Jim O'Kelley

Jim O'Kelley

Thursday, 23 June 2016 17:33

WDC: Seven things you need to know!

Here are seven things you need to know about this weekend's festivities.

  1. The hashtag for the weekend is #DejaMoot. Use it in your social media posts.
  2. We will be playing in Room 418 at Roosevelt University's vertical Wabash Campus, 425 S Wabash.
  3. If you're not staying in the venue, give yourself plenty of time to get to Room 418. There's a security checkpoint in the lobby.
  4. There is a cafeteria on the second floor in the vertical campus.
  5. If you're staying in the dorm, the elevator from the 14th floor skips the fourth floor. Get off on the 5th or 6th floor to either transfer to an elevator that willl take you there or to take the stairs.
  6. The Welcome Party is tonight from 8 to 10 p.m. at Bar Louie, 47 W Polk St. That's 3 blocks south of the vertical campus (left out the doors), and 1 1/2 blocks west (right on Polk).
  7. Your team rosters for Saturday morning's team tournament are do before the start of play for Round Two Friday night.

More info about the tournament, including the rule set and schedule, can be found here.


Friday, 17 June 2016 21:46

Things to do around Grant Park

Bryan Pravel moved to Chicago in the winter on a contract assignment. He found our club thanks to DiplomacyCast, dove in, and has been a regular ever since. WDC will be the longtime online player's first face-to-face tournament.

Since he lives near the venue and is new to the city, he was our perfect choice to draft a list of things for you to do while you're in town for WDC. His list is here. Enjoy.

Friday, 17 June 2016 21:03

Who are these guys?

There's a been a lot of talk among the Chicago regulars lately about which generation of Weasel the new class is. I think it's the fifth. But, to simplify and as a courtesy to our out-of-town guests, I thought I'd classify the Weasels who will be participating in the World Diplomacy Championship at Weasel Moot X in three (well, four) groups, as follows:

Thursday, 16 June 2016 21:05

Welcome Party set!

The details are set for Thursday's WDC Welcome Party. It will be from 8 to 10 p.m. at Bar Louie, 47 W Polk. Polk is three blocks south of Congress. Trivia mogul Dan Burgess will host a Diplomacy-themed trivia game for us. We'll be in a private room at Bar Louie. Guests will pay their own tabs.

After trivia, a few of the locals will lead an expedition to an obscure bar on the north end of Grant Park where we'll delight each other by singing karaoke.

Welcome to Chicago! Please join us and help us welcome the out-of-towners to Chicago for the World Diplomacy Championship at Weasel Moot X!

Thursday, 16 June 2016 20:46

It begins

Former world champ and three-time Alpha Weasel Chris Martin has launched a video series handicapping the WDC hopefuls. Check it out.


Saturday, 11 June 2016 10:47

Brawl over?

Brandon Fogel has posted a shared or outright board-top in the past three games in the Bar Room Brawl Series, overtaking Jake Trotta for the series lead with at least two dates remaining (July 13 and August 10). Fogel sits at 114.60; Trotta, 97.93.

Rounding out the top seven are: Christian Kline, 95.92; Jim O'Kelley, 79.90 points; David Spanos 72.93; Geoff Serednesky, 60.78; and Matt Sundstrom 51.03. Serednesky finished second in Wednesday's game to crack the top seven and knock Zach Eddy (48.32) into eighth place. Serednesdky has scored two games; Eddy, one; and the others all have scored three.

Friday, 13 May 2016 21:51

Brawl in

"And coming in hot on the outside lane, it's Matt Sundstrom..."

It was probably only a matter of time, but Matt Sundstrom finally made a move in the Brawl standings Wednesday night. The decorated vet netted 15 points, climbing into the top seven for, I believe, the first time all year. He's in sixth, with 51.03 points.

Brandon Fogel shared the board-top and netted about six points to improve his score to 94.41 points. He's still in third.

Saturday, 30 April 2016 20:02

Take me out to the Brawl game

The Bar Room Brawl standings are now current through Wednesday's action at the Red Lion.  Jake Trotta and Christian Kline still hold the top two spots, despite not playing on Wednesday. Trotta has 97.73 points; Kline, 95.92.

Brandon Fogel's shared board-top vaulted him into third place from seventh, at 88.06. Jim O'Kelley (79.90 points),  David Spanos (72.93), and Zach Eddy (48.32) each fell down a spot. Rounding out the top seven, also on the strength of the shared board-top, is Brian Shelden at 45.92. 

Saturday, 02 April 2016 15:02

CODCon Calling

With WDC at Weasel Moot X less than three months out, it's pretty easy to overlook next weekend's little tournament at the College of DuPage. Don't.

Though it has always taken a backseat to Weasel Moot, our CODCon Open is actually the event that put Chicago back on the hobby map. Once again, we're expecting two to three boards per round. Come on out and join the following players who've committed to CODCon. (To add your name to the list, comment below or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..)

Saturday, 26 March 2016 09:25

The Parade of Tributes

The attendee list for the World Diplomacy Championship at Weasel Moot X is impressive (and growing). It includes world champions, North American champions, Grand Prix champions, Weasel Moot champions, winners of numerous other tournaments, and lots of people who have a chance to win this year's world championship. In fact, the only players who don't have a shot are the ones who aren't on the list.

The following players have told me they're coming. To add your name, comment below or send me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

An asterisk indicates that the player has saved money by preregistering, which you can do here.

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