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#Season 13

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.

 

THE WEEKLY WEASEL KNOWS THERE’S ALWAYS A BIGGER FISH

That’s right, with CODCON coming, cod puns are back in business.

 

JUST A LITTLE UPSTREAM
CODCON is coming up April 14-15th. It truly is the best time you can have next to a LARP Dungeon. New this year is swiss pairing, which means players will be pooled with similarly sized fish based on tournament results. Cast your net here.

 

SHOCKED AND A-PAULED
Longtime weasel Paul Pignotti had himself a game at Pete McNamara’s Evanston home. This propels Paul past the all-important position of 7th in our Royale placement race, having only played twice. Sounds like a fun board all around- check the recap here.

 

SMELLS FUNKY. cODD, EVEN.
Ascendant Weasel Mick Johnson is hosting Uptown Funk Part Two in his lovely apartment in, uh, Uptown. We’re currently at 5, looking for 2 more. Sign up here.

 

SOPHOMORIC DUES SHAMING SAVES ONE FOR THE FISHIES
People who don’t pay their dues are genuinely unconcerned by the Asian carp problem.

Save Lake Michigan. Pay your dues.

 

THE WEEKLY WEASEL IS NOT A TIDE AD

But people who play variants are 500% more likely to eat Tide Pods.

THE CODCON COMETH
While a formal-er announcement is coming from Tournament Director Bryan Pravel soon, CODCON is coming up April 14-15, which means CODCON puns will likewise be back at full force. Full details and sign up info incoming.

DIP, TABLE FOR TWO
Two games on the docket for next week. On Sunday, we’ve got a house game up in Evanston at Pete McNamara’s place. Then we have a special Tuesday edition of Red Wednesday due to the holiday. Still need two for Tuesday- sign up and bring a date, because nothing says love quite like Diplomacy.

FIVE FACTORS>FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES
Speaking of relationships, WEASTATS has begun a deep dive into the Five Factors, or the five measures of a quality diplomacy measure. The First Factor, Explosiveness, has been published in three parts. Hit up the Wise Old Weasel to find out your league championship compatability.

SOPHOMORIC DUES SHAMING RETURNS
People who don’t pay their dues wear sweaters with stains on them. Mr. Rogers doesn’t even like them.

Pay your dues. Make Mr. Rogers proud.

 

These guys put the We in Weasels. Thanks for paying your 2018 dues! Your dues-paying Weasels are...

THE WEEKLY WEASEL ACCOMPLISHES NEW THINGS

But, like, for real though guys, the season is picking up and this might actually become weekly again.

BTOAB ESCAPES CARNAGE SHINING SILVER
A contingent of Weasels trekked out to Carnage for Dipcon, the American Diplomacy Championship. Bull Weasel and two-time defending Weasel of the Year Brandon “BTOAB” Fogel came home with the second place trophy, just behind champion Doug "Also the World Champ" Moore. This is a tremendous accomplishment as only one Weasel has ever won Dipcon. 

As a new club policy, Weasels who podium at a Grand Prix event will get their own interview feature here on the Weekly Weasel. Keep an eye out for that, and say congrats to the BTOAB on a job well done!

GOAT CLIMBS HIGHER AS CLOCK STRIKES 13
We’ve had two games this month that both represent personal bests for the toppers. First, goat aficionado Jake Langenfeld broke baaaaad by dropping a 51-point Turkish effort. Then, Chris Kelly broke out with a 13 dot, 62-point Austrian assault. This puts Kelly and Langenfeld as the early front men for the 2018 season.

DECK THE HALLS WITH FLEETS IN HOLLAND
Two games coming up. First on Sunday the 3rd, former World Champ Chris “Dancing Queen” Martin will be joining us at Johnny G’s abode. Then on Saturday the 9th, Matt “Guitar” Sundstrom is hosting a house game. We also usually do a Christmas bonus bar game, which I’m sure will be put on the books for Thursday the 21st if I ask Santa real nicely. Sign up here.

Hit the jump for news on the Wise Old Weasel, scoring system changes, and a crucial change to the way the club asks for dues.

As the saying goes, change is inevitable; progress is optional. We're pleased to report that your Sneak just made a change that we believe represents progress.

