone won Tempest in a Teapot for the second year in a row to move into second place in the Grand Prix. He and leader Peter Yeargin both will be playing at Carnage next month, the circuit's final event. However, Yeargin carries a virtually insurmountable 158-point lead.
Buffalo, like Yeargin, has already scored four events. His lowest score is 16.21, at Weasel Moot last month. In order to catch Yeargin, he'd have to score 180 points at Carnage while Yeargin scored less than 71. (Yeargin's low score is 64.8, at the CODCon Open.) Carnage has never fielded more than nine boards, so it looks like this year's event will be a victory lap for Yeargin.
Yeargin will be the Windy City Weasels' second Grand Prix champion. The first, Jim O'Kelley in 2006, also took his victory lap at Carnage.
Weasels Peter Yeargin and Jim O'Kelley drove out to Downers Grove Wednesday night for the inaugural trivia night hosted at Emmett's by Dan Burgess. Seven teams participated in the contest. Despite being outnumbered four or maybe even five to one, Team Weasel lost to the Downers Grove Running Club by the smallest of margins, a mere one point. The Weasels missed only two of 21 questions. If you know which car came first, the Accord, Camry or Taurus, or can name more than one Iron Chef, we could have used you.
Burgess will host the trivia night every Wednesday at Emmett's. Team Weasel hopes to return for a rematch next month.
The Oct. 16 game at John Gramila's home in Logan Square filled last night, joining the Nov. 13 game at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove. We're still looking for five more to fill a third board at Guthrie's on Oct. 21, however. Check the article, and sign up if you can join us.
And fear not. More game openings are on the way. we'll announce them Sunday night.
Just a reminder that Friday night is Hat Night at Weasel Moot. If you're playing Diplomacy on a Friday night in Burr Ridge, you're offically not "too cool" to participate, so wear a hat and join the fun. The best lid as voted by attendees will win a prize.
Weasel Moot begins at 7 p.m. Friday night at the Quality Inn in Burr Ridge, 300 S Frontage Rd. Registration for the first round is from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. Hope to see you there!
It starts. The first travelers arrive today. Tournament Committee members Peter Yeargin, Kevin O'Kelly and Jim O'Kelley will be making airport runs the next two days as a total of 10 travelers fly into Chicago for Weasel Moot IV. Two others are driving in.
The Windy City Weasels Diplomacy club will hold its fourth annual Weasel Moot tournament this weekend at the Quality Inn and Conference Center in Burr Ridge (300 S. Frontage Rd.). Organizers are expecting 40 players for the three-round tournament, including players from Boston, D.C., Houston, Philadelphia and San Francisco. The event kicks off Friday night at 7 p.m. Rounds 2 and 3 will be Saturday, and the awards ceremony will be Sunday morning at 10 a.m.