Jim O'Kelley

Jim O'Kelley

Thursday, 22 May 2014 09:50

Beefy back in form

Prime Weasel Nate Cockerill wanted to work in one last tune-up for this weekend's World Diplomacy Championship at DixieCon, so he scheduled a bar game at the Red Lion for the eve of the long road trip to Chapel Hill. Predictably, his choice of dates knocked out the rest of us who will be attending WDC (me, Dan Burgess, John Gramila and Matt Sundstrom), but you don't get to be the Prime Weasel by being a Carebear.

Being a Carebear can, however, get you a shared board top with your Western ally, and that's how Game No. 246 went down last night.

The contest ended by time limit after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:

 

Friday, 09 May 2014 21:54

Let's play dos

Last Saturday, six of the club's most interesting men and one interesting kid gathered at the Sundstrom home in Glenview to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a game of Diplomacy. As it turned out, the game was far less interesting than they were, so during the Fall 1905 turn, the players unanimously agreed to end it in favor of starting a new one.

The final center counts in the abbreviated Game No. 244 were:

Thursday, 17 April 2014 13:40

Leader of the Pack or a Wheelie Good Exit

David St. John has style, and style is everything.

After topping his first board with the Weasels last night at the Red Lion, St. John bought a round of drinks, then mounted his motorcycle and peeled off in a cloud of dust. If I could do it all over again, that's the exclamation point I would put on my first Weasels board top. ... I'd be riding a Harley instead of a Honda, but still, the man knows how to make an exit.

Monday, 31 March 2014 19:24

Prokes for Three...Swish

Our seventh annual March Madness campaign closed last Saturday with a fifth and final game at Matt Sundstrom's home in Glenview. Game No. 242 was a taut affair with four lead changes and four players finishing within two centers of one another. When the buzzer sounded in Spring 1907, Tony Prokes had topped his club-leading third board of the season. The final center counts were:

 

Sunday, 11 August 2013 20:49

Second chances loom Large

Yesterday's season-ending Weasel Pyle in Wayne had just about everything you could ask for: A thrilling race for the Weasel of the Year award, redemption on the second-chance board, patio trivia, significant jockeying among the top seven, at least a thousand rounds of bbs and pellets, a zip line, a powerful rendition of the club's Battle Hymn, and a surprise visit from one of the club's most colorful characters from the early years. Did I miss anything?

Two-time Weasel of the Year Matt Sundstrom turned in his best performance of the year in Season Eight's penultimate game, racking up 50 points with a 12-center German board top. With the haul, he regained possession of the season's Best Germany award and vaulted past Nate Cockerill into first place in the standings. Heading into the Pyle, he leads Cockerill by about 7 points.

Game No. 217 was played July 17 at the Red Lion. The supply center chart currently is lost, but based on conversations with several of the players, I believe the game ended after the Fall 1906 turn in the following center counts:

 

Friday, 19 July 2013 21:43

Jugger-Not

The Juggernaut.

Its very name inspires fear across Europe. The hint of its formation can solidfy two other pairs, for when the Russian-Turkish alliance starts to roll, it flattens everyone in its path.

In Game No. 216, played last Saturday at Peter Lokken's home in Old Town, Russia and Turkey looked more like Jughead and Archie than the feared alliance. When the game ended by draw vote in Spring 1908, there was nothing left of them but stains on the board.

Tuesday, 02 July 2013 22:27

Diplomacy in Old Town

Join Peter Lokken for a game of Dip in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood.

Diplomacy in Old Town
When: July 13 at 11 a.m.
Tuesday, 02 July 2013 22:25

Diplomacy at the Red Lion!

Join us for another evening of Dip and Drinks at the Red Lion.

Diplomacy at the Red Lion!
When: July 17 at 6:30 p.m. until no later than 11.
Where: The Red Lion, 4749 N Rockwell in Lincoln Square.
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 21:49

Join us at the Ocho

Join us for our club's happiest tradition, the eighth annual season-ending Weasel Pyle at Eric Brown's beautiful home in bucolic Wayne. We'll field three or four boards of Diplomacy, hand out the Season Eight awards, announce the Weasel Royale bids, elect a couple of suckers to the Sneak, and strike up the regimental choir. Don't miss it!

Join us at the Ocho
When: Aug. 10 at 11 a.m. until no later than 10 p.m.

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