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.
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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:
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.
I'm posting this at the request of Chris Martin, the 1998 world champion and our first Alpha Weasel.
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!
Stab you soon,
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.
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.
DipCon 2011 Voting
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 Boston Massacre
2009 Weasel Moot
2010 CODCon Open
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.
What do the four most recent Grand Prix champions -- Adam Sigal, Thomas Haver, Doug Moore and Jim O'Kelley -- have in common? No, it's not their roguish good looks, their lush heads of hair, or even that they like to talk about themselves in the third person. Those four also happen to be the four most recent DixieCon champions.
This weekend, DixieCon will once again be a key Grand Prix battleground as hopefuls from the East Coast and the Midwest descend on Chapel Hill for the fourth leg of the circuit. Steve Cooley (third place, 153.84 points) of New England is the only one of the current top five expected to play at Dixie, but Chicago's Peter Yeargin (ninth place, 77.56 points) and North Carolina's Tom Kobrin (10th place, 76.53 points) will also be there. Former Grand Prix champions O'Kelley, Moore, Chris Martin and Andy "Buffalo" Bartalone have also signed on, as have perennial contenders Dave Maletsky and Graham Woodring. Throw in Rick Desper, one of four former North American champions expected to play (along with Kobrin, Martin and Moore), and it should be a hard-fought tournament.
The players are again chasing New York's Adam Sigal, who leads the Grand Prix with 199.6 points. DipCon champion Eric Mead of Seattle is second with 160 points; Chris Brand of Vancouver, fourth at 144; and Don Williams of California, fifth at 104.98.
Four weeks after Dixie, the competition will pick up again with Origins in Columbus, Ohio, (June 24 to 26) and the Boston Massacre in Cambridge, Massachusetts (June 26 to 27). Then it's on to HuskyCon in Long Island, July 8 to 10. Husky long has been one of the hobby's favorite tournaments, but in recent years, it also has become one of the circuit's largest Grand Prix purses.
But no tournament has been more significant than Dixie. Hope to see you there.
Jim O'Kelley, Administrator
2010 NADF Grand Prix
Grand Prix action heats up again next week at the venerable DixieCon in Chapel Hill, N.C. Peter Yeargin and I will be traveling there to represent the Weasels.
DixieCon has played host to four DipCons and two World DipCons. In recent years, it has been a major battleground in the Grand Prix. In each of the past four years, the DixieCon champion has won the Grand Prix.
Of course, the Grand Prix is only part of the draw for Peter and me. We're also going to renew acquaintances with the friends we've made on the circuit, to sample the Saturday night barbecue, and to hit several of Chapel Hill's finest drinking establishments.
If you're interested in Diplomacy travel, there are a couple of good options in June, both near and far.
Origins, host of last year's World DipCon, will be held (I think) June 24 to 26 in Columbus, Ohio. It's the second leg of this year's Central Shuffle. Sam Bassett and Don Glass both have expressed interest in attending.
The Boston Massacre will be held June 26 to 27 at a game store in Cambridge. Post in the Comments section if you'd like more information. The New Englanders sent three representatives to last year's Weasel Moot. It would be nice to reciprocate by supporting the Massacre or Carnage (in November).
The Windy City Weasels are pleased to announce the dates for three of our cherished institutions.
Weasel Pyle V, our season-ending celebration, will be August 14 at Eric Brown's home in Wayne. The event will feature three boards of Diplomacy, the season-ending awards ceremony, an election for two open spots on the Sneak, and the announcement of the bids for the 2010 Weasel Royale club championship...
Which will be held Sept. 11 at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove. The top seven dues-paying members of Season Five will be invited to compete for the 2010 club championship.
Finally, Weasel Moot IV will be held September 24-26 at the Quality Inn in Burr Ridge. Details coming soon.
We're having some technical difficulties updating the World Diplomacy Database, so while we work on that, here's a look at the season 5 standings through today's game. Yeargin jumped from fifth to second today, while O'Kelley remained in third but leap-frogged Alpha Weasel Matt Sundstrom. O'Kelley also wrested Best France honors from Sundstrom, while Yeargin took Best Italy from Christian MacDonald.
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The Potomac Tea & Knife Society announced today that it's changing the dates for its 12th annual Tempest in a Teapot tournament.
Traditionally held the weekend before Columbus Day, this year, the PTKS will hold the event October 15 to 17 in Falls Church, Va. That's the weekend after Columbus Day. The change was necessary to accommodate the schedules of several PTKS board members.
The Weasels are modeled after the PTKS, whom we affectionately refer to as our wacky uncles. Tempest is one of North America's most prestigious tournaments. I've attended four of them, including the 2003 DipCon and 2005 World DipCon. Thom Comstock has attended twice, and Jeremiah Peterson, Grant Smith and Peter Yeargin, once each.
In our case, the old adage is kind of working in reverse. April was a quiet month for the Weasels save for a great CODCon tournament that featured two British solos and a total of eight boards. It was our largest CODCon since the first in 2007. And now in May, it's raining house games.
The first of three May games will take place on Mother's Day at my place in Oak Brook. Originally scheduled for Dan Burgess' home, we had to change venues so that Dan could attend the Blackhawks game that night, where he'll risk life and limb to cheer for his adopted Canucks.
The following Saturday, Greg Duenow is hosting a game at his place at 31st and Parnell in the city. There are still two spots available in what likely will be Greg's last game for a while. His wife Stacy is due in June.
We'll wrap up May with a third game, No. 99, at Alpha Weasel Matt Sundstrom's home in Glenview on May 22. That one is full, but as always, standbys are welcome.
Stay tuned for news of our 100th game celebration at Guthrie's Tavern...