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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)

Friday, 25 June 2010 18:28

Prime Weasel off the Market!

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He put it on the board; she said Yessssss!

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.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010 13:49

Grand Prix is busting out all over!

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The fifth and sixth steps of the 2010 NADF Grand Prix will take place this weekend in Columbus, Ohio, and Cambridge, Mass.

Host site of last year's world championship, the Origins Game Fair's Diplomacy tournament will start tomorrow night and run through Saturday night, with one round each evening. Origins is also the second step of the Central Shuffle minor circuit. For more information about Origins, contact Dan Mathias at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Boston Massacre opens Friday evening with a barbecue. The tournament starts Saturday morning. There will be two rounds on Saturday and one on Sunday. Massacre is also the second step of the minor Nor'Easter circuit. For more information about Massacre, contact Alex Amann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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).

Place Player Score Events Scored
1 Adam SIGAL 199.60 2
2 Steve Cooley 192.58 3
3 Peter Yeargin 167.56 3
4 Eric Mead 160.00 1
5 Tom Kobrin 157.53 2
6 Chris Brand 144.00 1
7 Graham Woodring 129.65 2
8 Don Williams 104.98 1
9 Daniel Byars 94.48 1
10 Edi Birsan 85.03 1

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.

Next up on the Grand Prix Circuit:
HuskyCon in Long Island, July 9 to 11: Contact Conrad Woodring at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Jim O'Kelley, Administrator
2010 NADF Grand Prix

 

Wednesday, 23 June 2010 11:53

The Weasel Has Landed

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Holy crap, this man is now a father.

Please join me in welcoming future Weasel Elliot Duenow to the world. He checked in at 9:21 this morning at a whopping 23 inches. Greg, Stacy and Elliot are all doing great.

Friday, 18 June 2010 16:40

Carnage Wins 2011 DipCon!

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Carnage won the 2011 DipCon vote in a landslide, capturing 77.4 percent of the vote (24 of 31 votes). Four people, or 12.9 percent, voted to start the process over and gather new bids. Present managed only three votes, a disappointing 9.7 percent.

Congrats to Carnage (http://dipcon2011.nedip.org/). Hope to see you there in 2011.

Seven Weasels took part in the process, an impressive 22.6 percent of the voting body.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010 16:21

Weasel Moot IV

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Former World Champ Doug Moore (left) accepts the Best England award from Tournament Director Jeremiah Peterson at Weasel Moot III, as President Obama looks on.

President Obama, the Blackhawks and the Windy City Weasels cordially invite you to the cozy southwestern suburb of Burr Ridge for the fourth installment of the Diplomacy hobby's best-named tournament, Weasel Moot IV, to be held Sept. 24 to 26 at the Quality Inn. Preregistration is now open. All the details you need are right here.

What: Weasel Moot IV, the Windy City Weasels' premier Diplomacy tournament. The three-round tournament is the ninth step of the 2010 Grand Prix and the third step of the Central Shuffle.

Where: The Quality Inn in Burr Ridge, 300 S. Frontage Road, Burr Ridge, IL 60527.

When: September 24 to 26. Here's the schedule:

Friday, September 24
Round 1--Hat Night! Wear your finest and/or funniest hat. Best lid wins an award!
Registration: 6:15 to 6:45 p.m.
Board Call: 7 p.m.
 
Saturday, September 25
Round 2--Team Round! Recruit two friends, craft a clever name, and compete for top team honors. Best team name also wins a prize!
Registration: 9:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Board Call: 9:45 a.m.
 
Round 3--Movie Night! Come for the Diplomacy, stay for the finest films in Tournament Director Jim O'Kelley's collection!
Registration: 6:45 to 7:15 p.m.
Board Call: 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 26
Awards Ceremony: 10 a.m.
Group lunch off site: 11 a.m. (Pay your own way.)

How Much: The registration fee is $40, $20 for students. However, you'll save $5 if you preregister, $2 if you're a student. And if you're a paid-up Weasel, you get a discount of $5! Preregistration is now open and will be through Sept. 21. To preregister, kindly fill out the information below to PayPal your fee to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lodging: Here's the best part: A room at the Quality Inn is only $79 per night, and that includes breakfast! To reserve your room, please call 630-325-2900 and mention that you are with Weasel Moot. Check out this flier for more on the hotel!

Awards: Yep, we'll have them, and it only takes one round to qualify. You'll compete for first- through seventh-place plaques, plus the coolest Best Country awards on the circuit. Plus, we'll have awards for the best team in the Team Round, and other fun prizes.

Scoring: We'll be using our tried-and-true Modified Whipping scoring system. Your best two of three rounds will count for score. For details, tournament rules and the like, click here.

Questions, Comments, Concerns: Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Check out these tips for attendees. And here's the current list of attendees.

 

Weasel Moot IV Registration Payment

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The Windy City Weasels cordially invite you to Chicago -- home of the Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks, our beleaugured president, and the hobby's best-named Diplomacy tournament -- for Weasel Moot IV, to be held Sept. 24 to 26 at the Quality Inn in southwest suburban Burr Ridge.
 
The three-round tournament will begin Friday night at 7 p.m., with two rounds on Saturday, and an awards ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday. The hotel is conveniently located near both Midway (15 minutes) and O'Hare (20 minutes) airports, and the room rate is just $79 per night, which includes breakfast.
 
More details will be on our website (windycityweasels.org/wm4) and in your mailboxes shortly. For now, just mark your calendars and check out what some of last year's attendees had to say.
 
Hope to see you there!
 
