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.
Starting next month, the air around here will be clearer but also less colorful. That's because our good friend Greg Duenow is moving to Ann Arbor. At the Weasel Pyle on Aug. 14, the Sneak honored Greg by naming a new club service award after him and presenting the first one to him.
Duenow was recognized for his Herculean contributions to the club during its pre-Sneak formative years (2005 to 2008). Specifically, he was cited for the following contributions.
Candidates Dan Burgess and Peter Yeargin captured the two open seats in the Sneak election conducted at yesterday's fifth annual Weasel Pyle in Wayne, beating out Pete McNamara and Sam Bassett. Including absentee ballots, 54 percent of the paid membership (19 of 35) voted in the election.
All the candidates ran clean campaigns -- though Burgess did raise a few eyebrows with his "Vote for Dan" buttons and the keg of beer he brought to the Pyle -- and even the two who fell short received multiple votes.
The new Sneak will attempt to meet before Weasel Moot to form their government for the year and set the agenda.
Thanks again to the candidates and everyone who voted.
This message is posted on behalf of Weasel Pyle host Eric Brown.
Take note: due to road closures and other issues, you may need to take a different route this year.
I recommend that no matter where you are coming from, come to our home by way of a certain waypoint along your journey, namely the intersection of IL 59 (Sutton Rd) and Army Trail Rd. IL- 59 runs north and south and can be reached along I-90 in the north (head south on 59) and I-88 in the south (head north on 59). Alternately, Army Trail can be picked up off I-355 just south of its merge into I-290 (in which case head west on Army Trail).
The reasons I suggest that all routes pass through this way point is that Mapquest will likely send many of you through the closed IL-25/Dunham Rd interchange (massive road construction which has an EIGHT MILE detour) or at least past the Equestrian Center north of me along Dunham Rd which is hosting a massive equestrian event that will ensure choked roads and police traffic management.
From the prescribed waypoint, head west on Army Trail until you reach the traffic light at Dunham Rd, head north about 1 mile, but in any case right before the rail road tracks turn left into the “North Country” development on its road, Brewster Creek Circle. Pass the landscape island and turn left onto subtly-marked Ashley Lane. Take this to the very end--warning there are four speed bumps.
Park on rd, preferably western or southern edge, ON THE PAVEMENT. A common impulse is to pull off onto the grass a bit to be considerate to those passing by, but this instead greatly disturbs my otherwise very congenial neighbor.
Our phone is 630-497-9350.
Street address is 33W590 Ashley Lane, Wayne, IL 60184. 11 AM.
This Saturday, July 24, Game 104 of the Weasels will take place in Downers Grove. The game will be live-blogged on our Live Game Reports page beginning at 11am. Tune in to follow the action!
For the second straight year, we'll have a contested election for the open spots on the Sneak. And once again, the paid-up Weasels are faced with a difficult decision. We have four great candidates for only two open seats. Each seat is for two years.
If you're not a paid-up Weasel but would like to participate in the election process, then get $25 to me or Christian MacDonald before the start of play at the Weasel Pyle. (Reminder: you must also pay your dues before the start of play at the Pyle if you wish to be eligible for club awards and the Weasel Royale.)
And now, the Candidates. I'll present them in alphabetical order, by last name. Remember, you may vote for zero, one or two of them. The two Weasels who garner the most votes will win the election. If there is a tie, we will hold a run-off election.
Admit it. With Chicago having become a major hub of Diplomacy activity, it can sometimes be hard to keep all the dates and events straight. There are league games to remember, tournaments here and abroad, other gaming conventions. What's a Weasel to do?
Well, thanks to your hard-working Information and Technology Committee, the website now has a handy--not to mention nifty--calendar of events to help you manage your Diplomacy calendar. Check it out here! You can also access the calendar from the top menu bar, and there's a calendar overview on the side menu bar. Pretty cool, huh?
(Look at that headline. God damn, I'm good.)
Peter Yeargin's victory at HuskyCon gave him 170 Grand Prix points and a commanding lead over Steve Cooley, the Massacre champion, 337.56 points to 262.58. Yeargin is the second Weasel to hold the lead this year, following Christopher M. Davis who lead for a week on the strength of his CODCon championship.
For the top 10 Grand Prix contenders, check out the new NADF website.
Next up in the Grand Prix is Conquest in the Bay Area, Sept. 3-6, followed by Weasel Moot, Sept. 24-26; the Buckeye Game Fest in Columbus, Ohio; Oct. 1-3; and Tempest in a Teapot in D.C., Oct. 15 to 17. The 2010 Grand Prix will end at Carnage in Fairlee, Vt., Nov. 5-7.
On June 21, Peter Yeargin, Kevin O'Kelly and I exchanged our knives for golf clubs for Girls in the Game's annual charity golf outing at Traditions at Chevy Chase Country Club in Wheeling.
Meghan is Girls in the Game's development director, so I attended for the second year with three of my friends from high school, one of whom has played with the Weasels in a house game and at Moots 1 and 3. Wells Fargo also bought a foursome, which is why Kevin was there, and he brought Peter as his guest. Our two foursomes teed off at the same hole. We're pictured here on our fourth hole.
For more information on Girls in the Game, click here.
At the Weasel Pyle on Aug. 14, we will hold an election to fill two two-year terms on the Sneak. The two-year terms of Kevin O'Kelly and Jeremiah Peterson are expiring. Neither one will seek reelection.
All paid-up members are eligible to serve and also to vote. Members can cast their ballots at the Pyle on Aug. 14. If you will not be at the Weasel Pyle, you will have an opportunity to submit an absentee ballot via email beginning Aug. 1.
I will serve as the clerk of election.
Steve Cooley won the Boston Massacre, which was held June 26-27 in Cambridge. He played in only two of the three rounds but posted a board top and the only solo of the weekend to win the seven-board event and take the Grand Prix lead from Adam Sigal.
No word yet who won Origins in Columbus, Ohio, which was held June 24-26.
What a week for the Weasels! Two days after Greg Duenow became a father, the Prime Weasel proposed to his girlfriend of two years, Meghan Morgan, who said yes.
The proposal went down in the top of the fourth of today's Cubs-Sox game. The happy couple has not yet set a date.
The fifth and sixth steps of the 2010 NADF Grand Prix will take place this weekend in Columbus, Ohio, and Cambridge, Mass.
If you're playing in either event, good luck! Meanwhile, here are the Grand Prix' top 10 players through the first four events (Temple, CODCon, Whipping and Dixie).
Each player may score up to four events. For the winner, an event is worth 10 points per board in the three largest rounds. Each subsequent place scores 90 percent of the previous place, down to a minimum of 5 points just for showing up, 10 if it's a DipCon.
Jim O'Kelley, Administrator
2010 NADF Grand Prix