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Monday, 13 July 2015 20:13

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of July 13

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We're back from our annual summer hiatus with another edition of the Weekly Weasel. Read on for all the latest news from the Weasels.

Dip in Stereo
On July 25, we're going to try something new. For the first time in our 10 seasons, we'll attempt to host concurrent games in two different locations.

Dan Burgess and Matt Sundstrom will play host in Downers Grove and Glenview, respectively. The games will begin at 11 a.m. So far, we have four for Dan's game and two for Matt's, so we need some more players to make this ambitious promotion happen. Who's in?

Tuesday, 23 June 2015 21:26

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of June 22

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Here's the latest news from the Weasels. It will be a brief one.

Deja Moot
As promised in the last issue, the website and Facebook event page for next year's World Championship at Weasel Moot X are now up. Check them out. The event will take place June 24-26, 2016, in Roosevelt University's vertical campus at Wabash and Congress.

Preregistration for the con is now open. We're still working out the process for reserving a room in the vertical dorm. Stay tuned for that.

Friday, 19 June 2015 10:44

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of June 15

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Holy cow, it's Friday already?!? Am I the only one suffering from a #Mootover?

Throwing Weasels on the Barbie
Weasel Moot IX was an intimate but cosmopolitan affair, perhaps in anticipation of next year's world championship. The field featured nationals from Australia, India and Iran, plus a Yank who's spent most of the past four or five years living in Germany. And although Sunday was Flag Day, we permitted one of the foreigners to capture our flag. Congrats to the Australian Peter McNamara, our Alpha Weasel iota.

Moot was McNamara's second Chicago title. He also won CODCon in 2013. He's only the third player to capture both titles, joining Matt Sundstrom and John Gramila. This time around, he dominated the field, soloing in the second round as Austria (he also soloed with Austria in '13) and topping his two other boards. In fact his #DropRound score alone would have placed him 11th in the tournament out of 29 players.

Tuesday, 09 June 2015 20:37

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of June 8

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It's Moot Week! Here's the latest news from the Weasels.

All Roads Lead to Moot
In anticipation of this weekend's big tournament at UIC, we've published a helpful article. Check it out for parking and public transportation tips as well as an explanation of how to find us this weekend. (We'll be in the Atrium at 700 S Halsted.) We may add other tips this week as time permits, so come back often.

Last Call for Housing
For real this time, we need to turn in our final count for the dorm by tomorrow. As of right now, we have 12 people staying at the dorm on Friday and 14 on Saturday. Should be fun. If you want to join us, let me know before 2 p.m. tomorrow (June 10). It's $41 per night for a single, $30 per night for a double.

Monday, 01 June 2015 20:42

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of June 1

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Here's the latest news from the Weasels.

Moot Is Busting Out All Over
It's June 1, and we're Mooting in 12 days! Who's excited? Take a look at the list of confirmed players, then let us know if your name should be on it. And don't forget to preregister to save $5 on the registration fee, or $2 if you're a student.

The dates, again, are June 13-14, and we'll be in the Atrium at UIC, 700 S Halsted. Next week, we'll have some parking tips and other tidbits for you.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 19:18

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of May 25

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Here's the latest news from the Weasels.

Housing Preregistration Closes Thursday!
Your last chance to book a room for Weasel Moot in the dorm adjacent to our venue at UIC is Thursday. We have to turn in our final head count for the dorm on Friday, so if you like the idea of a single room for $41 per night or a double for $30, then head over to the website and preregister now. Preregistration will also save you $5 on the tournament fee.

Moot is coming like a freight train. The dates are June 13-14, and we'll be in the Atrium at the University of Illinois-Chicago, 700 S Halsted. The website lists other housing options for those who are done with dorm-style living (or who don't preregister by Thursday...).

I hope you'll join us!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 09:23

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of May 18

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Here's the latest news from the Weasels.

A Board too Far
We were sitting on two boards last week until the day of the game. Alas, the real world conspired against us. Two players dropped due to pressing deadlines at work, and another dropped out at the 11th hour to deal with a personal issue.

That left us with 11, the worst possible number -- way too many for one board and one too few to force two. We've played with two players on both boards before but playing with three on both is a board too far. It would have disrupted both games, so we settled for one clean game while the rest of us enjoyed a night out at the Red Lion. For the game summary, go here.

Monday, 11 May 2015 17:57

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of May 11

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Last week was a busy one for the Weasels with two games, and we're looking at two more boards at the Red Lion on Wednesday. No rest for the wicked. Here's the latest news from the Weasels.

A WebDip of Lies
We entertained a visiting online player from Milwaukee last week with a bonus evening of Dip and Drinks at the Red Lion. Charlie Sweet, a regular on the popular site webdiplomacy.net, felt so welcome that he topped the board. Finishing second was Weasel and fellow webdipper Scott Soren. Check out the game summary for more.

Monday, 04 May 2015 19:41

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of May 4

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Here's the latest news from the Weasels.

Seis de Mayo
Seven of the most interesting men in the world will gather on Wednesday at the Red Lion for a bonus Diplomacy bar game. The guest of honor is Charlie Sweet from Milwaukee, an active player on webdiplomacy.net who is in town for a technology conference. (Ex-pat Peter Yeargin is here for the same conference and may make a cameo.) If you're around on Wednesday, stop by the Lion for a bite and a beer. Interesting men prefer to play Dip in front of an audience.

Monday, 27 April 2015 20:25

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of April 27

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Here's the latest news from the Weasels on a slow news week.

Players Needed!
We've scheduled two games for next week, but we need players for both. First up is a bonus bar game at the Red Lion on May 6. A visiting online player will be in town from Milwaukee, and he's asked us to organize a game for him. We need three more players to fill the board. Who's in?

Then on the 9th, Dan Burgess will host another game at his place in Downers Grove. Two have signed up so far, along with Dan, who will play reluctantly if necessary but prefers to host. That's Mother's Day weekend, so keep that in mind, but hey, maybe you'll be doing your wife or mother a favor by leaving the house for a full day on Saturday!

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