Jim O'Kelley
Prime Weasel and Probable Tournament Director, Weasel Moot IV
 
Melinda Holley (Postal Hobby legend): Thanks for making this past weekend so much fun. I was totally shocked to make the top board, so that was just icing on a very nice cake. Needless to say, I'm looking forward to Weasel Moot IV.
 
Pete McNamara (The Chicago version, as opposed to Australian Peter McNamara, who currently resides and plays Dip in New England): Weasel Moot was a blast. What a great tournament!
 
Vince Lutterbie (Former postal hobby zine publisher): Thanks to all for a fabulous time!
 
Peter Yeargin (Then a bright-eyed Diplomacy newcomer): I had a lot of fun.
 
Gary Behnen (1991 DipCon Champion): Had a great time getting pounded!
 
Edi Birsan (Diplomacy's Yoda): Had a great time. I will be urging everyone to go to your event.
 
Jonathan Hill (Diplomacy's Goodwill Ambassador): We got some single-minded, stubborn mother f$#!ers in Chicago.

I'm posting this at the request of Chris Martin, the 1998 world champion and our first Alpha Weasel.

Jim


Chris Martin here, with some exciting news for the North American Diplomacy hobby!

Over MLK weekend some of the best diplomats in North America will meet in Austin, Texas, to compete in an invitation-only Diplomacy event. To date, 67 diplomats have qualified for the 2011 Masters by finishing in the top seven results at an NADF Grand-Prix event in 2009 or 2010.

Currently, I am working with Brian Shelden, Conrad Woodring, and Jeremiah Peterson to make this a premier Diplomacy event. Part of organizing a great event is assembling fabulous talent to get the behind-the-scenes details right,and with this crew, I feel certain that the 2011 Master's Tournament will be an event to remember.

You may ask why I have am hosting an event that is not open to the general public -- a fair question. Over the years that I have been in the hobby, I have often heard (and occasionally voiced) a desire for an event that guaranteed that every participant understood, at the very minimum, the mechanics of the game, and ideally really knew what they were doing on the board. This discussion usually peaks around the times of Dip-con/World Dip-con, and during a recent online discussion of the relative merits of the title, I announced my intention to host an event where everyone involved would know, going in, that the competition would be among those who had proven themselves able to play the game. The North American Diplomacy Federation Master's Tournament is the result.

There is still time left to qualify!  7 people each will qualify at Massacre, Husky, Conquest, WeaselMoot, Buckeye Game Fest and Tempest -- will you be one of them?  I hope you will!

If you have any questions, please drop me a line at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Stab you soon,

Chris Martin

May was a great month for the Weasels. We played three house games and capped it off with outstanding tournament performances on both coasts by Peter Yeargin (second place at Dixie) and Adam Berey (first place at KublaCon).

June also promises to be an active month. We'll start things off with our 100th game celebration at Guthrie's Tavern on June 10. We're hoping for three boards. Check out the Current Games Signup List or the Meetup event and sign up.

On June 12, Sam Bassett will host another house game. That one is full, but we can always use standbys.

The rest of the month will be quiet for the Weasels, but there are two Grand Prix-eligible tournaments the weekend of June 26. I've heard Greg Duenow, Don Glass and Sam Bassett all mention the possibility of attending Origins, which will be June 24 to 26 in Columbus, Ohio.

The Boston Massacre will be June 26 to 27. Who wants to represent the Weasels? New England sent three players to Weasel Moot.

Here comes Peter Dottintail
Hopping down the Grand Prix trail
Hippity, Hoppity
Peter's on his way...

Now that I've put that song in your head, here's a quick Grand Prix update. On the strength of his DixieCon performance, Peter Yeargin has surged into third place in the Grand Prix, within striking distance of Adam Sigal. Steve Cooley is in second, but neither one of them is planning to attend HuskyCon in July, which likely will be the circuit's largest event this year.

Here's a look at the top 25 through DixieCon, the circuit's fourth leg. The list contains several Weasels. A total of 89 players have participated so far.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010 22:11

The Polls Are Open: DipCon 2011 Voting

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DipCon 2011 Voting
 
Bids are in for the 2011 DipCon, and it's time to make your voice heard. To make things easy, just email your vote to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You have until June 13 2359ET to cast your vote. The only qualified bid is Carnage XIV [http://dipcon2011.nedip.org/]. Your voting options are:

1) Carnage XIV
2) Reject bids and start over
3) Present (abstain)
 
Eligible voters are all Diplomacy players who attended two (2) Grand Prix events in the 12 months ending at the 2010 DipCon. The qualifying events are:
 
2009 CODCon Open
2009 Whipping
2009 DixieCon
2009 Boston Massacre
2009 Origins
2009 HuskyCon
2009 Weasel Moot
2009 Tempest
2009 Carnage
2010 TempleCon
2010 CODCon Open
2010 Whipping
 
If you attended any two (2) of these events, then your vote for DipCon 2011 counts. Please note in your vote which events you have attended.
 
DipCon Committee notes on Carnage: Carnage is a long-running and stable tournament site, with a good history and no issues with rule-sets or tournament structure.  It is also part of a larger gaming tournament.  The only area of concern to the Committee is that the event site is a hotel that commonly sells out well in advance of the event, and alternate hotels can be a significant distance away. To address this concern, the Carnage Diplomacy staff assures us that there are generally enough cancellations to allow late booking, and that they have a number of other strategies for guaranteeing space for travelers, including extra reserved rooms and/or a rental house within walking distance of the site.
 
Thank You,
DipCon Committee
 

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