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For its 10th installment, the Weasel Royale club championship moved to John Gramila's home in the city from Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove, its longtime venue. The change shortened the commute for the seven participants, perhaps, but the game was still the long, dramatic, angst-filled but fun slog that we've all come to expect from the club's most competitive tradition.
After 12 hard-fought years, top seed Brandon Fogel, the two-time Weasel of the Year, claimed the coveted Bull Weasel title, becoming only the second top seed to win the Royale. The final center counts were:
This Saturday, we're going to turn Dan Burgess' home in Downers Grove into, well, as close to a post-apocalyptic arena as we can legally get. That's right, Dan's home is going to be a veritable Thunderdome of pure Diplomacy fun.
It all starts at 11 a.m. with the power selection for our third annual Weasel Royale league championship game, which will put an exclamation point on our outstanding fifth season of Windy City Weasels Diplomacy. In reverse seed order, our seven competitors will determine the power selection order. With the order determined, the players will then choose their positions, with each getting 30 seconds to make up his mind. Once the last player sits at the table, the game will commence. And it will go until someone solos or the other players unanimously concede. Only one man can be crowned our Bull Weasel for 2010.