We're pleased to announce a bonus game opening for Super Bowl Sunday. Peter Yeargin will be the host at his home in Lakeview, on Sheffield between Belmont and Barry. It will start at 10 a.m. The exact address will be provided later.
Following the game, Peter will open his home to the players' significant others for food, drinks and football fun.
Five spots remain in this bonus game, so if you want to play, sign up soon.
I'm afraid the four new players who joined our ranks last night will be disappointed the next time they attend a Guthrie's game. We don't typically get to share the bar with 50 attractive members of a women's group.
But one thing they ought to get used to seeing is Matt Sundstrom topping boards. As reigning Weasel of the Year last year, Sundstrom swept our two tournaments. When season 5 commenced, the club appropriately rose up and smacked him around, eliminating him in his first game and sending him home with four centers in his second.
Since then, Sundstrom has roared back with three straight board-topping performances to vault into second place on the young season. His latest was a fairly typical Sundstromesque perfomance. He played Germany and finished with 10 centers, one better than his French ally.
Meanwhile, on the other board ...
Mike Morrison awoke from a season-long slumber to top Game No. 85 in convincing fashion, grabbing top England honors in the process. Played yesterday at Ted McClelland's home in Rogers Park, the game ended in Spring 1910 in a six-way DIAS draw. The final center counts were:
Click here to see the supply center chart.
Let's hear from the players! Post your thoughts in the comments section below.
Next up: Game No. 86, and perhaps 87, at Guthrie's this Thursday. See you there!
Get your brackets ready--the Windy City Weasels' third annual March Madness extravaganza is here!
This year, we're offering three house games on successive Saturdays, all in the Western burbs. March Madness will kick off at Jim O'Kelley's home in Oak Brook on March 6. On March 13, we'll be at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove. And the extravaganza will culminate in a two-board session on March 20 at Thom Comstock's place in Oak Park.
Don't miss out on the fun or the opportunity to tune up for the fourth annual CODCon Open (April 10-11)! Pick a game or games, and sign up by posting your name in the comments section below or by responding in Meetup!
Go West, Young Man...until you hit Aurora, then south to Montgomery, and that's where you'll find our February club game. Gary Przybocki will be our host. Join us for a rare game in the distant Western burbs!
There is a great disturbance in the force. Young Duenow has become powerful...
You read that right. Greg Duenow topped game #84 with a methodical 15 center Turkey. He gained one center each year from 4 in 1902 to 15 in 1913 when a three-way draw was approved. Here's how everyone fared.
We had seven sign up and started very close to on time. Everyone submitted a preference list for powers and I drew them randomly as I was not playing. First draw got their first choice, second draw got their first choice if available or their second choice. We ended up with three people getting their first choices, one third, one fourth and two sixths. Newcomer Phil Blaetz got Russia (his first choice) and was promptly introduced to the joy of playing Russia in this club. Germany bounced him in Russia and England convoyed to Norway. Phil built F: StP(nc) and therefore guaranteed that England would press the attack. Turkey played for a juggernaut through 1902 but had to "feed on the corpse" once it was clear Russia was dead. This would play itself out two more times for Turkey. Phil stayed around for a long time and I hope he can get to another game soon.
EG became pretty quickly united in their attack on Russia. IT joined forces against Austria. Marty started well and had some help from France against Italy. But France was convinced to turn back west and GIT took Austria from 5 to 1 from 04 to 05. Turkey got the best of that as Italy had only Trieste once it was all done.
The west got messy when France attacked England. Germany was trying to hold his own against IT, so the EF war didn't swing much either way for a while. Turkey kept growing and eventually built fleets to press an attack on Italy. Germany joined England against France and the endgame was set. In something Jim might like to see, EGT pressed to reduce the draw to three by eliminating the last dots of Italy and France (I should note that I took over for Italy in 1911). France's last fleet in Tunis would have been important to stopping a Turkish solo, but Greg waived his last build in exchange for his getting Tunis and approving the draw.
Good that we got a game together on such short notice. The day looked open for me, so I gave it a shot. I enjoyed hosting again and will probably do another sometime soon.
Click here to see the supply center chart.
Can we fill a board on two days' notice? Let's find out.
We're heading back to Guthrie's Tavern on Jan. 21 to ring in the New Year properly. That means more Diplomacy, drinks and Thursday night fun.
We'd again like to field at least two boards, and we'd like one of them to be for new and newish players. Consider bringing a friend! This will be a great opportunity to learn the game in a fun and supportive environment.
As always, we'll start as close to 6:15 p.m. as possible and finish playing no later than 11 p.m. We'll use quick negotiation phases to keep the game moving. The beer will be flowing, and best of all, pizza magically appears. Check it out!
Let's try this again. Pete's wife thinks we're a bunch of nerds. Let's help Pete prove her wrong!
In addition, we'll be hosting a DixieCon friend of ours named Edwin Turnage. A South Carolinian, Edwin will be in town to see his daughter graduate from Navy Boot Camp.
Here are the details:
"Eat me, Kevin!"
Indeed, holiday cheer was in the air last night at Guthrie's Tavern, as 14 of us gathered to drink beer and drive each other bonkers playing our favorite game. Three onlookers also stopped by for a total crowd of 17.
Game No. 82 started first, and for reasons that I can only speculate about, players on the board thought it would be a good idea to work with Matt Sundstrom. Predictably, he topped the board and they didn't.
Seriously, though, I didn't see much of this game, so we'll have to hear from some of the players to get the full story. I hope they'll post their comments below. In the meantime, the game ended by time limit after the Fall 1907 turn in a five-way DIAS draw. The final center counts were:
Game No. 83 started a bit after 7 p.m. In that one, Michael Martinez, John Susoreny and Scott Yahne colluded their way to the top three spots, respectively. The game ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn in a five-way DIAS draw. The final center counts were:
I'll share the Italian perspective when I get a chance. In the meantime, let's hear from the players of both games. Just post comments below.
Check out the supply center charts here.
Join us for our annual holiday game at Guthrie's Tavern. Diplomacy. Beer. Holiday cheer. What's not to like?
We'll select powers using our traditional White Elephant method. The game will start at 6:15 p.m. and end no later than 11. We'll use quick negotiation phases to keep it moving.
Spots available for up to 14, so grab 'em quickly.
For the second straight game, the host had the most. Playing Austria, host Greg Duenow topped Game No. 81 today with 10 centers. Last week, Matt Sundstrom topped Game No. 80 at his home in Glenview.
Also for the second straight game, the emergency replacement had his head handed to him. Last week, it was Mike Morrison getting the quick hook. This week, it was Gary Przybocki, playing with the group for the first time since January after his return from Savannah.
The game ended in Spring 1908 with the following center counts:
Early on, it was a fluid game with a lot of back and forth in the West and North, but it eventually settled into a two-vs-two battle for the stalemate line.
Players, please post your endgame statements in the comments section below.