For the first time since League Play was established in Season 4 (2008-09), we've changed the formula for calculating cumulative scores. Fret not! We'll continue to score games using the greatest of all scoring systems, the Sum of Squares. (We adopted that change in Season 6, 2010-11.) However, effective immediately, we will no longer count only your top three scores. For Season 13 (and hopefully beyond), #AllScoresMatter.

By a vote of 4-2 on November 8, the Sneak adopted the Make All Scores Matter Act (MIASMA), which established the following formula for calculating cumulative scores:

THE WEEKLY WEASEL PREVIEWS ROYALE

Celebrating our club’s most competitive annual tradition, the Weasel Royale Championship Game

This FINAL Weekly Weasel of the 2017 season will preview our second to final board. The next Weekly Weasel will be our 2018 preview, which will come out sometime before the next bar game.

FEATURING
WEASTATS Pre-stats: Your player overview featuring embarrassing photos, statistics, and super sexy radar charts 

Pardon my French Method: A brief overview of our championship power selection

The 8th Place Prognostication: Our newest club honor where the Weasel who just missed the cut with provide our Royale Prediction. This year’s honorary Prognosticator: Bryan Pravel

But before we hear who will be our Bull Weasel, let’s meet the bullshitters contenders!

THE WEEKLY WEASEL PREPS FOR PYLE

Election email going out this evening, 3 days til college football, 4 days til we strike the regimental, 5 days til celebration of Labor. It’s a great week to be a Weasel. 

COME NOW WEASELS…
Our club’s most revered tradition, the Weasel Pyle, is this Sunday at Casa O’Kelley. We have 22 24 players signed up, including a sizeable Old Guard Contingent. Come play Diplomacy -- the fun starts at 11, but if we have 6 willing players at 320ish, your writer will actually get to play in the late game. Awards to follow.

THE WEEKLY WEASEL AIN’T DEAD YET

Featured this week: terrible, terrible puns. Yes, they're worse than usual.

 

A ROARing Finish

Our last game of the Bar Room Brawl is this evening, meaning that this is your last chance to qualify for the BAR ROOM BRAWL TITLE BOUT (and a chance at winning your name on Cockerill’s Orb)! Swing by the Red Lion at 6:30 for the festivities.

 

A raging election

It’s that time of year, folks. Sneak elections occur at the Pyle. Any paid up members can vote, any paid up members can run. 3 spots are open, we have 1 incumbent and a couple other candidates who have indicated interest. If you are interested in running for the Sneak, send an email to Jake, your Chief of Public Information, by 8/16. Also reach out if you have any questions.

 

Newsflash: Jim O’Kelley does not suck at Diplomacy

It seems reports of the club founder’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Jim dropped a sizeable German board top at last week’s reunion bar game, where we welcomed back ex-pat Christian MacDonald. After spending the majority of the season outside the Top 7, Jim’s top has secured him a place in the Royale and continues his momentum since winning CODCON.  This development is particularly painful to hear because we here at the Weekly Weasel had a joke prepared for Pyle had Jim failed to make the top 7.

“Jim said he needed to take a step back this year for his marriage, and he did an excellent job at that, missing the Weasel Royale for the first time.”

We’ll be here all week, folks. For a recap and other jokes straight from the comedy cemetery, hit up the recap here.

THE WEEKLY WEASEL EMBRACES THE INEVITABLE

Oh hey folks. Been a while. How are things, what’s new? Let me just check the league standings real quick and…

BREAKING NEWS: FOGEL DOMINATES LEAGUE 

This month’s bar game had a not-so-friendly reminder that diplomacy is a game where 7 players push blocks around a map of Europe for a few hours and in the end Brandon wins. Except this time it was by 75. Not a score of 75, his margin was 75. This vaults the Biggest Threat on Any Board to 198 points on the year, first in the league by a whopping 30 points. Game recaps incoming here.

Now, we have to give some credit where credit is due. Jim called the game a “batting practice fastball,” but herding cats for four hours is a damn tough job, even if they’re just kittens. Herding kittens to the highest non-solo score in league history is even more impressive. In fact, why don’t we make a list of all the impressive things BTOABrandon has accomplished this year:

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