Tolkien warned us of Gudrun in a lay edited by his son, Christopher. And still, no one saw her coming.
Playing in her first face-to-face game ever, John Gramila's beloved turned their Humboldt Park home into a funeral pyre for their guests. Game No. 322, played today, ended during the Spring 1908 turn in the following center counts:
We fielded two boards Wednesday night at the Red Lion, our third two-board session in four tries so far this season. There were no pear trees, but we did pick up a new Weasel in Jake Trotta's Second City classmate Nicole Campbell and welcome back old friend Roland Cooke, who was in town on business. On a scale of one to five, I'd definitely give the evening five golden rings.
Game No. 320
Played in the Lion's back room, Game No. 320 ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:
We had both been knocked out of the Royale and were enjoying cigars--my cigars--on the deck at Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove, when Jake Trotta breathed a deep sigh.
"Jim," he lamented, "I haven't topped a board since CODCon."
Only one board at the Red Lion last night, but it included a first-time Weasel. Plus, three potential recruits came out to observe and decide whether they'd like to play in the future. At least two of them seemed interested. Brian Shelden and Bryan Pravel rounded out the evening's cheering section.
Game No. 318 ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:
Austria (Jim O'Kelley): 2; 1.653 points.
England (David Spanos): 0; 0.000 points.
France (Jake Trotta): 7; 20.248 points.
Germany (Matt Sundstrom): 10; 41.322 points.
Italy (Currey Dorris): 4; 6.612 points.
Russia (Alan Garbarino): 3; 3.719 points.
Turkey (Pete McNamara): 8; 26.446 points.
Most of us were playing with election hangovers. The supply center chart is here. Players, what happened?
We are eight games into our 12th season of Windy City Weasels Diplomacy and have now played 317 league games total. Nevertheless, in Sunday's game at David Spanos' home in Lakeview, we managed a first for the club. You'll note in the photo above that the players include Captain Kirk and Sherlock Holmes. Not surprisingly, they both factored into the board top.
There was an Undercard game yesterday. We bill the Undercard as an opportunity to steal a march on the sharks occupied in the Royale. This Undercard, though, had its share of sharks, headlined by John Gramila, he of the Italian solo at Worlds and near miss of the top board.
But the board-top didn't go to Gramila or any of the other seasoned vets on the board. Instead, it went to Mick Johnson, who was playing his third game ever. The Undercard ended by draw vote in Spring 1910 in the following center counts:
Hasbro's 5th edition rules eliminate the Convoy Paradox once and for all. It's right there on page 17:
A Convoyed Attack Doesn’t Cut Certain Supports
A convoyed Army doesn’t cut the support of a unit supporting an attack against one of the Fleets necessary for the Army to convoy.
Of course, a fine bit of good that clear wording will do you if you leave the rulebook in your bag while giving a ruling. Sigh. Perhaps for only the second time in club history, we had a tricky convoy situation crop up last night at the Red Lion. And I got the ruling wrong.
All is fair in love, war, and Windy City Weasel diplomacy. Game 313 featured roommate conflict, stabbed girlfriends,
3 4 5 new players, and a first time player topping to board in a highly instructional (and highly amusing) bout. Using 18 minute timing (with adjudications off the clock), newcomer (and new to Chicago) Mick Johnson raced to a 10 center board top as France when the draw ended it in 05. The final center counts were:
Great opening night last night at the Red Lion in Lincoln Square for the 2017 Bar Room Brawl Series. We had 14 players on the nose, including five first-time Weasels. (Plus David St. John dropped in for a few minutes to say hello.)
We put the newcomers on a board with Matt Sundstrom and Brandon Fogel. Matt recruited two of them and Brandon, a third, plus Brandon taught and/or reviewed the rules for all five. The rest of us retired to Red Lion's back room, a space underutilized by us and with easy outdoor access. It was a beautiful late summer evening in Chicago, so there was a lot of negotiating outside.
Anyway, here are the game summaries.
The point of no return. That title could refer to a lot of things.
For starters, we kicked off our 12th season of Windy City Weasels Diplomacy last night at Brian Shelden's home on the New East Side. No turning back now. (Incidentally, today marks the 11th anniversary of our club's founding. We played our first game at my old home in Old Irving Park on September 10, 2005. Read about it here.)
It could also refer to committing so thoroughly to your alliance and its campaign that you seemingly no longer have the option of working with the target to turn the tables on your ally, who's getting the better of the deal. That might have happened to Bryan Pravel, whose Russia helped eliminate Davis Spanos in Turkey...to the benefit of Weasel of the Year Brandon Fogel in Austria and no one else.