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Monday, 10 March 2014 22:15

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of March 10

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Cockerill and Robin
Instead of trying to top Saturday's board at the Concentric game convention in Itasca for himself, young Kevin O'Kelley contented himself with helping Nate Cockerill top.

"I wasn't trying to win, Dad," Kevin told me after the game. "I'm just glad I didn't get crushed."

Monday, 03 March 2014 22:51

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of March 3

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Are You Related to the Peter Lokken Who Used to Top Boards?
March Madness tipped off yesterday at John Gramila's home in Humboldt Park, and there was a guy there who sort of resembled Peter Lokken. I mean the Peter Lokken who set a club record with 7.5 board tops in his first full season of play with the Weasels and who soloed in the second round of the 2012 WDC to earn a berth in the world championship game. Not the guy who hadn't topped a board outright in league play since May 2012. Could the old Peter Lokken be back?

Monday, 24 February 2014 21:14

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Feb. 24

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Four Is the New Three
Last week's game at the Red Lion evoked memories of the first Weasel Pyle in August 2006 and a game at WACCon in 2012. Your correspondent reflects on past lessons learned, shares some handy math tricks, and critiques his game, all in the game summary. Check it out.
Monday, 17 February 2014 19:04

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Feb. 17

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If you enjoyed a day off today for Presidents' Day, be sure to thank our club's presidents, or Prime Weasels: me, Chris Davis, Dan Burgess and now Nate Cockerill. And now, here's the latest news from the Weasels.

Let's Play Two
We're sitting on nine players for Wednesday's game at the Red Lion. One of them is visiting dignitary Roland Cooke, the British ex-pat now living in Houston. This will be his second game with the Weasels. What's your excuse? Come on out and help us get to two boards. The games will start at 6:30 and finish no later than 11. We can make two boards work with 12 players, but 13 would be better. And 14 of course, would be best of all. Let's play two!
Monday, 10 February 2014 21:03

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Feb. 10

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Kade's Last Stand and Don's Birthday Bash
For the first time since September 2012 and thanks largely to the aggressive recruiting of Prime Weasel Nate Cockerill, we fielded two boards for last week's Dip and Drinks event at the Red Lion. Our numbers included eight regulars plus four first-time players, one who was playing for the first time in more than 40 years, and another who was playing for just the second time ever.

We put the six new and newish players -- three of whom were women -- on one board, along with Don Glass, who was celebrating his birthday.  The other board featured some of the club's heavyweights.

Monday, 03 February 2014 19:52

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Feb. 3

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Ben Blows Their Brains Out
Roland Cooke, the British ex-pat living in Houston who has been one of the busiest  travelers on the North American Diplomacy circuit the past few years, was in town last week, so we organized a game at the Red Lion in his honor. Nate Cockerill cleverly titled the game The Song of Roland, and Ben DiPaola did his best impersonation of the horn from that Medieval epic. Check out the game summary and Roland's reaction. Roland will be back in town the week of February 17, and he's signed up for the game at the Lion on the 19th. It's full, but come out if you'd like to have a pint with Roland and/or help us fill a second board.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014 20:39

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Jan. 27

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I'm paying a dear price for four days at WACCon in Seattle, and not just exhaustion. My 18-month-old is shunning me. Tuesday morning, he stiff-armed me twice, and he hasn't warmed up much since then. In an effort to avoid giving him an ally in my wife, I'm going to keep this issue of the Weekly Weasel brief. I'll try to do a WAC recap and more for next week, but for now, it's just the bare bones.
 
The Song of Roland
Earlier this evening, I was at the Red Lion to welcome Roland Cooke to town. (Patrick and Meghan joined me. I'm not stupid.) Roland, the British ex-pat living in Houston, was with us last weekend for #UltimateWAC in Seattle. There, he mentioned that he'd be in town all week on business, so we promptly organized a game for him, and it filled in a record 12 hours. Look forward to the recap next week.  The lineup is here.

Monday, 20 January 2014 19:18

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Jan. 20

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Here's the latest news from the Weasels. It's a light issue, as we didn't have a game last week (for the first time in nine weeks) and we're gearing up for the DipCon at WAC this weekend.

February Is for Stabbers
We'd love to get two boards for our bar game at the Red Lion on February 5. We posted the opening last week, and the first six seats went quickly. Who else wants to play?

Monday, 13 January 2014 21:12

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Jan. 13

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Have Dream, Will Host
Matt Sundstrom has a dream to play Diplomacy this weekend, and he's willing to host to make it happen. Dan Burgess had been scheduled to host a game on Sunday at his place in Downers Grove, but a conflict forced him to cancel. If there's sufficient interest, Matt will host at his home in Glenview instead. The game would start at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Matt says he will serve food and drink and that football will be on. If you want to play, speak up.We don't have much time to throw this one together.

Monday, 06 January 2014 19:22

The Weekly Weasel -- Week of Jan. 6

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And along comes the Weekly Weasel to warm your soul. Enjoy.

That Feeling You Get When Everything Goes Your Way
We had two guests of honor and a brand-new player for our rare Saturday night bar game at the Red Lion, but it was Matt Sundstrom who got the red-carpet treatment. The Germans opened to Holland; the Turks to Constantinople and Ankara; the Austrians to Trieste; and the Italians to Tyrolia and Venice. Guess which country Matt was playing...and who topped the board.

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